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Even though there’s a multitude of area couples who try to avoid Valentine’s Day crowds at restaurants by celebrating the holiday of love before or after Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day is still a day of packed restaurants.

Jellyfish Sushi - located on the corner of Ella Blvd and W 34th street, is a unique dining spot that prides itself on serving reasonably-priced cuts of fish and creative sushi rolls. This Japanese restaurant is in the same shopping center with local favorites such as Shipley Do-Nuts and The …

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I’ve long accepted the fact that fried chicken is my favorite food. It’s a deceptively simple dish that can either have you cringing because there’s no seasoning in the breading, or singing because of how much flavor comes from one bite into its crispy skin.

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Bacon, eggs and toast is a common breakfast plate. But if I ate that every morning, I would tire of it. I’m not a breakfast person. It’s not about the food, but the time of day. Food first thing in the morning just isn’t appetizing. But as I’ve tried to eat breakfast every day because […]

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The Heights is a hot spot for any new or niche restaurant and bar concept, but it wasn’t always so. When I was growing up a neighborhood over in Oak Forest, the Heights was a laid-back, come-as-you-are kind of neighborhood. And while that vibe hasn’t disappeared, it’s places like the Yale Street Grill that have […]

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When the night’s fast is broken in the morning hours, the food that’s commonly thought of as breakfast items – eggs, toast, pancakes and more -are cooked and feasted upon. But why do those food items qualify as breakfast? Why not chicken parmesan, a ham sandwich or chicken tenders? Common Bond Café’s chef Jason Gould […]

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The team at Underbelly Hospitality is working on a concept to bring to the Houston Farmers Market, 2025 Airline Dr. With support from Underbelly’s owner and chef Chris Shepherd and business partner Todd Mason, who owns and is redeveloping the market along with MLB Partners, Nick Fine will head up the upcoming Wild Oats. Fine, […]

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The interior at Kin Dee Thai Cuisine is open and airy, accented by lights encased in golden orbs, red and gray seating and white tables. But the detail I found most satisfying was the blue and white dishes. I’ve always liked this kind of china, so having it display my meal was a little bonus […]

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It was Christmas Eve and all I wanted was to eat Whataburger. Much to my dismay, it was closed. But as soon as the holiday ended and restaurants reopened, where was I? Whataburger. As I was chomping down on my large fries I realized that I craved Whataburger way too much. As with any new […]

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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company released its first line of hard seltzer in December. The first in Buff Brew’s Summer Street Hard Seltzers line was Hibiscus Lime. On its Instagram, the brewery describes the seltzer as a drink brewed similarly to tea with hibiscus flowers and lime puree. The second seltzer in the line is Tangie, […]

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Bernardo Garcia already had lost his father and his uncle. He wasn’t ready to part ways with the beloved neighborhood restaurant to which they devoted their lives. Garcia said Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, which opened in 1974 and initially closed Dec. 30, reopened Friday at 5305 Antoine Dr. He said he, his uncle, Fernando Anaya, […]

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Last week, my niece and I went through the Taco Bell drive-through. When we got to the window the employee took my credit card and while it was processing, asked us if we were ready for Christmas or ready for it to be over. “It” being the tumultuous year of 2020. I leaned over from […]

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If it wasn’t for the constant flow of traffic on North Shepherd Drive, I could have forgotten I was in the middle of Houston while dining at Piper’s BBQ & Beer. The patio is set up like a wraparound porch complete with spread-out tables and picnic-style benches. There’s a small section of seating inside, but […]

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Studewood Grill is the sister concept to Studewood Cantine. Both are located at 1111 Studewood St. The new concept is in its soft-opening stage. The menu for the soft opening features a variety of seafood options like Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, House Smoked Salmon and Shrimp Cocktail. The menu also has a ribeye, New York strip […]

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After 35 years in the hospitality business, Rainbow Lodge owner Donnette Hansen had thought she’d seen it all. “But this pandemic has been a wild ride,” Hansen said. “I don’t mind challenges, I thrive on a bit of chaos, and persevering through adversity keeps me young. I still love what I do and I encourage […]

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The space at 1221 W. 11th St. hasn’t been the luckiest spot for the restaurants owned by Delicious Concepts. Over the last few years it’s been repurposed for different concepts with the most previous one being Blackbird Izakaya. A few months ago, it was repurposed as Robot Noodle, a simple ramen outpost that uses the […]

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Eureka Heights Brew Co, 941 W. 18th St., recently announced its new “High Five Society Brew Club.” For the annual cost of $199, members will get three pints in the taproom each month, one take-home beer each month, a members-only T-shirt, a members-only 20-ounce glass, a 10 percent discount in the taproom or drive-through and […]

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In 2001, Garden Oaks residents Doug and Julie Mischlich started a cookie baking tradition. In the years since, that tradition has turned into a full holiday operation. “It started out delivering a plate of 30 or so cookies to 25 neighbors and friends,” Doug said. “There were nine different types of cookies that were a […]

