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  • December 2011

    This Month In HoustonSIGHTS SHOPPING DINING NIGHTLIFE

    ChildrensActivities

    Kids Corner

    Page 10

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  • January 20, 2010Greetings,

    As Mayor of Houston, I extend a special welcome to the readers of Key This Month In Houston, one of the oldest visitors guides in our city.More than 30 million people visit the Greater Houston area every year to experience our world-class restaurants, appealing museums and thrilling sports arenas. Key This Month In Houston, highlights our array of attractions and entertainment our diverse city has to offer.I welcome all visitors and hope you will share in the Houston experience,

    taking with you lasting impressions of the spirit, vitality and tradition which characterize our city. Please utilize Key This Month In Houston as an outstanding source of information, which showcases the exciting aspects of visiting the City of Houston.Best wishes for much success, and I look forward to your continued support of our city.Sincerely,

    Annise D. ParkerMayor

    Key MagazineDecember 2011

    PublisherGuy R. Yount

    Associate EditorAngie Senneff

    LayoutPre-Press Services

    An affiliate of Magazines Inc. Published monthly and distributed weekly without charge to hotels, motels, Texas Medical Center and other distribution points in and around Houston. Registered and Copyrighted 2011 by Eagle Media, L.L.C.. All rights are reserved to the complete contents of this magazine. This magazine is authorized by, and the trademark KEY and

    KEY designs in English and foreign languages are licensed by KEY Magazines, Inc., Nation-wide. Published throughout the United States.Houston: 1220 Waverly, P.O.Box 70601, Houston, TX 77270-0601, 713.880.9200

    e-mail: [email protected] Internet-www.keymag.comIf you are running low on magazines, please call 713-880-9200.

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    Houston Concierge Association Michelle constantly stays informed of whats new and happening so she can keep her local and international guests happy.

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    BAYOU BEND COLLECTION. One ofthe nations premier collections of American decorative arts is housed in the former estate of Miss Ima Hogg, One Wescott St.713-520-2600 / [email protected]

    HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER. A 155-acre wildlife sanctuary that contains 5-1/2 miles of self-guided trails under a forest canopy, around ponds and through a swamp of recreated coastal prairie. Daily 8:30am-6pm. 4501 Woodway Drive. 713-681-8433. *Este refugio silvestre de 155 acres con-tiene 5,5 millas de sendas de auto-gua bajo una bveda for-estal, alrededor de las lagunas, y a travs de un pantano de llanura costal recreada. Todos los das

    THE MENIL COLLECTION. Works ofart include antiquities, Byzantine and medeval art, tribal cultures, 20th-Century painting and sculpture with particular emphasis on Surrealism.1515 Sul Ross. www.menil.org 713-525-9400. *Las obras de arte incluyen antigedades, arte bizantino y medieval, culturas tribales, pintura y escultura del siglo XX, con nfasis particu-lar en el Surrealismo.

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    MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTONTutankhamun: The Golden King

    and The Great PharaohsOctober 16, 2011 - April 15, 2012

    Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs takes you back 5,000 years in time and explores what it was like to live like a pharaoh through the Golden Age, when Egypt was at the height of power and artistry. The exhibition spans 2,000 years and some of the most notable leaders of ancient Egypt. More than 100 artifacts from the tombs and temples of King Tut, his ancestors and contemporaries bring this rich history to life.

    The Missouri City Ballet & Laeral Dance Academy presents The NutcrackerBalletThe Nutcracker Ballet will be held at Elkins High School on Saturday, December 3rd at 6:30 pm and Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 pm. This is a wonderful production of the Great Holiday Classic. Tickets are $15.00 pp in advance, or $20.00 pp at the door. Call: 281-969-7054, or purchase tickets at www.laeraldance.com.

