A funky neighborhood café named after a beloved dead dog and adorned with canine décor (like dog bones nailed to the walls along with paintings of flying pups) could, on the face of it, seem like the overly-earnest attempt of someone to work through the grief process. But the reality is that Barnaby met his maker a long time ago and his namesakes are lively, upbeat diners where inspired variations on comfort food (like meatloaf, chili, hamburgers and smoked chicken tostadas). This location is tucked in the back of strip shopping center near Tanglewood. Look hard. You might miss it. It has a nice, somewhat small outdoor patio. Or if it's too warm, go inside. There will be lots of calories to burn off -- particularly if you've ordered the supersized chicken burrito with crispy golden fries and followed it with the warmed chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. Note to self: wear a belt that can be moved back at least one notch.
There's no parking directly in front of this Barnaby's. Park in the big lot at the front of the strip shopping center and walk a few paces. We know it's a novel concept in Houston, but try it!