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Shawlee Yin Concierge Renaissance Greenway With a master degree's from Hilton College, U of H and English/Chinese Mandarin bilingual ability, she chose to be a "pro" concierge to fulfill her passion to let our worldwide guests experience the best our dynamic city has to offer. As her reward, back they come with a big smile only expecting to be pampered by the best ...

Publisher Guy R. Yount

Editor Faye Desilva

This Month in Houston exhibits, art, theatre, music, events, sports . .6 Attraction & Sights postcard perfect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Kid’s Corner Family Friendly Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Feature Feature Stories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 15 Shopping & Services • Compras a display of unique excursions 18 Food & Drink an array of epicurean delights . . . . . . . . . .32 After Dark in the City everything under the sun, once it sets .43

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Clear Lake • NASA Area • Galveston Island galactical,tropical oasis . .12 Rice Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17 Uptown Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Galleria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Concierge/Downtown Map Section . . . . . . . . . . .29 Metropolitan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

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BAYOU BEND COLLECTION. One of the nation’s premier collections of American decorative arts is housed in the former estate of Miss Ima Hogg, One Wescott St. 713-520-2600 / bayoubend@mfah.org

SAMUEL HOUSTON. View this rare daguerreotype taken by the Meade brothers in 1851. The Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. 713-639-7300. *Vea este raro daguerrotipo tomado por los hermanos Meade en 1851.

HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER. A 155-acre wildlife sanctuary that contains 5-1/2 miles of selfguided trails under a forest canopy, around ponds and through a swamp of recreated coastal prairie. Daily 8:30am-6pm. 4501 Woodway Drive. 713-681-8433.*Este refugio silvestre de 155 acres contiene 5,5 millas de sendas de autoguía bajo una bóveda forestal, alrededor de las lagunas, y a través de un pantano de llanura costal recreada.Todos los días

WELCH CHEMISTRY HALL. It’s chemistry made fun! Interactive exhibits let you learn about everything from the human body to how a television can operate under water. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle. 713-6394600. *¡La química es divertida! Exhibiciones interactivas que le permiten aprender de todo, desde el cuerpo humano hasta cómo funciona un televisor debajo del agua.

THE MENIL COLLECTION. Works of art include antiquities, Byzantine and medieval art, tribal cultures, 20th-Century painting and sculpture with particular emphasis on Surrealism.1515 Sul Ross. www.menil.org 713-525-9400. *Las obras de arte incluyen antigüedades, arte bizantino y medieval, culturas tribales, pintura y escultura del siglo XX, con énfasis particular en el Surrealismo.

WORTHAM WORLD OF PRIMATES. This rain forest environment recreates the monkey’s natural habitat where visitors can view a jungle in the midst of the city. The Houston Zoo, Hermann Park, 1513 N. MacGregor. 713-523-5888 / houstonzoo.org *Una selva tropical en medio de la ciudad recrea el hábitat natural de los monos.

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CALENDER OF EVENTS AUGUST MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE *Denotesfree reserved seats available for covered seating area. (Contact Miller Outdoor Theatre for details.) †Denotes captioned performance.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream August 1, 3, 5 & 7, 8:30 pm There is a strong belief that Shakespeare wrote Midsummer for a wedding feast. But its mixture of fairies and mortals with some of Shakespeare's most memorable verse makes this classic a universal favorite. Presented by Houston Shakespeare Festival Much Ado About Nothing August 4, 6 & 8, 8:30 pm (Captioned performance August 6) Perhaps Shakespeare's sunniest comedy, audiences continue to be dazzled by the verbal dexterity of Benedick and Beatrice as they battle and charm each other and finally discover their mutual love. Presented by Houston Shakespeare Festival

