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  • Local Foods Downtown
    March 8, 2017
    Super Bowl LI might be over, but the afterglow shines on and Houstonians are the ones to enjoy a wave of new businesses, many opening up shop Downtown. In the months leading up to the big game, the Central Business District exploded with a dozen new restaurants and bars, many of which center around the bustling Avenida Houston district. Wondering what you might’ve missed? We’ve rounded up the latest additions. Bayou & Bottle The first Texas venture for Richard Sandoval...
  • Ono Poke Credit: Ono Poke
    February 9, 2017
    Sushi and ceviche lovers are going to be ecstatic about poke—the newest food trend to sweep the city. Pronounced poh-kay, the Hawaiian staple centered around sashimi-grade fish started to gain steam in Houston last year, but an influx of newcomers in 2017 makes it clear that the craze isn’t slowing down. The raw fish salad traces its roots to the Pacific islands, where its served with fresh add-ins (avocado, masago and scallions, for example) and is seasoned with soy sauce. Most...
  • The Galleria - New Wing
    December 15, 2016
    Amidst the holiday shopping madness, Simon Property Group debuted its new wing at Houston’s Galleria mall this week. The luxury expanse, Galleria VI, consists of approximately 110,000 square feet and will bring 35 new retailers and restaurants to the center by the end of 2017. Shoppers visiting the area can expect a glimpse at some of the headlining tenants that will soon settle into the extension, including Cole Haan, St. John and Kate Spade, which will relocate to the new wing from...
  • Cacao & Cardamom
    October 7, 2016
    Are you a homesick Texan or just looking for a classic Houston food gift for friends and family? Some of H-Town’s most-loved restaurants and artisan vendors offer their culinary favorites, ready-to-ship, making it easy to share the epicurean love with just about anyone in the U.S. From exotic baked goods and southern favorites to fajitas and gourmet chocolates, we’ve rounded up our favorite Houston gifts that are sure to impress. Goode Company’s Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie might...
  • Polish Parker and Roe Credit: Polish Parker and Roe
    September 23, 2016
    Don’t call it a comeback. These days, the nail art trend of the 90s is stronger than ever. Recently, models at New York Fashion Week were seen sporting brightly-colored and intricately-designed nail art and back in H-Town, head-turning toes and finger tips are making their mark all over the city. Wondering where you can get a next-level manicure in Houston? Reserve a spot at one of these local nail salons. It’s likely that Inner Loopers haven’t heard of Akyish , but westside...
  • Elaine Turner Credit: Elaine Turner
    August 12, 2016
    It’s hard to be excited about fall when it’s hot enough to fry an egg on your car, but trust us, breezier temps are (theoretically) on the horizon and with that means a new season full of fresh fall looks. Wondering where to go to snag the top trends from fall 2016 runways? These 10 Houston boutiques are ready to deliver. For the better part of 20 years, Christina Mitchell has infused a global fashion sense into the offerings at her Rice Village Abejas boutique and recently, she...
  • Cane Rosso Pizza Credit: Cane Rosso Pizza
    July 29, 2016
    Houston’s locally-owned, locally-grown restaurants will always have our hearts, but it seems that some big names are hoping to find some love here, too. From Japanese-Peruvian fusion to a hipster taco joint, read on for the nine most-anticipated restaurants putting down roots in H-Town. Texas-based entrepreneur Travis Cook is helping bring a piece of South Carolina back to Houston with Bacon Bros. Public House . The southern concept rose to fame in Greensville, S.C., thanks to its menu...
  • Popfancy Pops Credit: Popfancy Pops
    July 13, 2016
    Move over macaroons and cupcakes, there’s a new dessert taking over town. From sweet shops to dessert stands, popsicles are popping up at every turn in H-Town. But don’t expect those run-of-the-mill ice pops from childhood, these cold confections are all grown up and shine in an array of gourmet flavors. Read on for the places we’re heading to beat the heat. Award-winning pastry chef Chris Leung and his biz-partner Christopher Balat do bang up biz at their West U ice cream...
  • Benjy's Brunch Credit: Julie Soefer
    July 10, 2016
    The best part of waking up on the weekend? Brunch, of course. Whether you’re chasing the hair of the dog or just looking for a bright way to start the day, a killer brunch is the right answer. Read on for our favorite Houston restaurants to grab a bite mid-morning. Sure, Benjy’s has mastered the art of a New American dinner, but you’ll find plenty of pretty young things flocking to the Rice Village location in the AM, too. The West U location serves up brunch daily, while...
  • Jerry Built Burgers
    May 17, 2016
    For years, West Houston’s Memorial area has remained a haven for local, under-the-radar restaurants. Places like Empire Turkish Grill , Jonathan’s The Rub and Le Mistral draw residents nightly, serving up award-winning cuisine that’s anything but stereotypical suburban fare. And, lately, it seems that the rest of Houston’s restaurateurs are taking note, as a wave of well-known Inner Loop businesses are set to expand in the coming months. Read on for the scoop. Hot on...
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