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2016-07-01  This neighborhood coffee bar is a great addition. They not only serve coffee and tea but wine and bear. The seating is comfortable. I love the lighting.

When asked about the wall art on the west wall, the owner, Garry Freeman, said that Karee Litke, his manager, did it. They believe in reusing and recycling. She cut, and stained with coffee, two-inch pieces of two by four and then glued them together to create an amazing wall piece that must be twelve feet high and twenty feet across. You have to see it. The other wall is devoted to local artists’ works.

The Argentina Malbec I had was perfect, not too high on the acidity and long on the fruit flavors. My husbands hand-brewed drip coffee was perfect, less acidic than anything from a machine.

This is a new place. Let’s be neighborly and give them a try.

The neighborhood has quite a few coffee bars. There is the Inversion coffee bar on Montrose. I’ve never had a good cup of coffee there, but sometimes if there is no food truck they have great breakfast tacos.

Food trucks use the Inversion Coffee House parking lot on a rotating schedule. My favorite is the Breakfast Burrito truck. I’ve heard good things about the Waffle Bus, too. My least favorite is RIPE. If you do up a sandwich with only vegetables that’s great, I love vegetables. But please don’t give me something that is supposed to “taste” like cornbeef that is made from soybean, or worse, beans. Yuck.

Baba Yaga’s has been around for over twenty years. I’ve been on-again-off-again with them for that long. The atmosphere has always been amazing, but their food is quality not-so-much. I could order the same salad three times and get a different salad each time as far as taste and what is in it. Though the menu stated clearly what I should expect that was never a guarantee. Now I understand they have new owners.

I’m so glad that Gratifi won’t be on the corner of Taft and Fairview any longer. I really liked Kevin a lot, but though he knew I was going to review his restaurant, he never went out of his way to provide me an exceptional meal or service. All the times I was in there when he was not there I found the meals dismally below par and the service frightful. I hope something goes into that prime spot that we can all sink our teeth into.

I will post a lot more neighborhood food reviews here as I go. Happy eating. Stay out of the heat.

 

 

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The Gang’s All About Here

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Eateries, People

SAM_1161I’ve been away for a while, getting novels published, dealing with my mother’s passing, and reorganizing my home. I’m back. Enough about me, this blog is about my very cool neighborhood.

Here it is the blazing August of Houston and a lot of the neighborhood folk are meeting at the very hip Cuchara, Mexico City Cuisine, this evening. The restaurant is hosting this neighborhood meet and greet. SAM_1160

The ceiling sported some fancy artwork.

I had some great tortilla soup and some crunchy cheese taquitos.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just for fun I’m adding a picture of what everyone in the neighborhood has been seeing for the past nine months. The city is replacing the ancient water lines.

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On the corner of Taft and Fairview there are several restaurants.

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My son and I went to Graffiti. I’ve had their fish tacos (twice) and today my son ordered the stuffed chicken breast. He said it was “awesome”.

The thing I love to order is the ‘Tres Leches Iced Coffee’. It is like a dessert with plenty of caffeine. There are several other restaurants and “dives” nearby and I’ll report back as I try them.

Graffiti is dog friendly. So walk over and bring your best pal to dine outside and enjoy the flowers and the action from Reeves Antiques, the bike shop, and more. I’ll post some pictures soon.

Graffiti is housed in a Victorian built in 1910. The house was built from a kit that was ordered from a Sears Catalog

Graffiti is housed in a Victorian built in 1910. The house was built from a kit that was ordered from a Sears Catalog

I've heard several people comment that this Mexico City Restaurant is wonderful.

I’ve heard several people comment that this Mexico City Restaurant is wonderful.

Max's Wine Dive isn't finished yet. But there is one on Washington and it is quite popular.

Max’s Wine Dive isn’t finished yet. But there is one on Washington and it is quite popular.

Le Boheme is a wine bar with a food menu.

Le Boheme is a wine bar with a food menu.

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