Friday, March 25, 2011

Houston Literary Culture: The Hobbit Cafe

I love geekery in all of its myriad forms, so I was in heaven the other day when a friend and I went to Houston's Hobbit Cafe, a restaurant off of Kirby that is Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (LOTR) themed. 

It is decorated with Hobbit decor.  The menu is Hobbit themed. (I had the Fatty Lumpkin, which proved to be the largest tuna sandwich in the history of existence.  That's right, the entire history of existence.)  The servers wear Hobbit-themed t-shirts.   Of course, the food was excellent, as well, which is always a plus in a restaurant.  Check it out if you're ever in the Houston area.

*Slightly off-topic, this was all I could think about the entire time we were there:


Homero said...

"(I had the Fatty Lumpkin, which proved to be the largest tuna sandwich in the history of existence. That's right, the entire history of existence.)"

This post is useless without pics!

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to take pictures, but the sandwich was at least four inches tall. I only managed to eat half of it before I had to call it quits, and I normally have an amazingly expansive stomach.

Good times, good times.

Homero said...

*cue jaw drop*

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Pretty much, and unlike a hamburger, a tuna sandwich doesn't squish down so much as it squishes OUT. Very messy.

happyname34 said...

Methinks it was the avocado that did you in

Anonymous said...

This cozy restaurant located in a Tudor cottage surrounded by a white picket fence has been around since 1972. The mystical art from Middle Earth adorning the interior creates a somewhat Bohemian atmosphere in which earthy fare is served in a forest-like setting.

Not technically a fully vegetarian restaurant, in its present incarnation the Hobbit Cafe offers many vegetarian selections and is a perfect place to stop for dinner during an Upper Kirby pub crawl. I wasn't aware Tex-Mex and Caribbean inspired foods were the preferred cuisine of Middle Earth, but I do know that Hobbits enjoy their drinking… and the Hobbit has a limited, but great beer menu, including several Texas craft beers on draft.

Soups and salads are the specialty here. Some suggestions to try include their black bean nachos (Monterey jack cheese, pico de gallo, jalapenos and sour cream). The amazing salads like the tropical chicken salad (fresh Spring mix, fruit, toasted almonds tossed in a tropical yogurt dressing topped with jerk chicken and toasted coconut).

Gandalf lives, at least in his namesake sandwich (avocado and mushrooms under melted cheese). So does Thorin Oakenshield and the Strider, in various combinations of tabouli, egg salad, sprouts, tomatoes and guacamole on thick slices of whole wheat bread. Other suggestions include the avocado burger, buffalo burger and black bean burger that are all very tasty. Try the Caribbean salmon, grilled with spices and topped with jerk sauce, mango salsa and toasted coconut, steamed veggies piled high over brown rice and beans. The veggie burgers are as charming as the mystical d├ęcor. The fresh fruit-of-the-season smoothies are simply delicious.

A few unhealthy menu options are available such as a hefty hamburger—but vegetarian choices like the spinach and mushroom enchiladas are the true crowd-pleasing items. Other excellent vegetarian choices include soothing homemade soups, enchanting sandwiches and bountiful salads.

The Hobbit Cafe also has a well-deserved reputation for serving delicious desserts, including moist carrot cake and tangy key lime pie.

Outside dining on the shady deck is extremely popular in fair weather.

- Alain G. Harvey

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