Pinewood Cafe at Hermann Park… Sleek, Sunny & Easy

Pinewood Cafe at Hermann Park
Address: 6100 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

One of my very favorite places to go in Houston is Hermann Park.  If we do not have a real plan for what to do, we just point our car towards the park and visit the zoo, ride the train, pedal the boats, feed the ducks or explore the museums.

At Hermann Park, right next to the McGovern Lake and train station, is Pinewood Cafe.  It’s casual, easy… and often very busy.

We’ve learned to skip it when there are lines… because the sandwiches are made to order in the small kitchen and can take some time… but when it’s not busy, we stop for lunch!

Pinewood Cafe at Hermann Park Patio
Now, this review might be a little biased… because years ago my oldest son entered the grilled cheese contest, created the “Joe’s Vegetarian”, and it’s still on the menu today.  And you can be sure that each time we go in, we order the famous sandwich with falafel, avocado, cheddar, carrots, lettuce and rye…

Pinewood Cafe at Hermann Park Joes Vegetarian Grilled Cheese
Pinewood Cafe has many more grilled cheese options, a kids menu and ice cream and smoothies.

The restaurant is very sleek and sunny and has always been clean.  You order at the counter, grab a buzzer, and sit in the air conditioning or by the lake.

Pinewood Cafe at Hermann Park Tables
When there are no lines, the food comes pretty quick and we get to enjoy our food before heading to the next Hermann Park adventure.

So, if you are looking for casual, easy and good, check out Pinewood Cafe at Hermann Park… but if there is a line… go have some fun and come back to order!

Hermann Park McGovern Lake Fountain


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Pinewood Cafe at Hermann Park

Address:  6104 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77004
Cost:  Reasonable
Appropriate Age:  Any age

There is a new restaurant in Hermann Park and it is surprisingly affordable.  Across from the zoo and right next to the to the train station is Pinewood Cafe.  Here you can get salads, wraps and their famous grilled cheese sandwiches.

The kids and I were hungry and hot after watching a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  Before heading into the Houston Zoo, we decided to try the new restaurant.  At 1:00 on a Friday, there were a few families in the restaurant, but it was not too full.   We ordered at the counter and then found our seats.

The kids meals all come with a small bottle of water and fries, apple or banana.  Brooke had a corn dog kid meal ($3) and Joe had the grilled cheese kid meal ($4).  I ordered Pinewood Cafe’s specialty grilled cheese sandwich.  For $5 I was able to pick one protein (shrimp), one cheese (Cheddar) and 5 vegetables (sprouts, basil, carrots, pickles and apples).

We sat in the air condition and enjoyed the views of the park through the ceiling to floor windows.  High chairs were available and there was a basket of blocks for the kids to play with.  Our food arrived in about 7 minutes and everyone was pleased.

While we ate lunch, several families came in for lunch and ice cream, but the place was never over crowded.

The kids and I decided that Pinewood Cafe was a new go-to restaurant for when we are in Hermann Park or the Museum District.  Next time we’ll check Yelp before we go since I just discovered a $10 vouchers, being sold for $5.