I travel to Houston at least once a month. I just started using this board to help my search in finding non-chain restaurants (there has to be a better term). So I thought I should add my cool little find to repay my debts of gratitude.
I did a search and found it mentioned a couple of times but not much written about the Empire Cafe (www.empirecafe.net) at 1732 Westheimer Rd. I have visited this place each time in my last six visits which is saying alot because I to find new place each time I travel.
What is it?
Coffee shop / cafe with Italian influence
So what's good?
Love the Iced Lattes with the free cookies. What kind are they? Where can I buy them? They are so good!
I've tried and loved...Italian Toast (think french toast), Focaccia Eggs and the Fresh Fruit Platter. The Breakfast Tacos were ok, sorta bland but the cheddar hash browns saved the plate.
I normally stop for breakfast but today went there for lunch. I had the daily salad special. Pretty good...turkey breast, jicama, roasted red peppers, tomatoes on mixed greens with a rosemary dressing. I made the mistake of ordering a slice of Hummingbird cake today. It was HUGE! Three layers and at least 5" wide. Why was it a mistake? It was so good I ate the whole thing...there goes my diet and the last two weeks of exercise? Out the window. But it was worth every gluttonous bite.
In my opinion...
Not high on the adventurous scale and just creative enough to be out of the ordinary. But everything is executed perfectly and consistently. And the service is always outstanding. Just wish they had WiFi.
I tried to not sound like a commercial but give it a try and I think you will find a new favorite. I would be curious to hear other's experiences local and out of town visitors alike.