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Contents 08 DE PA R T ME N T S 08 Developing Stories
What’s new at CITYCENTRE, Century Square, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor, The Jones on Main, Kirby Grove, and Memorial Green.
12 On the Horizon
Take a look inside the worldly and fiery new International Smoke at CITYCENTRE.
14 Making an Entrance
Traditional but certainly not tired, these Americana trends aren’t going out of style any time soon.
36 Bath and Beauty
38 Expert Eye
Say goodbye to gift cards and hello to our curated collection of gifts worth getting and giving this holiday season—all under $100.
Out of the Park Die-hard or fair-weather, you’ll want to make time for these sports-inspired staycations and excursions.
Cozy and Comforting Tantalize your taste buds with these crave-worthy dishes that’ll warm your heart this fall and winter.
A Family Affair Get to know the husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, children and cousins behind some of Texas’s most beloved businesses.
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40 District Docket
From fresh farmers markets to live music celebrations, check out the exciting events going on this fall and winter.
44 Eating Around
The DISTRICT restaurant roundup. Plus: Can’tmiss cups of joe.
48 District Dweller
Get to know Bill Greenwood, executive chef at PORTERS Dining and Butcher in Century Square, whose locally sourced, hearty cuisine is a cut above the rest.
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ARMTH: The Houston area isn’t in short supply of it. Even as we transition away from the dog days of summer, a different type of it remains, and it’s not just in the climate. Our sprawling metropolis is full of caring individuals working to make it a better place, supporting their loved ones, and sharing a diverse array of cultures. It’s a community that rallies around its teams, has a soft spot for tradition, but isn’t afraid to push the envelope at the same time. It’s a place that gives, and gives, and gives; and it’s a hotbed for delicious, decadent, and heartfelt cuisine that reminds even the millions of transplants here of home. This issue of DISTRICT is dedicated to that warmth. Here we take a look at one of the city’s hottest new restaurants, International Smoke, and get to know the chefs at similarly minded establishments known for hearty menus and comforting recipes. We talk with the local owners of some of Houston’s most beloved family-run businesses and get inspired by cozy fall fashions with a vintage edge. And, of course, with the holidays just around the corner, we’ve curated a collection of gifts that will satisfy the gift-giver and gift-getter alike. We hope you get comfy, snuggle up with a cup of joe (maybe one of our recommended options on page 44), and dig into this issue, created with care by our DISTRICT family for yours.
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SPORTS STARS Downtown Houston is flexing its muscles with exciting athletic additions to the GreenStreet lineup. Visitors can now honor Houston’s greatest with a stroll down the Harris County Houston Sports Authority’s Walk of Fame, stretching from the House of Blues throughout the rest of the shopping and dining district as an ode to the city’s best athletes. Life-size murals have already made the first class of inductees—including Earl Campbell of the Houston Oilers, Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets, and Nolan Ryan of the Astros—shine, while future plans call for LED video displays and interactive exhibits. Steps or a quick ride away from the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, it’s the perfect spot for a Houston sports-centric history lesson before heading to the game or a night on the town. As Houston’s sports teams continue to impress, it’ll be interesting to see which star gets inducted next.
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Many businesses in Kings Harbor are still wading through the waters of redevelopment following Hurricane Harvey, but as more and more get back on their feet, the community remains both optimistic and grateful. Pretty Little Things owner Nikole Christian is one of many tenants who lost thousands of dollars in inventory when her beloved boutique took on water last year. “We had so much love and support,” she says. “It was impossible to feel sorry for ourselves for long.” Christian, along with Dapper Darlings and The Berry Bar, reopened her store this past April with a grand reopening celebration. Meanwhile, popular restaurant Chimichurri’s reopened at the end of the summer, Raffa’s plans to open its doors in the fall, while Zammitti’s and Sharky’s are still working through plans and changes to their spaces. By the start of the new year, the community plans to resume business as usual, kicking things off with a New Year, New Harbor extravaganza. The NYE festivity will include live music, fireworks off the pier, and a celebration of the comradery and resilience the Kingwood community has shown over the past year and a half. It’s an exciting time as the community builds back up together. Joseph Nguyen, owner of The Berry Bar, is one of many who can’t wait until other businesses come back. He says he’s ready to serve the Kingwood community as one again—“in full force.” “We had other business owners come out to support [us],” Christian, of Pretty Little Things, adds. “And we will do the same for them.”
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RISE AND SHINE Why should Garden Oaks have all the fun? SlowPokes, a neighborhood favorite, will open its second location in Kirby Grove. For Houstonians who’ve tried SlowPoke's cold brew on tap or selections from the wine list, this is kind of a big deal. Co-founder Juan Carlos Rubiralta says the 1,833-square-foot location will be a “one-stop shop for Houston’s best vendors.” From bakers to coffee roasters, Rubiralta is proud to “work with locals who excel in their craft.” The restaurant will still serve its hits, like breakfast bites and flatbreads, but plans to expand its offerings with paninis and box lunches. The name might be SlowPokes, but don’t be fooled. Houstonians better rush to get a table at this upcoming Upper Kirby gem.
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Shuck oysters at Low Tide Finn Hall
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As Century Square grows, so does its cool factor. Several stylish tenants are joining the Century Square family this fall. Yogi favorite lululemon will open a highly anticipated, expanded local store concept at Century Square in October. For style off the mat, shoppers will also be able to get their fix of chic apparel, home décor, and jewelry at locally owned Sabi Boutique. Shoppers can refuel with a coldpressed juice or a healthy snack at the soon-to-open Clean Juice, which is taking Texas by storm. Or, for a change of pace, grab a table and unwind at the new Harvest Coffee. The downtown BryanCollege Station favorite is brewing something new—its second location opening at Century Square this fall. “It will be a little bit different [from our original location], but it will still be the same Harvest cool and the same Harvest yumminess,” says co-owner Ashley Martin. Before you know it, it’ll be time to make room for more Instagram-worthy lattes and acai bowls in our bellies, and new OOTDs in our closets.
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Midway is rolling out the red carpet for new businesses that satisfy work and play at the transformed The Jones on Main downtown. Finn Hall, the highly anticipated gastronomical utopia, has built a delectable repertoire of eateries and bars in the beautiful Art Deco building. Pick up your jaw from the floor before grabbing a bite because the roster features 10 mouthwatering restaurants—from the likes of local favorites Dish Society to Goode Co. Taqueria—and Houston-inspired bars St. Jac’s and Swallows Nest. The food hall is bound to attract an inspired group of Houstonians from the newly opened WeWork, a creative workspace for movers and shakers, located just upstairs. The office offers amenities and networking opportunities that stretch beyond the shoddy Wi-Fi of your apartment in a prime location. Downtown workers and visitors alike will finally get a taste of Finn Hall this winter.
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INTERNATIONAL SMOKE OPENS AT CITYCENTRE THE GRAFFITI ON THE WALLS is in Russian. And Chinese. And English. This worldly decoration is wholly intentional— part of the scene at International Smoke, celebrity chef Michael Mina and food personality Ayesha Curry’s first Houston-area collaboration. Mina says that the concept for the restaurant—with locations in San Francisco and Aventura, Florida—was stoked by trips to destinations around the world. “The one thing that you find that makes up the DNA of each country: You quickly start to find that they all have their own barbecue,” he explains. The prolific restaurateur long dreamed of having a kitchen stocked with barbecue equipment from around the world, including Japanese charcoal grills, Mexican coal ovens and good ol’ American smokers. When he met Curry, her diverse background (her roots include China, Poland, and Jamaica) was the perfect match for a menu that would hop the globe. Mina says he had long considered opening a restaurant in Texas, and Houston and International Smoke seemed like a natural fit. “Our vision from day one was diversity, and Houston is the most diverse city. It had all the right components and frankly, we loved this location,” he says of his spot in CITYCENTRE, near Bellagreen and Yard House, overlooking the plaza.
