Sugar Land

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Betting on Their Own Team: Sugar Land's Minor-League Gamble Pays Off

    Houston is a rambling, gambling town and this year Best of Houston celebrates those in the community who are taking a chance. At baseball's major league level, the stadium boom of the 1990s was built on promises of economic stimulation and community pride, with cities investing hundreds of millions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Say Hello to Another Cupcake Shop

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Newk's Eatery will be opening its second location in Houston at 20802 Katy Freeway in Katy on Saturday, August 2. The first Newk's that opened in Houston is located at Cypress at 25712 Northwest Freeway. Newk's serves a variety of large salads, a selection of pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    What A Muslim Looks Like

    Several years ago, my mom told me about an incident in which one of my cousins and his friends were told, or more fittingly "yelled at," to "go back to their damn country." They were playing basketball in a local, empty outdoor court, when some white people drove by and started slinging slurs at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Largest Food and Wine Fest in Texas Returns to Sugar Land Next Week

    The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is back with a slew of events sure to tickle your taste buds and whet your whistle. As always, the event, which organizers describe as a "celebration of all that is good, gooey, sweet, savory, bubbly, hoppy and simply irresistible," will feature numerous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Weekday Lunch Menu at Saint Arnold Brewery

    Saint Arnold Brewery now has a lunch menu , and it's offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit the brewery and order the Saint Arnold Daily Lunch Special for $17.55, which includes the lunch special of the day, two extra courses and beer. Order the Meat and Texas Cheese Plate fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    2013: The Year in Houston Openings & Closings

    It's that time of year again. As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014, let's take a moment and reflect on the restaurants that opened and closed this year. Unlike our usual Openings & Closings reports, this one is simply a month-by-month listing of which restaurants joined the Houston dining sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Park Grand Opening, Sunday Morning Brunches & Taste of Sugar Land

    Dia de los Muertos @ El Gran Malo Saturday 11 a.m. through Sunday, 2 a.m. 2307 Ella Blvd. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at El Gran Malo. The fun begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Chef Ben Rabbani from the soon-to-open El Big Bad will be making tamales for attendees to enjoy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Halloween Parties, Montrose Crawl & More

    Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewing Company Friday, 5-10 p.m. 2000 Lyons Ave. The tour hall at Saint Arnold Brewing Company is being transformed into a bar during Pub Night from 5 to 10 p.m. There's no entry fee, but guests can purchase pretty much whatever beer they want -- by the glass or bottle. Pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Revisiting Blu in Sugar Land

    Here's the thing about Blu Restaurant & Lounge in Sugar Land's Town Square area: It looks more like a club than a restaurant. With its Miami-white facade and huge projection screen on the back wall, it could also be mistaken for one of the newer, hipper sports bars. And you wouldn't be wrong for mis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Openings and Closings: Midtown Happenings & a Cupcake ATM!

    We had one major closing to speak of this week and one almost closing, so let's just start there, and then move on to all of the exciting openings, shall we? Zunum restaurant in the Woodlands announced its closing on its Facebook page on Monday, August 5. Many people voiced their disappointment on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Sunday Brunch Gets A Little Less Fun and Midtown Gets A Little More Boozy

    Whew! What a crazy week it's been for openings and closings! First, the bad news. The worst news this week came from Farrago World Cuisine, whose owners announced it was closing after 13 years due to a massive increase in rent. The restaurant is catty corner to Midtown Park, which has seen a lot o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Skeeters Land 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game

    The hist just keep on coming for Houston's minor league franchise. While the Astros struggle with attendance, ratings and wins, the Sugar Land Skeeters win, fill the building and now find out they will host the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game at their home park, Constellation Field. As Sean Pend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Tucanos Brazilian Grill Opens in Sugar Land

    Houston is home to many Brazilian Churrascarias. Fogo de Chao and Chama Gaucha come to mind as the more well-known of the bunch, with places like Nelore, Tradicao, Angus Brazilian, and Pradaria spread out around town. With the opening of Colorado-based Tucanos Brazilian Grill (16535 Southwest Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Beers and Bowls for Charity, BrewFest and a Curry Crawl

    Beers for Boston at The Railyard All weekend 4200 San Felipe The Railyard (the bar which famously replaced the old Roll-In Saloon) is hosting a mini tap-takeover and charity event to support victims of the marathon bombing in Boston. Through the end of May, The Railyard will donate proceeds from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Recap: The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Grand Tasting 2013

    If there was one night a year to go crazy and totally overdose on food and wine, Friday night was definitely one of them. The Grand Tasting, signature event of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Festival sponsored by H-E-B, was every food and wine lover's dream come true, thanks to a who's who of some of Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Upcoming Events: What Do Duck Dynasty and Robert Earl Keen Have in Common?

