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H O M E G R OW The Buffalo Heights District Opens for Business
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What’s new at Buffalo Heights District, CITYCENTRE, Century Square, East River, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor, The Jones on Main, Kirby Grove, and Memorial Green
10 On the Horizon
The Buffalo Heights District makes its debut with luxurious amenities and its very own H-E-B.
15 Making an Entrance
Take a cue from these one-hued looks for a fashion-forward winter and fall.
36 Bath and Beauty
As the temps drop, let your hair down with these simple accessories and luscious, hydrating products.
38 Expert Eye
Holly-Dae Burton spills her bag and dishes on her daily essentials.
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From art festivals to holiday shindigs, check out the exciting events going on this fall and winter.
44 Eating Around Sal y Pimienta
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15 Reasons to Visit Houston Right Now We’ve narrowed down our list of all the reasons you’ll fall in love with our big, beautiful Bayou City and the areas around it!
Global Flavor Around the world in eight Houston dishes—from fiery Sichuan to South American steaks—and one tasty tea.
Office Space Meet Houston’s hot new coworking spaces and the creators, engineers, managers, and more who call them home ... at least during the workday.
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ICYMI: CITYCENTRE is celebrating 10 years. One Houston family looks back at the milestones they’ve celebrated in the thriving mixed-use community.
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Developing Story King Ranch Saddle Shop went from pop-up shop to storefront.
Texas-based King Ranch is known for its leather goods.
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With customers craving a tangible experience, many online-only retailers are going from virtual to reality and seeing loads of success by setting up seasonal storefronts at Midway properties. State Line and Friends is one of the more recent retailers to reap the benefits of a pop-up location, having just come off of a summer stint in CITYCENTRE after its first 13-month pop-up at GreenStreet. The boutique is known for its Houston-centric apparel, niche collection of ecofriendly goods, eclectic bags, jewelry, and accessories. “My company has a loyal following on social media. Having a pop-up has been an amazing experience for me to actually meet clients and supporters in person,” says owner Ellyse Espinoza. Along with Espinoza, Social Graces Social Club has also taken to GreenStreet to provide their members with a private clubhouse filled with a mini brick-and-mortar shop, coworking lounge, and production and event space for a limited time. South Texas’s 152-year-old King Ranch Saddle Shop knows too of the opportunities a pop-up can bring in new markets. Three seasonal popups at CITYCENTRE and another at Century Square helped bring lovers of the brand’s custom saddles and leather goods in in droves—resulting in long-term leases at both properties. The phenomenon makes us wonder not why local brands love pop-ups, but rather, which ones we’ll see next.
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EAST RIVER RISING Good ol’ H-Town has sure found its way as the fourth-largest city in the nation, the no. 1 metro for millennials, and a global winner for excellence in architecture, parks, and cuisine. To add to the list of accolades, we’ve now earned bragging rights in real estate. Recently endowed the Innovation in Real Estate award from the University of Houston, Midway has set out to show how Houston’s Historic Fifth Ward can support nature, history, and growth in one dynamic space at the site of Houston’s industrial beginnings. The 150-acre mixed-use development will open a mile of Buffalo Bayou waterfront to Houstonians while unveiling office and apartment buildings, and—you guessed it—shops and restaurants all in one central location. By the time it’s all said and done, the multiphase project will also improve streets, drainage, parks, and more with the help of local government and neighborhood groups to capture the city’s culture, commerce, and homegrown soul.
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DOOR TO DOWNTOWN A Space Citycentric mural at GreenStreet
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Since GreenStreet began watering its downtown roots almost six years ago, the once work-centric neighborhood has budded into Houstonians' playground, and for many, their own residential neighborhood. The mixed-use development has brought in the likes of award-winning Hotel Alessandra, House of Blues, Lucky Strike, MassChallenge’s Houston branch, and an eclectic mix of upscale bistros. If that wasn’t enough, the urban powerhouse is now tapping into the health and fitness sector to welcome Life Time Athletic and Life Time Work to the clan. The expansive two-story, luxury athletic resort will offer 56,000 square feet for basketball and tennis courts, indoor swimming pools, luxurious locker rooms, and numerous studio classes for daily yoga, cycling, barre, and more. Next door, Life Time Work, which made its Houston debut in CITYCENTRE in 2019, will open as another chic coworking space in the heart of downtown. Expect to see this new side of GreenStreet sprout up by early 2020.
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Sharky’s, like many restaurants in Kings Harbor, overlooks Lake Houston.
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Sharky’s Waterfront Grill reopened for business in August.
Like many Texans, restaurateur and entrepreneur Ronald Perez remembers Hurricane Harvey well. Not only did it impact his beloved restaurant Chimichurri’s at Kings Harbor, but it took a toll on the entire Kingwood community, including neighboring restaurant Sharky’s Waterfront Grill. “In the beginning, it was hard to guess if customers would come back [to Kings Harbor]. They also experienced the flood, and many did leave Kingwood. But we took the chance in reopening Chimichurri's,” says Perez. “During the year we took to fix our restaurant, we noticed Sharky’s remained closed. We had to do something about it.” Perez and his wife opted to buy the beloved seafood restaurant, which he says always had “a supportive following” in the community, to prevent a potential void within the mixed-use center. The husband-and-wife duo has since renovated the restaurant to restore it back to its original state, of course with a few modern additions, like a freshwater tank with tropical fish for children to enjoy. Guests can also look forward to a covered patio with white and blue umbrellas for an oceanic feel, as well as outdoor lighting for fall evenings by the water. As for the menu? Perez promises that foodies can expect to find all their Sharky’s favorites, from the mahi mahi tacos and the Shark Bites appetizer down to their famous mouthwatering sauces.
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Gordy & Sons Outfitters TM is a sportsman’s mecca.
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ADVENTURE OUTFITTERS In Texas, being a nature-loving, baitcasting, avid sportsman (or woman) is just a way of life. So, it’s no surprise that outdoor apparel mecca Gordy & Sons Outfitters TM found itself right at home in Houston. The familyowned and locally based store, which is arguably also a mini museum for hunters and anglers, offers luxury hunting and fly-fishing goods to complete any adventurous outing. Come to shop for your next excursion or just to be hypnotized by the rare guns, handmade knives, and the jawdropping 1930s vault that doubles as a trove of antique rifles and shotguns. But Houston isn’t the only one expanding the outdoor recreation realm, as Bryan-College Station also has a special shop of its own. Onward Reserve, a national outpost that originally broke ground in Atlanta, serves as a convenient go-to when in need of both durable gear for weekends in the woods and casual getups when at home by the grill. Of course, be sure to look out for unique Texas A&M gear this football season. Hint, hint: pick up an extra for your favorite Fightin’ Texas Aggie this holiday season.
Onward Reserve offers outdoor and everyday outfits.
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Buffalo Heights introduces an urban prototype H-E-B at the corner of Washington Ave and S. Heights Blvd.
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NE W HEIG HT S A new, innovative mixed-use development shows Houstonians an optimistic glimpse into the city’s future. by M A R I A N E L L A O R L A N D O
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N FEBRUARY 2017, Houstonian Alex Garza took to Twitter to share a 10-second video capturing the construction of a massive new complex at the corner of Washington Ave and S. Heights Blvd. In her caption, Garza wrote, “Excited about the bigger and better things happening for the future,” with a heart emoji placed over the short film. Just two months prior to the 29-year-old’s hopeful tweet, Midway had softly announced to the public that the space would be transformed into an immense mixed-use development
integrated with an urban prototype H-E-B. The highly anticipated project will open this fall. Dubbed Buffalo Heights District, the revolutionary property will stretch across four acres of land in its initial phase. The development aims to bring forth a fresh and innovative approach to city living, keeping up with the demand for spaces that combine life, work, and play in one central locale. “This area is attractive for residential, office, and other types of development, but there hasn’t been a walkable district where you could
do everything without having to get in a car and drive until now,” says Buffalo Heights owner Russell Gordy. “People want that lifestyle, and we will continue to build on that idea.” The seven-story development includes a 96,000-square-foot H-E-B on the ground floor that will feature a walk-up café and chic coffee bar, The Roastery. Also in the works are 37,000 square feet of office space for One Buffalo Heights and almost 2,000 square feet for shops. The remaining levels are home to the St. Andrie, a five-story, luxury apartment
An open kitchen at the St. Andrie
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“THERE HASN’T BEEN A WALKABLE DISTRICT ... UNTIL NOW.” —RUSSELL GORDY, OWNER, BUFFALO HEIGHTS
High-end finishings run throughout the St. Andrie.
community. In addition to 230 wellappointed accommodations, the pinedover property also features a grand clubhouse, workout and yoga studios, and a sparkling terrace-top pool. In addition to the lengthy list of enviable amenities that Buffalo Heights has to offer, Gordy claims one of the biggest draws for Houstonians lies in the location, just a block off of Spotts Park and a quick jaunt from Buffalo Bayou, The Historic Heights, downtown, Montrose, and more. “Once we settled in, we could
really appreciate what a special area this is,” Gordy adds. “It has great proximity to downtown, the Texas Medical Center, major arts and cultural organizations, the most desirable neighborhoods, and worldclass parks.” And as locals continue to strive and advocate for a healthier, greener, and more active lifestyle, Buffalo Heights is foreshadowing Houston’s revolutionary future. “We are in the heart of a renaissance,” Gordy says, “changing our whole city for the better.”
The terracetop pool at the St. Andrie
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The development will create a walkable district.
