Sugar Ridge Winery's rolling acres once held everything from white-speckled fields of cotton to waving meadows of hay. Then owners Don and Michele Andrews planted their first rows of varietal and transformed the land into a verdant, nectar-giving paradise. Michele inherited the acreage from her grandparents and honors their legacy through a red heritage wine that fills the tasting room's antique wooden shelves alongside chardonnays, tempranillos, and cabernets. This pride in the vineyards' history shines through in the decor as well: Outside the tasting room, a wood-sided well stands flanked by giant urns. Shaded by trees, a tranquil fountain babbles on a stone patio and a resident cat and kittens prowl the grounds, guarding the grapes and playing cat games such as Parcheesi. In addition to public and private wine tastings, Don and Michele also host tasting afternoons paired with an outdoor massage and encourage winery visitors to pack their own picnics.
A 15-year-old Dallas institution, Uptown Bar & Grill satisfies hungry guests with a menu chock full of comfortable American classics. Kick things off with the microformatted macroflavor concealed within a quartet of sliders ($7.49), or opt for an order of Texas toothpicks, a plate of battered, deep-fried onion and jalapeño slivers recommended by nine out of 10 street dentists ($5.99). Burger buffs can pick from beefy possibilities such as the El Diablo, topped with pico de gallo, pepperjack, and mayo ($7.49), or the tongue-tazing Tex-Mex, laden with green chilies and guacamole ($7.49). Forkphobes can opt for hand-friendly foods including grilled pastrami on rye ($6.79) or a pair of tuna steak tacos ($8.99), while silverware enthusiasts can sup on dishes such as fusilli chicken pasta, which pairs cool pasta with piping-hot blackened chicken ($8.99). A brunch menu is also available all day every day to help support the appealing fantasy that Tuesday night is Saturday morning.
Houston Improv Comedy Club recommends arriving 30–60 minutes before showtime. The club's usual two-item minimum is covered by the $79 option, but customers with the $40 Groupon will need to purchase one additional menu item at redemption.
Level Bar & Grill relaxes tense stomachs by filling them with delectable appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. Customers can leave an offering to the carbohydrate gnomes that keep the world turning with originally seasoned french fries ($3), parmesan and truffle salt ($4), or sweet potato varietals ($4). Chicken wings are available in varying spice levels, from as tame as a mathematics textbook to spicier than a zinger about meatballs ($8 for 5; $14 for 10; $20 for 15). Let fork tines frolic through the Big Phat greek salad, with romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and pepperoncini peppers, drizzled with greek vinaigrette ($12), or fill stomach space with a panini such as the grilled chicken and pepper bacon club ($8), available with a side of chips ($1) and 30 seconds of fist pumping.
Founded in 2010, the Wish Opera mounts productions that speak to contemporary audiences and sport the fashions of Canadian designers, sparing performers the indignity of having to don musty cravats and moth-eaten horse costumes. Rose Marie, an operetta set in the Canadian Rockies, tells the story of a French Canadian girl, an English Canadian miner, and the Mounties and misunderstandings that interfere with the course of true love. The 1,330-seat theatre’s ear-tickling acoustics enable Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart’s music and Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics to keep the plot moving forward and ensure that “When I’m Calling You” stays in the audience’s brainpan for one calendar year.