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+ FITNESS 32
+ FOOD 24
+ FASHION 15
SEASON OF YES GE T OUT, GE T MOVING, AND REFOCUS ON LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE IN THE NE W DECADE AHE AD. + BEAUT Y 36
+ HOME 38
DRIVE THE NEW SEWELL
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DE PA R TME NT S 06 Developing Story
What’s new at Buffalo Heights District®, CITYCENTRE, Century Square, East River, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor, The Jones on Main, Kirby Grove, and Memorial Green
10 On the Horizon
Ten years after making its landmark debut, CITYCENTRE is breaking ground again.
15 Making an Entrance
Hit the pavement or sip on the patio in our favorite athleisure looks that transition from workout to play.
36 Bath and Beauty
Get your glow on with these nine products that protect, hydrate, and replenish skin all season long.
38 Expert Eye
Green thumb or not, this indoor garden will inspire the plant person in all of us.
40 District Docket
From beer festivals to family movies under the stars, check out the exciting events going on this spring and summer.
44 Eating Around
The DISTRICT restaurant roundup. Plus: four new places to nosh.
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Travel Your Style Five Texas getaways that keep all travel tendencies in mind— for families to foodies, day-trippers to city skippers.
48 District Dweller
Why one San Antonio native traded the River Walk for Buffalo Bayou Park and found his place at the St. Andrie®.
Taste Test Snap out of your same-old dining routine and relish in
unexpected flavors from 10 local eateries and one Texasbased grocer.
Ask the Experts Fitness fanatics and local gym owners weigh in on the
season’s health and wellness regimes, and share what’s next in the world of workouts.
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Does the year or decade ahead look as personally promising for you? We say yes, at least it can be. Maybe you want to train your taste buds to be a little more adventurous—our dining feature on page 24 is catered to you. Could this be the year you jump-start that spring and summer health and wellness regimen? Take notes from our Q&As with local fitness experts on page 32. Will you finally be able to unplug this season and reconnect with the kids, your partner, or even with yourself through the help of our five getaway itineraries on page 18? Or are you looking for something on a smaller scale—glowing skin, that dreamy indoor garden, or NASA-inspired tennis shoes—that could lead to a major mood boost? Whatever positive outlet you want to lean into this season, chances are these pages can be your guide. Say yes to something new and something for you. There’s no time like right now! —The Team at DISTRICT
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T’S A NEW SEASON IN a new decade, and we can’t help but reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going next. Ten years ago we opened CITYCENTRE, a landmark development in Houston, creating a first-of-itskind walkable, livable community of retail, dining, and so much more. Eight major ground breakings in the Houston area later and we’re still set on fostering these types of environments for our patrons. In 2020 alone, we’ll see the Class AA CITYCENTRE SIX tower take shape (read more on page 10), bringing more quality spaces and tenants for workers and visitors to the thriving community. Our door to downtown will become even more vibrant at GreenStreet (page 9), and the Historic Fifth Ward will gain 50,000 square feet of dining and retail, plus a stunning new museum that honors Houston's industrial roots (page 8), as East River continues to make headway.
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The build-your-ownmacaroni bowl concept I Heart Mac and Cheese caters to cheese lovers and vegans alike.
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THE BIG CHEESE
Unleash your cheesiest desires this spring at Century Square’s I Heart Mac and Cheese. The dozen-plus sauce, meat, and topping concoctions at the build-your-own macaroni bowl concept are never deemed ordinary, and requests for extra cheese—they have eight types!—is the norm. The menu also features grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, and special takes on the childhood favorite dish—from pepperoni pizza and the Cuban sandwich to the Philly cheese steak and Chef Michael’s famous lobster mac. Vegans, don’t fret. The Bryan-College Station eatery offers plantbased substitutes through a partnership with Beyond Meat. You can also customize your base with gluten-free pasta, quinoa, broccoli, or cauliflower. We promise you’ll brie coming back for more.
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The acclaimed artisan chain will be churning out creamy frozen confections this summer at CITYCENTRE. Marking its second location in Space City, the 888-square-foot scoop shop will craft delicious desserts concocted by entrepreneur Jeni Britton Bauer that use only whole ingredients, including dairy from an Ohio farm filled with grass-pastured cows, dyefree toppings, and natural flavors. Dairy-free selections are also available for ice cream lovers who have food allergies. The Columbus, Ohio-based company, which has expanded into a dozen cities in the nation, has created a name for itself with its exclusive pairings, such as the brandied banana crème brûlée, sweet cream biscuits and peach jam, pineapple upsidedown cake, Boston cream pie, and the ever-so-quintessential Texas sheet cake. Can you say “two (or three) scoops, please?”
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a pioneer in artisan ice creams.
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The “Netflix of Eyewear,” a moniker GQ Magazine bestowed upon the online retailer-turned-brick and mortar empire Warby Parker, has made its way to CITYCENTRE. Joining four other Houston-based locations, Warby Parker at CITYCENTRE offers a full assortment of frames, glasses, sunglasses, contacts, and eyewear accessories—including the latest launch, Nesso Series. The hip storefronts offer customers an alternative to the web-based, at-home try-on process the brand was first known for. Shoppers can also have their frames adjusted directly at the shop and can even book an eye exam with an on-site optometrist. The affordable fashion eyewear outpost took a unique and commitment-free approach to the design of the physical stores to create a top notch in-person shopping or browsing experience for patrons. “All details are reminiscent of a classic library set-up,” says a Warby Parker spokesperson. “We’ve always thought that shopping for glasses should feel as simple and leisurely as browsing for books in a library.”
Houston’s fourth brick-and-mortar Warby Parker opens this spring in CITYCENTRE.
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The Houston Maritime Museum is moving to East River in the Historic Fifth Ward
The state-of-the-art building will increase the museum's footprint tenfold and is slated to open in 2024.
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Houston Maritime Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary by trimming its sails with a new name, new home, and new exhibitions along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The nautical-based learning facility, now known as Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum, will relocate from its current post in the Second Ward to anchor down at East River, a mixed-used development that will open up a mile of waterfront in Houston’s Historic Fifth Ward. Museum Director Leslie Bowlin believes the contemporary location is perfectly fitting for a maritimethemed museum. “Houston is the number one port in the U.S. and has an incredible connection to the maritime world,” says Bowlin. “It was our key objective to have an education center that really connected the community to the industry; to bring the city’s past to the present.” With a tenfold expansion, the museum will now feature three floors and 58,000 square feet of space for exhibits highlighting the world’s maritime history, an interactive touch wall, innovative touch screens, workshops, and an event space to host educational and outreach opportunities. History buffs can also look forward to an impressive collection of sail models and artifacts that were not on display at its original location. The new museum is slated to be open and operating full steam ahead by 2023.
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BEYOND THE BAYOU
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The new, light-filled lobby at GreenStreet is designed to support connection and community.
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A FRESH FAÇADE
Downtown’s GreenStreet has undergone a modern makeover, unveiling a renovated three-story lobby that feels like part ultrahip hotel and part urban hub. The development’s three-leveled floor plan, which currently houses two stories of offices and entertainment atop the popular ground floor retail, will enhance its curb appeal for workers and city-goers on foot. The project features a brand-new, light-filled lobby that incorporates social spaces to encourage both office tenants and visitors to gather during the day, elevating the traditional workplace culture. Midway hopes this will “create a sense of arrival and distinct point of entry.” Employees in the building can help themselves to a cold brew, as beer on tap will be available for post-work happy hours. Guests can also enjoy interactive digital art installations and a new lobby-to-lawn connection that will bring the outdoors in. “The most innovative people will feel inspired in GreenStreet's new workplaces,” says former longtime Midway Vice President Ann Taylor. “We want to spark informal interactions that feed employee connection, collaboration, and creativity.”
After celebrating three years at its new post at Kirby Grove upon relocating from The Galleria, Kiran’s is working to expand the 7,000-squarefoot restaurant once again. The Indian fine-dining restaurant, owned and operated by beloved chef Kiran Verma, will gain an extra 4,000 square feet of space by expanding into an open area next door. “The expansion will be an extension of Kiran’s with more sofa-type chairs. We are working to create a more lounge look and feel,” explained Puja Verma, the restaurant’s Director of Operations and Development. “We are hoping our guests see it as a third place—not the bar and not the dining room, but a place for before or after, for drinks, bites, tea, or dessert.” In addition to the cozy cosmetic upgrades, Verma adds that the modifications will make room for two new wood-fired ovens so longtime customers can enjoy more extensive stuffed naan and a larger dessert selection. The restaurant is slated to have the upgraded space ready by late spring.
Beloved chef Kiran Verma will take over an additional 4,000 square feet at Kirby Grove.
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On the Horizon Development of the 19-floor Class AA office tower CITYCENTRE SIX will kick off this year.
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2020 VISION Midway is bringing forth a decade filled with all things new, from revamping its centerpiece hotel to constructing upcoming CITYCENTRE SIX by M A R I A N E L L A O R L A N D O
OUSTONIANS remember the days of Town & Country Mall, the onceflourishing 1980s shopping center that fell behind the times in the early 2000s. A decade later, CITYCENTRE took its place as a trendy mixed-use development where locals would shop at posh boutiques, dine at revered restaurants, enjoy evenings at various entertainment venues, and live at the luxury multifamily residences— all within one walkable location. Now, on the heels of its 10-year anniversary, CITYCENTRE is taking a groundbreaking leap once again,
setting all of Houston up for a bigger and better live-eat-work-play lifestyle in the new decade. The 266-room hotel situated at the core of the 47-acre district has undergone a rebrand and will begin an exciting rejuvenation process. The centerpiece hotel—which has been named a top Houston hotel by Condé Nast Traveler time and time again—also celebrated its 10-year milestone along with CITYCENTRE, but this past December announced it was going in a new direction. Beginning with a new name as The Moran CITYCENTRE, which is attributed to Midway’s founder, Jim
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The Moran CITYCENTRE will undergo an exciting rejuvenation under new management, HEI Hotels & Resorts.