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Lynne Hoop Earrings $78 These gold hoops with a tabbed edge are simple with a bit of surprise. Kendra Scott CITYCENTRE
Vega Pullover $134 Just the right weight, this pullover fits Houston’s definition of sweater weather. Hemline CITYCENTRE and Century Square
Juliette Collarless Sweater-Blazer $148 Who knew outerwear could be so cozy and so sophisticated at the same time? J. Crew CITYCENTRE
High-Rise Bootcut Corduroy Jeans $120 Step a smidge outside the box in what are soon to be your new favorite cords. Anthropologie CITYCENTRE
Carson Chunky Rectangle Sunglasses $16 Seasons change, but chances are the sun’s out in Texas. Be prepared with these neutral specs. Urban Outfitters CITYCENTRE
Hilty Ankle Bootie $160 Go for the gusto with these gold booties that add the perfect pop of pizzazz to any outfit. Hemline CITYCENTRE and Century Square
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Men’s Quilted Jacket $66 City slicker and cowboy styles converge in this durable jacket. King Ranch Saddle Shop CITYCENTRE and Century Square
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You’ve heard it before: Fall and winter fashion is all about the layers—even here in Texas. So why not apply that approach to your accessories? Add these items atop any look to take it to the next level. A printed kerchief transitions with the seasons. Wrap it around you as a scarf or knot it in your hair to tie your outfit together. (Floral Garden Square Bandana,$9.99, Merge Boutique, Century Square) A timeless watch adds an air of sophistication to any ensemble, while a stitchless band leans a little on the casual side. (BREDA Bresson Watch, $90, Urban Outfitters, CITYCENTRE) And between football games and holiday get-togethers, winter and fall require a reliable bag. Grab a neutral leather-like purse and get on with your busy schedule. (Clutch, $98, Grass Stains, Century Square)
Funnel Neck Military Sweater $125 This is not your standard sweater: with a beautiful basket weave and Henley neck, you’ll be set to brave the chill. Allen Edmonds CITYCENRE
Straight Jeans in Rinse Wash $115 Dress up your denim collection with a dark wash and modern cut. Madewell CITYCENTRE
Nike for J.Crew Killshot Sneakers $90 These retro shoes cover a lot of ground. Don them with everything from suits to sweats. J.Crew CITYCENTRE
Cap $12.99 Top off your ensemble in a goes-witheverything hat. H&M CITYCENTRE
Polarized Sunglasses $17.99 These classic frames deliver on the details, like the UV-protective and polarized lenses. H&M CITYCENTRE
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Reasons to Visit Houston Right Now by L A U R A F U R R M E R I C A S
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There’s never been a better time to explore the Bayou City. And when the temps taper off in the fall, the city really comes alive. Nosh on Korean chicken wings and to-diefor tacos all under one roof. Root for the worldchampionshipwinning home team. Meet local makers or take in big-name Fantastic Seeing green acts. The options food halls Forget what you’ve heard: Houston actually has more greenspace than are endless in It’s pretty much impossible to try any US city of its size. Levy Park in everything on Houston’s must-have Kirby Grove and Buffalo Bayou Park, H-Town (though menus in a lifetime, let alone in one which meanders into downtown, have visit! But it’s worth a shot at Finn Hall earned national and international we’ve tried our at The Jones on Main in the JP Morgan accolades for their innovation and Chase & Co. Building. Downtown’s connection to their surrounding best to narrow stand-out food hall is home to communities. Grab your walking shoes everything from Tex-Mex and Sichuan or pack a picnic, there are hours’ our list here). cuisines by local legends to tasty falafel worth of trails and activities for fitness and pho of food-truck fame. junkies and family caravans at these Whatever you award-winning parks. choose, we’re sure our spirited city will surprise you. Work perks Posh hotels It’s no secret: if you’re visiting PHOTO: COURTESY MIDWAY
Oddball Eats is a favorite at Finn Hall.
The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and many more named Houston one of the top travel destinations in 2019.
Houston, there’s a good chance you’re here for work. New coworking spaces— WeWork at The Jones on Main in the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Building, Life Time Work and FUSE Dynamic Workspace at CITYCENTRE, and Spaces at Kirby Grove, GreenStreet, and CITYCENTRE—help business travelers stay plugged in with cool and comfy settings all around town.
Life is just a little more luxurious at Houston’s top hotels. With stately rooms, the renowned Lucienne restaurant, a terrace-top pool, and a signature spa—a stay at downtown’s Hotel Alessandra is worth the trip to Texas all on its own.
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5. Hall of famers
The only thing Houstonians love more than their city is their city’s sports teams—as made clear by Harris County Houston Sports Authority Walk of Fame, stretching from the House of Blues throughout the GreenStreet shopping and dining district. Honor world-class athletes, like Nolan Ryan of the Astros and Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets, before heading to the game steps away at Toyota Center or Minute Maid Park.
6. Celebrity chefs
8. New brews
7. The craft
9. The state of play
New York and LA aren’t the only outlets for famous cooks to set up kitchen. James Beard nominees command the helms at many toprated restaurants in the Bayou City, including at International Smoke in CITYCENTRE. Launched by Chef Michael Mina and food personality Ayesha Curry, the global eatery dishes out a diverse selection of hearty meats, savory seafood, and more.
See the stars at GreenStreet.
Houston coffee nuts have an evergrowing number of homegrown options for a not-so-average cup of joe. Head to Slowpokes in Kirby Grove for stellar cold brew and Louie Coffee at GreenStreet for European-inspired sips. Or get a taste from Houston’s O.G. craft coffeers, Amaya Roasting Company, at the eponymous sister shop, Amaya Coffee within Finn Hall.
If coffee is on the rise, craft beer is skyrocketing in the Space City. About 60 local breweries call the greater Houston area home, serving up everything from chocolatey stouts to hazy IPAs. Sample beers from around The Loop while chowing down on a decadent burger at Hopdoddy or enjoying happy hour at Sparrow’s Nest upstairs at Finn Hall. Don’t forget, Slowpokes specializes in all things craft: coffee and local beers are poured fresh here every day.
Stay on your toes while traveling with family or coworkers by engaging in a bit of friendly competition. The Escape Game at CITYCENTRE puts strategy and teamwork to the test and has earned top marks from TripAdvisor. Can your group crack the code in an hour or less? Only time will tell. Across the street, Bowl & Barrel offers a spin on a traditional bowling alley with a full-service restaurant, beer hall, and industrial-chic design.
10. To treat yourself
Bowl & Barrel at CITYCENTRE
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The Lash Lounge at Memorial Green
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No, we’re not talking about a decadent meal for once. A visit to Houston can also call for a Vanilla Latte pedicure at Isle Pedispa or a signature mani and mud mask at Anthony Vince' Nail Salon. A cleansing facial at Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center will leave you feeling refreshed, and a Lash Lift at The Lash Lounge will get you glam.
11. Texas makers
Come for the boots (at King Ranch Saddle Shop, might we suggest) and stick around for the H-Town style. From beloved Kendra Scott jewelry at CITYCENTRE to up-and-coming clothiers at Social Graces Social Club in GreenStreet, head to Houston to see Texas-made fashion in full force.
12. Wacky workouts The Lawn at Century Square
13. International brands
The adage “shop ’til you drop” is a real possibility in our massive metro. Need a name brand? We’ve got it. For Anthropologie, Free People, Sephora, H&M, and more, head to CITYCENTRE. For ready-to-wear in the heart of downtown’s hubbub, Forever 21 at GreenStreet is your onestop shop.
Looking good is fun, but feeling great is even better. Hang out in DEFINE Body & Mind’s hammock yoga class and you’ll feel lengthened, connected, and rejuvenated.
King Ranch Saddle Shop
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FOOTBALL FANDOM Enjoy Maroon Tunes at Century Square by local musicians before heading over to Kyle Field for SEC play or to participate in a passionate gathering, known as the Midnight Yell.
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SMALL TOWN, BIG FLAVORS Look for locally sourced meats at PORTERS and farm-to-fire dishes at Poppy, named after the late president George H. W. Bush. Want to snack like the locals? Head to Harvest Coffee for light bites and caffeinated drinks that have earned their own BCS fan bases.
TEXAS-TRENDY HOTEL Escape from the city in style at The George. With cool accommodations and top-rated restaurants, it’s begging you to go ahead and book that country-chic getaway already.
Hang out at DEFINE Body + Mind’s hammock yoga.
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14. Haute home design
LAM Bespoke knows luxurious design.
Take homes (or “ship homes”) are always on the table when shopping in Houston. LAM Bespoke is the authoritative source around town for local and lovely décor, boasting more than 30 years of design know-how among the family owners. Spot their newest location at Memorial Green. Or spend the day at CITYCENTRE, pursuing national outposts like west elm, Z Gallerie, and Sur La Table.
15. Live music
Big cities attract big names, and Houston hospitality welcomes smaller acts. Whether it’s a Ciara concert at the House of Blues or a local performer on CITYCENTRE’s plaza, talent and passion can be found just about everywhere in this giant, vibrant city.
Grooves on the Green at Century Square
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WATERFRONT FUN Dining, music, festivals— everything is a little better by the water. With a constant series of events, and newly reopened patios at Zammitti's and Sharky’s, there’s always a reason to take in Lake Houston with friends or family in tow.
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MEGAFITNESS Houston’s best workout might just be in Kings Harbor. Combining Pilates, strength training, and lengthening exercises, BElagree’s body-transforming classes are keeping Kingwood fit.
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LOCAL LOVELIES Fashionable finds without the fuss, Dapper Darlings and Pretty Little Things offer stylish selections for little ones and moms alike away from the inner-Loop traffic.
GLOBAL FLAVOR Savory and sumptuous international foods that showcase Houston’s diversity. by M A I P H A M
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ouston is the most diverse city in the country, and our culinary customs follow suit. With more than 12,000 restaurants representing the cuisines of 75 different countries, the Bayou City is the prime place to sample an array of foods from around the globe. Take a step outside your comfort zone and tour our city’s worldly delights. From Mexico to Italy, Vietnam to India, there’s a wonderful melting pot of cultures just waiting to be explored—one dish at a time. 24 DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2019
Fried Spicy → Chicken Cubes PEPPER TWINS CITYCENTRE
Love spicy food? Of China’s eight styles of regional cuisine, Sichuan is most likely to set your mouth on fire, thanks to the area’s famous Sichuan pepper. At Dr. Yunan Yang’s Pepper Twins, these fiery red chiles and their peppercorns are used to enhance a plethora of dishes, from the famed Mapo Tofu to the Mountain City Hot Pot. For those who can handle the heat, the everpopular Fried Spicy Chicken Cubes are a must: Dark meat cut into cubes— fried to a crisp, then tossed and served in a bed of chopped red chiles—will set your palate and your senses aflame.
