I finally got to catch up with my original foodie crew for a brunch at the Honeymoon Cafe! I love hanging with these ladies because it is guaranteed to involve great conversation about everything under the sun and of course great food. There are few people who match my love of eating out, but these ladies do! Enough about my crew though, on this day we had an early birthday celebration for my friend Adrienne. Birthday girl gets to pick the restaurant and she opted for Honeymoon Cafe for an afternoon brunch. This was all of our first time visiting this spot and we had a good time!
Location and Setup:
Honeymoon Cafe is located downtown on Main Street. I love this area because it does not read as typical Houston. It feels historic and almost East coast. The downfall there of course is parking. If you live off of the rail system it is perfect, but for me it involves circling the block for free street parking. Once inside, I quickly forgot my parking woes and took in this beautiful restaurant! Honeymoon Cafe is one of those restored older buildings with high ceilings and original brick. So beautiful! The cafe also has large windows all around allowing large amounts of natural light and optimal people watching.
Per usual I was the first to arrive. I enjoyed a passion fruit mimosa while I waited for a table. I am starting to really appreciate varieties in mimosas. Everyone can do a standard orange mimosa, but when you change it up a bit it makes my visit more memorable. Once my friends arrived we opted for a carafe of the bellinis. These were equally good and carried a tad more kick.
We sat there for a few hours as we tend to do whenever we gather. We sat through a couple shifts ending too. Everyone was great though. Our first waitress was very personable and took care to talk us through the menu options. After she left one of the bartenders took care of us. He made sure we kept drinks as we talked and was patient as the group looked for drinks that fit our tastebuds. Truly a great staff!
As you know, I live for french toast, LIVE. While I waited on my brunch crew, I browsed the menu and of course wanted the french toast. Well thank goodness I had the foresight to look at their dessert menu also! There was a dessert with my name on it, so that meant savory entree so I could fit in dessert. Everyone agreed with my strategy and well opted for the shrimp po boy. Yes we broke a foodie group rule! We generally all order something different so we can taste as much as possible, but no one was conceding here.
I opted out of some of the shrimp po boy toppings like the “chow chow relish” but was brave and added the lafayette remoulade. Y’all should be proud of this picky eater! The remoulade gave the dish some character. I would have been bored with the fried shrimp without it! I also added the fries. Despite my initial judgment, these fries were crispy and seasoned well. I do not think anyone left any fries.
Moving right along to dessert! Here we decided to go for some diversity. I ordered the bread pudding and another friend ordered the beignets. Bread pudding is generally pretty soggy, but my favorites are those that are not. I know crazy! I enjoyed the flavors just wished it was less soggy. For the beignets, the coffee drizzle on top had a strong presence. The other two ladies had their eyes on the doberge cake, a New Orleans style chocolate layer cake with fresh berries. They also added the a scoop of ice cream. Pardon my ignorance, but I expected THE cake to be chocolate. Nope, doberge cake means yellow cake and chocolate icing. It was plated beautifully, but the ladies said the cake was a tad dry. So in short, dessert made for GREAT pictures it just did not fully satisfy the sweet tooth.
The vibe of Honeymoon cafe is that of a chill coffee shop and I think it is best for that type of trip.There were plenty patrons enthralled in a book or typing away on their laptops. I thoroughly enjoyed my entree and drinks but would probably skip the dessert on the next visit.