    Any and all crawfish-eating you've been doing so far this season has just been practice for the main event: the annual Texas Crawfish Festival in Old Town Spring, which is coming up on April 19 through 21 and April 26 through 28. The festival has to be two weekends to pack in all the food and entert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    2012: The Year in Openings and Closings

    Here it is. The wooly mammoth of a post that we provide to you as a public service every year. All of 2012's openings and closings, listed by month, without fanfare or commentary. This is just the nitty gritty of every single restaurant whose doors have shut or opened in the last 12 months. Enjoy. ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    Burger Outpost

    Guru Burgers & Crepes offers up stunning combinations of burgers and craft beer in Sugar Land.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Craft Beer & Crepes: First Look at Guru Burgers and Crepes in Sugar Land Town Square

    Out of all the "town square" developments that have cropped up in Houston suburbs over the last few years, Sugar Land's Town Square has been one of the most successful. Along with Market Street in The Woodlands and CityCentre in Memorial, these neo-urban centers in traditionally suburban communities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Blind Items and Other "Fun" Activities

    A busier week than last gives us some bad news, some intriguing news, some good news and a couple of interesting blind items. Let's get that bad news out of the way first. Samba Grille closed last Saturday evening after service. The downtown restaurant -- which won our 2011 Best of Houston® award ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Upcoming Events: A Flurry of Festivals

    With warmer weather ahead, food festivals are kicking off in earnest across the city, starting with the 17th annual Bayou City Cajun Fest on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, at Trader's Village. Admission is free to the Cajun Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Plenty of home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    How to Become a Beerknurd at The Flying Saucer

    If you want a place to try beer, the shiny new Flying Saucer in Sugar Land does everything it can to help you achieve that goal, and it does it in a way that makes you want to come back again and again. There are 86 beers on tap, and another hundred and some odd beers by the bottle. All told, the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Openings & Closings: L'Olivier Is Landing

    First, chef Junnajet Hurrapan's new hotspot Blu opens up in Sugar Land's Town Square. Now, the development is getting another interesting addition. According to the weekly B4-U-Eat newsletter: The Japaneiro's people are opening Guru Burgers & Crepes at Sugar Land Town Square in May. It will serve g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Welcome to Sugar Land, Skeeters!! Never Mind About the $24K Worth of Copper Stolen from Your Ballpark!

    The new minor league baseball team the Sugar Land Skeeters got a nice introduction to their hometown over the New Year's weekend when thieves broke into the stadium the team is building and stole $24,000 worth of copper. Life in the big city, fellas. Fox 26 reports that 46 copper reels went missin ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 2, 2011

    Openings & Closings: November 2011

    Photo by Amber AmbroseEl Rey closed this week -- but which one?​Remember how busy of a month October was for openings and closings? November was a little slower, but not by much. In upcoming restaurants, one of our favorite bloggers reports that Calliope's is opening a second location of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Sugar Land Skeeters Go Old-School With Bullpen Cart; Two Classic Options They Could Have Used

    Photo by Sugar Land SkeetersYou can't kill this "tradition."​The minor-league Sugar Land Skeeters have announced, not that we noticed, that they will be bringing back the not-so-noble tradition of the baseball-shaped bullpen cart when they start play next year. "The yet-to-be-named cart will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Someone Liked Our Dead Fish Photos

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    The Sugar Land Skeeters Gear Has Arrived

    Fear the Skeeter!!!​You didn't like the name of Sugar Land's new minor-league team. Maybe you'll like the gear. On the other hand, since it's proudly emblazoned with the Skeeters name, it all may take some getting used to. The Sugar Land Skeeters have begun selling shirts and caps at an onli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Sugar Land Baseball Stadium Name: You Think You Hated Skeeters?

