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REIMAGINING THE WAY YOU LIVE A tasteful mix of lifestyle amenities at your doorstep 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon • Ceron Hair Studio • Clean Juice DaVinci Body Sculpting • DEFINE Body & Mind • Dish Society Heritage Texas Properties • Isle PediSpa • Jonathan’s The Rub Lam Bespoke • The Lash Lounge • Vine Wine Room
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THE DETAILS YOU DESERVE BECAUSE NO TWO GUESTS ARE THE SAME As the centerpiece of CITYCENTRE, Hotel Sorella features unparalleled amenities, elegant design aesthetics, and the sophisticated touches you’ll only experience at Houston’s premier luxury hotel.
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DE PA R T ME N T S 08 Developing Story What’s new at Buffalo Heights, CITYCENTRE, Century Square, East River, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor, The Jones on Main, Kirby Grove, and Memorial Green.
13 On the Horizon Tourists, travelers, and “staycationers” alike can live luxuriously in the heart of downtown thanks to the brand-new Hotel Alessandra’s accommodations.
16 Making an Entrance These fashionable finds bring about the best accessory of all—a smile!
36 Bath and Beauty Block out unwanted UV rays and lock in moisture with these pre- and post-pool products.
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Rest, Relaxation, and Adventure
Travel across the country and around the world to find the perfect excuse to unplug and reconnect.
Deliciously Fresh Get a taste of some of the freshest, fittest meals in the Houston area’s dining scene!
A Breath of Fresh Flair Kick clutter to the curb and find respite in your own home with the help of our peaceful design inspiration.
Build a natural niche in the comfort of your own home with these lively outdoor living pieces.
39 District Docket From family-friendly festivities to live music festivals, check out the exciting events going on this spring and summer.
44 Eating Around The DISTRICT restaurant roundup. Plus: the ideal patios for dining with your pup.
48 District Dweller How two UH football fans and alumni became the unlikely owners of one of Memorial Green’s hottest and healthiest eateries.
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HIS PAST WINTER AND FALL were certainly ones for the books. We’ll never forget that time it snowed in Houston, when the Astros won their first World Series Championship, or the ways our region has rallied together. There’s a season for everything; we’re eager to welcome spring and summer, and the new, warm memories that are sure to come with them. The coming months are a time to refresh, unwind, and just take a breather—we’re sure you could use one after this record-setting year. In this issue of DISTRICT, we’ll show you how. Here we explore fresh tastes with deliciously healthy foods, visit three destinations that exude relaxation and self-reflection, soak up vitamin D by the stunning Hotel Alessandra pool in the heart of downtown, and find peace in the most calming living room you’ll ever see (don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly how to re-create it). Take it from us, there’s no better feeling than channeling your inner Zen while taking a moment to treat yourself. Sit back, relax, and let us be your self-care guides.
The luxury hotel experience has finally arrived to the Brazos Valley. With 162 rooms, The George is steeped in an atmosphere of authentic Texas charm. Kick up your boots and turn on a little George.
Where rustic meets refined.
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Collaborative working spaces have been on the rise across the country. These unique environments combine the convenience and connections one would find in a traditional office space with a creative atmosphere that encourages collaboration. Two such spaces are WeWork, inside the beautifully redesigned 708 Main Street building, and Spaces at Kirby Grove. Both offer efficient, stylish spaces in open environments that also make for a more affordable option for creatives and selfemployed individuals who want a real office space without committing to a long-term lease or excess space. Best yet, they offer the chance to meet and collaborate with others while still working on individual projects. Because sometimes you need more than a spare bedroom, or connections via email, to produce your best work.
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WHAT’S COOKING? Houston sports enthusiasts may not like star Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, but they may soon become fans of his wife. Food Network host and celebrity cookbook author Ayesha Curry is bringing her new restaurant concept, International Smoke, to CITYCENTRE in 2018. With award-winning San Francisco chef and restaurateur Michael Mina at the helm, International Smoke will feature “global approaches on fire, grilling, and smoke.” Given Mina’s incredible success in the dining industry and Curry’s rising star, International Smoke appears to be a ready-made winner. Even if you are no fan of Mrs. Curry’s husband, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying what will clearly be some championship-level cuisine coming to CITYCENTRE.
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LOCAL & LOVELY Last July, NextSeed, a community funding resource for small businesses, hosted an event called Next Up at GreenStreet to promote and test local female entrepreneurs looking for a break. GreenStreet was so impressed with a group of women business owners that they offered them an 18-month pop-up shop on the property, and the make(her) boutique was born. The pop-up combines the talents of Lyndsey Brantley of Camellia Alise*,
offering a line of unisex skincare products; Brenda Grands of Brenda Grands Designs, a purveyor of modern jewelry; and Ellyse Espinoza of Stateline Design, seller of unique Houston-themed apparel and accessories. make(her) merges the products of these three singular start-ups into a one-of-akind shopping experience featuring talented, local women and their womenowned and -made brands. * After April 27, Camellia Alise items will only be available online.
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DEMOS TO DREAMS Six feet of water surged through the Kings Harbor development in Kingwood during Hurricane Harvey last August. The recovery continues in earnest as tenants are committed to returning to the community. Several offices have reopened and some family-favorite events have returned, including the third annual Turn Kings Harbor Blue, honoring first responders in November, and the always-popular Holiday at the Harbor festival in December. Merchants like Pretty Little Things and Dapper Darlings have hosted pop-up shop events, as well. It has been a long road to recovery, with more work to be done, but many of the shops and restaurants are expected to be up and running in the coming months thanks to the incredible support from the Kingwood community. Stay tuned!
When you think of cities known for fashion-forward women’s apparel, you might be excused if College Station wasn’t on the top of your list. The same can be said for Allen, Midland, or Katy, and yet those are some of the spots where Runway Seven, a trendsetting women’s boutique, has chosen to hang its shingle. And maybe that’s the point. Women outside of the big
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city want to look good and not have to drive 100 miles to satisfy their “weekly shopping habit,” as Runway Seven puts it. Century Square, home to the ranch-chic hotel The George, seems the perfect locale for such a shopping experience. Ladies in and around Texas A&M University will now be able to find fresh looks seven days a week in their own backyard.
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ELEGANCE. OPULENCE. ALESSANDRA. A Valencia Group hotel– Stunning simplicity in downtown Houston’s GreenStreet for the well-traveled and business-savvy.
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OTEL ALESSANDRA, THE BOUTIQUE HOTEL INSIDE GREENSTREET, opened rather quietly on October 1, but has been making waves with its luxurious accommodations, hip atmosphere, and fine dining. The 223-room stunner offers beautiful, upscale accommodations for business and vacation travelers in the heart of downtown Houston, surrounded by some of the city’s finest offerings ever since. “We feel our location here at GreenStreet is outstanding,” says Ryan Gullion, the hotel’s general manager. “Our guests have the best entertainment and dining options in downtown as soon as they step out of the hotel.” But, they may not want to leave. “We have received many great comments regarding the design,” Gullion says. It’s no wonder. One step inside the lobby of the Alessandra is enough to realize this is one of the most beautiful hotels in the city—complete with gorgeous marble, elaborate artwork, and lavish gold details. The rooms are equally chic and stylish, with art deco accents and expansive bathrooms. But there is also a welcoming and comfortable vibe thanks to the attentive staff, perfect for weary travelers, newlyweds, and vacationers taking in the city. As if that weren’t enough, Alessandra features an indulgent day spa with relaxing and rejuvenating
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treatment options. There is also the hip Bardot lounge with its hand-crafted cocktails and quiet, cool atmosphere where visitors can take the edge off after a day of work or sightseeing. The jewel in the crown, however, might be Lucienne, the sophisticated, Mediterranean restaurant known for its internationally inspired tasting menus and airy design. Helmed by renowned Houston chef Jose Hernandez, Lucienne was named one of the city’s best new restaurants in 2017 by the Houston Chronicle. Of course, if you would like to take a look around, Alessandra’s location is second to none. In addition to GreenStreet’s myriad offerings, the property is also close to Discovery Green, Toyota Center, and steps from METRORail, a handy option for business travelers. What makes Hotel Alessandra so unique is that it provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown for business travelers and vacationers alike. From the fine dining to the luxurious accommodations to the hospitable service, Alessandra offers more than just a place to stay. “It gives our guests a feeling that they have left downtown and have amenities available to them on a smaller, more intimate scale,” Gullion says. Regardless of your reasons for visiting Houston, Hotel Alessandra offers an upscale environment with down-home service in the heart of the city.
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Hotel Alessandra offers the perfect location, but its luxurious accommodations may make visitors want to stay inside.