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← Gaucho Rib Eye Steak CHIMICHURRI’S KINGS HARBOR
In South America, where quality grass-fed beef is abundant, grilling is such a standard part of life that dining on a tender, perfectly seasoned piece of steak is a common occurrence. For tasty South American cuisine closer to home, Chimichurri’s in Kingwood is just the ticket. Begin your meal with crispy empanadas or juicy Argentinian chorizo sausage. To follow, feast on decadent meat choices, such as the juicy, 12-ounce Gaucho Rib Eye Steak, grilled to your desired temperature and served on a bed of sweet grilled onions and red peppers.
Bánh Mì SIT LO
FINN HALL One of the best things that the Vietnamese refugees brought with them to Houston some 40 years ago: The bánh mì. And while every food-loving Houstonian has their go-to place for the best bánh mì, may we suggest the hip Vietnamese street food stall at Finn Hall, Sit Lo? Served on a traditional oblong French baguette with fresh jalapeño, pickled veggies, cucumber, cilantro, and aioli, the fatty, tender sliced brisket filling is beyond delicious, the grilled lemongrass pork and grilled chicken are clean and tasty, and the grilled tofu will hit the spot for those who go meatless.
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Signature Vindaloo KIRAN’S
KIRBY GROVE Soul-warming Indian cuisine awaits at Chef Kiran Verma’s eponymous Kiran’s in Kirby Grove, where everything is made from scratch. For her signature vindaloo, spices are mixed with ginger, garlic, and three different types of chile peppers, then soaked in vinegar for three weeks before they’re roasted and ground into a fine paste. The paste is then combined with a vegetable or protein of your choosing—lamb, chicken, shrimp, or eggplant—and simmered with ingredients like coconut, ginger, garlic, and onion for the final dish, which is ladled over rice for a hearty, deeply satisfying meal.
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Craving Thai? You can make a mean Panang curry with the help of H-E-B Select Ingredients Panang Curry Cooking Sauce. Made with coconut milk and spices, the mild and sweet curry sauce will turn a plain chicken breast into a gourmet dish, stat. Just dice and sauté chicken, add sauce, and simmer.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t have time to buy, toast, then grind the spices that make up a rich curry. Thankfully, with the Maya Kaimal line of simmer sauces, tikka masala, butter masala, Goan coconut, and Madras curry are all within reach. Just brown some chicken, add your choice of sauce, then simmer until cooked through.
Want the taste of authentic Turkish kebabs? One pouch of Wild Garden Turkish Quick Marinade, made with a special blend of tomatoes, garlic, and cumin, is enough to marinate up to three pounds of beef, lamb, chicken, or seafood.
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Looking for fun, creative Japanese cuisine? At RA Sushi, begin your night with a cocktail, like the Shiso Naughty martini, before taking in the Viva Las Vegas Roll. Topped with crisp discs of lotus root, the tempura-fried kanikama crab and cream cheese roll is drizzled with sweet eel sauce and spinach tempura bits to make each bite crispy and crunchy, creamy and dreamy all at once. Just don’t forget to snap a photo first.
Enchiladas Anaya’s CYCLONE ANAYA’S CITYCENTRE
For the days when those Tex-Mex cravings hit, Cyclone Anaya’s is ready to serve. Chips and roasted salsa start off the experience, of course. For drinks, the margarita on the rocks is a sure bet. As for that quintessential Tex-Mex flavor, order the Enchiladas Anaya’s—handmade red corn tortillas stuffed with a choice of chicken or beef fajita, smothered in a smoky, spicy red ancho chile sauce, then topped with mushrooms, onions, and melted cheese.
Jalapeño Cilantro Fettuccine Scampi MIA BELLA TRATTORIA GREENSTREET
Traditional Italian gets a Houston spin at Mia Bella Trattoria with chef Hicham Nafaa’s nontraditional take on the baked shrimp scampi. To make it, Nafaa takes house-made Italian fettuccine pasta and tosses it in olive oil, crushed peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Then, he sautés plump shrimp with jalapeño and cilantro until fragrant and a little spicy. Twirl the pasta with a fork, take a bite of shrimp to go with it. Mmm, delicious.
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SHARE TE A Taiwanese Pearl Milk Tea Debuts in Century Square
Parilla Sal y Pimienta SAL Y PIMIENTA CITYCENTRE
You don’t have to fly South to experience Uruguay’s mastery of meats. At Sal y Pimienta, Uruguayan-born owner Gianfranco Percovich celebrates his heritage by offering a fine meat selection ranging from 100 percent grass-fed Uruguayan tenderloin to 40-day dryaged Niman Ranch New York strip. For a curated taste of some of his most popular cuts, ask for the Parilla Sal y Pimienta tabletop grill: A mouthwatering smorgasbord for two that includes inside skirt, flank steak, lamb chops, short ribs, chicken breast, Argentinean sausage, blood sausage, and sweetbread, complete with a rustic salad and steak-fried potatoes.
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Invented in the early ’80s in Taiwan, bubble tea, boba tea, or pearl milk tea—three different names that all refer to the same thing—is one of Taiwan’s most beloved exports. Century Square’s Sharetea is one of the few outposts to successfully bring this Taiwanese specialty overseas. Established in Taipei in 1992, the bubble tea specialist is widely recognized among discerning boba tea lovers for its high-quality tea leaf brews and its many flavors. Not far from the Texas A&M campus, the new location in Century Square has established its own fan base of students and Bryan-College Station residents who can’t get enough of Sharetea’s specialty pearl milk tea beverages, fruit teas, and iceblended slushies. All of the teas can be customized with add-in components that add texture to the drink, such as tapioca pearls, lychee jelly, and custard. Trying it for the first time and don’t know what to order? Start with the classic pearl black milk tea, a creamy drink with chewy black tapioca pearls. Other popular drinks include the Coffee Creama, which comes with sweet cream foam, and the QQ Happy Family milk tea, which comes with three types of add-ins. The fruit teas, in exotic flavors, like mango passionfruit or honey lemon with aloe vera, are delicious and refreshing. And the ice-blended drinks—try the Oreo ice blended with pearl or the strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and ice cream—are a perfect foil for Texas’s notoriously hot weather.
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Lifestyle OFF ICE SPACE Freelancers and nine-to-fivers are looking for a change of pace.
HERE’S NO DENYING that America’s workforce is transforming. With many employees favoring remote work and millions of others joining the gig economy, studies indicate that people are prioritizing freedom and flexibility now more than ever. But where can budding startups and freelancers call home? Enter: the coworking space.
The number of coworking spaces has skyrocketed throughout the country, with momentous growth in the Space City. Ditch the idea of drab cubicles and harsh fluorescent lighting; there’s a modern aesthetic and allure to the workplaces of today. Designed for productivity, Houston’s coworking spaces provide all of the bells and whistles that make members feel a sense of belonging. Lively
Work-life balance thrives at WeWork.
brainstorming rooms, networking events, unlimited coffee and snacks, and ergonomic desks are just a few of the perks coworking spaces offer. Plus: As more Houstonians take the leap to become their own bosses, coworking spaces avoid common issues in the work-from-home business model. While buzzwords like “solopreneur” can be empowering, a feeling of isolation can fester and put morale and creativity in a compromised state. Outside of office suites for small companies, coworking environments provide shared areas and dedicated desks designed to encourage collaboration. Rubbing elbows with fellow members can lead to long-term alliances and have lasting impacts. The phenomenon of the everattractive coworking space is clear, and Midway is contributing to the advancement across the city. The real estate development firm has landmarked four major coworking destinations at its Houston properties. From CITYCENTRE to downtown Houston, Midway has dedicated resources to fuel the city’s class of creatives and innovators by providing offices to call their own. We’re taking a deep dive into Houston’s coworking environment at four popular destinations across the city. Get to know the environments and the coworkers at Spaces, FUSE Dynamic Workspace, WeWork, and Life Time Work.
Meet the Coworkers MARK JONES, PRINCIPAL OF TRIFECTA AGENCY
Stellar views from Life Time Work at CITYCENTRE
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Our agency moved into FUSE Dynamic Workspace space last year, and we love it! For us, community was as important as amenities, and this place has both. Our offices are state-of-the-art, there are a ton of conference room options, and we love the look and feel of the entire office. We’ve really been able to customize our space around our business needs, and that’s extremely valuable for us. Also, the staff here is amazing and everyone goes out of their way to make sure that our team is taken care of.
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by J I L L I A N G O L T Z M A N
WORK PERKS FUSE DYNAMIC WORKSPACE CITYCENTRE
FUSE Dynamic Workspace comes to CITYCENTRE this fall.
By way of Prosper, Texas, FUSE will open its second coworking location in Houston’s CITYCENTRE this fall. Surrounded by trendy and desirable shops and delectable restaurants, the 26,000-square-foot space will be perfect for members looking for a cosmopolitan vibe with opportunities for midday retail therapy sessions or post-work happy hour. The new location will offer coworking, dedicated desks, private offices, and office suites. Members can also get fresh air on the job by taking advantage of four outdoor patio areas.
PHOTOS FROM TOP: COURTESY FUSE DYNAMIC WORKSPACE; BY NELSON HILL; BY MICHELLE C ALDWELL
LIFE TIME WORK CITYCENTRE AND GREENSTREET
Hard work happens at the office and in the gym at Life Time.
From ergonomic offices to prime locations in CITYCENTRE and GreenStreet, Life Time Work is brimming with benefits. Life Time Work has upped the ante on what it means to have a healthy work ethic with one standout amenity: a complimentary all-access membership to sister company and next-door neighbor, Life Time Athletic. With a laser focus on wellness, the space also provides healthy on-site snacks and memberexclusive workouts. Can members really have it all? Stephany Ortega, Houston’s Life Time Work Manager, bets on it: “It’s amazing to see members feeling good, and to watch them come out of their shell to become part of the little family we have here.”
