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An awning- and fern-bedecked veranda, with prominent flags, including those of Texas and the United States
Courtesy The Hobbit Café

Houston's Hobbit Cafe turns 50 this year, celebrating the Lord of the Rings since the 1970s

Houston Chronicle } Charlie Zong

For decades, Houston’s J.R.R. Tolkien fans, vegetarian brunchers and celebrity musician visitors have gathered at Hobbit Café, a house off Richmond transformed into a unique restaurant. Now, as Hobbit Café celebrates fifty years, its expansive menu — and its mixed clientele — have grown beyond the early days of a strictly vegetarian, underground atmosphere.…

Originally called The Hobbit Hole and located in a house blocks away from the existing location, the restaurant began with smoothies and vegetarian sandwiches named after Lord of the Rings characters: the wizard Gandalf appeared as an avocado sandwich with mushrooms and melted jack cheese.… [But] now people are coming for meads.” …

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