Let’s start with a few facts: Brunch is the most important meal of the week, and Houston’s home to some of the best-ever brunches. So it follows that if you’re in Houston, you’d better darn well brunch. One of the most decadent, over-the-top Sunday spreads has always been at Uptown mainstay Hotel Granduca—and after a three-year hiatus, the luxury Italian hotel is unveiling a new, better than ever Sunday brunch buffet.
Let’s get one thing straight: Chef Chris Shepherd doesn’t sleep. How else can we explain the vast sea of his accomplishments, which range from a 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest to a themed restaurant concept that closes each year, only to unveil an entirely new menu and look one month later?
This week, downtown Houston is getting an exciting new addition. On Friday, celebrate the start of the weekend with a visit to the newest concept from bar expert Mike Raymond of Reserve 101, one of the best whiskey bars in the U.S. Along with international bar star Michael Neff and designer Greg Swanson, Raymond is launching The Cottonmouth Club, a come-one-come-all joint serving up world class cocktails and private barrel blended whiskey.
Meeting Brock Wagner at Saint Arnold Brewing Company feels like meeting a kid in a candy store. Never mind that Wagner founded the company 24 years ago and can be found working long hours most days—you get the sense that he’s just as excited to be there as the legions of fans that show up for twice-daily (thrice on Saturday) guided tours. Wagner’s enthusiasm, his belief in what he’s doing, is what allowed Saint Arnold to survive as the first microbrewery in Texas, long before craft beer was even a gleam in the average consumer’s eye. You can taste it in the beers that he and his team create, from the Amber Ale that started it all to more recent efforts, like a collaboration with local James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega.
Montrose is one of the best neighborhoods in Houston. Its quirky array of shops and coffeehouses, proximity to the Museum District, and unbeatable restaurants all contribute to the area’s appeal. One of the newest watering holes on the scene is also one of the best. Within just weeks of opening, Agricole Hospitality’s Night Heron has carved its space as a noteworthy neighborhood nest. With inventive cocktails, a globally-inspired menu, and a comfortable, airy space, the only thing you’re left wanting when you leave is more.
For the sixth year in a row, many of Houston’s leading restaurants are teaming up with The Thread Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse once and for all, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Starting on April 1st, Houston diners will find a Blue Plate Special entrée, dessert, or drink on the menu at participating eateries; for every Blue Plate menu item ordered, the restaurant will donate percentage of its proceeds to The Thread Alliance.
It’s easy to love Easter, that most joyful of spring holidays. The world is flowering, your favorite pastel outfit is ready to go, and the ones you love can’t wait to see you. Now, the only question is: Where to celebrate Easter Brunch? You’ve come to the right place. Houston is brimming with perfect choices, from elegant, champagne-toast affairs to New Orleans-style revelries. Here are a few of Houston’s best Easter Brunches, lunches, and more.
Springtime is here, and in Houston, that means one thing: Patio season. Patios make everything better—the fresh air and convivial atmosphere are the ultimate harbingers of relaxation. Besides, everything tastes better under blue skies. So grab a few friends, order your signature drink, and soak in a dose of “Vitamin P” this season—here are a few of the best patios in Houston.