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“Great Porch Cafe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Empire Cafe

Empire Cafe
1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098-1623 (Neartown/ Montrose)
713-528-5282
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Ranked #74 of 7,287 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Diner, Dessert
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Porch Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a great and trendy place to meet your friends on the patio for brunch or lunch on a Saturday! You order at the counter and go back for your food when it is ready. The brunch menu was awesome for everyone at our table!

Visited October 2012
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paris
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A nice place to frequent if you live in the neighborhood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

It has atmosphere and both indoor and outdoor seating. Have had coffee and pastries as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prices are reasonable and it is a pleasant setting

Visited February 2013
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Channelview, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Favorite foods with a healthy twist!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

My family has been eating at Empire Cafe for more than a year. My daughter and granddaughter consider this their home away from home. They eat breakfast there once a week, if possible, and on Friday nights for the salmon special, whenever they can! Most of the meals on the menu either have fruit or vegetables with them. The salmon has a flavorful sauce on it with asparagus, carrots and squash with it. The garlic bread with it is lightly toasted and not overdone with too much butter or garlic. The "DK special" breakfast is a healthy mix of fruit, steel cut oatmeal and more! We usually sit outside where there are lots of tables, a covered patio and rocks for the little ones to play. Everyone working there is nice, too. Oh, yes, the coffee drinks are amazing!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great Brunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

As if $5 GREAT bloody mary's weren't enough to make you grab brunch here, the food is amazing! I've tasted what seems to try to be an Italian-American/Bohemian Chic menu make me want to stay all day. Their takes on things like Italian Toast (Think French Toast on an amazing ciabatta) and eggs benedict alla Florentine do make them stand out. The patio dining is great, the inside is great, and you couldn't ask for a more stream lined ordering/service process to move the masses that find their way here on the weekends. If you're the type that ward/neighborhood hops for great places, put this one on your list.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Laid back and delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My fiance and I come here often - for Sunday brunch and for dinner every now and then. The food is fantastic and we love the laid back and easy going nature of this establishment.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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