    Come Home for the Holidays!Weekends Nov 11 - Dec 14, 2011. The 31st Annual Home For The Holidays Celebration returns to Historic Old Town Spring every weekend from November 12 through

    The Bell Tower on 34th is the perfect location for your next stylishly intimate event or grand extravaganza. A spectacular event venue strategically located in the heart of Houston, The Bell Tower on 34th features magnificent architecture inspired by and reminiscent of grand Italian villas and luxurious haciendas. A unique facility that can accommodate your special celebration of up to 1,200 guests.

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    December 24, 2011. The fes-tival features a special opening w e e k e n d Holiday Tree L i g h t i n g C e r e m o n y with a 30-foot tall, decorated Christmas tree along with live entertainment

    at the Spring Historical Museum. Each weekend the entertainment continues on several stages throughout Old Town Spring as the local shops and businesses come alive with the spirit of the season. In addition there will be complimentary balloons and candy canes, strolling performers, a horse-drawn carriage, holiday light installations and festive exhibits, street vendors peddling kettle corn along with an exotic animal petting zoo. Dont miss Santas Village offering photo opportunities each weekend with Santa and Mrs. Clause, train rides for children and adults.

    LOCAL VENUESHouston Ballet(713) 227-ARTSHouston Grand Opera(713) 228-OPERASociety for the Performing Arts(713) 227-4SPAHouston Symphony(713) 224-7575Alley Theatre(713) 228-8421 / 800-259-ALLEMiller Outdoor Theatre(713) 284-8350Broadway IN Houston(713) 629-3700Da Camera of Houston(713) 524-5050Theatre Under The Stars(800) 678-5440Hobby Center for Performing Arts(713) 315-2525Wortham Theater Center501 Texas

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    Minute Maid ParkVisit remarkable Astros Field with its 242 foot high retractable roof, and a replica of a 19th century locomo-tive that runs along the low roof track on the west side of the ballpark. The historic Union Station building features the Astros' flagship retail store and a cafe in the lobby. For daytime walking tours in the off season, call 713-259-8000 / astros.com

    Battleship Texas3527 Battleground Rd./281-479-2411The San Jacinto Battle-ground, home of the U.S.S. Texas, veteran of two World Wars, and a dozen campaigns. Tours on-board daily. Visit a museum of Texas history and the 570-foot monument to the San Jacinto battle. Open daily 10-5pm.

    Contemporary Arts Museum5216 Montrose/713-526-3129 / www.camh.orgMajor local and nationally renowned artists works, post 1945 American art, film, concerts and lectures by exhibiting artists. Open Tue.-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat.-Sun. 12-5pm.

    National Museum of Funeral History415 Barren Spring Drive / 281-876-3063With over 35,500 square feet of exhibition space the National Museum of Funeral History is the largest educational center on Funeral Heritage in the United States and perhaps the world. This museum houses the largest collection of funereal artifacts in the U.S. The numerous exhibits trace the history of funeral services, displays historic hearses and provides memorabilia from funerals of the famous, such as Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley.

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  • HOUSTONThe Natural Science Museum has a lot of stuff. There are permanent collections of minerals, natural history exhib-its, a planetarium with laser shows and an Imax theater, a butterfly habitat, a paleontology exhibit with dinosaurs,and a new chemistry hall. This place is very crowded, especially on weekends, and you should call in advance for reservations for the Imax, planetarium and butterfly exhibit.

    The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a stunning, living exhibit that showcases hundreds of live butterflies in a

    naturalistic rainforest setting. The central conservatory is a dramatic three-story glass cone filled with tropical plants and exotic butterflies. During a typical visit, one can expect to see 50 to 60 different species of the worlds largest and most colorful butterfly species, flying through the balmy air, hovering over flowers or sipping fruit juice and occasionally, landing on visitors!

    Downtown Aquarium Sea creatures of every shape and size are on view at the Downtown Aquarium. The Sunken Temple exhibit reveals the wonders of ancient Mayan culture and the underwater world, while a journey on the Shark Voyage gives you an intimate view of the ocean's most infamous predators. A great place for family fun, the aquarium also features outdoor attractions such as the 100-foot Diving Bell Ferris Wheel and the Dancing Fountains. Drink and dine at the Aquarium Restaurant or the Dive Lounge. And while there, make sure to check out the new white tigers exhibit.

