Went in for a meeting, came out with a million pictures and a blog post. Pastries, freshly squeezed juices, a full menu of light and delicious fare, and probably even more to explore, Tout Suite is a fairly new space in Houston. The Uber driver who brought me here told me that it used to be an open space for artists to use to rehearse, paint, dance, or do whatever their artistic desires asked of them 20-30 years ago. He also mentioned that there used to be some "illicit behavior" going on here. But who doesnt expect artists of the 80s to not be expriementing with some psychedelic type stuff! Anywho, macaroons. To die for. I had a salted carmel and a creme brulee and they were both really good! I wish I had a salted carmel one with me right now. The creme brulee was delicious, however a little too sweet for my liking, but I'm pretty sure that's the nature of the beast. I would definitely suggest grabbing a dozen of these guys to make anyone's day. And the coffee was that fruity flavor, a good coffee that doesnt make you jittery or anything. A smooth ride into coffee town.
It's a very light and airy, yet industrial feel inside with lots of plants and exposed piping. The space is divided into the main area that is pictured and a fews steps down, there is another spacious seating area. I did also hear that there is a large space upstairs that can be rented out for events, however we didn't get to explore that this time. Meaning we have to come back and try more macaroons. They're open till midnight, so definitely a great place for studying/working till pretty late.
Overall, I don't think I could have had a better first coffee housing visit in Houston, Texas!
I actually saw this place on my way to a late lunch with my friend the day before and the exterior looked really interesting so I made note of what the spot was called according to my Google Maps and decided I'd return the next day. And voila! I did. :)
Super quirky on the outside, Little Skips is a really intimate little coffee spot. A majority of the patrons were midtwenty's - midthirtys so it had a grownup cool factor to it. The barista was totally cool (ask for Elliott - he's the bomb) and helped me make my plethora of coffee shop decisions: Small to go cup, Medium to go cup or dine-in mug; cinnamon raisin swirl bagel, pumpernickel bagel, regular bagel, muffins?; what do you want on the bagel?...the list goes on and on. I would say it was a little stressful, but I honestly just had no idea the amount of options they provide. The space is small but their menu is quite extensive. Sammies and a bunch of options for making your custom fitted bagel. Next time I visit, I'll have to try one of the more savory bagel options but seeing as it was my first New York Bagel ever, I decided to go with cinnamon-swirl (which they make in house!) with cream cheese and a regular coffee with almond milk. They also had a $10 minimum on cards so I opted in for a banana chocolate chip muffin for the road.
Seating in here like I said is quite intimate. They have bar type seating against the front window, about six small 2-3 person tabels, a couple of high top tables, and 2 picnic benches. I shared a picnic table with a couple of people and was able to get some shots of it.
Overall, I can't wait to go back to NY and explore not only more coffeeshops but the inventive bagels they've got going on here!
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