CARRIE COLBERT, FOUNDER AND DIGITAL CONTENT CREATOR OF CARRIECOLBERT.COM, INVESTOR
I retired from oil and gas about four years ago to create colorful digital content and invest in femalefounded and -run businesses. My team and I primarily worked out of my house, but that changed this spring when a pipe burst, flooding everything within minutes. I surveyed all the coworking spaces in Houston, and unequivocally, Life Time Work rose to the top. Life Time Work is an elegant, elevated workspace designed for today’s discerning professional. The panoramic views can’t be beat! The office spaces themselves are light-filled, large, and bright. They offer state-of-the-art conference and meeting room spaces that are ideal for when we’re hosting client meetings. And they encourage healthy living!
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WEWORK THE JONES ON MAIN IN THE JP MORGAN CHASE & CO. BUILDING
WeWork’s chic downtown accommodations
Meet the Coworkers DEREK GILBOE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LOKIMOX
I am the managing director of Lokimox, a registered Texas engineering firm founded in 2017. We made the choice to change locations to WeWork in December 2018 and immediately realized unexpected benefits that were far more beneficial than the cost benefits that drove the selection itself. The WeWork Jones Building is a unique location with a terrific team and diverse menagerie of members combining into a supportive community beyond a coworking environment. Networking opportunities have been unexpected and helpful and started with the WeWork website and app connecting us with the global WeWork world.
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PHOTOS FROM TOP: COURTESY MIDWAY (2); COURTESY DEREK GILBOE
Want to work in bustling downtown? There’s a desk waiting for you at The Jones on Main in the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Building. WeWork members can take advantage of event spaces, a lively brainstorming room, discounted tech courses from the Flatiron School, and a wellness room to serve as your own Zen den. “Our design not only fosters collaboration but also provides options for people who might need a large meeting space, a quiet phone booth, or a vibrant common area,” says Ronnie Bencosme, WeWork’s Houston Community Director. “We know innovation happens everywhere, and fostering it in The Jones on Main has been incredibly special for us and the community.”
Spaces keeps work cool at its soon-to-be three Houston locations.
PHOTOS: COURTESY MIDWAY
SPACES CITYCENTRE, GREENSTREET, AND KIRBY GROVE
Spaces at Kirby Grove
Spaces, with offices in 54 countries and 204 cities, is one of the most prolific coworking giants across the globe. But what would world domination be without H-Town? Spaces opened in Kirby Grove in 2018, bringing buzz into the district, and is now in the works on additional locations at CITYCENTRE and GreenStreet. The 25,000-squarefoot space encompasses 327 dedicated desks and two meeting rooms set in chic midcentury modern décor. Trade water cooler talk for coffee banter—all snacks and beverages are included here, even the cups of joe. Travelers can also rejoice in knowing their membership grants them access to work in every Spaces outpost around the globe.
KRISTEN O’CONNOR, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER AT IMAGINATION THE AMERICAS
We are the Houston-based team for Imagination the Americas, an independent experience agency with 13 offices worldwide. We chose to work with Spaces because it provides the team a creative and open workspace. As creatives, we could use different spaces to spark thoughts and conversations. There’s the ability to expand the office footprint as the team grows while offering inspiring views of the Houston skyline and award-winning Levy Park. We’re constantly meeting new people and enjoy the events Spaces regularly hosts. With well-equipped kitchens, shared common areas, and friendly staff, Spaces promotes an innovative environment that supports our company’s needs.
Is Space City slated to be the next tech mecca? Developments in the heart of downtown show a promising path. MassChallenge recently launched its Houston startup incubator at GreenStreet. This summer, the accelerator held its first six-week boot camp for innovators and entrepreneurs who have generated less than an annual $1 million in revenue, with the support of Central Houston and corporate partners. Bob Eury, president of Central Houston and the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, said in a statement that the economic development grant for MassChallenge Texas is slated to “garner longterm results” for GreenStreet and its surrounding area. The urban lifestyle complex has made itself more than a retail center; it’s also a breeding ground for exciting ideas and fresh business models. Space exploration, oil and gas, and groundbreaking medicine are just a few of Houston’s strongest accolades. It’s time we add tech innovation to our resume.
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Bath & Beauty
GOLD AND WHITE HEADBAND LILY RAIN $10 CITYCENTRE CLARIFYING TREATMENT Indulge in a detox that will work to rid your hair of toxins and bring back its bounce. LIFE TIME SPA $36 CITYCENTRE
PHOTO: BY BRIAN KENNEDY
CUT AND STYLE Houston’s mostbuzzed-about beauties head to CERON to keep their manes tamed. So why shouldn’t you? CERON HAIR STUDIO FROM $125 MEMORIAL GREEN
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BAT H & B E AU T Y
HAIR C ARE A good hair day is great, but a sensational hair season is even better. Brush up on your knowledge of the best hair accessories and products, enjoy the reprieve from the heat, and let those locks loose this winter and fall. by L A U R A F U R R M E R I C A S
ON FIGURE PHOTOS: BY BRIAN KENNEDY PRODUC T PHOTOS: COURTESY (4); BY JENNIFER GILLET TE
PEARL AND RHINESTONE BARRETTE HEMLINE $10 CITYCENTRE
SOJOURN SERUM SMOOTH Fall and winter are the times to shine in Houston. Apply this weightless serum to damp or dry hair and watch as frizz transforms into a fabulous style. GALLERIA SPA SALON BOUTIQUE $26 CENTURY SQUARE
DREAMIEST SCARF PONY FREE PEOPLE $18 CITYCENTRE
IGK GOOD BEHAVIOR PROTEIN SMOOTHING SPRAY Strengthen those locks with the vitamins and minerals they need to hold your hairdos and maintain luster. URBAN OUTFITTERS $32 CITYCENTRE
VOIR RHYTHM OF THE RAIN HAIR MASK AND SCALP DETOX Treat your tresses to natural botanicals and luscious butters. Apply and rinse when you’re on the run, or soak it all in for about 20 minutes for a delectable deep condition. ANTHROPOLOGIE $28 CITYCENTRE
TOGETHER BEAUTY PURPLE REIGN SHAMPOO The name says it all: purple reigns supreme for hanging on to highlights. Don’t let this product’s bold color uproot you. Packed with antioxidants and ancient Chinese grains, it’s all natural. SEPHORA $24 CITYCENTRE
NO-SHOW DRY SHAMPOO On the hunt for the perfect dry shampoo for when it’s not too hot and not too cold outside? Don’t sweat it. lululemon’s new invisible product freshens without a wash or the residue. LULULEMON FROM $18 CENTURY SQUARE AND CITYCENTRE
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WHAT ’ S IN THE BAG by L A U R A F U R R M E R I C A S
Artist, mom, and small-business owner Holly-Dae Burton is always on the run. And whether it’s leading the charge at this fall’s ARTumn Festival at CITYCENTRE, creating custom murals with her company Arts By Aaron, showing off vibrant handbags at her boutique Dae & Night (that’s just off a successful pop-up stint at State Line and Friends), or just picking up her boys from school—she’s doing it in style. We talked to the self-made fashionista about her go-to items.
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1 GARDEN PARTY LARGE PLANNER No two days look the same in Burton’s book. “As busy as I am every week, I always have to have something that’s available to write down appointments,” she says. Find her scribbling away in this fun, floral planner. Paper Source $38.95 CITYCENTRE 2 SANCTUARY PERFUME Burton fell head (or nose) over heels for the sweet scent that radiates from Altar’d State and down CITYCENTRE’s corridors. So, she decided to bring it home. “I keep a fourounce bottle on me. I spray it in my car. I spray it in my store. It’s so welcoming.” Altar’d State $58 CITYCENTRE 3 SUNGLASSES Burton keeps her cool with simple sunnies. Lily Rain $60 CITYCENTRE
4 BENEFIT COSMETICS PRECISELY, MY BROW ULTRA-FINE PENCIL Sephora $24 CITYCENTRE
and the pop of color you need in any occasion.” Dae & Night $50 available at ARTumn Festival at CITYCENTRE
5 TARTE CONCEALER Sephora $26 CITYCENTRE “I always have two main things in my makeup bag: this eyebrow pencil and concealer,” Burton says. “Even if I don’t have on a lot of makeup, these are going to wake me up.”
7 EXTRA 35-PACK H-E-B $1.98 Buffalo Heights
6 THIRD EYE CLUTCH When it’s time to switch from day to night, or from work to play, Burton reaches into the depths of her tote for one of her signature handmade clutches, inspired by the vibrant cultures of her birthplace, New Orleans, and current hometown, Houston. “I always have a bag inside of my bag,” she says. “It’s transitional
8 PURELL ASSORTED SCENTS HAND SANITIZER H-E-B $1.37 Buffalo Heights 9 BURT’S BEES BEESWAX LIP BALM H-E-B $3.27 Buffalo Heights “I’m a mom, so I love H-E-B,” Burton jokes. She always has these items at the ready to keep her (and her two sons) looking and feeling fresh. 10 LARGE DUXBURY SATCHEL TOPSAIL For Burton: The bigger and brighter the tote, the better. Brahmin $365 CITYCENTRE
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Coffee & Cars at Century Square attracts luxury sports cars.
MORNING RIDE How cool cars and hot drinks are bringing the community together at Century Square
OLLEGE STATION IS best known for spirited Saturday nights in Kyle Field. But stick around and you’ll see how residents race over to Century Square on Sunday mornings to take in exotic sights and delicious sips at Coffee & Cars. Put on by the Texas A&M Sports Car Club, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month, the automotive social has quickly become a must-attend community event since its debut in 2018, drawing in luxury sports vehicles, including Camaros, Mustangs, and Corvettes, from around the BryanCollege Station area. Visitors can fuel up with complimentary coffees from vendors and businesses like Harvest Coffee, PORTERS Dining + Butcher, and The George. Club member and Texas A&M student Roddy Koberg says that Coffee
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& Cars at Century Square was an opportunity for the group to reach even more of the car-loving community, including students, alumni, and College Station residents, and to grow beyond the car club’s regular Monday night meet-ups. “I could tell right away that the partnership would be a good
fit,” Koberg says. “It’s been a great opportunity for our members and other attendees to see some amazing vehicles.” Attendees don’t need to be car gurus to enjoy the experience. The cars—like a jaw-dropping Ferrari that rolled up over the summer or a trickedout fuchsia Mustang that’s known to attend—often speak for themselves. “People are just excited to see what pulls up,” Koberg says. “We never know what’s going to be there.” The cars also serve as a vehicle for conversation and comradery. Ryan Howell, a fellow student and member of the club, says he loves to talk shop with other members and interested Coffee & Cars attendees about the awe-inspiring automobiles. “It’s nice to walk around and find out what work people have done on the cars,” Howell says. “We all have different majors and different lives, but we can all connect on cars.”