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Making an Entrance Feel-Good Fashion Catch eyes this spring and summer with pops of color, funky florals, and boho embellishments for an easy, breezy ensemble. by LAURA FURR MERICAS photo by AUDRA ODEN s t y l e d b y L E S L I E R I VA S - K E L LY assisted by MINETTE MOUTON h air an d m ak e up b y AU B R IE L AY NE
Pretty Little Things White Fringe Earrings $12 Fringe is in, and adds an unexpected element to any look. Free People Shimla Blouse $128 Light and airy, this billowy blouse with lacy floral accents will help you keep your cool during the hot months ahead. Anthropologie Soul Circle CrossBody Bag $258 A sweet rosy tote will complement any look this season, and these bright pom-poms and tassels bring a bright bounce of fun with you everywhere. Madewell Denim Utility Zip Skirt $88 Show off your glow with this super stylish â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s-esque, highwaisted skirt.
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Urban Outfitters Lightweight Raw Hem Tee $24 Achieve that worn-in look without the work with this ultra-comfy, matches-witheverything tee.
Allen Edmonds Chili Collection Tech Backpack $550 This sleek fine-leather backpack will keep you traveling in style this season for work or for play.
J. Crew Grey Chino Pant $68 Classic and comfortable, these stretch chinos are ideal for an active lifestyle.
J. Crew Timex Watch $128 Don’t miss a minute of fun with this masculine, vintageinspired watch. H&M Accessories $9.99–$19.99 Who said accessorizing was only for women? Add a few rugged pieces—like this belt, bracelet, and necklace—to tie your spring and summer styles together.
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Three destinations where self-care is at the top of the list
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When you’re looking to take the edge off a rough week (or month, or year!), these destinations offer the perfect opportunity to unplug and reconnect with yourself and the world around you. Leave your laptop behind to nail an arm balance in the jungle, find the perfectly composed glass of wine, and regain equilibrium. Make self-care a priority this season with these inspirational adventures around the world.
Discovering Pura Vida
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Find your Zen at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica The motto of Costa Rica livelihood and lifestyle is pura vida, or pure life. Everything about the small Central American country that stretches barely 200 miles from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean exudes harmony and a vibrancy for life. Known for its ecotourism and extensive biodiversity (5 percent of the world’s species live there!), Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country that has not had an army since 1949. Over the past few years, an uptick in wellness tourism has made Costa Rica a destination to heal the body, mind, and soul—and to discover the secrets behind the people’s longevity and country’s pura vida lifestyle. A variety of retreat centers provide a host of holistic relaxation experiences with ocean views, vegetarian meals, expansive pool decks, meditation, excursions to the jungle or nearby volcanoes, and, of course, plenty of yoga. Costa Rica’s emphasis on sustainability and union with nature attracts Zen seekers from all over the world. The yoga classes encourage guests to look inward and connect with their environment. Many classes are hosted in open-air panoramic spaces with no mirrors, thus minimizing one’s internal judgment. Harmony Hotel, located in the health-crazed beach town of Nosara, offers 3-day and 6-day Restoration Programs and are tailored to each visitor’s personal needs that can include massages, nutritional advice, spa services, meditation, and unlimited yoga. Well-known Anamaya Yoga Retreat runs weekly retreats at its resort in Montezuma, on the Pacific Ocean. Meaning “good health” in Sanskrit, Anamaya embodies the Costa Rican spirit with 270-degree ocean views, a waterfall, a range of yoga classes, and the perfect excuse to dive into a digital detox. For the beginner yogis or those who aren’t planning to do yoga every day, retreat options can also be paired with surfing at Malpais, Montezuma, and Santa Teresa beaches; cooking and dancing classes; massages; and jungle outings. Whether you’re outfitting yourself for an upcoming jungle escapade or looking to channel pura vida with downward dog in your living room, lululemon in CITYCENTRE sports an array of durable athleisure for all levels of fitness. The store also hosts free on-site classes that encourage you to breathe easy and relax. Likewise,
the brand-new DEFINE Body & Mind at Memorial Green offers whole-body strength, balance, and meditation classes aimed at relieving your deepest tensions, along with traditional (and not so traditional) yoga classes, all within a bright, airy, and stress-free environment. Float your way to page 40 to learn about additional complimentary yoga classes and community events to find your Zen close to home. lululemon 800 Town & Country Blvd 713-464-1257, lululemon.com DEFINE Body & Mind 12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 255 832-241-5255, definebody.com
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Red Radiance Vibrant colors, legendary acoustics, and dinosaur traces attract crowds and fuel the imaginations of adventure seekers who visit Red Rocks Park. The iconic red sandstone outcroppings are part of the Front Range of Colorado, which are rock formations that stretch from Fort Collins in the north to Colorado Springs in the south. Located just outside Denver near Morrison, Colorado, Red Rocks Park is known for its natural amphitheater and massive stone slabs, dubbed Ship Rock and Creation Rock, that are taller than Niagara Falls. For adventurous types, commune with nature and book a yurt on Glamping Hub for a unique Colorado camping experience. Rentals are available near the Kenosha Pass and Arapaho National Forest; both about an hour from Red Rocks Park. Whether you’re staying in a swanky Denver hotel or glamping in the Rocky Mountains, Red Rocks Park enables the whole spectrum of outdoor enthusiasts to commune with nature. The stone amphitheater, which gives new meaning to the term rock and roll, regularly holds concerts and has played host to the likes of musical legends The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. If you can’t catch a concert during your trip, swing by the amphitheater for yoga classes on Saturday mornings and movie screenings during the summer. Stop by the visitors’ center to learn about the geologic history of the park. The 300-foot walls of 20
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the outdoor venue outline 16 million years of history with fossil fragments from 40-foot sea serpents, marine reptiles, and dinosaur tracks from the Jurassic period. Fill your days with hiking or biking through the towering red rock terrain on the 1.4-mile Trading Post Trail or 6-mile Red Rocks Trail. If you can’t get enough of the phenomenal red rock skylines, head to nearby Roxborough State Park for additional hikes. For a more accessible Texas escape, take a weekend to explore the Brazos Valley and stay at The George in College Station. Filled with modern art installations emulating the railroad and agricultural roots of the town, this rustic yet sophisticated hotel balances English elegance with Texas charm. Pass the time by visiting nearby sites like Texas A&M University, the George Bush Presidential Library, and highly acclaimed Messina Hof Winery. Unwind at The George and sip on a custom cocktail at 1791, a whiskey bar named after the year the Whiskey Rebellion began, or enjoy light local fare and a fine wine at the modern and eclectic restaurant Poppy. You’ll be saying “howdy” in no time. The George 180 Century Ct 979-485-5638, thegeorgetexas.com
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CHIMICHURRI’S Kings Harbor
The full flavors of Catena Alta’s Argentinian Malbec blend beautifully with the zesty notes in Chimichurri’s lean cuts of beef. The restaurant prides itself in its expansive wine selection from the South American terroir, known for its ideal wine-making climate.
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The bright, aromatic Bodegas La Cana Albariño hails from a boutique winery in coastal Spain, so it’s no surprise that it complements the fresh jumbo sea scallops at The Capital Grille with ease. With its citrus notes, it makes for a crisp summer treat.
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Sip and shuck decadent tastes with Eddie V’s elevated pairings. The buttery finish of their Standish Shore oysters is only topped by the brioche characteristics of the world-renowned Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne.
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Though this College Station gem just opened its doors, its wine selection is replete with old-age varietals. The veteran owners, who launched the restaurant through a NextSeed campaign, recommend their Peter Franus cabernet sauvignon from Napa paired with the rich 22-ounce bone-in rib eye. The Tasting Room
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Sip with the Sommeliers Kick back with a glass of fine wine in Sonoma
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Sonoma California Vineyards
Famous for its wineries, redwoods, and breathtaking coastline, Sonoma County is the perfect destination to unwind. Just an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County has more than 60,000 acres of vineyards, 50-plus state and regional parks with redwood forests, and breathtaking views from the iconic Highway 1 coastline. Quaint country houses scattered throughout the Sonoma Valley provide vacationers a calming respite from their regular routines. Travelers have the option to enjoy Michelin Star dining at the luxurious suites in Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant, watch the sunset in a farmhouse rocking chair at the historic 1892 Beltane Ranch Bed & Breakfast, or cozy up to a personal fireplace overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Bay Hill Mansion B&B. With more than 425 wineries to visit, wine seekers have countless options to craft their perfect getaway based on how they like to rest and relax. Adventurers can book a six-day bike tour through Backroads, a travel company for active travelers, and ride through five valleys of vineyards, including Napa and Sonoma. For breathtaking views and beautiful sunrises, several companies in Santa Rosa conduct hot air balloon rides that provide incredible panoramas of the vineyards, fields, and mountains. For those seeking to focus on the wine, visitors can book sight-seeing tours in buses or limousines, or purchase self-guided passes like the Heart of Sonoma Valley Wine Pass, which provides complimentary tastings and
discounts at 10 wineries in Sonoma County towns. Many wineries host behind-the-scenes tours where wine aficionados learn how grapes are harvested and combined to create unique blends. The most common wines grown in the region include chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot noir. After immersing yourself in the beautiful countryside, you’ll be savoring each sip instead of stressing elsewhere. But if you’re asking yourself why California is only in your dreams, let your taste buds transport you to the vineyards of Sonoma at a local Houston wine bar. Join one of the weekly wine tastings at the Vine Wine Room every Saturday at 3 p.m., or let the sommeliers at The Tasting Room in CITYCENTRE craft a customized wine flight for your table. Additionally, a bottle of one of the American Classics paired with the signature Neapolitan pizza at MidiCi is guaranteed to be a culinary journey—just without the plane tickets. Now the only question is, “wine not?” Vine Wine Room 12420 Memorial Dr moving to 12525 Memorial Dr 713-463-8463, vinewineroom.com The Tasting Room 818 Town and Country Blvd 281-822-1500 tastingroomwines.com/city-centre MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company 2925 Richmond Ave 713-360-7943, mymidici.com DISTRICT!SPRING / SUMMER 2018!23
Deliciously Fresh BRIGHT, HEALTHY, AND BEAUTIFUL OPTIONS TO TANTALIZE YOUR TASTE BUDS
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Being health conscious isn’t just a dietary fad these days. More than ever, Houstonians are actively seeking ways to eat wholesome, nourishing meals. And contrary to popular belief, eating mindfully doesn’t have to be boring. From picturesque lettuce wraps that will get you hundreds of Instagram likes to an Indian feast with flavors that will dance on your palate, there has never been a better time in Houston to try something fresh and delicious.
