Brandon Young

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Six Metalheads and Punks Who Went Folk

    Hey everyone, here's a thing I've noticed: lots of guys seem to "mature" and quit metal and punk to do other stuff. Yeah, yeah, I've pointed out many times that these are genres for youngsters, and once you reach a certain age maybe it is time to find a different career. On the other hand, what's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Searching For a Real New Orleans Experience In Houston

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 5, 2013

    Going Beyond the Beads at Voodoo Queen and Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club

    An authentic New Orleans experience in Houston can be had, for a price.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Maximus Coffee Workers Strike to Protest Planned Wage Cuts; Voodoo Queen Supports Strikers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    First Look at Voodoo Queen, the Second Ward's Newest Dive Bar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Moon Tower Inn Supposedly Opening Voodoo Queen; Gift Horse Lounge Just a Ruse

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    They're Back: The New Moon Tower Inn Has More Beer, Faster Dogs

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Moon Tower Inn Reopens After 15 Months, Ragged Edges Still Intact

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 10, 2013

    Do the Curry Crawl

    The top 10 restaurants in Little India.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Fat Bao and Vietnamese Craft Beer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Are We There Yet? Restaurants We're Excited About for 2013

    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 >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Pass the Vegenaise

    Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the East End

    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 >>

  • Dining

    August 30, 2012

    The Best Beer Labels

    The most iconic and creative on Texas shelves.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Cuchara Slices Up a Soft Opening and the Gift Horse Lounge Opens Its Mouth

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Put On A Happy Face: 6 Ex-Emos Who Found More Success By Being Happy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Boiling Bugs at Moon Tower Inn

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Bryan Jackson of Moon Tower Inn

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    December 9, 2010

    Party at the Moon Tower

    This Second Ward hangout is all about good food, good beer and good friends.

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Meat-Up at Moon Tower Inn

    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 >>

  • Music

    October 21, 2010

    Moon Tower Inn

    Second Ward has first-class venue.