Houston Restaurant Guide

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Empire Cafe

This place is the overnight epicenter of Inner Loop chic. In a swell, saffron-hued room right out of L.A., Houston's hipsters congregate for cafe latte, killer handmade layer cakes, verdant focaccia sandwiches and baby pizzas (try the lush mushroom-and-pesto). Baked egg frittatas may sing the dry-texture blues, but hunter's-style eggs make a breakfast worth getting up for.
Jeff Balke
  • Price: $, $$
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Not necessary
  • Parking: Lot available
  • Extra Services: Catering, Private-group dining
  • Delivery