How is the Houston International Smoke different from its predecessors? It’s all in the ingredients. Executive Chef EJ Miller has sourced Texas-based 44 Farms beef and is proud to have educated Mina about Gulf seafood like the redfish, which is served on the half shell in fermented black bean sauce with sticky garlic fried rice and chicory salad. Mina says he’s particularly proud of the coal-roasted shellfish platter, which features chef’s selections including clams, shrimp, and a whole lobster. “You don’t see that often,” he adds. Also on his list of uncommon treats: Duck wings served in a pair of sauces; ribs prepared in three styles, including sweet American barbecue, pineapple-topped al pastor, and spicy Korean sesame gochujang; and carne asada steak based on ones Mina enjoyed in Cabo San Lucas. Cocktails stand out, too. The Issa Gin & Tonic, made with elderflower, grapefruit, sage and pink peppercorns, tends to start a chain reaction of orders with its visual beauty. Desserts include Curry’s Key lime parfait and a tropical berry shave ice with passion fruit tapioca. Miller says that he and Mina have kept the opening menu basic and approachable. We can’t wait to see what fragrant smoke follows the restaurant’s opening fire.
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“It had all the right components and frankly, we loved this location.”
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Making an Entrance The Americana Way Rich colors, comfy denims, and well-worn materials are trends that are always in. by LAURA FURR MERICAS photos by BRIAN KENNEDY s t y l e d b y L E S L I E R I VA S - K E L LY h air an d m ak e up by AU B R IE L AY NE
H&M Long Jacket $34.99 The plaid fad is back. But this fall, it’s looking a lot better than it did in those stuffy '70s business suits and '90s-era grunge wear. This trim, unstructured blazer with a bit of extra length balances cool and careeroriented, perfect for transitioning from work to play. Free People Merina Loafer $128 Slip into something a little unexpected with these head-turning emerald loafers. Also offered in a more neutral champagne color, these velvet beauties with braided details, pointed toes, and mini-heel will take your shoe game a step above the rest. Anthropologie Current/Elliott The Stiletto Mid-Rise Skinny Jean $228 This tried-and-true cut and style of jeans was made to last by the creators of the iconic boyfriend style. Reminiscent of the oh-so-American blue jean, this denim in a dark gray wash with a worn-in feel puts a modern spin on the classic material. An added bonus: they go with everything.
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Madewell Northside Vintage Tee $14.50 This timeless tee was designed to fit and feel like a slightly shrunken vintage find. Dress it up or play it down, this cotton crewneck is an essential. Hemline Babylon Bar Bag $369 Equestrian, Western, and a touch of '70s converge in this stunning leather saddle bag. Form and function meet up, too, with adjustable straps, interior pockets, a sturdy buckle, and tons of room for storing sunnies, accessories, and more. Urban Outfitters Accessories $10—$20 Tie it all together with understated accents. A weathered and knotted bandana adds a certain hipness to any outfit, while delicate rings and gold earrings are the finessing touch.
Urban Outfitters Lightweight Raw Hem Tee $24 Achieve that worn-in look without the work with this ultra-comfy, matches-witheverything tee. J. Crew Grey Chino Pant $68 Classic and comfortable, these stretch chinos are ideal for an active lifestyle. Allen Edmonds Chili Collection Tech Backpack $550 This sleek fine-leather backpack will keep you traveling in style this season for work or for play. J. Crew Timex Watch $128 Don’t miss a minute of fun with this masculine, vintageinspired watch. H&M Accessories $9.99–$19.99 Who said accessorizing was only for women? Add a few rugged pieces—like this belt, bracelet, and necklace—to tie your spring and summer styles together.
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H&M Premium Cotton Chino $59.99 A rich pair of chinos can go a long way in sprucing up your style. But this dressed-up look isn’t devoid of comfort. These slim-fit pants are designed with an extra bit of stretch for the working man on the run. Urban Outfitters UO Jordan Combat Boot $89 A rugged boot is ideal for transitioning from fall to winter, casual to chic. This sleeker take on a work or combat boot has a worn-in look built into its textured suede that you’re sure to add to as these inevitably become a staple in your shoe collection. J. Crew 1988 Cotton Roll Neck Sweater $85 Chunk up your sweater selection with this slouchy take on the cotton turtleneck, offered in four deep, beautiful colors. One of this clothier’s bestselling pieces from 20 years ago, it’s proven its place as a garment that stays in style.
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Allen Edmonds Bela Tweed Herringbone Coat by Schneiders $750 Every guy needs a classic coat in his closet—even in Texas— and with this one, you can’t go wrong. This charcoal gray tweed in a handsome herringbone pattern will never go out of style, making this an investment piece that will keep you cozy for many seasons to come. Urban Outfitters BREDA Visser Watch $90 This timepiece might be square in its face, but it’s anything but boring. Blending minimalist and traditional design, the modern stainless-steel face with rounded corners is complemented by a stitchless leather band that’s truly timeless.
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Three destinations where the Houston Strong sports spirit comes to life
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BY MARIANELLA ORLANDO
IT’S NO SECRET: Houston sports teams are on the rise. With the Astros’ first-ever World Series victory last year and the Rockets’ impressive season, Houston fans were finally rewarded the sports year they’ve been dreaming of for decades. Now with another season upon us, it’s time for devoted enthusiasts to jump back into the winning mindset. Whether you need to relax after a night of cheering, seek intense football fandom, or are ready to test your athleticism, these local destinations will have you ready for another victory…or two!
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Down(town) for the Count
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DOWNTOWN IS NOT ONLY HOME to both the Astros’ Minute Maid Park and the Rockets’ Toyota Center, but it is also the central playground for the Bayou City’s most extravagant sports happenings. In recent years, it hosted Super Bowl LI festivities, the Astros’ World Series parade, and the first-ever Houston Sports Awards ceremony. While local and visiting enthusiasts descend upon the neighborhood for pre- and postgame thrills, surrounding restaurants, shops, and hotels make for an all-weekend retreat. For fans in search of this exhilarating-meets-rejuvenating “sportscation,” look no further than Hotel Alessandra. The newly opened hotel is a short drive to downtown-based stadiums, as well as NRG Stadium, where the Texans play, and the city’s soccer mecca, BBVA Compass Stadium. And after hours of rooting for the home team, you can rest your lungs at this lavish abode. The 223room boutique hotel has garnered attention for delivering upscale accommodations and chic Art Decoinspired décor and designs. To stay like a pro, request the luxurious 21st-floor Presidential Suite, which boasts a stunning view of the
Chug, Chug, Chug for the Home Team SPOTS WHERE THE SPORTS VIEWING AND BEVERAGE DRINKING ARE A WIN PHOTOS: COURTESY MIDWAY
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city with floor-to-ceiling windows and A-list exclusivity with a private veranda and entrance. For added opulence, Alessandra will provide car service in its Maserati. Enjoy a post-victory toast at the hotel’s 1920s-era bar, Bardot, where handcrafted cocktails are ever flowing. Don’t forget to return in the early hours for strong lattes and freshly baked pastries that will give you the fuel you need to cheer on the home team. Or head over to Alessandra’s raved-about restaurant, Lucienne. Helmed by beloved Chef Jose Hernandez, the on-site restaurant serves up internationalbased dishes and delectable seafood fare that have scored their own fan bases. Soak up the sun by the fifth-floor pool deck and indulge in some R&R at the in-house spa. We recommend the “Traveler’s Revival”—a half-hour HydraFacial and half-hour foot and leg massage—to relieve the weariness of jet setting or past sports woes. If you choose to stay within hotel quarters or decide to explore nearby GreenStreet or Discovery Green for a few hours, you’ll certainly feel revived for another passionate season.
