Once Upon a Time, there was an old witch called Baba Yaga who lived in the forest on a house that stood on chicken legs. She flew in a mortar and wielded a pestle and was protector of the forests’ wildlife. In Montrose, Baba Yega lent her name to the café in 1975 and, while it doesn’t stand on chicken legs, it’s been in business for more than 40 years, a local legend of its own accord!
The ‘atrium-like’ feeling comes from a century-old oak tree, a fishpond with waterfall and fountains, and great dining with a slew vegan and vegetarian options in addition to their full menu selection, which includes burgers, chicken dishes, steaks, and a variety of items for Sunday brunch.
But not only does nature lend its beauty to Baba Yega’s Montrose house, the neighborhood itself lends its personality to the café. Nestled off grant, next to residential homes (thanks to Houston’s lack of zoning), the café feels very much like someone’s home.
And the food, too—what a treat! The menu is a smattering of different cuisines but every dish is clean and simple: exactly what you’d expect from a place as folksy and relaxed as this. Not a lot of fanfare, just great foods: tried and true with a beautiful garden and a deck for making memories.