Houston Restaurants – Horseshoe Lounge Austin http://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:41:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/horseshoe-lounge-austin-icon-150x150.png Houston Restaurants – Horseshoe Lounge Austin http://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/ 32 32 Fusion BBQ Restaurants to Try in Texas https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/fusion-bbq-restaurants-to-try-in-texas/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:41:47 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/fusion-bbq-restaurants-to-try-in-texas/

The brisket bento at Kemuri Tatsu-ya in Austin | Photo by Jane Yun

The brisket bento at Kemuri Tatsu-ya in Austin | Photo by Jane Yun

Texas is huge, like, boring. If you live in central Texas, it takes forever to cross state lines. But the sheer size of the state also means that a plot people live here, which makes it incredibly diverse – despite the cowboy stereotype. Luckily for those of us who love to eat, there’s been an exciting new wave of legit Texas barbecues serving up smoldering culinary crossovers and masterful mashups that are bursting with global inspiration and cultural pride. Prepare to taste tender ribs that fall off the bone and a juicy brisket that melts in your mouth with the vibrant, punchy flavors of Mexico, Asia and the Caribbean as these pitmasters and chefs bring a barbecue experience sizzle that you’ll only find in Texas.

We’ll start by saying that the 225° barbecue is officially out of control. A look at the truck’s Instagram page reveals an impressive mix of solid Central Texas barbecue, Jalisco-style birria tacos, Tex-Mex specialties and street sides like elote topped with ground brisket and crunchy corn puffs. Then owner/pitmaster Rene Ramirez takes it to another level with over-the-top creations like “baseballs” — bacon-wrapped chicken thighs stuffed with brisket, jalapeños, and cream cheese — and dino ribs. of gargantuan beef served to pop out of the birria ramen like a cartoon baguette in a grocery bag. The joy behind 225° BBQ’s eclectic offerings is obvious and well, that’s what we’re here for.

Courtesy of Khoi

At Khói Barbecue, Don and Theo Nguyen blend traditional Texas barbecue with flavors inspired by their Asian heritage as well as Houston’s diverse dining scene. You can get in on the action in one of Khói’s monthly pop-ups – dates are announced on the duo PageInstagram as well as incredible eye-catching images like the bún bò huế brisket, a scintillating bowl of smoked lemongrass prime rib broth and shrimp paste filled with vermicelli and a skillfully smoked slice of brisket. Or, bánh xèo, a savory crepe that serves as the perfect vessel for smoked brisket, prime rib and barbacoa, punctuated with aromatic greens and sweet and sour nước mắm. (Pssst, a brick and mortar location is in the works!)

Excuse the pun, but Blood Bros. BBQ is on fire. The killer barbecue combined with the creative fervor has earned the restaurant both praise from top culinary publications and a legion of loyal fans. Owner/pitmaster Quy Hoang, fellow owners Terry and Robin Wong, and their staff post a lengthy daily menu (with a few twists) of everything from pork belly banh mi to gochujang glazed ribs to a crispy gordita with cheese. And the Sunday specials, or should we say “Especiales de Domingo”, are largely Tex-Mex and Mexican. How do we even decide? You can do it eeny-meeny-miny-moe or stick to the classics which, unsurprisingly, Blood Bros. BBQ also nail. Smoked brisket, ribs and homemade sausages are available daily.

Photo by Jane Yun

Take the informal after-work vibe of a Japanese izakaya and sprinkle in a little Texan flair – it’s Kemuri Tatsu-ya. The barbecue served in this fun and funky mashup, from the folks behind Austin’s Ramen Tatsu-ya, is a welcome departure from typical Texas barbecue joints. Try the Berkshire pork ribs with a carrot-ginger glaze and tangy yuzu cream, and (BBQ purists, look away) the beef brisket with a sesame-pecan miso and serrano limón. Of course, it wouldn’t be an izakaya without yakitori and kushiyaki, and here the meat and vegetable skewers are grilled over binchotan charcoal and Texas wood. Try the beefy mushrooms made with dry-aged ribeye and black pearl mushrooms marinated in koji butter.

Courtesy of Willie Meshack

North Texas just got a little hotter, thanks to the addition of Willie Meshack’s barbecue to Plano’s dining scene. At the family restaurant, Robert Plaza serves up a solid selection of well-executed Texan barbecue, including pork and brisket ribs, smoked jerk chicken, sauces and sides inspired by wife Yolande’s Trinidadian roots. Try meat by the pound or sandwiched between fluffy fried bread with a side of fried plantains.

