Lox and Huevos

Sample the unlikely Mexican-Jewish fusion at Rustika Café & Bakery.

"I've been here for coffee, but I always thought of this place as a bakery," one of my lunch mates said when we sat down. Rustika makes custom cakes, and there are always some spectacular examples on display. There are several cakes cut into slices available from the bakery case. You'll also find some exceptional pastries and cookies, like alfajores with dulce de leche filling, moist coconut macaroons and lots of the little Jewish cookies called rugelach.

I was a little underwhelmed by a shrimp and chipotle dish I tried at Rustika. By and large, I would recommend that you steer clear of the more ambitious meat and seafood entrées. Try the pastries, the crepes, an oversized sandwich, a spicy Mexican egg dish, or one of the fascinating Mexican-Jewish fusion items instead.

The first Passover Seder this year is March 29. Better put in your order for a tray of jalapeño gefilte fish now.

The "Rustika Mexicana Melt" is terrific.
Troy Fields
The "Rustika Mexicana Melt" is terrific.

Location Info


Rustika Cafe and Bakery

3237 SW Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Greenway Plaza


Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Gefilte fish Rustika: $7.85

Guacamole bobe: $6.85

Chicken crepes: $8.95

Chilaquiles and eggs: $8.45

Tortilla Oaxaqueña: $7.85

3237 Southwest Fwy., 713-665-6226.

Shalom, amigos!

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