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Empire Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
US$20
CUISINES
American, Cafe
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Menu

COFFEES & ESPRESSOS​
$2.15
House Blend
Free refills
$2.75
Iced Coffee
Cold brewed special blend
Single $1.95
Double $2.50
Espresso
$2.95
Con Pana
Espresso w/ whipped cream
$2.95
Cappuccino
1/3​ Espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, 1/3 foam
$3.50
Café Latte
2/3 Steamed milk, 1/3 espresso & foam
$3.95
Café Mocha
Espresso, steamed milk, chocolate & foam
$2.95
Café Au Lait
1/2 House blend coffee, 1/2 steamed milk
$2.85
Macchiato
Espresso w/ a little foamed milk
$2.85
Americano
Espresso diluted w/ water
COFFEE CORDIALS​
$6.50
Café
Bailey’s irish cream, frangelico, kahlua, double espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream
$6.50
Mocha Java
Bailey’s​ irish cream, frangelico, chocolate, double espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream
$6.25
Italian Coffee
DiSaronno amaretto, christian brothers brandy, house blend coffee, whipped cream
$6.25
Java Genie
Kahlua, christian brothers brandy, double espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream
$7.00
B52
Bailey’s irish cream, kahlua, grand marnier, house blend coffee, whipped cream
$7.00
Coffee Royale
DiSaronno amaretto, bailey’s irish cream, frangelico, house blend coffee, whipped cream
GOOD MORNING POTIONS​
$6.50
Empire Mimosa
Champagne, fresh squeezed orange juice, served in a tall glass
$6.50
Empress Mary
Vodka, bloody mary mix, fresh salsa, cracked pepper, lime wedge & celery stick
$5.95
Ruby Kiss
A dazzling blend of champagne & raspberry liquor
$5.75
Pineapple Vodka Driver
Fresh pineapple infused stoli vodka on the rocks w/ fresh squeezed orange juice
$6.50
Morning Rita
Tequila, triple sec, margarita lime mix, served on the rocks & topped w/ grand marnier
$6.50
Martian Storm
Pineapple infused vodka w/ crushed pineapple pieces, stirred w/ cranberry & orange juice
$6.95
Mojito
Fresh mint leaves, cane sugar, fresh lime juice muddled together & topped w/ premium dark rum & sparkling club soda. garnished w/ a lime wedge.
$5.75
Michelada
Beer, spicy chile, tomato & lime juice served in a chilled glass w/ a cayenne salt rim, lime wedge. a refreshing frothy favorite from across the border.
BREAKFAST​
$3.95
Hot Polenta
Italian style hot cereal w/ honey cream & toasted almonds
Regular $3.95
with Bananas & Strawberries $4.95
McCann's True Irish Oatmeal
Regular $3.95
with Bananas & Strawberries $4.95
Empire Cafá Granola Mix
Regular $7.25
with Yogurt & Honey Roasted Pecans $8.25
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Platter
Regular $5.75
with Bananas & Strawberries $6.75
Original Waffle
Regular $5.75
with Bananas & Strawberries $6.75
Gingerbread Waffle
$7.50
Italian Toast
Topped w/ mixed berries
$5.95
Buttermilk
Whole wheat
Pancakes
Three homemade pancakes w/ butter & maple syrup
$6.95
Fruit Pancakes
Three homemade buttermilk pancakes
Regular $5.95
With bananas & strawberries $6.95
Origina
Ginger Break
Multigrain
Waffle
BREADS & SIDES​
$1.85
Bagel
$2.25
Muffin
$2.25
Scone
Small 2.25
Large 2.95
Sticky Bun
$1.95
Coffee Cake
$1.45
Whole Wheat Toast
$1.45
English Muffin
$2.95
Potatoes Formaggi
$2.95
Cheddar Hash Brown Potatoes
$2.50
Herb Roasted Potatoes
EGG SPECIALTIES​
$6.95
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Roma
On foccacia bread w/ basil pecan pesto, tomatoes & mozzarella cheese; served w/ cheddar hash brown potatoes & fresh fruit
$6.95
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Verdi
On spinach nest w/ garlic & olive oil; served w/ cheddar hash brown potatoes & fresh fruit
$7.50
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Parma
On herb roasted potatoes w/ pancetta & fontina cheese; served w/ whole wheat toast & fresh fruit
$6.95
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Hunter's Style
On foccacia bread w/ crimini mushrooms, onions & tomatoes; served w/ cheddar hash brown potatoes & fresh fruit
$7.75
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Focaccia Eggs
Focaccia bread topped w/ scrambled eggs, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, fresh basil, chopped bacon & mozzarella cheese; served w/ cheddar hash brown potatoes & fresh fruit
$6.95
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Traditional
Two pieces of bacon, whole wheat toast, cheddar hash brown potatoes & fresh fruit
$8.25
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Empire Café; Benedict
Two english muffins w/ ham & hollandaise sauce; served w/ cheddar hash brown potatoes & fresh fruit
$8.95
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Breakfast Tacos
Two flour tortillas w/ scrambled eggs, chorizo, red onions, tomatoes, black beans, lettuce & yellow cheddar cheese; served w/ cheddar hash brown potatoes & fresh fruit
OMELETTES​
Served All day, our four egg omelettes are prepared traditional style · served w/ herb roasted potatoes & fresh fruit
$6.50
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Cheese Omelette
$7.95
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Create Your Own Omelette
FRITTATAS​
$7.50
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Mamma Mia
Diced herb roasted potatoes, pancetta, fresh tomatoes, red onions, gorgonzola cheese & topped w/ parmesan cheese & sour cream; served w/ herb roasted potatoes & fresh fruit
$7.50
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Bella
Italian sausage, portabella mushrooms, green onions, provolone cheese & topped w/ fresh avocado; served w/ herb roasted potatoes & fresh fruit
$7.50
Egg Whites $+1.00
Egg Beaters $+1.00
Spinaci
Spinach, pancetta, tomatoes, garlic & feta cheese; served w/ herb roasted potatoes & fresh fruit
STARTERS​
$6.50
Dips of the World
Artichoke spinach, spicy marinara & black bean dips; served w/ baked pita chips
$7.95
Mushroom Ripieno
Baked portabella mushrooms stuffed w/ crabmeat & roasted peppers
$6.95
Peanut Grilled Chicken
Tender chicken breast strips marinated in balsamic vinegar, peanut oil & crushed peanuts then char-grilled
PANINIS​
Served w/ herb roasted potatoes
$8.50
Ciabatta
Rustic Italian bread
Sandwiches
Eggplant
Roasted eggplant, caramelized onions, mixed greens, basil pecan pesto
$8.95
Ciabatta
Rustic Italian bread
Sandwiches
Chicken
Baked​ chicken, red onions, mixed greens & roasted sweet red pepper spread
$8.95
Ciabatta
Rustic Italian bread
Sandwiches
Turkey
Marinated turkey breast, cucumbers, red onions, sundried tomato pesto
$8.50
Ciabatta
Rustic Italian bread
Sandwiches
Portabella
Portabella mushrooms, roasted red & yellow peppers, mixed greens, & goat cheese
$7.95
Ciabatta
Rustic Italian bread
Sandwiches
Half of any Panini & Cup of Soup
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All reviews brunch cake coffee choices breakfast quesadilla eggs benedict focaccia french toast pasta dishes salad great coffee both indoor and outdoor seating covered patio daily specials order at the counter love this place good eats counter service
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Food is not as simple as it seems. Breakfast quesadilla-eggs to order- pico- toasted tortilla - black beans- cheese- smoked ham. Fruit changes with order. Melon or berries.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 114JoeM
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

