Teahouse Tapioca and Tea's first opening day was a bit chaotic. The locale was Kaohsiung, in Southern Taiwan, and the owners hadn't figured out how much a cup of tea should cost. But they had decided they would treat their customers like family. To their surprise and delight, their customers reciprocated that sentiment, and those first tea drinkers returned the favor by keeping the owners informed of current trends, helping the teahouse develop their signature green tea with tapioca. The drink proved immensely popular, and eight years after opening, the owners expanded internationally.
Today, Teahouse Tapioca and Tea has five locations throughout Houston to serve its traditional cream tea. The drink's essential ingredients are tapioca balls, which are infused with dark brown sugar and caramel to make them chocolatey brown and extra flavorful. The drink isn't for everyone, but if you aren't pleased with its taste, you can exchange it for one of the teahouse's espresso drinks or juice.
Take a seat at Pinewood Cafe for an inviting cafe experience.
Plan to indulge a bit at Pinewood Cafe, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare.
Bring the whole clan to Pinewood Cafe — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
The patio tables outside of Pinewood Cafe are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Wifi is on the house at Pinewood Cafe, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Dog-owners can bring their pups with them to this canine-friendly establishment.
Take it nice and easy at Pinewood Cafe, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
You won't get sticker shock from your bill at Pinewood Cafe — prices are usually less than $15.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Shipley Do-Nuts offers a bit of hometown Houston pride with their cake doughnuts and quick-serve coffee. The regional chain is headquartered in the area, and sports some 86 locations throughout the Houston metro sprawl. Early morning eaters can swing through the drive-thru for boxes of warm jelly-filled or yeast doughnuts to take to the office, or just to grab a skinny caramel macchiato to start off the day. Drivers can find the Westheimer Road outpost tucked into a corner strip mall, between the Westchase District and the Energy Corridor, with a large neon sign none-too-quietly announcing the 24-hour drive-thru. With an expanded menu that also includes beignets, jalapeño sausage and cheese kolaches, fruit smoothies and cold energy drinks for on-the-move eaters, it’s no surprise that Shipley Do-Nuts has done so well in the Houston area.
Offering flavors containing two grams of fat or fewer, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt showers customers with a slew of healthy dessert options that scoop and customize for themselves. Rows of self-serve machines wait for inquisitive hands to release an eclectic mix of flavors?such as brownie batter, wedding cake, and dairy-free orange?into waiting cups below. Customers become maestros at work as they conduct a symphony of sweet and candied toppings, dusting heaps of soft-serve with wisps of fresh fruit, coconut, or mochi. After finishing their masterpieces, customers can decamp to seating set between the shop's neon-lime walls to eat away, read over the detailed nutritional information of their favorite flavors, and build replicas of the Sydney Opera House out of discarded spoons.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at The Chocolate Bar.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on The Chocolate Bar's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
If you have a large group out celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other milestone, The Chocolate Bar is a great pick for large parties with its spacious layout.
The Chocolate Bar welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to The Chocolate Bar.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at The Chocolate Bar — they're open for all three meals.
Byzantio Cafe & Bar
Every Thursday night, belly dancers swivel their hips to the beat of Mediterranean music at Byzantio Cafe & Bar. Live DJs spin on weekends while patrons puff smoke rings of apple-, melon-, and mint-infused tobacco from hookahs. To fuel the revelry, chefs whip up classic Mediterranean cuisine such as sliced gyros with warm pita bread and a lamb souvlaki plate. After dinner, patrons may sip signature cocktails or grab a quick snack from the menu of bar bites and Greek coffee served until 2 a.m. The restaurant, a renovated bungalow, is composed of several rooms filled with sofas and cushioned chairs. The space’s centerpiece is the elaborate bar adorned with a stone mosaic and surrounded by antique fixtures. A patio offers additional seating for outdoors junkies during nice weather.