Eat Houston: Mo ‘Better Brews in the Museum District

The brightly lit interior of Mo ‘Better Brews | Photo: Justin Jerkins / 365Houston

Immerse yourself in records, cafes and a 100% vegan brunch menu at Mo ‘Better Brews in the Museum Quarter.

In a city teeming with barbecue grills, burgers, and virtually every other global cuisine, Houston’s offerings for vegan diets have traditionally lagged behind when it comes to the restaurant scene.

But over the past decade, the landscape has widened, and the husband-and-wife duo of Courtney and Chasitie Lindsay are helping broaden the city’s culinary horizons with their latest vegan effort, Mo ‘Better Brews in the Museum District.

Open the weekend of June 17, 2021, the black-owned cafe and brunch is the couple’s first brick-and-mortar restaurant, and follows on from their previous vegan ventures that include Houston Sauce Co., the Sauce Co. Shoppette. on Wayside Drive, and The Green Zone on Almeda, which hosts their food trailers, Houston Sauce Kitchen, and Trill Phillies, among other vegan vendors.

But as the sign says, it’s more than vegan food as Mo ‘Better offers a special coffee blend from Three Keys Coffee (locally run by Tio and Kenzel Fallen), and a music selection curated by the eminent ethnomusicologist and resident DJ of Houston. , Flash Gordon Parks.

Those three rhythms combined, Mo ‘Better Brews achieves a great spot for cozy indoor and outdoor digs with a stellar brunch menu that packs the patio on weekends.

Vegan fried dishes and other dishes

Hot Honey Shrooms & Grits at Mo ‘Better Brews | Courtesy of Mo ‘Better Brews

Mo ‘Better Brews’ menu is 100% vegan and offers an array of fried, gravy and smothered dishes from light to heavy. Whichever direction you head in, the menu is packed with items that offer the types of first bite that stay in your mouth for a few extra beats, filling it with flavor and mumbled “mmm”.

Get started with Naked Fried Brussels; a bowl of delicate and ultra crispy sprouts in a tasty fig demi-glace, light with a fork and rich in flavor.

Then take your pick from featured items like the Johnny Nash Sweet Potato Hash with Kale, Quinoa, Black Beans, and Avocado in a Cilantro-Lemon Vinaigrette; the Chik’n Fried Shrooms & Grits with fried oyster mushrooms nestled in a bed of oatmeal and drizzled with Trill sauce; a Dilla Donut Sandwich that combines breakfast sausages, eggs, tomatoes, spinach and cheddar cheese in a fresh, fried donut; or dip into the sweet and mouthwatering waffles and pancakes topped with peach cobbler, strawberry cheezecake, pecan pie or warm honeyed Chik’n Fried mushrooms.

Flatbread pizzas and other light bites and kids ‘offerings round out the menu, but don’t skip Mo’ Better drinks, from locally roasted coffee drinks to juices, smoothies and mimosas kissed by aromas like the elderberry, hibiscus and pineapple.

Dig crates and sit on the patio

The Mo ‘Better Brews Two-Tier Outdoor Patio | Courtesy of Mo ‘Better Brews

From the bright, wood-lined interior and leafy outdoor patio that stretches out to the edge of San Jacinto Street, there are a handful of nooks where visitors can carve out space.

With doors open at 7:30 am six days a week, Mo ‘Better Brews positions itself as a cozy place to spend time with work, friends or colleagues on quieter mornings and weekday afternoons.

And, if you want to bring home some vinyl, head over to the ‘Wrecka Stow’ and flip through a few bins of records selected by Flash Gordon Parks, where you’ll find selections of soul, funk, hip-hop, and talent-grown talent. Houston. A unique addition to the cafe and brunch vibe, you’ll find insightful DJ notes that teach you about samples featured in other songs, special drum breaks, and obscure connections to H-Town.

If you’re dropping in for weekend brunch, plan ahead as the patio is packed and guests are limited to two hours per table. Large groups (6-15 guests) are encouraged to email and deposit with 48 hours notice, while small groups can get on the waitlist through Yelp.

To learn more about Mo ‘Better Brews, check their website where you can view the menu and place take out orders online.

Mo ‘Better Brews in the Museum Quarter

Mo ‘Better Brews, located at San Jacinto and Southmore Blvd. | Photo: Justin Jerkins / 365Houston

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