Written by: Lauriston Brewster

This coffee shop at the corner of Alba and 34th serves as a tranquil respite from theĀ daily grind. The ambiance and geniality of the staff is such a great complement to Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area’s ubiquitous “laid back” charm.


SlowpokesĀ was started by Juan Carlos Rubiralta (LevureĀ Bakery) and Mazen Baltagi (Christian’s TailgateĀ and the upcoming gastroloungeĀ Chapman & KirbyĀ in EaDo).

As one would expect from veteran restaurateursĀ such as Rubiralta and Baltagi, you’ll find a good selection of wine, loose leaf tea, coffee, craft beer, and baked goods from mostly locally-sourced, quality vendors. And the baristas excelĀ at whipping up spontaneousĀ coffee-creations for the indecisive.

Slowpokes piĆØce de rĆ©sistanceĀ is their very spaciousĀ pea-gravel patio that, in addition to being a chill spot to sip drinksĀ al fresco , is the prime venue for hosting various food trucks, movie nights and other special events.

This really is a great place to slow down when life gets a little too fast.