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ON TH E HOR I ZON
Moran, who died 20 years ago, the 12-story hotel will bring fresh takes to the property’s Italian-inspired atmosphere under a new management team, HEI Hotels & Resorts. The Moran will be redefined by European Murano glass chandeliers, custom graphite-colored ceramic floors, and décor “that speak to both the property’s rich history and modern present,” according to HEI. Monnalisa, the hip hotel bar, has been rebranded as Fireside and will feature live events, a poolside terrace lined with private cabanas, and (fittingly) a central fire pit. Guest favorite restaurant Radio Milano and its adjoining bar, Milano Bar, will stick to the modern Italian fare and top-notch craft cocktails they’re known for. Visitors can stay in The Moran’s guestrooms or penthouse-level suites that tout walk-in closets, oversized bathrooms, and gourmet kitchens. Plus, all accommodations provide access to the indoor fitness facility, 15,000-square-foot meeting and events space, and the hotel’s mountain bikes
for riding throughout the city’s trails. In the near future, The Moran plans to create additional guest perks with neighboring retailers at CITYCENTRE. “From packages and meeting breaks to special events and traveler perks,
“WE LOOK FORWARD TO CREATING FUTURE SYNERGIES BETWEEN THE MORAN AND THE BROADER CITYCENTRE DEVELOPMENT” —JEROME STRACK, HEI GENERAL MANAGER
we look forward to creating future synergies between The Moran and the broader CITYCENTRE development that will elevate and personalize property interactions,” says Jerome Strack, HEI General Manager. Additionally, Midway will kick off the development of CITYCENTRE SIX, a swank 19-floor Class AA office tower that will also feature retail, bistros, and an urban plaza at the southeast corner of Katy Freeway and Beltway 8, expanding upon everything that CITYCENTRE already offers. The sleek new tower will be home to 273,000 square feet of office space, 8,500 square feet of street-level space for retailers and eateries, parking garages, and a large outdoor urban greenspace where workers can unwind or enjoy an al fresco meal. The exciting developments continue to establish CITYCENTRE’s cultural and contemporary footprint in Houston, transforming dull dayto-day activities into memorable experiences. Time to see what the next decade has in store!
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The property will also feature retail, dining, and an urban plaza.
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GreenStreet is the new model of urban lifestyle, workspace, and fitness.
REDEFINING city LIFE SLOWPOKES
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Making an Entrance Mokuyobi Atlas Backpack $108 Step into the season with a can’t-miss catch-all bag. Perfect for everything from sleepover camp to the start of the school year. Urban Outfitters CITYCENTRE
ON THE RUN
Athleisure wear is accepted almost everywhere in Houston once things start to heat up in the spring and summer. Go to the gym, to lunch, or both in these comfy but contemporary ensembles. by LAURA FURR MERICAS hair by REBECCA LUNA
photos by AUDRA ODEN
makeup by KIM CLARK ARTISTRY
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“So Far, So Good” Taco T-Shirt $32.50 A shirt that’ll keep friends taco—err— talking, this tee honors one of Texas’s all-time favorite foods. J. Crew CITYCENTRE
Swim Shorts $9.99 Ready for water when you are: these teal trunks look just as sharp on land as they do making a splash. H&M CITYCENTRE
NASA Sneakers $24.99 Houston, we’ve found the coolest sneakers. Boys size 2 to 6.5 will be walking on air in these faux leather, NASAprinted kicks. H&M CITYCENTRE
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On the Radar Bra $58 Be at the front of the pack in a thickstrapped, seamless sports bra from the boho-chic brand’s new activewear line: FP Movement. Free People CITYCENTRE
Revival Pieced Hoodie $59.95 Slip on this ultrasoft layer to make a (slightly sweaty?) workout outfit more socially acceptable. Altar’d State CITYCENTRE
Teleties $9.99 A hair tie that does triple the reps, these spiraled polymer bands hold strong, reduce hair damage, and can moonlight as stylish, stackable bracelets. Pretty Little Things Kings Harbor
Wunder Under Cropped Luxtreme Leggings $88 It won’t be long before you find yourself living in these versatile leggings. With a subtle scalloped edge and breathable, sweatwicking materials, they’re meant to feel like a second skin. lululemon Century Square and CITYCENTRE
D.O.F. Sneakers $320 These sporty platform sneakers are sure to add a pep to your step after a tough sweat sesh. Hemline Century Square and CITYCENTRE
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Mollusk Coast Graphic Tee $35 Get into the summertime spirit with a vintageinspired, cotton tee from California-based company Mollusk. Madewell CITYCENTRE
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Ludlow Nylon Bomber Jacket $245 We know it’s hot. But it’s always smart to have a good-looking, lightweight, and water-resistant jacket on-hand for when Houston weather plays a trick on you. Allen Edmonds CITYCENTRE
Pace Breaker Shorts $68 Shorts season just got sweeter. This light-weight pair stands out among the competition for their sleek four-way stretch fabric and no-bounce phone pocket. lululemon Century Square and CITYCENTRE
Always Baseball Cap $39.50 Block out the sun—or hide post-workout hair—with a goes-witheverything hat. J. Crew CITYCENTRE
Nike x Undercover React Presto Sneakers $180 Run, don’t walk, to pick up these special release Nikes—sold only at select retailers. Social Status CITYCENTRE
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N TEXAS TERRITORY, spring and summer mean long, slow evenings and even longer, freer weekends for blue bonnet-filled adventures, quality time with the kiddos, or a chance to reconnect. Whatever your travel tendencies or phase of life might be, there’s a getaway in these parts with your name on it. Let our five itineraries be your guide, and go while the getting is oh-so-good.
Send the kids to summer camp, and indulge in the finer things in the heart of downtown.
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Make time on your sched to sample what Houston is best known for: its food! There’s an endless list of restaurants to try in our food-focused city, with downtown—the perfect locale for travelers who only have a few days to get a taste—offering a compact selection of some of Houston’s finest. For an array of bold flavors under one roof, pick and choose from Korean barbecue to farm-to-table goodness at Finn Hall’s food stalls. See what all the hype is about as you sink your teeth into a classic burger and crinkle-cut fries at Shake Shack at the Jones on Main in the JP Morgan Chase & Co Building. Or, for a refined affair, splurge on the five-course internationally inspired tasting menu at Chef Jose Hernandez’s Lucienne. Just be sure to save room for a hand-crafted night cap at Bardot a few steps away.
DO Belt out a tune at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in GreenStreet. Or if listening is more your jam, take in big names and local acts at the House of Blues across the way. Keep the fun going (almost) all night long at Lucky Strike, where bowling alley meets dance club from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Louie Coffee will be there to provide your caffeine and pastry pick-me-up come morning time.
STAY Emerald velour couches, sumptuous soaking tubs, in-room martini service, and a signature spa—Hotel Alessandra and its eponymous Spa by Alessandra politely scream luxury. Spend a sophisticated weekend of romance with your special someone here, or treat yourself to that overdue staycation.
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School’s out, and wholesome fun is in session at CITYCENTRE.
It doesn’t have to be all chicken tenders and cheeseburgers (though there are great options for those, too) when the fam takes a stopover at CITYCENTRE. Let the little ones run free on the lawn before enjoying kid- and parentapproved bites at bellagreen—think quinoa mac and cheese for them and paleo spaghetti squash Bolognese for you. Break from tired takeout and watch as ooey-gooey pizza pies melt before your eyes in Grimaldi’s coal-brick oven, or nudge the kids outside their comfort zones with teriyaki and barbecue chicken at Yard House while Mom and Dad savor the massive food and beer menus. Afterward, spoil the kids with warm cookies from Tiff’s Treats or cold ice creams from Fellini Gelato.
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DO Work as a unit to unlock clues (and the door) in 60-minute, adrenaline-packed challenges at The Escape Game. Or engage in some head-to-head competition while noshing on elevated American fare at Bowl & Barrel. For a more low-key excursion, sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest flick with in-theater dining at Studio Movie Grill.
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STAY Recently revamped, The Moran CITYCENTRE blends form and function. Mom and Dad will take note of well-appointed accommodations, complete with hardwood floors, roomy bathrooms, and plush bedding; while kiddos will likely head straight to the terrace-top pool. Guests young and old can also enjoy cycling, spa time, rock climbing, and even more swimming for a nominal fee at Life Time Athletic next door.
DO Stock up on downhome Texas attire at King Ranch Saddle Shop, one of the area’s favorite purveyors of leather goods, boots, and home décor. For a little less of a rough-and-tough look, head to Onward Reserve for activewear, accessories, and Texas A&M University–emblazoned gear. And, ladies, don’t let the name at Grass Stains fool you. The locally owned boutique with a bit of a Texas tomboy twist is known for its chic wears you wouldn’t dare damage. After an afternoon of shopping, don your new garb for a visit to the sleek bar at Star Cinema Grill before taking in a film.
