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The patio and dining room were both good options during my recent visit to Porta’Vino on Washington Avenue. The airy atmosphere bid me to choose to sit inside, and with windows letting plenty of natural light in, the space felt open and welcoming.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 […]

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The American bistro Alice Blue is nestled along the shops of West 19th Street, which gives the space a community vibe while also being more upscale. The space ultimately feels modern and new, even with the cozy, spacious booths that are positioned along the walls. The high ceilings and natural light also make the restaurant […]

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When I arrived at Katz’s in the Heights for a late dinner I wasn’t surprised it was busy. Socially-distanced tables were full and every other booth occupied. It wasn’t a surprise since, you know, they “never klose.” My dinner companions and I enjoyed a lengthy meal of an appetizer, entrees and a dessert. I never […]

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There’s no such thing as a boring bagel at Golden Bagels & Coffee. Even the classic bagel and cream cheese tastes elevated at first bite. Add in breakfast and lunch sandwiches and you get a combo of delicious dough and savory ingredients. Golden Bagels uses a two-dough stage dough technique to make its bagels. The […]

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By Stefan Modrich Nearly a month into its reopening, Heights Bier Garten has evolved into a destination for foodies, dog lovers and craft beer snobs alike. The airy and spacious patio gives you plenty of room to socially distance, and though the Houston humidity may not quite evoke your ideal Oktoberfest setting, its appeal will […]

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BCK has gone through a few changes since it first opened in the Heights in 2018. While its original menu offered nostalgic staples, the focus of the restaurant shifted to burgers last year. I visited BCK once before the menu shift and had not gone back. The food was OK, but there was nothing calling […]

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By Zarah Parker A hacienda is an estate with a dwelling place at its center. And that’s replicated at La Hacienda in the Heights. The Tex-Mex restaurant is a large open space surrounded by walls that look like buildings or houses around it, complete with railings that “people” could look over the crowd from. It […]

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Soul food is like the more seasoned version of Southern food and with staples I’d never tried before — specifically, the oxtail. A friend told me that if I was going to eat soul food and wanted to be adventurous, I needed to try oxtail. It was definitely an experience, and one that took some […]

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Even though I rarely order soup before the weather turns cooler, I ordered the soup of the day at Flower Child on a whim. And it made me yearn for fall and winter. Flower Child’s soup of the day was chicken, white beans and fresh poblano. The broth was dark brown and hearty. Along with […]

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The medieval knight riding a horse while holding a chain connected to a pink donut on the Morningstar donut box is charming. The scene is complete with a few landscape details, trees and grass, and behind the knight is a floating open door with a swirl of donuts flying through it. I’ll admit I get […]

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Eating Pinkerton’s Barbecue for the first time made me stop and ask myself why I wasted time eating anything less than great barbecue in the past. Then I remembered how much the barbecue at Pinkerton’s cost me. It’s some of the best barbecue I’ve had in Houston, but ordering by the pound was pricey — […]

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Eating dumplings from Dumpling Haus made me feel like I could eat them every day and wouldn’t complain about it. The Sawyer Yards outpost, which got its start at farmers and artisan markets, is the perfect place not only to get a dumpling fix, but to also introduce people to the dish. My lunch partner, […]

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Squable’s menu is designed for sharing. Brunch is separated into three parts: bread, small plates and big plates. Two clean plates were set in front of my tablemate and me, while every dish we ordered came out and was set between us. This meant before we ordered we had to talk through each decision, which […]

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Beautiful century-old live oak trees dominate the front patio of Live Oak Grill. The branches of the trees are spread out wide and provided shade to the patio during lunchtime. The trees aren’t the only historic aspect of Live Oak, located at 10444 Hempstead Rd. I was told the building that houses the restaurant was […]

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I haven’t eaten on a patio in weeks due to Houston weather. But after arriving at Studewood Cantine recently, I noticed fans on the patio. The fans, plus the breeze that indicated a coming storm, made sitting outside in the middle of the summer bearable. Even though my small group was the only one on […]

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Since it opened on West 18th Street, I’ve heard great things about Dak & Bop. When I finally got to try its specialty, Korean fried chicken, I wasn’t disappointed. While the dining room at Dak & Bop is open, I opted for online ordering and curbside pick-up. It was an easy process to order online, […]

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One ingredient can make or break a smoothie. That’s why if you’re going to grab a smoothie from a place like JuiceLand, a health-minded smoothie and juice outpost, you should read the ingredients list a few times and really consider whether or not you would want a certain flavor included. Chances are that one ingredient […]

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I’m convinced the patio at Preslee’s Southern Good Eatery is the perfect place to take your family. The first time I dined at Prelee’s, pre-COVID-19 pandemic, the laidback seating of hammocks, swings and lawn chains allowed for the adults to eat and chat in peace while the horde (seven) of children took advantage of the […]

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Les Ba’get is one of those restaurants I become easily obsessed with. When it was still chilly out, there was a time I found myself inside the restaurant more times in a week than I’d like to admit. And it never failed to be delicious. The staple of my trips to Les Ba’get is the […]