It was a beautiful, sunny day when I visited Houston Heights. I got there in the middle of the morning and what was on my mind was brunch - I didn't know what I wanted exactly, but I knew I wanted something fairly healthy and yet still a treat. And there, in the middle of Heights Boulevard, I found what I was looking for.
It was called the Houston Revival Market. It looked like a farm shop, but there were tables out front, shaded by an awning and nestled away from any breeze in front of big glass doors. Inside, there were racks of enticing-looking cakes and juices, and a server showed me to a table with a view of the street, but comfortably shaded from the sun.
The shop is a butcher's and deli, selling meats and cheeses, and I found it dark and slightly too cold compared to my sunny table outside. It had a laid-back atmosphere, though - I could picture myself buying weekend loaves there.
I ordered eggs and mushrooms on sourdough, and they were divine. As you can see from the photo, the mushrooms were in a creamy sauce, offsetting the perfectly-cooked egg and with a piquant tang from the chopped chervil garnish. It was the nicest breakfast I'd had in a long time and it reminded me of a vegetarian restaurant in Leeds, England which is the only place I'd ever had creamed mushrooms and egg on the same slice of toast. I don't know why: it's an inspired combination.
The coffee, too, was rich and delicately flavored. I ordered a latte, and it came in a wide rather than a tall cup, which I always think tastes nicer. I also believe the Revival Market (via Agricole) source their beans sustainably, so it was a less guilt-ridden cup of coffee, and the latte art was superlative.
It was honestly a great brunch all round. Everything was well cooked, served simply, and allowed to express its own flavors without too much fanfare or over-seasoning. The service was quick and attentive, but the food came at a pace that suited the bustling busy-ness of the place - this isn't somewhere that you can sit for hours, it's somewhere to take a few minutes with a beautiful plate of food before moving on.
I paid around $20 for my coffee, eggs and mushrooms, and a small glass of freshly squeezed OJ. It was worth every penny. If you're in the Houston Heights area, I highly recommend calling in for brunch at the Revival Market. If I'd had longer in the city, I'd have liked to go back for more meals there, but there were so many restaurants and so little time.