Category : Houston Food

The Best Spring Festivals in Houston

It’s springtime on the bayou. The days are getting longer and warmer. Tulips bloom and allergies flair. It’s a good time to be alive in Texas. So what to do with all this vivifying energy? Head out to the streets and see fresh faces and old friends out and about in Houston!

These are the best spring festivals in H-Town.  

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HOUSTON BARBECUE FESTIVAL

Travel the world all you like. Nobody does BBQ like we do here in Texas. They’ve got brisket as big as boogie boards at the Houston Barbecue Festival. The meat fest takes place every April. It’s truly a showcase of the best that Houston has to offer. There’s an excellent video of the festival embedded on their website; they flagged down several attendees for on-the-spot interviews. The quotes do a better job of summing up the festivities than this blogging laptop jockey ever could.

“It’s about as fun and communal as it gets, and barbecue is all about both of those,” says one BBQ Fest reveler. Another adds, “It’s all about hot barbecue and cold beer, y’know?”

Oh, yes. We know.  

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MAC & CHEESE FEST

Maybe you’re a vegetarian? We know you’re out there. Even in Texas. So, if brisket doesn’t do it for you, lots and lots of melted cheese surely will. Mac & Cheese Fest is a new addition to Houston’s spring lineup. But there’s just something about the gooey cohesiveness of liquid cheddar that’s like the warm embrace of a long-lost friend. Am I right?

In the heart of Houston’s Washington Ave. Arts District at the lovely Silver Street events complex enjoys unlimited samples from over two dozen local Houston restaurants vying for your vote of Houston’s best mac & cheese!  

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HOUSTON POLISH FESTIVAL  

After you’ve eaten your fill, polka the night away! The Houston Polish Festival takes place in May at Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish and, boy, do they know how to throw a party. It’s the largest Polish festival in Texas, doncha know? The main stage will feature Polish music throughout the day from a number of local performers. CBS Houston recommends the delicious traditional Polish dishes available, including pierogi, kielbasa, and cabbage rolls. Yum!

It’s spring festival season. American poet ee cummings wrote, “sweet spring is your / time is my time is our / time for springtime is love time / and viva sweet love!” Viva Houston!

The Best Late Night Eats Around Houston

A basic fact of Houston’s growth, whatever your opinions otherwise, means more late night options for all the crave-fueled, starry-eyed, midnight taco seekers out there. And that’s progress! Right? The variety of late night eats has gotten broader, too, and the tastes discerning them have only become more discerning as quality has risen.

Lots to consider, I know unless you want to cut to the chase and make a beeline for the best. Here are the best late night eats around Houston!    

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BB’S CAFE

Tex-Orleans-style cooking is a thing and they’re serving up heaps of it at BB’s Cafe. Thrillist proclaims, “This Cajun eatery’s grub is fantastic EVEN when you’re sober, so just imagine how it tastes after some beverages.“ The loudest recommendations come in for the Tex-Cajun Virgin fries smothered with roast beef, gravy, and chile con queso. You don’t have to be a genius to cook up good food like this, but you’d have to be an idiot not to love it!

  BB’s is where all the little crawdads in Houston hangout after 12. You can find BB’s in multiple locations throughout Clutch City but the one in Montrose is open ‘til 4 am.

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VELVET TACO

Especially after a long night, once you find yourself inside Velvet Taco, it’s hard to want to leave. They serve tacos until 4 am. And if that doesn’t keep you coming back, Eater Houston knows you’ll find something to whet your appetite, “with large tacos stuffed with everything from falafel to crispy chicken skin and potato salad.”

Ari L.’s 5-star Yelp review goes even deeper into Velvet Taco’s inviting menu: “My go-to tacos are the chicken tikka masala, grilled flank steak, rotisserie chicken, or brisket. Chips & Queso and street corn are both great sides.”

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NINJA RAMEN

Slurp noodles ‘til 12. They don’t care at Ninja Ramen! Ninja Ramen’s Asahikawa-style Ramen recipe has been passed down and secretly guarded for 2 million years. Mercifully, their website warns patrons: “Beware of shurikens!”

The Google Local Guide reviews are in on this place and they are glowing. In her 5-star review, Jamy Abraham beams, “Got the garlic noodles and it was delicious!! The service is great as well!”

Houston has grown. And so have our late night dining options! The best eats in H-Town after midnight are some of the best eats anywhere, at any time.

 

Best Springtime Date Ideas Around Houston

When it’s springtime it feels like all of nature is inviting you to celebrate! American poet E.E. Cummins seems to agree when he writes, “all the merry little birds are/flying in the floating in the / very spirits singing in / are winging in the blossoming.”

Don’t miss out, Houston! Enjoy these springtime date ideas in H-Town.