CANTEEN BAR & GRILL at Century Square 200 Century Ct 979-485-5586 cavalrycourt.com/canteen-bar Whether you go during the game or after a big win, Canteen Bar & Grill will celebrate right by your side. Located inside Cavalry Court, the military-themed lounge provides five TVs for both the Houston Texans and Aggie matches, Ping-Pong tables, cornhole, and a fireplace. The bar serves an extensive list of whiskey (or so-called “dark water”) and cocktails that make for a postgame celebratory toast.
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A relaxing sports-cation in the heart of Houston
Welcome to Sports Country
Cavalry Court 200 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5586, cavalrycourt.com Canteen Bar & Grill Located within Cavalry Court
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Experience the intensity behind the Fightin’ Texas Aggies. BEING A TEXAN and a football fan are basically one and the same. The Lone Star state, better yet, football country, consistently ranks top of the charts for its fiery fandom, which Texans could argue is a genetic trait. Football fanatics wait all year for the season to commence, and luckily for Houstonians, Bryan-College Station is a short drive to get their fill rooting for the Aggies at Texas A&M. The university’s renowned football program draws supporters from across the nation—an average of 98,800 fans packed in for games at Kyle Field last year. Even for those whose fandom lies elsewhere, it’s a sight to be seen. Book a stay at Cavalry Court to get the complete experience at one of A&M’s seven home games this season. The hip hotel provides guests a homey feel with a vintage twist, all while paying homage to Texas A&M’s military roots. The 141room lodge features an on-site restaurant and cocktail bar, a pavilion for private events, and a courtyard lined with outdoor fire pits (ask for a s’mores kit) and poolside cabanas that are designed to resemble troop tents. Pro tip: If you’re not making it out to the stadium, grab a spot
early on game day at one of these tents for a personal viewing party, as each comes with its own TV. Arguably more importantly, depending on whom you ask, furry family members are welcomed to stay at Cavalry Court, too—you’ll notice the lobby greeter, Jack, is a friendly Australian shepherd. With Cavalry Court being just steps away from Texas A&M’s campus, begin an exciting stay in Aggie Land with a live performance at the Canteen Bar & Grill. This fall, the bar will spotlight local country singers every Thursday through Sunday. While enjoying the soothing tunes, grab a hand-shaken cocktail and play a game of shuffleboard or Ping-Pong. To experience famed Aggie traditions dating back to the beginnings of the university, venture out to Kyle Stadium for the Midnight Yell Practice—a blood-pumping pep rally held the night before every home game. The ritual is led by elected “yell leaders” who have been repeating mantras passed down from the original five since 1907. And upon returning home from the weekend, or even a one-night trip, you’ll find yourself becoming a 12th Man.
HOUSE OF BLUES
at GreenStreet 1204 Caroline St 832-667-7781 When a headliner isn’t taking the stage, the House of Blues shows its pride by tuning into local games; though the restaurant-bar recommends calling in advance to ensure your favorite team is on. The menu features a different take on your typical game-day food, but we promise the Southerninspired plates will make the game enjoyable—win or lose. Try the house-smoked Carolina pulled pork, the Memphis-style baby back ribs and jalapeño-cheese cornbread. You may come for the game, but you’ll stay for the food.
at CITYCENTRE 800 Sorella Ct, Inside Hotel Sorella 713-827-3545, radio-milano.com For a venue similar to that of an NFL luxury suite, look to Milano Bar at Hotel Sorella. The swanky spot situated below the upscale restaurant, Radio Milano, offers an elevated experience for fans, imbibers, and foodies alike. Instead of stadium beers, opt for one of the many Italian-inspired specialty cocktails or imported wines. Nosh on small plates and other selections from chefs Ana Amaya and Adrian d’Angel’s kitchen as you cheer on your team from the bar. At the end of the game, you’ll ask yourself why you hadn’t tried this sooner. DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2018 21
Alternative Athletics Friendly or family fun that offers a little competition
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and specialty cocktails. The venue makes for a perfect Friday night with a group of friends or a happy hour for the whole office. And if you find yourself a natural, ask about B&B’s bowling team to play against the best in the city. For entertainment that requires your thinking cap and gets your heart racing with adrenalin, head to The Escape Game, which made its debut in CITYCENTRE this spring. The hour-long game locks a group of four to eight participants in a room with the objective of solving a series of puzzles, riddles, and challenges that lead to your escape. The 4,000-square-foot location features four different storylines, including a 1950s prison escape, a California Gold Rush treasure hunt, an art heist, and a summer vacation breakout. Teams who beat the clock receive an “I Escaped” souvenir sticker and, of course, bragging rights.
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WHETHER YOU WERE A STAR athlete in high school, or prefer experiencing the rush of a game from the bleachers, there’s something about partaking in friendly competition. Fortunately, Houston offers activities that bring on the heat without requiring months of preparation on the field. Located within CITYCENTRE and steps away from the fabulous Hotel Sorella for those who plan to stay the night, Bowl & Barrel is more than just your average bowling alley. The upscale venue features a full-service restaurant, beer hall, and 14 lanes with modern design that was inspired by an old warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, incorporating exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and rustic finishes. Bowl & Barrel’s mouthwatering menu includes hot fried quail (Nashville-style hot chicken smothered in cayenne-infused chickpea flour), Cornish hand pies, artisan meatballs, shareable boards, and 18inch pizzas. As for the drinks, choose from a lengthy list of beers on tap
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HEARTY, WARM, AND DELICIOUS DISHES TO CRAVE by M A I P H A M photography by J E N N D U N C A N
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It’s inevitable. When the temperatures dip, our appetites increase. We crave warm, hearty dishes to curl up with on a cold day—ones that’ll require some extra time at the gym but are so worth it. You know them immediately when you see them, because your eyes will eat them up. Cheesy, rich, and absolutely delicious, this fall, District has rounded up five of Houston’s best. The Calzone
GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA CITYCENTRE 12848 Queensbury Ln, Ste 101 713-463-3730 grimaldispizzeria.com COAL-FIRED BRICK OVEN pizza rules at Grimaldi’s, except when it comes to their calzones. Made of ricotta and mozzarella stuffed inside a hand-tossed dough pocket, whether you order one for yourself or for the table to share, you won’t be able to keep yourself from salivating as you break apart the calzone to reveal the oozing filling inside. When you’re in need of carbs, Grimaldi’s calzone, served with marinara sauce for dipping, satisfies every time.
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Scottish Isles Wild Salmon
MCCORMICK & SCHMICKS
GreenStreet 1201 Fannin St 713-658-8100 mccormickandschmicks.com RICH AND SUCCULENT, salmon is about as comforting as it gets when you’re craving a seafood-driven meal. At McCormick and Schmick’s, buttery, sustainably raised Scottish Wild Isles salmon is shipped overnight across the pond so that you can enjoy it in two, equally delicious ways: simply grilled with a side of shrimp scampi, or blackened with an avocado pico de gallo topping.