    Space Center Houston is the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It's the product of the joint efforts of NASA and Disney Imagineering. Easily the most popular attraction in the Houston area, there's nothing like it any-where else in the world. You'll find plenty of exhibits and activities to interest both adults and children.

    Western DreaminWe know your childs dreams are as big as the wild west. Whether they're dreaming about riding and roping on the ranch or racing into first place around the barrels, Cavenders has the hats, belts, boots, jeans and western shirts kids love!With a selection that can't be beat, and a price that won't break your budget, you can't go wrong! Come on in and shop the latest styles that will make your little cowboy or cowgirl's dreams come true.

    The Battleship Texas is docked near the San Jacinto Monument. The Texas fought in both World Wars, and has recently been extensively repaired. You can wander all over the ship, above and below deck.

    KEMAHThe Kemah Boardwalk is a hotel and restaurant destina-tion in which also features a small selection of amuse-ment rides. The main attractions of the 35-acre complex are its many restaurants, recreational sailing, and rides.

    GALVESTONRailroad Museum, shopping and Victoriana on the Strand, trolley to the ocean side. Rent a bicycle or skates and cruise along the 10 mile seawall.

    Moody Gardens has a 3D IMAX, a white sand beach, an indoor rainforest and beautiful landscaping.

    There are a lot of family friendly activities in

    Houston, here are some of my favorites.

    Colton from Cavenders Boot City

    Sponsored by Cavenders Boot City

    Interactive Activities for KidsTraveling art exhibitions from across the world are showcased in the

    John P. McGovern Kid's Hall alongside Junktion, a collec-tion of activity tables that form together to make a train. Three carts of Junktion host interactive activities, which change weekly in accordance with the various themes. On other carts, children may paint their faces or put on a puppet show.

    Family Friendly - Kids Special Events Throughout the year, many special events are kicked off in Kids' Hall, including the widely popular New Year's Noon - Houston's longest running New Year celebration for children.

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    FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Nov 24 Jan 1

    Holiday sights, sounds, smells and snow

    during Moody Gardens 10th Annual Festival of Lights

    (Tickets are additional, order from Moody Gardens)

    Hilarious Weekends at The Grand 1894 Opera House

    Tuna Christmas ~ Dec 13 23(Tickets are additional, order from The Grand)

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    HOUSTON CONCIERGE ASSOCIATIONS5TH ANNUAL

    CONCIERGE CLASSIC CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENTOn Monday, November 21st over 110 golfers participated in the HCA Tournament benefiting Star of Hope and the International House of Blues Foundation at beautiful Wildcat Golf Club. HCA President, Kim Murray and Past President and Volunteer Chair, Helen did a fantastic job setting up for the tourney. The players were greeted with continental breakfast, Bloody Marys courtesy of Savvy Vodka (special thanks to our Savvy Girls Brandy & Cheryl), the driving range, putting green and of course the raffle and silent auction. The Miles Sterken and the entire staff at Wildcat did a great job to insure a wonderful outing.

    Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors Wildcat Golf Club, Silver Eagle Distributors, Savvy Vodka, Event Communications, Edwin Watts Golf, Del Friscos, Eagle Media, Richard Hudgins Photography and Hard Rock Cafe. Also our generous In Kind Sponsors Tintos, Bruce Woods, House of Blues, Dulce Vida Spirits, GHCVB, Houston Astros,

    Downtown Aquarium, James Mora and Capitol Printing

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    HOUSTON CONCIERGE ASSOCIATIONS5TH ANNUAL

    CONCIERGE CLASSIC CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENTBruce Woods once again did a wine tasting at 11:30 and as the golfers came in from play they were treated to lunch provided by Hard Rock Cafe. During lunch the various raffle winners were announced the prizes were given out and the silent auction closed. The Houston Concierge Association would like to thank everyone who volunteered, played, contributed and supported this event.

    Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors Wildcat Golf Club, Silver Eagle Distributors, Savvy Vodka, Event Communications, Edwin Watts Golf, Del Friscos, Eagle Media, Richard Hudgins Photography and Hard Rock Cafe. Also our generous In Kind Sponsors Tintos, Bruce Woods, House of Blues, Dulce Vida Spirits, GHCVB, Houston Astros,

    Downtown Aquarium, James Mora and Capitol Printing

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    UPTOWN PARKA EUROPEAN STYLE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

    European ele-gance meets Texas style at Uptown Park. This is a life-

    style center like no other Houstons elegant Italian-style piazza. Catering to lifes indul-gences, the center is lined with shops, boutiques and cafs that create an intimate atmosphere with an emphasis on charm. Lush with fountains, detailed architec-ture and lavish landscaping, the surroundings are warm and inviting. This is a place where shoppers can linger at intimate gathering spots, sip on a glass of wine, or stroll with a latte.

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  • BOX & BOX JEWELERS2514 Rice Blvd.

    Houston, TX 713-266-7783

    Tuesday - SaturdayPrivate Parties [email protected]

  • Fine Cigars AccessoriesPipes & Tobacco Liquors & Wines

    Houstons Oldest & Largest Cigar & Pipe Shop2412 Times (in the Rice Village)

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    GalleriesPerimeter Gallery2365 E. Rice Blvd. / 713-521-5928 www.perimiterart.com.A full service Gallery in Rice Village with a vari-ety of choices Creative Custom Framing, Sculptures, Framed Local and International Art, Etched Glass and more. Also offering Corporate and Personal Art Consultation.

    GolfEdwin Watts Golf5395 Westheimer (Galleria)/713-627-2411 6920 FM 1960 West (Willowbrook) 832-249-6133 www.brownbookshop.com.Edwin Watts Golf has all the newly released golf clubs, golf balls and golf equipment to assist you in making the most of every round, with great golf brands like Callaway, Titleist, Taylormade, Ping, Nike, Adams, Nickent, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, MacGregor, Ben Hogan, Footjoy & more!

    JewelersBox & Box Custom Jewelers2514 Rice Blvd / 713-266-7783 www.boxandboxjewelers.netLocated in the beautiful Rice Village area. We are a full service jewelry store that excels in personal service providing a safe, comfortable shopping experience. Houstons only authorized Ball Watch dealer. Convenient parking right at our front door. Fine Gems, Infinity Diamonds, Quality Time Pieces, Custom orders on request. Dont settle when it comes to your jeweler.

    Wright Pawn6218 Westheimer / 713-780-2274 www.wrightpawn.comEstablished in 1975, and purchased by the Wright family in 1992. We specialize in diamonds, estate jewelry, designer and signed jewelry, fine watches, gold jewelry, broken and scrap gold, sterling flat-ware, antiques, crystal, designer handbags, cameras, electronics - most anything of value.

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    Limousine ServiceMerlos Charters andLimousine713-742-0774 / 1-866-367-5466 www.merloscharters.comProviding the best in luxury transportation for all occasions, nights out on the town, bachelor(ette) parties or airport transfers. Featuring a well kept fleet of limousines, sedans and mini buses.

    Liquor/WineSpecs Liquor Warehouse2410 Smith St. @ W. Gray /713-526-8787 8102 Westheimer/713-780-2573/www.specsonline.comA whole lot more store. The largest selection of liquor and wines in Houston. Large walk-in cigar humidor, gourmet foods, upscale deli and crystal glassware. Friendly staff helps make your shopping a pleasure. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm.

