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What’s new at CITYCENTRE, Century Square, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor, The Jones on Main, Kirby Grove, and Memorial Green.
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Get to know the 10 top-rated chefs and eateries all under one downtown roof at Finn Hall.
14 Making an Entrance Easy, breezy summer dresses and how to style them.
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Make space on your calendar for a family-friendly, culture-filled, or relaxing getaway—or even follow our itineraries for all three.
Relaxation and reward after bearing the heat, these delicious desserts will reset your body temp.
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Fashion-forward frames for blocking out the sun, among other things.
40 District Docket
From fireworks to live music, check out the exciting events going on this spring and summer.
44 Eating Around
The DISTRICT restaurant roundup. Plus: well-crafted kids’ menus.
48 District Dweller
Two wheels, will travel. How worklife balance has shifted gears for a new resident at GreenStreet.
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EGARDLESS OF YOUR age, life is just a little sweeter in the spring and summer—even if the temperatures are pushing triple digits. School might not exactly be out for you these days, you probably still have to show up to your nine to five, but the sun is shining, getaways are on the horizon, and life just moves a little slower. Here we dive into the season head first, exploring ways to relive memories or make new ones all while beating the brutal Texas heat. Childlike and sweet-tooth cravings combine as we look at cool, saccharine treats that will leave eyes wide, while our guide to how to achieve the most luxurious bath ever seen is calling every grownup's name. Our three must-do travel itineraries will make families and culture lovers alike request those vacation days now, and our summer dresses and sunnies features will ensure you look good doing so. Start soaking up that vitamin D— we have you covered this spring and summer. You might not even break a sweat.
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Houston has long been known for its massive highways, expansive malls, and towering skyscrapers. But lately, the Bayou City has garnered praise for its growing appreciation for the greener side of life. Last fall, Kirby Grove’s Levy Park caught the attention of international eyes when it was presented with the worldwide Urban Land Institute’s Open Space Award, putting it up against the likes of The Highline in New York City, Thousand Lantern Park in China, and more. The award recognizes outstanding examples of public spaces that have socially enriched and revitalized their surrounding communities, according to ULI. The six-acre greenspace—one of the only in the Upper Kirby District— reopened in February 2017 after receiving a $15 million, multi-year transformation. Now, with modern additions like a performance pavilion, a dog park, community gardens, and playground, it’s no surprise that Levy Park sees 10,000 visitors a week. “The vision and commitment of several forward-thinking individuals to create an urban park with mass appeal are what propelled the park to where it is today,” says Levy Park Director Stephanie Kiouses. “What grows from there is a strong sense of community and a reciprocity that I believe is unique to Levy Park.” And the world-class space isn’t taking a break anytime soon. “We will open a full-service restaurant, the Woodshed Smokehouse, as well as a burger joint, The Love Shack, which are both concepts of celebrity chef Tim Love,” Kiouses boasts. With dining and park-based accolades under Houston’s belt, what will the city achieve next? 8 DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019
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WORK-LIFE BALANCE Life Time Work is not your traditional nine-to-five office. The company that brought Life Time Athletic to CITYCENTRE and soon to GreenStreet, is back again with a contemporary-yet-inviting office space that’ll make going to work feel like a retreat. The 25,000-square-foot coworking area will offer three different memberships that include either a private enclosed office, a personal cubicle with storage space, or an open-plan workspace, including high-quality amenities, from sleek ergonomic workspaces to comfortable Herman Miller furniture. Adjacent to Life Time Athletic in CITYCENTRE, the co-working space will also help members keep up their work and workout goals with on-site nutritious food options, memberexclusive workouts, and more. Whether you’re focused on personal projects or working with a team, you’ll be motivated to cross every item off your to-do list.
Kingwood native Chantel Edwards Brown always knew she wanted to create a unique experience for her community. But it wasn’t until last year that the working mom decided to trade in her corporate role to launch a business of her own that would provide friends, family, and neighbors a creative outlet. This Valentine’s Day she officially opened the doors to Wine & Design, a paint and sip studio in Kings Harbor. “I wanted people off their phones, engaging with each other and being creative,” Edwards Brown says. The studio provides guests of all ages the option to partake in instructor-guided painting classes, as well as an array of arts and crafts, DIY projects, summer camps, and holiday camps. As for moms who only want some R&R, there’s a hangout corner specifically for wine time, where pours from local vendors will be served. The creative workshop is open every day of the week for painting through rosé colored glasses.
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SILICON BAYOU Calling all innovators and entrepreneurs: MassChallenge, a global startup accelerator program with roots in Boston, Austin, Rhode Island, Mexico, Israel, and Switzerland, has arrived in The Space City. The nonprofit will offer a six-week summer boot camp for 25 fledgling businesses that have garnered less than $1 million in revenue in the past year, with GreenStreet serving as its home base. At no cost, participating startups will be welcomed by MassChallenge’s network of mentors and investors, as well as be granted access to virtual workshops and one-on-one assistance with the goal of supporting Houston entrepreneurs and bolstering economic development downtown. “Houston has all the right ingredients to be an innovation ecosystem leader,” says Mike Millard, MassChallenge Texas’ managing director. “It has fantastic universities, talented entrepreneurs, incredible funders, awesome accelerators, sophisticated corporates, and a public sector committed to driving results through partnerships.” Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Houston’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority, which will roll out over the next five years, the group hopes to grow its cohorts to include up to 60 local startups a year. Ready, set, innovate!
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Now that winter has stepped aside and let warmer weather shine through, it’s time for some muchneeded TLC at Memorial Green. The mixed-use development—already home to organic drinkery Clean Juice, hip fitness studio DEFINE Body + Mind, and swanky salons 18 | 8 and CERON—is welcoming Houston Methodist Primary Care Group to the health-and-wellness clan this March. Serviced by board-certified Dr. Brad Hays, the practice will serve as a hub for primary care services, providing vaccinations, annual exams, and prevention recommendations, as well as diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. “Our priorities are to listen and understand our patients’ needs and concerns, adequately address each of those concerns, and encourage healthy lifestyle choices,” Hays says. With all your go-to resources in one place, it’s easier than ever to pencil in some self-care at Memorial Green.
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SABI SPREE For Meredith McAuliffe, there’s nothing more important than family. So much so that she said goodbye to a 10-year career as an evening news anchor for KBTX in Bryan-College Station and opened up a trendy women’s fashion store with her mother Janis. With seven years now under their stylish belts, the mother-daughter duo is bringing Sabi Boutique to Century Square this spring. The 900-square-foot shop will feature women’s apparel, jewelry, home décor, giftware, and, of course, Texas A&M attire. Sabi Boutique will also carry unique lines from nationwide bloggers and even from her younger sister Natalie, who creates handcrafted jewelry. “We wanted to provide something for every woman, every style, and every kind of budget, whether she wants to buy something today on a budget or tomorrow as a splurge,” says McAuliffe. “We want everyone who walks in to feel comfortable and a part of our family because they are.”
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Siblings Jay Le, Adrienne Le, and Jef f Jacobson of food truck fame keep it all in the family at Sit Lo. Ser ving up Southern Vietnamese recipes with a t wist , expect to find traditional pho and bánh mì along with specials like grilled BBQ pork vermicelli and shaking beef with black pepper lime dipping sauce here.
Finn Hall. Grab a cup on the run or stop and savor the shop’s international supply from sister company Amaya Roasting Co. For a sweet surprise, order the af fogato made with Fat Cat Creamer y Amaya ice cream, topped with a shot of espresso.
3. LOW TIDE Restaurateur Alli Jarret t ’s love for the coast is on full display at Finn Hall. Fresh fish, raw oysters, and seafood towers catch the at tention
of passersby, while po’boys, beignets, and étouf fée complete the Cajun experience.
4. YONG At his latest concept , Chef Daniel Ajtai is known for
barbecue in a bowl—Korean barbecue that is. A sian sodas, fried rice, and egg rolls round out the menu, while the Korean Fried Chicken Wings add an unexpected kick to any meal.
5. GOODE CO. TAQUERIA Local legends the Goodes grace downtown with their Tex-Mex classics. Diners can’t go wrong with “primo” or break fast tacos here. Other musthaves include the pork and green chile empanadas, taco salads, and, of course, the queso.
6. CRAFT BURGER Go the classic route at Chopped winner and burger guru Shannen Tune’s latest joint with a locally sourced, all-natural black
bacon cheddar waf fles with the Morning Af ter Burger. Either way, get the hand-cut fries.
