Solo Cakes & Cookies Cafe whips up batches of moist cupcakes and healthy soy cookies daily in addition to concocting wedding-day confections. A rotating menu of cupcake flavors includes classic standbys such as chocolate and vanilla, which sweetly complement cups of coffee. Staffers also eagerly accept the challenge of a custom order, adorning cake tops with intricate flowers and swirling frosting latticework. Customers surf free WiFi for recipe ideas or food-fight videos while bakers work, and Solo Cakes & Cookies Cafe serves Ethiopian breakfast noshes alongside a smorgasbord of sweets, which can be devoured atop square tables located indoors or streetside.
Since joining forces with the renowned caterer, Isabel Nores, in Argentina in 1986, Mariquita Combes has since perfected the marriage of quality cuisine and expert service. In 2003, Mariquita flew a magical chef's apron to Houston and began her own catering company, La Villette, where she oversees events ranging in size and extravagance from small business lunches to lavish weddings. In addition to catering, LA Villette also has a cafe, located on the ground floor of Decorative Center Houston. There, visitors can take in the scenery while enjoying empanadas, gourmet sandwiches, salads, and burgers.
At Teahouse 101, visitors lounge on couches, channel free WiFi, and sip on almond-milk tea or Vietnamese coffee. Baristas hand off more than a hundred different styles of drinks, from milk teas and fresh juices to smoothies and coffee beverages. Tapioca pearls, fruit jellies, and taro or egg pudding in almost any drink can be satisfyingly chewy, much like all the tires on a rival’s Hot Wheels collection.
Above all else, comfort food should taste familiar. Taqueria Taco-Riendo seems to embrace this philosophy wholeheartedly, filling the menu with faithful recreations of Mexican cuisine's best-known staples. However, familiarity doesn't make the flavors of chorizo, cilantro, and flour and corn tortillas any less hearty or more likely to share secrets. These ingredients appear throughout the menu, from tacos and tortas to fajitas and quesadillas. The taqueria presents diners with a selection of horchata, lemonade, and other drinks with which to wash down meals.
Morning, noon, or night, people find something special to eat or drink at Cork Grinders. As day breaks, cups of Katz coffee and custom-made breakfast sandwiches fill the room with their aromas to wake up anyone who walked in still sleeping. By night, the restaurant's team switches out their coffee drinks for wine and locally brewed beer and the room takes on a lounge-like vibe. Much the of the dining action surrounds the panini press, which grills tasty sandwiches such as the Nola with house-made crawfish and the Texan with bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. But the room itself is a draw all on its own, too. With a drink in hand, diners ensconce themselves in cozy seating framed by distressed walls and high ceilings, often listening to musical acts play on the small stage.