Learning about China: Dance of Asian America August 10, 11:00 am Come learn about the cultures, traditions and regions of China through exciting and beautiful Chinese Dances. Program includes hands-on participation for children of all ages. Presented by Young Audiences of Houston Texas, Alive with Music: Paragon Brass Ensemble August 12, 11:00 am View the sweeping pageantry of Texas history through music. Listen and learn as Paragon Brass traces this epic saga with musical selections relating Texas' journey from colonization to independent nation to the Lone Star State. Presented by Young Audiences of Houston ELVIS WEEK AT MILLER Jailhouse Rock August 10, 8:15 pm Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. With


the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there? Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre Blue Hawaii August 11, 8:15 pm Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre

Donny Edwards Tribute to Elvis with Fever - Sponsored by CenterPoint Energy August 13, 8:00 pm An incredibly authentic tribute to the King of rock ‘n roll---relive each era of Elvis' inspiring career from the 50's to the 70's with Donny Edwards and his southern charm, his uncanny looks and the unmistakable voice, backed by the Ultimate Tribute Band, Fever. Special appearance by Sundance Head of American Idol-fame. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre Star of Hope "Can Film Festival" at Miller – The Blind Side August 14, 7:30pm canned food collection, 8:15pm movie Contribute canned food to the Summer of Hope initiative beginning at 7:30PM. Enjoy the family friendly version of the blockbuster film, The Blind Side at 8:15PM. Presented by Star of Hope Mission INDIANA JONES MOVIE SERIES Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark August 17, 8:15 pm

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Viva Las Vegas August 12, 8:15 pm Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix - once he has the money to buy an engine. He gets the cash easily enough but mislays it when the pretty swimming pool manageress takes his mind off things. It seems he will lose both race and girl, problems made more difficult by rivalry from Elmo Mancini. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom August 18, 8:15 pm Set in 1935, a professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his newest adventure. But this time he teams up with a night club singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. They end up in an Indian small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade August 19, 8:15 pm Three years after he recovered The Ark of the Covenant, Jones recovered an artifact that he found as a kid, the Cross of Francisco De Coronado from treasure hunters. Now, Jones discovers the history of another biblical artifact called "The Holy Grail". He was also informed that his father, Henry Jones is miss-


ing. Jones has to find his father who is looking for the Grail. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre The Kashmere Reunion Stage Band August 20, 8:00 pm Relive the magic of the glory days of the 60's and 70's when the KRSB was under the baton of the late, great Conrad "Prof" Johnson. High energy, well-choreographed, playing big band standards, R & B, funk, gospel and soul, this band puts on quite a show! Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Jazz: A Tribute to the Big Band Era Classical Tea With a Twist of Tea August 21, 8:00 pm The Conrad Johnson Foundation will present "A Tribute to the Big Band Era" featuring Bach's Inventions as well as the original works by Conrad O. Johnson and other big band greats such as Glen Miller and Duke Ellington as performed by the Conrad Johnson Youth Orchestra and the Conrad Johnson All Star Jazz College. Produced by Conrad Johnson Music and Arts Foundation

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The International House of Blues Foundation On Tuesday, July 14th the Board of the HCA presented a check for $800.00 to the International House of Blues Foundation representing a portion of the proceeds from the “Business & Bites� Business Expo. This is the Pictured from left second check the HCA has been able to give to Katherine Washington Recording Secretary, this wonderful foundation whose Mission Helen Clark Board Member, Statement is; Mission Statement: The Kim Murray President, International House of Blues Foundation Michelle Smith Vice President (IHOBF) is dedicated to bringing the arts to schools and communities through programs that increase public awareness of African American contributions to American culture. Foundation programs explore the history, art and music of the blues and demonstrate the vast influence of the blues on contemporary music and culture. Programs draw upon the universal language of music and art to encourage creative expression and cultural understanding. The International House of Blues Foundation brings together people of diverse backgrounds in an atmosphere that encourages mutual respect and understanding.


