Paleo Brunch at the Edloe Street Cafe.

West University’s Secret Spot

I love finding hidden gems. I wasn’t familiar with the Edloe Street Cafe until my wife and I met the owners at a fundraiser for Westbury CARE, an animal rescue organization we volunteer for. The Thomas family also volunteers for the organization and they catered an event for us. The food was really good, so  my wife (Ann) and I decided to give their restaurant  a try one day for brunch. In addition to being really nice people,  it turns out they make great food too.

A Charming Family Owned Café

Despite being in the heart of Houston, Edloe Street Café feels like it is located in a small town.  It is located in  West University near City Hall, across form the little league baseball field. It almost feels like you’ve gone back in time. Inside, the restaurant is small and charming. The exposed brick walls are hung with art created by local artists, and the menu is written on chalkboards hung above the counter where you order. And what a menu it is. They serve breakfast foods, burgers, salads, seafood and even tex-mex. As I looked at the vast menu, one dish stood out to me above the others.

Eggs Benedict with a Cajun Flare

New Orleans Eggs Benedict at Edloe Street Cafe
Cajun Benedict at Edloe Street Cafe

It was hard for me to pass up on the Cajun Benedict—a toasted English muffin topped with sautéed crawfish tails, two poached eggs, lobster hollandaise sauce, sprinkled with lump crab and served with a side of breakfast potatoes. “OK,” I thought to myself, we can make this paleo-friendly. I requested the potatoes to be substituted for fresh fruit, and asked them to hold the english muffin, and like that, the dish was low-carb. The poached eggs were cooked to perfection, with delicious runny yokes spilling into the rich Hollandaise sauce made out of, guess what, more egg yolks. The sauce was fantastic  with the lump crabmeat, and there was lots of it. The crawfish tails were big and well seasoned. The Cajun Benedict did not disappoint.  I’ll be back for soon for some more of this dish.

Chicken Salad in an Avocado Bowl

 Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado

Ann was leaning towards the Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado—a split avocado filled with heaping scoop of delicious chicken salad on a bed of lettuce and heirloom tomatoes and a side of fresh fruit.  Her meal was too irresistible not to sample.  The produce was fresh and delicious and the chicken salad was well seasoned and meaty. We eat a lot of avocados at our house, but I never seem to get tired of them. The dish was really  light and refreshing, and perfect for a summer-time brunch, and best of all, it is paleo-friendly.

The Verdict

If you are in the mood for a relaxing brunch in a quaint atmosphere, and a paleo-friendly menu, then the Edloe Street Café is a fantastic choice. We’ll be back soon to try some of their burgers or maybe some tacos for lunch.

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