Courtesy of Valentina

Valentina’s brand of barbecue is often considered a mashup or “the best of both worlds,” but for those who grew up in South Texas, it’s just what we ate growing up. Pitmaster/owner and San Antonio native Miguel Vidal delivers this regional amalgam like no one else, as evidenced by the ever-growing line. Smoked mesquite brisket, pulled pork and chicken, fajitas, sausages and ribs are fantastic and worth devouring a la carte or in a hearty sandwich with smoky barbecue sauce, pickles or coleslaw. But we love the warm handmade flour tortillas and homemade salsas from the trailer’s “Mex” menu. Try the smoked brisket taco with lime-sea-salt guacamole and tomato serrano salsa, or the delicious Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco of fried eggs, potatoes, refried beans and bacon with the possibility of adding smoked meat.

Photo by Hai Hospitality

Loro is the culinary collaboration between Austin’s James Beard Award-winning chefs Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) and Tyson Cole (Uchi, Uchiko). Grilled and smoked meats with flavors borrowed from Southeast Asian and Japanese cuisines take pride of place at this casual Asian smokehouse. The smoked flank steak (ground steak with shishito salsa and pickled onions) is a popular choice, as is the smoked brisket with gastric chili and Thai herbs, which is available after 4 p.m. And while meat takes center stage on the menu, don’t miss the snacks and veggies – or boozy slushies for that matter. Bonus: Loro has expanded to include locations in Dallas and Houston, with more on the way.

Courtesy of Curry Boys

San Antonio
Deciding to paint your restaurant a shade of pink somewhere between bubblegum and salmon is a bold move, but hey, what else would you expect from the guys serving Southeast Asian curries with a Texas barbecue? Curry Boys BBQ is a joint effort between Andrew Ho and Sean Wen (of Pinch Boil House) and Andrew Samia (of South BBQ). The most popular dish is the brisket smoke show – an oak-smoked Prime beef brisket served with succulent green curry – but The Missing Link, Penang curried smoked pork sausage, is a can’t-miss sleeper.

Courtesy of Eaker

Fredericksburg, best known for its small-town charm and rich German heritage, is now home to the Korean-inspired Eaker BBQ. Owner/pitmaster Lance Eaker was serving barbecue from a truck in Houston before his wife Boo joined the operation and the couple moved to Fredericksburg. Boo’s Korean heritage has inspired many of the flavors now found on the menu, such as mesquite-smoked gochujang pork ribs that are seared just before serving. Brilliant kimchi and a refreshing Korean cucumber salad are the perfect accompaniments to fattier meats like delicious Prime beef brisket and pulled pork. Don’t forget to try the kimchi fried rice!

Lake Houston set for fourth celebrations https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/lake-houston-set-for-fourth-celebrations/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:10:35 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/lake-houston-set-for-fourth-celebrations/ After forgoing some public 4th of July celebrations due to the COVID pandemic in previous years, the Lake Houston area will have several public and private options this year to celebrate the nations independence.

Many homeowners associations and homeowners associations hold their own fireworks or 4th of July festivals, but are private and restricted to their owners and guests. For more information about these celebrations, contact your individual HOA or POA.

Here is a roundup of celebrations in the region that the public is invited to participate in and attend:



Valley Ranch 4th Fest is back and bigger than ever! They will celebrate on Sunday July 3 with several musical acts and will end by lighting up the sky with a long fireworks show.

Doors open at 1 p.m. and concerts on the main stage begin at 2:30 p.m. with Jason Cassidy followed by Ian Munsick at 4:15 p.m. and William Clark Green at 6 p.m.

Payton Howie will take the side stage at 1:45 p.m. and at 3 p.m. an anonymous performer will follow. At 5:15 p.m., Trent Cowie will close the stage performances.

At 7:15 p.m. on the main stage, there will be a guitar auction followed by country star and multi-platinum artist Gary Allan.

Following his concert, around 9:40 p.m., the pyrotechnic show begins.

The festival will also host a petting zoo, food trucks, a children’s zone and numerous vendors.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit their website at VR4thFest.com. The Hill at Valley Ranch is located at 21562 Valley Ranch Pkwy in New Caney.


For those looking to get out of the area for a party, take a US 90 country road to Liberty, TX in Liberty County and watch the fireworks from Liberty City Park. Leave early enough to enjoy a leisurely stroll and eat at one of Liberty’s restaurants. Take a tour of the city and admire some of the charming houses or the quadrangle with the county courthouse before heading to the park.

The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and the park is located at 501 RE Vinson Drive in Liberty, Texas.