PHOTOS: COURTESY MIDWAY
by L A Y N E V A N V R A N K E N
ONGOING TUESDAY TUNES
GREENSTREET Don’t labor through your lunch hour. Venture out and enjoy fresh air and live music on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., October through November. Enjoy outdoor dining from a host of global restaurants, including Salata, Mia Bella Trattoria, and Guadalajara del Centro.
LUNCH BUNCH + STROLLER STRIDES CENTURY SQUARE Come out to The Green on the last Tuesday of every month for community and cardio. Enjoy a free momcentric fitness class, designed for women with kids in tow, starting at 10 a.m. Then stay and enjoy a tasty lunch with the group at one of the Century Square restaurants. Husbands and family members are always welcome.
DISCOVERY ON THE GREEN
CENTURY SQUARE Find your kid’s bliss at Discovery on the Green presented by the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley every third Thursday of the month. Your child will take on movement games, song and dance numbers, and hands-on challenges. Running from 10 to 11 a.m., your kid will definitely be ready for their nap after this free event.
GREENSTREET Instead of indulging in an overcrowded, overdone happy hour, call up your favorite crew and enjoy an energetic evening of live music from 5 to 8 p.m. on the GreenStreet lawn. No Thursday evening is the same at this symphonic gathering.
CENTURY SQUARE Aggie football fans: We’ve found the perfect way to kick off your weekend, and it’s all free. Text your pals and go down to The Green to listen to live music every Friday before a home game. Grab a bite and stick around until you head to the Midnight Yell.
SUNSET YOGA AT THE HARBOR
KINGS HARBOR Downward dog, rising tree, happy baby–whatever yoga pose suits you most, you’ll find a vinyasa groove at this relaxing-but-challenging, one-hour yoga session. Join other eager yogis on the lawn at this complementary sweat session from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, March through October.
PARACHUTE PLAY TIME
CIT YCENTRE Parents, forgo iPads and take the kiddos to Parachute Play Time presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Gymboree Play & Music. This lighthearted experience, which features a massive rainbow parachute, will have everyone young and old partaking in games, singing catchy music, and dancing with joy from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, March through October.
LIVE MUSIC ON THE PLAZA
CIT YCENTRE There's little better than listening to live music outdoors when the weather is nice. Grab a bite or libation at the eateries surrounding CIT YCENTRE’s plaza—we recommend Yard House, International Smoke, or bellagreen—and enjoy covers of boisterous jazz, classic country, Caribbean steel pan, and pop hits every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., March through October, and 6 to 9 p.m., November through February.
FRIDAY DJ ON THE LAWN
GREENSTREET Give your Bluetooth radio a break, gather your closest pals, and head downtown to the GreenStreet lawn for some infectious jams from local DJs. Whether it’s the new Taylor Swift album or the latest Lizzo release, your hips won’t stop moving as you start your weekend off right every Friday night in September.
SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES
KINGS HARBOR It’s all in the name. Gather the kids and pack a cozy lawn chair or a favorite picnic blanket for live music, yummy provisions, and family-centric fun outdoors, from 6 to 9 p.m. on (you guessed it) the second Saturday of the month, September through November.
GROOVES ON THE GREEN
CENTURY SQUARE Live-music fans, we’ve found your next must-attend affair. Whether it’s smooth jazz or Texas country, everyone will find music to their ears at Grooves on the Green, most Friday and Saturday evenings. Top off the lyrical evening with popular lawn games and tasty eats at Blaze Pizza, Piada, Poppy, PORTERS, and more.
YOGA ON THE GREEN
CENTURY SQUARE Ready to break a serious sweat? In partnership with lululemon, Century Square presents free heartembracing, movement-based yoga on The Green on the first Saturday of every month.
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9/28 • GREENSTREET The rooftop of GreenStreet Garage will transform into downtown’s largest (and quietest) dance floor for one night. Free to attend, you'll be hooked up with special headphones so you can tune into different channels and dance like nobody's watching. Experience immersive art installations by Fifth World Collective. Chill in our illuminated lounge and take in the downtown skyline.
OCTOBER LAMBORGHINI FESTIVAL
10/13 • CIT YCENTRE Whether you own or simply dream of owning a luxury, top-of-the-line vehicle, you’ll be drooling over the sleek sights at the annual Lamborghini Festival. With dozens of models to swoon over, collectors and dreamers alike will be eyeing the transportation at this glamorous event from 3 to 7 p.m.
CHILD ADVOCATES SUPERHERO RUN 10/19 • CIT YCENTRE Bring the family and come dressed as your favorite hero at the sixth annual Child Advocates Superhero Fun Run, starting at 8 a.m. The race, which benefits Harris County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program, is open to runners (and walkers) of all ages, including 1K and 5K courses.
CENTURY SQUARE Fuel your mornings with caffeine and high-octane at an event that’s worth the drive every third Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eyeball a selection of automotive wonders, including vintage classics and the truly unexpected, while sipping a free cup of joe.
10/19 • CIT YCENTRE Want to peek inside the closets of envied designers, personal stylists, and much-followed fashion bloggers? If so, this is your must-attend event. Conscious Couture allows patrons to shop the fashions of those they admire most from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a portion of sales going toward a charitable cause. Shopping never felt–or looked–so good!
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE
JAGUAR CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING CARD
COFFEE AND CARS
CIT YCENTRE & CENTURY SQUARE Start the week on a spiritual high with inspirational music for all ages. Sunday evening worship takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in April through October, and 3 to 6 p.m. in March, November, and December.
LAKE HOUSTON AREA CHAMBER 10K, 5K, AND KIDS' 1K RACES
9/22 • KINGS HARBOR Shed those pesky winter pounds with a 7 a.m. run at Kings Harbor. Whether a 10K or 5K, you’ll find your stride taking in the picture-perfect views of Lake Houston and Kingwood. This community race also awards cash prizes to the winners of both races.
9/28 • CIT YCENTRE CITYCENTRE presents the 1st annual community musical chairs benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters on Saturday, September 28 at 12 p.m. Hosted by Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan, you’re invited to enjoy a live DJ and compete to be the last chair standing. Winners will take home awesome prizes from the retailers at CITYCENTRE! Visit citycentrehouston.com/events to purchase your ticket to compete.
10/19 • KINGS HARBOR This fine car show makes a stop in Kingwood, courtesy of the Jaguar Club of Houston, which boasts more than 100 members with an array of models. Enjoy an extraordinary display of the British speedsters at the 42nd annual event, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10/24—11/3 • CIT YCENTRE Knock out that holiday shopping early and put purchases toward a charitable cause with the Holiday Shopping Card. Obtain a card online at victoryhouston.org, or at participating retailers, by donating $75 to the American Cancer Society, then gain savings of 20 percent at nearly 500 stores around the city, including a handful at CITYCENTRE.
10/26—10/27 • CIT YCENTRE Fall looks picturesque at the third annual ARTumn Fest, hosted by CIT YCENTRE, Arts by Aaron, and Houstonia magazine. You and your kids are in for inspiration from the creative community event, which includes Instagrammable backdrops and features handmade goods from painters, illustrators, and more—from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
10/27 • CENTURY SQUARE Give the kids chance to don their dress up garbs a few
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days early at the inagural Halloween celebration at Century Square, from 4 to 6 p.m on October 27. Hunt for candy and hear haunting tunes. There'll be no Sunday scaries in sight at this fun-filled family event.
10/31 • CIT YCENTRE Start a new tradition and descend upon new trick-ortreating terrain with the family at this spooky holiday bash from 5 to 7 p.m., put on by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Let the kids run wild to gather up candy before heading to the Monster Mash dance party to hear some DJ-spun music.
NOVEMBER GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER DRIVE
11/7 • CIT YCENTRE Needles are nothing to be afraid of when you’re saving lives. Join a host of fellow donors at CITYCENTRE from 8 to 11:30 a.m. for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Drive. One donation at this mobile drive helps save up to three lives. Now, that’s a worthy cause!
HOUSTONIA BURGER BASH
11/7 • CIT YCENTRE Chow down on a variety of insanely delicious sliders at the fifth annual Burger Bash, presented by Houstonia magazine and Kroger, from 6 to 9 p.m. Be the judge of who will win best burger while enjoying specialty cocktails and live entertainment for the whole family. Take part in the charity raffle where 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Kids’ Meals Inc.
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER WALK
11/9 • CIT YCENTRE Unite with your community and walk strong. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., join the effort to save lives from breast cancer with the American Cancer Society. Come together at CITYCENTRE with survivors, caregivers, women, and men to celebrate shared efforts in the fight and inspire others to carry on.
GLISTEN HOLIDAY LIGHTING
11/23 • CIT YCENTRE It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit at CIT YCENTRE. The annual holiday lighting, hosted by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Sewell, brings infectious holiday cheer to the plaza from noon to 9 p.m. with a variety of entertainment from the likes of a dance-inspiring DJ and an educational icecarving demonstration.
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HOLIDAY IN THE PLAZA
11/30 • CIT YCENTRE Spend the afternoon with Santa at CITYCENTRE. Sing along to holiday classics, decorate a gorgeous ornament for the tree, and snap the perfect Christmas card photo with Santa at this event for the whole family, from noon to 5 p.m.
DECEMBER JINGLE ON THE GREEN
12/7 • CIT YCENTRE Prep for those holiday sweets in Santa style. Don your favorite red suit and elf gear, and race in the ninth annual Rudolph Run starting at 7:45 a.m. There will be 1K, 5K, and 10K options for runners and walkers.
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12/1 • CENTURY SQUARE Kick off the holidays at Century Square on Sunday, December 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. with Jingle on The Green. Come out for free photos with Santa, Christmas music, special booths, activities from the Century Square tenants, holiday performances, and hot chocolate!
