West University

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    The 5 Least Charitable Zip Codes in Houston

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published a report on charitable giving throughout the U.S. culled from Census information. The report noted that charitable giving among wealthier Americans is down and that the most poor citizens give a larger percentage of their income to charity than the ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Seasonal Special at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers

    If children were allowed legal access to cars and could drive themselves to dinner, JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers would be the most profitable restaurant in town. The combination of cheeseburgers, ice cream, cookies, a wall-length chalkboard ready for doodlin', and a Coke Freestyle Machine pretty mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Sautéed Napa [Cabbage] With Dried Shrimp at O'Yeah Cafe

    I went to O'Yeah Cafe on a tip from a friend who said the restaurant had a strong following of Chinese expats living in the West University and Kirby neighborhoods. While most Houston restaurants serving authentic Chinese food as well as some of the country's more unusual, regional dishes are locat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Website for Married People Looking for Extra Booty Ranks Houston

    There's probably a marriage counseling session going on right now where one of the spouses is talking about porn sites she found on her computer's web browser. Maybe there are some texting conversations that are clearly over the line on another spouses smartphone, or a dress with some strange stains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Dinner Delicacies at the New Local Foods

    When Local Foods opened its first location, I worried about its proximity to my gym. It continues to be difficult not to give in to the temptation to reward myself with a truffle egg salad sandwich and seven-layer bar every time I have a good workout. With the launch of a second Local Foods so clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Alleged TV Channel 13 Shooter Wrote of People "Exploiting Me Nude," and Other Bizarre Stuff

    The woman accused of firing shots outside Channel 13 (KTRK) Thursday morning posted results of a pap smear on her Facebook page, and wrote about people "who are defaming" her. Michelle Monique Burks, who was charged with felony deadly conduct after she allegedly fired shots into the TV station's We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    5 Reasons It Might Be Time to Move Out of the Heights

    I am a big fan of the Houston Heights. I lived there for the better part of 15 years and spent countless summer days at my grandparents' house just about 8 blocks east of there. It has so many things that make it a desirable place to live, from the big old oak trees to the quaint shops to the locati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    High Schoolers Think They Influenced the West University Election

    Election Day is long past a small group of high school students, mostly sophomores, is still celebrating a presumed victory of campaigning. In the weeks leading up to the election, a group of seven students from Lamar High School and St. John's were reading through the proposed amendments to the We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    HISD Dumps 20 Magnet School Programs, Saying They Just Didn't Measure Up

    Houston ISD, the district that years ago was a leader in the country in using magnet schools to desegregate its campuses, announced Thursday it will close 20 of its 115 magnet programs - saying that not enough kids from outside their zoned neighborhoods are going to these particular schools. Here' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Tales of an Instagram Nothing: Surviving a fun. Concert With Teenage Girls

    If one were to ever ask me what was the joy of being a personal driver for others, it's dealing with people. Particularly teenagers. You see, teenagers are pretty much the greatest middle ground you have in pop culture. Either they like something or they don't, and their observations on life are abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    H-E-B Plans New Galleria-Area Store; More Apartments Torn Down to Make Way

    In 2010, Montrose residents were upset to find out that the languishing Wilshire Village apartment complex, built in the 1940s, were scheduled for demolition after Texas grocery giant H-E-B purchased the large parcel of land at Dunlavy and West Alabama. Later that year, West University residents we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    It wasn't too long ago that the Houston Chronicle called Oak Forest "the new West University." The neighborhood just north of Loop 610 and to the east of Highway 290 has been attracting young families in spades -- families who are helping to reinvigorate the subdivisions that make up Garden Oaks and ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2012

    "Man-gina" Lawsuit

    Swamplot v. Condo head gets ugly.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Swamplot vs. Condo Head Mark Thuesen: Inside the World of Jewish Conspiracy, Bitten Penises, and Man-Ginas

    Every once in a while, a lawsuit is filed in Harris County that makes us jump for joy over its allegations of pure, unadulterated cray-cray. And this latest, filed Monday afternoon by the founders of Houston real-estate blog Swamplot against a condo owners association head named Mark Thuesen, doesn' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    West University Warns Residents: Hawks May Kill Your Beloved Pets

    West University has issued an ominous warning to residents: Your beloved small pets might get carted off by a hawk. "There has recently been a resident report of hawks or other large birds of prey nesting in the central portion of West University Place, seen near the intersection of Auden and Plumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    JerryBuilt Burgers Are Anything But

    I didn't learn the phrase "jerry-built" until I married [and later divorced] an Englishman. In America, we use the phrase "jerry-rigged" instead, but they mean the same thing: something that's poorly planned, hastily built or just generally thrown together. It's curious that JerryBuilt Homegrown Bur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Neighborhood Bars

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Here it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    H-E-B's New Montrose Market Opens Today; Take a Sneak Peek and Avoid the Crowds

    An outdoor eating area off the Cafe on the Run is shaded by one of the remaining oak trees.​I stood inside the vestibule to the new H-E-B Montrose Market (1701 W. Alabama) yesterday afternoon, awaiting the beginning of a media tour through the San Antonio grocer's latest Houston store -- all 7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Tea Time at the New Marquis II

    Photo by Paul KnightThe unchanged Long Island, sitting on the pre-renovation bar​Seeing people smoking outside of the newly renovated Marquis II is strange enough to distract you from the other changes, like the exterior coat of dark paint and the windows that make the place seem less like the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    FBI Releases Photo of Bank Robbers Leaving Kroger

