If you love a good theme party and wish theme restaurants were more of a thing, find your way to the shire-like Hobbit Café in Houston! Located at 2243 Richmond Ave, this place contains a varied assortment of memorabilia from “Lord of the Rings,” a popular fantasy book and film series, the former originating from author J. R. R. Tolkien. Relevant art and knickknacks are around every corner here, and there is even a sheepskin throne. If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Tolkien, you are definitely in a minority! The “Lord of the Rings” is one of the top-selling books ever, and was first published as three volumes between July 29, 1954, and October 20, 1955.
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Those familiar with the imaginary hobbits know they are robust eaters, often eating six meals a day. They are also fun-loving, social, and enjoy a good time. This is the exact vibe you will find at this quirky eatery. First opened in 1972 as Hobbit Hole and originally purely vegetarian, the menu today is more encompassing and ranges from sandwiches to Tex-Mex in nature. Some items include sandwiches, burgers, and seafood; vegan and gluten-free items are also available. Plus, portions are huge! Consider trying the Fatty Lumpkin with a glass of mead.
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An extensive craft beer and wine array make the perfect refreshment while sitting outside on the dog-friendly deck, under a gorgeous old oak tree. Everyone loves the Hobbit Café, even famous people! Recognizable visitors have included Woody Harrelson, Mama Cass, Neil Young, and Jack Nicholson, as well as members of the bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and Depeche Mode. Open every day, visit this Houston original for curiosity and come back for the tasty vittles and good times! Make it a game to see how many Gollums you count each time you go.