If you’ve been around Houston for awhile, you probably know one of the city’s best claims to fame is our diverse and delicious food scene (it’s no wonder Houston was named America’s Favorite Food City in 2015 by Travel & Leisure).
But did you know that graduates of Bauer College are constantly contributing to the mix?
Bauer alumni have opened some of the area’s most popular (and tastiest) restaurants, which is good news for anyone looking for a great meal and the chance to support fellow Coogs this summer.
We’ve compiled this list of alumni-owned food options in the greater Houston area for your convenience. So, now, there’s only one question…
This delicious Mexican food restaurant was founded Marko Garcia (BBA ’97), who completed the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship program at Bauer College and wanted to bring a real taste of Mexico City cuisine to the heart of the Bayou City. The menu goes beyond authentic Mexican tacos (which are delicious, too, don’t get us wrong) to include traditional sopes, flan and horchata. Stop by their Greenway Plaza location for a real taste of Mexican cuisine and a restaurant setup reminiscent of Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world.
With six locations in and around town, BB’s Café has become one of the most loved Cajun restaurants for Houstonians. The restaurant is owned by Brooks Bassler (BBA ’02), also an entrepreneurship alumnus, and has a menu that includes delicious New Orleans style recipes with a Texas twist — think po’boys with fajita chicken, homemade gumbo loaded with Gulf shrimp, chicken and sausage, and (of course) crawfish. No matter where you live or work, you’ll probably be able to find a BB’s Café nearby (there are locations in Montrose, the Heights, Pearland, Katy and more).
Ryan Soroka (MBA ’11, MS ‘11) used the skills he learned while pursuing a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Bauer to launch this food truck, which can be found serving up delicious and creative fare around Houston. The truck offers a variety of options such as “quesatrillas,” Vietnamese-style buffalo wings and several unique ice cream flavors. You can usually find Eatsie Boys parked at 8th Wonder Brewery in downtown Houston (also co-owned by Soroka).
Glazed: The Doughnut Cafe
You can’t scroll through your social media feed without seeing at least a photo or two of gourmet doughnuts (and we’re not complaining). Bauer alumnus Edose Ohen (MBA ’13) has been dubbed Houston’s own “donut tycoon” and opened the city’s first 24-hour doughnut café, Glazed. The original location is near the Medical Center, and Ohen will soon open a second shop in the Memorial area. It’s easy to see why Houstonians love photographing (and eating) Glazed doughnuts, which include mouthwatering options like the Macon (topped with maple and bacon) and the Dirty Zebra (swirled with caramel, chocolate and vanilla). The shop also boasts impressive cereal-topped doughnut creations, including Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
The perfect summer beverage to pair with delicious gourmet doughnuts? If you ask us, it’s iced coffee. Bauer College alumnus Zachary Cousins created Caphin, a Vietnamese iced coffee drink, in 2013 with his business partner. While you won’t find a brick-and-mortar Caphin store, you can find their products in shops and restaurants all over Houston, including Glazed and The Nook. It’s the ideal refreshing caffeine boost for those days when coffee is an absolute necessity (aka all the days).
Of course, we couldn’t leave The Nook off the list. The spring semester might be over, but our favorite University of Houston coffee shop is still a great place to stop by for a delicious cup o’ joe. Bauer alumnus Derek Shaw (BBA ’03, MBA ’11) opened The Nook when he recognized the need for a late-hour coffee shop for UH students. With other Bauer alumni-owned treats (including list-makers Glazed doughnuts and Caphin), along with a staff comprised of UH students, The Nook is the perfect place to enjoy great treats and good conversation.
By Priscilla Aceves