Escape the hustle and bustle without leaving creature comforts behind at Century Square.
Refined Rustic Retreat
STAY Mo’s Irish Pub
EAT Brunch with the best of them in Century Square. Sip mimosas al fresco while eating sweet and savory crêpes at Sweet Paris, load up with the fried chicken and egg sandwich at Mess Waffles, or indluge in Southern charmers like Cornbread Battered French Toast at PORTER's. To catch the game and grab some grub, Mo’s Irish Pub provides, while mixologists at 1791 Whiskey Bar churn out exquisite cocktails from their worldly selection of whiskeys across the way at The George.
Retro outfittings replete with woodlined walls, rocking chairs, and a cabana-filled deck leading out to a resort-style pool at Cavalry Court will make you question ever spending the night in a camping tent again. The rustic-chic setting is home to live music, friendly cornhole games, and conversations around the firepits while guests can enjoy full food and drink service from the Canteen Bar and Grill.
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DAY TRIPS Memorial Green
Enjoy home cooking away from home at family-owned Jonathan’s the Rub. For an outing that’s more focused on the libations, grab a group of friends to split a bottle and board at Vine Wine Room, or learn more about the craft at the wine bar’s monthly winemakers dinner.
Planning a total rehaul, in the market for that one piece to tie a room together, or does browsing through beautiful items simply bring you joy? LAM Bespoke is the destination you’ve been dreaming of.
Allow yourself some R&R. Start with a signature mani-pedi at Isle Pedi Spa, where floral scents, therapeutic treatments, and relaxing massages add to the total package. Then head to CERON Hair Studio for the Bestin-Houston Blowout to perfect the pampering process. Zammitti’s Italian Ristorante
Snack and sip your workday away at Zammitti’s Italian Ristorante. It’s hard to say what the best part of the eatery’s lengthy weekday happy hour is: the prices or the lakefront views. For the cherry on top, grab a frozen yogurt or flavored lemonade afterward at The Berry Bar.
Spruce up your spring and summer wardrobes at Kingwood's favorite boutiques. Pretty Little Things boasts some of the best handpicked finds in the Bayou City, while Dapper Darlings is known for its curated collection of uber-cool and way-too-cute kids clothes.
Sunsets on Lake Houston are a sight to be seen in their own right. Time your skygazing to coincide with one of Kings Harbor’s signature events— think live music performances and family-friendly movie screenings— and you’re set for an ideal spring or summer evening.
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THE HEART OF HOUSTON’S CITYCENTRE The Moran doesn’t stand in the CITYCENTRE, it lives there. Surrounded by shopping, dining, entertainment and events, you can feel the pulse. Luxuriate in contemporary style in our guestrooms and public spaces, delight your palette with our craft cocktails, fine wine and light fare complete with live music, or host perfectly-tailored meetings and events with effortless flow. Whether you are in Houston for business or leisure, visiting or local, The Moran CITYCENTRE isn’t just a place you stay, it’s a place you feel—here you are welcome, cared for, and part of our community. 8 00 S O R E L LA CT, HOUSTON, TX 77024 | THEMORA NHOTEL.COM | T +1 71 3.97 3.160 0
Taste Test Break with the ordinary and explore these seven bold and defining flavors of Houston. by C A R L O S B R A N D O N
tepping out of your
culinary comfort zone can prove difficult to some. Maybe you’re far too busy to give time and energy to thoughtful eating, or perhaps you’re anxious about unknown and untested flavors. Whether you’ve recently resolved to expand your palate, or simply need a break from the same old meals, these seven dishes from seven destinations across Houston and its surrounding areas will inspire the change of pace you’ve been craving. From Asian American–fusion fine dining to delightful morning meals, our selections highlight what is most unique, most diverse, and most exciting about the Bayou City’s dining scene right now. Consider this your travel guide to new and adventurous flavors across Houston and beyond.
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Avocado Toast THE ROASTERY // BUFFALO HEIGHTS For residents of and visitors to the fashionable Buffalo Heights District off Washington Avenue, The Roastery offers an enticing excuse to slow down and quite literally smell the coffee. Part roasters, part restaurateurs, the four chefs behind one of Houston’s most celebrated coffee concepts combine elements of a chef-driven kitchen with those of a craft roastery. Among its mouthwatering dishes, this creative coffee kitchen offers a menu of three unique toasts to give the most mundane mornings a much needed jolt. The anchor of this trio is the house’s renowned avocado toast, which puts an H-town twist on the brunch staple. Multigrain toast is topped with crushed avocado, flax seed, radish, mint—of course—while fresh lime and flavor-packed jalapeño add a dose of south-of-the-border heat.
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Ceviche Yucatan GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO // GREENSTREET
Quietly located in downtown’s GreenStreet development, el U v e Guadalajara del Centro is your a hidden gem and one of chips & dip Houston’s most off-theradar Tex-Mex kitchens. A hacienda-style treasure in the heart of the city, this family-owned kitchen serves an assortment of coastal, interior, and Tejano staple dishes. While they’re famous for their fajitas and colorful cocktails, why not skip the standard stuff and opt for a fresh approach to Mexican cuisine with an order of Yucatan-Style Ceviche. Fresh Gulf shrimp and fish are marinated in lime juice, served with onions, tomatoes, and cilantro, as well as diced avocado and mango for that distinctive Yucatan Peninsula twist.
Ahi Tuna Burger HOPDODDY // CITYCENTRE AND CENTURY SQUARE
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Lagging on that New Year’s diet resolution? Thinking of cutting back el U v e on red meat? If you want your a healthy alternative to Burger the all-American beef patty with all the savory decadence of one try Hopdoddy’s indulgent Ahi Tuna Burger. The Austin-based concept has been shaking up the Houston burger scene for years. For the last few years, residents of CITYCENTRE and Century Square in College Station have enjoyed access to Hopdoddy’s sprawling menu of creative, sometimes explosive burger creations. Using sushi-grade ahi tuna that’s seared to the perfect rare temperature, nori chips, teriyaki, honey wasabi, mayo, and pickled ginger, the folks at Hopdoddy have crafted a 650-calorie behemoth of a not-so-average burger. Whether you’re a sushi lover or a red meat traditionalist, this sandwich promises to please.
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Lobster and Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread
SEASONS 52 // CITYCENTRE 52 unique and approachable wines by the glass and an always-changing seasonal menu give this nationally recognized fresh grill and wine bar its famous name. For those seeking a more elegant lunch destination or an ideal place for a casual yet refined dinner, Seasons 52 might be just the ticket. Among a sprawling menu of grilled starters and entrées, you’ll find a mouthwatering list of wood-grilled flatbreads that pair almost too well with a glass of wine ... or several. Break from the tried-and-true red wine and red sauce pizza pairing, and sink your teeth into the luxurious Lobster and Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread, with grilled red peppers, scallions, lobster, and sour cream. A heavenly combination of unexpected wine country flavors, this light seafood flatbread begs to be enjoyed with a shared bottle of Napa chardonnay or sauvignon blanc.
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Korean Riblets RAFFA’S WATERFRONT GRILL // KINGS HARBOR
For an idyllic waterfront destination for fine dining head to family-owned l e U ev Raffa’s Waterfront Grill in your Kingwood. Self-described as BBQ contemporary American, the impressive menu borrows from ethnic and international cuisines as well—perhaps the truest indicator of contemporary America. Among its more imaginative dishes are the Korean Riblets with red cabbage and cilantro slaw. Tempura-fried pork riblets doused in Korean BBQ sauce, this zesty Asian-inspired small plate makes for an excellent starter or, better yet, a meal all to yourself.
Poke Burrito POKEWORKS // CENTURY
At the intersection of sushi and poke trends lies the Insta-worthy sensation that is the poke burrito. Now in College Station’s chic, multiuse Century Square district, the New York-based chain that helped kick off the national poke craze is serving their own version of this hip Japanese/Hawaiian take on a burrito. Prepared in the “build it yourself” mode— widely adopted by most poke shops— Pokeworks burritos are massive sushi rolls wrapped in roasted seaweed and rice, then stuffed with your choice of cooked or raw protein and an assortment of fresh ingredients. An on-the-go alternative to poke bowls and a deviation from Tex-Mex tradition, make this fresh take your go-to lunch of 2020.
Açai and Greenoa Bowls
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So simple a concept, yet so craveable, bowls of every variety have taken over our foodie consciousness in the last few years. From poke to açai and classic salads, try these adventurous tips for sprucing up your next bowl.
CLEAN JUICE // MEMORIAL GREEN AND CENTURY SQUARE
Residents of both Memorial Green and Century Square can practice some organic self-care with Clean Juice’s assortment of açai and greenoa bowls. Try the Green Bowl, with organic açai, almond milk, banana, granola, honey, kale, matcha, and spinach. For a more protein-packed lunch, try the Popeye Bowl with organic spinach, quinoa, hard-boiled egg, avocado, feta, strawberries, and walnuts.
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Build Your Own Salad
You may be familiar with JuiceWell, one of Houston’s most pioneering cold-pressed juice bars. You may even be a fan of their popular super-food bowls. Though perhaps you have yet to substitute açai for the tart and delicious pitaya. Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, this bright red fruit with white meat and black seeds is power-packed with health benefits. Add a scoop of hemp protein and spirulina and you’ll be conquering the world by 3 p.m.