7. MALA SICHUAN James Beard Finalist Jianyun Ye brings a new level of spice at the third location of this A siantown hot spot . Open for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour, diners enjoy classics, like the Basil Crispy Chicken, and new dishes, like the Garlic Cherr y Pork Belly.
8. DISH SOCIETY Houston’s favorite farm-totable is finally downtown. Staples like the pimento cheese crackers and brisket-stuf fed sweet potato can be found on the condensed menu and, of course, they ’ll still be dishing out milehigh cakes.
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angus burger. Or pile on candied bacon and a sunny-side up egg bet ween
Veggie lovers find their home at Oddball. The Mediterranean concept that got its star t at Urban Har vest Farmers Markets is known for its falafelcentric menu and seasonal salads. Still, its chicken
shawarma and lamb chorizo are not to be missed.
10. MR. NICE PIE Texas-size pizzas are the name of the game here with creative pies reaching
Namesake—Finn Hall was named after Texas architect Alfred Finn who designed the striking Art Deco building in 1929. Authentic art deco architecture runs throughout the Jones on Main
30 inches in diameter. Enjoy a massive slice at the bar or grab a pizza, munchies, and greens to-go for the entire of fice or family.
Party Time—Finn Hall and its adjacent sister space, Heritage Hall, can host events ranging from 10 to 600 people.
11. ST. JAC’S Craf t beer, specialt y cock tails, and fine wines welcome lunchtime to af terhours crowds on the ground floor.
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Run These Streets—The team plans to roll out online ordering and food delivery services to the greater downtown area.
Cash-less—To keep lines moving and orders slinging, all transactions at Finn Hall are quick and cashless.
Tucked upstairs, Swallow ’s Nest of fers a relaxed and refined environment away from the hustle-bustle. Take a meeting, enjoy a date night , or sip spirits in this full-ser vice bar and restaurant with access to all 10 vendors below. The food hall attracts all types of downtown dwellers
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Making an Entrance
SAY YES TO THE SUMMER DRESS Leaving the comfort of the AC behind to get out and about in the Houston heat is hard work. But a stylish summer dress will make it worth it. Strut your stuff and barely break a sweat in these summer dresses for all ages. by LAURA FURR MERICAS photos by AUDRA ODEN s t y l e d b y L E S L I E R I VA S - K E L LY makeup by COURTNEY PAIGE hair by ELIZABETH FERGUSON
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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.
Pineapple Muslin Sundress $31.50 Bright and lightweight, this fruity find is so sweet for summer. Dapper Darlings Kings Harbor
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.
Knot Bow $12.99 Tie it all together with a comfy accessory that will keep pesky flyaways at bay even during playtime. Dapper Darlings Kings Harbor Sandals With Butterflies $14.99 Pint-size sandals with a bit of glitz and glam make us jump for joy! H&M CITYCENTRE
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Dimitra Dress by Misa $308 Tropical florals in an airy fabric is exactly what you need to look good while you beat the heat—perfect for a hot night out or bopping around town on a warm day. Hemline CITYCENTRE and Century Square Statement Necklace $25 Spring and summer are the right time to add bright pops of color to an already striking ensemble. Be bold and mix in chunkier metallic pieces with Texas-approved turquoise stones. Pretty Little Things Kings Harbor Folk Fortune Bali Rattan Top-Lid Bag $128 Bring the beach vibes back home with this palm straw, ecofriendly purse. Madewell CITYCENTRE Faux Suede Strappy Heels $29.90 Instantly dress up any look with a pair of gowith-anything neutral heels. The basket weave straps, padded insole, and block heel make these summer sandals surprisingly comfortable, too. Forever 21 GreenStreet
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Faithfull The Brand Bernadette Dress $179 Sage is still the rage this season. And you can’t go wrong, day or night, in this flowy and oh-so-feminine number. Anthropologie CITYCENTRE Textured Summer Straw hat $34.50 Grab your own slice of shade to cool off and protect your skin with this extra-widebrimmed, flexible hat that moves, bends, and easily packs away for all your summer excursions. J.Crew CITYCENTRE Necklace and Bangle $14 and $17 The only layers you’ll be interested in this summer, this tiered necklace and stacked bangle add a simple touch of elegance to any outfit. Pretty Little Things Kings Harbor The Riley Convertible Slingback Mule $158 With a chunky heel, adjustable straps, gorgeous leather finish, and cute peeptoe feature, these mules will quickly claim their spot in your closet as the go-to shoes for spring, summer, and, let’s face it, most of the fall. Madewell CITYCENTRE
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A RELAXING GETAWAY IN COLLEGE STATION
JUST AN HOUR AND A HALF away from Houston, College Station is quickly becoming a getaway destination. From wine tasting to one of the coolest new hotels in Texas, this charming Texas town is the relaxing getaway you’ve been looking for. FRIDAY 5 P.M. Across from Texas A&M University’s campus, with gorgeous public art, a stunning pool, and fabulous Texas-chic décor, you’ll be enveloped in luxury upon check-in at The George at Century Square. 6 P.M. Football is out of season this time of year, but other sports, like Aggie baseball and track, are in full swing for catching a nighttime game or race on campus. Or, pull up a chair at Mo’s Irish Pub for burgers and a pint as you watch your team of choice on the flatscreen TVs. 8 P.M. Not ready to call it a night? Head over to The Canteen Bar & Grill for drinks around the fire pit. The Moscow mules are refreshing, and the live music will get you in the vacation mood. SATURDAY
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8 A.M. In true Texas style, start your day off with a savory breakfast of chicken and waffles at MESS Waffles. 10 A.M. Pay respects to one of our most beloved presidents as you get an in-depth look into American history at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. 12:30 P.M. Snag a seat on the porch at Poppy overlooking The Green at Century Square as you nosh on farmto-fire fare such as Heirloom Carrot Salad and Berkshire Pork Loin. 2 P.M. Spend a leisurely afternoon boutique shopping at Sabi, Hemline, Runway Seven, and more. King Ranch DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019 19
Saddle Shop also offers an amazing selection of leather goods and truly Texan his and hers apparel. 4 P.M. Return to The George for a relaxing afternoon by the pool. Or if you’re in need of some me time, head to Galleria Spa Salon Boutique for a massage, pedicure, and more. 7 P.M. Indulge in exquisitely crafted, hand-cut steaks at PORTERS, as overseen by Executive Chef Bill Greenwood. Enjoy live music just steps away before, during, or after your meal every Saturday at Grooves on the Green. 9 P.M. Pop into Tiff’s Treats to assuage your sweet cravings. Oven-baked cookies over cool Blue Bell are calling your name.
SUNDAY 9 A.M. Sundays are quiet in this sleepy college town, but for a jolt of energy, grab a cup of joe and a handmade pastry at College Station’s favorite morning haunt, Harvest Coffee, before heading back to the big city.
DOWNTOWN HOUSTON: CULTURE, ART, AND CREATIVITY
SPRINGTIME, WHEN THE FLOWERS BLOOM and the weather in these parts is near perfect, is an ideal time to get out and explore Houston. For creatives, downtown Houston presents endless possibilities. From April 11 to 14, the 32nd Annual Art Car Parade rolls into town for a weekend of sensorystimulating, rollicking good fun. Even if you don’t make it for the parade, downtown serves as the perfect springboard from which to explore the Bayou City. Let’s begin, shall we? FRIDAY 3 P.M. Located in the heart of downtown at GreenStreet, check in to the sleek, design-forward sparkly digs at Hotel Alessandra. 4 P.M. Head to the Spa by Alessandra to unwind from your travels with one of their signature facials or seasonal total-body packages. 7 P.M. Enjoy an extravagant evening in. Head downstairs for a sumptuous 4- to 6-course French-inspired tasting menu dinner at the lovely Lucienne. Or, if you just can’t part with your plush spa robe, there’s always room service.
