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Creekside Burgers and Beer

This Shady Acres cafe is a great place to go for beer and burgers, but a challenging place to eat outside.

Cedar Creek Cafe's outdoor dining area was voted Best Patio in this year's Houston Press Best of Houston® issue. There are lots of tables overlooking a grassy creekbed that runs right alongside the restaurant. It's all very scenic. But sadly, it was while I attempted to eat on the patio that I encountered the restaurant's biggest problem.

It was a sunny Sunday morning and the temperature was in the mid-70s. Three of us sat on the patio and ordered breakfast. The best dish I sampled was Southern Biscuit Benedict, a split biscuit topped with bacon, lightly cooked spinach, thick slices of tomato and poached eggs, with serrano hollandaise on the side.

I also liked the fried catfish and cheese grits with fried eggs. The catfish was coated with cornmeal and fried crispy on the outside, with lots of moist meat inside — it was superb. The eggs came over easy, though I ordered them sunny-side up. And the cheese grits were boring, nothing but grits and cheddar. They needed some onions and peppers or something.

The menu features 16 different burgers.
Troy Fields
The menu features 16 different burgers.

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Cedar Creek

1034 W. 20th
Houston, TX 77008

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Heights

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Hours: 11 a.m. to ­midnight Mondays through Wednesdays;11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays; 7 a.m. to midnight Sundays.

Catfish and grits: $9

Biscuit Benedict: $9

Texas Frito Pie: $6

Burger: $8.50

Shrimp BLTA: $10

1034 W. 20th St., 713-808-9623.

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A friend got the Mama's Plate with two scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries and a short stack of pancakes. He wolfed the sausage before I got a chance to taste any, but he seemed to like it. The eggs were nicely cooked too. He complained that the cubes of potato in homefries should be sautéed rather than deep-fried. But it was a minor quibble. He couldn't finish his pancakes.

When we first sat down, we swatted at a few pesky flies. Toward the middle of our breakfast, the flies increased to an alarming swarm. And by the time we were almost finished, the flies were crawling all over the food. They seemed particularly fond of the syrupy pancakes.

Gary Mosley, the owner of the Creek Group of restaurants, hired a pest control company to take care of the problem. But as you might imagine, the Austin-themed restaurant insisted on organic remedies.

"We have tried everything," Mosley told me. "We put in cedar mulch, sprayed cedar spray, hung up plastic bags full of water, set out fly baits, bought bug lights, set up big fans — you name it."

Despite the problem, Cedar Creek Cafe is currently the most successful restaurant in the Creek Group chain. Mosley is hoping that a few good freezes this winter will take care of the patio's unwelcome guests.

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