Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.
We're a rockin' little cafe with a bohemian flair. Each week we feature live bands and performers, and each month we host a new gallery for local artists. We offer a delicious menu with a diverse vegetarian section, by-the-cup brewed coffee, as well as beer and wine. It's a great atmosphere for gathering with friends!
On Sundays after church, Myrtle Zachary-Jackson’s family of cooks and bakers gathered to make meals for one another. Her elders rarely used recipes, so Myrtle had to study every step until she could replicate their dishes herself. Just as her grandparents and aunts imbued her with a passion for baking, she inspired her daughters, Andrea and Rosharon, to start cooking at a young age. When Myrtle decided to open Not Jus Donuts Bakery in 2000, she turned to her daughters and grandchildren for help in re-creating their family recipes, by then some five or six generations old.
Sticking to tradition, every dessert at Not Jus Donuts is made from scratch. The ladies crack every farm-fresh egg by hand before whipping up cheesecakes with Philadelphia cream cheese, cookies baked fresh daily, hand-decorated cupcakes, and exquisitely designed cake balls and cake pops. Made without preservatives, their cakes range from standard sheet cakes to 3-D creations designed to resemble bowling balls and turntables and 8-D cakes shaped like time itself.
Beaucoup Bar & Grill's menu of heat-infused foodstuffs blends fresh ingredients and homemade recipes to give diners a taste of true-to-roots Cajun dishes. Begin the down-south chow down with a serving of golden toasted crawfish bread ($7), or a serving of simmered chicken, okra, and sausage gumbo ($6), before enjoying a Louisiana-inspired shrimp po' boy, dressed to impress with lettuce and tomatoes, and accompanied by a sultry seasoned-fries dinner date ($11). Customers can wash down Beaucoup's creole confections with a refreshing soft drink or one of the restaurant's self-made organic specialty drinks, such as the apricot iced tea ($2) or the Beaucoupberry lemonade, a tasteful combo of blueberries, lemons, and Cajun swagger ($2.60).
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.