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SATURDAY 8 A.M. Wake up to artisanal coffee and the famous caramel cinnamon bread at Louie Coffee/Caffé Bene just steps from your hotel at GreenStreet. 9 A.M. Stroll to Discovery Green to enjoy the park’s public art installations on rotation. Don’t miss the Monument Au Fantome modern sculpture by Jean Dubuffet, or the Wings Over Water fountain sculpture on Avenida de Las Americas. 11 A.M. When hunger pangs hit, head over to Finn Hall to sample local offerings, such as gourmet burgers at Craft Burger, red oil wontons at Mala Sichuan, or street tacos at Goode Co. Taqueria. Revive with a cappuccino from local coffee roaster Amaya Coffee. 1:30 P.M. Make your way to Allen Parkway to stake out a good spot from which to view the procession of 250 elaborately decorated vehicles in this year’s Art Car Parade. The event takes place on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and runs approximately two hours. Visiting on a non-parade weekend? There’s still plenty of art to enjoy. The public murals at GreenStreet and throughout East Downtown (EaDo) make for some excellent Instagram moments. Houston’s museum district is also just a 10-minute Uber ride away.
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10 P.M. End the night on a sophisticated note at the swanky 1791 Whiskey Bar at The George, which features live music every Friday and Saturday. Order a glass of whiskey, neat, from their extensive portfolio from around the world, or try a signature old-fashioned.
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KINGS HARBOR ESCAPE TO THE WATERFRONT AT KINGS HARBOR 1 P.M. Lunch at Sharky’s Waterfront Grill* Snag an umbrella-covered patio seat right next the water, then order frozen margaritas and their famous shark burger or fish tacos.
4 P.M. Return to the Hotel Alessandra for some rest and relaxation. Catch some sun at the resort-style, rooftop pool or fit in a quick workout session before indulging in Houston’s worldclass cuisine. 5 P.M. It’s time for happy hour! Take advantage of the awesome weekend specials at Hotel Alessandra’s Bardot Bar, with $5 to $7 food and drinks, offered Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. 7 P.M. What shall it be: Steak dinner at III Forks, Spanish tapas at Andalucía, or fresh Gulf catches from McCormick & Schmick’s? The options are just about endless at GreenStreet. 10 P.M. The night is young. For a VIP lounge experience with drinks and DJ, get reservations at the House of Blues’ Foundation Room. Or, snag tickets to a concert at the venue’s larger music hall that attracts big-name acts all year round. Afterwards, show off your own set of pipes at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar.
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SUNDAY 11 A.M. Sunday in Houston is synonymous with brunch. Fancy Italian? Bellinis, Italian ricotta pancakes, and truffled wild mushroom polenta are just some of the highlights at Mia Bella Trattoria. If margaritas and made-to-order guacamole are more your style, Guadalajara del Centro delivers festive Tex-Mex with huevos rancheros, brunch quesadillas, and enchiladas. Both restaurants are conveniently located at GreenStreet just steps away from the hotel.
2:30 P.M. Boutique shopping at Pretty Little Things or Dapper Darlings For unique, one-of-a-kind finds, stop into Pretty Little Things for boutique shopping at its finest. From beautifully curated jewelry to flowy dresses and cute tops, this little shop offers endless inspiration for your best looks. If the kids are in tow, Dapper Darlings is the perfect spot to find trendy threads for young ones. Playtime at the green and a visit to the pier are also a must for kids and parents alike. 4 P.M. Afternoon snack at The Berry Bar Cool off with a refreshing lemonade, signature smoothie, açai bowl, or frozen yogurt at The Berry Bar. The S’mores fro-yo and the Mangonada are always good. 5:30 P.M. Dinner at Raffa’s Waterfront Grill Fully restored after Hurricane Harvey, enjoy a sumptuous meal of steaks and seafood surrounded by floor-to-ceiling harbor views. Be sure to check the events calendar for movies, music, and more afterward on The Green. * denotes reopening soon
KIRBY GROVE AND LEVY PARK SPEND A DAY IN HOUSTON’S NEWEST GREEN SPACE WITH FAMILY AND FOURLEGGED FRIENDS 9 A.M. Puppy playtime Bring your pooch and start your day at the Levy Dog Park. 10 A.M. Let the kids loose Expend energies on the climbing wall, building blocks, and water feature in the children’s park. 12 P.M. Brunch at Slowpokes Just around the corner from Levy Park in Kirby Grove grab a patio seat at the adorable Slowpokes, to re-energize with a latte and avocado toast, salmon bagel, or the signature doughnut grilled cheese. 1 P.M. Visit the Art Cart Concentrate the kids’ artistic energies here. Paper, coloring supplies, and more are provided so your child can make their own masterpiece to take home. 2 P.M. Is it nap time yet? Catch a snooze in the shade or borrow a book from the Reading Station as you absorb some beautifully written prose. 3 P.M. Game on! The Games Cart is filled with all types of board games and strategy games to keep young ones and adults occupied for hours. 4 P.M. Park it. Check the events calendar for fun park events, from Piano in the Park to bingo and fitness classes for all. Levy Park has programs for the entire family that’ll make you want to stick around all evening long.
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FAMILY FUN AT CITYCENTRE
SUMMERTIME IS ALL ABOUT making memories, and for families, there’s no better place than at CITYCENTRE. From Parachute Play Time to live music and fireworks on the Fourth of July, a weekend’s worth of Kodak moments await. WEDNESDAY 3 P.M. Leave the office a little early, let the valet take your keys, and ditch your worries at the door as your check into your pied-à-terre at Hotel Sorella at CITYCENTRE.
6:30 P.M. Enjoy Italian favorites like handmade lasagna and lobster ravioli at Radio Milano. Mom and Dad can stick around or come back for a night cap at Monnalisa Bar if the kids can handle the independence. THURSDAY 9 A.M. Kick off the day at Sweet Paris with crêpes filled with Nutella and banana, and coffee cups topped with whipped cream. It may be the only way you can convince the kids to say oui oui to French cuisine. 11 A.M. Lace the shoes and flex your wrists. It’s winner takes all with some good old-fashioned family fun at Bowl and Barrel. 12 P.M. Grab a healthful lunch on the patio at bellagreen. While you’re tucking into some shrimp tacos, or munching on the fries that come with their famous Buffalo Burger, the kids can frolic on the grass in the Plaza. 1:30 P.M. Shopping for Mom, pool time for kids. Fashionistas hit H&M, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters. For simple fun all around, Hotel Sorella has a great pool. Don your swimsuit and dive in! 22 DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019
4 P.M. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the expertly crafted macaroons, cupcakes, and cookies at SWEET. For something a little colder, pop into Red Mango for a fro-yo fix. 5:30 P.M. There may be a line at Hopdoddy, but that’s because these gourmet burgers are out of this world. Choose from the all-American classic, or the vegan Impossible burger. Add a side of fries and a milkshake, and the whole family will be happy. For an international kick, partake in Tex-Mex at Cyclone Anaya’s or a flavorful feast at International Smoke. 7 P.M. Grab your lawn chairs from the room and snag a spot on the plaza for a night of patriotic fun for young and old. Live music starts at 7 p.m. and the annual firework spectacular, starting at 9:30 p.m., ends the evening with a bang. If visiting on any other weekend, be sure to check the events calendar for live music and family-friendly community events. FRIDAY 8 A.M. Enjoy free continental breakfast at Hotel Sorella with the kiddos before returning to reality. Or, if you’re tacking on a vacation day to make for an extralong weekend, gather up the kids for a matinee at Studio Movie Grill.
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5 P.M. School may be out, but the whole family will have to use their brains at The Escape Game. This 60-minute, adrenaline-filled challenge will test your family’s teamwork as you solve a series of intricate puzzles to break out of your room before dinnertime.
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Cold sweets that we all crave during the summer months. by ALICE LEVITT photos by JENN DUNCAN
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e all know those Texas days, when walking from store to store feels like fording through hot molasses, the steam rising, drawing sweat from your brow. But there is sweet relief (literally) to get us through this season that seems to go on forever. No mat ter what kind of sweet tooth you have, you’ll be well taken care of at these spots. Craving ice cream or gelato? We know a place—more than one, ac tually. A cooling cake? We’ve got a spot for that , too. And if you’re looking to sip a chilled sugar y delight , you’re in luck .
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Nitrogen Ice Cream
SUB ZERO NITROGEN ICE CREAM CENTURY SQUARE
The Cherry Charge at Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
What’s more appealing than a frozen dessert on a scorching day? How about one that’s customized to your tastes? While there are chef-created flavors ready to order, we like to make our own at Sub Zero in College Station. Start by choosing a size and a base, ranging from indulgent custard to vegan ice creams. There are 40 flavors—blackberry and banana share menu space with cotton candy and marshmallow. Finally, select sweets, fruits, and nuts to mix in. But perhaps the best part is seeing your creation frozen to order with smoky liquid nitrogen. Think of it as dessert and a show.
