Trader Vic's Inc.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Lei Low Tiki Bar: A New Taste of Tropical Paradise

    Houston's finally has a dedicated tiki bar after decades without one. Lei Low, at 6412 N. Main, opened Friday with flaming tiki drinks, aloha shirts and healthy does of Houston's tiki history. The bar is the brainchild of Russell and Elizabeth Theode, formerly of Downhouse, and Brad Moore and Ryan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    A Brief History of Crab Rangoon (Is Cream Cheese Native to Burma, Or London?)

    One of my guilty pleasures is American Chinese food. Although a recent trip to Beijing and Shanghai afforded me the extended opportunity to eat "real" Chinese food (which I heartily enjoyed), I still have a soft spot for General Tso's chicken and chop suey. My absolute favorite American-Chinese d ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Houston's Best Tiki Bars*

    Houston is finally set to get a true 21st century tiki bar next month, when Lei Low finally opens. Though it won't be the city's first tiki bar. The long-gone Shamrock Hilton was once the site of a Trader Vic's. There was a tiki bar out on the west side when I first moved to town. And who could forg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Narduwar The Human Serviette's 11 Best Interviews

    exclaim.caNarduwar (left) and the patron saint of 4/20​Nardwuar The Human Serviette from "Vancouver BC Canada" knows all of your favorite bands, artists, and rappers better than you, and better than they know themselves. At first glance, he kind of resembles a Canadian Matthew Lesko (the free- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Vintage Houston Restaurant Postcards: The Days of Wine and Roses

    Brennan's has long been the cock of the walk in Houston.​Although a good handful of Houston restaurants have been around at least as long as my grandparents, the general rule of thumb in this city is that restaurants live fast and die young. And although you rarely find postcards of current r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Marquis II

    Photo by Paul Knight​The Place: Marquis II2631 Bissonnet St. 713-522-2090The Deals: Most drinks are $1 cheaper than normal. Cans of Pearl Light and PBR are $2.50. Also nightly drink specials. The Hours: Monday through Friday 5-9 p.m.The Scene: A man to our left at the bar at Marquis II, the popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Vintage Cocktails: DIY Orgeat

    Photo by ElenadanBlanched, slivered almonds​A few years ago, I was living in another part of the world without ready access to certain creature comforts, like good rum, limes and liqueurs. This called for a degree of ingenuity and experimentation. So when I came across a recipe for homemade or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Vintage Cocktails: Tiki Drinks

    Brittanie SheyBig Bamboo, served in vintage tall glasses.​Say "tiki drink" to someone unfamiliar with the cocktail style, and they'll often imagine a frozen daiquiri with an umbrella served at some bar where Jimmy Buffett is on repeat and all the patrons wear Tommy Bahama. But the truth is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: El Diablo

    ​Texans who love tequila are among the most passionate spirit enthusiasts in the world. Their connection to the agave spirit may at times seem overzealous, but tequila's Texas history may explain their unbridled enthusiasm for the spirit. Several stories about tequila's introduction into Texa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Must-Do Dallas

    ​So maybe, like Texas Traveler, you're exiled to Dallas for a business conference, or an extra-long layover at DFW airport, or relocated for work and have no idea how to pass the time. Well, Texas Traveler has a few ideas, some off the beaten path, and some right smack square in the middle of it.6 ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 20, 2004
  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Stirred and Shaken

    P.F. Chang's mai tai