Inside each 59 Diner location, friendly chatter ripples from booth to booth and white-capped servers scurry around dishing out retro classics. Recognized by the Houston Press as among the city's best in 2009, 59 Diner's made-from-scratch milk shakes and malts slide across tables in old-fashioned glasses before coating tongues in such flavors as mocha, fudge, and Oreo. Sweet sips offset savory burgers, patty melts, and all-day breakfast specials, which can also be ordered in pint-size portions for younger patrons. Meals transport tongues to the past, and jukeboxes release vintage tunes into the air, inspiring guests to try to catch their favorite notes inside empty glasses.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Deb and Steve’s Cafe boasts a menu full of multicultural twists on Americana favorites and a comfy family-friendly environment. Shareable starters include the four-tiered appetizer combo with fried shrimp, onion rings, mini burgers, and chicken fingers, and entrees such as the customizable Texas-chili burger—made with prime Nolan Ryan beef—or veggie-friendly portobello burger save families the trouble of cooking dinner or paying the government to air-drop them lunch. Steve’s famous chicken-salad sandwich silently speaks to poultry prophets, and the new york strip steak arrives with potatoes and veggies, anxious to be devoured and washed down with a fountain drink.