Visit remarkable Astros Field with its 242 foot high retractable roof, and a replica of a 19th century locomotive that runs along the low roof track on the west side of the ballpark. The historic Union Station building features the Astros' flagship retail store and a cafe in the lobby. For daytime walking tours in the off season, call 713-259-8000 / astros.com

Battleship Texas 3527 Battleground Rd./281-479-2411 The San Jacinto Battle-ground, home of the U.S.S. Texas, veteran of two World Wars, and a dozen campaigns. Tours on-board daily. Visit a museum of Texas history and the 570-foot monument to the San Jacinto battle. Open daily 10-5pm. •Visitas diarias a bordo.Visite un museo de historia de Texas y el monumento de 570 pies a la batalla de San Jacinto.

Contemporary Arts Museum 5216 Montrose/713-526-3129 / www.camh.org Major local and nationally renowned artists’ works, post 1945 American art, film, concerts and lectures by exhibiting artists. Open Tue.-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat.-Sun. 12-5pm.

Downtown Houston Tunnel System Explore 77 buildings, old and new, in the heart of downtown Houston, and experience the quantity and variety of restaurants, shops, and services located 20 feet beneath the streets of the nation's fourth largest city. Open weekdays during business hours. Free. For guided tours and self-guiding tour publications, call Discover Houston Tours at (713) 222-9255

Golden Dragon Acrobats of China August 27 & 28, 8:00 pm The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. They are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre LOCAL VENUES Houston Ballet (713) 227-ARTS Houston Grand Opera (713) 228-OPERA Society for the Performing Arts (713) 227-4SPA Houston Symphony (713) 224-7575 Alley Theatre (713) 228-8421 / 800-259-ALLE Miller Outdoor Theatre (713) 284-8350

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet/713-526-1361 / www.mfah.org Fabulous sculpture garden, European and American masters of renown, African and Egyptian artifacts and a collection of Remington westerns. Open Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Thurs., 10am-9pm; and Sun., 12:15-6pm.

The Health Museum 1515 Hermann Dr./713-521-1515

thehealthmuseum.org Interactive museum for all ages features: a walk-through tour of the Amazing Body Pavilion, hands-on science classes in the DeBakey Science Learning Center, films and special programs in the McGovern Theater; and interactive discovery carts. 9am-5pm, Tues.-Sat; Noon5, Sun; extended free hours on Thurs., 2-5pm. Adm $6; children 4-12, students and senior citizens, $5.

Houston Museum of Natural Science, Wortham Theatre IMAX, Burke Baker Planetarium Herman Park, 1 Herman Circle Drive/713-639-4600 639-IMAX or visit www.hmns.org The forth largest attended museum in the country. Visitors can tour state-of-the-art exhibit halls, explore the universe, stroll through a tropical rainforest filled with live butterflies and enjoy a large format film adventure. Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. General admission tickets to permanent exhibit halls are $9 for adults, $7 children (3-11) and seniors (62+).

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Space Center Houston is the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It's the product of the joint efforts of NASA and Disney Imagineering. Easily the most popular attraction in the Houston area, there's nothing like it anywhere else in the world. You'll find plenty of exhibits and activities to interest both adults and children. Western Dreamin’ We know your child’s dreams are as big as the wild west. Whether they're dreaming about riding and roping on the ranch or racing into first place around the barrels, Cavender’s has the hats, belts, boots, jeans and western shirts kids love! With a selection that can't be beat, and a price that won't break your budget, you can't go wrong! Come on in and shop the latest styles that will make your little cowboy or cowgirl's dreams come true. The Battleship Texas is docked near the San Jacinto Monument. The Texas fought in both World Wars, and has recently been extensively repaired. You can wander all over the ship, above and below deck.

KEMAH The Kemah Boardwalk is a hotel and restaurant destination in which also features a small selection of amusement rides. The main attractions of the 35-acre complex are its many restaurants, recreational sailing, and rides. GALVESTON Railroad Museum, shopping and Victoriana on the Strand, trolley to the ocean side. Rent a bicycle or skates and cruise along the 10 mile seawall. Moody Gardens has a 3D IMAX, a white sand beach, an indoor rainforest and beautiful landscaping.

