With my vegetarian daughter visiting Houston for the week I searched on Zomato for some fun dining options and came across The Hobbit Café. This restaurant opened back in 1972 as purely vegetarian but gradually added to their offerings over the years and now has quite an extensive and eclectic menu.
While you don’t have to be a Hobbit fan to dine here, if you are, I’m sure you will enjoy the memorabilia dotted around the various rooms of the café. Gollum staring down from a perch on the wall was a little disconcerting when we first walked in but if you find that too off putting then I suggest you take advantage of the outdoor seating area that was very pretty (despite being in a parking lot and having plastic chairs).
Be warned, the Hobbit Café is not the easiest place to find as it’s somewhat hidden in the corner of a parking lot that seems to serve a number of restaurants, plus the signage is not that huge, but persevere as it is worth the trouble.
We arrived for a late lunch and after a hectic morning we were both starving so quickly ordered a starter of black bean nachos while we read through the very extensive menu. When our huge plate of nachos arrived at our table we were a little sorry that we had ordered entrees as halfway through eating we both felt pretty full. Our plate of nachos was topped with black beans, jack cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeno peppers and sour cream plus we had been tempted with the sound of adding guacamole. A delicious dish and perfect for sharing.
My daughter’s entrée was the Black Bean burger with a side of sweet potato fries. The burger was quite gigantic and proved a little difficult to get your mouth around (well at least in a ladylike way).
I ordered the Protein plate. My options were tuna, egg, chicken, or chicken curry salad and either one or two scoops. Thank goodness I only ordered one, as that was large enough, does anyone really need two scoops? Needless to say we both left the restaurant with most of our entrees to go and so enjoyed them later for dinner.
There were a few negatives from our visit. Service was very friendly but our waiter seemed to disappear towards the end of our meal and left us waiting for quite a long time before taking our payment. Parking could be an issue when visiting at peak hours as it is rather limited and the gravel parking lot is not great to navigate when wearing high heels. The ladies bathroom was rather dated with only two toilets (one was out of order) and the other behind a curtain shower rather than in an actual cubicle.
Overall though I would give this restaurant a thumbs up as it is not at all like most ‘themed’ restaurants that usually concentrate on distracting you with the surroundings rather than wowing you with the food. I would have liked to have tried more dishes from the large menu but will return to this restaurant again with the knowledge that sharing dishes is the way to go.
Address: 2243 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77098
Telephone: 713 526 5460
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-9.30pm, Fri: 11am-10.30pm, Sat: 10.30am-10.30pm, Sun: 10.30am-9pm