Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ruggles Green - Heights

As you know, we like to go to Ruggles Green for a quick bite.
It's fast, it's easy, and you know you can get any sandwich or pizza gluten free, and they don't look at you like you have 3 heads.
So imagine our delight when we heard that they are doing breakfast.  Sadly, it is only available in the Heights location only.
I wonder if it's because that location, in previous lives always known for breakfast and it make sense to continue that tradition for the sake of the house.  It's previous carnation, 11th Street Cafe, was known to the neighbors as the breakfast go-to.  As a matter of fact, it had changed hands in ownership, things went down hill, that's when Ruggles Green swooped in.  

Not that they didn't have their challenge.  At their first try, they kept alot of stuff the same, and business was just not going well.  But after all the renovations, it breaths new life into the site, and while on the outside remain the same, the inside looked fresh and comfortable for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This is the lemon poppy seed gluten free pancake with jalapeno bacon.  The bacon indeed is spicy, it spare no mercy.  If you're weak like me, pick the turkey links.  My only thing on the pancake is that the texture reminds me of a muffin top more than a light and fluffy pancake.  The whipped cream is very homemade, the berries are fresh and went perfectly, but it's like eating a muffin top to me.

Also, if they can make it lemon poppy seed, which no one can take any drug test anytime soon, why can't they do different variation?  I'm dying for chocolate chip gluten free pancake that I didn't make myself.  (hint, hint)
We also got the Huevos Rancheros.  I'm not used to the eggs, beans, queso on top of a taco shell.  It definitely invite you to split this, or eat this like a dish on its own.  The trick is to eat this quick before the tomato sauce soak it all the way thru and made the shelly too soft to pick up.  The potatoes can be done in 3 ways, whichever way you choose, you can't go wrong.

The only thing about this Ruggles Green location is parking, parking, parking.  I remember when it was 11th Street Cafe that we either had to time it right, meaning: get there early.  Or, you are parking down the street and good luck finding a street parking because there's a church next door also fighting for parking.  They do have a small lot next to the building, but between the mandatory handicap spots, and they added a electric car charging station, your chance of parking there is slim to none.  In it's previous incarnation of Ruggles Green, and even the 2nd owner of 11th Street Cafe, they tried to have valet park, which failed miserably, because the clientele that goes to have $5 breakfast is not going to foot over $5 for someone else to park their car. Luckily, the next building on Studewood is becoming a retail building you can park there while they're not in business.  And their parking behind the house, which again, can be used when they are not opened.  So, problem solved, sort of.  If not, you can always go to the street parking... good luck.  Why, you ask?  That's because Liberty Kitchen is right across the street.  So, if those people haven't exhausted their lots (front and back of LK) they will encroach to across the street.  That's the beauty of the Heights, right?

Ruggles Green
11th Street & Studewood
748 11th Street
Houston, TX 

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