Sometimes coffee is just maintenance coffee (read Sperm Wars for context), and sometimes coffee is everything. At Houndstooth, baristas treat coffee with reverence. During a recent visit, I ordered a decaf to go for a friend. “It’s going to take approximately 4 minutes for the decaf to come out, is that OK?” I nodded OK. They looked somewhat busy, but a short wait was fine: this is what my friend wanted. But the four minutes wasn’t due to business: it was what it took to carefully weigh water and grounds, to steep, to gravity drain, and to finally transfer to the cup (the Kalita Wave!). All for a cup of decaf!
Houndstooth also lovingly attends to the other details of the coffee experience with a smooth, sophisticated atmosphere. Every aspect is considered, including the little surprise Texas in the bottom of your coffee cup. Warm Modernism complements the hot coffee. And their espresso machine–itself a monogrammed work of art–could drag race a 1959 Cadillac (and win).
Houndstooth started locally but has expanded to Dallas (and is looking to expand elsewhere). Named by Food and Wine as one of the country’s best coffee bars, Houndstooth is in the chase to catch all your tastebuds.
web&where: interwebs; multiple
what’s the deal? Mind-blowing ramen; fast casual (but expect a long line)
overall: **** (food**; drink****; atmosphere****; service****; instagrammability****)
does it scramble? Nope (but I’ll take that as a challenge…).
– meh [think twice]
* OK [it’ll get the job done]
** good [solid neighborhood joint]
*** damn good [we’ll definitely be back]
**** yippity-yikes that was amazeballs [fantastic; one of the best]
***** holy sh!t [transcendental; best of the best]