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12/14 • KINGS HARBOR Can’t wait for Christmas? Celebrate early at Kings Harbor, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sip creamy hot cocoa, sing along to Christmas classics from the likes of Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby, and snap a Christmas card photo with Santa at this all-ages event.
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12/31 • CIT YCENTRE Call your favorite babysitter because you won’t want to miss New Year’s Eve at CITYCENTRE. With lively cover music from the popular band Collector’s Items, festive confetti showers falling from the sky, and bright rooftop fireworks, you’ll want to take in the sights, sounds, and sips of bubbly from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the plaza.
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12/31 • CIT YCENTRE Start the year off right with an energizing morning run at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Marathoners and novice runners alike are sure to strive and thrive during this 5K, hosted by Life Time Athletic. 2020 is the perfect time to achieve those long-standing resolutions.
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Eating Around BUFFALO HEIGHTS DISTRICT For a complete directory, visit buffaloheightsdistrict.com.
3663 Washington Ave • heb.com Texas’s favorite grocer officially makes its long-awaited debut in the Washington Heights area this fall. From pre-made meals to Houston-made beers to everyday essentials, this walkable prototype location offers something for everyone with unmatched convenience to boot.
THE ROASTERY COFFEE KITCHEN
3663 Washington Ave • theroastery.com Brewed up by four renowned chefs, this modern coffee concept within H-E-B is the perfect spot for fueling up before tackling your to-do list. Or, savor your sips, and enjoy chefs Jason Giagrande, Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, and Joey Campanaro’s seasonal menu of salads, sandwiches, and light bites in the bright and airy space.
CENTURY SQUARE For a complete directory, visit century-square.com.
1791 WHISKEY BAR BY YELLOW ROSE DISTILLING
180 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5638 • thegeorgetexas.com Paying homage to the year of the Whiskey Rebellion, 1791 Whiskey Bar by Yellow Rose Distilling is The George hotel’s flagship whiskey bar, offering the finest selection of whiskey and bourbon in the Bryan-College Station area.
144 Century Ct, Ste 102, College Station 713-704-5143 • heysugarscandy.com Satisfy your sweet tooth and revisit your childhood at a new take on the retro candy store. Hey Sugar in Century Square serves up old-fashioned soda, ice cream, and just about every candy imaginable.
HOPDODDY BURGER BAR
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103, College Station 979-272-2337 • hopdoddy.com Quality and freshness are the claim to fame at Hopdoddy, an Austin-based gourmet burger joint where just about everything, from the bread to the house-churned ice cream, salad dressings, sauces, and hand-cut fries, is made in-house. You may have to wait in line for houseground burger patties, but it’ll be worth it.
MESS WAFFLES, ETC.
170 Century Square Dr, College Station 832-919-6377 • facebook.com/messwaffles Creative waffles take center stage at Mess Waffles, Etc., the first brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck, with menu highlights like chicken and waffles, gourmet mac and cheese, and various dessert waffles, including “The Best Brownie in Town.” Mess also provides gluten-free and vegan options, along with coffee and a wide variety of drinks.
MO’S IRISH PUB
1025 University Dr, Ste 101, College Station 979-709-3275 • mosirishpub.com/cs When all you’re craving after a long day is a pint, head to Mo’s Irish Pub for great beer and cheer. Beer tastings, live music, and pub grub like shepherd’s pie, cheese curds, and mac and cheese—not to mention a festive Irish atmosphere—are the hallmarks of a great pub, and Mo’s has them in spades.
PIADA ITALIAN STREET FOOD
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 101, College Station 979-704-5028 • blazepizza.com Gourmet, build-your-own thin-crust pizzas are the star of the show at Blaze, where you can order from a list of signature pies or build your own. Just choose your crust (including gluten-free and high-rise), sauce, and toppings, then add a healthy salad, dessert, or fountain drink, and you’re good to go.
1025 University Dr, Ste 109, College Station 979-307-7611 • mypiada.com Fresh, tasty, and affordable Piada specializes in healthy street-food wraps known as piadi: stone-grilled flatbreads that are hand-rolled to order and filled with ingredients like roasted sweet corn and tomatoes, fresh avocado, arugula, mozzarella, pancetta, and more. The fast-casual spot also offers a selection of gluten-free salads and pastas, which can be custom-made to your specifications.
200 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5586 • cavalrycourt.com Community tables, an outdoor courtyard, and firepits make The Canteen the place to kick back with friends. Gourmet gastropub fare includes Canteen fries or 15hour braised pork belly sliders. Hand-shaken cocktails and plenty of craft beers help keep the party going.
1025 University Dr, Ste 107, College Station 979-704-5119 • cleanjuicebar.com Quality smoothies, açai bowls, and cold-pressed juices are the name of the game at Clean Juice, the only USDAcertified organic juice bar in North America that is taking the country by storm. Stop in for a healthy drink and stick around for the warm, welcoming environment.
155 Century Ct, Ste 109, College Station 979-705-2071 • harvestbcs.com Known for pairing high-quality coffee with scratchmade cuisine, the Harvest Coffee team, led by husbandand-wife duo Trey and Ashley Martin, blend top-notch coffee with good food and modern design—making it a perfect spot for A&M studiers or a meeting place for friends and family.
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pokeworks.com Seafood lovers, rejoice! Hawaiian-inspired bowls, burritos, and salads have made their way to the Mainland, and now to College Station. Look for sustainable and seasonal ingredients that are full of bold, authentic flavors here with options for vegetarians, health nuts, and spice aficionados alike.
180 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5656 • thegeorgetexas.com Located within Bryan–College Station’s luxury hotel The George, Poppy—a nod to President George H. W. Bush’s family nickname—is a restaurant pavilion and expansive porch with excellent views of Century Square’s outdoor plaza. From the kitchen, an appetizing menu of Texas favorites offers cuisine everyone can enjoy.
180 Century Ct, Ste 100, College Station 979-977-0700 • porterscollegestation.com Experience fine American cuisine at the hands of executive chef Bill Greenwood at this 6,000-square-foot contemporary eatery. Featuring a Southern menu that incorporates ample smoke, PORTERS serves hand-cut steaks and chops from a walk-up butcher, as well as an
extensive menu of craft beer, classic cocktails, and a sommelier-curated wine list.
1099 University Dr, Ste 105, College Station 979-330-4078 • 1992sharetea.com Serving up specialty milk tea drinks, a diverse range of refreshing fruit teas and ice-blended slushies, Sharetea is your go-to spot for refreshment. Sharetea’s drinks are made from carefully selected ingredients and shipped directly from Taiwan, bringing unmatched authenticity from the origin of pearl milk teas.
SUB ZERO NITROGEN ICE CREAM
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 105, College Station 979-704-3357 • subzeroicecream.com At Sub Zero, you can watch your ice cream be made right in front of you. Start with a base of original whole milk, low-fat, custard, yogurt, lactose-free, vegan, or sugarfree, then choose from 18 mixable flavors and endless toppings—and watch it all get frozen with a whoosh of liquid nitrogen.
SWEET PARIS CRÊPERIE & CAFÉ
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103, College Station 979-704-6200 • sweetparis.com After much success in Rice Village and CITYCENTRE, Sweet Paris brought its popular French-inspired treats to Bryan-College Station. Choose from a selection of sweet and savory crêpes, waffles, and paninis. In need of a warming pick-me-up? Try their spiced chai latte or Mayan hot chocolate.
TIFF’S TREATS COOKIE DELIVERY
1099 University Dr, Ste 113, College Station 936-257-6005 • cookiedelivery.com For all your warm cookie cravings, call Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. Addictive and delicious classic varieties include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin, all of which Tiff’s will bake and deliver warm to your door—alongside brownies, ice cream, Tiffwich ice cream sandwiches, and Tiffblitz shakes.
1099 University Dr, Ste 115, College Station 979-314-1175 • zoeskitchen.com Simple, tasty, and fresh is the motto at Zoës Kitchen, which specializes in healthful Mediterranean cuisine. Ingredients such as chickpeas, quinoa, farro, and cauliflower reign supreme on this menu, which features spreads, power bowls, salads, and kebabs. Family meals and takeout are encouraged.
CITYCENTRE For a complete directory, visit citycentrehouston.com.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-464-5557 • bellagreen.com For healthy and wholesome fare, head to bellagreen, Houston’s first Certified Green Restaurant. All produce is local and organic, and meats are free of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian items are clearly noted, making your dining choices—salads, tacos, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and desserts—super easy and guilt-free.
BOWL & BARREL
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 118 832-690-4480 • bowlandbarrel.com Rollicking times and great nosh collide at Bowl & Barrel, a boutique bowling alley and gastropub. Fun bites to share include the gigantic pretzel, meatballs, and a meat-and-cheese board. A thick-cut burger, 18-inch pies, and the “Dog Pile” of six mini butcher shop dogs
are also recommended. Beer by the barrel, wine by the bottle, and craft cocktails complete the experience.
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE
12808 Queensbury Ln, Ste 100 713-973-9610 • brioitalian.com Everything is big and bold at upscale Italian restaurant Brio Tuscan Grille. Order the beef carpaccio to start, and finish with a delicious pasta dish. The patio is lovely, and the happy hour menu, which offers drinks and appetizers, is fantastic.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL
12888 Queensbury Ln, Ste 142 713-343-0521 • chipotle.com Build your own gourmet burritos and tacos, with fresh ingredients and meats that are hormone- and antibiotic-free.
CYCLONE ANAYA’S MEXICAN KITCHEN 800 Town & Country Blvd 713-461-1300 • cycloneanaya.com Make sure to order a tasty margarita or tequila cocktail before sitting down to dine on some of the city’s best Mexican at this Houston stalwart. Start off with some great chips and salsa, then order anything from fajitas and enchiladas to chiles rellenos and flautas. Happy hour is a weekday must, with margaritas and bites.
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD
12848 Queensbury Ln, Ste 200 832-200-2380 • eddiev.com For one of the best steak and seafood experiences around, indulge in an evening at Eddie V’s. The crab cakes are sinfully delicious, and the steamed Chilean sea bass is something you won’t forget. Steaks, like the off-menu tomahawk, are also mouthwatering, and happy hour is a big scene.
