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CRAVE_2018 Handcrafted Toppers

Houston’s Best Places to Indulge Before 2018

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Before you embark on your noble New Year’s resolution, indulge in the best of Houston, from flavorful sweets to towering burgers.



CRAVE 2018 Mini Toppers Dozen Box
2018 Mini Toppers Dozen Box | Image courtesy of CRAVE

This local favorite invites you to ring in 2018 with cupcakes crowned with exclusive, hand-cut toppers and mini cupcakes. The New Year’s mini dozen box is filled with an assortment of CRAVE’s best-selling mini cupcakes topped with 2018 fondant toppers for $24. This special offer is available in limited quantities in-store, or for pre-order from Friday (12/29) through Monday (1/1).

Visit one of CRAVE’s three Houston-area locations or call (713) 622-7283 to place your order today.



Underbelly Houston
Image by Julie Soefer Photography

The Montrose gem has been winning hearts since James Beard Award-Winning chef Chris Shepherd opened its doors. Now, plans have been announced to shut those doors, rebrand, and re-open in a new location as UB Preserv. Houston will say farewell to Underbelly in March, so hurry over to enjoy this beloved concept before, like 2017, it transforms into something new.

1100 Westheimer Rd.  | (713) 528-9800 |


Liberty Kitchen

NY Day - Slightly Stoopid Burger
Image courtesy of Liberty Kitchen

Start 2018 on your own terms: Exclusively on January 1, devour the over-the-top Slightly Stoopid “Commitment” Burger, a sandwich unmatched in size that begins with a Meats by Linz Prime-Rib/Brisket Grind Patty and is stacked with chicken fried sugar-cured bacon, American cheese, pimento cheese dip, deviled egg, BRC’s burger sauce, Eddie’s mustard pickle jalapeño sizzle, onion, lettuce, avocado oil-marinated tomato, and surrounded by a Kaiser onion-poppy bun. The $39.18 burger comes with a side of Kona Town Pork Belly, Chicken Fried Spam, and Lobster Tempura Gravy Fries, plus a 6-ounce Lush Lunch Infamous Brewing draft pull. The burger’s name is a nod to the band Slightly Stoopid, a favorite of Culinary Director Lance Fegen.

For this unforgettable meal, visit one of Liberty Kitchen’s three Houston locations in the Heights, Uptown, or Memorial.



Paulie's Montrose
Image by Two Cats Communications

A Montrose institution since the ‘90s, Paulie’s offers some of the best homemade pasta, pizzas, and paninis around. Satisfy your Italian cravings alongside a glass of vino, and follow up your meal with Paulie’s famous decorated shortbread cookies. They are the very definition of indulgent, with a perfectly sweet, buttery flavor.

1834 Westheimer Rd.  |  (713) 807-7271  |


Mastro’s Steakhouse

Bone Marrow at Mastro's Steakhouse Houston
Photo courtesy of Mastro’s Restaurants

The latest glittering star on the Houston restaurant scene, Mastro’s Steakhouse debuted this December at  Uptown’s forthcoming luxury, mixed-use development, The Post Oak. Owner Tilman Fertitta pulled out all the stops to present his hometown with the finest in fine dining, with unbeatable ambience and an impeccable menu and wine list. As the old year turns to the new, treat yourself to a meal the Billion Dollar Buyer would be proud of.

1650 West Loop S  |  (713) 993-2500  |

Cover image courtesy of CRAVE

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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