Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wedding, bridesmaids, and prom dresses
Pro Tip: Call to make an appointment to prevent long waits on busy days but walk-ins available as well.
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
If anyone was ever born to pickle corned beef, it was Ziggy Gruber. His grandfather, Max, opened the famous Rialto deli in New York City in 1927, the first in a long line of revered eateries that would include Berger's on 47th, Wally's Downtown, and the Griddle on 16th. It was in one of many family delis that Max first learned to pickle, cure, and smoke meat and to bake classic Eastern European pastries such as sour cream, raisin, and nut rugglach and russian chocolate bobka. But while blintzes and lox were in Ziggy's blood, he longed to take them further. "This is my calling," he told Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, "To elevate Eastern European Jewish food." So he went overseas and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu Academy in London, where he spent the next two years working in three-star Michelin restaurants and cooking for heads of state, including the Queen. After graduating and returning to the states, he found himself cooking for another kind of royalty—he open Ziggy G's on LA's Sunset Boulevard, where celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper, and Leonardo DiCaprio were known to drop in for a nosh or to prepare for an upcoming role as a noodle kugel. It was in 1999 that Ziggy partnered with experienced restaurant man Kenny Friedman to bring traditional Jewish food to an unlikely place: Houston. As a result, Texans can dig into Reuben sandwiches, kippers and eggs, potato pancakes, egg creams, and bowls of homemade matzo-ball soup that rival anything being served in Manhattan. To make the experience as authentic as possible, Ziggy has even adorned his menu with a "deli dictionary" of common Yiddish phrases to help his guests feel like mishpuchah (family). He's also kept Texas-sized appetites in mind––the eight-decker Zellagabetsky sandwich comes loaded with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, salami, tongue, and swiss cheese on rye, and is so large that anyone able to finish it by themselves receives a slice of Ziggy's famous cheesecake on the house.
At Federal American Grill, you should always feel welcome to come as you are. The restaurant's style and menu speak to a broad variety of tastes, from the guy who wants to order a beer and Texas wagyu cheeseburger to the group who would prefer bone-marrow appetizers, diver scallops, and a bottle of 15-year cabernet poured directly into the goblet they carry everywhere. In fact, guests can skip the meal altogether and head straight to the bar to indulge in craft cocktails such as a Violette Fix with rum, pomegranate, and cr?me de violette. Or they can sample one of eight flights composed of bourbons, whiskeys, and scotches. If you find yourself dropping by on a weekend morning, take your pick from a curious mix of brunch dishes that includes kung pow calamari and short-rib benedict.
Tell us about your business.
My business is a catering and carry-out food business. Just think of it as a place where you can not only buy lunch on the run, but if you don't want to cook dinner, come and pick out some goodies for that meal, also. [It's] family run and local [with] organic salads, entrees and a lot of different sides.
How would you classify your cuisine?
Healthy homestyle with a twist!
How would you describe the ambiance of your business?
Large, working open kitchen! You can watch us create great-tasting food while you eat one of our award-winning chicken-salad sandwiches.
Weddings, bar mitzvahs, sweet 16s, and holiday parties held at Demers Banquet Hall can't help but give off an upscale vibe. The venue's three event spaces feature luxurious touches such as crystal chandeliers and extra-large dance floors. To keep event-planning easy, the facility also features in-house catering and lighting services.
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Tots with aspirations to be firefighters slide into a bouncy fire truck, and hopeful time travelers acquaint themselves with their future by examining prehistory in the Jurassic Adventure. Pintsize play timers can dispatch their financial stresses in the Toddler Zone. While the kids play, their adult counterparts can enjoy complimentary coffee, relax in the café, use Jump!Zone's free WiFi and computer, and finally have time to recite the periodic table of elements in peace. Check the schedule for open-play hours.