House of Pies: "great place after a night on the town" Houston Restaurant Tip by John_P_LSU
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This place is half-all-night diner and half-pastry shop. It has the vinyl and formica decorative appeal of a bowling alley and people come here because people come here and I think (but I'm not sure) that that circular logic has remained pretty much unbroken since the place began serving up slices of chocolately Bayou Goo in the 70s. Its funny, because HoP's very LACK of pretension is appealing, particularly given its location between West University and River Oaks, those two pillars of old money in Houston. Truck drivers, high society types, curfew-busting high schoolers, off-duty cops, etc... all are welcome.
From sugar-free pastries to classic fruit favorites and sinfully rich offerings like the multi-layered Bayou Goo and chocolate cream--all freshly baked--there's a pie for every craving. The all-day, short-order menu offers typical greasy spoon fare, but the drink sizes are generous and the staff is the down-home friendly type you'd find in any Southern diner.
Initially embraced by the gay community—which earned it the affectionate nickname "House of Guys"—this round-the-clock establishment has become a general hangout for those wanting to nosh and watch the human parade pass by.
Address: 3112 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77098-2122
Price Comparison: about average
Phone: (713) 528-3816
Price: less than US$10
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