After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Kingwood Civic Association is back and will hold its annual July 4 parade at 10 a.m., beginning at Creekwood Middle School and ending at Kingwood High School.

“Our Grand Marshal this year will be Richard Abram, who has done so many good works for the residents of Kingwood and deserves to be honored this year,” said club treasurer Steve Noack.

Noack said Abram is a resident of Kingwood and the person responsible for “Kingwood Kindness”.

“Richard is a vital asset to the community of Kingwood, especially after the floods. When storms arrive, he can be seen watching the area, ready to respond and help anyone in need. He always helps anyone in need. Because of his actions in the community and his ‘Kingwood Kindness’ campaign, the Kingwood Civic Club is proud to have him as Grand Marshal of the 2022 Kingwood Civic Club 4th of July Parade,” said Noack.

There are other activities associated with the parade.

The Fishing Rodeo takes place from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and is held at Foster’s Mill Ponds, at the corner of Kingwood Drive and Forest Garden. Children 15 and under are welcome to bring their fishing gear to the ponds and compete for trophies in different categories. No registration is required.

In addition to the Fishing Rodeo, the club also sponsors a 9 a.m. Bike Rodeo in the Kingwood Bible Church parking lot at the corner of Oakwood Forest and Lake Houston Parkway, across from Creekwood Middle School. Children are invited to bring their decorated bikes to compete for the trophies and then participate in the parade afterwards.

The line up for the parade begins at the corner of Rivers Edge and Sandy Forks Drive (enter Feather Lakes Way through the post office) at 7 a.m. Once this street is full, the line will continue onto Haven Brook and Sandy Forks Drive (enter Rustic Woods).

The judging of the floats will begin at 9 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. from Creekwood Middle School on Sandy Forks.

For more information, please email kingwoodcivicclub@yahoo.com.


Join the downtown team for the annual 4th of July celebration which this year takes place on a Monday starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m.

“We will be offering a variety of family-friendly games and entertainment,” said Tony Austin, park manager. “We plan to have a free Kid Zone with a bouncy house and slide as well as two giant Jengas, two regulation Cornhole courts and two Giant Connect 4 games.”

At 6 p.m., they will host a live band, the Continental House Band, from Kingwood.

They will end the show around 9 p.m. with their very first laser show.

“They’re blowing smoke over the park and putting on a spectacular patriotic laser show,” Austin said. It lasts about 20 minutes with patriotic music.

“There will be plenty to keep the family busy,” Austin said. “We’ll be posting details of the in-game challenges soon, so start building your teams.”

The list of food vendors includes Chachi’s, HLB Foods, Kona Ice of West Kingwood SnoCones, Lita’s Catering, Uncle Louie’s Gourmet Ice, and S&J Kettle Corn.

Craft vendors, at the time of printing, include Avon of Tammyl, Ayahuasca with South American Crafts, Coldwell Banker Realty, Keep Kingwood Green, Light UpToys, Shandi’s Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos and Anderson’s Renewal .

All events are free to the public.

The park is located at 8 North Main Street in Kingwood. For more questions or information, email tony@towncenterevents.com or call or text him at 346-600-2366.


Houston bar owner to host fundraiser and philanthropic efforts highlighting abortion rights following Roe v. wade https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-bar-owner-to-host-fundraiser-and-philanthropic-efforts-highlighting-abortion-rights-following-roe-v-wade/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 20:32:51 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-bar-owner-to-host-fundraiser-and-philanthropic-efforts-highlighting-abortion-rights-following-roe-v-wade/

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, some restaurateurs have begun exploring ways to advocate for the importance of abortion rights and help others access care. Among the first of these, Houston bar Angel Share HTX will spotlight the American Civil Liberties Unionor the ACLU, as well as the national Planned parenthood organization, which provides reproductive health care, like its featured charities.

From July 1, customers will be able to order items from a special menu to ‘vote’ for which the charity will receive the full proceeds.

Bar owner Mary Ellen Angel says she was inspired to pitch the charities after hearing the news on Friday morning, which left her shaking with rage.

“I just have a stomach ache,” Angel said Friday, his body shaking with rage. “It’s just this endless battle, and it’s a crazy concept to me that these people that I’ve never met in my life literally have control over my body.”

Erin Smith, co-owner of Feges BBQ and co-founder of the nonprofit I will have what she hassaid she felt like she had been punched.

“I wasn’t shocked. I’ve been prepared for this news for months now, which I think most of us have been. But I still felt the wind coming out of me because it became a reality,” Smith says.

“The implications of the decision are huge – how much this is going to affect our communities and our families, especially in this industry, and I’m not at a loss that it will have very serious impacts,” Smith said.