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CLOUD 10 CREAMERY

  Give “going out for ice cream” a gourmet touch. Cloud 10 Creamery blends their handcrafted ice cream a half a gallon at a time. These treats are the creation of award winning Pastry Chef Chris Leung who refreshes their line of flavors each season. Try the spring flavors at Cloud 10!
Yelper Morgan R. is impressed by the creative variety of ice cream “ Cloud 10 is a unique ice cream parlor with many unique, changing flavors.”  
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CAFEZA

Cafeza is not only the cutest little Latin American cafe this side of the Rio Grande, they host live music several nights a week. The cafe draws its inspiration from the cafés of Barcelona and Buenos Aires, as well as the neighborhood cervecerias and refresquerias around downtown Houston.
Yelper Yvette H. agrees that the romantic vibe of Cafeza is intoxicating: “I recently attended one of the jazz nights at Cafeza and it was truly magical! Fun lights, cool drinks and still serving churros past 9 pm!”  
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  GEORGE OBSERVATORY

  An outing beneath the stars is classic romance. And, with our well-known connection to the aerospace industry, Houston is about as close as you can get to the heavens here on Earth. The George Observatory’s “Starry Night: A VIP Experience” is hosted by the Director of Astronomy. View the sky through their  36″ Gueymard Research telescope. And who knows? Maybe somewhere out there on the other end of the telescope, on some other world, there’s a pair of lovers staring back at you.

  It’s cuffing season, H-Town! Winter will be back before you know it. Live in the moment this spring with the best date ideas around Houston. Viva sweet love!

The Best Juice Bars Near Houston

Minute Maid Park isn’t the only juice Mecca in Houston. It’s true, a trip to the ol’ “Juice Box” to see the world champion Astros play will have you over the moon for an evening, but a healthy, plant-based diet comprised of living, vital ingredients will give you a glow that lasts. And you don’t have to be a World Series athlete to appreciate the benefits of juicing.

Prepare yourself, Houstonians! Here are the best juice bars in town.

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ISLAND GRILL

Island Grill’s Mediterranean menu is a perfect complement to the smoothies on deck. One look at their blog vindicates our suspicion that Island Grill is committed to keeping Houston healthy. They proudly proclaim, “Island Grill has a wide selection of options packed with fruit and veggie power.”

Google Local Guide BD loves the food, too. He reviews, “Love this place!  The food is always fresh, cooked to order, and portion sizes are good.”

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DAILY JUICE CAFE

Daily Juice is a Texas original. Born in 2003, the juice is fresh every day and made from real foods—no sugar or ice added. Their raw juices are prepared onsite and sold directly to the public. “Raw Juices,” says Daily Juice, “contain the live enzymes your body craves. RAW juices have the vitality your body will celebrate!”

Google Local Guide (and Houston gal) Miranda Queen will be heading back. She beams, “Houston has a lot of juice bars but this is the best one so far for me. I was able to sample 6 juices. I learned a lot about juicing.”

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713-JUICE-BAR

713-Juice-Bar has the 411 on all things healthy! H-Town’s juice dispensary provides fresh and healthy ingredients to keep you feeling great. The Yelp community raves about this place. Christine K. says, “They certainly use the best quality ingredients (whole delicious foods) – each smoothie is incredibly filling almost like a meal.”

We know juice in Houston. Just ask the boys in orange at Minute Maid Park. You’ll be an MVP with more freshly squeezed juice in your daily diet!

Photo Blog: West Houston Coffee Shops

For this week’s photo blog, we’ve found a few of our favorite coffee shop drinks around Houston, and we’re sharing the love. Behold, the countdown of coffee shop goodies that will power your morning and keep you going throughout the day. Cheers!
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Photo Blog: Brunch in Southwest Houston

We here in Houston sure do love our breakfasts and our lunches… but most of all, we love brunch! From pancakes to fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict to mimosas (of the bottomless variety, of course), there’s just no end to the amount of goodies a good old-fashioned brunch menu can hold. Southwest Houston has so many options when it comes to brunch. Whether you want it homemade-style with love, or you just want the largest quantity possible with plates of food coming off the griddle like hotcakes, there’s something for everyone. For our photo blog this week, we’re looking at a few of our favorite brunches around Houston. Got any to share? Let us know! Not that we love the thought of sharing these plates, since we want them all to ourselves! 😉

Do Sunday Funday right and “Brunch With A Purpose” at Maggiano’s Little Italy®! From June 1 to August 2, Maggiano’s Little Italy® guests can choose any item from the brunch menu and $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish®. 🎈 For the past fourteen years, Make-A-Wish® has raised more than $7 million and granted more than 900 wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This year is special because with the help of their Teammates and Guests, Make-A-Wish® will raise another $1 million and grant their 1,000th wish! 🎈 To learn more, visit http://www.maggianos.com/make-a-wish-campaign-2017. #eatadish4maw #maggianoslittleitaly #maggbrunch #makeawish #sundayfunday #brunchwithapurpose #brunchinhouston #lemonricottapancakes #brunch

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A Night Out in Southwest Houston