Cucumber Watermelon Salad
DISH SOCIETY Memorial Green 12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 145 713-467-3474, dishsociety.com
Juicy chunks of watermelon. Crisp shreds of cucumber. Marry the two, and you have Dish Society’s delicious Cucumber and Watermelon Salad. A perfect dish for spring or summer, you’ll feel refreshed when you bite into the succulent chunks of summer fruit dressed with tangy vinaigrette. Herbs, like mint and basil, bring the salad to life, while avocado and a smattering of cotija cheese enliven the dish with bursts of creaminess. The final touches include sunflower seeds for a nutty earthiness and a sprinkle of chile-lime salt for a savory citrus kick.
La Bandita VeggieBurger
HOPDODDY Century Square 144 Century Ct, Ste 103 979-272-2337, hopdoddy.com CITYCENTRE 798 Sorella Ct hopdoddy.com
Known for its mouth-watering, scratch-made gourmet creations, Hopdoddy is synonymous with great burgers. The meatless and nutrientpacked La Bandita Burger is no exception. The tastiness begins with a hand-formed black bean and corn patty. Stacked on top is heart-healthy avocado, creamy Texas goat cheese, peppery arugula, tomato, and onion, sandwiched between an all-wheat bun that is slathered with flavorful chipotle aioli. The icing on top? Pair it with a side of sweet potato fries for a nutritiously beautiful meal packed with fiber and vitamins.
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BELLAGREEN Want to do good for your body and the environment? Head to the Bellagreen, a Certified Green restaurant where the fresh, health-conscious, family-friendly menu is color-coded to support gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian diets. The umbrella-covered patio makes the perfect pit stop any time of day. We recommend an order of their Instagramworthy Veggie Lettuce Wraps: Three baby iceberg lettuce leaves filled with a colorful assortment of veggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like yellow and red peppers, corn, and green onionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;finished off with queso fresco and a smattering of crispy quinoa strips, with sesame oil sauce for dipping. 26
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DISHES THAT ARE WORTH THE SPLURGE S’MORES NUTELLA CRÊPE
Sweet Paris CENTURY SQUARE 143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103 sweetparis.com --CITYCENTRE 798 Sorrella Ct 832-770-9086, sweetparis.com A Nutella crêpe is always good, but when you want to go all out, the S’mores Crêpe at Sweet Paris is the way to go. Creamy hazelnut chocolate Nutella, crisp and sweet graham crackers, and semi-sweet chocolate get topped with torched, pillowy marshmallows for the ultimate guilty pleasure.
FRIED JALAPEÑO CHEESE RAVIOLI
Zammitti’s KINGS HARBOR 1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy 281-361-7499, zammittis.com Fried mozzarella is always popular, but for a bite that has a spicy kick, go for the Fried Jalapeño Cheese Ravioli at Zammitti’s. With oozing, melted cheese, a crispy outer shell, and a zesty rose sauce for dipping, this Texan take on an Italian classic is definitely worth a few extra minutes on the treadmill.
MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company KIRBY GROVE 2925 Richmond Ave, Ste 150 713-360-7943, mymidici.com The heady smell of truffles is the kind that foodies all over the world pay top dollar for. So, when it comes to MidiCi’s delectable tartufo (truffle) pizza—made with truffle cream, fresh mozzarella, fresh mushrooms, Parmesan, basil, and extra virgin olive oil—don’t even think about resisting. It’s definitely worth it.
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Andalucia Tapas GREENSTREET 1204 San Jacinto St, Ste 161 832-319-6673, andaluciatapas.com Patatas bravas are a must order anywhere you go in Spain, so when you visit Andalucia Tapas, don’t worry about your waistline, and order this signature plate of fried potatoes and spicy tomato sauce. Swipe the potatoes in some garlicky aioli, sit back, and watch the live Flamenco show. As they say in Spain, Olé!
Tossed to Order Salads and Wraps
GreenStreet 1201 Fannin St, Ste 123 713-275-1088, salata.com CITYCENTRE 840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Ste 101 832-538-0170, salata.com Whether you go completely vegetarian with colorful fruits and veggies or prefer a protein-packed wrap, the possibilities are endless at Salata, thanks to its excellent selection of 50 toppings and 10 house-made dressings. Make a meal of it with iced tea in cool flavors like plum-infused cinnamon, and low-calorie cookies baked daily.
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THE BERRY BAR Kings Harbor 1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 503 facebook.com/theberrybar Build-your-own fro-yo may be the name of the game at The Berry Bar, but for something sweet and cold that also happens to be good for you, go green with their lusciously creamy Avocado Smoothie. Made with the shop’s signature frozen yogurt and fresh avocado, it’s loaded with plenty of probiotics to make your gut happy, along with heart-healthy fats to boost your good cholesterol.
KIRAN’S Employing an arsenal of spices, herbs, and cooking techniques, the food at Kiran Verma’s eponymous Kiran’s at Kirby Grove speaks to the soul. Her vegetarian feast is a culinary journey offering more than 20 gastronomic delights. Available during dinner, and offered for one or two persons, you get your choice of four vegetarian side dishes served with English cucumber raita for dipping, basmati saffron rice pulao, and paratha flatbread. Popular choices include the Bengan Bartha (tandoor-roasted eggplant), Palak Paneer (spinach with homemade paneer cheese) and Daal Makhni (slow-cooked black lentils). For more guidance, sit back, relax, and let the servers guide you through the entire experience.
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Kirby Grove 2925 Richmond Ave, 713-960-8472, kiranshouston.com
SIPS MELON RITA
Brio Tuscan Grille CITYCENTRE 12808 Queensbury Ln, Ste 100, 713-973-9610 brioitalian.com
The perfect refreshment for Houston’s hot, humid weather, Brio Tuscan Grille’s Melon Rita is delightfully sweet with a kick of tangy sours, topped off with a fresh slice of watermelon. And did you know that tequila is not only gluten-free, but also has been known to lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol, aid digestion, and boost weight loss? But, like every indulgence, moderation is key.
Raffa’s Waterfront Grill Kings Harbor 1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy Ste 103, Kingwood 281-360-1436 raffas.net
Pink and pretty, Raffa’s Paloma may be alcoholic, but it’s also good for you. Made of tequila with freshsqueezed grapefruit juice and fresh lime juice, you can sip away knowing that you’ll get your daily dose of Vitamin C with each glass.
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Poppy at The George Century Square 180 Century Ct, College Station thegeorgetexas.com Martini lovers will adore Poppy’s zesty, fresh take on the traditional martini in which grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange zest are combined with sugar and salt, shaken vermouth, and a choice of vodka or gin. The mixture is triplestrained and then spun through a centrifuge to produce a crystal clear, virtually calorie-free citrus martini that perfectly captures the essence of spring.
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BY LAURA FURR MERICAS PHOTOS BY JACK THOMPSON STYLED BY SHELLEY BARNDOLLAR OF SHOWHOMES HOUSTON
A chic city living space can still be a warm, inviting, and peaceful one. Oodles of natural light, fresh or faux florals, a calming color palette, and subtle hints of texture can help you escape the pace of an urban lifestyle and recharge in the comfort of your own home. Learn to let your living space be a respite, and find inspiration in the clean-living design at this beautiful urban oasis in Memorial Green. Bright, airy settings call for light, monochromatic palettes. Allwhite-everything is certainly the trend in home design these days, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the space should feel off limits. Plush pillows and textured throws can make minimalist furniture inviting while maintaining clean and sharp lines. Pull inspiration from a tranquil piece of art when adding just a few pops of color to keep the room feeling calm, cool, and collected.
