The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffee Shops

Categories: Caffeine, Top 10

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Down House
7. Antidote / Down House / Revival Market (tie)

This trio of Heights-area coffee shops offers something for every palate. At Antidote, the vibe is classic coffee house -- you can absolutely lose yourself in a book or study materials here. The cajeta lattes can't be beat, although regular drip coffee is often brewed far too intensely to be palatable. And although Down House and Revival Market aren't technically coffee shops (Down House is a restaurant/bar and Revival Market a grocery store), both offer some of the most solid, dependably great cortados in town.

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6. Eatsie Boys Cafe

The new Eatsie Boys Cafe is meant to be the sort of place where you can enjoy a casual meal as much as a casual cup of coffee and a pastry. It succeeds on both fronts, thanks in large part to a beautiful patio (which shares space with the ivy-covered Black Lab Pub), a counter ordering system that keeps costs down and a coffee program set up by David Buehrer of Greenway and Blacksmith and manned on a daily basis by friendly barista Frank Freeman. You won't find fancy coffee drinks here, though; just your basic lattes and bottomless cups of joe.

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5. Boomtown Coffee

Owner Matt Toomey roasts his own beans at Boomtown Coffee -- so if you don't like the roast, you can take it up with the man who served it to you. You'll most likely enjoy your coffee though, which is why Toomey also sells his beans to take home at this little Heights coffee shop, along with breakfast pastries, quiches, cupcakes and more from local bakers. During the week, food trucks often roll up to the coffee shop's old storefront entrance on 19th Street. The iced mocha toddy is a personal favorite.

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4. Greenway Coffee & Tea

Even back in 2009, Robb Walsh recognized the raw talent in David Buehrer, his partner Ecky Prabanto and their little coffee shop in a nondescript Greenway Plaza office building. Buehrer and his two shops are known as beacons for all that's right and progressive when it comes to coffee in Houston. Known for collaborating with area restaurants, bars and chefs to come up with coffee cocktails or coffee pairings, Buehrer is all about spreading the gospel of good coffee, good beans and good roasts -- not self-promotion. He's at his best when weaning the office dwellers in Greenway Plaza off their Starbucks, beanie-clad coffee geeks and suited-up businessmen bonding over a perfect cup of coffee. Yes, parking is a bear, but don't get too worked up over it: Greenway validates.


Location Info

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Minuti Coffee

909 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Ben's Beans

1302 Dallas, Houston, TX

Category: General

Bohemeo's

708 Telephone Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Doshi House Cafe

3419 Dowling St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Black Hole Coffee House

4504 Graustark St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Inversion

1953 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Antidote Coffee

729 Studewood, Houston, TX

Category: General

Down House

1801 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eatsie Boys

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Boomtown Coffee

242 W. 19th St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Southside Espresso

904 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Blacksmith Coffee Bar

1022 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Catalina Coffee

2201 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: General

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34 comments
ryansupak
ryansupak

Houston Press food reviews often strike me as the mechanical regurgitation of whatever the trendy "foodie blogger" status quo is at the moment. (I come to this conclusion after having read them for many years).

With the exception of Catalina which can't even be touched by anything else in Houston, this almost could have been a top-10 list of the places with trendy ingredients in trendy neighborhoods, or a top-10 list of places to see designer yoga pants.

Maybe the "Indie Yuppie" thing is, in truth, the "aspirational lifestyle" that the people who click on Houston Press inline ads desire in the year 2013. If that's the case, then the articles are doing their job, and I have no complaint.

rs

wumpusmonkey
wumpusmonkey

Waldo's definitely needs to be on this list. There have been MAJOR changes in staff, menu, even the building itself since last July. The coffee's good, and the atmosphere is comfortable. If you haven't been recently, you're doing yourself a disservice.

Fredsix66
Fredsix66

I was hoping Fioza Cafe would make this list too. They do a great job over there in the Meyerland rivaling anything Catalina Coffee is doing. 

randomreader
randomreader

Inversion/Black Hole tie for 10th

Bohemeo's/Doshi Housetie for 12th

Minuti Coffee/Ben's Beans tie for 14th

Robert Knox
Robert Knox

Oh man, how did Double Trouble get left off this list? Great coffee, great atmosphere and the friendliest damn baristas/bartenders I've ever met.

Rene Reed
Rene Reed

My favorite coffee is the pot that is brewed and waiting for me each morning in my kitchen. There is never a line and it is always made just the way I like it. Boring, perhaps, but perfect.

Glenn Ray
Glenn Ray

Anytime I'm within five miles of Catalina Coffee they've got my business. However, my daily favorite in NW area is The Daily Brew (Eldridge & Cypress North Houston).

Descent Into Madness
Descent Into Madness

No Cafe Europe? All we get are these anemic concrete/metal warehouses with comfort-opposed chairs? The author needs to have a reality check.

Jeff Gilmer
Jeff Gilmer

You mean top 15? lol. Seriously though Catalina is the tops for me by far. Black Hole would be my #2

Barbara Pender
Barbara Pender

Right in my kitchen, however the the breakfast klub..never disappoints.

Peggy Lane
Peggy Lane

Great article, I don't agree with all the list but then I don't have to agree! What I truly enjoy is the bounty of fab coffee we now have in Houston. A great followup with be on local coffee roasters - not all with their own storefront. (And my roaster list would not match my coffee list).

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

Here are the Top 15 shops for the Top 10....wha??

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Double Trouble is #1 on my list. Rail access, nice people, wifi, a fantastic latte, and comfortable seating. Bring a few breakfast tacos and it's a party!

Johnc
Johnc

Can an honorable mention be given to Waldo's.  They always had a great coffee but it was sometimes not the most welcoming place.  Between the recent renovations and new menu items its taken a great leap towards a more go-to shop,

FRL713
FRL713

We desperately need an independent coffee shop west of The Galleria, nothing but Starubucks and Grocery Store options out here.

amesbuehrer
amesbuehrer

Congrats Catalina! And to my son, Ecky and all their talented co-coffee meisters!  I agree with Jalapeno - there's just too much great coffee in H-town to make this a "Top 10" list. I would also add Paulie's, and anyone whose had one of those delicious cookies with their coffee for an afternoon snack would concur!

Paulie's carries Ecky's Greenway roasted beans, along with Doshi House, Revival Market and Eatsie Boys, among others.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

Too many ties.  Why not a top 20?

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@Descent Into Madness Hello. Author here. Although people visit/use coffee shops for many different reasons (I usually get a cup of coffee and leave, or stay for as long as it takes to finish the cup and have a nice chat with a friend) the chairs and sofas at the following places are just right for resting your buns: Antidote, Down House, Ben's Beans, Black Hole, the giant wall couch at Inversion and Boomtown Coffee. All places on the list, all places with great, comfy seating. Thanks for your kind and considerate comment.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@timblack2 Think of it like extra sprinkles on your sundae.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@Kylejack I am beating myself up for neglecting Double Trouble. Total oversight. It's my own fault for almost always getting cocktails when I go; I tend to think of it as a bar first, coffee shop second - which it's not. It's equal parts. Thanks for the note!

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@Johnc Consider it honorable mentioned. It reminds me of my old college coffee shop, Common Grounds. Very sweet little place.

someonex
someonex

@Johnc I love Waldo's.  It's a great place to get studying done, and the coffee's very good.

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

@kshilcutt @timblack2 I shall I shall. Off topic: I left a comment on the Westchase top 10 about the area between Westchase and Galleria....thoughts?

Peggy
Peggy

DT deserves an edit to the list. Tag it up with another - there's already doubles/trios on the list.

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