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This Month In Houston SIGHTS

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October 2010

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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 Story, Texas Renaissance Festival . . . . . . . . .14 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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January 20, 2010 Greetings, As Mayor of Houston, I extend a special welcome to the readers of Key This Month In Houston, one of the oldest visitor’s guides in our city. More than 30 million people visit the Greater Houston area every year to experience our world-class restaurants, appealing museums and thrilling sports arenas. Key This Month In Houston, highlights our array of attractions and entertainment our diverse city has to offer. I welcome all visitors and hope you will share in the Houston experience, taking with you lasting impressions of the spirit, vitality and tradition which characterize our city. Please utilize Key This Month In Houston as an outstanding source of information, which showcases the exciting aspects of visiting the City of Houston. Best wishes for much success, and I look forward to your continued support of our city. Sincerely,

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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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The Heidi Chronicles, by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Rebecca Greene Udden November 26 – December 19, 2010 (Previews November 20, 21, and 24) Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 3:00pm Wendy Wasserstein’s 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicles the glory days of the feminist movement through


the character of art historian Heidi Holland. Main Street Theater presented the Houston premiere of this play in 1992. -Tickets range from $26 - $40; previews - $10. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups, and Advance Rush Tickets (ART Discount) – use code HEIDIART before Nov. 26. MAIN STREET THEATER CHELSEA MARKET 4617 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006 BOX OFFICE INFORMATION: Advance tickets for ALL Main Street Theater Productions, on sale at the Main Street Theater Box Office: Main Street Theater – Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd., Houston, TX 77005 Information & Charge by Phone: 713.524.6706 Charge Online: mainstreettheater.com Credit Cards: VISA, MC, AMEX, DISC

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” This charming 1956 classic finds Madeline in a Christmas crisis when all of her schoolmates are sick, along with headmistress Miss Clavel. Who will run the school? How will the girls get home for the holidays? Madeline must take charge! Madeline’s Christmas is a perfect reminder for audiences of all ages of this wonderful season of miracles. Recommended for Pre-Kindergarten and up. No children under 3 allowed in the theater (including sleeping babies). Tickets and discounts 12 & $14 —Group rates (10 or more) available.

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Madeline’s Christmas Book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans, Music by Shirley Mier Directed by Mark Adams Musical Direction by Miriam Daly Weekend Family Performances Saturdays at 1pm and 4pm: November 13 – December 11, 2010 Friday at 11:30am: November 26, 2010

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University of St. Thomas No Ordinary People: The Role of Irish Artist John Lavery, Hazel Lavery and Other Women in Irish Revolutionary Politics 1900-1923 Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7:30 p.m., University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, Houston, TX 77006 In the first decades of the twentieth century, Ireland saw an explosion of cultural activity. Those who took part in the Easter 1916 Rising, the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War were at the forefront of creating a new culture for Irish people. There was an explosion of interest in the Irish language, writing, drama, music and art. Irish historian and author Sinéad McCoole will explore the role of Irish artists and culturally active women in the evolution of these artistic and cultural aspects of Irish heritage and political and social development. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592.


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Buttons, Fiddles and Bows: Rising Voices in Traditional Irish Music Sunday, November 7, 2010, 2 p.m., University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, Houston, TX 77006 Returning from their homes in Ireland to tour the United States, Baltimore native and expert fiddler Jesse Smith pairs with skillful button accordion player Colm Gannon to share their musical talent with people across the country. They both are accomplished professional musicians. Jesse is a former musician with the Irish band DanĂş, has recorded a solo album and often lectures on Irish fiddle playing and Irish music in the United States in the 1920s. Colm grew up in an Irish community in Boston, but returned to his parents' home in Ireland some years ago. He played with Riverdance, has recorded a solo album and currently lives in Galway, where he performs and teaches music. Open to the public; Adults $10; children and students free. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592. The 'Greatest Generation,' Irish Style: The Mid-Twentieth Century Re-invention of the Irish in America Thursday, November 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m., University of St. Thomas, Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, 4000 Mt. Vernon, Houston, TX 77006 Noted St. Paul historian, poet and author Jim Rogers, managing director of the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Center for Irish Studies, ventures south to share his expertise on the Irish in America. This far-ranging talk looks at the Irish American community in the decade-and-a-half before the election of John F. Kennedy. Rogers argues that the Irish American community re-invented itself in new, creative ways, often deliberately staying outside the mainstream. Novels (The Last Hurrah), plays (Finian's Rainbow), movies (The Quiet Man) sitcoms (The Honeymooners), and music (the Clancy Brothers) all came together to create an Irish American efflorescence. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592.


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

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 YOU’LL NEVER FORGET tour of the Amazing Body Pavilion, hands-on science THE END OF THE WORLD! classes in the DeBakey Science Learning Center, films and special programs in the McGovern Theater; and Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt (justNoonoff interactive discovery carts. 9am-5pm, Tues.-Sat; Richmond and Kirby), 5, the Sun; corner extendedoffree hours on Thurs., 2-5pm. playing Adm $6; every THURSDAY andsenior FRIDAY at $5. 8:30, and children 4-12, students and citizens, SATURDAY at 8:00 and 10:30. You’ll Never Forget theofEndNatural of the World! ... Houston Museum Science, an original comedy Farrell. Jiffy Dillard, Wortham Theatreby Steve IMAX, Burke Baker the most popular televangelist in the world, has Planetarium determined, the help of the Mayan calendar, Herman Park, with 1 Herman Circle Drive/713-639-4600 Nostradamus, Hollywood, and his own hunches, the 639-IMAX or visit www.hmns.org exact moment the world is going to come to an end, The largestheattended museum in the country. andforth how much should charge people to get into Visitors can tour state-of-the-art exhibit halls, explore the event. Champagnes, wines, beers, cappuccino, the universe, stroll through a tropical rainforest and with snackslive are available filled butterfliesthroughout and enjoythea show. large format film adventure. Open Mon-Sat a.m.- 5 p.m.,call Sunthe11 Admission is only $24.00. For9 reservations a.m. - 5 p.m. General admission tickets to permanent theatre box office at (713) 522-7722. exhibit halls are $9 for adults, $7 children (3-11) and website: radiomusictheatre.com seniors (62+).