Black Iron Table Lamp ($350) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Chloe Stool (Iron & Leather) ($1,000) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Color Wash Coffee Table ($399) west elm CITYCENTRE
Faux Fur and Velvet Pillow Covers ($29) west elm CITYCENTRE
Harmony Sectional ($2,898) west elm CITYCENTRE
Southern Sunset art ($600) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Taza Textured Pillow ($79.95) Z Gallerie CITYCENTRE
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Brushed Tip Throw ($89) west elm CITYCENTRE
Cohen White Hair on Hide Chair ($1,900) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Faux Fur and Velvet Pillow Covers ($29) west elm CITYCENTRE
Glass Knot ($34.95) Z Gallerie CITYCENTRE
Gold Wall Art ($325) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Kingsley Side Table ($550) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Present over Perfect book ($29.99) Altarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d State CITYCENTRE
Ruch Cottage Kindling Basket ($215) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
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Color Wash Coffee Table ($399) west elm CITYCENTRE
Grapewood Vine and Airplants ($34.95 and $12.95) 10 Z Gallerie CITYCENTRE
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ixing materials is the way to go in order to make modern settings feel warm and welcoming. Naturallooking textures, like this faux hide upholstery, add depth to design; while marbled, distressed, or brushed finishings give off a lived-in quality. Plants and greenery are guaranteed to breathe life into a room, and glowing candles are an easy way to greet guests (or yourself) with an immediate delight to the senses.
Palomino Pacific Vase ($49.95) Z Gallerie CITYCENTRE
Marled Basket Weave Throw ($79) 12 west elm CITYCENTRE Sanctuary Candle ($28) 13 Altarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d State CITYCENTRE Black Iron Table Lamp ($350) 14 LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN Filigree Tray in Bright Brass ($229) 15 Kendra Scott CITYCENTRE Faceted Mercury Candleholder ($12) 16 west elm CITYCENTRE Metallic Banded Vase ($29) 17 west elm CITYCENTRE Neoclassic Chest of Drawers ($2,100) 18 LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
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hether it’s just for you, for two, or for a group of your favorite friends and family, the kitchen will always be the heart of any home. Simple barstools and a minimalist dining set help keep everyone connected while others cook, eat, mingle, or lounge in this openconcept design without cutting off crisp lines or bright natural light. Airy glass cabinets and floating shelves provide more room for eye-catching décor while keeping clutter at bay and your mind at ease.
Bouchon Barstool ($125) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Abrazo Chair ($299) west elm CITYCENTRE
Copper Coffee and Tea Tins ($16) Lily Rain CITYCENTRE
Potted Agapanthus ($119.95) Z Gallerie CITYCENTRE
Cement Pears ($5) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Mango Wood Serving Bowl ($70) 10 Sur La Table CITYCENTRE
ESPRO French Press ($99.95) Sur La Table CITYCENTRE
Mineral Thyme Hand Soap, Spray, Lotion ($12-$14) Lily Rain CITYCENTRE
Lava Rock Terrarium ($99) 12 west elm CITYCENTRE
White Pedestal Bowl ($45) LAM Bespoke MEMORIAL GREEN
Jensen Round Glass Dining Table ($399) west elm CITYCENTRE
Large Tray in Blue Sodalite ($495) Kendra Scott CITYCENTRE
Moonglow Cocktail Shaker ($38) 13 Anthropologie CITYCENTRE Soiree Double Old-Fashioned Set ($29.95)
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Hedgehog Planter ($24) Lily Rain CITYCENTRE
Latte Bowl (Navy) ($6) Sur La Table CITYCENTRE
Yesteryear Mug (Striped) ($16) Anthropologie CITYCENTRE
Amethyst Geode Decanter ($49.95) Z Gallerie CITYCENTRE
Marta Serving Bowls ($28) Anthropologie CITYCENTRE
Old Havana Serving Bowl (Mint) ($78) 20 Anthropologie CITYCENTRE 21
Textured Candy Bowls ($14) west elm CITYCENTRE
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BAT H & B E AU T Y
Kate Somerville Somerville360 Face and Body SelfTanning Towelettes $48 Sephora CIT YCENTRE
The easiest way to protect against the sun is to stay out of it. Enjoy the pool from the shade while still achieving that gorgeous summer glow with these easyto-use, streak-proof tanning towels that also help hydrate your skin.
Griff’s Scalp Conditioner $19.25 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon MEMORIAL GREEN
Guys can get in on the post-pool routines, too! This cooling conditioner moisturizes not only your hair, but also your scalp and skin after a long day in the sun. It’s so refreshing, some have even compared it to an icecold beer.
Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler $31 Sephora CIT YCENTRE
Tousled, naturallooking hair is always in style, especially during the summer months. Go straight from pool to party with this texturizing hair cream that adds just the right amount of tame to your airdried style.
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Shiseido 50+ Anti-Aging Suncare Ultimate Skin Protection Lotion and Spray $76 Sephora CIT YCENTRE
Whether age lines are a long way off, or they’re an imminent issue, this high-SPF sunscreen is worth your dime and your time to maintain your skin’s beauty while achieving an even glow. Light and waterproof, the spray and lotion duo are the perfect pair to protect every inch of skin on display.
↙ | BAT H & B E AU T Y OPI Let Me Bayou a Drink Nail Lacquer $10 Isle Pedi Spa MEMORIAL GREEN
Whether you want to match your swimsuit of the day or have a color that lasts for weeks at a time, OPI’s nail lacquers and gels have you covered. You can’t go wrong with a natural look, but a pop of color is always welcome in the spring and summer, too. An added bonus: every polish has a fun and fresh name!
Camellia Alise “Fresh Start” Pre-Shave Scrub $15 make(her)* GREENS TREE T
Relieve your skin from unwanted nicks, cuts, and bumps that pop up from pool prep with this exfoliating scrub packed with natural ingredients and a relaxing lavender scent.
Nellie in Rattan Tote $328 Elaine Turner CIT YCENTRE
Perfect your poolside ensemble with an equal parts stylish and practical tote. With ample room for towels, books, sunnies, and all of your other goodies, this bag will give you an effortlessly glamorous look for an all-day affair.
Lash Extensions and Lash Tinting $25-$250 The Lash Lounge MEMORIAL GREEN
Go au naturel with a makeupfree face while soaking up the sun with customized lash extensions or tinting, ideal for a low-maintenance summer beauty routine that’ll make a splash. *After April 27, Camellia Alise items will only be available online.
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E X PE R T E Y E
BY LAURA FURR MERICAS PHOTO BY JACK THOMPSON ST YLED BY SHELLEY BARNDOLLAR OF SHOWHOMES HOUSTON
CONNECT WITH NATURE in the comfort of your own home by building a lively outdoor living space. Warm wooden finishes and a plethora of plants will draw you into the environment, while cool concrete and a shady space allow you to enjoy it even as temps are on the rise. Micro-unit or mansion, a natural niche is possible and guaranteed to boost you (and your furry friend’s) happiness!
1. Cigar Bar Chair ($550) LAM Bespoke, MEMORIAL GREEN 2. Fiddle Fig Leaf ($295) LAM Bespoke, MEMORIAL GREEN 3. Metal Planters ($79-$169) west elm, CITYCENTRE 4. Welch Dining Table ($1,600) LAM Bespoke, MEMORIAL GREEN 5. Wood and Rope Lantern ($79-$129) West Elm, CITYCENTRE
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District Docket EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY
When it comes to adopting a dog, are you aiming for a specific breed?
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T’S NO SECRET THAT HOUSTON STRUGGLES with an over-population of pets in need. If you’re looking to make an addition to the family, or simply want to help, adopting an animal can be one of the most rewarding experiences animal lovers can undertake. Whether breed-specific or location-driven, countless local groups that you can be a part of are saving and aiding lost, abandoned, and homeless dogs and placing them in healthy and happy forever homes. Want to make an awesome dog as happy as they’ll make you? Follow our quiz to see where you can find your perfect match!
Yes, I have always dreamed of owning a specific breed. No, I’m not too picky about breeds; I just want a great dog.
Does the age of your future dog matter to you? My ultimate goal would be to find a dog that is in good health.
Would you be opposed to adopting a dog with health issues?
Is your ideal pet a small-breed or a large-breed dog? Age is just a number!
My goal is to find a younger dog. I would love to see him or her grow!
No, I would love to help dogs who are most in need. Perfect health isn’t a requirement.
A small-breed dog would be best suited for me.
Are you looking for a rescue near Houston or farther outside the city?
I would prefer to stay closer to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Houston.
Your match is at Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption. No dog, young or old, is alike at this popular Heightsbased rescue.
I’m not near the heart of Houston, so I’m willing to drive to find the perfect pup.
Talk about a large animal rescue! Montgomery County Animal Shelter takes in countless dogs a day, so they need people like you to give a home to their precious pups.
I have always preferred larger breeds like Weimaraners, collies and Great Pyrenees.
Find your perfect pup through Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward. Many of their dogs are in great need, but you won’t believe the success stories this incredible organization has with its wonderful pups.
