Hmm... Why is caffeine is the most socially acceptable drug today?
So here's my own attempt at being a snobby Houston coffeehouse reviewer.
- a bit uppity, often busy (monday i think is half-price cake
night. you never saw so many caffeine-enhanced twentysomethings.)
over on westheimer.
- over on westheimer pretty close to empire. not quite as
fancy but a bit more of the beatnik atmostphere and they have live
random music fairly often.
- ahh, the rough gem of coffeehouses. at first glance it
may seem like the one place downtown where subversive street culture
rears its head. as it turns out such a first glance would be very
accurate... the "opium den" atmosphere is also rather quaint.
it's a really cool place open very late, but its a bit awkwards
sometimes. downtown on main.
- not really a coffeehouse, but more of a late-night diner
serving the westheimer gay/lesbian community. luckily they'll
still serve up a coffee and pie to straight folks and the people-watching
- meh. A few shades less evil than Starbucks, but the same
idea. one word of warning, the large latte is absolutely huge.
they have locations all over. staffed largely by overly-energetic
students. On the bright side, it's probably the best coffeehouse
for just studying or reading, not to mention that Jonathan works there.
And of course Jonathan rocks.
- in the village and everywhere else. enough said.
- in the village. almost a secret. small friendly coffehouse
with people that know their coffee. a great place if
you want to just drink some coffee and read. they also sell
beans which are pretty good.
- Croissant Brioche
- okay, so it's not a coffeehouse. it's more of French
cafe, but they have excellent French roast coffee with unlimited
refills and good pastries and such. quiche and a coffee. yum.
in the village.
- Crescent City Beignet
- I think that's the right name. It's one of the two(i
think) places around here that you can get beignets (which i'm
probably misspelling) and cafe au lait. if you like the fare
at Cafe du Monde (in new orleans) this is a close approximation.
not a full coffeehouse though.
- Dolce e Freddo
- Italian ice cream shop / coffeeshop. over on kirby. Man,
the sorbetto is incredible. You may think you want a large
but resist the urge. it's RICH stuff. the coffee, well, take
it or leave it. come for the glace.
- Rice Coffeehouse
- hurray for Joe and Rebecca. perhaps "House" is too strong a word.
these folks operate out of a closet in the student center. but
hey, it's pretty good coffee, the coolest folks around, and if
you're lucky Joe will give you some sugar. if you know what
i mean. These days you're more likely to catch Rebecca, and if you're
nice she just might sing Rocky Top for you.
- the undergrounds
- The best open-mic around. Kudos to Grayson, Amy, Chris, Becky,
Daniela and Lewis. The hot chocolate is delicately served in your
choice of mug selected from the army of ceramic vessels on hand. Likewise
the coffee, but before you ask for that coffee, think to yourself ",
how badly do I want this caffeine?" and then get a hot chocolate. (Sorry
Becky, no amount of TLC can make Kona from Folgers). Bring a mug and
a guitar to the Lovett basement on Friday and you'll be quite at home.
The mugcam has ceased its mostly pathetic existence, as I no longer spend
my days in an office with a camera.