    ShoesBrucettes4920 San Felipe 713.993.0022/800.229.0022 1520 W. Bay Area Blvd. 713.941.1170 www.brucettes.comThe shoes you want on you. Brucettes Shoes offers the largest selection of fashion and designer shoes in the Southwest. Carrying sizes from 3 to 14, in widths from 5A to EE, Brucettes has every-thing youre looking for in fine footwear.

    Specialty ShopsThe Briar Shoppe2412 Times/713-529-6347 www.briarshoppe.comHoustons oldest and largest Cigar & Pipe shop. Fine cigars, Pipes, Tobaccos, Cigarettes, Liquors, Wines & Spirits.

    Western WearCavenders Boot City12 Houston Area Stores 800-696-BOOT for the nearest locationWhen visiting Houston take home some real souvenirs. Houstons complete western wear out-fitters, with 12 stores in Houston. Shop on-line at cavenders.com

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  • Voted the BestPawn Shop in Houston!

    Specializing in Designer Jewelry,Diamonds, Fine Watches, Gold

    and Platinum Jewelry, DesignerHandbags, Sterling Flatware,Signed Crystal & Collectibles

    6218 Westheimer Road 77057Located just 1.5 miles west of the Galleria between

    Fountainview and Hillcroft/Voss. For more information, pleasecall 713-780-2274 or visit us online at www.wrightpawn.com.

    Visitors receive free jewelry cleaner when mentioning this ad.We look forward to meeting you!

    2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010Better Business Bureau Winner of Distinction

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    REWARD YOUR PATIENCE. SAVOR THE FRESHEST FLORIDA STONE CRAB.

    5350 Westheimer 713 783 7270 www.trulucks.com

    Every Monday night, enjoy all-you-can-eat Florida Stone Crab for one low price.From our traps to your table in hours.

    I TS BEEN SO LONG,ITLL FEEL L IKE THE F IRST T IME

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    Welcome to Carmens BoutiqueSee what I have waiting for you!

    carmensboutique.com

    Houstons Largest Selection4 Locations

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    The Best South-American Steakhousein Houston (Houston Press)

    Pradaria is the first and only Churrascaria that combines Rodizio(continuous table site carving) with

    South American Home Styleand Contemporary dishes.

    Lunch - Dinner

    Performance schedule may changewithout notice. Call for information.

    "Girls from Rio"4th Friday

    of each month

    "Latin Night"2nd Friday

    of each month

    10694 Westheimer(btwn Beltway 8 & Wilcrest)

    281-501-2960Pradaria.com

    Working for You Today and Tomorrowwww.ridemetro.org

    RAIL STATIONSThe 7.5 mile METRORail line includes 16stations. Each features easy-to read Signage and adetailed map to help you find your destination.Regular audio and Visual announcements notifyyou of arriving trains.

    TICKETVENDING MACHINES (TVMs)When using METRORail or starting yourcommute on rail, your first stop may need to be attheTVM.Conveniently located at each station, andother locations around town, the TVM is used topurchase your Single-Ride Ticket or Day Pass.TheTVM accepts cash, coins and credit/debit cards.

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    Houstons Largest Selection4 Locations

    713-799-1300

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    713.861.8666 rainbow-lodge.comOutstanding Gulf Seafood and Wild Game

    Winning Shot

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    American / AmericanoHard Rock Cafe502 Texas (Bayou Place)/281-479-7025Enjoy the famous restaurants tasty Rock'n Roll Chili or take a juicy bite of legendary Hamburger, Chicken, Fish, Salads and Giant Desserts are also on the menu. Don't forget to bring home a Hard Rock Houston tee-shirt.

    Goodes Armadillo Palace5015 Kirby Drive/713-526-9700A veritable Old West Saloon with a true feel of the late 1800s! A full restaurant and bar with Live Texas Music 5 days a week!

    Bistro / CafeCafe Express12 Houston LocationsCafe Express' extensive, mouthwatering menu features traditional American favorites, each with a unique gour-met twist. The fast casual experience combines fresh high-quality food with the convenience of self-service that allows you to enjoy a quick lunch or a leisurely glass of wine with dinner. Fresh - Causal - Lunch - Dinner - Happy Hour -ToGo, visit www.cafe-express.com.