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Lobster Mashed Potatoes
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD
CITYCENTRE 12848 Queensbury Ln 832-200-2380, eddiev.com
Fried Apple Pie
YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD of lobster mac and cheese, but have you ever heard of lobster mashed potatoes? At Eddie V’s, creamy mounds of whipped mashed potato are topped with a generous helping of butter-poached lobster, the perfect side dish to accompany any of the restaurant’s succulent, USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood. One bite of the decadent dish and you just might be tempted to hoard it all for yourself, because seriously, it’s that good.
Memorial Green 12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 145 713-467-3474, dishsociety.com Our trend of comfort food carries over easily to dessert with this rich apple pie. The traditional sweet, reminiscent of holidays spent at home, layers a flakey pie crust over warm apples, topped with chopped candied pecans and a scoop of Mexican vanilla ice cream. The motto “life’s short, eat dessert first” rings especially true here, as this decadent pastry is only baked in small quantities.
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
bellagreen CITYCENTRE 801 Town & Country Blvd 713-464-5557, bellagreen.com The legendary white chocolate bread pudding that Houstonians have loved and cherished since bellagreen’s beginnings, this dessert will no doubt go down in history as one of the best Houston desserts ever invented. Molten hot, with a white chocolate custard center and just-crisp baked top, this dessert is a masterpiece.
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House of Blues Restaurant GreenStreet 1204 Caroline St 888-402-5837, houseofblues.com Never had a skillet cookie before? Your life will be changed after trying the one at House of Blues. Served in a hot cast iron skillet, cookie dough is baked into the skillet like a brownie, topped with a huge scoop of ice cream, then drizzled liberally with chocolate sauce. Large enough for four to share, it’s the kind of dessert that’s so good you’ll want to keep it all to yourself. DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2018 27
CITYCENTRE 800 Sorella Ct 713-461-9273 yardhouse.com FOR THOSE DAYS when only wings will do, head to the Yard House, where crisp, juicy, and oh-so-tasty wings come in four different flavors—buffalo, Korean, firecracker, and ancho BBQ—and can even be ordered without bones. Want to pair it with an ice-cold beer? Yard House’s more than 100 beers on tap make pairing a snap. Pro tip: Beer flights are encouraged.
DRINK LOCAL Hopdoddy Century Square 114 Century Ct Ste 103 979-272-2337 hopdoddy.com
The General Public CITYCENTRE 798 Sorella Ct hopdoddy.com
Come for the burgers, stay for the drinks. At Hopdoddy, the loaded milkshakes might be amazing, but then so are the cocktails. Get hoppy with drinks like the Doble Fina Margarita, made of Altos Plata Tequila, lime, and agave with a black lava salt rim, or the Root Beer Old Fashioned, made with Jameson, Old Forester, and Monin root beer.
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CITYCENTRE 797 Sorella Ct, Ste 118 832-690-4450 thegenpublic.com Sexy sips like Midnight in the Garden, a cocktail made of Ford’s gin, basil, lemon, and mint, are just part of the drink lineup at The General Public, where brown spirits, beer on tap, and wine are all on offer alongside an all-American menu of items like salads, burgers, and steak.
Bardot Bar and Lounge GreenStreet 1070 Dallas St 713-242-8555 hotelalessandra-houston.com Chic and elegant, Bardot Bar and Lounge, located on the second floor of Hotel Alessandra, is the kind of classy hotel bar you see in the movies. Go classic with a dirty martini, stirred not shaken, or let the mixologist wow you with a crafted cocktail like the refreshing Mezcal Mule, made of Wahaka Mezcal with passionfruit, lime, and ginger beer.
Hill Country Chicken and Shrimp
JONATHAN’S THE RUB
Memorial Green 12505 Memorial Dr 713-465-8200 jonathanstherub.com
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT FRIED CHICKEN that makes it impossible for us to resist? At Jonathan’s the Rub, chef and owner Jonathan Levine makes it even harder to say no by taking a golden, crispy, fingerlickin’ fried chicken breast and Houstonifying it. Served over a bed of bacon, jalapeños, veggies, and a generous ladle of Siracha cream sauce, the dish has a TexMex kick, with Gulf Coast fried shrimp on top. Talk about yum.
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BY LAURA FURR MERICAS
L AUNCHING A FAMILY BUSINESS TAKES A CRE ATIVE CONCEPT, A BIT OF BUSINESS SENSE, AND A TON OF TENACIT Y, BUT OVER TIME, IT COMES WITH ITS OWN UNIQUE SET OF REWARDS. GET TO KNOW THESE FAMILYRUN BUSINESS OWNERS WHO HAVE TURNED THEIR PASSIONS INTO LIVELIHOODS WHILE WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH THOSE THEY LOVE MOST.
LAM BESPOKE Memorial Green
The story of Houston’s beloved custom furniture and décor store starts a generation and a continent away with Hien and Hong Lam. The resourceful couple, after emigrating from Vietnam in the 1980s, looked back to the skills in upholstery they had perfected in their home country. A few years of apprenticeship in the States later, the couple opened their own business, Hien Lam Upholstery, which continues to be a trusted staple in the fabric of Houston’s home design industry. But it doesn’t stop there. Some 40-odd years since his family arrived in Houston, Hien and Hong’s son Patrick branched out on his own to bring the same qualities to Houston’s furnishings scene in a new way, launching LAM BESPOKE with his wife Cathy in 2011. “My husband grew up helping out his family business working with designers,” Cathy explains. “He thought, ‘What if we could make something that had the pulse of what our designers are interested in that
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Gianfranco and Maria Percovich opened Sal y Pimienta in CITYCENTRE in 2014. Opening the South American eatery was such a labor of love that the couple decided to get married there 10 days later.
could serve both the design community and average people who are interested in [these types of pieces] too?” Today, LAM BESPOKE has expanded to two locations in the Houston-area, opening a gorgeous showroom in Memorial Green last spring. Cathy has taken over much of the day-to-day operations at both shops and says the business’s family feel has spread to their entire team—lovingly known as the Lam Fam—and their loyal customers. “We get really invested in each other,” she says. “When we build that rapport, the client relationship becomes like that, too. We truly enjoy being here for someone.” Chimichurri’s South American Grill
helm. “We told my dad ‘Why don’t you run the restaurant here instead of working for someone else? What’s better than working with family?’” she recalls. Next, they turned to Ronald’s South American roots. Today, guests will find his family’s Venezuelan recipes of paradillas and empanadas on the menu, as well as dishes inspired by his and Tony’s trek through the Southern Hemisphere. Highlighting their cultures at the restaurant is one of the Vasquezes' favorite parts of running the business. But topping that is how it has allowed them to create a larger sense of family in Kingwood. “It has been great having the community support,” Rosa says. “It’s like a party every day and opening the doors to your home.”