Look no further than CAMO Rescue. The majority of the dogs in their organization’s care are small breeds, including Yorkies, shih tzus, small poodles, and more.
While you’ll find dogs of all ages at K-9 Angels Rescue, puppies are readily available. Good news: Houston is full of breed-specific rescues like the Houston Collie Rescue. Name a breed, large or small, and you’re bound to find your match.
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Take in soulful live music every Friday before the Aggies play at Kyle Field during Century Square’s Maroon Tunes series.
Pull out your planner, because you’ll want to pencil in these can’t-miss events, including outdoor movies, live music jam sessions, body-rockin’ workouts, and gourmet beer tastings. Whatever plans fit your fancy, CITYCENTRE, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor, Kirby Grove, and Century Square have something right up your alley. by L A Y N E L Y N C H
local DJs. Whether it’s the new Taylor Swift album or the long-awaited Justin Timberlake release, your hips won’t stop moving as you start your weekend off right every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Morning Stretch. Enjoy outdoor yoga on The Green every other Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. and enjoy the beautiful weather this March through May.
TUESDAY TUNES GREENSTREET ―――
LIVE MUSIC IN THE PLAZA CITYCENTRE ―――
ROCK THE PLAZA CITYCENTRE ―――
LIVE MUSIC GREENSTREET ―――
Make the most of your Thursday evenings with a lineup of local, emerging musicians from all types of backgrounds. Every week from 5 to 8 p.m., the lawn hosts a new artist at the audible gathering, setting listeners up for a fantastic end to the work week.
LIVE AFTER 5 IN THE COURTYARD CITYCENTRE ――― Take in live music with friends, while savoring authentic Italian gelato and lounging in Adirondack chairs, in the courtyard between Fellini Gelato & Caffè and Urban Outfitters, every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
PINT NIGHT CENTURY SQUARE ―――
After a hard day’s work, you owe yourself a juicy burger, crispy fries, and a boozy beverage from Hopdoddy. Every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the burger joint boasts a pint special and lawn games on the green.
LIVE MUSIC DJ GREENSTREET ―――
Give your Bluetooth radio a break, gather your closest pals, and head downtown to the GreenStreet lawn for some infectious jams from
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Enjoy covers of boisterous jazz, classic country, Caribbean steel pan, and pop hits in the plaza every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., March through October, and 6 to 9 p.m. November through February.
PARACHUTE PLAY TIME CITYCENTRE ―――
Start your little ones’ day with a morning of excitement and imagination in the CITYCENTRE plaza, where they can play with a 20-foot rainbow parachute from Gymboree Play & Music. The tumbling, colorful fun is presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus held on the third Friday of the month, March through October from 10 a.m. to noon.
SUNSET YOGA AT THE HARBOR KINGS HARBOR ―――
Better practice those downward dogs and rising trees! Bring your mat, a soothing towel, and your water bottle, because things are about to get sweaty up at Kings Harbor with yoga every third Friday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.
MAROON TUNES CENTURY SQUARE ―――
Slip into your maroon tee and embrace your Aggie spirit—football season is about to go down! Join your fellow maroon fiends at the Home Game Concert Series, running from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday before home games at Century Square.
SATURDAY MORNING STRETCH CENTURY SQUARE ―――
Loosen up those joints before hitting the weekend in full stride at Century Square’s Saturday
Grab your dancing shoes, because you are going to rock the night away at this event! Live bands take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. at CITYCENTRE with music ranging from contemporary to classic tunes. Remember to stop by this happenin’ party the last Saturday of every month.
SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES KINGS HARBOR ―――
Take in local music and gorgeous waterfront views at Kings Harbor this spring and fall. Every second Saturday in March through May, and September through November, grab your lawn chair and head to Kingwood, from 6 to 9 p.m., for an evening of live bands, giant lawn games, and delicious food.
GROOVES ON THE GREEN CENTURY SQUARE ―――
Mark your calendar for the second Saturday of every month, because Century Square is putting on a groovy concert series. From 6 to 9 p.m., take in the sounds, games, and decadent bites from Hopdoddy, Blaze Kitchen, and more.
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE CITYCENTRE ―――
Start your week off right with a night of inspiration! Whether you come alone or come with 20, Sunday evenings have never felt so uplifting, with live music at CITYCENTRE. The spiritual event takes place every Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in March, November, and December, and from 5 to 8 p.m. April through October.
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When the clock strikes lunchtime, head out to GreenStreet and take in a decadent meal. While you’re at it, listen to some live music every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Whether it’s calming lyrics or punchy beats, you’ll find it on the lawn.
March GREEN6.2 3/31 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Lace up and take part in the 9th annual Green6.2, which attracts participants of all skill levels for 10K, 5K, and Kids’ 1K runs and walks through CITYCENTRE and the surrounding tree-lined neighborhoods. Serious runners, take note: the Green6.2 is a Houston Marathon Qualifier. For full details and to register, visit green62.com.
April DOGGY PARTY ON THE PLAZA 4 / 7 • CIT YCENTRE ―――
Pups and people alike flock to the annual Doggy Party on the Plaza, sponsored by Houston PetTalk magazine and MyFuzzbook.com. The bark-filled event is designed to promote animal rescue efforts with music, artists, contests, and, of course, a pup parade!
PRELUDE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES 4/7 • KIRBY GROVE ―――
Practice your best sing-along voice, because the Prelude Family Concert Series continues April 7 in Levy Park starting at 4:30 p.m. The free event is perfect for the whole family.
SHOP WITH HEART CARD 4/27-5/6 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Donating to a greater cause never looked so good. With a $50 donation to the American Heart Association, consumers receive notable discounts at numerous high-end stores and complementary appetizers or desserts at favorite restaurants around town, including a selection of locations at CITYCENTRE.
HOUSE OF BLUES LOCAL BREWS, LOCAL GROOVES 4/28 • GREENSTREET ―――
Let your ears and taste buds take the lead at this boozy musical gathering. Featuring over 50 brews from names like Saint Arnold, Buffalo Bayou, and 8th Wonder Brewery, along with more than a dozen local bands, your Saturday plans are set.
Don’t miss CITYCENTRE’s annual Doggy Party this spring! The event benefits local animal rescues.
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PRELUDE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES IN LEVY PARK 5/18 • KIRBY GROVE ―――
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Come ready to sing and dance with MidiCi TheNeapolitan Pizza Company in Levy Park for another rendition of Levy Park’s Prelude Concert Series this season. The afternoon event starts at 4:30 p.m. and is free, family-friendly, and open to the public.
PULL FOR PUPPIES 5/19 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Ever dream of a massive game of tug-of-war? Well, now is your chance to embrace the ultimate test of strength with Pull for Puppies, a benefit for adoption and rescue group The Forgotten Pet Advocates. The event takes place May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details, visit pullforpuppies.com.
SUMMER TRIBUTE CONCERT SERIES 5/25–5/28 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Kick off a musical Memorial Day weekend with a jam-packed, multiday concert. Head out to CITYCENTRE for the Summer Tribute Concert Series from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 5 to 8 p.m. on Memorial Day. Check out citycentrehouston.com/events to preview the full lineup.
June MOVIES UNDER THE MOON 6/8 • KINGS HARBOR ―――
Take in the latest flick outside with the moon and stars overhead. Kings Harbor hosts Movies Under the Moon this June 8 starting at 8:30 p.m. Ready your popcorn cravings and cozy lawn chairs!
HTX BOSS BABES 6/8 AND 6/9 • GREENSTREET ―――
Corral your closest girlfriends and head out to this event celebrating strong, entrepreneurial women. HTX Boss Babes is a group of local makers and creatives that strives to connect powerful, inspiring Houston women. The empowering, allday event takes place June 8 from 5 to 9 p.m., and June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MOONLIGHT MOVIES 6/13 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Get in on the magic of CITYCENTRE’s first outdoor film viewing of the summer, starting at 9 p.m. Bring the family, lawn chairs, and a sense of imagination for this screening of the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland
2925 RICHMOND AVE.
(between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway)
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FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT & FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 7/4 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Celebrate America’s independence at CITYCENTRE with a live concert at 7 p.m. and firework spectacular at 9:30 p.m. This will be one patriotic show you won’t want to miss.
GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD DRIVE 7/ 12 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Get into the giving spirit on July 12, when the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be taking blood donations at CITYCENTRE. The mobile-donation facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Browse citycentrehouston.com/events to register.
MOONLIGHT MOVIES 7/13 • CITYCENTRE ―――
Before sliding into the final inning of the work week, head to CITYCENTRE for July’s feature film The Sandlot at 8:30 p.m. It’s sure to be a home run for the whole family.
MOVIES UNDER THE MOON 7/13 • KINGS HARBOR ―――
Enjoy a Friday night feature under the stars! Kings Harbor hosts its Movies Under the Stars movie series starting at 8:30 p.m. on July 13.