A fresh take on Italian cuisine, Piada has been bringing authentic Italian street food to the States for years. Among their inspired and health-driven dishes, visitors to Century Square should opt for the fresh and surprisingly hearty Power Bowl, featuring red quinoa, roasted broccolini, sweet corn, tomato, glazed chickpeas, yogurt harissa drizzle, and much more.
If you think a salad is an uninspiring or otherwise unfulfilling lunch, you haven’t been to Salata. The buildyour-own salad bar is a pioneer in healthy eating and crave-inducing salads. Their kitchen offers over 50 topping choices, with proteins that include Asian BBQ chicken, baked tofu, and falafel.
JUICEWELL // CITYCENTRE
PIADA // CENTURY SQUARE
SALATA // GREENSTREET
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Potato Brisket-Stuffed Sweet Potato DISH SOCIETY // MEMORIAL GREEN AND FINN HALL
The ongoing Texas barbecue renaissance has inspired chefs and pitmasters across the state to craft some seriously incredible smoked dishes. Not to be outdone, the folks at Dish Society—Houston’s renowned farm-to-table, casual dining outpost have added their own smoky creation to the menu. Residents of Memorial Green and patrons of Downtown’s Finn Hall can indulge in the Brisket-Stuffed Sweet Potato. This updated take on a classic features a baked sweet potato stuffed with white cheddar and certified Angus brisket, then topped with house-made barbecue sauce, cabbage slaw, and green onions. A robust rib-sticker of a Texas meal, this smoked brisket recipe is likely to become your “usual” order at all Dish Society locations for quite some time.
Seeking ways to add bold flavor to your daily regimen while enjoying a homecooked meal with as little (or less!) effort as dining out? Adventurous and off-the-beaten-path cooking can be intimidating, expensive, and ultimately disappointing without proper experience or means. Luckily, H-E-B offers an extensive assortment of ready-to-cook Meal Simple entrées and sides that make dinner plans a breeze and eliminate the hassle of prep and cleaning. Try the ready-to-bake Jalapeño Atlantic Salmon Burgers. Thick Atlantic Salmon patties seasoned with a healthy dose of pico de gallo and diced jalapeño. A healthful and 30 DISTRICT SPRING/SUMMER 2020
savory way to enjoy a gourmet burger at home without the caloric guilt or lengthy prep time. For the carnivorous at heart, try the spinach and cream cheese–stuffed flank steaks: two beautiful flank steaks wrapped around a filling of Parmesan, cream cheese, and fresh spinach—ready to throw in the oven and enjoy. Other options include stuffed Atlantic salmon, lime-marinated chicken breast, and pesto garlic chicken. These and so many other Ready to Cook meals add flavor and chef-inspired depth to your daily home cooking that will keep that meal prep resolution honest and your palate pleasantly surprised.
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Ask the Experts
HERE’S NO SHORTAGE of ways to break a sweat in the Houston area—and no, we don’t just mean from the heat. It’s 2020, and Houston’s landscape has a bevy of boutique fitness haunts and luxury centers to spice up your workout regimen. From news on the latest technology
HANNAH MILLS Department Head of Personal Training at Life Time Athletic CITYCENTRE WHAT FITNESS TREND WILL BE ON EVERYONE’S MINDS THIS SUMMER?
Virtual fitness and bringing your trainer with you wherever you go. VLT is an app that Life Time members can download on their phones and have a virtual coach, who is someone that they can also see in the gym. The majority of our client base is always on the go. With a platform that’s virtual, they’re able to never miss a beat on their programming. HOW CAN HOUSTONIANS PREPARE FOR SPRING AND SUMMER?
We don’t realize how important hydration is until we’re actually drinking the amount of water we’re supposed to get each day. Especially in Houston, with the heat and the humidity, our need is even higher than your average American because of where we live. Hydration is a huge part of feeling energized and feeling good. We recommend [drinking] half your body weight in ounces. SUMMER IS A SEASON FOR TRAVEL, WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR HOUSTONIANS WHO WANT TO MAINTAIN A ROUTINE ON THE GO?
We carry a great tool with us everywhere we go, and that’s our body. There are so many bodyweight exercises you can do. Or take advantage of the scenery around you and go on a walk every morning or afternoon. WHAT’S ONE WELLNESS EXPERIENCE EVERYONE SHOULD TRY?
Self-care is so critical to our mental, emotional, and physical health because it allows you to decompress. When it comes down to it, we are only going to be able to take care of others in the best way if we first are taken care of to the best of our ability.
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that lets you carry your personal trainer everywhere to the basics of mindfulness, our wellness experts share their biggest tips and trends for the season. by J I L L I A N G O LT Z M A N // illustrations by J E N N I F E R G I L L E T T E
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO STAY HEALTHY?
I want to be able to be that person people can lean on so I can take care of my family. My mom battled cancer for the last seven years and she’s doing well today. Two years ago she needed a bone marrow transplant and I was able to be her donor because of my health. Things like that drive my passion. HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF FOR AN ACTIVE WEEK?
I use H-E-B curbside pickup for my groceries. The app saves all of your favorite foods so you’re less tempted to buy things that aren’t good for you. If you’re really diligent about your list, it’s much easier to not fall into temptation. It’s not lazy; it’s convenient, and it’s just best for your health.
Self-care is so critical to our mental, emotional, and physical health because it allows you to decompress. — HANNAH MILLS
WILLIAM CHAMBERS Regional Sales and Operations Manager at Orangetheory Fitness Century Square THE HOUSTON AREA HAS A THRIVING FITNESS CULTURE. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT ITS WELLNESS CULTURE?
My favorite part of the area’s fitness culture is the diversity and the numerous options that are available to the community. It’s ultimately finding something that works for you and sticking with it. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ORANGETHEORY?
It’s being able to give everyone what we call “More Life.” Helping people improve the quality of their life through health and fitness is my passion, and Orangetheory allows me to do that.
HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR WELLNESS? WE WANT YOUR SECRET!
It starts with where you rank your health on your list of priorities. Without health, we don’t have everything else. A huge part of staying focused is creating and maintaining a game plan of success in your diet and exercise. Once you make fitness a part of your norm, it becomes something you do every day. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR HOUSTONIANS WHO ARE NEW TO ORANGETHEORY?
Get your complimentary class booked today. You have nothing to lose! Our workouts are designed for all fitness levels. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, our fitness coaches can help tailor your workout to help you feel comfortable while achieving the results you want. It becomes almost like an addiction, but what greater addiction to have?
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST WELLNESS TRENDS YOU PREDICT FOR THIS SEASON?
I would expect to see more fitness that you are able to track and measure. At Orangetheory everyone wears a heartrate monitor throughout the class, which eliminates the guesswork from your workout. What you can’t track and measure, you can’t make changes on.
It starts with where you rank your health on your list of priorities. — WILLIAM CHAMBERS
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HALEY GREEN AND LESLIE NELSON Franchisees at DEFINE body & mind Memorial Green
They come, let it all go, and walk out a happier person than when they came in. — HALEY GREEN
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WHAT ARE SOME WAYS HOUSTONIANS CAN BRING THEIR FITNESS ROUTINES TO A NEW LEVEL?
Leslie Nelson: Make a plan for your week and balance out a mix of strength and cardio to maximize your results. A lot of people are very cardio-focused, but strength is where you see the most results. DEFINE ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE BODY; IT’S ALSO ABOUT THE MIND. WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST MINDFULNESS TIPS?
Haley Green: Focus on your breathing. A foundation of your strength starts in your core, and when you do core workouts, the number one thing you need to focus on is your breath. Connecting your breath with the rhythm of the music or what you’re doing is going to help you get into a space where you can maximize your results.
LN: Mindfulness is really important and will change the way people work out. Making that connection and getting a benefit everywhere in your body, including your mind, really turns it from a trend to a habit. HOW DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL IN YOUR STUDIO?
HG: A [sense of] release and comfort. A lot of people come and say it’s their escape. They come, let it all go, and walk out a happier person than when they came in. LN: One of our clients comes to the 5:30 a.m. and says it’s like coming to a party with all of her friends. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR HOUSTONIANS WHO ARE NEW TO DEFINE?
LN: Start with our signature class: Body. Our founder, Henry Richardson, invented it for a reason. He was overcoming a severe back injury and it changed his life along with thousands of others just by doing the methods.
LAUREN WOLFE Franchisee of Fit4Mom Bryan/College Station Century Square
FIT4MOM ALLOWS MOMS TO NOT ONLY WORKOUT WITH EACH OTHER, BUT OFTEN WITH THEIR BABIES! WHAT HAPPENS AT A STROLLER STRIDE?
Stroller Strides are designed for moms with little babies as young as 6 weeks old to come out and do a full-body workout with their child. All of our Stroller Strides classes are designed to give modifications for someone who’s just had a baby or had a baby five years ago and wants to push themselves. We also encourage the bond between moms and babies. WHAT’S A BIG FITNESS TREND YOU SEE EMERGING?
A lot of people are gearing toward workouts that have a community aspect. It’s no longer just the big box gyms. They want to do something where they are connecting with people. And maybe that’s not constrained to four walls, like going to parks and doing 5Ks or circuit training outdoors.
WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR WORKOUT PLAYLIST?