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Sal y Pimienta CITYCENTRE
Gianfranco and Maria Percovich have taken the term “labor of love” to a new level at their modern South American eatery in CITYCENTRE. With nearly 20 years of experience in the restaurant business each, Gianfranco and Maria, who hail from Uruguay and Bolivia, respectively, dreamed of opening their own spot one day. “Both coming from a love of food in our family, we were always talking about having our own
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At any given time, Rosa Vasquez estimates that about 10 of her family members are working at Kings Harbor’s popular Chimichurri’s. “From opening and closing the doors, buying produce, or picking the wines, every step of the way is hands-on for us,” she says. That was always the plan. When Rosa and her husband, Ronald, opened the restaurant a decade ago, they saw it as an opportunity to get their families involved. They first placed Rosa’s father Tony, with his 40 years of fine dining experience, at the
Today, Hey Sugar has four brick-andmortar locations and has employed all four of Brittan’s children. The growing business’s new Century Square location, popular for its Gig ’Em and Bonfire ice cream flavors, even employs many of her children’s friends who attend Texas A&M. This fall, Clayton will head off to college with a stacked resume—he’s already a coowner of a thriving business, after all—that got him into the University of California San Diego where he will study economics. His older sister, Kelsi, plans to graduate from SMU and take on a more serious role with the business, helping her mother continue to keep it all within the family. “It’s a lot of fun because it keeps the kids around me still and keeps them working,” Kristin says. “It’s quality time together.” Dapper Darlings Kings Harbor
Clayton Brittan, at age 10, and his mother Kristin Brittan opened Hey Sugar in 2010 out of a vintage Airstream trailer. The candy shop now has four locations.
project. Finally, we did,” Gianfranco says. But he will be the first to tell you that running a business has been hard work. “Success for us is when we see the reactions of the people,” he says. “In the beginning, it was tough because the numbers weren’t where we wanted them to be. But today, we are enjoying what we are doing and are putting in all of our love.” So much so, in fact, that the couple hosted their intimate wedding at the restaurant just 10 days after realizing their dream. “We wanted to get married here because we made this with love,” Gianfranco says. “We saw this from the beginning.” Hey Sugar
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There are few, if any, family success stories quite like Kristin and Clayton Brittan’s. The mother-son duo launched Texas’s favorite candy shop, Hey Sugar, in 2010 out of a vintage Airstream to help Clayton, then a shy 10-year-old, come out of his shell and keep him entertained at his older siblings’ equestrian competitions each weekend. “I parked him right by the pony ring and in his first week he was making $1,000 a day,” Kristin recalls. “We did that for a couple of years, and it was so popular that we thought there was something to this.”
Moms know best. Just ask Felicia Cumby, who launched the new children’s clothing boutique, Dapper Darlings, last year to help bring outfits she would put her own young boys in to the Kingwood community. “I thought it would be a great idea to open up a children’s boutique that had clothing, toys, and books for girls and especially for boys,” she says. “There were some boutiques with children’s clothing, but they normally just had girl clothes. I wanted to be sure to have boys’ items, too.” Today, since rebuilding her store after it was devastated by Hurricane Harvey a mere 13 days after first opening, you can find Cumby working with small makers, husband and wife designers, and mom-creators to bring in hand-picked, small batches of stylish and modern threads for newborns and up. “You really know you are getting a unique piece,” she says. “When your kids go to school, there won’t be three other kids in the same exact outfit.” Her husband and Dapper Darlings co-owner, Jonathan, helps out behind the scenes and was integral in getting the business up and running. Her sons, ages 2 and 7, visit the store every week and weigh in on what items they want her to bring home. As they grow up, she hopes Dapper Darlings’ presence in the community follows suit. She’s looking forward to hosting more events at the store that her boys and moms like herself would enjoy, and getting even more involved in the community her family lives and works in. “It’s really special to live in the community where we also have a business,” she says. “To help the local people who live here and do business with them, it’s a neat concept.” DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2018 33
Harvest Coffee Century Square
Ashley and Trey Martin prove “opposites attract.” And it seems to be working in their favor. The couple and co-owners of Harvest Coffee in Bryan-College Station have been met with wild success over the last four years. “He’s looking at things from 30,000 feet from an airplane and I am an ant on the ground looking at the tiniest details,” she says. “I see it as part of our secret sauce.” After working together in fine dining establishments in the Brazos Valley for years, Ashley and Trey took a leap of faith and leased a 140-year-old building of their own, where they would marry high-quality coffee with scratch-made cuisine—something Bryan-College Station had never seen before. And it worked. “When you start something up, you hope for the best,” Ashley says. “We’ve been very pleased to see how our brand has done and the community that we have built with our patrons and employees. It’s a symbiotic relationship that is really special.” This fall, Harvest Coffee will open its highly anticipated second location in Century Square, which will have much of the same menu, but with a few twists, and a more modern interior design. It’s another project Ashley credits to the sauce. “My husband always has 1,001 ideas for another big concept,” she quips. “I like making his crazy dreams more realistic.”
and Italian recipes in JTR’s open kitchen. Meanwhile, much of the day-to-day operations have been passed on to younger generations. Jessica serves as general manager of both locations, overseeing everything from servers to payroll, while Jonathan’s son Sam manages beer and wine sales and often joins him on the line. His grandson even works as a server in the summers. “We want the place to be successful as a family. He has not just a right-hand man, but a left-hand man to count on, and we will always be his number one supporters,” Jessica says. “We’ve been there for the whole ride. He has watched us grow into our positions and can have confidence in knowing we’ve got this.”
Ashley and Trey Martin will open their second location of the wildly poopular Harvest Coffee in Century Square this fall, just four years after branching out on their own.
Jonathan’s the Rub Jonathan Levine thought he was done with the restaurant industry when he moved home to Houston in 2000. But the Bayou City had other plans. After showcasing his skills through his successful catering business, clients begged him to open a spot where they could get a taste whenever they wanted. “It was the will of the people to open another restaurant concept,” says his daughter Jessica. Today, Jonathan’s the Rub, his eponymous restaurant, is a thriving part of Houston’s dining community, offering a bold twist on homegrown dishes, soon at a second location in Memorial Green. Even with his decades of experience in high-end eateries from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast, Jonathan’s personal touches can be found in every bite. He’s the self-proclaimed oldest line cook in Houston—guests can still catch him implementing his family’s Jewish
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Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream $64 Sephora CIT YCENTRE
Brighten up your eyes with Houston-based Drunk Elephant’s restorative eye cream. Complete with vitamin C and cucumber, this gentle eight-peptides blend strengthens skin around the eye, increasing elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, with its vegan and crueltyfree ingredients.
