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Celebrate Pride at Some of Houston's LGBTQ+ Owned Eateries

Heads up, Houston! Celebrate Pride this month with these local LGBTQ+ owned eateries! Houston is known for its diverse population and is home to the largest Pride Celebration in the southern United States. This year’s Pride takes place June 22, 2019, but you don’t have to wait until then to celebrate; celebrate now. We Texans are known for our pride and what better way to spread the love is there than to support our local queer-owned businesses. This list focuses on highlighting eateries other than bars to be inclusive of all age groups.

1. La Sicilia Italian Bakery and Cafe

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La Sicilia Bakery and Cafe is located in the heart of Montrose the epicenter of Houston’s LGBT community. La Sicilia is owned and operated by the couple of general manager Antonio Rios and pastry chef Diego Chiarello. When you walk in, you’re greeted by a display filled with beautiful pastries. Their breakfast and lunch items are equally beautiful as the dessert. This year’s Pride month limited treat include a rainbow-shaped shortbread cookie and box of rainbow colored macarons. Both are available now to purchase.

La Sicilia Italian Bakery and Cafe
515 Westheimer Rd. Suite C
Houston, TX 77006

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2. The DoughCone

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Founded in 2016, The DoughCone serves up a sweet vanilla bean ice cream inside a cinnamon sugar dough cone also known as a chimney cake. Owner Avi Oberoi strives to train the staff to be welcoming and inclusive to all customers. You can find the truck at Buffalo Bayou Cistern on most days, but make sure to check their social media for the most accurate business hours and location. At last year’s Pride Festival, they created a special rainbow cone to celebrate.

The DoughCone
105 Sabine St.
Houston, TX 77007

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3. Michael’s Cookie Jar

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Started in 2006, Michael’s Cookie Jar serves hand-crafted cookies made from scratch with real ingredients and natural flavors. The bakery has 3 locations around town with the main location located at West University Place. The other locations are located in downtown and Tanglewood. Cookies can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in the U.S. They can also make custom cookies for any special occasion.The Pride themed cookies will be available starting June 13 through the end of Pride.

Michael’s Cookie Jar
5330 Weslayan St.
Houston, TX 77005

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If you are an LGBTQ+ owned restaurant interested in being added to the list, please contact me.

Chocolate Heroes Month with Common Bond

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Chocolate Heroes Month is a collaboration between Houston Food Finder, Callebaut Chocolate, and eight Houston dessert shops. For one month, these shops created special desserts using a number of Callebaut’s products. The event runs through January 7 to February 10.

Houston Food Finder announced Common Bond’s dessert would be a Sesame Cake Tart created by executive pastry chef Rakesh Nayak. Since I’ve been on a black sesame binge, I just had to experience it.

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The Sesame Cake Tart is composed of sesame cake, whipped sesame cream, earl grey ganache, earl grey white chocolate mousse, and chai caramel. The tart has a great mix of textures. When you cut into it, from the top, you start with the soft sesame macaron, then hit the crunchy chocolate disc, return to airy mousse, hit crunchy crisps, reach creamy ganache, and the crumbles of the tart. Each forkful brought a different mouthfeel with the alternating textures; it kept me wanting more. The combination of chocolate and tea flavors paired seamlessly together. I enjoyed the strength of the earl grey elements.

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Since we visited on the event day, my friends and I each received the free box of macarons. This promo is no longer active. While we were already at the cafe, I tried Common Bond’s savory food for the first time as well. The brunch menu was being offered at the time, so I ordered the Tamales Benedict because it sounded like a very interesting combination. I do love tamales and benedict, so why not? The dish consists of several ancho pork tamales, avocado slices, two soft yolk eggs, ranchero sauce, and chipotle hollandaise.

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It was a good choice. I highly recommend trying it. The tamales are moist and filled with the right amount of meat. The runny egg yolk combined with the two sauces and avocado blends together as a super creamy compliment. I would definitely order it again.

I also got to meet Phaedra Cook, the founder, writer, and editor of Houston Food Finder. She gave me some restaurant recommendations that I must try soon. I enjoy reading her articles, so I recommend reading her work.

If you’d like to get a taste of this tart, time is running out. This tart is only available until February 10, the last day of Chocolate Heroes Month. You won’t want to miss it!


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Common Bond Cafe and Bakery
1706 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006

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