POWER PLAY Push your limits and discover how your body reacts to a variety of physical challenges in PowerPlay! This monumental, three-story installation lets you leap up and down different levels as you discover new ways to get active! Take it to the next level tracking your heart rate and strength, rating your experience, and comparing your performance like a real fitness athlete! For more info contact the Childrens Museum...www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138


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Galleries Hanson Galleries Uptown Park/713-552-1242 Memorial City Mall/713-984-1242 hansongalleries.com Voted the No. 3 retailer in the nation and the first in Texas awarded a Top Ten spot by Niche Magazine, this beautiful gallery displays a stunning array of handblown glass, sculptures, Raku, wall art and fountains. Looking for that unique gift? Hanson Galleries have an excellent selection of jewelry boxes, perfume bottles, Judaica jewelry, miniatures and kaleidoscopes.

Perimeter Gallery

2365 E. Rice Blvd. / 713-521-5928 www.perimiterart.com. A full service Gallery in Rice Village with a variety of choices – Creative Custom Framing, Sculptures, Framed Local and International Art, Etched Glass and more. Also offering Corporate and Personal Art Consultation.

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5395 Westheimer (Galleria)/713-627-2411 6920 FM 1960 West (Willowbrook) 832-249-6133 www.brownbookshop.com. Edwin Watts Golf has all the newly released golf clubs, golf balls and golf equipment to assist you in making the most of every round, with great golf brands like Callaway, Titleist, Taylormade, Ping, Nike, Adams, Nickent, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, MacGregor, Ben Hogan, Footjoy & more!

Jewelers Wright Pawn 6218 Westheimer / 713-780-2274 www.wrightpawn.com Established in 1975, and purchased by the Wright family in 1992. We specialize in diamonds, estate jewelry, designer and signed jewelry, fine watches, gold jewelry, broken and scrap gold, sterling flatware, antiques, crystal, designer handbags, cameras, electronics - most anything of value.

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Located across from Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, our game day specials include our home plate wings and burgers. Also try the mouthwatering chicken pesto pasta, in a cream sauce, along with warm breadsticks. And the warm spinach salad -- "flash sautéed" baby spinach, red peppers and roasted onions, topped with blue cheese crumbles -- is a hands-down winner.You can also enjoy our happy-hour specials seven days a week, from 3pm to 8pm

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Imagine a 100 year old log cabin restaurant on an acre of grounds right in the middle of Houston! For over 30 years, Rainbow Lodge has been treating food lovers to succulent Wild Game and Regional Gulf Seafood in a cozy, lodge setting filled with refined touches. Crisp linens and warm upholstery compliment the antique hunting and fishing collectibles that highlight owner, Donnette Hansen’s passion for fly fishing, the outdoors, delicious food and fantastic wines.

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Location, location, location . . . Only minutes from Downtown and the Galleria, Rainbow Lodge features dynamic views, 3 fireplaces, a citrus grove, kitchen garden, creek views, decks and patios, a casual fun bar and 4 private dining rooms. There are spacious facilities for wedding receptions, events, private parties and business meetings.

Trophy Room

Hunt Room

“Sophisticated but not stuffy!” Rainbow Lodge is known for attention to details when it comes to taking care of you and your guests. Great service in a stunning setting allows you to enjoy comfortable regional dishes such as Pan Seared Red Snapper on Lobster and Yellow Tomato Risotto, Wild Game Mixed Grill including Venison, Duck, Elk and Wild Boar and our long time favorite Smoked Duck and Andouille Sausage Gumbo. Its not all about Dinner . . . Rainbow Lodge shifts gears to a lighter menu for weekday Lunches and its famous Sunday Brunch. On these menus you will find grilled seafood, steaks, pasta, entree salads and chicken dishes. Highlights include a weekday 3 course Business lunch for $14.95 and 99 cent Mimosas and Champagne on Sundays until 3pm. Sunday Suppers ... Locals looking for a great value head to Rainbow Lodge on Sunday Nights when we feature our Casual “Sunday Suppers”. In addition to our regular menu items, we offer a “comfort food special and half price wines by the glass” after 5pm. A perfect way to wrap up your weekend!


