Every time Regina and I meet up, we spend hours and hours in one place and only leave when it gets dark. When we dropped by Red Dessert Dive it was no different. Red is located in the historic Houston Heights at 1045 Studewood Street surrounded by local favorites and just down the street from White Oak Boulevard.
This neat little sweet shop is fondly named after the owner Jessica Lusk’s grandmother; only Lusk’s grandfather was allowed to call her Red while others called her Stella. This little dive is very eco-friendly; they recycle every wine bottle and beer can used, use rubber stamps instead of stickers, and the shop’s own design is made of recycled products.
What first attracted me to Red was an Instagram photo of their sticky toffee pudding topped with Southern Star buried hatchet stout ice cream and paired with Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale. If this doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what is wrong with you. I happen to be a fan of both breweries and wished I had gotten my hands on a plate of this. The photos they post on their social media accounts make you want to taste every savory item, pastry, pie, and cake!
The day Regina and I decided to stop into the shop was a very magical day. We started out on their salted honey pie, their red velvet cupcake, and two cups of coffee which were from their friends over at Boomtown Coffee (located on 19th Street in the Heights). The honey pie had the consistency of a pecan pie, but the baked top of a pumpkin pie; very flavorful and the hint of salt really enhanced how the honey hit our tongues. The red velvet cupcake was moist in the middle and the cream cheese frosting was deliciously sweet.
Since we decided to stay a total of five hours (yes you read correctly), we had another round of tasting. This time we tried their orange cheesecake and two cups of their rise n’ shine tea (freshly brewed in front of us). The pairing really made the flavors of the cheesecake stand out; we both concluded it tastes astonishingly like the “Creamsicles” of our childhood. The staff was super friendly and the owner even let us take pictures of their infamous lemon berry cake; which we both regret not grabbing a slice to go.
So if you are looking for a great place to sit and drink a coffee or even enjoy some dessert with wine or beer during their happy hour, you should definitely stop by Red Dessert Dive and Coffee Shop. They are open Tuesday through Sunday; check out their website for the specific hours of each day. They are currently raising money for the Texas Children’s Hospital through Heights’ based organization Battle Buddy 57. The fundraiser runs until Sunday February 1, 2015.
Check out our Tastemade video (which was featured on the Tastemade Houston Facebook Page) featuring Red Dessert Dive and Coffee Shop.
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