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.
In a cozy space awash in bright lights and leaf-green décor, Royal Tea Café serves quick Vietnamese dishes and drinks. Their namesake specialty, cool bubble teas, float chewy boba pearls in flavored green or black cream teas, and hide the tapioca bubbles beneath lychee- or mango-flavored slushes. Hot savory dishes provide a pleasant contrast to the chilly drinks or leisurely strolls in the Arctic: Banh mi nestles char-grilled pork or chicken into a baguette with cilantro and quick-pickled veggies, while vermicelli noodles delicately entwine char-grilled beef or veggies.
Beer, wine, coffee... and candles. This may seem like an odd combination, but at MV Diy Cafe, the blend somehow works. Perhaps it's because each carries a distinct aroma—the scents of beer, wine, and coffee emanate from the bar, and those of aromatherapy candles and carefully crafted soaps from the shelves. The aromatherapy candles are a mix of pure essential oils and soy wax (the same as soy candles). And the soaps are made of high-quality vegetable oil, clay, natural herbs, and other ingredients as eco-friendly as recycling bins made of recycled trash cans. All of the business' products are hand-made with fine oil and herbs without preservatives.
MV Diy Cafe other signature product, hand-carved candles, catch the eye rather than the nose. They pay homage to different holidays and occasions with wax sculptures, such as a Christmas tree, a shell-adorned sand castle, and a tower crawling with spiders.
In 2008, four sisters started Bambu Desserts & Drinks as a hobby. Today, the San Jose–born brand has established a major presence in the Bay Area, and has expanded to other states including Hawaii, Nevada, and Texas. Bambu’s success can be traced to the quality of its treats, as well as its variety: the menu is packed with about 100 Asian-inspired desserts and beverages. Tapioca balls float in their milk teas, which range in flavor from lychee to coconut to jasmine, and their dessert drinks combine such intriguing ingredients as coconut, pandan jelly, longan, basil seed—which form the Bambu special. Various hot and cold coffee drinks, such as Vietnamese coffee, café mochas, and lattes, put a spring in guests' step—more convenient than filling your shoes with jumping beans. The staffers also concoct blended coffees and smoothies, which come in flavors including strawberry, coconut, papaya, and avocado
La Blanca Cafe caters to folks whose sudden cravings for Latin American cuisine requires a fast fix. Staffers dish up all the favorites, including freshly made empanadas, street tacos, and oversized burritos. They also craft lomito sandwiches, piling french bread with savory mounds of steak, spicy pork, and authentic condiments such as chimichurri and pico de gallo. Beer, wine, and sangria are also available for refreshing pairings.
The midtown cafe cultivates an eclectic neighborhood vibe by showcasing work from area artists and hosting live performances from local musicians on a second-story, open-air deck. If hungry regulars are unable to swing by the actual cafe, they can keep their eyes peeled for the restaurant's food truck, which frequents a variety of spots around Houston.
A sweet oasis in Memorial City Mall, Candy Island tempts kids of all ages with mountains of treats in every color of the rainbow. You can dig into barrels of individually wrapped hard candies and scoop gummy worms from plastic towers to fill make-your-own bags of sugar-coated happiness. Evoking the flavors of the circus, personal-sized popcorn and cotton candy stimulate both sweet and salty taste receptors. And for a break from the heat, staff members shave chunks of ice into snow cones in a variety of flavors such as cotton candy and sour apple. Each snow cone can be further customized with a candy topper or a top hat to commemorate its past life as a snowman.