Combining his passions for coffee and video games, Davy Qin opened Grindbreak eSports Cafe in Humble at the corner of FM 1960 Business and Hwy. 59 in 2016 as a place for video gamers to hang out, eat a healthy meal and have fun.
“I’ve always loved coffee and have always wanted to open a place that had good coffee and fresh and nutritious food,” Qin said. “That was the backbone of this place. And me, being a gamer, I wanted to cater to that crowd.”
Customers can rent the game room in the back of the cafe for meetings and birthday parties. From the game room they can order food options, such as hamburgers, vegan burgers and hot panini sandwiches.
On nights when professional tournaments for the multiplayer first-person shooter video game“Overwatch” are televised—which happens a few times a year—Grindbreak hosts a watch party for fans of the video game to dine in and watch the tournament on the cafe’s large, flat-screen TV.
For breakfast, Grindbreak serves scrambled eggs, bacon, oatmeal and several gluten-free dishes. For lunch, burgers, pizza-dillas—which are similar to a quesadilla, with pizza bread dough used in place of a tortilla—and sandwiches are served with organic greens and a bag of kettle chips. The cafe also sells individually wrapped pastries from Japanese bakeries in Houston, Qin said.
The cafe’s beverage mainstays are hot and iced coffee and tea, with classic drinks, such as cafe lattes, cappuccinos and latte macchiatos. But Qin said customers also order cold-brewed coffee and java concoctions with names, such as Bulletproof, Texacano, Limit Breakr, Golden Milk and Coffee Cola.
“Our baristas have recommended drinks that became customer favorites,” Quin said. “The person behind the counter might not be a gamer, but he or she can make you a good coffee, tea or smoothie.”
Grindbreak eSports Cafe
114 First St. W., Humble
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.