FELLINI GELATO & CAFFÉ
797 Sorella Court, Ste 108 • shopjuicewell.com Get a leg up on your daily fruit and veggie serving at CITYCENTRE’s newest healthy eating option. Whether you come in for a quick meal or to plan for a healthy cleanse, you’re certain to find something that works for you in this contemporary space that offers everything from cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wellness cocktails, plant-based snacks, homemade coconut milks, to customizable bowls.
LIFECAFÉ AT LIFE TIME ATHLETIC
815 Town & Country Ln 713-464-1200 • lifetimefitness.com Need something before or after your workout? LifeCafé offers smoothies, salads, wraps, and grab-and-go options to support an active lifestyle.
800 Sorella Ct 713-827-3545 • radio-milano.com Milano Bar eludes a sexy, retro speakeasy craft-bar feel, from the staff donning Prohibition-style outfits to the gleaming dark woods and retro design. Infused liquors, freshly squeezed juices, and a fine selection of whiskeys, bourbon, absinthe, and other spirits offer a full complement to the menu of creative craft cocktails.
MONNALISA AT HOTEL SORELLA
800 Sorella Ct 713-973-1600 • hotelsorella-citycentre.com Stop for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at this gorgeous bar inside the Hotel Sorella. With a large fireplace and spectacular views of the hotel’s brightly lit pool, this place will make you feel like you’re in Miami. There are also plenty of hidden alcoves, a dance floor, and live music throughout the week.
794 Sorella Ct, Ste 128 281-888-6261 • fellinihouston.com For a small piece of la dolce vita, find your way to this authentic Italian sidewalk coffee shop. When in a hurry, enjoy the European-style standing-room bar for coffee and a fresh pastry. Or relax and unwind while sipping on Lavazza Gran Riserva espresso and noshing on shared plates, salads, pastries, and paninis. Come evening, indulge in wine, beer, or Italian spritz cocktails.
799 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 200 832-831-2163 • txpeppertwins.com Try CITYCENTRE’s newest eatery for a fresh twist on your favorite Cantonese classics. Specializing in organic Chinese and gluten-free cuisine, Pepper Twins uses robust, natural flavors based on Chinese traditions. The popular Houston-based restaurant’s menu is known for its quality ingredients, including certified Angus beef, Halal lamb, Berkshire pork, and spring, mountain, and farm chicken.
12848 Queensbury Ln, Ste 101 713-463-3730 • grimaldispizzeria.com For authentic, New York-style coal-oven brick pizza, this is the real deal. Start with a freshly made, hand-tossed pizza dough, then select a sauce—red, white, or pesto— and top it off with toppings such as artichoke hearts, meatballs, spicy chicken sausage, anchovies, and grilled chicken. The restaurant also offers authentic Italian cannolis and a huge New York cheesecake.
HOPDODDY BURGER BAR
798 Sorella Ct, Ste 199 713-461-6600 • hopdoddy.com Treat your taste buds to a gourmet burger and cold craft beer when one of Austin’s fastest growing and wildly popular burger joints opens its latest location at CITYCENTRE. In addition to their decadent twists on the classic burger, Hopdoddy is known for its housechurned ice cream, hand-cut fries, and fresh, locally sourced produce and breads that are certainly worth the wait.
800 Sorella Ct 713-714-0126 • internationalsmoke.com Celebrity cookbook author and Food Network star Ayesha Curry teams up with renowned chef Michael Mina to bring International Smoke to CITYCENTRE. Inspired by Curry’s travels, the menu features grilled and smoked items with flavors from every continent. Highlights include Wagyu Shaking Beef, Japanese binchotan grilled lobster tail, and smoked pork ribs.
800 Sorella Ct 713-827-3545 • radio-milano.com The contemporary Italian menu at chef Adrian d’Angel and Ana Amaya’s Radio Milano offers an excellent selection of small plates, pizzas, pastas, entrées, and desserts. You won’t go wrong ordering the mushroom cappuccino soup, the tuna crudo with avocado mousse, or the lobster and uni tagliatelle.
RA SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT
799 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 234 713-331-2792 • rasushi.com Sleek, contemporary décor and modern Japanese cuisine make RA Sushi a great choice for date night or an evening with friends. Cocktails are well composed and delicious, with a great happy hour and Sunday Funday specials.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-463-3830 • redmangousa.com Visit Red Mango for a healthy dessert of frozen yogurt filled with protein, active cultures and, of course, deliciousness. The non-fat, low-fat, and gluten-free delights can be spruced up with toppings of your choice, such as fresh fruit, cheesecake bits, or Cap‘N Crunch cereal.
SAL Y PIMIENTA
818 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 105 832-849-0097 • salypimientakitchen.com Uruguayan ex-pat Gianfranco Percovich has created a South American steak house that would do his homeland proud, offering up more than a dozen cuts of organic beef and pork, and an extensive wine list to accompany them. Not a carnivore? There’s also plenty of seafood,
pasta, and salads on the menu.
842 W Sam Houston Pkwy, Ste 116 713-464-5252 • seasons52.com Seasons 52 makes it easy to indulge and not feel guilty. Everything on the menu is under 900 calories, which includes salads and entrées such as grilled salmon and strip steak. Drinks are potent: get a martini made with infused vodka, or enjoy one of the 52-plus wines by the glass, selected by Master Sommelier Georges Miliotes.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-647-9338 • ilovesweet.com If the large case of colorful French macarons isn’t enough to entice you, SWEET’s dessert shop also offers cake truffles, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pastries, and a myriad of other sweet, irresistible treats that are just begging to be eaten. Gluten-free options are also available.
SWEET PARIS CRÊPERIE & CAFÉ
797 Sorella Ct 832-770-9086 • sweetparis.com The second installment of the French-inspired crêperie, Sweet Paris dishes out sweet and savory selections that are unforgettable. Try the Bonne Maman berry jam crêpe with sweet cream, or the ham and gruyère option, both wonderful with a cappuccino. Sweet Paris also offers breakfast crêpes—like the Alaskan, filled with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
TEXAS DE BRAZIL
822 Town & Country Blvd 713-730-3013 • texasdebrazil.com For a delectable Brazilian rodizio experience, Texas de Brazil is a great choice. The South American steak house boasts an extensive salad bar as well as a dizzying array of meats, all brought to your table and sliced onto your plate until you’re ready to say stop. Don’t miss the lobster bisque or the caipirinha cocktails.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Ste 118 713-463-5051 • thecapitalgrille.com Excellent service, an award-winning wine list, and a menu of fine steaks make Capital Grille an excellent choice when you want a fine-dining experience. The lobster mac and cheese is legendary, the seafood tower decadent, and dry- and wet-aged steaks, such as the 22-ounce, bone-in rib eye Delmonico Steak, always make for a great night.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 118 832-690-4450 • thegenpublic.com Next to Bowl & Barrel, The General Public offers anything but standard bowling alley fare. Expect gourmet classics from hearty burgers and sandwiches to decadent seafood dishes. Shared plates are ideal for large groups, while an impressive menu of craft cocktails keeps things festive.
THE TASTING ROOM
818 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 100 281-822-1500 • tastingroomwines.com With a large patio that often features live music, The Tasting Room is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of vino at the end of the day. There are plenty of by-theglass options that you can try to inspire your at-home collection. A menu of charcuterie and cheese plates, wood oven-fired pizzas, and other wine-friendly offerings completes the experience.
TIFF’S TREATS COOKIE DELIVERY
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 106 • cookiedelivery.com Satisfy your sweet tooth with what are maybe the most addictive cookies ever. Pick up in store or send a sweet treat of fresh, warm cookies to someone special. Varieties include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin—alongside brownies, ice cream, Tiffwich ice cream sandwiches, and Tiffblitz shakes.
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Everyone knows Houston as home to some of the country’s finest restaurants, but one also won’t have to travel far to find the right spot to enjoy a cold craft brew in the Bayou City. A bounty of restaurants and bars across the city feature fine ales, porters, stouts, and more that highlight some of Texas’s and the nation’s most beloved breweries. Whether it’s Houston’s own Karbach Brewing Company or a classic Shiner Bock you’re eager to guzzle down, there’s a frosty glass waiting for you at these Houston watering holes. by L A Y N E V A N V R A N K E N
HOUSE OF BLUES
GreenStreet Though it attracts talented musicians and Billboard-topping performers, House of Blues is much more than a live music venue. The downtown space also features a Southern-centric restaurant and bar boasting an ample menu of wine, cocktails, and beer. You can’t go wrong with a craft beer during Sunday’s ever-popular Gospel Brunch.
Kirby Grove Part coffee house, part laid-back bar, everything’s worth savoring at Slowpokes. Patrons frequent this cozy spot for more than just caffeine-infused beverages and crispy empanadas. Slowpokes also features a sampling of staple craft brewery favorites, including options from 8th Wonder Brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and more.
HOPDODDY BURGER BAR
Century Square and CITYCENTRE Known for its unconventional burgers and creamy milkshakes, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has become a favorite for the whole family. While the kiddos indulge in sweet potato fries and fizzy fountain sodas, treat yourself to a pint of the numerous craft beers on tap, such as favorites from Real Ale Brewing Company and Katy’s own No Label Brewing Co.
CITYCENTRE The General Public boasts an impressive variety of respected whiskeys and refreshing cocktails, but what might be most alluring about this rustically designed restaurant is its long row of taps. Be it a Fireman’s #4 blonde ale or Revolver Brewery’s fruity Blood & Honey you seek, you’ll find the right kind of amber liquid to enjoy at this eatery.
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THE GENERAL PUBLIC
800 Sorella Ct, Ste 116 713-461-9273 • yardhouse.com Yard House is the quintessential American pub, with an extensive beer selection, along with wine and cocktails when you want to change things up. The menu features classic American bar food—wings, pizzas, tacos, sliders, and more. There’s an awesome happy hour with halfprice pizzas, Monday through Friday, along with reverse happy hour, Thursday through Sunday.
GREENSTREET For a complete directory, visit greenstreetdowntown.com.