AugustSeptember HOUSTON RESTAURANT WEEKS 8/1—9/3 • CITYCENTRE, GREENSTREET, KINGS HARBOR, KIRBY GROVE ―――
Houston Restaurant Weeks has returned! The epicurean, month-long event showcases the city’s top restaurants at a fraction of the usual cost. What’s more, the feasting goes to a good cause: A portion of the funds raised goes toward benefiting the Houston Food Bank.
MOONLIGHT MOVIES 8/8 • CITYCENTRE ―――
An ideal date night under the stars, CITYCENTRE’s final screening of the summer is sure to keep songbirds and movie buffs on their toes. Bring a blanket and show up early to view the Oscar Awardwinning La La Land at 9 p.m. that’s sure to draw a crowd eager to watch Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone strut their stuff.
MOVIES UNDER THE MOON 8/10 • KINGS HARBOR ―――
Head to Kings Harbor to celebrate the end of the work week with a waterfront movie screening. The final installation of Movies Under the Moon for the summer starts at 8:30 on August 10.
JULY 4 FIREWORKS + CONCERT 7/4 • KINGS HARBOR ―――
Grab the whole family for Kings Harbor’s biggest bash of the season! Spend the evening enjoying live music, tasty bites, and kid-friendly activities, while prepping for the firework finale at 9:30 p.m. The full event runs from 7 to 10 p.m., and is one of the most popular celebrations in Kingwood every year.
GreenStreet’s HTX Boss Babes event shows off Houston’s inspiring female makers.
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Customizable gourmet pies are the name of the game at Blaze Pizza in Century Square.
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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.
Berryhill Baja Grill*
166 Century Ct, Ste 104, College Station berryhillbajagrill.com Looking for awesome fish tacos? Look no further than Berryhill, where the tempura- fried fish, red cabbage slaw, and creamy sauce are as good as any you’ll find in Baja. Equally great is the menu of Tex-Mex favorites such as enchiladas, taco plates, and fajitas, along with self-serve chips and a fresh salsa bar.
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143 Century Square Dr, Ste 101, College Station 979-704-5028 • blazepizza.com Gourmet, build-your-own thin-crust pizzas are the stars of the show at Blaze, where you can order from a list of signature pies or build your own. Just choose your crust (including gluten-free and high rise), sauce, and toppings, then add a healthy salad, dessert, or fountain drink, and you’re good to go.
200 Century Ct, College Station • 979-485-5586 cavalrycourt.com Community tables, an outdoor courtyard, and fire pits make The Canteen the place to kick back with friends, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just getting together to cheer on the Aggies. Gourmet gastropub fare includes Canteen fries—topped with applewood-smoked bacon, chives, and duck fat hollandaise—or 15-hour braised pork belly sliders, with fried quail egg, escabeche, and apple-IPA mustard seeds. Hand-shaken cocktails and plenty of craft beers help keep the party going.
144 Century Ct, Ste 102, College Station 979-704-5143 • facebook.com/heysugarcandy Satisfy your sweet tooth and revisit your childhood at a new take on the retro candy store. Hey Sugar in Century Square serves up old-fashioned soda, ice cream, and just about every candy imaginable.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103, College Station 979-272-2337 • hopdoddy.com Quality and freshness are the claims to fame at Hopdoddy, an Austin-based gourmet burger joint where just about everything, from the bread to the house-churned ice cream, salad dressings, sauces, and hand-cut fries, is made in-house. You may have to wait in line for the fresh produce from local farmers and house-ground burger patties (chuck, American kobe, chicken, turkey, lamb, vegetarian-friendly), but it’ll be worth it.
Mess Waffles, Etc.*
170 Century Square Dr, College Station facebook.com/messwaffles Creative waffles take center stage at Mess Waffles,
Etc., the first brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck, with menu highlights like chicken and waffles, gourmet mac and cheese, and various dessert waffles, including “The Best Brownie in Town.” Mess also provides gluten-free and vegan options, along with coffee and a wide variety of drinks.
Mo’s Irish Pub*
1025 University Dr, Ste 101, College Station mosirishpub.com/cs When all you’re craving after a long day is a pint, head to Mo’s Irish Pub for great beer and cheer. Beer tastings, live music, and pub grub like shepherd’s pie, cheese curds, and mac and cheese—not to mention a festive Irish atmosphere—are the hallmarks of a great pub, and Mo’s has them in spades.
Piada Italian Street Food
1025 University Dr, Ste 109, College Station 979-307-7611 • mypiada.com Fresh, tasty, and affordable Piada specializes in healthy street-food wraps known as piadi: stonegrilled flatbreads that are hand-rolled to order and filled with ingredients like roasted sweet corn and tomatoes, fresh avocado, arugula, mozzarella, pancetta, and more. The fast-casual spot also offers a selection of gluten-free salads and pastas, which can be custom-made to your specifications.
180 Century Ct, College Station 979-485-5656 • thegeorgetexas.com Located within Bryan–College Station’s new luxury hotel, The George, Poppy—a nod to President George H. W. Bush’s family nickname—is a restaurant pavilion and expansive porch with excellent views of Century Square’s outdoor plaza. From the kitchen, an appetizing menu of Texas favorites offers cuisine everyone can enjoy. DISTRICT!SPRING / SUMMER 2018!43
1099 University Dr, Ste 105, College Station 1992sharetea.com Serving up specialty milk tea drinks, a diverse range of refreshing fruit teas and ice-blended slushies, Sharetea is your go-to spot for refreshment. Sharetea’s drinks are made from carefully selected ingredients and shipped directly from Taiwan, bringing unmatched authenticity from the origin of pearl milk teas.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream*
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 105, College Station subzeroicecream.com At Sub Zero, you can watch your ice cream be made right in front of you (perfect videos for sharing). Start with a base of original whole milk, low-fat, custard, yogurt, lactose-free, vegan, or sugar-free, then choose from 18 mixable flavors and endless toppings—and watch it all get frozen with a whoosh of liquid nitrogen.
Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café*
143 Century Square Dr, Ste 103, College Station sweetparis.com After much success in Rice Village and CITYCENTRE, Sweet Paris brought its popular French-inspired treats to Bryan-College Station. Choose from a selection of sweet and savory crêpes, waffles, and paninis. In need of a warming pick-me-up? Try their spiced chai latte or Mayan hot chocolate.
Tiff ’s Treats Cookie Delivery
1099 University Dr, Ste 113, College Station 936-257-6005 • cookiedelivery.com For all your warm cookie cravings, call Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. Addictive and delicious classic varieties include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, all of which Tiff’s will bake and deliver warm to your door—alongside brownies, ice cream, Tiffwich ice cream sandwiches, and Tiffblitz shakes.
1099 University Dr, Ste 115, College Station 979-314-1175 • zoeskitchen.com Simple, tasty, and fresh are the mottos at Zoës Kitchen, which specializes in healthful Mediterranean cuisine. Ingredients such as chickpeas, quinoa, farro, and cauliflower reign supreme on this menu, which features spreads, power bowls, salads, and kabobs. Family meals and takeout are encouraged.
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801 Town & Country Blvd 713-464-5557 • bellagreen.com For healthy and wholesome fare, head to Bellagreen, Houston’s first Certified Green Restaurant. All produce is local and organic, and meats are free of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian items are clearly noted, making your dining choices—salads, tacos, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and desserts—super-easy and guilt-free.
Bowl & Barrel
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 118 832-690-4480 • bowlandbarrel.com Rollicking times and great nosh collide at Bowl & 44 DISTRICT!SPRING / SUMMER 2018
Barrel, a boutique bowling alley and gastropub where you and your friends are invited to dine in style. Fun bites to share include the gigantic pretzel, meatballs, and a meat-and-cheese board. A thick-cut burger, 18-inch pies, and the “Dog Pile” of six mini butcher shop dogs are also recommended. Beer by the barrel, wine by the bottle, and craft cocktails complete the experience.
Brio Tuscan Grille
12808 Queensbury Ln, Ste 100 713-973-9610 • brioitalian.com Everything is big and bold at upscale Italian restaurant Brio. Order the beef carpaccio to start, and finish with a delicious pasta dish. The patio is lovely, and the happy hour menu, which offers drinks and appetizers for around $5 or less, is fantastic.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
12888 Queensbury Ln, Ste 142 713-343-0521 • chipotle.com Build your own gourmet burritos and tacos, with fresh ingredients and meats that are hormone- and antibiotic-free.
Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen
800 Town & Country Blvd 713-461-1300 • cycloneanaya.com Make sure to order a tasty margarita or tequila cocktail before sitting down to dine on some of the city’s best Mexican at this Houston stalwart. Start off with some great chips and salsa, then order anything from fajitas and enchiladas to chiles rellenos and flautas. Happy hour is a weekday must, with half-price margaritas and inexpensive 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 & Caffè
794 Sorella Ct, Ste 128 281-888-6261 • fellinihouston.com For a small piece of la dolce vita, find your way to this authentic Italian sidewalk coffee shop. When in a hurry, enjoy the European-style standing-room bar for coffee and a fresh pastry. Or relax and unwind while sipping on Lavazza Gran Riserva espresso and noshing on shared plates, salads, pastries, and paninis. Come evening, indulge in wine, beer, or Italian spritz cocktails.
