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Tucanos Brazilian Grill Opens

Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.

Little J's

4218 Washington, 832-649-5293

Start your Independence Day celebration early at Little J's on Washington on Wednesday, July 3, with the monthly "Bourbon and Bacon" night. The menu focuses on bacon dishes paired with bourbon — like pulled pork sandwiches — bacon-wrapped hot dogs and cocktails like the Arnold Palmer's Cooler Cousin.

And take in some fireworks during or after your meal.
And take in some fireworks during or after your meal.
Wakefield Crow Bar has opened in the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest area.
Wakefield Crow Bar has opened in the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest area.

Little J's and Underdogs' Block Party

4218 Washington, 832-649-5293

4212 Washington, 713-868-5688

Little J's also hosts a block party on Washington from 2 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, with Underdogs Sports Bar to benefit the recently injured Houston firefighters. The party will feature a barbecue booth, raffles, live music, sparklers and fireworks. All donations will be given to the injured firefighters and 50 percent of the sales from Little J's and Underdogs will be donated to them as well.

The Tasting Room — CityCentre

818 Town & Country Blvd., 281-822-1500

This Fourth of July, take your family out to The Tasting Room in CityCentre to enjoy $2 off pizzas throughout the entire day; military families can enjoy 50 percent off all food purchases. The Tasting Room will also offer a Red, White and Blue special of a ten-ounce rib eye with fries and a choice of either a house salad or a Caesar salad for $15.99.

Texas de Brazil

822 Town & Country Blvd., 713-730-3013

Texas de Brazil offers a Star Spangled Blitz made with strawberry and Piña Colada purees, Blue Curaçao and Cachaça rum all weekend starting July 4. Celebrate the holiday with an Independence Day-themed cocktail.

Red, Hot & Blue Festival

Town Green Park and Waterway Square,

281-363-2447

2099 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands

31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands

Get out of the house and head over to Town Green Park and Waterway Square for the Red, Hot & Blue Festival in The Woodlands. Starting at 6 p.m., you and your family can enjoy food from various vendors. At Town Green Park, Baines Family Concessions will serve grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, lemonade and tea; Farley's Concessions will sell funnel cakes, hot wing baskets, Texas-size corn dogs, nachos and loaded fries; Potbelly Sandwich Shop will serve sandwiches, cookies and chips; Kona Ice and Snow Cone Hut will offer snow cones; Nothing Bundt Cakes will sell its bundlets; and Rico's Mexican Grill will serve beef nachos, cheese nachos and crispy taco baskets. Waterway Square will have Franky's Gourmet Hot Dogs, Frozen Bliss Shaved Ice and Gigi's Cupcakes. Enjoy craft and domestic beers, wine, sodas, popchips and water from beverage booths at each location as well. Don't forget about the hot dog and watermelon-eating contests.

The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers — Landry's Seafood

1212 Lake Robbins Dr., 281-363-9750

During the Red, Hot & Blue Festival's Fireworks Extravaganza, you and your family can get a front-row seat to watch fireworks over the Waterway by taking a cruise on one of The Woodlands' Waterway Cruisers while enjoying a meal catered by Landry's Seafood at 7:30 p.m. The meal begins with samples of fried calamari, shrimp en brochette and an avocado crab cocktail. Choose from three entrée selections: filet medallions with a wild mushroom sauce, a crab cake stuffed with shrimp, or citrus grove mahi. End the exciting night on a sweet note with key lime pie. Each ticket costs $85.99.

Beaver's

2310 Decatur St., 713-864-2328

Starting at 11 a.m., Beaver's will host its 4th of July Extravaganza complete with the second annual hot dog eating competition, a Nilla Puddin pie throwing booth, and several drink and food specials from the restaurant. Hang out at Beaver's for a day full of fun activities and stay to watch the fireworks from the patio.

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington, 713-880-8737

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., you and your family can grab a Classic American Brunch at Max's Wine Dive. Chef Michael will serve the regular brunch menu featuring chicken-fried rib eye with a truffle gravy, two eggs made however you like and jalapeño cheddar grits, or Anna's Nutella Banana Crepes topped with fresh whipped cream.

Saint Dane's Houston Sports Bar & Grille

502 Elgin, 713-807-7040

Wings are just 35 cents at Saint Dane's on Independence Day starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until midnight. Happy hour will run from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes $2 domestic beers, $3 well drinks and $2 off all appetizers. After happy hour, the deals don't stop. Well drinks and longnecks cost $3, and frozen margaritas are $5.

Outback Steakhouse

All locations

Throughout the week until July 4, Outback Steakhouse is giving military personnel 10 percent off their entire guest check. Order a couple Bloomin' Onion appetizers and celebrate this wonderful national holiday.

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. at Grand Parkway, Katy, 281-395-5533

During the sixth annual July 4 BIG Backyard Barbecue celebration at LaCenterra, you and your family can enjoy fireworks, live music and a backyard barbecue featuring burgers, hot dogs, nachos, sausage-on-a-stick, cookies, beer, wine and soda. There'll also be several booths selling sweets like shaved ice and frozen yogurt.
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Restaurant News

Openings and Closings
Bistro Des Arts, Iguana Joe's & More.

Molly Dunn

This week, several big-name chefs and restaurant owners spoke about their newly opened and to-come restaurants. Oh, yeah: Iguana Joe's apparently got a lot of people sick and is shut down temporarily. But enough of the gross news; let's get back to some openings we are pretty excited about.

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