III FORKS STEAKHOUSE
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 129 713-658-9457 • 3forks.com Steaks are the name of the game at III Forks, where the USDA Prime steaks win over hearts daily. Whether you opt for the bone-in rib eye or a traditional filet, III Forks ensures a superlative dining experience. We also recommend the beef sliders, which are elevated to perfection with their caramelized onions and pillowy-soft potato buns.
ANDALUCIA TAPAS RESTAURANT & BAR
1201 Caroline St, Ste 161 832-319-6673 • andaluciatapas.com From patatas bravas to empanadas, grilled octopus to baked goat cheese, Andalucia offers a selection of hot and cold Spanish tapas that will please the most discerning of palates. Midweek happy hour features $3 and $4 tapas specials; Friday and Saturday nights bring live flamenco performances. Don’t forget to order a pitcher of the house sangria.
BARDOT BAR & LOUNGE
1070 Dallas St 713-242-8555 • hotelalessandra-houston.com With soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and comfortable seating, Bardot Bar & Lounge is the contemporary answer to the classic hotel bars whether you’re a lone traveler or visiting in a group. Drop by for a classic, crafted cocktail any time of day. Mornings bring grab-and-go coffee and sandwiches, with happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 3 to 6 p.m. weekends featuring specialty cocktails, well drinks, and small light bites in the $5–$7 range.
GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 141 713-650-0101 • guadalajarahacienda.com For a festive, upscale Mexican-food experience, Guadalajara is your stop for margaritas, fajitas, enchiladas, specialty fish dishes, and more. The house guacamole is a must-try, and happy hour specials make this a downtown after-work hot spot from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
HOUSE OF BLUES RESTAURANT & BAR 1204 Caroline St 888-402-5837 • houseofblues.com Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez offers a bold, tasty menu of American classics, including a build-your-own certified Angus beef burger, a large selection of handstretched flatbreads, pulled pork sliders, chicken wings, applewood bacon-wrapped meatloaf, lobster mac and cheese, and much more. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. daily, and a children’s menu is available.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 125 713-255-2363 Spotted the blue dog logo? That means sumptuous sips are in store. Try a specialty coffee or tea, but save room for fresh pastries and good, quick eats at this charming coffee shop downtown.
1070 Dallas St 713-242-8555 • hotelalessandra-houston.com A beautiful bistro in the heart of downtown Houston, Lucienne at Hotel Alessandra offers a rich menu of French and European classics for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Chef Jose Hernandez’s
inspired menu will tantalize your taste buds with items ranging from crème brûlée French toast in the morning to scallops with saffron lobster sauce at night.
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 321 713-343-3300 • bowlluckystrike.com Work up an appetite bowling; then ease your hunger pangs with a menu designed for sharing. Dishes like grilled jerk skewers, coconut shrimp, fresh guacamole, soft pretzel dippers, crispy tacos, mini burgers, and wings by the pound are fun and tasty.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 121 713-658-8100 • mccormickandschmicks.com You can’t go wrong at McCormick and Schmick’s, whether you order seafood or steak. For an appetizer, try the delicious mussels. Lunch specials are generously portioned and well-priced, and the happy hour, Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m., offers plenty of specials for less than $5.
MIA BELLA TRATTORIA
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 161 832-319-6675 • miabellarestaurants.com Get your romance on at this charming Italian trattoria, where dishes like the capellini de mare (seafood angel hair pasta), ossobuco di capretto, and fettuccine scampi always get rave reviews, as does the delicious deep-fried calamari. Brunch is excellent: try the eggs Mia Bella (the restaurant’s version of eggs Benedict) with a mimosa.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 123 713-275-1088 • salata.com Downtown favorite Salata provides a fresh selection of all-you-can-choose vegetarian ingredients (the base salad or wrap is just $7 or $8, with a supplement for proteins such as chicken or shrimp) and its delicious gluten-free dressings.
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THE BERRY BAR
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 503 281-312-2861 • facebook.com/theberrybar Stop by The Berry Bar for refreshment or a healthy dessert—this is the place for fresh juices, fun tapioca drinks, smoothies, and self-serve frozen yogurt with build-yourown toppings.
CHIMICHURRI’S SOUTH AMERICAN GRILL
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 106 281-360-0015 • chimichurrisgrill.com Upscale, high-quality South American cuisine is what you’ll find at Chimichurri’s, where the signature dish is Argentinian churrasco steak, grilled to perfection and then basted with chimichurri sauce. Other must-try items include the Peruvian ceviche, empanadas, and Argentinian chorizo.
RAFFA’S WATERFRONT GRILL
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 103 281-360-1436 • raffas.net For a wonderful romantic evening, head to Raffa’s Waterfront Grill, where Executive Chef Sam Beier will wow you. Don’t-miss items include the crab cakes, the Madeira-braised pork ossobuco, the crispy-skinned pan-seared branzino (often a special), and the braised lamb shank served over butternut squash risotto.
SHARKY’S WATERFRONT GRILL
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 104 713-904-5200 • sharkyswaterfrontgrill.com Enjoy a casual seafood meal at Sharky’s Waterfront Grill. The extensive menu offers shrimp, gumbo, fresh salads, and signature “Shark” burgers made with certified Angus beef, not to mention killer shrimp tacos.
ZAMMITTI’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 101 281-361-7499 • zammittis.com Zammitti’s offers traditional Italian fare with a waterfront view. The extensive menu features comforting Italian dishes, such as veal scallopini, chicken marsala, house-made lasagna, pasta alfredo, and specialty pizzas and calzones. The Zammitti family makes all of these dishes with care, using generations-old Italian recipes.
KIRBY GROVE For a complete directory, visit kirbygrove.com.
2925 Richmond Ave 713-960-8472 • kiranshouston.com Kiran’s dishes out a delectable menu of South Asian classics, including scratch-made sauces and chutneys, house-made breads, and to-live-for sea bass, lobster, and lamb dishes. An extensive vegetarian menu, a 300-label wine list, expertly crafted cocktails, and a lavish Saturday afternoon tea service round out the offerings.
2925 Richmond Ave, Ste 120 346-406-3985 • slowpokeshtx.com Start your morning at a leisurely pace while still getting the caffeine and goodies you crave at Slowpokes’ brand-new Kirby Grove location. Known for its laid-back atmosphere, potent coffees, crafted teas, and impressive food and wine menus, Slowpokes brings true café culture to the Bayou City, reminding us to slow down, relax, and connect with others, all while enjoying a fantastic cup o’ joe.
MEMORIAL GREEN For a complete directory, visit memorial-green.com.
12505 Memorial Dr, Ste 110 980-781-5456 • cleanjuice.com Clean Juice brings a blend of quality juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and cold-pressed juices to Houston at Memorial Green. Launched by two University of Houston alumni, the soon-to-open shop will offer a friendly and healthy environment perfect for light bites and nutritious meals.
12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 145 713-467-3474 • dishsociety.com For family-friendly, farm-to-table goodness that won’t break the bank, Dish Society offers meals at any time of day, whether it be breakfast, dinner, or brunch on weekends. Enjoy a 1,300-square-foot patio, full bar, and house favorites such as the brussels sprouts salad, citrus quinoa-stuffed avocado, Nutella French toast, and Gulf shrimp and Gouda grits.
JONATHAN’S THE RUB
12505 Memorial Dr, Ste 140 713-808-9291 • jtrmg.com Famous for its modest, just-plain-delicious American and Italian cuisine with ample portions, Jonathan’s the Rub can satisfy the heartiest hunger. The lobster sliders, 20 oz. bone-in rib eye, and eggplant parmigiana will all make you swoon.
VINE WINE ROOM
12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 190 713-463-8463 • vinewineroom.com In this charming and intimate setting—with couches and a homey, come-as-you-are vibe—patrons nosh on pizza and charcuterie plates while relaxing over a wonderfully curated wine list overseen by friendly wine stewards.
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ALL IN THE FAMILY One couple reflects on celebrating at CITYCENTRE.
ROM FIREWORKS AND live music on the plaza to birthday dinners and first dates, CITYCENTRE has become the hub for celebrating major milestones or getting together just for fun over the last decade. For Tony and Ruthie Villatoro, the luxury development has a particularly special meaning. Tony proposed to Ruthie in the summer of 2011 on CITYCENTRE’s plaza next to a two-piece paver that reads “To God Be The Glory.” For Tony, a Spring Branch pastor, and Ruthie, a freelance graphic designer, this Biblical statement ran deep in their Christian faith. They married a quick three months later at Tiny Boxwoods on November 27th. “When he proposed, CITYCENTRE was already a place we frequented because we loved Studio Movie Grill,” Ruthie says. “But after he proposed, CITYCENTRE became all the more meaningful. It made sense to celebrate everything there, whether it was Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, or our
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engagement anniversary. We would find special to me that my husband proposed any excuse to go there.” to me on those pavers, and to be on Fast-forward to 2018: After top of them again, but this time with a struggling to get pregnant for four years, pregnancy,” she says. “That was our way the couple learned of proclaiming the that they would soon real glory of God.” be having twins. “We “Those words have “CITYCENTRE had a great seven years defined our life, our without kids, but now marriage, and now became all the our life is much more our life with kids,” more meaningful. colorful with our Tony adds. daughter, Eden Glory, And though the It made sense and son, Amos Calleo,” day-to-day routines Tony says. have changed quite to celebrate Shortly before a bit for Tony and the twins’ arrival, Ruthie, they still everything there.” Ruthie, who has a often find themselves love of documenting — TONY VILLATORO at CITYCENTRE memories, decided with their twin to re-create her and toddlers. “It’s the Tony’s engagement photo on the plaza at easiest place to bring the kids, and Tony CITYCENTRE, only this time including even works from Fellini Gelato & Caffé two sets of baby moccasins, a protruding sometimes,” Ruthie says. “It started as a pregnant belly, and a celebratory kiss. one-on-one place for us. Life may look It felt as if their marriage had come a little different for us now, but it’s way full-circle, Ruthie recalls. “It was very more meaningful.”
PHOTOS: COURTESY TONY VILL ATORO; BY ANTHONY R ATHBUN
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