12848 Queensbury Ln, Ste 101 713-463-3730 • grimaldispizzeria.com For authentic, New York-style coal-oven brick pizza, this is the real deal. Start with a freshly made, hand-tossed pizza dough, then select a sauce—red, white, or pesto—and top it off with toppings such as artichoke hearts, meatballs, spicy chicken sausage, anchovies, and grilled chicken. The restaurant also offers authentic Italian cannolis and a huge New York cheesecake.
Grub Burger Bar
799 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 200 713-827-7157 • grubburgerbar.com Grub Burger Bar is the epitome of the modern-day diner, with its buns baked daily, burgers made with a house-ground chuck–and–brisket blend, and oversized onion rings. Offerings include basic burgers, decked-out specialty burgers, turkey burgers, tuna burgers, and a rotating special of the month. Before you leave, a gourmet milkshake—you can get it spiked with alcohol—is mandatory.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar*
794 Sorella Ct • hopdoddy.com com Treat your taste buds to a gourmet burger and cold craft beer when one of Austin’s fastest-growing and wildly popular burger joints opens its latest location at CITYCENTRE. In addition to their decadent twists on the classic burger, Hopdoddy is known for its housechurned ice cream, hand-cut fries, and fresh, locally sourced produce and breads that are certainly worth the wait.
800 Sorella Ct • internationalsmoke.com Celebrity cookbook author, Food Network star, and new CoverGirl Ayesha Curry teams up with renowned chef Michael Mina to bring International Smoke to CITYCENTRE. Inspired by Curry’s travels, the menu features grilled and smoked items with flavors from every continent. Highlights include Wagyu Shaking Beef, a take on the Vietnamese bo luc lac, served with banh mi pickles; Japanese Binchotan grilled lobster tail served over dashi-glazed udon; and smoked pork ribs, which can be ordered in half or full racks, served with American barbecue sauce, New Mexican adovada, or Korean gochujang sauce.
LifeCafé at LifeTime Athletic
815 Town & Country Ln 713-464-1200 • lifetimefitness.com Need something before or after your workout? LifeCafé offers smoothies, salads, wraps, and graband-go options to support an active lifestyle.
800 Sorella Ct • 713-827-3545 radio-milano.com Milano Bar eludes a sexy, retro speakeasy craft-bar feel, from the staff donning Prohibition-style outfits to the gleaming dark woods and retro design. Infused liquors, freshly squeezed juices, and a fine selection of whiskeys, bourbon, absinthe, and other spirits offer a full complement to the menu of creative craft cocktails.
Monnalisa at Hotel Sorella
800 Sorella Ct • 713-973-1600 hotelsorella-citycentre.com Stop for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at this gorgeous bar inside the Hotel Sorella. With a large fireplace and spectacular views of the hotel’s brightly lit pool, this place will make you feel like you’re in Miami. There are also plenty of hidden alcoves, a dance floor, and live music several nights a week.
RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant
799 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 234 713-331-2792 • rasushi.com Sleek, contemporary décor, a great sound system, and modern Japanese cuisine make RA Sushi a great choice for date night or an evening with friends. Cocktails are well composed and delicious, with a great happy hour and Sunday Funday specials.
800 Sorella Ct 713-827-3545 • radio-milano.com The contemporary Italian menu at executive chef Jose Hernandez’s Radio Milano offers an excellent selection of small plates, pizzas, pastas, entrées, and desserts. You won’t go wrong ordering the mushroom cappuccino soup, the tuna crudo with avocado mousse, or the lobster and uni tagliatelle. Of note: Hernandez started out as a pastry chef, so his desserts are not to be missed.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-463-3830 • redmangousa.com Visit Red Mango for a healthy dessert of frozen yogurt filled with protein, active cultures and, of course, deliciousness. The non-fat, low-fat, and gluten-free delights can be spruced up with toppings of your choice, such as fresh fruit, cheesecake bits, or Cap’n Crunch cereal.
Sal y Pimienta
818 Town & Country Blvd, Ste 105 832-849-0097 • salypimientakitchen.com Uruguayan ex-pat Gianfranco Percovich has created a South American steak house that would do his homeland proud, offering up more than a dozen cuts of organic beef and pork, and an extensive wine list to accompany them. Not a carnivore? There’s also plenty of seafood, pasta, and salads on the menu.
840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Ste 101 832-538-0170 • salata.com Build-your-own salads and wraps are the name of the game at Salata, where meals are made to order right in front of you from the ingredients that you choose. It’s
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180 Century Ct, Ste 100, College Station 979-997-0700 • porterscollegestation.com Experience fine American cuisine at the hands of executive chef Bill Greenwood at this 6,000-squarefoot 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.
simple, really: decide if you want a wrap or a salad, pick all the vegetables you want, add a protein, select a salad dressing, and voilà! It’s a great spot for health-conscious foodies and those with dietary restrictions.
842 W Sam Houston Pkwy, Ste 116 713-464-5252 • seasons52.com Seasons 52 makes it easy to indulge and not feel guilty. Everything on the menu is 790 calories or less, which includes salads and entrées such as grilled salmon and strip steak. Drinks are powerful: get a martini made with infused vodka, or enjoy one of the 52-plus wines by the glass, selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes.
801 Town & Country Blvd 713-647-9338 • ilovesweet.com If the large case of colorful French macarons isn’t enough to entice you, SWEET dessert shop also offers cake truffles, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pastries, and a myriad of other sweet, irresistible treats that are just begging to be eaten. Gluten-free options are also available.
Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café
797 Sorella Ct • 832-770-9086 • sweetparis.com The second installment of the French-inspired crêperie, Sweet Paris dishes out sweet and savory selections that are unforgettable. Try the Bonne Maman berry jam crêpe with sweet cream, or the ham and gruyère option; both wonderful with a cappuccino. Sweet Paris also offers breakfast crêpes—like the Alaskan, filled with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Texas de Brazil
822 Town & Country Blvd 713-730-3013 • texasdebrazil.com For a belt-busting Brazilian rodizio experience, Texas de Brazil is a great choice. The all-you-can-eat menu boasts an extensive salad bar as well as a dizzying array of meats, all brought to your table and sliced onto your plate until you’re ready to say stop. Don’t miss the lobster bisque or the caipirinha cocktails.
The Capital Grille
840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Ste 118 713-463-5051 • thecapitalgrille.com Excellent service, an award-winning wine list, and a menu of fine steaks make Capital Grille an excellent choice when you want a fine-dining experience. The lobster mac and cheese is legendary, the seafood tower decadent, and dry- and wet-aged steaks, such as the 22-ounce, bone-in rib eye Delmonico Steak, always make for a great night.
The General Public
797 Sorella Ct, Ste 118 832-690-4450 • thegenpublic.com Adjoined to Bowl & Barrel, The General Public offers anything but standard bowling alley fare. Expect gourmet classics from hearty burgers and sandwiches to decadent seafood dishes. Shared plates are ideal for large groups, while an impressive menu of craft cocktails keeps things festive.
The Tasting Room
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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, then buy to take home. A menu of charcuterie and cheese plates, wood oven-fired pizzas, and other wine-friendly offerings completes the experience.
800 Sorella Ct, Ste 116 713-461-9273 • yardhouse.com Yard House is the quintessential American pub, with an extensive beer selection, along with wine and cocktails when you want to change things up. The menu features classic American bar food—wings, pizzas, tacos, sliders, and more. There’s an awesome happy hour with half-price pizzas, Monday through Friday, along with reverse happy hour, Thursday through Sunday.
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797 Sorella Ct, Ste 102 713-984-8383 • zayedsgrill.com Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill is your go-to eatery when you want a heart-healthy, wholesome meal. From traditional grilled kebabs to delicious house-made spreads like hummus and baba ghanoush, Zayed’s offers delicious, low-carb, and gluten-free options to satisfy the entire family—and largely bypasses the trans fats in favor of extravirgin olive oil.
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III Forks Steakhouse
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 129 713-658-9457 • 3forks.com Steaks are the name of the game at III Forks, where the USDA Prime steaks win over hearts daily. Whether you opt for the bone-in rib eye or a traditional filet, III Forks ensures a superlative dining experience. We also recommend the beef sliders, which are elevated to perfection with their caramelized onions and pillowy-soft potato buns.
Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar
1201 Caroline St, Ste 161 832-319-6673 • andaluciatapas.com From patatas bravas to empanadas, grilled octopus to baked goat cheese, Andalucia offers a selection of hot and cold Spanish tapas that will please the most discerning of palates. Midweek happy hour features $3 and $4 tapas specials; Friday and Saturday nights bring live flamenco performances. Don’t forget to order a pitcher of the house sangria.