Ice cream and Sodas
HEY SUGAR CENTURY SQUARE
Ice cream scoops, sodas, and candy galore from Hey Sugar 26 DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019
We all had a favorite oldfashioned candy store growing up, but it’s likely none of us were lucky enough to call a place like Hey Sugar our regular haunt. Yes, there’s all the bulk candy you can imagine, but the reason we’re excited to visit on a steamy afternoon is the shop’s selection of 300 different sodas and homemade ice creams. Fizzy drinks are full of nostalgia, while custom ice cream flavors like Gig ’Em and Bonfire draw in the College Station crowds. Or combine candy, ice cream, and sodas in the form of floats and creative sips that’ll take your taste buds back to childhood.
ust as you are what you eat, your ice cream’s personality is truly decided by its toppings. Want an illusion of virtue? Stick with fruit. Or, go with the indulgent inverse of hot fudge and candy. Whatever you pick, chances are, what goes atop your favorite frozen treat says a lot about you. Here are our best guesses of what your choices mean. BLUEBERRIES THE HEALTH NUT It’s a super food that happens to go perfectly with fro-yo. Double win.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream Century Square
CHEESECAKE BITS THE SWEET TOOTH One fully formed dessert at a time isn’t enough for you.
PHOTO: BRIAN KENNEDY
Red Mango CITYCENTRE
ANDES MINTS THE SOPHISTICATE Mint and chocolate will dress up any sweet for a night out.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream Century Square
FRUITY PEBBLES THE PETER PAN Your fond memories of childhood have stuck with you—or, you may actually still be a child.
Hey Sugar Century Square
RAINBOW SPRINKLES THE CLASSICIST You found your favorite young and are sticking with a good thing. Still, you’re more adventurous than the guy choosing chocolate sprinkles.
POPPING BOBA THE ICONOCLAST You have no problems breaking with tradition. But with bursting bites of fruit flavor, these little guys might become your new go-to.
Red Mango CITYCENTRE
Hey Sugar Century Square
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Four cool snacks that aren’t exactly sweets. BUBBLE TEA
Local roaster Greenway Coffee is the supplier behind the craveable beans at this patisserie. A large iced coffee is sure to bring you joy, but it’s not the only cold, caffeinated sip here. You may also want to try the Vietnamese iced coffee or Stumptown Cold Brew. We dare you not to order a s’mores cupcake or honey-lavender macaron on the side.
Peach tea filled with chopped kiwi? A lemon smoothie punctuated with red, white, and blue jelly stars? There’s more than simple tea filled with chewy boba at this creative beverage emporium. You can even replace tapioca pearls with red beans, pudding, or ice cream. Prefer things a little less sweet? Choose to go sugar-free.
SWEET, CITYCENTRE AÇAI BOWLS
HOPDODDY CITYCENTRE AND CENTURY SQUARE Sure, the burger menu at this specialist is impressive with its grass-fed wagyu beef, truffle aioli, and sushigrade tuna. But you’re only scratching the surface until you avail yourself of a Hopdoddy milkshake. There are always seasonal options, but there’s plenty to love among the perennials. For a whiff of the campfire, try the s’mores, with its toasted marshmallow and graham cracker crumble atop. A hint of salt defines our two favorites: the Nutellachocolate pretzel is just as advertised, with a wallop of chocolaty-hazelnut flavor. Not a chocolate lover? The salted caramel and brown butter of the Bananas Foster has an endearing hint of savory in its lush, sweet body.
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Often, açai bowls have lots of color and little personality, but that’s not the case at these healthy spots. Clean Juice has five different versions of the wholesome favorite, including toppings like goji berries and cacao nibs. The Berry Bar allows you to choose from toppings on the fro-yo bar, giving you delicious power.
Clean Juice, Memorial Green & Century Square The Berry Bar, Kings Harbor
Sharetea, Century Square
SUSHI Some of the best chilledout cuisine comes straight from the ocean, and there’s no better place to get a taste than this sushi bar. Go luxe with a Spicy Lobster Roll or tickle your taste buds with the complex Chile Ponzu Yellowtail Roll—it features spicy fish with cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, and avocado in chile-ponzu sauce.
RA Sushi, CITYCENTRE
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Sweet treat after a savory burger: a Hopdoddy milkshake
Tres Leches BELLAGREEN CITYCENTRE
A slice of bellagreen's tres leches cake
An onslaught of dairy that includes evaporated and condensed milks and heavy cream may not sound like a refreshing bite, but when it’s as light as the cake at bellagreen, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The airy, moist dessert benefits from a pile of marshmallowy frosting. The colorful coulis on the plate is decorative, but also adds its own acidic pizzazz. And to really help you cool down, there’s nothing like the scoop of ice cream on the side.
Root Beer Float
KEY LIME PIE
The words “root beer float” are likely to conjure longago trips to the local A&W for a frosty mug of sweet stuff. Here, the same words describe a dessert that’s not only decidedly grown up, but dare we say, not so bad for you. That’s thanks to Dish Society’s base of organic root beer. Plus, the ice cream is made especially for the restaurant, using real Mexican vanilla for a big flavor that’s anything but basic. OK, it’s not exactly health food, but we guarantee it will make you feel good.
After a meal of spicy, smoky sesame-gochujang ribs or Sinaloan-style chicken, you deserve some refreshment. Luckily, celebrity owners Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry have thought of everything. And “everything” includes a reinvented take on this Southern favorite. The multilayered affair is cool and crisp, a little sweet and a little tart. Topped with dollops of whipped cream and crumbles of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, this cooling treat will likely remind many Houstonians of their roots.
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INTERNATIONAL SMOKE CITYCENTRE
International Smoke's twist on the key lime pie
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FELLINI GELATO & CAFFÉ CITYCENTRE
Fellini's endless gelatto options are summer savior s with an international spin
This authentic European café knows how to keep things cool, Italian style, with classic gelati and sorbetti. The homemade sweets stick to mostly classic flavors, but that’s hardly limiting—there are around 30 gelato choices alone. Those include pistachio, stracciatella, and zabaglione. For something a bit lighter, sorbets aren’t just fruity like blackberry, mango, and blood orange—there’s rich dark chocolate, too. On the go? Grab a gelato pop. Try chocolate-coconut with a coconut filling, salted caramel gelato enrobed with white chocolate, or Lemon Crunch with classic cream gelato inside.
Frozen yogurt or parfaits RED MANGO CITYCENTRE
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Take the healthier route with a parfait from Red Mango
Your cool treat doesn’t have to leave evidence on your hips. This nutrition-focused chain proves it with big flavors in its fat-free yogurt desserts. Red Mango’s active cultures mean good news for your gut, and are available in tart or sweet flavors with a range of toppings. Our favorites include pomegranate, white peach, and Nutella. Blanket them in fruit, like strawberries, mangoes, and lychees, or go a little less healthy with brownie bites, popping boba, and mochi. Trying to be even more virtuous? There are yogurt parfaits layered with flaxseed granola and fruit, acai bowls, and fresh juices here, too.
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Ask the Experts
As Houston heats up, so does the city’s chic seasonal style. Effortlessly bloom into spring and summer by attaining the season’s most coveted looks. From home décor to hair care, we rounded up the best tips, tricks, and trends from Houston’s stylemakers and experts. by J I L L I A N G O L T Z M A N illustrated by J I M M Y M A L O N E
hat hairstyles will reign in spring and summertime? It’s up to the individual and how you want to project yourself. Distressed bobs are common right now. People have chopped their hair into a shoulder length, like Margot Robbie, who looks phenomenal, and Charlize Theron. All the well-known fashion trendsetters have cut their hair short. There are also people who love icy blonde color with super long hair. I think there isn’t a really specific trend in fashion right now and it’s really crazy. You see that from Chanel to Fendi and Michael Kors. For spring and summer, everything goes!
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What hair colors will stand out as favorites this season? Everything is baby highlights; not so much of an ombre look, but people want dimension. There are a lot of warm colors this summer—golden and caramel on dark hair, blondes are wanting to be icy.
