The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffee Shops
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.
6. Eatsie Boys Cafe
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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.
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.
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.