Smith, who has been outspoken on women’s rights, particularly those relating to abortion rights and health care, says she continues to stand up and defend the rights she has always stood for. beaten. And while Smith knows some people are more private, she’s confident others within the restaurant industry will follow suit by being more vocal.

“I know we just have to process what happened,” Smith says. “Now is not the time to just bow down.”

Houston‘s restaurant scene has been particularly active this year in philanthropic and social justice causes. Several restaurants have raised thousands of dollars to help provide assistance to Ukraine amid attacks from Russia, and Pride Month has sparked a series of fundraisers and special promotions, much of the proceeds being donated to organizations that help the LGTBQ community and its youth.

Now, with the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and overturned abortion rights in nearly half the country, Houston bar owner and philanthropist Mary Ellen Angel predicts Houston will see a similar outpouring from the restaurant scene — but this time the ground is much bigger. tricky, Angel said.

“I’m sure people will mean well…and it’s in my nature to do something about it, but laws change,” Angel says, noting that the impending criminalization of abortion will soon make any donations to charity funds equally illegal abortion in several places. Several abortion funds across Texas have already closed and clinics ceased services hours after the ruling. “You have to be careful where you give money. People have to interpret the law. … That’s a lot to navigate right now.

This includes the Angel Bar HTX Angel Sharing, who has donated money to abortion funds in the past. But like Angel, others in the local food and hospitality industry are motivated and ready to act, she says.

But Angel says she’s comforted that the people of Texas have time to act.

“The best thing is for people to vote up and stand up to this affront to bodily autonomy,” Angel says. “All we can control is who we put up in this state.”

In the meantime, Angel says she’s “always trying to come up with a strategy for getting the health care we need,” explaining that for many other women and people who can give birth, abortion is a medical procedure that should be part of health care. .

“I don’t think people understand the repercussions of that. It’s long drawn out. People are going to die (because of) this,” Angel says. But “if we all come together, maybe it will give us a goal or a hope”.

This article will be updated.

Shipley Do-Nuts Inks Agreement to Open First Orlando Stores https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/shipley-do-nuts-inks-agreement-to-open-first-orlando-stores/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:57:11 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/shipley-do-nuts-inks-agreement-to-open-first-orlando-stores/

New development contract to bring 5 sites to Orange County area

Shipley Do-Nuts Inks Agreement to Open First Orlando StoresHouston, TX (RestaurantNews.com) Shipley Do-Nutsmaker of fresh, everyday gourmet donuts for more than 85 years, will enter the Orlando, Florida market in 2022 after signing a new franchise agreement with MLD Hospitality LLC.

MLD Hospitality, led by restaurant industry veteran and former Orlando resident Michael Burns, will initially open five locations in Orange County, starting with one at 5919 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando in the fourth quarter . This will be Shipley’s fourth in the Sunshine State, with other locations currently open in Bradenton, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Burns says he thinks MLD and the Orlando market could support up to 50 Shipley locations in the future.

Burns first discovered the mark when he moved from Orlando to the Houston area four years ago. His wife wanted to surprise her team at work with donuts, and when she asked the family’s new neighbors where she should pick up the best donuts in town, the answer was unanimous: Shipley.

“Of course she also had donuts for the kids, and they absolutely loved them – our family still talks about the day we found out about Shipley,” said Burns, who is vice president of operations for MLD Hospitality and moves. back to Orlando this summer. “The donuts are so fresh – like your mom just made them and served them to you still warm. Nothing on the market compares, and we believe Orlando residents, as well as many visitors to the area, will embrace Shipley Do-Nuts as we have.

Fast-growing Shipley, which began selling hot and fresh donuts in Houston in 1936, focused on Florida as a growth market. In addition to the planned locations in Orlando, the company currently has a multi-unit development agreement to open three Shipley Do-Nuts in the Tampa Bay area. In total, Shipley has entered into agreements to open more than 350 new locations in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado and Texas over the next five years.

“Florida has been an area of ​​focus for us, and we really got the ball rolling with this latest signing in Orlando,” Shipley Do-Nuts CEO Clifton Rutledge said. “Shipley is increasingly recognized by potential franchisees who see highly skilled multi-unit operators investing in our brand, then when they try the product for themselves, they’re hooked. It’s simply the biggest Do-Nut in the world.

Shipley is actively recruiting franchisees in all markets, with a focus on increasing its presence in Colorado, Oklahoma and the Southeast. For more information, visit ownashipleydonuts.com.

