Common Bond Rendering

An artist's rendering of the Garden Oaks Common Bond, which opens Thursday. 

After opening a location in the Heights at 499 W. 19th St., Common Bond Bistro & Bakery quickly became a neighborhood favorite. The cafe then opened a drive-thru, on-the-go concept in the Heights during the COVID-19 pandemic at 601 Heights Blvd.

Now Common Bond has brought the same kind of drive-thru concept to Garden Oaks at 3210 N. Shepherd Dr., previously Kim’s Service Station. It opens Thursday.

Common Bond’s on-the-go concepts do not feature the café’s full menu, instead focusing on grab-and-go meals as well as items such as pastries, cookies and freshly baked breads.

The Garden Oaks Common Bond will operate daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Rainbow Lodge ‘Rescue Menu’ benefits food bank

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Blvd., recently released a special menu that will benefit the Houston Food Bank.

The “Food Bank Rescue Menu” is a three-course meal with wine, priced at $75 per person. It’s available in-house or to-go during the month of March.

For every meal sold from the recue menu, Rainbow Lodge will donate $5 to the Houston Food Bank. The food bank will be able to provide 15 meals to those in need per donation from Rainbow Lodge.

The rescue menu features Fried Texas Quail Bites as a starter, a choice between a Pan-Seared Snapper or a Grilled 10-ounce Bison Ribeye for the entrée and a choice between Croissant Bread Pudding and Chocolate Mousse Torte for dessert. The special also includes a half-bottle of red or white wine.

Antone’s launches new po’ boy

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys has launched its newest sandwich in its “H-Town Originals Campaign.”

This time, Antone’s teamed up with Dr. Peter J. Hotez, Texas Children’s Hospital Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, co-director of Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

“The Dr. Hotez One World” Bahn Mi will consist of thinly sliced marinated beef on house-baked French bread served with pickled carrots, cucumber, daikon radish, papaya and fresh jalapeño with a roasted garlic-sambal aioli for $8.95. It will be available throughout March at all Antone’s locations, including 2724 W. T.C. Jester Blvd.

Half of the proceeds made from the sandwich will go to Texas Children’s Hospital to support its Center for Vaccine Development.


Eureka brings back Catalina

Eureka Heights Brew Co., 941 W. 18th St., has brought back its beer-wine hybrid Catalina Wine Mixer.

To make the mixer, Eureka took its Neon Moon wort and blended it with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice, then fermented it with Belgian Abby yeast. The wine mixer is 9.5 percent alcohol by volume.

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