    Breakfast / DesayunoThe Buffalo Grille4080 Bissonnet (Weslayan Plaza Center)/713-661-3663 1301 Voss (at Woodway)/713-784-3663Voted best breakfast in Houston by the Zagat survey. Texas-sized Pancakes, Pecan Smoked Bacon, legendary

    1301 Voss @ Woodway 713-784-3663

    Sunday 8am - 2pmMonday 7am - 2pmTuesday - Friday 7am - 9pmSaturday 8am - 9pm

    Sunday 8am - 2pmMonday 7am - 2pmTuesday - Friday 7am - 9pmSaturday 8am - 9pm

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    Casual Atmosphere Hearty Breakfasts Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Outside Patio Dining

    Visit our new location:4080 Bissonnet 713-661-3663

    (Weslayan Plaza Shopping Center)

    Experience the Taste of Southern Brazil

    5865 Westheimer at Fountainview(Just West of the Galleria)

    713.244.9500www.chamagaucha.com

    Mon-Fri 11 am - 2 pmMon-u 5 pm - 10 pm

    Fri 5 pm - 10:30 pmSat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Sun 12 pm - 2:30 pmSun 4 pm - 9 pm

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    A Houstondining mainstay

    since 1973.

    Happy Hour 3 - 7

    Open:11am Dailytill 10pm

    Fri & Sat till 11pm

    9005 KATY FREEWAY713-461-9005

  • 2015 West Gray, Suite JHouston, TX 77019tintosrestaurant.com713.522.1330

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    Mexican Breakfasts, bottomless cups of serve-yourself coffee. Casual atmosphere, heaping portions, moderate prices. Lunch daily. Sun 8am to 2pm;Mon 7am to 2pm; Tues-Fri 7am to 9pm; Sat 8am to 9pm.

    Casual DiningThe Buffalo Grille4080 Bissonnet (Weslayan Plaza Center)/713-661-3663 1301 Voss (at Woodway)/713-784-3663Enjoy delicious daily lunch & dinner specials in a relaxed casual atmosphere. Heaping portions, moder-ate prices and Houstons best breakfast voted by the Zagat survey. Sun 8am to 2pm;Mon 7am to 2pm; Tues-Fri 7am to 9pm; Sat 8am to 9pm.

    IndianGourmet India13155 Westheimer @ Eldridge/281/493-5435Gourmet India Restaurant has a flair for the finer intricacies of Indian Cuisine. Years of experience and devotion have come together to bring a treat unique to the Houston area, and create the Passage to Culinary Delight! Open 7 days a week. Lunch from 11am - 2:30pm weekdays, 11am - 3pm weekends. Dinner 5:30 - 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday and 5:30 - 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

    India's5704 Richmond/713-266-0131Serving superb Indian cuisine for over two decades. Magical creations of grilled marinated meats and seafood, plus a heavenly variety of barbecue breads. The rice and

    vegetable specialties are meals in themselves. Gourmet buffet lunch or la carte lunch and dinner daily. Catering.

    The Moghuls Restaurant and M Lounge11681 Westheimer/281-589-2300/www.themoghuls.comBringing together both the traditional and contemporary South Asian cuisines of Pakistan and India in a fine din-ing experience. Serving buffet lunch and Dinner a la carte, from a menu that includes grilled meats and fish from a tandoori oven or charcoal grill.

    Italian / Italianoarcodoro ristorante italiano & bar5000 Westheimer #120/713-621-6888A stunning display of whole fish and antipasta draw you forward as the rustic elegance and Sardinian influences of this Northern Italian jewel sweep you away to the Mediterranean. Breads and pizza from the wood-fired oven, Tuscan influenced pastas & authentic Sardinian dishes await.