Shipley Do-Nuts Inks Agreement to Open First Orlando Stores

About Shipley Do-Nuts

Founded in 1936, Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts is a leading nut restaurant franchisor and specialty food manufacturer. Shipley franchises more than 330 restaurants to a diverse group of operators in 10 states and has served its donuts, kolaches and beverages to generations of guests. Shipley is ranked No. 144 on the Entrepreneur’s 2022 Franchise 500 list, the highest in its category. For more information on the franchise, visit ownashipleydonuts.com.

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Houston culinary influencer’s smash burgers pop up at favorite fine dining restaurant https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-culinary-influencers-smash-burgers-pop-up-at-favorite-fine-dining-restaurant/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 18:07:25 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/houston-culinary-influencers-smash-burgers-pop-up-at-favorite-fine-dining-restaurant/

One of Houston‘s most popular burger pop-ups will team up with one of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants this weekend. The following Burger Bodega the pop-up will take place on Saturday June 25 at Bludorn 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (807 Taft St.).

Started by food influencer Abbas Dhanani – who has over 100,000 followers on ICT Tac and more than 30,000 on instagram like houstoneatz – Burger Bodega serves a double patty cheeseburger topped with grilled onions, pickles and Dhanani’s signature “bodega sauce”. The project has been so successful that it will launch a full brick-and-mortar location on Washington Avenue in the coming months.

Bludorn’s chief owner, Aaron Bludorn, says he and Bludorn’s managing director, Cherif Mbodji, have become friends with Dhanani. The chef is also a well-known burger fan. Last year, he created a special burger for a weekend pop-up at Houston’s iconic burger joint, Lankford Grocery.

“I’m thrilled to see Abbas working his culinary magic at Bludorn and can’t wait for attendees to feast on his signature burger,” Bludorn said in a statement. “The one thing I know for sure is that everyone better be hungry.”

Not only do attendees have to be hungry for a burger; they should save room for dessert. Bludorn’s pastry chef Marie Riddle will serve ice cream flavors inspired by cookies and cream and peaches and cheesecake. Bludorn’s bar will be open to provide refreshments, which is especially important given that the event will take place on Bludorn’s terrace during the summer heat.

This Houston Couple Met In Kindergarten In Kinkaid, But Took Years To Find Love – The Marriage Story Of Sarah Harris And Perry Oster https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/this-houston-couple-met-in-kindergarten-in-kinkaid-but-took-years-to-find-love-the-marriage-story-of-sarah-harris-and-perry-oster/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 21:51:22 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/this-houston-couple-met-in-kindergarten-in-kinkaid-but-took-years-to-find-love-the-marriage-story-of-sarah-harris-and-perry-oster/

Perry Oster and Sarah Harris met in kindergarten at Kinkaid School. They attended Sunday school together where they were confirmed in the same class. They even went to each other’s bar mitzvahs. They didn’t even become friends until their senior year of high school.

Then, on New Years Eve 2014, they had their first kiss and the rest is history. After four years of dating remotely in college, Harris and Oster returned to Houston and began the rest of their lives together. They moved into their first home and had a precious puppy they named Hank.


On Valentine’s Day 2021, Perry asked Sarah out to measure their back patio for furniture. Sarah thought it was a little weird since it was very cold outside and it was raining lightly, but she put on her coat and grabbed the measuring tape.

They went out into their garden and there Perry asked Sarah to be his wife. In their first home together after eight years of dating. The following week, they brought Hank home.

The wedding setting

The wedding reception was held at Houston’s Revaire event setting. Guests were greeted with signature cocktails made with juice from a family member’s company – Twisted Alchemy. After cocktail hour, the curtains opened to reveal the beautiful surroundings of the reception. The place had been transformed into a warm, romantic and beautiful garden-like ground.


The wedding ceremony took place at Congregation Beth Israel, the synagogue both families have been members of since they were in Houston. They were married by a wonderful rabbi who had known them both since they were children.

Perry Oster and Sarah Harris’ wedding was a party. (Photo by Chris Bailey Photography)

The happy couple stood under a stunning chuppah with both sets of their parents. Sarah walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun,” a song her dad used to play her when she was little. She has loved him ever since.

The ceremony ended with Perry doing the traditional glass breaking as the crowd shouted “Mazel Tov!”

wedding outfit

Black tie.

Perry Oster and Sarah Harris wedding party (Photo by Chris Bailey Photography)

The wedding of Perry Oster and Sarah Harris

The wedding party included 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen and three ushers. The bridesmaids wore different dresses designed by Jenny Yoo in a sage green color from Bella Bridesmaid.