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tions that will make your eyes pop! Come hungry and enjoy. Open: Mon-Fri 7-9, Sat-Sun 8-9.

Healthy / Fit My Fit Foods (4 locations)Meyerland 4880 Beechnut 713-664-5326 / Kirkwood 14092 Memorial Dr 281-556-8616 / Shepherd 2608 S. Shepherd 713651-1110 / Uptown Park 1151-8 Uptown park Blvd. 832-384-1650 My Fit Foods is dedicated to only quality foods My Fit Foods will only serve food that has the following qualities - Food that is truly tasty and healthy, Low glycemic carbohydrates that your body will not store as fat, Properly portioned meals designed to fuel your metabolism and burn that fat, Meat that is 90 percent or leaner. Visit one of our four convenient locations. Office and Hotel delivery available, call for details.

Indian Gourmet India 13155 Westheimer @ Eldridge/281/493-5435

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Gourmet India Restaurant has a flair for the finer intricacies of Indian Cuisine. Years of experience and devotion have come together to bring a treat unique to the Houston area, and create the Passage to Culinary Delight! Open 7 days a week. Lunch from 11am - 2:30pm weekdays, 11am - 3pm weekends. Dinner 5:30 - 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday and 5:30 - 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

India's 5704 Richmond/713-266-0131 Serving superb Indian cuisine for over two decades. Magical creations of grilled marinated meats and seafood, plus a heavenly variety of barbecue breads.The rice and vegetable specialties are meals in themselves. Gourmet buffet lunch or á la carte lunch and dinner daily. Catering. high-quality food with the convenience of self-service that allows you to enjoy a quick lunch or a leisurely glass of wine with dinner. Fresh - Causal - Lunch - Dinner Happy Hour -ToGo, visit www.cafe-express.com.

Breakfast / Desayuno The Buffalo Grille 3116 Bissonnet (at Buffalo Speedway)/713-661-3663 1301 Voss (at Woodway)/713-784-3663 Voted best breakfast in Houston by the Zagat survey. Texas-sized Pancakes, Pecan Smoked Bacon, legendary Mexican Breakfasts, bottomless cups of serve-yourself coffee. Casual atmosphere, heaping portions, moderate prices. Lunch daily. Sun 8am to 2pm;Mon 7am to 2pm; Tues-Fri 7am to 9pm; Sat 8am to 9pm.

Casual Dining The Buffalo Grille 3116 Bissonnet (at Buffalo Speedway)/713-661-3663 1301 Voss (at Woodway)/713-784-3663 Enjoy delicious daily lunch & dinner specials in a relaxed casual atmosphere. Heaping portions, moderate prices and Houston’s best breakfast voted by the Zagat survey. Sun 8am to 2pm;Mon 7am to 2pm; Tues-Fri 7am to 9pm; Sat 8am to 9pm.

Delicatessen Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen Restaurant 2327 Post Oak Blvd. (in the Galleria)/713-871-8883 No matter what you order, you'll discover the best deli food west of the Hudson River as well as generous por-

Italian / Italiano arcodoro ristorante italiano @ bar 5000 Westheimer #120/713-621-6888 A stunning display of whole fish and antipasta draw you forward as the rustic elegance and Sardinian influences of this Northern Italian jewel sweep you away to the Mediterranean. Breads and pizza from the wood-fired oven, Tuscan influenced pastas & authentic Sardinian dishes await.