    Arturos Uptown Italiano1180-1 Uptown Park Blvd. / 713-621-1180This great Italian restaurant by Bill Sadler will charm you with its Tuscan gold hues interspersed with limestone walls, a whimsical mural, red booths, soaring ceilings, soft lighting, romantic music and rosewood floors. And thusly charmed, the New Italian Cuisine will sweep you off your feet. Open for lunch from 11am M-F and straight through until dinner. Dinner M -W until 10 and Thurs-Sat till 11. The bar stays open until the last romantic couple takes their leave.

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    Piola3201 Louisiana St. / 713-524-8222 / www.piola.itPiolas mission is to serve traditional Italian food with particular ambience, special dcor and great service, at affordable prices for allmaking dining out an experience beyond just eating. Those that come to Piola are aware of the fact that feeling comfortable is as important as eating well. Piolas cuisine is simple and healthy. Classic Italian thin-crust pizza baked in a wood-fire brick oven and complemented with many other creations, all delicious and original.

    Mexican / Mexicano1308 Cantina1308 Montrose Blvd./713-807-8996 www.eltiempocantina.comA unique Mexican Restaurant that has captured the unforgettable flavors of Hardwood Grilled Seafood and Fajitas. Featuring Gourmet Seafoods and other Specialty Items such as Veal Sweetbreads, Chilies en Nogada, Grilled Swordfish with Coconut Recado and Margaritas. 1308 Cantina features a relaxing Patio, Sunday Brunch and Scenic Views of Montrose, Midtown and Downtown Houston. Complete with Private Dining Areas for Parties and Business Meetings, conveniently located at 1308 Montrose Blvd for you to casually dine with friends, family or networking with your business associates.

    El Tiempo Cantina3130 Richmond Ave. (between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby)/713-807-1600 and 5602 Washington Ave. 713-681-3645 www.eltiempocantina.comFirst Rate Mexican fare, specializing in quality meats. Top notch verde tamal, enchiladas, chili rellenos are traditional favorites with sweet finishes such as orange flan, sopapillas and empaadas. Continuous service.

    Guadalajara Mexican Bar & GrillWest: 9799 Katy Fwy./713-461-5300, South: 2925 Southwest Fwy./713-942-0772, Woodlands: 27885 I-45 North/713-362-0774, Downtown: 1201 San Jacinto 713-650-0101Houstons home for fine Mexican food. Settle in at our table and enjoy favorites like marinade fajitas, melt in your mouth enchiladas and spicy campeche, or choose from one of many creations unique to our kitchen. With four convenient locations in the Houston area, you are never too far away from a great meal in an authentic Hacienda Style atmo-sphere. Whether you have a group of two or two hundred, our chefs always cook to perfection, and serve you with a fiesta attitude.

    South AmericanChama Gacha Brazilian Steakhouse5865 Westheimer at Fountainview / 713.244.9500 www.chamagaucha.comExperience the taste of Southern Brazil. An authenticchurrascaria steakhouse, offering a variety of succulent flame roasted meats including lamb, pork, chicken and beef, side dishes and an extensive salad bar. Impeccable service in an elegant sophisticated interior dcor reminiscent of the beautiful Pampas in Southern Brazil.

    SpanishTintos Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar2015 W. Gray @ Shepherd / 713-522-1330

  • Tintos offers a wide variety of traditional and modern Spanish tapas that have Cuban and South American influ-ences along with a large selection of Spanish wines as well as wines from all over the world. Weekends feature Flamenco dancing and live Spanish music. Come join us for paella, music and great wines (that you can buy and take home)on our patio.

    Steaks & SeafoodDel Friscos Double Eagle Steak House5061 Westheimer (in the Galleria) Suite 8060/713.355.2600Del Frisco's is renowned for its luxurious style, prime beef and extensive cellar of more than 1,800 wine selections, offers only the best selection of meats and seafood, with prime beef as its headliner. This spectacular 13,000-square-foot eatery boasts soaring windows that overlook the swanky Galleria skyline and a second-story mezzanine which features its own bar.