“The wedding was the most fun party with the most amazing people,” Sarah says. “The band was amazing and played everything we wanted, from Frank Sinatra to The Killers. From the first dance to the last dance, the whole night felt like the best dream.

“The whole venue was on the dance floor singing and dancing and having the best time.”

The food

The wedding was organized by A Fare Extraordinaire. Cocktail hour included past appetizers of edamame truffle dumplings, crab cakes and beef with polenta. Dinner included peppercorn prime rib, whipped vegetable puree, Brussels sprouts and a seasonal salad, or chili-rubbed shrimp and jalapeno grits, black bean cakes and bread muffins. corn.

The wedding cake was an almond vanilla cake with buttercream frosting and the groom’s cake was a raspberry filled dark chocolate cake made by Susie’s Cakes. The late night snack was truffle fries and a boozy coffee milkshake.

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Perry Oster and Sarah Harris’ wedding was a party. With food to match. (Photo by Chris Bailey Photography)

Special details

Every little detail seemed perfect, but the couple says their absolute favorite part of the wedding — the one they’ll treasure forever — was the live painting. An artist came before the reception to start painting the decor and then continued once the party started.

Everyone loved watching her paint and now Perry and Sarah have the beautiful painting hanging in their dining room. They can see it every day and watch it every night when they have dinner.

Perry Oster and Sarah Harris’ wedding was a party. And they came out in style. (Photo by Chris Bailey Photography)

The exit

Guests tossed rose petals as the bride and groom drove off, departing in a vintage Rolls-Royce. Perry and Sarsh said goodbye to their parents in their arms and thanked them for the most incredible night before embarking on their new life together.

Coltivare owners plan vintage-vibe ‘liquor parlor’ for The Heights https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/coltivare-owners-plan-vintage-vibe-liquor-parlor-for-the-heights/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 14:23:20 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/coltivare-owners-plan-vintage-vibe-liquor-parlor-for-the-heights/

Agricole Hospitality is finally ready to unveil the details of its new bar opening next to the Coltivare. The time has come to share news about EZ Liquor Lounge.

Located next to Coltivare in the former Blue Line Bike Lounge space on White Oak Dr., EZ’s will be a partnership between Agricultural — the company behind Coltivare, Eight Row Flint and three locations at EaDo — and Matt Tanner, an Anvil veteran who spent several years working as a concept beverage manager for Pappas restaurants.

“The bike shop has always been a dope building in a dope place,” Agricole partner Morgan Weber told CultureMap. “Even before EZ came along, we thought if we could ever get the bike shop there would be a lot of good synergies with Coltivare.”

The company originally leased the space in early 2019, but the pandemic pushed back the original opening schedule. With plans having received the necessary approvals from the City of Houston, EZs are expected to open in August or September.

While Tanner enjoyed his time at Pappas — and his restaurant patrons should quietly thank him for all those refreshing frozen cocktails — he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to open his own bar.

“I’ve always wanted this,” says Tanner. “It’s the only thing I’ve really wanted for 15 years. Now I have it.

As the name suggests, EZ’s will have a vintage vibe with simple cocktails and an accessible menu. Weber recalls conversations he and Tanner had with farming partners Ryan Pera and Vincent Huynh about the concept that would become EZ. They realized they all enjoyed drinking at the neighborhood’s laid-back hangouts more than, in his words, at the “super tough cocktail bars.”

“How about we explore our interpretation of some of our favorite dive bars we’ve been to across the country over the past 10 years,” he explains. “Really cozy neighborhood bars that don’t take themselves too seriously on the surface but are really fun to hang out and drink. The EZs came out of that.”

The group understands that dive bars are not created from scratch. They evolve over time. Yet their goal is to create a bar that feels like it’s been there forever.

The result is a bar filled with vintage furniture – think vinyl chairs with chrome bases, pool tables and neon signs from the days when people could still smoke in bars – as well as winks look at Tanner and Weber’s shared interest in hunting. Taking so long to open the bar allowed Tanner to scour antique stores in Texas and elsewhere for choice finds. He estimates that 90% of the furniture and decor are vintage.

“The goal with the aesthetic was to fill it with so much interesting stuff that your eyeballs don’t get a chance to rest,” Weber explains.

Where EZ’s will stand out from the bars that inspired it is in the quality of its execution. The cocktails will be served with the same standards for which the group is renowned: fresh fruit juices, quality spirits, precise measurements, etc. Plus, they’ve invested in extra freezer capacity so drinks can be served in ice cold mugs or with a pile of crushed ice. Sounds pretty good during the heat of a Houston summer.