Arturo”s Uptown Italiano 1180-1 Uptown Park Blvd. / 713-621-1180 This great Italian restaurant by Bill Sadler and Arturo Boada, will charm you with its Tuscan gold hues interspersed with limestone walls, a whimsical mural, red booths, soaring ceilings, soft lighting, romantic music and rosewood floors. And thusly charmed, the New Italian Cuisine will sweep you off your feet. Open for lunch from 11am M-F and straight through until dinner. Dinner M -W until 10 and Thurs-Sat till 11. The bar stays open until the last romantic couple takes their leave.

Mexican / Mexicano 1308 Cantina 1308 Montrose Blvd./713-807-8996 www.eltiempocantina.com A unique Mexican Restaurant that has captured the unforgettable flavors of Hardwood Grilled Seafood and Fajitas. Featuring Gourmet Seafoods and other Specialty Items such as Veal Sweetbreads, Chilies en Nogada, Grilled Swordfish with Coconut Recado and Margaritas. 1308 Cantina features a relaxing Patio, Sunday Brunch and Scenic Views of Montrose, Midtown and Downtown


Houston. Complete with Private Dining Areas for Parties and Business Meetings, conveniently located at 1308 Montrose Blvd for you to casually dine… with friends, family or networking with your business associates.

El Tiempo Cantina 3130 Richmond Ave. (between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby)/713-807-1600 and 5602 Washington Ave. 713681-3645 www.eltiempocantina.com First Rate Mexican fare, specializing in quality meats. Top notch verde tamal, enchiladas, chili rellenos are traditional favorites with sweet finishes such as orange flan, sopapillas and empañadas. Continuous service.

Guadalajara Mexican Bar & Grill West: 9799 Katy Fwy./713-461-5300, South: 2925 Southwest Fwy./713-942-0772,Woodlands: 27885 I-45 North/713-362-0774, Downtown: 1201 San Jacinto 713-650-0101 39 FOOD & DRINK

Houston’s home for fine Mexican food. Settle in at our table and enjoy favorites like marinade fajitas, melt in your mouth enchiladas and spicy campeche, or choose from one of many creations unique to our kitchen. With four convenient locations in the Houston area, you are never too far away from a great meal in an authentic “Hacienda Style” atmosphere. Whether you have a group of two or two hundred, our chefs always cook to perfection, and serve you with a fiesta attitude.


Spanish Tinto’s Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar 2015 W. Gray @ Shepherd / 713-522-1330 Tintos offers a wide variety of traditional and modern Spanish tapas that have Cuban and South American influences along with a large selection of Spanish wines as well as wines from all over the world. Weekends feature Flamenco dancing and live Spanish music. Come join us for paella, music and great wines (that you can buy and take home)on our patio.

Steaks & Seafood Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House 5061 Westheimer (in the Galleria) Suite 8060/713.355.2600

Jimmy G's 307 N. Belt E. near Intercontinental Airport/281-931-7654 Fresh Gulf seafood prepared according to Louisiana traditions. Specialties include crawfish ettouffé, fresh snapper and seafood gumbo.

The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. @ T.C. Jester/713-861-8666 http://www.rainbow-lodge.com Dine on contemporary regional cuisine in a lovely log cabin setting on an acre of ground. The eclectic menu ranges from exotic game, prime beef, impeccably fresh seafood & scrumptious desserts. Open Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Closed Mon.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 6213 Richmond Avenue / 713-789-2333 Serving the finest aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1,800° oven & served sizzling hot at your table. Additionally, the menu includes select fresh seafood & other meat entrees, including seasonal specialties like foie gras, buffalo strip & scallops. A variety of fresh-cooked vegetables, including seven kinds of potatoes, salads, homemade desserts & an extensive selection of over 100 domestic & imported wines.

Shula’s Steak House 1200 Louisiana (in the Hyatt Regency) 713-375-4777 Shula's Steak House, themed after Don Shula and the 1972 Miami Dolphins serves "The SHULA CUT®," Premium Black Angus Beef which is the Best Beef Money Can Buy. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience.