    Jimmy G's307 N. Belt E. near Intercontinental Airport/281-931-7654Fresh Gulf seafood prepared according to Louisiana traditions. Specialties include crawfish ettouff, fresh snapper and seafood gumbo.

    The Rainbow Lodge2011 Ella Blvd. @ T.C. Jester/713-861-8666 http://www.rainbow-lodge.comDine on contemporary regional cuisine in a lovely log cabin setting on an acre of ground. The eclectic menu ranges from exotic game, prime beef, impeccably fresh seafood & scrumptious desserts. Open Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Closed Mon.

    Ruths Chris Steak House6213 Richmond Avenue / 713-789-2333Serving the finest aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1,800 oven & served sizzling hot at your table. Additionally, the menu includes select fresh seafood & other meat entrees, including seasonal specialties like foie gras, buffalo strip & scallops. A variety of fresh-cooked vegetables, including seven kinds of potatoes, salads, homemade desserts & an extensive selec-tion of over 100 domestic & imported wines.

    Smith & Wollensky4007 Westheimer at Highland Village 713-621-7555The Highland Village location features the distinctive Smith & Wollensky steakhouse dcor of painted forest green wood trim on white with latticework flourishes with an interior of polished wood floors and brass trim. This 12,000 square foot restaurant can seat up to 350 guests.

    Todai Restaurant7620 Katy Fwy. @ MarqE Entertainment Center 713-682-0009Todai features a 160-foot seafood buffet counter brimming with over 40 kinds of sushi and over 15 dishes are served at both the fresh salad bar and hot entree island. A newly added Brazilian Churrascaria-style grill roasts the finest cuts of meat to be carved tableside by our expert and attentive staff, ensuring a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

    Trulucks Steak & Stone Crab5350 Westheimer/713-783-7270Dine in elegance at this captivating & original restaurant where fashionable atmosphere is taken to the limit. Only the freshest seafood, hand selected beef and Stone Crab so fresh in the water today, on your plate tomorrow. Now featuring 90 delicious wines by the glass.

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    Tintos Spanish Restaurant &Wine Bar in River Oaks offers an outstandingmenu of traditional spanish foods for lunch and dinner.Tintos tapas menu offersthe opportunity for diners to share and experience a wide variety of foods.Tintos has an extensive wine list and you may purchase wines to go. HappyHour Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm for 1/2 off on selected wines by the glassand chef selected tapas. Enjoy the outdoor patio that provides the perfect settingto enjoy our delicious Sunday Brunch, served from 11am-3pm.We look forwardto seeing you at Tintos for a true Spanish dining experience.

    Traditional Spanish Cuisine Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm

    2015West Gray, Ste. J 713-522-1330tintosrestaurant.com

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    PubsRichmond Arms5920 Richmond Ave. @ Fountainview/713-784-7722 www.richmondarmsonline.comEnjoy a great selection of fine brews in a laid back atmo-sphere. Over 80 beers on tap, Live English Premier League soccer & breakfast on Sat. & Sun.Stags Head2128 Portsmouth St./713-533-1199 www.stagsheadpub.comThe flower-filled patio and twelve-point stag sitting above the main entrance define the exterior of this quaint, yet masculine, English watering hole.. Memories-or fantasies-of Manchester will rise as the aroma of U.K.-flavored dishes like Cornish pasties or the Landlord sandwich are placed on the table.

    Sports Bar & GrillRookies Sports Bar & Grill305-B Sawdust Rd. The Woodlands/281-362-9610 www.rookiessports.comRookies offers full bar, full service kitchen, great game room, tournaments and activities, live bands, DJs, karaoke and of course all major sporting events on 35 screens. Rookies offers a unique combination of sports and live entertainment found nowhere else in Houston.Adult Entertainmentwww.allstarsmensclub.comwww.jackpotclubs.comwww.mensclub.comwww.ritzhouston.comwww.penthousehouston.com

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