What’s your secret for finding a hairstyle that suits your clients best? The first time I see a client, I look at their eyebrow shape. Your eyebrows are the door to your face and are so important when choosing a hairstyle that suits you. Humidity and hair don’t play nice together. How can Houstonians keep their hair healthy and intact during the city’s sweltering summer? If we want to go organic, I love chamomile tea mixed with olive oil. That’s delicious to put in a spray bottle to take to the beach, park, or when laying by the pool. Another product that I love, love, love is called Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray for blow-drying and anti-humidity. It’s divine— especially for Houston since the humidity is so crazy. As a stylist, where do you find your inspiration? I travel a lot to Europe, Italy, and New York. I see what’s going on and it’s so different. Traveling has helped me to develop such an open style.
hen it comes to beauty and wellness, what are the sought-after trends that will dominate spring and summer? Something I’m really interested in is conflict-free cosmetics and skincare. There have been companies touting no animal testing and vegan certifications, but companies are now taking that one step further by ensuring fair trade labor practices and sourcing of ingredients. We want to make sure it’s a beautiful life for all parties involved.
UVB rays. It guards you from environmental smog. Think of all the commuters in Houston and the tread worn off of their tires—it’s in the air and lands on our face every day. What spa services would you recommend for the spring and summer seasons? The HydraFacial should be everybody’s go-to treatment. It gives you the best results in the shortest amount of time, and there’s zero downtime.
"We want to make sure it's a beautiful life for all parties involved." –Jennifer Brewer
With a growing interest in sustainability, what types of products does the Spa by Alessandra use to cater to socially conscious consumers and beauty enthusiasts? All of our European facials, which are your more traditional facials, use Eminence Organic Skincare. What are a few products every Houstonian should have on their vanity? We have a Stone Crop Hydrating Mist that is great. In the summer, I suggest people store it in the fridge. It feels cool, it’s refreshing, and it gives you a pick-meup in the afternoon. We also carry Patchology, a line of sheet masks. It’s a great way to multitask when you’re traveling, can’t make it to the spa, or your budget doesn’t allow for it. What are your top tips for keeping your skin beautiful during the Houston summertime? Less is more. I recommend finding a nice tinted sunblock. I cannot stress sunblock enough! It protects you from the elements, not just UVA and
Jennifer Brewer, Director of Spa by Alessandra in Hotel Alessandra
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"Interior designers are taking a cue from Mother Nature." –Cathy Lam
hat are the dominating trends men will be wearing all spring and summer? Shorts are getting a little shorter and will be more tailored. The bag trend is very big right now—fanny packs, over-the-shoulder bags, and man bags are in style. When thinking of wardrobe essentials, what’s a staple every man needs in his spring and summer wardrobe? Bucket hats will be one of the major trends coming into the season. Also, Nike’s Dri-FIT material because it’s a lighter fabric that will help you stay cool in the summertime.
Ted McGaskey, Manager at Social Status in CITYCENTRE
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What are the most prominent colors and patterns guiding this season? Sage has been one of the dominant colors in a lot of runway fashion shows. Nike has been big on their Volt Green color, which is an electric lime green that’s very popular. We’re seeing a lot of neon color blocking.
Social Status carries a variety of fashion-forward brands. What are a few of the brands you’re most excited about this season? Off-White is the hottest thing as far as streetwear goes. I’d also have to add Brain Dead, Fear of God, and another brand called P.A.M. that’s very abstract. Houston’s style scene is versatile and vibrant. What looks are you seeing emerge from the city’s trendsetters? In my generation, if you had on Nike you wouldn’t be caught dead with a pair of Adidas pants! That was a no, no. Now people are starting to mix the brands. I think that’s one of the cool things that gives people individuality. People are making custom pieces out of existing fashion—that’s one of the hottest trends that's going on in Houston right now. You might buy a track jacket, get the sleeves taken off, and get them replaced with a different fabric. Shoppers will even take two pieces and get them combined.
Cathy Lam, Owner of LAM Bespoke in Memorial Green
hat are the biggest trends for spring and summer in home décor? Spring and summer are seasons that consistently usher in florals and color. Interior designers are taking a cue from Mother Nature, and the outdoors are being brought in. What are a few of the musthave elements, styles, and colors you’re seeing this season? While Pantone’s Color of the Year is Living Coral, at LAM, we’re finding clients are drawn to verdant greens ranging from meadow to emerald. These lush hues evoke a sense of renewal and harmony and are beautifully layered with natural elements like rattan and bamboo. As home décor enthusiasts transition from winter to spring and spring to summer, how can they easily achieve these trends at home? If committing to color is daunting, consider decorative throw pillows, mixing patterns and textures to instantly reinvigorate the space. Brighton-style bamboo chairs, particularly vintage ones, add
the right dose of nature and patina. Wicker, caning, and reed pieces offer comparable doses of warmth. This can also be achieved with smaller objects, like trays and baskets. What’s your one tip for welcoming the new season and readying your home for spring and summer? Fresh greenery—whether it’s a potted myrtle topiary or a vase of blooming branches—is the easiest way to welcome spring and summer into your home! What are your recommendations for those looking for inspiration? Where do you find your design inspiration? Inspiration is truly everywhere. There’s no shortage of eye-catching content in design magazines, books, blogs, and Instagram. These are available at your fingertips and a good starting point if you want to identify what you’re drawn towards. Travel is my biggest source of inspiration. Each destination, big or small, welcomes you with the beauty of its architecture, people, foliage, local shops, and restaurants.
ith a new season in the air, trends are bound to shift. What are a few of the spring and summer trends you’re most excited to introduce at Kendra Scott? Kendra Scott is known for our recognizable shapes and materials, and this season we reimagined our most iconic design elements through a trend-forward lens. Look for our signature silhouette with unexpected details and for classic materials, like shell, to appear in fresh, innovative ways. Color has always been a part of who we are—not just in the pieces we design, but in our identity as a brand. This spring collection embraces colorful confidence through our suite of stones, as well as through the overall styling of the campaign. What’s one of the season’s major trends Houstonian women should have on their radar? Trending now: Asymmetry. This season’s designs play with mismatched shape and size to create an artful and eclectic look.
As a style expert, how can women transition into spring and summer fashion with Kendra Scott pieces? For the first time, our design team approached the spring and summer seasons as an evolution, while being thoughtful about the customer. The Spring I palette has a softness to it—pale pastels with pearlescence that looks appropriate paired with your winter layers. You’ll notice a natural evolution in Spring II and Summer to brighter colors and bolder designs. There are so many unique pieces available at your location. What’s the musthave piece of jewelry to own? Continuing the weightless look our customers love, spring’s frameless stones create a minimalistic and light-weight silhouette supported by a single metallic accent. That would be our must-have piece!
Allie Jarreau, Kendra Scott Community Relations and Events Manager in CITYCENTRE
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BAT H & B E AU T Y
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A s the days grow longer and the temperatures climb higher, carve out time to enjoy a true summer’s daze. With these soothing, soak-worthy finds for home and specialty spa services, you’re sure to emerge relaxed, refreshed, and glowing. Just take a dip— you know you deserve it.
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1. Fluffy Bunny Fizzing Bath Soak
While Epsom salts fizz to relax tired muscles, coconut oils and kaolin clays penetrate and purify the skin in this luscious lavender-scented bath powder. Sold by the pound, you’ll look forward to using this vegan and gluten-free product time and time again. Galleria Spa Salon Boutique Century Square
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A product that gets to the point, this teeny ball is bursting with the powers of lavender and vanilla that turn a simple bath-time routine into peaceful practice. Lily Rain CITYCENTRE
Guys: take the edge of f with an old-school shave. The 30 -minute session, complete with an aromatic hot towe l, cleans up rough edges. Add on the spa’s rejuvenating mois ture treatment for ex tra finesse.
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You might not want to remove these French-milled soaps from their custom-illustrated papers, they look so pretty. But lush ingredients like olive oil and shea butter extract that leave your skin exquisitely smooth might just convince you otherwise. Anthropologie CITYCENTRE $8
4. Miss Patisserie Bath Slab Stop and smell the rose petals in this vegan bath slab. Break off a piece—big or small, it’s up to you—and settle in for a dreamy, floral soak. Urban Outfitters CITYCENTRE $9
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MADE IN THE SHADE
Turn up the cool dial on any outfit while blocking out those strong summer rays with our favorite sunnies of the season. Pay respect to retro styles with cute cat eyes and funky oversized lenses. Bask in blue hues as you chill by the water, or keep things classic with timeless tortoise frames. Whichever pair (or pairs) you choose, you’re sure to catch some eyes.