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Cookies are more fun at Fluff Bake Bar, which has a selection of classic cookies with an upgraded twist, along with staples you can’t find anywhere else. The other dessert options at Fluff are just as good, too. The Unicorn Bait cookie is one of my favorites. It’s a sugar cookie with birthday cake crumb […]

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Allan Hursig believes cookies bring warmth and love to the holidays. “Everyone has an image of that special cookie baked by someone they love during the holidays,” Hursig said, “and that nostalgia just brings such comfort and pause to our lives when we are trying to get by and survive probably the most stressful time […]

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Cedar Creek Bar & Grill, 1034 W. 20th St., is hosting the Holly Jolly Pub Crawl and Toy Drive this Saturday. The event begins at The Boot, 1206 W. 20th St., at 5 p.m. Crawlers then will visit Drift, Bungalow Heights, McIntyre’s, Wicklow Heights and Preslee’s. At 8 p.m., Cedar Creek will have a “Best […]

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Onion Creek is the type of place you can spend hours at and not even realize how long you’ve been there. With a spacious patio and cozy inside, patrons have plenty of options to decide how they want their experience at Onion Creek to go. The patio deck curves from the front of the building […]

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A long career in the hospitality industry has given Marin Slanina a breadth of knowledge on how to create the concept she’s envisioned for years. And last Saturday, Star Sailor, a one-stop shop for craft beer, wine, foods and retail products, had a soft opening at 1710 W. 18th St. Beginning this week, it will […]

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Shoot the Moon is a restaurant and self-serve bar set to open in Spring Branch before the end of the year. Under STM Hospitality LLC, comprised of Kevin Floyd, Dax McAnear and Jonas Herd, Shoot the Moon will have a second location at the Stomping Grounds development in Garden Oaks. The concept, also referred to […]

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“Bread … that this house may never know hunger. Salt … that life may always have flavor. And wine … that joy and prosperity may reign forever.” If you’re familiar with the quote, you’ve probably seen “It’s a Wonderful Life,” featuring one of my favorite actors, James Stewart. While the items were given as housewarming […]

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Houston Cider Company, 1125 W. Cavalcade St., and Bee2Bee Honey Collective are launching a collaborative cider on Friday. The honey cider will come in a six-pack, with each of the ciders using six different Bee2Bee honeys sourced from six neighborhoods across Houston. A six-pack is $15 or $25 with the commemorative glass. Customers will get […]

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Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage is the newest restaurant to open its doors in Oak Forest. Planted along West 34th Street, between Oak Forest Drive and Ella Boulevard, the spot was opened by brother-sister duo Vienna and Rico Valencia, who have ties to the neighborhood. During the evening, being the only place open in the new development, […]

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I can’t imagine snuggling in a blanket in front of a fireplace during the cold months in Houston. Maybe that’s because I’ve never lived in a house that had a fireplace, or maybe it’s because Houston doesn’t have cold months as much as it has occasional cold days. But what I can and do imagine […]

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Maybe it’s the constant flow of tunes playing over the speakers. Maybe it’s the friendly faces that greet you over the register. Or maybe it’s the deep smell of coffee that weaves into your clothes and stays with you even after leaving that makes Slowpokes such a perfect place to hang out and grab a […]

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The on-the-go concept of Common Bond in the Heights at 601 Heights Blvd., will be open for a short time on Thanksgiving Day to help anyone who needs to grab some last-minute treats. From 7-11 a.m., customers can purchase coffee, croissants or holiday pies. The pie selection includes Maple Pecan, Dutch Apple and Bourbon Pecan. […]

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No restaurant was exempt from the trials and tribulations COVID-19 put them through. That is why Aya Lessor, beverage director for Preslee’s, 1430 W. 19th St., said she didn’t even hesitate when a representative for Cointreau approached her to participate in a holiday cosmopolitan program. The program, “Cosmos for a Cause,” is a joint effort […]

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“I miss Carter and Cooley.” Those are the words Garden Oaks resident Leslie Ryan typed when asked where the best place in the area is to get a sandwich. The former West 19th Street shop Carter & Cooley Company Delicatessen closed its doors more than a year ago and is still remembered and longed for […]

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If you’re not a sandwich aficionado, it’s easy to fall into a simple, boring sandwich-making routine. “A sandwich is a sandwich,” is something someone told me once. They weren’t necessarily wrong, but they were missing out on all the variety you can have in your sandwich at home, from toppings and breads to sauces and […]

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The gem of Pinemont Drive is Ploughman’s Deli & Café. With six specialty sandwiches along with a make-your-own-sandwich option, the deli delivers on delicious, freshly made items. The deli is currently closed for dine-in, but during a previous visit, I was able to enjoy its Star Wars decorations and cozy outdoor patio. On that visit […]