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GIVING FEELS EVEN BETTER when you know you’ve spent smart. The savviest of shoppers can stay within a budget and still pick presents with charm, quirk, and character. Ditch the gift cards, and grab a gift that’s both practical and beautiful, or fun and inspiring, to show friends, family, and loved ones how much they mean to you without breaking the bank this holiday season. Here are some of our favorites for $100 or less:
Often, the best gifts are the ones you’ll use daily. But who said those items had to be drab? Keep things cool, or piping hot, with an insulated tumbler that mixes fashion with function. With its trendy white marble finish, this drinking device may look like it’s all fun and games, but its triple-walled interior makes it a sweat-free, eco-friendly alternative your loved ones soon won’t want to go a day without. (S’well Marble Tumbler, $30, Lily Rain, CITYCENTRE) A smaller home décor piece can make a big impact, too. This authentic baby-blue, ’30s-inspired kitty clock is the purr-fect addition to a retro office design or funky gallery wall. Its swinging tail, adorable moving eyes, and lovely
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faux-pearl necklace are enough to make any vintage collector swoon. (Lady Kit-Cat Clock, $60, Urban Outfitters, CITYCENTRE) Keeping with the theme of cheer, these colorful notebooks will keep the doodlers and scribblers in your life smiling all through the new year. For practiced writers, this watercolor journal offers 208 lined pages to put memories to paper. For those who need a little more inspiration, this guided diary features 368 questions and prompts to remind us there’s opportunity to find joy in every day. (Watercolor Happy Journal and Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy Journal, $12.95 each, Paper Source, CITYCENTRE) It’s widely accepted that one
can never have too many T-shirts, especially when they’re done right. Get rid of generic and go for an old-school inspired print. Score extra points if it honors the gift-getter’s Texas pride. (Texas Retro T, $30, Pretty Little Things, Kings Harbor) Practical meets pretty again in this gorgeous blush tote that takes the traditional fitness bag to the next level. With tons of space for athleisure wear to office attire, this super lightweight bag is designed for the yogi on the run. Stow-able yoga mat straps, a plethora of pockets, and a water-repellant, wipe-clean fabric are added bonuses that make it even easier for carriers to find their Zen. (Live Free Tote 20L, $79, lululemon, CITYCENTRE) Help your loved ones capture their special moments in the moment with this twist on a nostalgic favorite. Smartphone photos are great and all, but with Urban Outfitters’ exclusive release of Fujifilm’s classic camera, novice photographers and pros alike can develop mini prints in minutes. The telltale sign this device isn't just a relic: the built-in selfie mirror that’s situated beside this cutie’s lavender lens. (Fujifilm X UO Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, $59, Urban Outfitters, CITYCENTRE)
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Where Fashion Meets Passion B Y J I L L I A N G O LT Z M A N
fter hosting haute resale events in the suburbs of Dallas, where she invited neighbors to sell everything from highend fashion to artwork, Erica Molett couldn’t help but ask the same question. Soon she realized that the growing interest and profits she was bringing in at each sale could be put to better use—to serve women around the world. In 2016, she set her idea in motion and founded Conscious Couture, a series of events that fuse fashion and philanthropy by giving 100 percent of the proceeds from fashion-forward purchases to support emerging designers, global girl power, and the fight against human trafficking. “We’ve always tried to be very intentional about making [philanthropy] a part of our business model,” she says. Items flew off the racks at her first Conscious Couture event in Dallas, where shoppers scored Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tom Ford goods for up to 80 percent off. Molett then brought on Chloe and Sydney Dao, Yvonne Guidry, Joy Sewing, and other trendsetters to donate their closets for guests to shop at her Houston debut in 2017. Fashionistas and philanthropic shoppers alike can catch the event when it returns to CITYCENTRE this fall, where they can expect to explore the personal closets of celebrities and local style influencers (known as Style Bosses), shop sample sales from designer runway collections, score vintage finds,
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and work with professional stylists to find their perfect look. Molett also recruits designers from around the world to “give the ladies of Houston some new fashion they won’t be able to get every day.” In addition to the day of shopping, the event also features an educational panel with its influential Style Bosses, who will share stories on their success in fashion and business. All proceeds from the Houston event will benefit Real Beauty Real Women Foundation, an organization raising awareness for social issues including poverty, domestic violence, and sex trafficking in Houston. “As women, our fashion is truly an expression of our freedom,” Molett says. “Women who are sexualized in sex trafficking don’t have that choice.” The impact doesn’t stop there. Conscious Couture shoppers can learn more about the beneficiary by listening to the Real Beauty Real Women podcast, co-hosted by Social Graces Social Club founder Anika Jackson Redick, who has worked closely with Molett on Conscious Couture events in the past. Social Graces Social Club, her members-only philanthropic networking group, just launched its chic co-working lounge called The Clubhouse at GreenStreet as another way socially conscious Houstonians can make a difference while connecting with likeminded givers like themselves.
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What if that pair of Louboutin heels in your shopping cart could help women of the world?
Ongoing YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FARMERS MARKET CITYCENTRE ―――
Shop local and fresh every third Wednesday of the month from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at CITYCENTRE’s new farmers market series. The community events offer organic produce, grass-fed meats, delicious cheeses, and, of course, all-natural pet-approved treats.
LIVE MUSIC GREENSTREET ―――
Liven up your Thursday evenings by listening to experienced musicians singing their hearts out in the middle of Downtown Houston. Every week from 5 to 8 p.m. features an up-and-coming artist at this popular musical gathering.
TRIVIA ON THE GREEN CENTURY SQUARE ―――
Round up your brainy buds, brush up on your academia, and get your trivia on with Century Square’s weekly trivia night. Whether you’re a Harry Potter buff, physics graduate, or an NFL aficionado, this Thursday evening event starting at 7 p.m. is one size fits all.
PARACHUTE PLAY TIME CITYCENTRE ―――
p.m. in May through October, and from 6 to 9 p.m. November through April. Enjoy live music all while playing a round of corn hole or grabbing a bite from some of College Station’s best restaurants.
YOGA ON THE GREEN: LULULEMON CENTURY SQUARE ―――
LAKE HOUSTON AREA CHAMBER 10K, 5K 10/13 • KINGS HARBOR ―――
If you’re searching for a healthy jolt to your weekend, you’ve found one with Yoga on The Green with lululemon. Join other eager yogis every last Saturday of the month for a power hour of exercise, finishing it off with a treat-yourself shopping spree at lululemon.
HARBORSIDE FARMERS MARKET KINGS HARBOR ―――
Give your winter meals a health boost with fresh bounty from local farms. What’s more, local makers will be on hand featuring their soughtafter artisanal goods. Whether it’s farm fare or a handmade gift you’re on the hunt for, you’ll find what you’re looking for every third Saturday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m.
SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES KINGS HARBOR ―――
In search of live music? Look no further than Second Saturday Concert Series from 6 to 9 p.m., September through November at Kings Harbor. Pack the Yeti cooler and bring along your trusty lawn chair to listen to the songs of up-and-coming artists at this communal, audible event.
Pro yogi or first-time yogi, any and all levels are welcome at this outdoor yoga session at Kings Harbor. Presented by Life Time Fitness Kingwood from 6 to 7 p.m. every third Friday of the month, from March through October, this night-time sweat session is sure to inspire relaxation and sculpt that dream bod.
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GROOVES ON THE GREEN CENTURY SQUARE ―――
Head to Century Square to get your groove on with live music every Friday and Saturday, from 7 to 10
THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING CARD 10/ 18—10/ 2 8 • 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.
CONSCIOUS COUTURE 10/ 20 • 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a portion of sales going toward a charitable cause. Shopping never felt–or looked– so good!
LIVE MUSIC IN THE PLAZA CITYCENTRE ―――
Celebrate football season the right way with Maroon Tunes. Stop by the lawn every Friday before the Aggies play at home from 7 to 10 p.m. for boisterous live music, but stick around for the lawn games and delicious cuisine from the likes of Blaze, Hopdoddy, and PORTERS.
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 moon and swoon over, collectors and dreamers alike will be eyeing the transportation at this glamorous event from 3 to 7 p.m.
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.
SUNSET YOGA AT THE HARBOR KINGS HARBOR ―――
MAROON TUNES CENTURY SQUARE ―――
LAMBORGHINI FESTIVAL 10/ 14 • CIT YCENTRE ―――
CHILD ADVOCATES SUPERHERO FUN RUN 10/ 20 • CIT YCENTRE ―――
Mom and Dad, take it easy every third Friday of the month and let the kids run free during Parachute Play Time, hosted by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Gymboree Play & Music. Your kiddos will thrive playing educational games, belting catchy tunes, and jumping around with the glee-inducing rainbow parachute from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from March through October.