TOP TO BOTTOM Sunglasses in Tortoise, $9.99, H&M, CITYCENTRE | LeSpecs Hard Knock Sunglasses, $89, J.Crew, CITYCENTRE Black and Gold Frames, $12.50, Pretty Little Things, Kings Harbor | Premium Rimless Aviator Sunglasses, $9.90, Forever21, GreenStreet Carla Colour Barton Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $230, Anthropologie, CITYCENTRE | UO Herman Thin Square Sunglasses, $18, Urban Outfitters, CITYCENTRE 38 DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019
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Your Fitness Flow Boutique fitness studios and highend gyms are upping the ante all the time with unconventional workouts, energetic playlists, intimate class sizes, and too-good-to-resist amenities. Whether you’re on the hunt for a Pilatesfocused studio or an everyday gym, we have a sweatinducing option. Follow our quiz to see where you and your oh-so-stylish sneakers belong.
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OrangeTheory fitness Century Square Life Time Athletic CITYCENTRE & GreenStreet Designed for busy bodies, this come-andgo gym is packed with innumerable workout options. Whether you’re searching for a sweat-promised group workout or a self-paced treadmill run, one thing you can count on is variety at Life Time, plus irresistible amenities, including saunas, whirlpools, WiFi-sourced lounges, and premium toiletries.
Competitive, techcentric, teacher-led, and always unexpected, Orangetheory is the studio for goaloriented fitness junkies. By wearing Orangetheory’s heart rate monitor during the 60-minute HIIT class, members track in-depth performance data during the never-the-same, ever-so-challenging workouts that combine treadmills, rowing machines, and free weights.
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DEFINE Body & Mind Memorial Green
BElagree Fitness Kings Harbor
DEFINE has asserted itself as one of Houston’s most beloved boutique fitness studios that offers its clients the total package. Select from a variety of classes ranging from spin, barre, yoga, and the wildly popular bounce classes. DEFINE is not just a workout, it’s a lifestyle!
Hop on the megaformer and get ready for one of the most challenging workouts you’ll ever try. Taking reformer Pilates to the next level, this studio combines core work, strength training, and lengthening exercises into one body-transforming class.
lululemon Century Square & CITYCENTRE This apparel store is not known for housing numerous treadmills and squat racks, rather lululemon hosts donation-based classes, such as Yoga on The Green. After you’ve put in a good sweat, stock up on new yoga gear.
Ongoing YOGA ON THE GREEN CENTURY SQUARE
Ready to break a serious sweat? In partnership with lululemon, Century Square presents a heartembracing, movement-based yoga on The Green from 9 to 10 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. You’ll be in summer shape in no time.
TUESDAY TUNES GREENSTREET
Don’t labor through your lunch hour. Venture out and enjoy fresh air and live music on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March through May. Enjoy outdoor dining from a host of global restaurants, including Salata, Mia Bella Trattoria, and Guadalajara del Centro.
DISCOVERY ON THE GREEN CENTURY SQUARE
Find your kid’s bliss at Discovery on the Green presented by the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley every third Thursday of the month. Your child will take on movement games, song and dance numbers, and hands-on challenges. Running from 10 to 11 a.m., your kid will definitely be ready for their nap after this free event.
LIVE MUSIC GREENSTREET
Instead of indulging in an over-crowded, overdone happy hour, call up your favorite crew and enjoy an energetic evening of live music from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Greenstreet lawn. No Thursday evening is the same at this symphonic gathering.
MAROON TUNES CENTURY SQUARE
music, yummy provisions, and family-centric fun outdoors, from 6 to 9 p.m. on (you guessed it) the second Saturday of every month.
MOVIES UNDER THE MOON KINGS HARBOR
GROOVES ON THE GREEN CENTURY SQUARE
When the summer season heats up, the best time to go outside is in the cool evening. What better way to soak in those summer nights than with an outdoor movie? Starting at 8:30 p.m., on the second Friday of the month from June through August, patrons enjoy a free movie on a giant 32foot screen with salty, buttery popcorn to boot.
SUNSET YOGA AT THE HARBOR KINGS HARBOR
Downward dog, rising tree, happy baby–whatever yoga pose suits you most, you’ll find a vinyasa groove at this relaxing-but-challenging, onehour yoga session. Sponsored by Life Time Fitness, join other eager yogis on the lawn at this complementary sweat session from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, March through October.
PARACHUTE PLAY TIME CITYCENTRE
Parents, forgo iPads and YouTube and take the kiddos to Parachute Play Time presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Gymboree Play & Music. This light-hearted experience, which features a massive rainbow parachute, will have everyone young and old partaking in games, singing catchy music, and dancing with joy from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, March through October.
SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES KINGS HARBOR
It’s all in the name. Gather the kids and pack a cozy lawn chair or a favorite picnic blanket for live
Live-music fans, we’ve found your next mustattend affair. Whether it’s smooth jazz or Texas country, everyone will find music to their ears at Grooves on the Green, most Friday and Saturday evenings. Top off the lyrical evening with popular lawn games and a juicy burger from Hopdoddy or a sinful dessert from Sweet Paris.
COFFEE AND CARS CENTURY SQUARE
Fuel your mornings with caffeine and high-octane at an event that’s worth the drive every third Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eyeball a selection of automotive wonders, including vintage classics and the truly unexpected, while sipping a cup of joe. Presented by Texas A&M Sports Car Club, this free viewing is fitting for auto enthusiasts and casual browsers alike.
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE CITYCENTRE & CENTURY SQUARE
Start with week on a spiritual high at CITYCENTRE with inspirational music for all ages. Sunday evening worship takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in April through October, and 3 to 6 p.m. in March, November, and December.
April DOGGY PARTY ON THE PLAZA 4 /6 • CIT YCENTRE
Pups and people alike flock to the annual Doggy Party on the Plaza, sponsored by Houston
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Aggie football fans: we’ve found the perfect way to kick off your weekend, and it’s all free. Text your pals and go down to The Green to listen
to live music every Friday before a home game. Grab a bite and stick around until heading to the Midnight Yell.
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PetTalk magazine and MyFuzzbook.com. The bark-filled event is designed to promote animal rescue efforts with music, artists, contests, and, of course, a pup parade!
GREEN6.2 4/20 • CITYCENTRE
Lace up and take part in the 10th annual Green6.2, which attracts participants of all skill levels for 10K, 5K, and Kids’ 1K runs and walks through CITYCENTRE and the surrounding tree-lined neighborhoods. Serious runners, take note: the Green6.2 is a Houston Marathon Qualifier. For full details and to register, visit green62.com.
SHOP WITH HEART CARD 4/26-5/5 • CITYCENTRE
Want to give back while also getting serious discounts? Take part in the annual Shop with Heart Card event from April 26 through May 5. With a $50 donation to the American Heart Association, you’ll have access to unbelievable prices and gifts at a host of luxury stores and favorite restaurants, including a selection at CITYCENTRE.
May PULL FOR PUPPIES 5/18 • CITYCENTRE
Canines pull at our heart strings, and now is our turn to give that love right back to them. Join fellow hound lovers at Pull for Puppies, an afternoon of fun that features dog-themed fundraising games to benefit The Forgotten Pet Advocates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July JULY 4 CONCERT + FIREWORKS 7/4 • KINGS HARBOR
Independence Day just isn’t complete without a fireworks spectacular overlooking lakeside views. Round up the brood and join your neighbors for a host of family-centered summer fun, including lawn games, live music, and a fireworks finale from 7 to 10 p.m.
FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT & FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 7/4 • CITYCENTRE
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Celebrate America at CITYCENTRE’s annual live concert starting at 7 p.m. and family-favorite firework show at 9:30 p.m. This is one patriotic event you don’t want to miss.
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GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD DRIVE 7/11 • CITYCENTRE
Don’t let needles give you a fright. Roll up your sleeve and save lives at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Drive at CITYCENTRE. From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the blood bank group will be taking donations in their mobile donation facility. Register to donate at citycentrehouston.com/events.
AugustSeptember HOUSTON RESTAURANT WEEKS 8/1-9/2 • CITYCENTRE, GREENSTREET, KINGS HARBOR, KIRBY GROVE
If your budget has been preventing you from going out, you’re in luck. Houston Restaurant Weeks is back with a monthlong opportunity to feast at the city’s finest restaurants at a fraction of the usual cost. To boot, a portion of the proceeds raised from
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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.
