Houston >Arts & Entertainment > Cedar Creek Cafe
1034 W 20th St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700829.803593 -95.417680
Neighborhoods: Central, Greater Heights
This is a good place to have a drink but the service isnt. Good parking and you're not always in the sun. Its shaded too.
Wish they had servers – Food has improved, yay! Ambiance is great, just wish they had servers. Also, great location, not enough bars in that area!
Outdoor fun, great time. – I love the outdoor atmosphere here. The food and drinks were kind of slow but overall we had a great time. The location sisnt around many bars so this was a huge plus for us.
Not on Washington Ave – I eat a very late lunch at Cedar Creek every Monday and always enjoy the outing. The Staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is very good for "pub grub". The place benefits from not having much around it. (No other bars along the street that will lead you off when the conversation gets slow.) A big patio and comfortable seating inside make every visit pleasant. I am worried the ex-frat boys are beginning to discover the place. All of the badly bleached girls (this does not exclude mustaches) with big cheap glasses are stopping by as well. If this keeps up the place is sunk. But for now; enjoy the place, applaude Cedar Creeks' success and go have a cold one at this friendly bar before it gets overrun by the same bunch that ruins every neat joint in this town....
Citysearch Editorial Review – The newest sibling in the Heights’ Creek family is giving Austin a run for its money. Resting alongside a grassy creek bed in the Shady Acres ’hood, this hill-country-themed joint is a triple threat, offering a full bar with more than 30 beers on tap, java and tons of food. Suited for table-dining, the log-cabin-esque interior also has sofas and a fireplace, while outside the enormous patio has its own bar, fire pit and plenty of kitsch. A formidable burger selection (made with fresh ground beef or bison) includes distinctive creations like the Cowboy, with an over-easy egg, white cheddar, bacon and avocado salsa verde. Though generally chill, daunting weekend crowds mean service can take awhile, but these plates are worth the wait.
Has potential -- needs management BADLY – We've gone twice now because we like the atmosphere and generally enjoy the other "Creeks" in the Heights. While I don't like the frat boy crowd that comes, I can't stop that (seriously though...who gets a table and stands around it...???).
What IS an issue is their lack of any organization. Went to the bar to order food and luckily found one of the OC bartenders who had a clue about how to work a bar. I was able to order food and get a couple of diet cokes to open my tab. BUT, their guns were out of diet coke (REALLY???) so he had to go track down cans. When we wanted simple rum and diet coke later, another bartender couldn't even find cans. SO, we ordered beer. This might seem minor, but the fact that this is supposed to be a FULL-SERVICE bar "in" the Heights makes a basic lack of a simple bar material unacceptable. Nonetheless, we get over it and go back to enjoying each other's company outside. It starts to get chilly and we (and a couple of other tables) ask one of the food runners if they have standing heat lamps and his response is that they are out of propane -- UMMMMMM, last we checked Restaurant Depot is right down the street -- and if they don't have it there, there's a Walgreen's, Home Depot, and Lowe's all within shooting distance.
The food is pretty standard stuff ripped from Dry & Onion Creek and is prepared well. Nothing fancy but tastes good -- they should add nachos and other share-able appetizers to their menu. I know the kitchen can handle it when the barstaff can manage to enter the orders correctly (btw, don't ask for any special orders..."mayo no mustard" or "onion rings instead of fries" b/c you most likely won't get it thanks to the lack of competence of most bar staff). They need an onsite manager that can train the barstaff better, they need to clearly communicate to the patrons that food orders are at the bar (and maybe dedicate someone to cashier for food orders only at busy times?), and train the peeps to bartend.
I liked Cedar Creek at first but changed my mind – When I first went to Cedar Creek I loved it! It really has an Austin feel. The back patio is the best. The only problem with the place is that the waitress/bartenders are mean! And rude! And it takes forever to get a drink! Also, if you drink beer the price is good ($15.00 for a bucket of 6 beers) but if you drink anything other than that, you can forget it...$9.00 for a crappy glass of wine...I could have bought the whole bottle for cheaper. All in all, first I was very impressed with the place, but I've been there 4 times now and will probably not go back for a long while!
If your thinking of trying this place, you should but don't get to excited. It might rub you the wrong way after a few visits!
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