Our History – Cafe Houston Downtown

We opened the first Cafe Express in 1984 out of a passionate desire to craft quick, flavorful meals from fresher ingredients. Back then our recipes were crafted by Chef Del Grande – a James Beard Award winner. Today, we continue that culinary tradition by expressing freshness at all times. So come discover what speaks to your appetite.


It’s more than superior ingredients. It’s more than the worldliness of our menu. It’s about articulately expressing freshness in everything we do. So let’s do lunch. Or breakfast. Or dinner. Pretty soon, you’ll be speaking our language.

Our People

Much like starting with the freshest ingredients yields flavorful results, starting with the best people delivers a better experience. That’s why we stock every store with passionate personalities who’ve mastered our fresh language – go ahead and ask them yourself.

Our Food

Cutting Board Sandwich

Located on Main St. in downtown Houston. Favorite lunch destination.

It’s pretty simple. Whether you’re craving a light-yet-flavorful salad or a stacked, juicy burger, you can count on us to serve it up fresh. Because fresh not only tastes good, it feels good. Tempted for more? Make this your next destination for lunch with friends.