1025 University Drive, Ste 107, College Station 979-704-5119 • cleanjuicebar.com Quality smoothies, açai bowls, and cold-pressed juices are the name of the game at Clean Juice, the only USDA-certified organic juice bar in North America that is taking the country by storm. Stop in for a healthy drink and stick around for the warm, welcoming environment.
144 Century Ct, Ste 102, College Station 713-704-5143 • heysugarscandy.com Satisfy your sweet tooth and revisit your childhood at a new take on the retro candy store. Hey Sugar in Century Square serves up old-fashioned soda, ice cream, and just about every candy imaginable.
155 Century Court, Ste 109, College Station 979-705-2071 • 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 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, 44 DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019
American kobe, chicken, turkey, lamb, vegetarian), but it’ll be worth it.
Mess Waffles, Etc.
170 Century Square Dr, College Station 832-919-6377 • facebook.com/messwaffles Creative waffles take center stage at Mess Waffles, Etc., the first brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck, with menu highlights like chicken and waffles, gourmet mac and cheese, and various dessert waffles, including “The Best Brownie in Town.” Mess also provides gluten-free and vegan options, along with coffee and a wide variety of drinks.
Mo’s Irish Pub
1025 University Dr, Ste 101, College Station 979-709-3275 • mosirishpub.com/cs When all you’re craving after a long day is a pint, head to Mo’s Irish Pub for great beer and cheer. Beer tastings, live music, and pub grub like shepherd’s pie, cheese curds, and mac and cheese—not to mention a festive Irish atmosphere—are the hallmarks of a great pub, and Mo’s has them in spades.
Piada Italian Street Food
1025 University Dr, Ste 109, College Station 979-307-7611 • mypiada.com Fresh, tasty, and affordable Piada specializes in healthy street-food wraps known as piadi: 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.
pokeworks.com Seafood lovers, rejoice! Hawaiian-inspired bowls, burritos, and salads have made their way to the Mainland, and now to College Station. Look for sustainable and seasonal ingredients that are full of bold, authentic flavors here with options for vegetarians, health nuts, and spice aficianados alike.
180 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5656 • thegeorgetexas.com Located within Bryan–College Station’s luxury hotel, The George, Poppy—a nod to President George H. W. Bush’s family nickname—is a restaurant pavilion and expansive porch with excellent views of Century Square’s outdoor plaza. From the kitchen, an appetizing menu of Texas favorites offers cuisine everyone can enjoy.
180 Century Ct, Ste 100, College Station 979-977-0700 • porterscollegestation.com Experience fine American cuisine at the hands of executive chef Bill Greenwood at this 6,000-square-foot contemporary eatery. Featuring a Southern menu that incorporates ample smoke, PORTERS serves hand-cut steaks and chops from a walk-up butcher, as well as an extensive menu of craft beer, classic cocktails, and a sommeliercurated wine list.
1099 University Dr, Ste 105, College Station 979-330-4078 • 1992sharetea.com Serving up specialty milk tea drinks, a diverse range of refreshing fruit teas and ice-blended slushies, Sharetea is your go-to spot for refreshment. Sharetea’s drinks are made from carefully selected ingredients and shipped directly from Taiwan, bringing unmatched authenticity from the origin of pearl milk teas.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 105, College Station 979.704.3357 • subzeroicecream.com At Sub Zero, you can watch your ice cream be made right in front of you. Start with a base of original whole milk, low-fat, custard, yogurt, lactose-free, vegan, or 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 979-704-6200 • sweetparis.com After much success in Rice Village and CITYCENTRE, Sweet Paris brought its popular French-inspired treats to Bryan-College Station. Choose from a selection of sweet and savory crêpes, waffles, and paninis. In need of a warming pick-me-up? Try their spiced chai latte or Mayan hot chocolate.
Tiff ’s Treats Cookie Delivery
1099 University Dr, Ste 113, College Station 936-257-6005 • cookiedelivery.com For all your warm cookie cravings, call Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. Addictive and delicious classic varieties include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin, all of which Tiff’s will bake and deliver warm to your door—alongside brownies, ice cream, Tiffwich ice cream sandwiches, and Tiffblitz shakes.
1099 University Dr, Ste 115, College Station 979-314-1175 • zoeskitchen.com Simple, tasty, and fresh 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.
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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 thickcut burger, 18-inch pies, and the “Dog Pile” of six mini butcher shop dogs are also recommended. Beer by the barrel, wine by the bottle, and craft cocktails complete the experience.
Brio Tuscan Grille
12808 Queensbury Ln, Ste 100 713-973-9610 • brioitalian.com Everything is big and bold at upscale Italian restaurant Brio Tuscan Grille. Order the beef carpaccio to start, and finish with a delicious pasta dish. The patio is lovely, and the happy hour menu, which offers drinks and appetizers, is fantastic.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
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Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen
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.
800 Town & Country Blvd 713-461-1300 • cycloneanaya.com Make sure to order a tasty margarita or tequila cocktail before sitting down to dine on some of the city’s best Mexican at this Houston stalwart. Start off with some great chips and salsa, then order anything from fajitas and enchiladas to chiles rellenos and flautas. Happy hour is a weekday must, with margaritas and bites.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
12848 Queensbury Ln, Ste 200 832-200-2380 • eddiev.com For one of the best steak and seafood experiences around, indulge in an evening at Eddie V’s. The crab cakes are sinfully delicious, and the steamed Chilean sea bass is something you won’t forget. Steaks, like the off-menu tomahawk, are also mouthwatering, and happy hour is a big scene.
Fellini Gelato & Caffé
794 Sorella Ct, Ste 128 281-888-6261 • fellinihouston.com For a small piece of la dolce vita, find your way to this authentic Italian sidewalk coffee shop. When in a hurry, enjoy the European-style standing-room bar for coffee and a fresh pastry. Or relax and unwind while sipping on Lavazza Gran Riserva espresso and noshing on shared plates, salads, pastries, and paninis. Come evening, indulge in wine, beer, or Italian spritz cocktails.
12848 Queensbury Ln, Ste 101 713-463-3730 • grimaldispizzeria.com For authentic, New York-style coal-oven brick pizza, this is the real deal. Start with a freshly made, hand-tossed pizza dough, then select a sauce—red, white, or pesto—and top it off with toppings such as artichoke hearts, meatballs, spicy chicken sausage, anchovies, and grilled chicken. The restaurant also offers authentic Italian cannolis and a huge New York cheesecake.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
798 Sorella Ct, Ste 199 713-461-6600 • hopdoddy.com Treat your taste buds to a gourmet burger and cold craft beer when one of Austin’s fastest growing and wildly popular burger joints opens its latest location at CITYCENTRE. In addition to their decadent twists on the classic burger, Hopdoddy is known for its house-churned ice cream, hand-cut fries, and fresh, locally sourced produce and breads that are certainly worth the wait.
800 Sorella Ct 713-714-0126 • internationalsmoke.com Celebrity cookbook author, 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, Ste 108 • shopjuicewell.com Get a leg up on your daily fruit and veggie serving at CITYCENTRE’s newest healthy eating option. Whether you come in for a quick meal or to plan for a healthy cleanse, you’re certain to find something that works for you in this contemporary space that offers everything from cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wellness cocktails, plant-based snacks, homemade coconut milks, and customizable bowls.
815 Town & Country Ln 713-464-1200 • lifetimefitness.com Need something before or after your workout? LifeCafé offers smoothies, salads, wraps, and graband-go options to support an active lifestyle.
800 Sorella Ct 713-827-3545 • radio-milano.com Milano Bar eludes a sexy, retro speakeasy craft-bar feel, from the staff donning Prohibition-style outfits to the gleaming dark woods and retro design. Infused liquors, freshly squeezed juices, and a fine selection of whiskeys, bourbon, absinthe, and other spirits offer a full complement to the menu of creative craft cocktails.
Monnalisa at Hotel Sorella
800 Sorella Ct 713-973-1600 • hotelsorella-citycentre.com Stop for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at this gorgeous bar inside the Hotel Sorella. With a large fireplace and spectacular views of the hotel’s brightly lit pool, this place will make you feel like you’re in Miami. There are also plenty of hidden alcoves, a dance floor, and live music throughout the week.