Long time since I was here. It remains cozy and welcoming, and I readily forgave its little slip ups (lukewarm coffee in the carafe, rubbery poached eggs). I know what it can do. I'll come back any time.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank HouMSW
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Empire Cafe was recommended to my wife and I when we visited Houston last year, and as we planned for the trip just completed (Nov 2018), we put dining at Empire Cafe on top of our food experience list. It is located in Midtown or...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ckfitness
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Gave Empire Cafe another try after a two year hiatus. Breakfast menu was improved and coffee/desserts are still a favorite. Oat pancakes were on the dry side-but I enjoyed everything else. Especially my salmon scramble! Husband ordered a egg sandwich quesadilla with sausage and it...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank l0tusbl0ss0m
Reviewed 31 October 2018

We visited for Sunday Brunch. I ordered the Italian Bread French Toast with Fruit! Delicious. My Brother had traditional bacon, eggs, toast. His looked really good too. I wished I had ordered an egg and some bacon. A week or so later, I ordered again...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ardella C. Fuie... S
Reviewed 21 October 2018

For just under $60 we had a nice late lunch/early dinner for 3. You order and pay at the counter and your food comes quickly to your table. We started with a big platter to share that included a nice warm spinach artichoke dip, oven...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Patty H
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We frequent this restaurant often. I have never had a bad meal (or drink) there. It is a quaint, comfortable establishment. For lunch, dinner or an after theater dessert, this is one of my favorites. (The cappucino is wonderful.)

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank lenkcpa
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Liked this cool cafe. Had the 4 egg omelet with cheddar and ham, served with savory baby redskin potatoes. My wife had the pancakes. Really liked the fact that they served them with a small pitcher of warm syrup. Great food, friendly, efficient staff. Eat...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank karlhsmith
Reviewed 1 September 2018

One of my favorite casual spots! Friendly service and good food - be sure to check out the daily specials, good additions to the menu! Great salads, soups, pizzas and a covered patio when the weather cooperates. Monday is "half-price" cake day and an easy...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank MaryM10159
Reviewed 25 July 2018

We've been going here for about a year and the food is consistently excellent. The atmosphere is chill, eclectic and warm. If you don't live in the area and can't walk there, the parking is super easy, too. Enjoy!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank bluedoor8
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