    It takes a lot of chutzpah to rob a bank. Doing it in the middle of Thursday afternoon near a well-to-do neighborhood is even more bold. But choosing a bank that is inside a Kroger is damn brazen. Of course, the disadvantage of such a move is that you are likely to have your picture taken by a secu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Trader Joe's Has Its Eye on Alabama: Alabama Theater to Be Reborn as Grocery Store

    ​The Chronicle's real estate reporter Nancy Sarnoff got the scoop today that grocery chain Trader Joe's -- after much speculation -- has its sights set on redeveloping the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama near Shepherd. The currently vacant building would be the first Trader Joe's in Housto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Penis Envy

    ​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

    June 9, 2011

    Sherwood Oaks Eyesore: Owners Aren't Talking

    Welcome to Sherwood Oaks​We were intrigued by reporter Emily Akin's story on a long-vacant Sherwood Oaks strip mall that residents say is an unwelcome hangout for vandals and crackheads -- intrigued mostly because her story stated that "it's unclear who owns the property since the owner on rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Eating Out on Easter Sunday

    ​Ahhh Easter, a pastel-colored day filled with stale marshmallow candy, uncomfortable clothing, hard-boiled eggs and magical hares. And when the Easter Bunny comes to town, many of us go out to eat. So many, in fact, that Easter Sunday is currently the second most popular day for dining out (M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day: West U Tuba Player Edition

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010

    Sleek Chic

    West U's Hudson Lounge is a down-home sort of ­upscale club.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Sick of Turkey? Order a Pizza: Our Top 5 Pizza Places

    Photo courtesy of luna715Look at you, eating your Star Pizza off a real dinner plate. Oh, you fancy, huh?​Not all of us are like the Old Man in A Christmas Story; we aren't all turkey fiends. Some of us are happy to have it once a year and then forget the bland white meat even exists. So while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Gallant Knight Closing, Or Switching Hands, In Landlord Dispute

    Marc Brubaker​Citing a landlord dispute, management of the Gallant Knight announced this morning that the club will be closing Dec. 31. However, according to a report circulating on this afternoon, it appears that Vintage Lounge owner Amir Ansari will be taking over the premises ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Buffalo Grille Migrating; Has H-E-B Become The New Bad Guy?

    ​As reported earlier this week by the West University Examiner and Swamplot, the Buffalo Grille will be leaving its longtime location at 3116 Bissonnet. The popular restaurant has been a staple in the West University community for more than 26 years, serving simple American fare and excellent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Houston 101: The End Of Gaslight Video Spells The Final Demise Of The West U. Tenderloin

    ​With the recent verdict against Eugene Etheridge and the permanent closure of his infamous Gaslight Video on Bellaire Boulevard in the West University area, an era has drawn to a close. No longer can the 3500 block of Bellaire be accurately described as the Red Light District of West University P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    OMG 4 Rlz, No Texting While Driving In Bellaire Or West U

    ​Feel free to re-tweet while you're running over slow grandmas crossing the Bellaire Triangle, because next month you won't be able to do so -- the cities of Bellaire and West U have banned texting and web browsing while driving.In a double-header of government activity unmatched since Germany and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    New Smashburger to Make Food Bank Donations

    ​The burger import from Denver, Smashburger, opened its new location in West University this week. The 2,150 square foot restaurant at 5520 Buffalo Speedway seats a maximum of 96 diners. To celebrate this latest bit of good fortune for the company that cooks its 100 percent fresh not fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Smashburger Expands

    Smashburger, the self-proclaimed "fast casual" burger import from Denver, has done well enough since its debut in Houston last December that three more restaurants are opening here. Smashburgers are "one hundred percent Angus." They're "smashed on the grill to sear the meat and seal in the flavor." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    A Delicious Recipe for Success

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttGracie Cavnar and Monica PopeIt was a gorgeous summer night in the gardens of a stately West University mansion, and Monica Pope was serving a most unlikely dish to the well-to-do types at the table: scrapple. A dozen enraptured guests had their first taste of the dish - ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 19, 2009

    5th Annual Guaranty Bank Tour de Houston

    Web deck: See the city from the seat of your bike

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    HISD Actually Gets Some Good Grades On A Statewide Report

    Some good news for the Houston school district -- it is kicking the asses of other urban districts in the state when it comes to meeting the high standards of the National Center for Educational Accountability.NCEA, though its Just For Kids organization, has released its annual study of schools who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    West U Doesn't Want Its Rec Center To Attract Outsiders, Maybe

    West University is building a new recreation center on Bellaire Boulevard. And according to this West U Examiner article, the crappy economy sure is working out for those can't-catch-a-break West U residents, bringing in plenty of low construction bids. Turns out, though, that the new rec center won ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    TEA Releases Ratings, Houston ISD Has Some Hits, Some Misses

    Thirteen of the Houston Independent School District’s schools were deemed academically unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency in its just released annual ratings. On the much brighter side, 38 received the top rating of exemplary, 118 got recognized status and 97 made the bare minimum of aca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    Report Card for All HISD Schools

    For the fifth year in a row, Sam Houston High School has been rated “Academically Unacceptable” in the Texas Education Agency’s annual assessment of the state’s schools announced today. The school still will open in the fall, thanks to the reprieve it got in June from the HISD school board w ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Liquid Lunch

    A weekday afternoon in Westbury's Cozy Corner

  • News

    July 27, 2006

    Changes in Attitude

    When voters elected Martha Wong, they thought they were sending a moderate Republican to Austin. Critics say once there, she took a right turn. Now her district is rethinking its representation.

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    October 9, 2003
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Republican

    Political consultant Allen Blakemore

  • Dining

    September 23, 1999

    The Buzz

    Chic, minimal decor. Healthy food. An urban attitude. And it's where?

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Stolen and Forged

    The check is in the mail takes on a whole new meaning in West University Place

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