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Taste Why Pretzel Buns and Homemade Chips Make Local Foods Stand Apart From the Rest

October 22, 2014 4:02 pm

Local Foods is Houston’s modern take on the sandwich shop, complete with concept lighting and local beers. Customers order food at the counter and seat themselves to await their order.

Menu items feature produce and meats sourced locally when possible, from the olive oil to the cheese to the eggs. Here, you can anticipate a variety of options to please everyone, including sandwich options like the duck with cranberries and brie, a traditional Vietnamese banh mi with tofu, and roast beef with cheddar and curried cauliflower. Regulars are a big fan of the pretzel bun that comes with select menu items, and the homemade chips and vegan chili make savory sides.

To wash down your locally based meal, choose from Texas beers, like Rahr & Sons and Southern Star, or enjoy a Mexican Coke or the hibiscus-pear kombucha.

Local Foods
2424 Dunstan Road
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 521-7800

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Fine Dining Awaits at These Upscale Eateries in Houston

October 16, 2014 5:02 pm

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a great new restaurant, Houston is home to a number of luxurious, decadent, and even innovative fine dining restaurants. Here are two popular eateries.

1) Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
You can’t cross the street in Texas without running into a steakhouse, but Pappas Bros. Steakhouse truly stands out in the crowd. This family-owned fine dining restaurant has been in the Pappas family since 1976, and each dish is prepared with the utmost attention to detail just like it was back then. All of the meat is cut, dry-aged, and seasoned in-house to create a crave-worthy steak every time. Pappas Bros. also serves exceptional seafood, a variety of desserts, and a wine list filled with perfect pairings.
Locations in Houston and Dallas; see website for contact information

2) Uchi Houston
For diners with a more adventurous flair for food, Uchi Houston offers fresh, new takes on traditional Japanese dishes and cooking techniques. The restaurant itself is located in one of the most unique buildings you’ll ever dine in, with a large, round stone tower in the front and contemporary decor throughout. Browse sashimi tastings, creative sushi rolls, eclectic desserts and, of course, an expansive sake list to create a meal that appeals to each of your senses.
904 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77006; (713) 522-4808

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Pinot’s Palette: A BYOB Art Studio in Houston

October 8, 2014 4:01 pm

You're probably already familiar with the premise of those paint-your-own pottery studios, but did you know that an adults-only version exists here in Houston? It's called Pinot's Palette, and the idea behind this "BYOB art entertainment studio" is a little different from the competition.

First, amateur painters are invited to enroll in a painting class from Pinot's Palette's online schedule, which also displays the exact painting that will be attempted (no talent required!) during each two- or three-hour class. Then, the student simply shows up to the studio approximately 30 minutes before the class's start time; Pinot's Palette supplies all the necessary materials. However, the real draw of these classes, which are more akin to a social outing than a serious art class, is the fact that participants are encouraged to bring along a bottle of wine and some snacks—in addition to an eagerness to have a fun night out with friends.

Pinot's Palette's classes range in price from $39 to $49. This Houston studio is also a popular spot for parties and other special events.

Pinot’s Palette
2406 Taft Street
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-4769

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