An evening at Onion Creek Cafe

oc.pic4.jpg So, last night was a Houston Metblogger meeting, and my first visit to Onion Creek Cafe in the Heights. Onion Creek’s been on my list of places-to-check-out for a while, so I was looking forward to finally making a visit.

Onion Creek is located on White Oak Bayou, about two blocks west of Studewood. Parking was a little tight, but I managed to squeeze into the last parking space in the back. Inside the cafe are a few tables, couches and full bar. My favorite part, though, was the huge outdoor patio that wrapped around half the cafe. There was a pretty healthy-sized crowd outside, but the tables were spaced well enough so that it didn’t feel cramped. And a lush wall of plants/greenery bordering the patio makes you forget that the cafe sits right on a relatively busy street. There was also a flat screen TV playing the Astros game. I didn’t order any food, but Luke had good things to say about their sandwiches. I did get a granita (thanks to Katie), which was delicious.

I really liked Onion Creek’s mellow vibe and equally mellow crowd. I’ll definitely go back for after-work unwinding with friends. Actually, the Heights is the one area of town that I’m pretty unfamiliar with and hope to spend more time exploring.

6 Comments so far

  1. katya (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    Their food really is great – we’re addicted to their pizzas and veggie burgers. We also LOVE going for breakfast and sometimes hitting the farmer’s market in the parking lot on Saturday mornings. It’s just a great place all around :)

  2. mikemcguff (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    I like the food at Onion Creek.

    I also just went to the other Austin-like restaurant in Houston…Barton Creek Grill. Good food, it’s not exactly cheap and they certainly like to pack customers in.

  3. shawn (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    Hmmmmm. When we were at onion creek last night I saw a sign that said Barton Springs….Yep, fire it up, it’s a conspiracy. It is now screamingly obvious that Austin restrateurs are trying to brainwash us into thinking we’re in Austin. This hard fact is further supported by my observation of an increasing amount of hippies and tree-huggers and people wearing Birkenstocks….Let me just say one thing to the people who are responsible for this conspiracy……

    ******HOOORAYYYY BEER******

  4. morton hurley (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    Before the HouMetBlog meeting, I ate a chili-cheese hot dog (covered with Fritos) and enjoyed two (not one, but two) Dogfish Head IPAs.

    Not sure why I was in the mood for a hot dog, but there you go. It was tasty and probably not very nutrious.

    I’d like to go back for their Farmer’s Market doo-dad, but since I’m in Clear Lake, it’s a bit tough getting up early enough to make the drive.

  5. Jen (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

    Dear Mr. Hurley –

    I didn’t know you liked weiners.

  6. blogme (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    speaking of weiners…

    I know by and large the people who read metblogs are a more enlightened group, I’ve used them to keep up with cities before and after a lot of my moves: SF, Houston, LA, Austin. So I have a good idea that most people on here actually care about their community and the people in them.

    That said I don’t know why y’all continue to support this place. The manager/owner? is completely inconsiderate to his residential neighbors, lying to them initially and saying Onion Creek was not going to be a bar, but rather just a coffee and breakfast joint.

    If you’re familiar with the area you know how many bars are right there (3 within a block). Because of it’s popularity the parking situation when I lived in an apartment in 2004 a few blocks over sucked. Patrons blocking the street, making it near impossible to come out of my parking lot. Clogging the side streets and making dangerous blind spots.

    The farmer’s market I can’t fault necessarily, I used to go to those in the Bay area all the time, but if you want a real farmer’s market there’s a permanent huge one over at Airline and Sylvester just inside of the loop, all sorts of freshness all week long and all day long.

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