“When you come in from outside, you get an ice cold drink,” says Tanner. “You are instantly refreshed.”

Similarly, the dishes on offer will be well-executed and pick up on the kind of retro-inspired dishes that bars used to serve in slow cookers: queso, hot dogs, chili, etc. Customers can also order pizzas from Coltivare.

“The food menu, we’re still exploring a lot of what that’s going to be,” Weber says. “It’s not going to deviate from what would be appropriate for a bar like this. It’s just well executed.

“It’s going to be a really fun place,” Tanner concludes. “We will have pool tables, darts. It’s gonna be a good time. There is no other way to say it.

6 Houston Grocery Stores and Specialty Markets https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/6-houston-grocery-stores-and-specialty-markets/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 11:50:25 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/6-houston-grocery-stores-and-specialty-markets/ POV: You’ve found a recipe that tickles your fancy and now it’s time to go through the ingredient list to make sure you’re ready to cook. Chicken? Check. Tamarind? Not really. Mango chutney? Oh oh.

Before giving up on the idea altogether, consider heading to one of Houston‘s various retailers, where you’ll find everything you need and more. Asian grocery stores and weekly farmers markets offer a treasure trove of interesting sauces and oils, aromatic herbs and sustainable produce. So it’s no surprise that the best chefs in town show up for their own races.

Whether you’re whipping up a garden-fresh salad or a hearty savory curry with Gulf fish, check out our store selections filled with restaurant-worthy ingredients.

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99 Ranch Market has three locations in the Houston area.

99 Ranch Market

99 Ranch Market

For decades, 99 ranch wowed Houstonians for its wide selection of Asian condiments, preserves and spices. Whether it’s a fiery Thai sauce you’re planning to amp up, a tangy ramen that just needs the right noodle, or a curry that calls for a potent fish sauce, this market will have what you’re looking for. .

Find it: 1005 Blalock Rd, Houston, TX 77055; (713)-932-8899
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 8am-9pm

Find it: 3430 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478; (281) 980-6699
Hours: Daily 9am-9pm

Find it: 569 Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450; (832) 321-9899
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 8am-9pm

Airline Seafood is now on Richmond, but opened in the 1940s on Airline Drive.

Airline Seafood is now on Richmond, but opened in the 1940s on Airline Drive.

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This 75 year old shop has long been frequented by Houston chefs looking to get top quality seafood for their restaurants, and it also happens to be open to the public. The airline prides itself on offering the freshest seafood in the Gulf, including red fish, grouper, flounder and snow crab. Visit the store and take your pick of fish to cook at home, or find their stall at the weekly Urban Harvest Market.

Find it: 1841 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098; (713)-526-2351
Hours: Monday 8am-3pm; Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm; Saturday 9am-3pm

H Mart is one of the best Asian grocery stores in the Houston area and the country.

H Mart is one of the best Asian grocery stores in the Houston area and the country.

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Instead of choosing from the limited selection of East Asian ingredients at Kroger or HEB, opt for a visit to H-Mart, a full-sized Asian grocery chain that offers aisle after aisle well-stocked with sauces, pastes, oils and more. Find noodles of all kinds, frozen dumplings, boba ice cream, and even imported packaged snacks like ginger gum and salted egg crisps. The produce department is equally impressive, with fruits such as the Korean singo pear and hard-to-find herbs and peppers. Proteins like beef sirloin and chicken bulgogi are marinated and ready to cook.

Find it: 9896 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036; (713)-468-0606
Hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Find it: 1302 Blalock Road, Houston, TX 77055; (713)-270-1110
Hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Find it: 23119 Colonial Parkway, Katy, TX 77449
Hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Houston Farmers Market

The new revamped Houston Farmers Market (formerly Canino’s) is a one-stop outdoor store where you can browse a variety of stalls touting the bounty of the season. A must for Mexican cuisine in particular, the market offers vibrant and colorful produce, beans and grains, as well as fragrant herbs and chilies. And if you need inspiration, grab a meal at one of Chef Chris Shepherd’s restaurants, Wild Oats or Underbelly Burger, located on-site.

Find it: 2520 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77009; (713)-862-8866
Hours: Daily 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Keemat Grocers on Hillcroft is a must for Indian produce.

Keemat Grocers on Hillcroft is a must for Indian produce.

Keemat Grocers

Keemat Grocers

This unassuming little market set among the many clothing stores and cafes in Mahatma Gandhi’s district was put on the map by Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’, but savvy locals have visited Keemat for almost 30 years. The Indian market has a substantial inventory of daals, curries, chutneys and even staples like sprouted flour and ghee. Want to try your hand at making homemade dosas? Here you can score a prepackaged dosa paste.

