The Heights just couldn't catch a break this week. City Oven, located at 2802 White Oak, took down its signage and began clearing out the restaurant on Sunday, July 20. City Oven was owned by HUSA Management, Inc., who also owns Local Pour, Baker Street Pub & Grill in Rice Village, Watson's House of ... More >>
Just around the corner from Revival Market on White Oak, you will find an adorable house serving hot dogs, sweets and coffee concoctions. Yes, I am talking about Happy Fatz. Heights residents and many Houstonians are familiar with this cafe's interesting hot dog creations -- it received the No. 10 ... More >>
New Heights restaurant has a gardens but doesn't have reservations.
Before I ordered, I got the inside scoop on City Oven from someone who works there. The appetizers and sides are generally great, she said, but the portion sizes are too small. The pizza's not bad either, but the oven accommodates only three pies at a time, so sometimes there's quite a long wait for ... More >>
Despite punishing eardrums for more than three decades, death metal remains a decidedly underground movement. That's mostly by design, obviously -- the genre's bloody and extreme artwork, cruelly downtuned guitars and horrific, indecipherable lyrics are intended to provoke as much as they captivate. ... More >>
As our sister blog Eating Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that can not reasonably be considered either a restaurant or a live- ... More >>
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Two new establishments looking to make a positive impact in the Heights have been stymied by the same foe in the last few months: variance request issues. Both the upcoming Coltivare from Revival Market team Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera as well as the under-construction brewery Town in City Brewing wa ... More >>
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Lenten season is upon us. Many people have decided to give up something that they love in their lives, and most of the time that something ends up being food or drink. I'm talking about beer, chocolate, candy, coffee and meat. Devout Catholics also abstain from meat throughout the Lent season, so, ... More >>
I am convinced that Ken Bridge has figured out a way to subsist on thousands of micro-naps during the day, like Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. It's the only way I can think of how Bridge must manage the handful of restaurant concepts he's successfully grown throughout Houston. His company, Delicious Conce ... More >>
Underbelly and Hay Merchant (1100 Westheimer) apparently get two-for-one deals because they share a butcher shop and their kitchens touch. (Touch more like this, less like this.) Either way, an inspector turned up just one violation during a visit last week - food stored in unclean or uncovered cont ... More >>
Dozens of local rock, blues, jazz, folk and jam acts take over Dan Electro's Guitar Bar in the Heights for the completely free annual South by Due East festival, tonight through Monday. Door times are 5 p.m. Tonight and Monday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. DJ duo Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Castillo ... More >>
There's a bar in the Galleria. It is excellent. Is your mind blown?
Photos By Craig HlavatyThe scene was bustling at Heights Vinyl on Saturday, as Houston's newest record store opened it's doors with complementary beer, DJs and bands, and crates of great vinyl to sift through. The store's location on White Oak, just yards from Fitzgerald's and all the new r ... More >>
The original WKDHMMSome familiar places in the roundup today. Which, of course, isn't really a good thing. The Counter (4601 Washington) didn't have a -- gasp, pearl-clutch -- heat-measuring device to test the temperature of the final rinse of its dishwashing machine. Oh, and also, "Poisonou ... More >>
If you like your music loud -- legally loud -- you might think about heading to City Council this week. The council will be considering revisions to the city's noise ordinance, the most controversial of which is a provision that says police can hand out tickets even if they don't have a sound meter ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerSuite D of this White Oak strip center will house Houston's next record store.Houston vinyl enthusiasts will soon have a new spot to score their drug of choice. Avid collectors may have come across notices advertising a "Big Pre-Opening 45 Sale" for a mysterious locale ... More >>
Photo by John SuhHe ate it with some veggies. I ate mine straight up.Last week, I discussed my latest addiction to Revival Market's duck. This week, I bring you the duck dish itself. What is it? Part of the poultry family, duck is fattier and and thus more succulent than its cousin, the ch ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttAssorted macarons from Petite Sweets.This is a good time to live in Houston, folks. Never forget it. A week so filled with restaurant openings that it requires three pages (yes, I'm warning you in advance) to discuss should be proof enough of this fact. News that T ... More >>
The rendering is now real.Two long-awaited Houston restaurants are finally ready for their close-ups. El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, which will open for dinner service tonight, and Mai's, which will open next month after a 14-month closure due to a devastating fire. All week long, the parking lot has ... More >>
Still one of my favorite photos. Welcome back, Leon's.More great news for the Heights this week as it was announced that D'Amico's Italian Market has set its sights on White Oak Boulevard for its second location. The popular restaurant has been operating at 5510 Morningside in Rice Village si ... More >>
Shakespeare goes heavy metal
The Place: King Biscuit1606 White Oak Dr. 713-861-2328www.thekingbiscuit.comThe Hours: Monday through Friday, 3-7 p.m.The Deals: Bud Light and Lone Star drafts are $2, and other select drafts are 75 cents cheaper than normal. Well drinks are $4. The Scene: A happy hour for us, when we haven't ... More >>
If you have never tried the OC pizza at Onion Creek on White Oak, do yourself a favor head over there pronto and indulge in one of my favorite things on offer there. Imagine the best Stouffer's French Bread pizza in the world and then turn it up to 11.
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Up Onion Creek without a paddle! In search of a cool patio to relax and hang out with some friends we settled on Onion Creek (3106 White Oak). They always have cool beer specials, like $2 Red Stripes on Thursday, and we walked into a $1 Pearl beer trap. And what goes better with cheap beer ... More >>
Announcer Tex Lonestar is ready for a piece of the action
Photos by Jason McElweenie / Click here for a slideshowRunners in the marathon, some of whom dressed like Disney characters.Every January for the last several years I have stood on a curb along Allen Parkway, cheering for my friends in the early hours of a Sunday as they competed in the Chevr ... More >>
Wrestlers face tough times - with a vengeance
Windsor Drive Bridges EP www.myspace.com/windsordrive The second EP, Bridges, from local indie darlings Windsor Drive (currently signed to Ping Pong Music) drops this Saturday at what promises to be a spectacular show. Luckily, Rocks Off managed to snag an advanced copy in electronic form so ... More >>
All the bars a stage
Bayou Monster The Rising www.myspace.com/bayoumonster Bayou Monster has the blues-rock formula down; now it’s time to do something with it. The local quartet’s debut The Rising makes up in talent what it lacks in originality. Throaty, yearning vocals lamenting about “baby being gone” ... More >>
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