799 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 200 832-831-2163 • txpeppertwins.com Try CITYCENTRE’s newest eatery for a fresh twist on your favorite Cantonese classics. Specializing in organic Chinese and gluten-free cuisine, Pepper Twins uses robust, natural flavors based on Chinese traditions. The popular Houston-based restaurant’s menu is known for its quality ingredients, including certified Angus beef, Halal lamb, Berkshire pork, and spring, mountain, and farm chicken.
RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant
799 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 234 713-331-2792 • rasushi.com Sleek, contemporary décor and modern Japanese cuisine make RA Sushi a great choice for date night or an evening with friends. Cocktails are well composed and delicious, with a great happy hour and Sunday Funday specials.
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.
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.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-647-9338 • ilovesweet.com If the large case of colorful French macarons isn’t enough to entice you, SWEET's dessert shop also offers cake truffles, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pastries, and a myriad of other sweet, irresistible treats that are just begging to be eaten. Gluten-free options are also available.
Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café
797 Sorella Ct 832-770-9086 • sweetparis.com The second installment of the French-inspired crêperie, Sweet Paris dishes out sweet and savory selections that are unforgettable. Try the Bonne Maman berry jam crêpe with sweet cream, or the ham and gruyère option; both wonderful with a cappuccino. Sweet Paris also offers breakfast crêpes—like the Alaskan, filled with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Texas de Brazil
822 Town & Country Blvd 713-730-3013 • texasdebrazil.com For a delectable Brazilian rodizio experience, Texas de Brazil is a great choice. The South American steak house boasts an extensive salad bar as well as a dizzying array of meats, all brought to your table and sliced onto your plate until you’re ready to say stop. Don’t miss the lobster bisque or the caipirinha cocktails.
The Capital Grille
840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Ste 118 713-463-5051 • thecapitalgrille.com Excellent service, an award-winning wine list, and a menu of fine steaks make Capital Grille an excellent choice when you want a fine-dining experience. The lobster mac and cheese is legendary, the seafood tower decadent, and dry- and wet-aged steaks, such as the 22-ounce, bone-in rib eye Delmonico Steak, always make for a great night.
The General Public
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 118 832-690-4450 • thegenpublic.com Next to Bowl & Barrel, The General Public offers anything but standard bowling alley fare. Expect gourmet classics from hearty burgers and sandwiches to decadent seafood dishes. Shared plates are ideal for large groups, while an impressive menu of craft cocktails keeps things festive.
The Tasting Room
818 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 100 281-822-1500 • tastingroomwines.com With a large patio that often features live music, The Tasting Room is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of vino at the end of the day. There are plenty of by-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.
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. DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019 45
Kids’ Eats Spree Just because you’re dining out with the kiddos doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor or rely on bland chains and greasy staples. Houston houses an abundance of kid-friendly restaurants with a bounty of tasty options for parents and their particular children alike. From savory seafood to fresh mediterranean fare, here are our favorite kid-friendly spots that feature impressive childapproved provisions. B y L AY N E LY N C H
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Parents can focus on more adventurous pizza pies like the sausageladen Hot Link or the pesto-drizzled Green Stripe while the kiddos nibble down on a onetopping pie that comes with cold milk or apple juice, a fruit pack, and a sweet dessert option, including sˇmores pizzas, chocolate brownies, or fresh-baked cookie.
Most of Zoe’s healthy Mediterranean cuisine would appeal to children, but the restaurant has made the task of choosing much easier with a dedicated, diverse kids menu. Full of momapproved entrées—like nutrition-packed salmon kabobs, light chicken salad sandwiches, and filling spaghetti—all youthful palates are sure to find an option to their liking here.
GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO GreenStreet Though it’s known for happy hour and sizzling plates of fajitas, Guadalajara del Centro is very much a familyfriendly establishment. Adults turn to lime beef fajitas and made-to-order guacamole as little ones feast on quesadillas, chiletopped cheese enchiladas, and pint-size fajitas.
BELLAGREEN CITYCENTRE Looking to add more wholesome ingredients to your family meals? Search no further than bellagreen. Kids feast on budget-friendly, decadent bites—like the all-natural beef burger, cheesy cheddar and mozzarella sprouted-bread paninis, and creamy quinoa mac and cheese—as the adults focus on New American staples, many of which honor dietary restrictions.
DISH SOCIETY Memorial Green While it’s an in-andout favorite, flavor is the focus at popular hot spot Dish Society. Adults love the smoked gouda grit balls and white sangria while kids prefer staples like Nutella and jelly sandwiches, grilled chicken strips with veggies and queso, and popcorn shrimp.
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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.
Louie Coffee/Caffé Bene
1201 Fannin St, Ste 125 713-255-2363 • caffebeneusa.com Try a specialty coffee and save room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss the fresh waffle sundaes, gelato, honey breads, and more at this European-inspired coffee shop.
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
1204 Caroline St 888-402-5837 • houseofblues.com Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez offers a bold, tasty menu of American classics, including a buildyour-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.
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The Berry Bar
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 503 281-312-2861 • facebook.com/theberrybar Stop by The Berry Bar for refreshment or a healthy dessert—this is the place for fresh juices, fun tapioca drinks, smoothies, and self-serve frozen yogurt with build-your-own toppings.
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, Ste 120 346-406-3985 • slowpokeshtx.com Start your morning at a leisurely pace while still getting the caffeine and goodies you crave at SlowPokes’ brand-new Kirby Grove location. Known for its laid-back atmosphere, potent coffees, crafted teas, and impressive food and wine menus, SlowPokes brings true café culture to the Bayou City, reminding us to slow down, relax, and connect with others, all while enjoying a fantastic cup o’ joe.
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.
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-squarefoot 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
Chimichurri’s South American Grill
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 103 281-360-1436 • raffas.net For a wonderful romantic evening, head to Raffa’s Waterfront Grill, where Executive Chef Sam Beier will wow you. Don’t-miss items include the crab cakes, the Madeira-braised pork ossobuco, the crispyskinned 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.
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, DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019 47
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Shifting Gears One Houstonian revels in the true downtown lifestyle… on two wheels
WHEN DENISE ROHRER first received her pink Giant road bike as a birthday gift, she never imagined that two years later she would be committed to ditching four tires for two. The 32-year-old now finds herself soaring through the Heights’ scenic trail, along Houston’s bayous, and into downtown during the week to curb the city’s traffic. The driving factor for Rohrer’s big shift came from her company’s decision to relocate its Uptown headquarters Downtown at GreenStreet. Starting this spring, 9th Wonder, a global advertising agency where Rohrer works as an account supervisor, began running its Houston base from a second-floor suite in the sprawling mixeduse property. The move has allowed her to swap out a grueling commute along one of the country’s worst highways for a 20-minute bike ride along Houston’s new and improved trail that doubles as a workout and provides solitude after a long day. “Things can be stressful and I have to 48 DISTRICT SPRING / SUMMER 2019
balance that out with some sort of exercise,” she says. “It helps me reset mentally and physically, get some sunshine, and get my endorphins going.” Rohrer also embraces the greener and picturesque sights of the city during her rides. Tracing the White Oak Bayou, the Heights’ 6.8-mile course highlights not only the neighborhood’s historic Victorian homes but also Mac Whitney’s towering red steel sculpture at Stude Park and Instagram-worthy shots of the skyline. During her free time, she extends her trip to go off-the-beaten path for some of EaDo’s vibrant farmers markets and art installations. While Rohrer didn’t hesitate to expand her active lifestyle, the convenience of gaining back 98 hours from traffic (yes, that’s the total time that Houstonians lose to highway congestion each year) has also led her to explore downtown during the work week. Her new office is just steps away from House of Blues, Lucky Strike
bowling alley, and Guadalajara Del Centro—her go-to for happy hour margaritas. And she’s particularly excited about her proximity to Louie Coffee/Caffé Bene on the first level, where she can roll up for a quick morning or mid-afternoon caffeine boost. “GreenStreet is not only beautiful in terms of architectural design, but it’s in the middle of everything; you can walk anywhere on your lunch break,” Rohrer boasts. “We can take our clients out to different restaurants down there very easily, too.” The true icing on the cake of being based at GreenStreet is the ease it brings to Rohrer’s everyday life, whether on foot or on bike. “I can always look forward to not only being able to walk around and explore the new places in Houston, but on the days that I have my bike, I can go a little bit further and enjoy nature,” says Rohrer. “It’s hard to be upset when you’re able to get outside.”
PHOTO: BRIAN KENNEDY
by M A R I A N E L L A O R L A N D O
GreenStreet is the new model of urban lifestyle.
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