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Brunches, Bars & Snappy Hours: Fall + Holiday Edition

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Every issue we round up the best brunches, bars and happy hours from around the city! If you haven’t had a chance to flip through our Fall+Holiday Issue we highly suggest it and hope you get to check out all of these amazing spots this season!

Bloom & Bee

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Bloom & Bee draws you in with bold pastel colors, lavish floral details and perfectly placed table settings almost too beautiful to touch. Your time at Bloom & Bee will not be forgotten — not just because of the time you’ll spend sipping on one of their signature drinks like the Monarch cocktail (Earl Grey-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka, fresh lemon juice, Giffard apricot) while looking out at the pool — but because all of that is met with delectable food. We suggest starting your meal with seasonal oyster with green apple foam, followed by a spinach and arugula salad sprinkled with flavorful Texas pecans, Maine lobster with hand-rolled gnocchi and ending with the most adorable dessert, baked Alaska: dried meringue, vanilla bean and elderflower ice cream and raspberry rosé gel, topped with a baby candied ladybug!

Cafe Poêtes

Photo Courtesy of Emily Lunstroth

French café and wine club Cafe Poêtes was started by Karine Favre-Massartic, a French woman turned Houstonian, this past February. After 15 years in Houston, she was craving a little piece of home in Houston. Every detail from the crown molding to the thoughtfully curated book collection on the bookshelves are hand-picked by Karine and are a nod not just to her personal ties to France, but classic French culture as well. Both the menu and the aesthetics recreate an authentic French cafe. Right when you walk in you feel as if you have stepped into Paris. With high ceilings and a flood of natural light, it’s the perfect escape.

The Grove

Photo Courtesy of The Grove

We admit, Houston doesn’t have a ton of green spaces. Discovery Green and The Grove restaurant located on the south side of the park make you think differently. Brunch at The Grove is a Sunday-only buffet, taking over the bar and lounge area. The meal includes barbecue brisket benedict, towering displays of freshly baked breads and pastries, savory crepes, a breakfast taco bar and more. Brunch at The Grove is more than a decadent buffet; it is an experience! You can enjoy a mimosa ($15 with one cent refills)while looking out onto the vast 12-acre park through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and enjoy a cool fall day.

Relish Restaurant & Bar

Photo Courtesy of Julie Soefer

Relish Bar & Restaurant, located in the heart of River Oaks, has hit the refresh button on their happy hour and breakfast menu. Staying true to their roots of American food with a southern flare, Italian and French culinary twists influence the menu and it does not disappoint. Executive Chef Dustin Teague is thrilled about their new offerings, “We just love that this gives us an opportunity to exercise some creativity with our happy hour,” says Teague. Although they are getting creative with happy hour, their breakfast is all about elevated classics: a mouthwatering hot honey chicken biscuit, breakfast tacos, fresh fruit and granola yogurt and much more.

International Smoke

Photo Courtesy of Shannon O’Hara

Even though Houston may have lost to the Golden State Warriors this past season, we are still drooling over Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina’s restaurant that just hit Houston, International Smoke. The menu is inspired by both Mina’s and Curry’s travels and heritage in hopes of bringing communities together based on a wide variety of food and beverage options. This internationally inspired menu takes visitors to Jamaica with the Jerk Spice-Seasoned Duck Wings, Japan with the Japanese Miso Ribs, and Argentina with its Argentine ribeye. The happy hour menu includes a red curry cornbread, Toyo-style karaage, Ribs & Rocks (combination of a variety of ribs and oysters) and pickle back shots.

Featured Image Courtesy of Emily Lunstroth.

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