Local Caffeine Fix: The Best Neighborhood Coffeeshops

There are plenty of times when the Starbucks drive-thru is the only way to go.  When I am in a rush, late for a meeting, baby is fussy, full-on crying or fast asleep, it is a lifesaver and can't be beat.  On days when we have a little more time, I like to visit our neighborhood coffee spots for a latte or flat white.  Here are my favorites for a quick stop-by with the stroller or when meeting up with friends for coffee and a meal.

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Sister to Montrose-area Black Hole CaféAntidote has a great laid-back vibe and funky mid-century modern seating along with ample patio space.  This spot serves fair trade organic coffee and goodies from local spots such as Fat Cat Creamery, Sinfull Bakery, and their own Black Hole kitchen.  Open late!

Blacksmith has become a weekend ritual for me and the hubs.  These guys have great coffee down to a science. Barista John Letoto even competes in latte art championships.  Breakfast and lunch are served all day and options such as the Vietnamese Steak and Eggs and Scratch Biscuit with Crème Fraîche and Marmalade will hit the spot.  Even Alton Brown is a fan.  Check out the artwork on the back wall that states, "When Queen plays, Freddie pays!"  A few months ago, I was lucky enough to be first in line when a Queen song came on and my drink was free!  Open daily 7am-5pm.

The hubs ordered a customized breakfast at Blacksmith last weekend.  He asked for a few avocado slices so clearly they do not skimp.

Common Bond has a bright, airy space on the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy and is definitely my favorite place in Houston for delicious pastries and artful desserts.  Even their to-go boxes are beautifully branded and would make for a super hostess gift filled with croissants, macarons, or mini tarts.  With a full bakery and kitchen, you can enjoy your coffee with a variety of gourmet breakfast and lunch choices that change daily.  The parking lot fills up fast and lines are frequently out the door.  If you can avoid the breakfast or lunch rush, this is a great spot for a mid-morning meeting.  Breakfast is served 7-10:30am, lunch is available from 11am-3pm, and weekend brunch is 9am-3pm.  Closed Mondays.

Located on Heights Boulevard, EQ Heights or Equilibrium Social House opened earlier this year taking the place of previous coffee spots, Boulevard and Waldo's.  The classic bungalow that houses this little shop has been renovated and filled with some beautiful furniture including a gorgeous reclaimed wood communal table by Heights shop Mod-Tops.  This place is setup like your neighbor's comfy living room.  They really won me over when I found an Architectural Digest on the table.  The tricky part was trying to skim it while simultaneously bouncing a sleepy baby and sipping a latte.  Open daily 7am-9pm.

Revival Market, on the corner of Heights and White Oak, is part coffeeshop, part restaurant, and part butcher/market.  Landon and I walk here in the mornings at least once a week.  Owned by the same duo responsible for the always-packed Coltivare down the street, Revival has great coffee (free drip on Monday mornings!) and a delicious menu filled with locally sourced ingredients.  Very family friendly and dogs can always be found on the patio (I once saw a Great Dane and a St. Bernard squeezed under the same table).  Open daily, they recently started serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

More local ideas to come after we make the move in a few months!  What are some favorites in your area?