Houston >Restaurants > Cricket's Creamery & Cafe
315 W 19th St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700829.802901 -95.402067
Mon-Sat 8pm-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Greater Heights
Fresh flowers, charming eatery! – I moved to Houston a year ago this month from Seattle, and I am ashamed to say, I had never visited the Heights. I was impressed with the historical architecture, the number of quirky recycled-items stores and the quality of this neighborhood's food. Being a vegetarian, I was particulary delighted to find Cricket's on 19th St. I tried the Shepherd's pie and it was out of this world! My friend had a salad and sandwich which she enjoyed tremendously. The freshness of produce in this place is outstanding. The gelatos.... another chapter. We left feeling that we had been back home for an hour: children-size furniture to accomodate the little ones, art on the walls and whimsical flower arrangements on each table! I can't remember the last time I had the pleasure to see freshly cut flowers in a restaurant. What a difference a flower makes! Thank you, Crickets, for providing a healthy, entertaining and nutricious alternative in this fast-paced city!
Tasty food, so-so service – I wanted to show my friend the eclectic, unique shops of Houston while she was in town, so we down to 19th street and stopped at Cricket's for lunch. Having never been here before, my friend did not know where the drinks were, what the sandwiches came with, etc. When she asked the cashier, the young lady responded with a short, unfriendly attitude. She seemed inconvenienced. The grilled sandwiches were tasty, the soups were too sweet for my taste. When I went back to ask for a to-go container, the same cashier was a bit more friendly. Bad morning maybe? It was so disappointing to have my friend treated so rudely. Next time I'll try the sandwich shop a few doors down.
Eclectic neighborhood café puts a tasty spin on Vegan option – When a stroll down 19th St. beckons, Cricket's welcomes passersby of all ages and walks of life in for a scoop of gelato, coffee or vegan dish. Ever carnivorous, I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed their Vegan Shepherd's Pie!
Seating is varied from diner booths to comfortable chairs tucked away in the corner for studying. A designated kid-free zone in the window provides refuge for those on laptops.
Prices are reasonable for such a prime location and no matter how busy they get on a Height's First Saturday, service is always friendly and you will never feel rushed.
Try the Vegan fair or simply sit back and people watch with a scoop of gelato.
Quirky Gelato and Coffee Parlour – This is the perfect place to start your shopping spree and end your shopping spree in the Heights. I feel good about spending my money at this family establishment, probably because the funk art makes me feel young.
My favorite dessert coffee is the mocha latte. It's better than Starbuck's because it tastes like your mom made it. The regular latte is good too.
They serve the best artisian gelato by Trentino. Their vendor makes flavors in small batches. Lemon with Biscotti is a refreshing dessert favorite. Check out these other flavors that their vendor makes--
Caramel Pop Corn
Chocolate with Almonds
Chocolate with Chocolate Chips
Cookies & Cream
Cream with Walnuts
Dulce de Leche
Eggnog with Almonds
Espresso with Kahlua
Irish Cream Liqueur
Lemon with Biscotti
Mascarpone Persimmon and Walnut
Mint Chocolate Chip
Pumpkin (Seasonal Flavor)
Pumpkin with Cardamom
Semi Dark Chocolate
Soy Gelato (Lactose and Sugar Free)
Wild Texas Honey
I see small families, scooter peeps, students, yuppies, and artists hang here. The owner, John, is very polished (looks like actor Kirk Douglas a little) and delivers great customer service.
I like the funny toys they sell from monkey puppets to chirping birds. The patio is kind of rickety, but it's colorful.
The place is also dog friendly and has water bowls.
Great Cafe, Great Staff but...... – Everything about this cafe is superb.
Unfortunately, the owner has a soft spot for this homeless mentally disturbed man who has been there everytime I've dropped in. He sits among the children and drinks free coffee and talks to himself. He goes to the bathroom and will hang out in the back around the ladies restroom far too long. Everybody says that he's harmless but I have seen bothering customers and rambling angrily.
He smells terribly and stares at you. God bless him but when I go to a pricey cafe for a meal and good coffee I expect better than this. This Charlie Manson character is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
It's a Gelato Life – I spend 1 morning almost every weekend strolling 19th in the Heights and I inevitably end up at Cricket's and indulge in a small gelato [ok, sometimes not-so-small].
I just love the small cafe. I love the little glass-enclosed, almost-patio alcove. I love the so very friendly and conversational staff. I love the trinkets for sale. I love the nostalgic art. And of course, I LOVE the gelato!
Until this past weekend, I had never had anything but Italian sodas and gelato. And yes, a gal can exist on gelato alone. But this weekend I had a 30 min wait before my hair appt so I walked over to Cricket's. I was totally shocked [in a good way] to see it was all vegetarian. I'm not even a vegetarian. But it all sounded so good. I nabbed an avocado sandwich on whole wheat which came loaded with all sorts of fresh veggies. AND a carrot salad that I almost snorted, I inhaled so fast.
I will return for the banana split gelato, I didn't get to try, but I will also return for lunch. The salads and soups looked equally as tasty as my sandwich. And if I'm being healthy, I can justify a larger gelato.
Scrumptious meals that are healthy. Quirky, peaceful, cozy atmosphere. You can also eat outside with your pooch. Homemade cakes for non-dieters.
Never disappointing. – Good sandwiches! Really good gelato! Great quiche! Fizzy lemonade! Plenty of items to distract you even if you are dining alone. Someone commented they didn't find this place kid friendly but they have mini furniture... toys... come on parents... it is a cafe that people without kids also want to enjoy so be fair... it's not meant to be a playground even if it is kid friendly.
Great Cafe! – Cricket's is a wonderful and very kid-friendly place! I always have received a warm greeting from John, the owner, as well as the staff. The food is excellent, the price is good and I know that I'm supporting a local business when I'm there!
Great IceCream, Rude Owner – Ice Cream and Gelato are delicious. Unfortunately, owner is rude and not sensitive to young ones. Hold themselves out as kid friendly, but a farce. Whimsical, fun atmosphere ruined by stifling attitude.
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