Definitely Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.” I don’t know what it is about that song, but it gets me pumped. Also, everything from my high school days like N*Sync, Dr. Dre, and those songs I don’t often get to listen to because [my daughters and I] are listening to Disney princess songs. YOU’RE THE FRANCHISEE OF A FITNESS COMPANY AND YOU ALSO HAVE TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS. WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR PRIORITIZING WELLNESS IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE?
You can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to look for ways to take care of yourself and practice self-care, which looks different for everyone.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO BE ACTIVE?
One of the major reasons that Lisa Druxman founded Fit4Mom is that she wanted to help build healthy families, and one way we can do that is showing our kids what it looks like to lead a healthy lifestyle. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched my oldest daughter pretend to exercise. She's finding that exercising can be fun, you can do it outdoors, and you can spend time with friends. I think it’s really important that we continue to educate our children and be a positive role model for them. HOW CAN MOMS IN COLLEGE STATION LEARN MORE ABOUT FIT4MOM?
On our website [Fit4Mom.com] we have a [sign-up] form and your first class is always free. We do crafts, field trips, and mom’s night outs that are free for anyone. You do not have to have a Fit4Mom membership to come and socialize and hang out. We want to make sure that all moms have an invitation to come spend time with us and be a part of our village.
A lot of people are gearing toward workouts that have a community aspect. — L AUREN WOLFE
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Bath & Beauty DRUNK ELEPHANT F-BALM™ ELECTROLYTE WATERFACIAL MASK Keep cool this summer with this ultra-hydrating mask from the Houstonbased brand that plumps and soaks your skin with electrolytes overnight. SEPHORA $52 CITYCENTRE A.V. MANICURE A “facial for your hands,” this signature service adds a soothing mud mask and extended massage to the already luxurious treatment. ANTHONY VINCE NAIL SALON $30 CITYCENTRE HYRDRAFACIAL Gentle but powerful, a hydrafacial helps skin to shine bright all while fighting pesky fine lines. BEVERLY HILLS REJUVENATION CENTER $175 CITYCENTRE
Consider yourself in the know for achieving that sought-after summer glow, courtesy of these nine products and treatments that shower your skin with the hydration, protection, and rejuvenation it needs this season. by L A U R A F U R R M E R I C A S photo by A U D R A O D E N
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SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. PROTECT + REPAIR MOISTURIZER For a guaranteed glow-up, apply this Houston brand’s high-potency moisturizer one to two times a day, and let vitamins C and E do their work. FREE PEOPLE $65 CITYCENTRE
SUPERGOOP! UNSEEN SUNSCREEN SPF 40 This sunscreen has superpowers. Hydrating, soothing, and protective from the sun and even our screens—what can this weightless, makeupgripping solution not do? SEPHORA $34 CITYCENTRE
BAN.DO HAPPY PLACE GETAWAY EYE MASK The all-natural, time-tested secret to healthy-looking skin? Sleep, of course! Stash this in your carry-on to catch a quick snooze while traveling to your happy places this season. LILY RAIN $18 CITYCENTRE
LAPCOS VARIETY MASK + EXFOLIATING PAD SET A mask for every day of the week, this set of seven simple South Korean sheet masks and exfoliating pads help brighten, tighten, and everything in between. ANTHROPOLOGIE $22 CITYCENTRE
COOLA CLASSIC BODY ORGANIC SUNSCREEN SPRAY SPF 50 A spray for the most active days, this sunscreen is water- and sweat-resistant and also boasts organic antioxidants and a tropical cocktail smell. GALLERIA DAY SPA $25 CENTURY SQUARE
SLOW NORTH FACIAL ROLLER Take part in the beauty trend that’s on quite the roll with yet another Texasbased product. Said to help rid the face and body of inflammation and toxins— as well as tighten skin in the long run—this small stone device will soon be part of your daily ritual. GRASS STAINS $34 CENTURY SQUARE
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Expert Eye GREEN ROOM Bring the outside in with verdant blooms and sumptuous succulents rooted in your style.
by L AURA FURR MERICAS photo by MELISSA FITZGERALD WEST
1 HANGING ORCHID A cool hanging plant can shape up any space, but this live orchid and polished, diamond-shape pendant will add an especially unexpected element. H-E-B $48.99 BUFFALO HEIGHTS 2 WOOD TRAY AND GLASS BOTTLES Five glass vessels take simple stems to new levels in this lovely piece from one of our favorite hometown purveyors. LAM Bespoke $35 MEMORIAL GREEN
3 MIDCENTURY LANTERN Lean a little mod with this sleek mango wood lantern and glass hurricane, which come in four sizes for mixing and matching. west elm $29–$129 CITYCENTRE 4 GRECIAN BUST POT For a classic look, bust out this handpainted piece that lends an elegant vibe to your indoor or outdoor garden. Anthropologie $20 CITYCENTRE 5 HAYDEN ACCENT TABLE This compact table goes with everything while adding a bit of glitz. Z Gallerie $99.95 CITYCENTRE
6 MAX AND MILES SUCCULENT It’s not totally uncommon to spot fresh blooms at your local grocery, but it is surprising when they’re packaged in stylish pots and vases you’d happily sport in your home. H-E-B $15.96 BUFFALO HEIGHTS
7 CACTUS VASE A décor item that gets to the point: this fun vase closely mimics a reallife cactus. It's even prickly! Lily Rain $37.95 CITYCENTRE
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8 LAUREL HILO TUFTED RUG Neutral never looked so good as in this boho rug with its own funky, floral pattern—the perfect backdrop for fresh, vibrant furnishings. Urban Outfitters $172.12 CITYCENTRE
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In Century Square 155 Century Court Ste 110
College Station, TX 77840
PE T PROJEC T S Two can’t-miss events that give back to the area’s furry friends in need
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HIS SPRING AND SUMMER, CITYCENTRE and Century Square go to the dogs—in the very best ways. In partnership with Houston-based no-kill shelter Friends For Life and the Aggieland Humane Society, the canine-centric events will spread the word about the amazing creatures that are dogs and will help place homeless pets in their forever homes. College Station residents can get their daily dog walk in at Paws on the Patio at Century Square on Friday, April 10. Aggieland Humane Society launched the event last year to get the news out about their advocacy work and support their cause with DJ-spun music, lawn games, pet photography, and dog-themed cocktails. Expect to see canine family members out and about: Great Danes to pint-size pups like dachshunds join in on all the adventure—many in costume. In addition to all the furry fun, attendees have the chance to adopt
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from the Aggieland Humane Society, which usually brings around five to eight dogs in need to the event. On May 16, CITYCENTRE will host a dog walk and pet festival to help raise funds for Friends For Life. The day-long festival, called Pull for Puppies, will feature a communal dog walk, a rockpaper-scissors competition, and the popular tug-of-war tournament. David Sung, event director for Pull
for Puppies, says he originally came up with idea of a tug-of-war contest to raise money for charitable organizations in 2015. He pitched the idea to various animal shelters and rescues across the state. It was an immediate hit with crowds and has since helped raise funds for several nonprofits, including Friends For Life. “It brings out the kid in everyone,” Sung says. Jennifer Hopkins, communications director at Friends For Life, says the funds raised during the festival go toward their necessary operating expenses, such as dog food, rabies vaccinations, emergency surgeries, spay and neuter services, and more. Dog-loving attendees can also shop for Fido at over two dozen vendors, and others looking to add to their pack can begin the process of adopting from Friends For Life, which will bring adoptable dogs of all ages and to fit most lifestyles to meet with potential pet parents. “This is a new relationship you’re introducing to your life, and it has to be a right fit on both ends,” Hopkins says. “We always want to make sure an animal goes to the right home—one that will take great care of them.”
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Paws on the Patio at Century Square
PLEASE VISIT OUR PROPERTY WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EVENT DATES AND SCHEDULES AS OUR COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS.
ONGOING LUNCH BUNCH + FREE STROLLER STRIDES® AT CENTURY SQUARE
CENTURY SQUARE Have stroller, will travel. Come out to The Green on the last Tuesday of every month for a free Stroller Strides class with FIT4MOM Bryan College Station, from 9 to 10 a.m. Then stick around and enjoy a tasty lunch with the mom squad at one of the Century Square restaurants. Husbands and family members always welcome, too.
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 April, and starting back up in September. Enjoy outdoor dining from a host of global restaurants, including Salata, Mia Bella Trattoria, and Guadalajara del Centro.
LULULEMON RUN CLUB
CENTURY SQUARE Shop, run, hydrate, and join in on the lululemon running community. Come early and shop all things lulu at 6 p.m. before hitting the pavement with the group at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday evening, weather permitting. The run starts and ends at lululemon before the group migrates over to Hopdoddy for drinks.
CENTURY SQUARE CINEMA: SUMMER SERIES
CENTURY SQUARE Grab a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie under the twinkling lights over The Green at Century Square. Century Square Cinema: Summer Movie Series occurs on the third Wednesday of the month, June through August. Come early to grab your seat, the movie begins at dusk.
sive 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.
SUNSET YOGA AT THE HARBOR
KINGS HARBOR Downward dog, rising tree, happy baby–whatever yoga pose suits you most, you’ll find a vinyasa groove at this relaxing-but-challenging, one-hour yoga session. Sponsored by Life Time Fitness, join other eager yogis on the lawn at this complimentary sweat session from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Friday of the month, March through October.
FRIDAY DJ ON THE LAWN
GREENSTREET Give your Bluetooth radio a break, gather your closest pals, and head downtown to the GreenStreet lawn for some infectious jams from local DJs. Whether it’s the freshest summer hit or the latest Lizzo release, your hips won’t stop moving as you start your weekend off right every Friday night from May through August from 5 to 8 p.m.