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There are a lot of family friendly activities in Houston, here are some of my favorites. Colton from Cavender’s Boot City HOUSTON The Natural Science Museum has a lot of stuff. There are permanent collections of minerals, natural history exhibits, a planetarium with laser shows and an Imax theater, a butterfly habitat, a paleontology exhibit with dinosaurs,and a new chemistry hall. This place is very crowded, especially on weekends, and you should call in advance for reservations for the Imax, planetarium and butterfly exhibit. The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a stunning, living exhibit that showcases hundreds of live butterflies in a naturalistic rainforest setting. The central conservatory is a dramatic three-story glass cone filled with tropical plants and exotic butterflies. During a typical visit, one can expect to see 50 to 60 different species of the world’s largest and most colorful butterfly species, flying through the balmy air, hovering over flowers or sipping fruit juice – and occasionally, landing on visitors! Downtown Aquarium Sea creatures of every shape and size are on view at the Downtown Aquarium. The Sunken Temple exhibit reveals the wonders of ancient Mayan culture and the underwater world, while a journey on the Shark Voyage gives you an intimate view of the ocean's most infamous predators. A great place for family fun, the aquarium also features outdoor attractions such as the 100-foot Diving Bell Ferris Wheel and the Dancing Fountains. Drink and dine at the Aquarium Restaurant or the Dive Lounge. And while there, make sure to check out the new white tigers exhibit.

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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Texas Renaissance Festival 2010 Season Opens on October 9th with an Oktoberfest Themed Weekend. Texas Renaissance Festival will open its gates for its 36th season on October 9th and 10th as it kicks-off this year with an Oktoberfest themed weekend. Guests can test their lungs in the Alpine Yodeling Contest or compete in a Polka Dancing Contest. Those with a craving for Kielbasa can compete in a Bratwurst Eating Contest sponsored by Boars Head.

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The Texas Renaissance Festival welcomes more than 400,000 guests annually who enjoy hundreds of costumed performers showcased in over 200 daily performances.Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways lined with more than 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts or offering delicious foods and beverages. A perfect day ends with the Royal Fireworks display held at 14 dusk. The Festival is held Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday October 9th through November 28th, 2010 with a total of eight magically themed weekends: Oktoberfest - Oct. 9 & 10, The Festival will open its doors for a Bavarian adventure you won’t want to miss, sponsored by MillerCoors. 1001 Dreams – Oct. 16 & 17, Take pleasure in all things mystical inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pirate Adventure – Oct. 23 & 24, Sea chanties will be sung and mugs raised for a swashbuckling week end. All Hallows Eve – Oct. 30 & 31, Ghouls, goblins, and spooks abound as all things creepy emerge from the mist, sponsored by Pepsi. Roman Bacchanal – Nov. 6 & 7, Toga! Toga! Toga! Join the Italian Court in an extravagant Roman Bacchanal and remember “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” Highland Fling – Nov. 13 & 14, Bagpipes will sound as the Scottish Court puts their bonnie knees forward for a Highland Fling. Barbarian Invasion – Nov. 20 & 21, The shire shall be invaded from far and wide. Join the horde for some raucous festivities. Celtic Christmas – Nov. 26, 27 & 28 The final weekend closes with the Yuletide celebration 16th Century style – with three magnificent days devoted to Christmas revelry, sponsored by DeMontrond Auto Group. The Festival is conveniently located just 50 miles Northwest of Houston on beautifully landscaped grounds on FM 1774, between Magnolia and Plantersville, Texas. Parking is free and campsites are available for an additional charge.Visit www.texrenfest.com for more information.


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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.

Golf Edwin Watts Golf

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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Spec’s Liquor Warehouse 2410 Smith St. @ W. Gray /713-526-8787 8102 Westheimer / 713-780-2573 www.specsonline.com A whole lot more store. The largest selection of liquor and wines in Houston. Large walk-in cigar humidor, gourmet foods, upscale deli and crystal glassware. Friendly staff helps make your shopping a pleasure. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm.

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American / Americano Hard Rock Cafe 502 Texas (Bayou Place)/281-479-7025 Enjoy the famous restaurants tasty Rock'n Roll Chili or take a juicy bite of legendary Hamburger, Chicken, Fish, Salads and Giant Desserts are also on the menu. Don't forget to bring home a Hard Rock Houston tee-shirt.

Goode’s Armadillo Palace 5015 Kirby Drive/713-526-9700 A veritable Old West Saloon with a true feel of the late 1800’s! A full restaurant and bar with Live Texas Music 5 days a week!

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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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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 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.

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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.

Italian / Italiano 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.

French La Colombe d’Or 3410 Montrose Blvd. / 713-469-4750 An award-winning restaurant, La Colombe d'Or specializes in modern cuisine from the french riviera. A Texas twist on wild game and exotic dishes make this a truly unique dining experience.

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

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.

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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.


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

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

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 recently 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.

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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.


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

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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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