Favorite Spots Around Town – Lunch in Houston
- Tiny Boxwoods (Pictured Above)
If the ladies who lunch aren’t headed to the country club, you’ll find them at Tiny Boxwoods amongst a crowd of twenty-somethings looking lovely. An oh so cute cafe hidden off W Alabama, Tiny Boxwoods offers a quaint escape from the hustle of Houston. It shares a garden with nursery next door so you feel like you’re enjoying your fresh salad on someone’s patio. Their menu changes daily, but locals come back for their quiche at brunch, beet burger, and the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie that sells out every day without fail. Seating can be tough, but service is quick and friendly if you sit at the espresso bar. You can go in shorts and t-shirt, but just know that it’s one of THE places to be seen in Houston.
Also hidden from sight is the Daily Review off Dunlavy and Lamar. Their patio is nice, but in this heat, you’ll want to sit inside the chic diner to enjoy their fresh offerings. Their menu is healthy and not overly expensive. I’d suggest a little makeup to walk in, but it’s not necessary.
- Ruggles Grille 5115 at Saks Fifth Avenue
Don’t be decieved by the white linen tablecloths or oversized chairs. You can sit down in the cool ac and enjoy a lovely meal in any attire at every price point. I blogged about their jumbo lump crab salad a couple weeks ago which had the pretty price of $22, but it was by far the most expensive thing on the menu. I’ve heard rumors their bread pudding is delish, but I’ve never had the pleasure of trying it myself.
- Neiman Marcus Cafe
This has been my go-to Galleria lunch spot for years! They start you off with a cup of chicken broth (I’m not sure why, but I love it) followed by their famous monkey bread rolls and strawberry butter. That is enough to make me happy. But you can’t miss out on their soup and sandwich combo. My favorite being the chicken tortilla and chicken salad combo. Of course you know you want one of their infamous chocolate chip cookies before you return to shopping.
A super casual diner with extra large portions of comfort food. My favorite Chinese chicken salad is big enough to feed three ravenous women. The pesto chicken salad sandwhich is noteworthy as well. There are three locations around Houston now, so you can easily pop in for a bite with friends.
Ziggy’s offers healthy dishes you wouldn’t know are healthy. In other words, there is something for everyone here. There isn’t much of an atmosphere to speak of, but it’s a great alternative to Cafe Express.
This chain of French cafeterias will never dissappoint you. You can order sandwiches and pasta from the menu, but I’m so in love with their fat free ceasar salad, soups, potato gallettes, and quiches they offer right off the line, I never even look at the menu. I don’t have to tell you it’s super casual, but it is a tad bit expensive for a cafeteria.
Smoothie Island is the only place I know in Houston to get a real green juice or a fresh fruit smoothie. They also offer great grilled veggie plates and pita sandwhiches. The majority of people you’ll find there are under the age of 16, but it’s a great for a quick healthy bite.