There are few things better than listening to live music outdoors when the weather is nice in Texas. Grab a bite or libation at any of the eateries surrounding CITYCENTRE’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.
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.
ROCK THE PLAZA CITYCENTRE ―――
MOVIES UNDER THE MOON: HALLOWEEN EDITION 10/27 • KINGS HARBOR ―――
Turn off the playlist, and head out to CITYCENTRE to hear the real thing. With live bands ranging from jazz to Caribbean and classic rock to country, music lovers of all stripes will find their toes tapping as they wind down the weekend on the last Saturday of the month, October through December, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Get in the Halloween spirit with a less frightening, more fun experience for the whole family. Grab a blanket, a costume if you’re feeling bold, and head over to Kings Harbor to watch the origin story of our favorite friendly monsters unfold with a viewing a Monsters University starting at 8 p.m. on the waterfront.
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE CITYCENTRE ―――
ARTUMN FEST 10/ 2 7—10/ 2 8 • CIT YCENTRE ―――
Start your week inspired! Whether you come alone or come with 20, Sunday evenings have never felt so uplifting, with live music at CITYCENTRE. The spiritual event takes place every Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in March, November, and December, and from 5 to 8 p.m. April through October.
Fall looks picturesque with the second annual ARTumn Fest, hosted by CITYCENTRE and Arts by Aaron. You and your kids are in for inspiration from the creative community event, which includes Instagrammable backdrops and featured handmade goods from painters, illustrators, and more. The festival takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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Kick off 2019 at a kid-friendly hour at CITYCENTRE's Noon Year's Eve
Start a new tradition and descend upon new trickor-treating 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 tunes.
Campus and Sewell, brings infectious holiday cheer to the plaza from 12 to 9 p.m. with a variety of entertainment from the likes of a dance-inspiring DJ and an educational ice-carving demonstration.
Needles are nothing to be afraid of when you’re saving lives. Join a host of fellow donors at CITYCENTRE on November 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.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!
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RUDOLPH RUN 12 /8 • CIT YCENTRE ―――
Prep for those holiday sweets in Santa style. Don your favorite red suit and elf gear, and race in the eighth annual Rudolph Run starting at 7:45 a.m. There are 1K, 5K, and 10K options, and when it’s all over, feast on sweet treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes and savory egg-filled breakfast tacos from Pines Presbyterian Church.
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in-store activities, and sip on deliciousness from the elaborate hot chocolate bar.
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December JINGLE ON THE GREEN 12/1 • CENTURY SQUARE ―――
Century Square turns into the North Pole for a day for this lively holiday event. Bring the whole family along to snap photos with Santa, enjoy holiday tunes from local carolers and a live DJ, pick out a perfect gift while enjoying
With a cozy blanket in tow, take your sweetie to watch the black-and-white classic It’s a Wonderful Life at CITYCENTRE starting at 6 p.m. You’ll want to grab some delicious grub from surrounding restaurants, including The Capital Grille and RA Sushi Bar, and check out the holiday decorations to make for the perfect holiday date night.
HOLIDAY AT THE H ARBOR 12 / 15 • K ING S H ARBOR ―――
Celebrate Christmas two weeks early from 1 to 4 p.m. with Holiday at the Harbor. Sip creamy hot cocoa, sing along to Christmas classics from the likes of Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby, and
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HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT 10/3 1 • CIT YCENTRE ―――
snap a Christmas card photo with Santa at this all-ages event.
NOON YE AR ’ S E VE CELEBR ATION 12 /3 1 • CENT URY SQUARE ―――
While you most likely have glam plans involving champagne and midnight kisses on NYE, that doesn’t mean you can’t start the 2019 festivities a little early with the kids in tow. Join in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the green for family-centric fun, including face painting, balloon artists, photo booths, and a must-see balloon drop at noon.
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Start celebrating 2019 a few hours early with a New Year’s Eve celebration with the entire family in mind. Enjoy kid-friendly activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the plaza (plus a little bubbly for the adults), as we count down to noon sending 2018 off with bubbles presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.
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Join the Kings Harbor community as it kicks off not just 2019, but also its official reopening since Hurricane Harvey. Celebrate the Kingwood area’s strength and goodwill with live music from TC & The Cannonballs on the Green from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a lively firework spectacular overlooking Lake Houston.
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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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LIFE TIME ATHLE TIC COMMITMENT DAY 5 K 1 / 1 • 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. 2019 is the perfect time to achieve those long-standing resolutions. DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2018 43
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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.
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 101, College Station 979-704-5028 • blazepizza.com Gourmet, build-your-own thin-crust pizzas are the stars 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.
200 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5586 • cavalrycourt.com Community tables, an outdoor courtyard, and fire pits make The Canteen the place to kick back with friends, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just getting together to cheer on the Aggies. Gourmet gastropub fare includes Canteen fries—topped with applewood-smoked bacon, chives, and duck fat hollandaise—or 15-hour braised pork belly sliders, with fried quail egg, escabeche, and apple-IPA mustard seeds. Hand-shaken cocktails and plenty of craft beers help keep the party going.
144 Century Ct, Ste 102, College Station facebook.com/heysugarcandy 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.
TK TK, College Station harvestbcs.com Bryan-College Station’s coolest coffee shop is heading to Century Square. Known for pairing high-quality coffee with scratch-made cuisine, the Harvest Coffee team, led by husband and wife duo Trey and Ashley Martin, will keep the menu the same at the new locale, while adding a few modern design touches—making it a perfect study spot for A&M studiers or meeting place for friends and family.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103, College Station 979-272-2337 • hopdoddy.com Quality and freshness are the claims 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 the fresh produce from local farmers and house-ground burger patties (chuck, American kobe, chicken, turkey, lamb, vegetarian), but it’ll be worth it.
Mess Waffles, Etc.*
170 Century Square Dr, College Station 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, 44 DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2018
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 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
1025 University Dr, Ste 109, College Station mypiada.com Fresh, tasty, and affordable Piada specializes in healthy street-food wraps known as piadi: stonegrilled 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.
180 Century Ct, College Station thegeorgetexas.com Located within Bryan–College Station’s new 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 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 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 subzeroicecream.com At Sub Zero, you can watch your ice cream be made right in front of you (perfect videos for sharing). Start with a base of original whole milk, low-fat, custard, yogurt, lactose-free, vegan, or sugar-free, 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 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 are the mottos 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 kababs. Family meals and takeout are encouraged.
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 where you and your friends are invited to dine in style. 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. 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
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.
Fellini Gelato & Caffé
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 standingroom 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 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.
RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant
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, 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 house-churned ice cream, handcut 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, Food Network star, and new CoverGirl 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, a take on the Vietnamese bo luc lac, served with banh mi pickles; Japanese Binchotan grilled lobster tail served over dashi-glazed udon; and smoked pork ribs, which can be ordered in half or full racks, served with American barbecue sauce, New Mexican adovada, or Korean gochujang sauce.
797 Sorella Court, Suite 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, and customizable bowls.
LifeCafé at LifeTime 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.
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Monnalisa at Hotel Sorella
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.
800 Sorella Ct 713-827-3545 • radio-milano.com Milano Bar eludes a sexy, retro speakeasy craftbar feel, from the staff donning Prohibitionstyle 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.
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.
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.
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. Of note: Hernandez started out as a pastry chef, so his desserts are not to be missed.
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.