Find it: 5601 Hillcroft Street, Houston, TX 77036; (713)-781-2892
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10.30am-9pm

The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has dozens of vendors selling produce and more.

The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has dozens of vendors selling produce and more.

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Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market

This weekly market pops up every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, with vendors touting everything from farm-fresh produce and eggs to whole prepared meals. Find quality oils and vinegars from Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co., condiments from Chef Evelyn Garcia’s by Kin, leafy greens from Verdegreens Farms, all kinds of produce from Plant It Forward, and baked goods from Artisana Breads. As you move from tent to tent, keep an eye out for local culinary talent — many Houston chefs are market regulars.

Find it: 2752 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, Texas 77027
Hours: Saturday 8h-12h

Portland’s iconic donut chain prepares first San Antonio store https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/portlands-iconic-donut-chain-prepares-first-san-antonio-store/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 21:16:24 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/portlands-iconic-donut-chain-prepares-first-san-antonio-store/

By the end of the year, downtown San Antonio will have one more tourist attraction: Portland-based concept Voodoo Donut is moving to 400 E. Houston St., a few blocks from the Alamo.

Shaina Hill, the company’s marketing director, confirms to CultureMap that the first San Antonio location will be operational by the end of 2022. Voodoo Donuts previously shared the news via instagram.

The 24-hour donut and cafe will replace Playland Pizza. After three years in business, chef and owner Stefan Bowers announced in late May that he was closing the popular restaurant on June 30. Bowers will open a new, yet-unnamed restaurant at 1221 Broadway Lofts in the fall, but it won’t serve pizza.

Founded in 2003 by Portlanders Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon, Voodoo Donut has grown into an internationally recognized brand. It’s first dipped her toes in the Texas market in 2015 with a store on Austin’s iconic Sixth Street. He currently operates three other stores in the Houston area.

The chain is known for its pink boxes and tongue-in-cheek deals. In addition to selling standard varieties like the cinnamon glazed sugar cake, it also offers donuts like the Maple Blazer Blunt and the Dried Chili Ring of Fire. All are available as singles or curated boxes.

Voodoo is expected to be popular in the bustling downtown corridor, near attractions such as the Majestic Theater and Hopscotch. A new Alamo Visitor Center and Museum is also being developed nearby at the historic Crockett and Woolworth Buildings, although it is not expected to debut until 2025.

If other Texas openings are any indication, Voodoo will draw its own crowds.

“We are thrilled to bring the Voodoo Magic to San Antonio, to the downtown corridor, where such exciting growth is occurring,” Chris Schultz, CEO of Voodoo Donut, said in a statement.

El Venado, modern cantina, located in the Washington corridor in Houston https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/el-venado-modern-cantina-located-in-the-washington-corridor-in-houston/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:33:11 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/el-venado-modern-cantina-located-in-the-washington-corridor-in-houston/ Mexican street food and cocktails are nothing new in Houston, but a new spot on the Washington Corridor hopes to redefine the canteen theme.

El Venadobilled as a modern canteen with traditional Mexican cocktails and a taco menu, will open June 13 at 6502 Washington.

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Tequila and mezcal cocktails take center stage on the bar menu, including Cucumber Fresco (tequila, lime, cucumber, mint and Topo Chico), Strawberry Sabor (tequila, amaretto, strawberry and lemon), El Venado Old Fashioned (aged tequila , mezcal, bitters and cinnamon), Anna Maria (gin, sherry, grapefruit, lemon, black pepper and rosemary) and Mexican 75, a version of the French 75 with tequila, lemon, raspberries and sparkling wine. On the food side, there are street-style tacos (grilled chicken, chicken tinga, bistek, chorizo, fish or crispy cauliflower), tostadas, nachos, sopes and elotes. The brunch menu will feature dishes such as Latin shakshuka, chilaquiles, churros and dulce de leche ice cream.

The indoor/outdoor space (located in the former Revolver) offers a 1,500 square foot interior anchored by a large bar and 1,200 square foot patio; the design of deep blue colors and rattan chandeliers is meant to suggest a chic canteen-inspired cooler vibe.

“We are delighted to provide a place where people can relax and have fun,” said owner Alexander Noons. “Inside it will look like an upscale mezcal bar, and outside will be an accessible space for familiar cocktails and bites with friends.”

El Venado will be open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook Where Twitter. Send him topical tips at greg.morago@chron.com. Listen to him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn more about barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.