CENTURY SQUARE Aggie football fans: we’ve found the perfect way to kick off your weekend, and it’s all free. Text your pals and go down to The Green to listen to live music every Friday before a home game, starting September 4th. Grab a bite and stick around until heading to the Midnight Yell.
MOVIES UNDER THE MOON
KINGS HARBOR 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 32-foot screen with salty, buttery popcorn to boot.
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YOGA ON THE GREEN WITH LULULEMON
CENTURY SQUARE Join us on The Green every Saturday for a flow hosted by lululemon College Station. This event features a free, one-hour community yoga practice, plus a chance to hang out and shop. Bring your water, your mat, and a friend. This event is open to the public. Scheduling is tentative to weather conditions.
GROOVES ON THE GREEN
CENTURY SQUARE Live-music fans, we’ve found your next must-attend affair. Whether it’s smooth jazz or Texas country, everyone will find music to their ears at Grooves on the Green, most Friday and Saturday evenings. Top off the lyrical evening with popular lawn games and tasty eats at Blaze Pizza, Piada, Poppy, PORTERS, and more.
COFFEE AND CARS
CENTURY SQUARE Texas A&M Sports Car Club and Century Square present Coffee & Cars every third Sunday of the month as a part of the Sundays at The Square series. Grab a fellow auto enthusiast—or anyone who enjoys free coffee—and zoom on over to Century Square to browse the diverse collections of cars ranging from classics to exotics.
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE
CIT YCENTRE & CENTURY SQUARE Start the week on a spiritual high at CIT YCENTRE and Century Square 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.
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.
Yoga on the Green
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.
TRIVIA ON THE GREEN
CENTURY SQUARE Put your knowledge to the test answering questions about sports, history, and music, as well as specific categories like cartoons, architecture, fashion, and more, every Thursday at 7 to p.m. from April through October. The more you know, the more you win! Grab a bite to eat and something to drink from Blaze Pizza, Sweet Paris, or Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and head out to The Green to test your wit.
PARACHUTE PLAY TIME
CIT YCENTRE 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 mas-
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DOGGY PARTY ON THE PLAZA
4/9 • CIT YCENTRE Pups and people alike flock to the annual Doggy Party on the Plaza, sponsored by Houston PetTalk magazine. The bark-filled event is designed to promote animal rescue efforts with music, artists, contests, and, of course, a pup parade!
PAWS ON THE PATIO
4/10 • CENTURY SQUARE Dogs of all shapes and sizes—and in all types of outfits to boot—will descend on Century Square for the second annual Paws on the Patio festival. Enjoy lawn games, pet photography, and dog walks, of course, in support of the Aggieland Humane Society.
4/11 • CIT YCENTRE Lace up and take part in the 11th annual Green6.2, which attracts participants of all skill levels for 10K, 5K, and Kids’ 1K runs and walks through CIT YCENTRE 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
4/24–5/3 • CIT YCENTRE Want to give back while also getting serious discounts? Take part in the annual Shop with Heart Card event from April 24 through May 3. 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 CIT YCENTRE.
MAY PULL FOR PUPPIES
5/16 • CIT YCENTRE Canines pull at your heart strings, and now it’s our turn to give that love right back to them. Join fellow hound lovers at Pull for Puppies from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an afternoon of fun that features dog-themed fundraising games to benefit Friends For Life – Pet Adoption and Rescue.
MEMORIAL DAY FEST
5/25 • CENTURY SQUARE Celebrate Memorial Day at Century Square with fun for the whole community! Take the kids or grab a friend to meet a group of exotic animals from 3 to 6 p.m. at the petting zoo right in front of The Green! Stop and get your face painted or watch your little one be delighted by a hand-crafted balloon animals.
JUNE–JULY ART OF SOCCER
6/11–28 • CIT YCENTRE 7/2–19 • GREENSTREET TBA • EAST RIVER Midway is teaming up with local artists to support Houston’s bid for the world’s most-watched sporting event. Take in the sports-centric public art, displayed on massive painted soccer balls at GreenStreet, CITYCENTRE, and East River. Or watch as the vibrant orbs travel around the city throughout the weeks-long event that celebrates our international city’s spirit for soccer!
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HOUSTON SPORTS WALK OF FAME CEREMONY
6/29 • GREENSTREET Cheer on Houston sports legends as they receive their dazzling hall of fame rings and as their plaques are made permanent at the Houston Sports Walk of Fame. This year’s third class of inductees includes Rudy Tomjanovich, Mary Lou Retton, and Carl Lewis.
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JULY 4TH CONCERT
7/4 • CENTURY SQUARE Independence Day welcomes an evening of live and local music at Century Square that you don’t want to miss. Grab a bite from the surrounding restaurants and take in the concert from 5 to 8 p.m. on The Green before heading over to George Bush to watch the fireworks show. Garage parking is free all day.
INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
7/4 • CIT YCENTRE Celebrate America at CIT YCENTRE’s annual live concert starting at 7 p.m. and family-favorite fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. This is one patriotic event you don’t want to miss.
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.
GOALS AT GREENSTREET
7/11 • GREENSTREET Kick your Saturday plans up a notch and support Houston’s bid for the World’s biggest game. The block party—held in conjunction with the Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash, and Houston Sports Authority—will feature soccer-themed activities for young and old, die-hard fans and novices alike from 1 to 3 p.m.
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HOUSTON RESTAURANT WEEKS
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8/1-9/2 • CIT YCENTRE, 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 the gourmet extravaganza will benefit the Houston Food Bank.
LAKE HOUSTON AREA CHAMBER 10K, 5K, 1K RACE
9/22 • KINGS HARBOR Whether you’re a hardcore marathoner or a novice who’s just dipping your toe in the water, all experience levels are welcome at the Lake Houston Chamber Race. Whether you choose a 10K, 5K, or 1K challenge, walk, jog, or sprint, the race that fits your goals can be found at this community run.
12505 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77024 (At Memorial Green, above Clean Juice)
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Eating Around BUFFALO HEIGHTS DISTRICT For a complete directory, visit buffaloheightsdistrict.com.
3663 Washington Ave • heb.com Texas’s favorite grocer has found its home in Washington Heights. From pre-made meals to Houston-made beers to everyday essentials, this walkable prototype location offers something for everyone with unmatched convenience to boot.
THE ROASTERY COFFEE KITCHEN
3663 Washington Ave • theroastery.com Brewed up by four renowned chefs, this modern coffee concept within H-E-B is the perfect spot for fueling up before tackling your to-do list. Or, savor your sips, and enjoy chefs Jason Giagrande, Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley, and Joey Campanaro’s seasonal menu of salads, sandwiches, and light bites in the bright and airy space.
CENTURY SQUARE For a complete directory, visit century-square.com.
1791 WHISKEY BAR BY YELLOW ROSE DISTILLING
180 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5638 • thegeorgetexas.com Paying homage to the year of the Whiskey Rebellion, 1791 Whiskey Bar by Yellow Rose Distilling is The George hotel’s flagship whiskey bar, offering the finest selection of whiskey and bourbon in the Bryan-College Station area.
144 Century Ct, Ste 102, College Station 713-704-5143 • heysugarscandy.com Satisfy your sweet tooth and revisit your childhood at a new take on the retro candy store. Hey Sugar in Century Square serves up old-fashioned soda, ice cream, and just about every candy imaginable.
HOPDODDY BURGER BAR
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103, College Station 979-272-2337 • hopdoddy.com Quality and freshness are the claim to fame at Hopdoddy, an Austin-based gourmet burger joint where just about everything, from the bread to the house-churned ice cream, salad dressings, sauces, and hand-cut fries, is made in-house. You may have to wait in line for the house-ground burger patties, but it’ll be worth it.
MESS WAFFLES, ETC.
170 Century Square Dr, College Station 832-919-6377 • facebook.com/messwaffles Creative waffles take center stage at Mess Waffles, Etc., the first brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck, with menu highlights like chicken and waffles, gourmet mac and cheese, and various dessert waffles, including “The Best Brownie in Town.” Mess also provides gluten-free and vegan options, along with coffee and a wide variety of drinks.
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: stone-grilled flatbreads that are hand-rolled to order and filled with ingredients like roasted sweet corn and tomatoes, fresh avocado, arugula, mozzarella, pancetta, and more. The fast-casual spot also offers a selection of gluten-free salads and pastas, which can be custom-made to your specifications.
1025 University Dr, Ste 107, College Station 979-704-5119 • cleanjuicebar.com Quality smoothies, açai bowls, and cold-pressed juices are the name of the game at Clean Juice, the only USDAcertified organic juice bar in North America that is taking the country by storm. Stop in for a healthy drink, and stick around for the warm, welcoming environment.
155 Century Ct, Ste 109, College Station 979-705-2071 • harvestbcs.com Known for pairing high-quality coffee with scratchmade cuisine, the Harvest Coffee team, led by husbandand-wife duo Trey and Ashley Martin, blend top-notch coffee with good food and modern design—making it a perfect spot for A&M studiers or a meeting place for friends and family.
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143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103, College Station 979-704-6200 • sweetparis.com After much success in Rice Village and CITYCENTRE, Sweet Paris brought its popular French-inspired treats to Bryan-College Station. Choose from a selection of sweet and savory crêpes, waffles, and paninis. In need of a warming pick-me-up? Try their spiced chai latte or Mayan hot chocolate.