Bardot Bar & Lounge
1070 Dallas St • 713-242-8555 hotelalessandra-houston.com With soaring ceilings, floor-to- ceiling windows, and comfortable seating, Bardot Bar & Lounge is the contemporary answer to the classic hotel bars whether you’re a lone traveler or visiting in a group. Drop by for a classic, crafted cocktail any time of day. Mornings bring grab-and-go coffee and sandwiches, with happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 3 to 6 p.m. weekends featuring specialty cocktails, well drinks, and small light bites in the $5-$7 range.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 125 713-255-2363 • caffebeneusa.com Founded in South Korea in 2008, this coffee has made its way to GreenStreet. Try a specialty coffee and save room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss the fresh waffle sundaes, gelato, honey breads, and bingsu, the Korean version of shave ice topped with fruits, condensed milk and syrup.
Guadalajara Del Centro
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 141 713-650-0101 • guadalajarahacienda.com For a festive, upscale Mexican-food experience, Guadalajara is your stop for margaritas, fajitas, enchiladas, specialty fish dishes, and more. The house guacamole is a must-try, and happy hour specials make this a downtown after-work hot spot from 2 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar
1204 Caroline St 888-402-5837 • houseofblues.com Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez offers a bold, tasty menu of American classics, including a build-yourown certified Angus beef burger, a large selection of hand-stretched flatbreads, pulled pork sliders, chicken wings, applewood bacon-wrapped meatloaf, lobster mac and cheese, and much more. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. daily, and a children’s menu is available.
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1070 Dallas St • 713-242-8555 hotelalessandra-houston.com A beautiful bistro in the heart of downtown Houston, Lucienne at Hotel Alessandra offers a rich menu of French and European classics for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Chef Jose Hernandez’s inspired menu will tantalize your taste buds with items ranging from crème brûlée French toast in the morning to scallops with saffron lobster sauce or squab au vin at night. The chef’s tasting menu, which can be ordered in four or six courses with or without pairings, is one of the best values in the city.
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 321 713-343-330 bowlluckystrike.com Work up an appetite bowling; then ease your hunger pangs with a menu designed for sharing. Dishes like grilled jerk skewers, coconut shrimp, fresh guacamole, soft pretzel dippers, crispy tacos, mini burgers, and wings by the pound are fun and tasty.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
Relax and refresh with a tasty margarita while taking in the views at Sharky’s Waterfront Grill at Kings Harbor.
Raffa’s Waterfront Grill
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.
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 bucco, the crispy-skinned pan-seared branzino (often a special), and the braised lamb shank served over butternut squash risotto.
Mia Bella Trattoria
Sharky’s Waterfront Grill
1201 San Jacinto St, Ste 161 832-319-6675 • miabellarestaurants.com Get your romance on at this charming Italian trattoria, where dishes like the capellini de mare (seafood angel hair pasta), ossobuco di capretto, and fettuccine scampi always get rave reviews, as does the delicious deep-fried calamari. Brunch is excellent: try the eggs Mia Bella (the restaurant’s version of eggs Benedict) with a mimosa.
1201 Fannin St, Ste 123 713-275-1088 • salata.com Downtown favorite Salata provides a fresh selection of all-you-can-choose vegetarian ingredients (the base salad or wrap is just $7 or $8, with a supplement for proteins such as chicken or shrimp) and its delicious gluten-free dressings.
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 104 281-360-0660 • sharkyswaterfrontgrill.com Enjoy a casual seafood meal at Sharky’s Waterfront Grill. The extensive menu offers shrimp, gumbo, fresh salads, and signature “Shark” burgers made with certified Angus beef, not to mention killer shrimp tacos.
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.
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Kiran’s The Berry Bar
1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 503 • 281-312-2861 • facebook.com/theberrybar Stop by The Berry Bar for refreshment or a healthy dessert—this is the place for fresh juices, fun tapioca drinks, smoothies, and self-serve frozen yogurt with build-your-own toppings.
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.
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.
MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
2925 Richmond Ave • 713-360-7943 • mymidici.com Launched in California, MidiCi serves up amazingly soft, thin-crust, wood-oven-blistered pies in just 90 seconds. The restaurant uses only high-quality, non-GMO, natural ingredients—including tomatoes and flour that are both imported from Italy. And it’s not all old-world tradition: try the purple kale salad and Nutella calzone for more modern taste sensations.
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Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill
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12505 Memorial Dr 980-781-5456 • cleanjuicebar.com As the only USDA-certified organic juice bar in North America, Clean Juice brings a blend of quality juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and cold-pressed juices to Houston at Memorial Green. Launched by two University of Houston alumni, the newly open shop is sure to offers 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-squarefoot patio, full bar, and house favorites such as the brussels sprouts salad, citrus quinoa-stuffed avocado, Nutella French toast, and Gulf shrimp and Gouda grits.
Jonathan’s The Rub*
12505 Memorial Dr, Ste 145 • jonathanstherub.com Famous for its modest, just-plain-delicious American and Italian cuisine with ample portions, Jonathan’s The Rub can satisfy the heartiest hunger. The lobster sliders, 20 oz. bone-in rib eye, and eggplant parmigiana will all make you swoon.
Vine Wine Room*
12525 Memorial Dr, Ste 190 • vinewineroom.com In this charming and intimate setting—with couches and a homey, come-as-you-are vibe—patrons nosh on pizza and charcuterie plates while relaxing over a wonderfully curated wine list overseen by friendly wine stewards.
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Pets are proven to relieve stress and bring joy, which are some of the reasons—apart from their adorable faces and wagging tails—why you probably want to take them everywhere. Dine and drink at these paw-friendly patios when leaving fur-baby at home is just not an option.
Bellagreen CITYCENTRE 801 Town & Country Blvd, 713-464-5557 bellagreen.com
Overlooking CITYCENTRE’s turf-lined plaza is Bellagreen’s shady outdoor dining space where you can grab an eco-conscious bite and maybe sneak a few of their famous sweet potato fries to Fido.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks GreenStreet 1201 Fannin St, Ste 121 713-658-8100 mccormickandschmicks.com
A chic city lifestyle isn’t complete without a companion. Head downtown to this upscale seafood restaurant’s new and expanded patio for a night on the town with your pup in tow.
Zoës Kitchen Century Square 1099 University Dr, Ste 115, College Station 979-314-1175 zoeskitchen.com
While greenspace isn’t hard to come by in College Station, a healthy and dog-friendly dining option can be. Recently opened, Zoë’s offers a quick take on Mediterranean fare and al fresco options.
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Two unlikely juice gurus bring a new appreciation for certified organic ingredients to Houston.
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OOTBALL FANDOM AND CERTIFIED ORGANIC EATING don’t always go hand in hand, but for Tim Jones and Mark Cook, the two concepts have blended beautifully. After forming a friendship centered on the University of Houston Cougars, Jones and Cook decided to begin not only a new business venture together, but a lifestyle change, too. The pair, who share season tickets in the same section of TDECU Stadium, opened Houston’s first location of Clean Juice, the only certified organic juice brand in North America, at the start of the year in Memorial Green. Clean Juice offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and light bites within an inviting and modern environment with options for indoor or outdoor dining, grab-and-go meals, reading and relaxing, or catching up with friends. Every ingredient in every menu item is certified by the USDA as organic, and is packed with flavor that even Cook and Jones were surprised to find. “The flavors quite frankly won me over. I wasn’t opposed to anything and there was a whole lot of green stuff [in the menu items] that I didn’t typically have in my diet,” Jones recalls after trying out flavors in his nephew’s North Carolina location with Cook last year. The taste test was step one, and after learning of the unparalleled health benefits, they were ready to introduce the brand’s philosophy and products to Houston, and incorporate them into their own lives, as well.
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Tim Jones (left) and Mark Cook (right) opened Houston’s first Clean Juice shop in Memorial Green at the start of 2018.
“Three to four times a week I would rush right out of my workout and grab something from Smoothie King,” says Cook, who has lost 15 pounds since partnering with Clean Juice. “I thought that I was being really healthy, but in trying to understand what Clean Juice was about, I started learning about the healthier side of juicing and smoothies as opposed to the prepackaged and dry ingredients that are used from other businesses in the market.” Today, Clean Juice is a thriving part of Memorial Green. With about 25 employees and knowledgeable “juiceristas,” the shop is working to create a core group of lifetime customers who want to make certified organic products part of their daily diets. For Jones and Cook, Memorial Green was the perfect place
to find them. “The accessibility to other lifestyle brands, organic foods, like- minded tenants like DEFINE and high- end businesses that cater to people interested in healthier lifestyle—those things were very attractive to us,” Jones says. But the duo doesn’t intend to keep their message exclusively within the tight-knit community at Memorial Green: They want to spread it throughout the entire city. In addition to opening two more locations in the Houston area, Jones and Cook plan to give back to the community that helped them get on their feet. The pair envisions hosting fun runs, getting involved in health and fitness education, giving to local charities, and helping others live by the Clean Juice motto: Healthy Body + Strong Spirit.
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