Smith & Wollensky 4007 Westheimer at Highland Village 713-621-7555 The Highland Village location features the distinctive Smith & Wollensky steakhouse décor of painted forest green wood trim on white with latticework flourishes with an interior of polished wood floors and brass trim. This 12,000 square foot restaurant can seat up to 350 guests.

The Capitol Grille 5365 Westheimer/713-623-4600 Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. Experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recent-

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Del Frisco's is renowned for its luxurious style, prime beef and extensive cellar of more than 1,800 wine selections, offers only the best selection of meats and seafood, with prime beef as its headliner. This spectacular 13,000-square-foot eatery boasts soaring windows that overlook the swanky Galleria skyline and a second-story mezzanine which features its own bar.


ly bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Serving dinner 7days a week starting at 5pm. Private luncheons available

Todai Restaurant 7620 Katy Fwy. @ MarqE Entertainment Center 713-682-0009 Todai features a 160-foot seafood buffet counter brimming with over 40 kinds of sushi and over 15 dishes are served at both the fresh salad bar and hot entree island. A newly added Brazilian Churrascaria-style grill roasts the finest cuts of meat to be carved tableside by our expert and attentive staff, ensuring a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Truluck’s Steak & Stone Crab 5350 Westheimer/713-783-7270

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Dine in elegance at this captivating & original restaurant where fashionable atmosphere is taken to the limit. Only the freshest seafood, hand selected beef and Stone Crab so fresh in the water today, on your plate tomorrow. Now featuring 90 delicious wines by the glass.

Sushi Kata Robatab Sushi + Grill 3600 Kirby @ Richmond Ave. / 713-526-8858 Kata Robata is Houston’s premiere sushi and Japanese tapas restaurant located near the crossroads of Highway 59 and Kirby. Featuring an exclusive menu from Executive Chef Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi, Kata Robata is a one-ofa-kind journey through the world of traditional Japanese cuisine. Be it grilled meats, vegetables or sushi, Let Hori-san be your guide.


Meridian

After Dark in the City

2128 Portsmouth St. (713) 533-1199 www.meridianhouston.com

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Bar & Grill Club 300 925 Bunker Hill Rd. (713) 343-5778 www.threehundred.com/houston.html 300 Houston is the premier bowling and entertainment venue complete with a state of the art audio and visual system, onsite chef and impeccable service.

Nightclubs Belvedere 1131-01 Uptown Park Blvd (713) 552-9271/ www.mercuryroom.com A unique, exciting experience that continues to raise the bar for Houston nightlife.

Houston’s hottest club. parties and special events.

Live acts. concerts, private

Pubs Richmond Arms

5920 Richmond Ave. @ Fountainview/713-784-7722 www.richmondarmsonline.com Enjoy a great selection of fine brews in a laid back atmosphere. Over 80 beers on tap, Live English Premier League soccer & breakfast on Sat. & Sun.


Stags Head 2128 Portsmouth St./713-533-1199 www.stagsheadpub.com The flower-filled patio and twelve-point stag sitting above the main entrance define the exterior of this quaint, yet masculine, English watering hole.. Memories-or fantasies-of Manchester will rise as the aroma of U.K.-flavored dishes like Cornish pasties or the Landlord sandwich are placed on the table.

Sports Bar & Grill Rookies Sports Bar & Grill 305-B Sawdust Rd. The Woodlands/281-362-9610 www.rookiessports.com

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Rookies offers full bar, full service kitchen, great game room, tournaments and activities, live bands, DJ’s, karaoke and of course all major sporting events on 35 screens. Rookies offers a unique combination of sports and live entertainment found nowhere else in Houston.

Adult Entertainment www.allstarsmensclub.com www.jackpotclubs.com www.mensclub.com www.ritzhouston.com www.penthousehouston.com


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