840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Ste 101 832-538-0170 • salata.com Build-your-own salads and wraps are the name of the game at Salata, where meals are made to order right in front of you from the ingredients that you choose. It’s simple, really: decide if you want a wrap or a salad, pick all the vegetables you want, add a protein, select a salad dressing, and voilà! It’s a great spot for health-conscious foodies and those with dietary restrictions.
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 dessert shop also offers cake truffles, cupcakes, cookies,
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-the-glass 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.
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 half-price pizzas, Monday through Friday, along with reverse happy hour, Thursday through Sunday.
Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 102 713-984-8383 • zayedsgrill.com Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill is your go-to eatery when you want a heart-healthy, wholesome meal. From traditional grilled kebabs to DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2018 45
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SLOWPOKES Kirby Grove 2925 Richmond slowpokeshtx.com Whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just coffee, SlowPokes has it all. Beer, wine, and tea? Check. Breakfast, sandwiches, or a cheese plate? Double check. What’s cool about SlowPokes is that it also takes its coffee seriously, offering fab latte art, a delicious cold brew, and a rotating menu of coffee from a variety of roasters.
FELLINI GELATO & CAFFÉ CITYCENTRE 794 Sorella Ct 281-888-6261 fellinihouston.com For a modern Italian coffee experience, it doesn’t get better than Fellini, where you can come in for a quick shot of Lavazza espresso at the stand-up espresso bar, or sit down for a leisurely cup of joe while reading the daily paper. Beer, wine, Italian spritzes, and freshly baked pastries, paninis, and gelato are also available.
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SWEET CITYCENTRE 801 Town and Country Blvd, Ste A120 713-647-9338 ilovesweet.com
ZAMMITTI’S Kings Harbor 1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy 281-361-7499 zammittis.com
What’s the perfect pairing for a French macaron or salted caramel cupcake? Coffee, of course. Which is why the owners of SWEET brew a full lineup of espresso beverages using local roaster Greenway Coffee. For an extra sweet pairing, try the strong yet simple Cafe Sua Da, a traditional type of Vietnamese iced coffee.
Kings Harbor’s favorite Italian eatery is coming back, now with an espresso bar serving freshly pulled espresso, cappuccino, and more. For the best experience, order one to cap off your meal, alongside Zammitti’s signature cannoli, tiramisu, or decadent chocolate cake.
CAFFÉ BENE GreenStreet 1201 Fannin St #125 713-255-2363 caffebene.com
SWEET PARIS CITYCENTRE 797 Sorella Ct 832-770-9086 sweetparis.com
Have you heard of the “Starbucks of South Korea?” If not, it’s time to meet Caffé Bene, where you can get coffee, tea, fruit juice, smoothies, and desserts all in one place. Hot and cold coffee beverages are the highlight of course, including the signature white mocha and the ice-blended, whipped cream-topped cold brew frappeno.
Century Square 143 Century Square Dr #110, College Station 979-704-6200; sweetparis.com Crêpes and coffee are the specialties at Sweet Paris. Italian Lavazza coffee is brewed on a state-ofthe-art espresso machine for delicious standards, like cappuccinos, and specialty pours, like the Nutella latte.
delicious house-made spreads like hummus and baba ghanoush, Zayed’s offers delicious, low-carb, and gluten-free options to satisfy the entire family—and largely bypasses the trans fats in favor of extra-virgin olive oil.
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.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 125 713-255-2363 • caffebeneusa.com Founded in South Korea in 2008, this coffee has made its way to GreenStreet. Try a specialty coffee and save room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss the fresh waffle sundaes, gelato, honey breads, and bingsu, the Korean version of shaved ice topped with fruits, condensed milk and syrup.
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. Mondays through Fridays.
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
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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 hand-stretched 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.
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 or squab au vin at night. The chef’s tasting menu,
which can be ordered in four or six courses with or without pairings, is one of the best values in the city.
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.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
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.
Think ahead and call ahead! As our city rebuilds, some of the details below may change. For a complete directory, visit kings-harbor.com.
The Berry Bar
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 503 503 281-312-2861 • 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-your-own toppings.
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.
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 • slowpokeshtx.com Start your morning at a leisurely pace while still getting the caffeine and goodies you crave at SlowPokes’ much anticipated 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.
For a complete directory, visit memorial-green.com.
12505 Memorial Dr 980-781-5456 • cleanjuicebar.com As the only USDA-certified organic juice bar in North America, 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 is sure to offer a friendly and healthy environment perfect for light bites and nutritious meals.
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.
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.
Raffa’s Waterfront Grill
Jonathan’s the Rub*
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 104 281-360-0660 • 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.
12505 Memorial Dr, Ste 145 jonathanstherub.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 • 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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D I S T R I C T DW E L L E R
Straight from the Source
Bill Greenwood keeps the cuisine local at PORTERS Dining and Butcher.
DON’T ASK BILL GREENWOOD to pick a favorite dish on his menu. “It’s like picking a favorite child!” he protests. But since he and General Manager Chuck Criswell opened PORTERS Dining and Butcher in College Station’s Century Square at the end of February, lots of guests have been doing just that. For some, it’s the buttermilk biscuits stacked with pork belly and Texas peaches, then finished in barbecue sauce. For others, it’s fried local quail eggs in spicy honey-cider dressing with a drizzle of horseradish aioli. On the entrée list, diners seem to keep coming back for the whiskeyglazed Berkshire pork chop, served with gristmill grits, apple preserves, and honey-roasted carrots. The Gulf redfish, prepared in an elegant French style with sauce Meunière and green beans amandine, has its own fans. Of course, nearly every ingredient included on the menu is local, whether brought in from Austin-based distributor Farm to Table, or hand-picked by Greenwood himself. In summer, he takes walks to scoop up sweet clover, sheep sorrel, and wild salsify to use in dishes. Before moving to College Station to open PORTERS, he had never tasted a dewberry, but after finding a patch on his way up to Austin, he now makes use of the secret thicket of the blackberry-like treats. Greenwood began learning about responsible sourcing at age 9, when his father, William, opened Greenwood’s on Green Street in Atlanta, a farm-to-table pioneer. (Perhaps not coincidentally, Criswell is also a culinary legacy, son of former Houston Chronicle food editor Ann Criswell.)
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But that’s not all Greenwood learned. Those buttermilk biscuits he’s known for were also perfected in his days on the line getting his education outside school. He recalls baking 20 pies a day in his pre-teen years. But the experience equipped him with serious skills: During his time working for his father, he not only learned to butcher, but also studied artisan bread making in Lucerne, Switzerland. This was all before moving to Colorado at age 18. His skills in butchery have proved especially useful at PORTERS, where Greenwood cuts his own meat. Diners take advantage of uncommon cuts like beef cheeks, bavettes, and pork porterhouses, but locals have also been picking them up from Greenwood to cook at home. Meaty bits may play an even bigger role at PORTERS soon. Equipment for aging steaks in-house is on the way. A “huge, custom butcher table” resides in the private dining room, but Greenwood hopes to sometimes move the chairs out of the way for demonstrations. Greenwood originally left his longtime Colorado home to open locations of Eddie V’s as the seafood restaurant’s culinary director. Through that, he’s gotten to know Texas cities from Houston to Dallas. So how is his cuisine influenced by College Station? “It’s a different town, so you’ve got to teach people from the ground up,” he admits. That means creating comfort food using a wood-burning grill. “It’s homey food done just right and on time, really,” Greenwood says. And guests strolling Century Square say Greenwood and his restaurant indeed arrived just on time.
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