Generally, Nightfly doesn't see grown men order a drink simply by pointing at the menu, heads hung in shame. But from a rickety chair at Voodoo Queen (311 Milby) recently, we giggled in amusement at how often it was happening. Gentlemen beware. The frothy pineapple goodness of the bar's cheeky "Pen ... More >>
An authentic New Orleans experience in Houston can be had, for a price.
It still smells like coffee outside the Maximus Coffee Group plant on Harrisburg Boulevard in the Second Ward, but there's no smoke coming from the plant's exhaust chimneys, and no trucks are driving in and out of the complex carrying Maximus coffee. Ninety percent of the 250 unionized workers at M ... More >>
Perhaps calling Voodoo Queen a dive bar is unfair. The drinks are carefully crafted and well thought out, and the food I've tried so far has been fantastic. The bartenders are cordial and helpful.The jukebox still works. Yet, there's something very dive-y about the newly opened Voodoo Queen that mak ... More >>
Eight months after setting tongues wagging by announcing a new side project called the Gift Horse Lounge, the owners of Moon Tower Inn took to Facebook yesterday to let everyone know the joke's on them. There's no such thing as the Gift Horse Lounge after all. The entire bar was apparently a ruse t ... More >>
"What took so long?" asked a recent commenter regarding Moon Tower Inn's almost 18-month absence, pointing out that the East End hot dog stand looks -- at first glance -- largely unchanged. Here, still, is the canteen-style window that doubles as counter service and bar. The patio too is largely in ... More >>
The T-shirt I woke up in on Sunday morning came from Moon Tower Inn, but not in typical fashion. This isn't one of their "Come and Take It" or "UGHDK" shirts. The tattered sleeveless Misfits shirt once belonged to former Moon Tower bartender Bryan Jackson. He and I were so fond of each others' shirt ... More >>
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A new year means plenty of new restaurant news, and we're glad to have it. Starting with the super-awesome-spectacular news that there's now a Vietnamese restaurant/craft beer bar in Webster. Yes, Webster. Nobi Public House (241 E. NASA Road 1) is a collaboration between brothers Charles and Andy Ng ... More >>
Last year -- at the tail-end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all aro ... More >>
Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.
The East End is undergoing some necessary growing pains right now as a new generation of Houstonians rediscover the neighborhoods right next door to downtown. Construction of a METRO light rail to connect the East End with the main line has had Harrisburg torn up for some time, but is nearly complet ... More >>
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It's been a busy week, so straight to the dish: Cuchara, the Montrose restaurant at the corner of Taft and Fairview that's been under construction since February, is set to have its soft opening this coming Sunday. I peeked in one afternoon this week and saw an open, semi-industrial dining room with ... More >>
Emo. The word conjures so many images. For your average American, it will make them think of black eyeliner, wrist-cutting, and essentially hair metal for the '00s. For hardcore kids, they'll think of Jawbreaker. But either way you slice it, emo has had its ups and downs as a genre and has changed ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseCrawfish spread out on newspaper-covered picnic tables: the classic boil set-up. See more photos in our slideshow.If there were ever a place built to host crawfish boils, it's Moon Tower Inn. People stretched languidly across the lawn in chairs brought from home, puppies ... More >>
We're chatting with Bryan Jackson as he hands out plastic cups full of craft beer and takes orders for gourmet sausages from within his dimly lit, crimson-hued shack at Moon Tower Inn. "I've known Brandon Young [one of the owners] for a while, probably seven years," he says. "We grew up toge ... More >>
This Second Ward hangout is all about good food, good beer and good friends.
Photos by Troy FieldsYes, please.In only a few months since opening, Moon Tower Inn -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is on its way to becoming a Houston legend. Mark my words. Now, whether it's a short-lived legend or the kind of legend that becomes a time-worn and well-loved ins ... More >>
Second Ward has first-class venue.