TIFF’S TREATS COOKIE DELIVERY
1099 University Dr, Ste 113, College Station 936-257-6005 • cookiedelivery.com For all your warm cookie cravings, call Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. Addictive and delicious classic varieties include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin, all of which Tiff’s will bake and deliver warm to your door—alongside brownies, ice cream, Tiffwich ice cream sandwiches, and Tiffblitz shakes.
1099 University Dr, Ste 115, College Station 979-314-1175 • zoeskitchen.com Simple, tasty, and fresh is the motto at Zoës Kitchen, which specializes in healthful Mediterranean cuisine. Ingredients such as chickpeas, quinoa, farro, and cauliflower reign supreme on this menu, which features spreads, power bowls, salads, and kebabs. Family meals and takeout are encouraged.
MO’S IRISH PUB
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 101, College Station 979-704-5028 • blazepizza.com Gourmet, build-your-own thin-crust pizzas are the star of the show at Blaze, where you can order from a list of signature pies or build your own. Just choose your crust (including gluten-free and high-rise), sauce, and toppings, then add a healthy salad, dessert, or fountain drink, and you’re good to go.
200 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5586 • cavalrycourt.com Community tables, an outdoor courtyard, and firepits make The Canteen the place to kick back with friends. Gourmet gastropub fare includes Canteen fries or 15hour braised pork belly sliders. Hand-shaken cocktails and plenty of craft beers help keep the party going.
SWEET PARIS CRÊPERIE & CAFÉ
pokeworks.com Seafood lovers, rejoice! Hawaiian-inspired bowls, burritos, and salads have made their way to the Mainland, and now to College Station. Look for sustainable and seasonal ingredients that are full of bold, authentic flavors here with options for vegetarians, health nuts, and spice aficionados alike.
180 Century Ct, Ste 100, College Station 979-977-0700 • porterscollegestation.com Experience fine American cuisine at the hands of executive chef Bill Greenwood at this 6,000-square-foot contemporary eatery. Featuring a Southern menu that incorporates ample smoke, PORTERS serves hand-cut steaks and chops from a walk-up butcher, as well as an extensive menu of craft beer, classic cocktails, and a sommelier-curated wine list.
1099 University Dr, Ste 105, College Station 979-330-4078 • 1992sharetea.com Serving up specialty milk tea drinks, a diverse range of refreshing fruit teas and ice-blended slushies, Sharetea is your go-to spot for refreshment. Sharetea’s drinks are made from carefully selected ingredients and shipped directly from Taiwan, bringing unmatched authenticity from the origin of pearl milk teas.
CITYCENTRE For a complete directory, visit citycentrehouston.com.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-464-5557 • bellagreen.com For healthy and wholesome fare, head to bellagreen, Houston’s first Certified Green Restaurant. All produce is local and organic, and meats are free of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian items are clearly noted, making your dining choices—salads, tacos, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and desserts—super easy and guilt-free.
BOWL & BARREL
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 118 832-690-4480 • bowlandbarrel.com Rollicking times and great nosh collide at Bowl & Barrel, a boutique bowling alley and gastropub. Fun bites to share include the gigantic pretzel, meatballs, and a meat-and-cheese board. A thick-cut burger, 18-inch pies, and the “Dog Pile” of six mini butcher shop dogs are also recommended. Beer by the barrel, wine by the bottle, and craft cocktails complete the experience.
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE
12808 Queensbury Ln, Ste 100 713-973-9610 • brioitalian.com Everything is big and bold at upscale Italian restaurant Brio Tuscan Grille. Order the beef carpaccio to start, and finish with a delicious pasta dish. The patio is lovely, and the happy hour menu, which offers drinks and appetizers, is fantastic.
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.
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 chile 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.
800 Sorella Ct 888-248-1256 • themoranhotel.com Stop for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at The Moran CITYCENTRE's warm and welcoming second-floor bar with a large fireplace, dreamy starlit ceiling, and spectacular views of the hotel’s infinity pool. Plenty of hidden alcoves, a dance floor, and live music most nights of the week add to the revamp space's alluring ambiance.
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.
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.
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.
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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 its 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.
JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAM
801 Town & Country Blvd TK • jenis.com The pioneers in artisan ice cream have staked their flag in CITYCENTRE for a second Houston location. The Ohio-based creamery is known for its creative flavor combinations, whole ingredients, and even dairy-free options. Be on the lookout: the scoop shop will start dishing out ice cream this summer.
797 Sorella Court, Ste 108 713-393-7866 • shopjuicewell.com Get a leg up on your daily fruit and veggie serving at CITYCENTRE’s newest healthy eating option. Whether you come in for a quick meal or to plan for a healthy cleanse, you’re certain to find something that works for you in this contemporary space that offers everything from cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wellness cocktails, plant-based snacks, homemade coconut milks, to customizable bowls.
LIFECAFÉ AT LIFE TIME ATHLETIC
815 Town & Country Ln 713-464-1200 • lifetimefitness.com Need something before or after your workout? LifeCafé offers smoothies, salads, wraps, and grab-and-go options to support an active lifestyle.
800 Sorella Ct 713-827-3545 • radio-milano.com Milano Bar exudes a sexy 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.
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.
SAL Y PIMIENTA
818 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 105 832-849-0097 • salypimientakitchen.com Uruguayan ex-pat Gianfranco Percovich has created a South American steak house that would do his homeland proud, offering up more than a dozen cuts of organic beef and pork, and an extensive wine list to accompany them. Not a carnivore? There’s also plenty of seafood, pasta, and salads on the menu.
842 W Sam Houston Pkwy, Ste 116 713-464-5252 • seasons52.com Seasons 52 makes it easy to indulge and not feel guilty. Everything on the menu is under 900 calories, which includes salads and entrées such as grilled salmon and strip steak. Drinks are potent: get a martini made with infused vodka, or enjoy one of the 52-plus wines by the glass, selected by Master Sommelier Georges Miliotes.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-647-9338 • ilovesweet.com If the large case of colorful French macarons isn’t enough to entice you, SWEET’s dessert shop also offers cake truffles, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pastries, and a myriad of other sweet, irresistible treats that are just begging to be eaten. Gluten-free options are also available.
SWEET PARIS CRÊPERIE & CAFÉ
797 Sorella Ct 832-770-9086 • sweetparis.com The second installment of the French-inspired crêperie, Sweet Paris dishes out sweet and savory selections that are unforgettable. Try the Bonne Maman berry jam crêpe with sweet cream, or the ham and gruyère option, both wonderful with a cappuccino. Sweet Paris also offers breakfast crêpes—like the Alaskan, filled with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
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.
TEXAS DE BRAZIL
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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.
TIFF’S TREATS COOKIE DELIVERY
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 106 346-278-5800 • cookiedelivery.com Satisfy your sweet tooth with what are maybe the most addictive cookies ever. Pick up in store or send a sweet treat of fresh, warm cookies to someone special. Varieties include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin—alongside brownies, ice cream, Tiffwich ice cream sandwiches, and Tiffblitz shakes. DISTRICT SPRING/SUMMER 2020 45
Fresh Feasts Go-to’s are great, but there’s nothing quite like the excitement of noshing on something new. Midway’s properties are home to a growing assortment of recently unveiled or renovated eateries, and with everything from poke bowls to juicy burgers and fresh-brewed coffee, we guarantee you’ll want to revamp your restaurant routine after sampling from these scrumptious spaces. by L A Y N E V A N V R A N K E N
SHARKY’S WATERFRONT GRILL
Buffalo Heights Equal parts coffee house and casual eatery, patrons can switch up their caffeine routine and discover new and delicious bites over at The Roastery. The sprawling space is perfect for morning meetings paired with selections, like smoked salmon simits with dill cream cheese, while afternoon coffee dates are suited for stacked sandwiches, like the espresso-rubbed roast beef or the pesto-laden caprese. Wash it all down with a cold brew or café Cubano.
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Kings Harbor Seafood by the waterside? No more convincing needed! The whole family is welcome at the highly anticipated and revamped Sharky’s Waterfront Grill. Seafood selections like the coconut-crusted shrimp and fish and chips are favorites, but for those who prefer to stick to the mainland, Sharky’s also offers gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
CITYCENTRE Husband and wife team Jett and Jira Hurapan, owners of Songkran Thai Kitchen, will debut their new Thai restaurant Yi Peng this spring. Named in honor of the annual sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Yi Peng boasts an array of both traditional and exotic Thai fare, including mouthwatering selections like Chiang Mai grilled spicy sausage and northern-style braised curry beef short ribs. What’s more, the couple also plans to offer cooking classes and intimate chef’s table experiences.
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Century Square It’s no secret that the national poke obsession is in full swing, but few outposts come close to the quality and quantity coming out of Pokeworks. The fast-growing national chain offers a menu of both signature and adventurous poke bowls, such as the wasabi shrimp and scallops or the shiso salmon. Diners rely on menu suggestions or build their own bowls from a list of proteins, toppings, and flavors.
800 Sorella Ct, Ste 116 713-461-9273 • yardhouse.com Yard House is the quintessential American pub, with an extensive beer selection, along with wine and cocktails when you want to change things up. The menu features classic American bar food—wings, pizzas, tacos, sliders, and more. There’s an awesome happy hour with halfprice pizzas, Monday through Friday, along with reverse happy hour, Thursday through Sunday.