    You are looking (not) LIVE at StarTex Power Field!!!​The people behind the new minor-league baseball team in Sugar Land -- fresh off annoying many people with their choice of "Skeeters" for the team name -- have announced the name of their new $30 million stadium. Fun at the ol' ballpark will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    It's The Sugar Land Skeeters, Like It Or Not

    Talkin' baseball....​Sugar Land's minor league baseball team has a name, and it's one of the three finalists that no one seemed that enthused about. No, it's not the Lizard Kings. It's the Skeeters. Apparently already trademarked and unavailable were the Sugar Land DeLays, the Sugar Land Drac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Sugar Land's Big-Time Minor League Stadium

    Illustrations via city of Sugar landNothing minor-league about this​We were gone on vacation last week, so we missed the unveiling, on Sugar Land's municipal website, of the proposed new minor-league stadium. The city is seeking bids on a contractor to build the $30 million facility according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Sugar Land's Baseball Team: And The Finalists For Team Name Are...All Terrifically Bad

    Jim Morrison: HUGE in Sugar Land -- who knew?​Sugar Land, as most people who care know, is getting a minor league baseball team and a new stadium to house them.As is part of the textbook for these things, the owners had a contest for suggestions on what the team should be named. Usually they have ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 29, 2010
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    June 23, 2010

    Sugar Land Picks A Site For Its Minor League Baseball Stadium

    Coming to Sugar Land....​Minor league baseball is coming to Sugar Land, and it will be near the old Imperial Sugar factory that gave the city its name.The Sugar Land city council chose from among three options last night on where to build a stadium, and it picked a site near the intersection of Hi ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 22, 2010
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    March 15, 2010

    Sugar Land Gets Ready To Abase Itself To Google

    ​Google, which is a company that is web-related (we think), is asking communities around the nation to abase themselves in a competition to get an experimental ultra-high-speed fiber system that can deliver the net at more than one gigabyte a second.That is about twice as fast as a system that del ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    It's raining, wait, make that fried catfish

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Cloud 9ers

    ​Famous for out-beefing the local competition with their 9-ounce burgers, 9ers is one of those diners that boast a menu of everything under the sun, so long as it's fried. It's not fancy and it's never cool, but if you're going to do something wrong, this is where you go to do it right. Laced ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    November 17, 2009

    Top 5 Sweets of Sugar Land

    Wrong, but right: Oreo Pizookie​Imperial Sugar may not actually produce sugar in Sugar Land anymore, but even as dust collects on the factory smokestacks and the museum leads tours through the old warehouse, there are still a number of bakeries, breweries and cafes making Sugar Land's namesake ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009

    Bike & Bugs II

    Web exclusive!

  • Dining

    April 23, 2009
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    February 23, 2009

    Trainsmash Burger at Out of Africa

    Trainsmash is a South African tomato and onion sauce--a trainsmash burger comes slathered in the stuff. This one also had lettuce, fresh tomato and mayonnaise. I liked the condiments alright, it was the burger patty that was the problem. Out of Africa, the South African restaurant at Sugar Creek and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Peri-Peri Burger: It Seemed Like a Great Idea at the Time

    The peri-peri burger at Out of Africa, the new South African restaurant on Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land, is a hamburger topped with the legendary hot sauce made with African bird peppers. And since I love peri-peri chicken, peri-peri prawns and peri-peri everything else, I figured this one was a ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008
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    November 5, 2008

    Sugar Land, Missouri City Get Into The Entertainment Business

    Lost a bit in the election coverage -- although it's every bit as important as a black man getting elected president, dammit -- was the news that Sugar Land voters approved a series of proposals to create a cultural and entertainment district. The four linked proposals passed rather easily. They al ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra: An Evening Under the Stars

    Héctor Agüero Jr. takes the baton for the first time as FBSO conductor

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Big Plans in Little Sugar Land: Pro Baseball and Concerts Coming to the Brazos?

    It’s a prominent national trend: sterile but affluent suburbs all over strip-mall and cul-de-sac America scramble to retro-fit with culture, fun, a municipal center. You know, one of them-there “downtown” thingies. The Woodlands has already done so. Lisa Gray at the Chronicle wrote about the ... More >>

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