Baba Yega

2607 Grant St | Houston, TX 77006

Enjoy a menu with a healthful bent at this quirky Montrose hideaway. Since 1975, Baba Yega (housed in a bungalow-turned-eatery) has charmed regulars with healthy fare and hearty portions.

A crowd as eclectic as the menu dines in cozy tables throughout the house--on the back veranda with a view of the tranquil gardens and koi pond, oak-tree shaded front patio (ideal for people-watching) or the antique-filled main dining area. Service is casual and efficient.

The menu--featuring whole-grain breads and organic produce--excels with salads, sandwiches and vegetarian dishes. Must-try sandwiches include the smoked turkey and Brie, and grilled vegetable sandwich topped with feta cheese and Serrano pepper sauce. Veggie-burger fans can choose from the Boca burger topped with sauteed mushrooms, black-bean burger, or portobello with field greens and basil mayonnaise.

It's only fair to mention that the 1/2-pound beef burger is no slouch, either. For lunch or dinner, grilled salmon is ample, served with herbed brown rice. Save room for homemade desserts. Sunday brunch includes an omelette station, waffle bar, blintzes, salads, fresh fruit juices and various veggie dishes. Get there early. Reservations are not accepted. The Jasmine Room upstairs can accommodate parties of 50-75 people. Ask about prices and various catering menus.

The bar area also has a view of the relaxing back patio and it's the perfect spot for solo diners.