The Houston Heights or as it is known to the locals “The Heights” is a neighborhood about four miles from downtown Houston.  It also happens to be my neighborhood!  Being my neighborhood, I thought it’d be a great place to start a series on Houston, my home town for the last twenty years.

The Heights is sort of like a small town inside a big city.  It is a wonderful neighborhood for walking or riding your bike with some great bike/hike trails, bike lanes, and overall bike friendly streets.

I love to explore it on foot or on my bike so I can just enjoy the small tree-lined streets, historic Victorian style or bungalow homes, the many restaurants, beverage establishments (that’s generic for breweries, pubs, bars, wine bars, and the like), coffee shops, and antique shops.

Some of the best things to enjoy about The Heights include:

Houston Heights Street ArtHouston Heights Street Art


The Heights is blessed with a broad selection of restaurants and includes some of the best in Houston.  While I may be biased in this assessment, I will say that you will not be disappointed at any of them.  The list below is not an exhaustive list – it is just a list of some of my favorites and those that are closest to my home (yes, I am a bit biased).

Heights Restaurants Heights Restaurants

NameAddressVisitedCommentsFurther Information
Alli's Pizzaria350 W 19th St Suite D, Houston, TX 77008YesSome of my favorite pizza in Houston. VERY thin crust!
Antidote Coffee729 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007YesGood coffee!Antidote Coffee
Barnaby's2802 White Oak Dr #500, Houston, TX 77007YesCasual eatery - very good burgers. Lots of fries!
BB's Cafe2701 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77009YesCajun food. Open
Bernadine's1801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX
Black and White1001 Studewood St, Houston, TX
Boil House606 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008NoSeasonal crawfish
Boomtown Coffee242 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesGood coffee - near antique shops and
Carter & Cooley375 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesGreat deli sandwiches and soups!
Cedar Creek1034 W 20th St, Houston, TX 77008YesVery hill country atmosphere. Causal food. Similar menu to sister properties (the "Creek" restaurants)
Christian's Tailgate2820 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007YesSports bar with really good
Colina's502 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesGood Italian and it's
Coltivare3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007YesFarm to table - even has it's own garden
Dacapo's Pastry Cafe1141 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77009YesGood sandwiches, soups, pastries.
Downhouse1801 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008YesHigh end bar
Dry Creek544 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007YesSee Cedar
Eight Row Flint1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008NoBourbon, craft beer,
Fat Cat Creamery1901 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008YesIce cream - homemade ice cream!
Glass Wall933 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008YesFine
Good Dog903 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008YesExcellent hot
Happy Fatz3510 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007YesExcellent hot dogs and cakes!
Harold's Restaurant & Tap Room350 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesFine dining - great view from the terrace overlooking 19th
Hubcap Grill1133 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesGreat selection of
Hugs and Donuts1901 N Shepherd Dr #4, Houston, TX 77008YesDonuts - delicious
Hunky Dory1801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008YesUpscale "pub food"
Jus' Mac2617 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008YesMac 'n' Cheese every which way!
KA Sushi1901 N Shepherd Dr #1, Houston, TX 77008YesReally good sushi!
Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts601 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007NoFried chicken and donuts.
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar1050 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008YesGood all around food - but their Wednesday Southern fried chicken is incredible!
Lola1102 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008YesDiner style food - very
Maryam's Cafe315 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesPastries, coffees, teas, etc. Good for a break from the
Onion Creek3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007YesSee Cedar
Pho Binh2916 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007YesGood Pho and Vietnamese
Pinks Pizza1403 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008YesGood pizza with
Red Dessert Dive1045 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008YesGood pastries and
Revival Market550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007YesCraft butcher now also serving coffee and sandwiches. Same chef/owner as
Ruggles Green748 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008YesGood American
Shade250 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesFine
Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant801 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007No - but I have visited their other
Southern Goods632 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesBBQ and southern
Tacos a Go Go2912 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007YesSome of the best tacos you can get.Tacos a Go Go
Teotihuacan1511 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009YesMy favorite
Thai Spice460 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesThai
The Boot1206 W 20th St, Houston, TX
Torchy's350 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008YesAustin transplant with good tacos and pretty darn good queso!
Zelko Bistro705 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008YesUpscale casual farm to

Heights Restaurants

I’ve already mentioned that The Heights is a very walkable (or bikable) neighborhood and these restaurants fit in that paradigm for me – I can get to all of them either by foot or on my bike.


The Heights is known for two big yearly festivals – White Linen Nights and Lights in the Heights.

White Linen Night is a festival that takes place the first Saturday in August featuring artists, music, food, beverages, and thousands of people dressed in – yes, you guessed it – white linen.  This is a major event and sometimes the streets are so crowded that one just has to go with the flow!

Lights in the Heights is a smaller scale festival held in early December highlighting a section of The Heights where homes are decorated with amazing Christmas light displays.  Along with the decorated homes you’ll find some private parties and music throughout.  It is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!

Lights in The Heights


The great thing about The Heights is that it is totally self contained yet close enough to everything.  You can quickly make it in to downtown, The Galleria area, the Uptown area, Midtown, EaDo, Washington area, West U, Village, Montrose, and River Oaks are all very close by.

In the future, I’ll be writing about some of those areas so stay tuned for more.  But, for now, I’ll leave you with this.

Houston Heights