May 30th, 2011

Down House: A Preview of a Place on Yale

Inside of a former Heights neighborhood bank sits the newest addition to Houston’s coffee shop, bar, and restaurant scene. Sure, it sounds like a heavy undertaking, but from the small preview we’ve had, Down House firing on all cylinders.


Down House, Houston, a play on the name of Charles Darwin’s home in the Downe village of greater London, is serving up Cuvee Coffee products, craft beers, and a pretty amazing list of food. Look for a full write-up and review soon, but for now, here are a few pictures and descriptions of some of the food and drinks we’ve had the pleasure of sampling.

Right now Down House is serving breakfast and lunch, but will soon be open from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM daily.



The interior of Down House is bright, with antique style light fixtures and antique furniture.


The Down House whole grain waffle. It’s served with a fantastic berry syrup and maple whipped cream.


Down House Cappuccino.


The breakfast torta. When I ordered this I was expecting the pork to have a heavy BBQ sauce or jus presence, but was pleasantly surprised to have some well cooked pork given the chance to stand on its own. Along with the slaw, fried egg, and avocado, this was the perfect breakfast.



Down House Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese. Chevre, gouda, and craft beer butter. I’m not exactly sure what craft beer butter is, but I like it.


Marinated tomatoes, Thai basil pesto, ricotta with walnut oil, and aged balsamic vinegar.


The Longhorn burger with slab of bacon. When Down House says slab, it’s thick cut sweet ham. Delicious.


House salad with more of that wonderful pulled pork.


The guys behind the scene, Chris Cusack and Forrest DeSpain.


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Where – The Heights – 1801 Yale St., Houston, TX 77008 (Map)
What – For now, expect rich food, meticulous coffee, and craft beer. Cocktails come later.
Wear – Dress up, dress down. It’s a bit of a throwback, a fedora and suspenders wouldn’t garner any extra attention. Then again, neither would sandals and socks.
How Much – For a beer, burger and fries, look to spend about $15.00. Coffee and a breakfast plate bring about $10.00.
Hours – For now, they’re open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM for breakfast, lunch, and any beverage needs.

Richard / Stephan

— The Loop Scoop


Paul — Monday, May 30, 2011 8:28 pm

These photos look amazing.

Raul — Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:03 pm

This place is AWESOME!!! Wife and I ate there Monday morning, the torta IS perfect, especially with that salsa provided.

I can’t wait to go back for Lunch, Dinner and brews.

J — Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:59 am

The coffee was amazing when we went, but the food left a lot to be desired. Maybe it was an off day, but I’m sticking with the coffee only in the future.

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