YI PENG THAI DINING
798 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 125 TK • yipendthaidining.com Savor traditional Thai flavors at one of CITYCENTRE's newest outposts. With award-winning husband and wife culinary team Jett and Jira Hurapan at the helm, Yi Peng will showcase signature items like Northernstyle braised curry short ribs to Chang Mai grilled, spicy sausage. Dine indoors or on the lantern-filled patio. Or better yet, test your skills at a Thai cooking class.
GREENSTREET For a complete directory, visit greenstreetdowntown.com.
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 bar. Mornings bring grab-and-go coffee and sandwiches, with happy hour (from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 3 to 6 p.m. on weekends) featuring specialty cocktails, well drinks, and small light bites in the $5–$7 range.
GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 141 713-650-0101 • guadalajarahacienda.com For a festive, upscale Mexican-food experience, Guadalajara is your stop for margaritas, fajitas, enchiladas, specialty fish dishes, and more. The house guacamole is a must-try, and happy hour specials make this a downtown after-work hot spot from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
HOUSE OF BLUES RESTAURANT & BAR 1204 Caroline St 888-402-5837 • houseofblues.com Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez offers a bold, tasty menu of American classics, including a build-your-own certified Angus beef burger, a large selection of handstretched flatbreads, pulled pork sliders, chicken wings, applewood bacon-wrapped meatloaf, lobster mac and cheese, and much more. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. daily, and a children’s menu is available.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 125 713-255-2363 Spot the blue dog logo? That means sumptuous sips are in store. Try a specialty coffee or tea, but save room for fresh pastries and good, quick eats at this charming coffee shop downtown.
1070 Dallas St 713-242-8555 • hotelalessandra-houston.com A beautiful bistro in the heart of downtown Houston, Lucienne at Hotel Alessandra offers a rich menu of French and European classics for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Chef Jose Hernandez’s
inspired menu will tantalize your taste buds with items ranging from crème brûlée French toast in the morning to scallops with saffron lobster sauce at night.
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 321 713-343-3300 • bowlluckystrike.com Work up an appetite bowling, then ease your hunger pangs with a menu designed for sharing. Dishes like grilled jerk skewers, coconut shrimp, fresh guacamole, soft pretzel dippers, crispy tacos, mini burgers, and wings by the pound are fun and tasty.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 121 713-658-8100 • mccormickandschmicks.com You can’t go wrong at McCormick and Schmick’s, whether you order seafood or steak. For an appetizer, try the delicious mussels. Lunch specials are generously portioned and well-priced, and the happy hour, Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m., offers plenty of specials for less than $5.
MIA BELLA TRATTORIA
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 161 832-319-6675 • miabellarestaurants.com Get your romance on at this charming Italian trattoria, where dishes like the capellini de mare (seafood angel hair pasta), osso buco 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.
KINGS HARBOR For a complete directory, visit kings-harbor.com.
THE BERRY BAR
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 503 281-312-2861 • facebook.com/theberrybar Stop by The Berry Bar for refreshment or a healthy dessert—this is the place for fresh juices, fun tapioca drinks, smoothies, and self-serve frozen yogurt with build-yourown toppings.
CHIMICHURRI’S SOUTH AMERICAN GRILL
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 106 281-360-0015 • chimichurrisgrill.com Upscale, high-quality South American cuisine is what you’ll find at Chimichurri’s, where the signature dish is Argentinian churrasco steak, grilled to perfection and then basted with chimichurri sauce. Other must-try items include the Peruvian ceviche, empanadas, and Argentinian chorizo.
RAFFA’S WATERFRONT GRILL
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 103 281-360-1436 • raffas.net For a wonderful romantic evening, head to Raffa’s Waterfront Grill, where Executive Chef Sam Beier will wow you. Don’t-miss items include the crab cakes, the Madeira-braised pork osso buco, the crispy-skinned pan-seared branzino (often a special), and the braised lamb shank served over butternut squash risotto.
SHARKY’S WATERFRONT GRILL
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 104 713-904-5200 • sharkyswaterfrontgrill.com Enjoy a casual seafood meal at Sharky’s Waterfront Grill. The extensive menu offers shrimp, gumbo, fresh salads, and signature “Shark” burgers made with certified Angus beef, not to mention killer shrimp tacos.
ZAMMITTI’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 101 281-361-7499 • zammittis.com Zammitti’s offers traditional Italian fare with a waterfront view. The extensive menu features comforting Italian dishes, such as veal scallopini, chicken marsala, house-made lasagna, pasta alfredo, and specialty pizzas and calzones. The Zammitti family makes all of these dishes with care, using generations-old Italian recipes.
KIRBY GROVE For a complete directory, visit kirbygrove.com.
2925 Richmond Ave 713-960-8472 • kiranshouston.com Kiran’s dishes out a delectable menu of South Asian classics, including scratch-made sauces and chutneys, house-made breads, and to-live-for sea bass, lobster, and lamb dishes. An extensive vegetarian menu, a 300-label wine list, expertly crafted cocktails, and a lavish Saturday afternoon tea service round out the offerings.
2925 Richmond Ave, Ste 120 346-406-3985 • slowpokeshtx.com Start your morning at a leisurely pace while still getting the caffeine and goodies you crave at Slowpokes’ brand-new Kirby Grove location. Known for its laid-back atmosphere, potent coffees, crafted teas, and impressive food and wine menus, Slowpokes brings true café culture to the Bayou City, reminding us to slow down, relax, and connect with others, all while enjoying a fantastic cup o’ joe.
MEMORIAL GREEN For a complete directory, visit memorial-green.com.
12505 Memorial Dr, Ste 110 980-781-5456 • cleanjuice.com Clean Juice brings a blend of quality juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and cold-pressed juices to Houston at Memorial Green. Launched by two University of Houston alumni, the soon-to-open shop will offer a friendly and healthy environment perfect for light bites and nutritious meals.
12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 145 713-467-3474 • dishsociety.com For family-friendly, farm-to-table goodness that won’t break the bank, Dish Society offers meals at any time of day, whether it be breakfast, dinner, or brunch on weekends. Enjoy a 1,300-square-foot patio, full bar, and house favorites such as the brussels sprouts salad, citrus quinoa-stuffed avocado, Nutella French toast, and Gulf shrimp and Gouda grits.
JONATHAN’S THE RUB
12505 Memorial Dr, Ste 140 713-808-9291 • jtrmg.com Famous for its modest, just-plain-delicious American and Italian cuisine with ample portions, Jonathan’s the Rub can satisfy the heartiest hunger. The lobster sliders, 20 oz. bone-in rib eye, and eggplant parmigiana will all make you swoon.
VINE WINE ROOM
12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 190 713-463-8463 • vinewineroom.com In this charming and intimate setting—with couches and a homey, come-as-you-are vibe—patrons nosh on pizza and charcuterie plates while relaxing over a wonderfully curated wine list overseen by friendly wine stewards.
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Brian Smith and his Cavapoo, Graham, at the St. Andrie
AT HOME How the St. Andrie became home for one New-stonian
by J I L L I A N G O L T Z M A N / / photo by S H A N N O N O ' H A R A
HERE’S PLENTY OF EYE candy in Brian Smith’s office. From sweeping floorto-ceiling windows to an expansive open kitchen, the trend-focused outpost has all of the bells and whistles of a modern workplace. Luckily, he happens to live there, too. For strategist Smith, Buffalo Heights District’s brand-new residence along the Washington Avenue corridor, the St. Andrie, makes the perfect work-fromhome environment. The 28-year-old San Antonio native decided to trade The River Walk for Buffalo Bayou Park when he took the opportunity to work remotely in November 2018. With family in and around the city, Smith set his sights on Houston and felt at home at the St. Andrie. The upscale apartments tout luxurious urban living. Situated atop the area’s freshest H-E-B, the newly
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opened complex “was something that was different that hasn’t been offered in Houston yet,” Smith says. From a dog spa to a 24-hour fitness center and yoga room, the St. Andrie has no shortage of perks. “For all of the amenities you get, I think the rent is really reasonably priced,” remarks Smith, who enjoys spending time around the pet-friendly building with his dog Graham. He often lounges in the outdoor courtyard to curate playlists for the spin classes he teaches in his free time. “I take my dog out there so he can run around and just relax on a nice day,” he says. Plus, with Spotts Park and Buffalo Bayou a jaunt away—perfect for walks or playdates—Smith finds that the St. Andrie balances city life with nature. When Smith isn’t working from his “industrial meets midcentury modern”style apartment, he also finds himself using the spacious conference room
almost like his own miniature coworking space. “I’m talking to people on the phone or through Skype video conference. It’s nice to see people in person [around the St. Andrie],” he admits. Still, he doesn’t have to look far to make connections in his community. The Washington Corridor has become a destination for young professionals, and the everchanging landscape caters to its millennial residents. Gastronomical destinations and beloved bars glitter along Washington Avenue, adding a scintillating day-to-night scene. And the convenient H-E-B location and menu at The Roastery café are designed with younger patrons in mind—think trendy toasts and craft beers, just steps away from your front door. “It’s all geared toward younger demographics, which is pretty cool. It fits the lifestyle of the area,” he says. One of the undeniable benefits of living in a burgeoning area like Buffalo Heights is the proximity to what’s new and next in Houston. “There is always something new popping up,” Smith says. And at the St. Andrie, Smith is poised to be the first in line.
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