Craving a night out? Summer’s been long, the days have been hot, and work has probably been rough, too…. you deserve a night out on the town! Houston is a huge city, and there are so many things to do all around the different parts of town. Here at Alta City West, though, one of our favorite things to do is stay local to the west side of our city – you know, get out and explore!   We’ve got just a few suggestions for an ideal night out before summer ends. Here’s your ready-made agenda, no planning needed on your part. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?   Part 1: dinner time! In the mood for a western-themed dinner? Come on down to the ranch for some barbecue (and delicious sides, of course). BBQ has never been this fun and fancy – from the vibe of the place to the flavors of the menu, we can’t get enough of stepping into a cowboy’s world. We love the menu at Rio Ranch Restaurant, and you will, too! Part 2: catch a movie! In the mood for a flick? There are so many options at AMC Studio 30 – you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps a western to go with the cowboy theme from dinner? Be sure to check the showtimes ahead of time! Part 3: late-night dessert… Craving some “Fashionably Sweet Treats” afterwards? Then this place has it right in their name – and the good news is they’re open til 11:30pm! See you there for a sweet treat or two… or ten, let’s be honest. #WhatDiet? Part 3-and-a-half: or drinks instead! Why not take a short drive over to Jack’s For Cocktails, one of our favorite spots for eclectic drinks? Whether beer, wine, or mixed drinks are your flavor, you’ll find what you’re looking for to get your buzz on – just be sure to have a driver to get back home! It’s summer time – so get out there and start enjoying the evening. You deserve it!

Photo Blog: Favorite Craft Beers

When it comes to craft beers, there’s no place like Houston! In the mood for a hoppy IPA? Want a crisp Hefeweisen? Looking for a thick, creamy Stout? No matter your flavor, Houston’s got you covered. Here at Alta City West, we’re counting down just a few of our favorite craft beers that you can find around here – with this awesome photo blog! Got your own favorite craft brews? Be sure to share them with us, so we can see and share, too. Cheers!

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Best Desserts in Houston

These incredible edibles are the top of the top and right here in Houston. If you’ve got  a sweet tooth, these best desserts in Houston are a must have!

Red Dessert Dive What to choose? A creamy hot chocolate, a decadent slice of oreo cheesecake, or a sticky croissant bread pudding? Red Dessert Dive is a local favorite that cannot be missed. And with vegan and gluten-free options, everyone can join in the sugary fun.

Smoosh Cookies Customize your own decadent ice cream sandwich at this ice cream shop on wheels. Check their schedule so you know where to find this Houston hotspot for frozen goodness. With amazing ice creams, freshly baked cookies and a huge selection of toppings, you’ll walk away with the dessert sandwich of your dreams. Don’t want to get your hands dirty? You can always ask to have your favorite cookies and ice cream blended into a milkshake.

Fluff Bake Bar This quirky dessert haven offers a host of creative and delicious treats, from the Veruca Salt Cake to the Couch Potato cookies filled with crunchy, salty potato chips. Usually hopping, especially on the weekends, it’s a good idea to visit on a weekday or leave a little extra time to peruse the inventive menu while you try to decide what to pick.

Sleek Chocolatier and Cafe If chocolate is your poison and you’re looking for a glamorous experience to satisfy your late-night cravings, look no further than Sleek. Open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 pm every other night of the week, locals say this is the best chocolate they’ve ever had. Sleek specializes in chocolate waffles, chocolate crepes, and handmade chocolate truffles.

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Best Frozen Cocktails in Houston

It’s time to start thinking about the best ways to beat the heat in Houston, so why not take your happy hour down a few degrees and cool off with the best frozen cocktails in the city? Check out these local favorites at the best frosty beverage havens in the heart of Houston.

The Cocorita The Cocorita and Piñarita at El Pueblito Patio have to be at the top of any frozen cocktail checklist. These tangy margaritas are served in hollowed-out fresh coconuts and pineapples for an impressive, tropical presentation.

The Volcano Bowl Lei Low Tiki Lounge serves this epic, four-person frozen drink icy but flickering with flames and bedecked with fresh flowers. Lei Low offers a wide variety of delicious frozen drinks, but this party-sized beverage is a must-try; be sure to bring some friends along to help you out!

Jolly Rancher Daiquiri The Daiquiri Shack, a drive-through daiquiri joint in Houston, has a huge menu of blended frozen drinks with hilarious names and wild flavors. Start off with the Jolly Rancher, a blend of cherry, lime, and strawberry.

Moonshine Mojito The Moonshiners Southern Table on Prairie street takes popular drinks and gives them a moonshine-y twist. This ice cold mojito is sure to hit the spot with pineapple-infused moonshine, cointreau, demarara syrup, fresh mint leaves, lime and pineapple juice.

Build Your Own Infused ‘Rita This epic, build-your-own margarita option at El Big Bad is the end-all-be-all of margaritas. Guests can choose from a seasonal swathe of infused tequilas flavored with everything from churros to poached pear and rosemary to beef jerky to habanero. If you want an excellent margarita experience, this bespoke menu allows you to create the frosty cocktail of your dreams.

Have you been sipping on some great frozen cocktails in Houston? Let us know, and we’ll feature your hot spots in the next articles!





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