Houston >Food & Dining > Backstreet Cafe
1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.755297 -95.408577
Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
It's been around for years, but this neighborhood bistro still has the goods, with a solid menu by Chef Hugo Ortega & stellar drinks program by Somm Sean Beck. The backstreet patio is one of the best in the city, a sunny, umbrella-covered space where you can enjoy the weather on the weekend while enjoying a scrumptious brunch.
Places to pretend it's winter: It's not all patio play at Backstreet. The upstairs has double fireplaces for fantasizing about snowfall and summer reprieve
Should have won best of brunch in Houston!!! Instead a lame coffee shop got it.
If the weather's nice,make sure to sit on the back patio. The cocktails are seasonal and the vegetarian options are some of the best.
Love it – First of all I must say I was very well treated. The whole time I was kept on thinking that they have an amazing staff. The food was delicous. I will def come back with my friends.
The Best for me! – A friend/neighbor of mine gave me a gift card for Xmas. My daughter, husband and myself went there for lunch, and it was amazing. I'm drolling just thinking about it.
overpriced and dropping quality – This use to be one of my favorite spot in houston to take friends out. After spending a year living and traveling in europe, I come back to the city and find very obvious change in the chef of the restaurant. The menu is tremendously overpriced. There is loss of originality of the culinary art. Make no mistake, this is a glorified tex-mex serving huge portion in a rich neighborhood in Houston.
Be prepared to wait... – Happened to bring some close friends who were visiting town and needed a good breakfast/brunch spot. We wanted to sit out on the patio but it would have been an "hour to two hour wait." It took some time to get our tables situated in the upstairs area. The decor was good... however, it was extremely cold throughout where we were seated, which was the creaky attic smelling "upstairs." Our server took too long just to take our order, check-backs were non existent as our food took at least over 20 minutes. Once it came out, some of us sat without water refills as our pitcher of mimosas barely had enough to get around to everyone with more than two gulps. Understaffed for the day, possibly. Overbooked for the day...definitely! We will most likely never return with a large party for some time to come.
Oh, and the food is nothing worth bragging about. It's too saucy and not innovative at all. I go here several times for their brunch and order something different... but what I've come to find out is that their dishes are basically the same thing, just different presentations.
For Crab Cake! – I wish we would have reviewed this immediately, but totally forgot. We had a good experience with a very attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. The only draw back was we were the only table in a room with 1 very large party of some sort of work meeting next to us. They were very loud and in such a small room, it was very distracting.
Aside from that, the crab cake was perfect, the salmon special was delish and they modified it to make me happy. Michael had the meat loaf, I remember it being good, but probably not a must have as we were told. All in all in was a great experience, and yes, we will definately go back and recommend you check it out! I will update this review the next time so I can be more thorough.
Quaint Cafe – Been here a few times over the years, finally got around to reviewing it. I keep coming back because the food is consistently good and I love the atmosphere. It is a charming cafe with a lovely patio area, great place for a date or family gatherings. My husband loves it because they have good wines.
Speaking (or writing rather) of families, they do have a decent kids menu with approximately 10 food items to choose from.
Service is always excellent here, everyone's friendly and attentive. My only complaint would be parking. The limited parking area they have is strictly for valet. You can park on the street a block away but watch out for the parking signs.
Everything's Perfect! – Well after living in Houston for 5 years and discovering Backstreet pretty early on I can say its fantastic. I've never had a bad experience and my wife and I have been close to 30 times. The food is delicious, seared scallops always perfect, chicken milanese is a hit with the macaroni and cheese fans. The wine list is great with thier wine/beer of the month. The desserts are top notch to (pumkin doughnuts). We tell all of our friends there and when visitors come to town we dine there as well. I think it gives you the biggest bang for your buck.
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