Mary Had a Little Party’s charming candy cart reminds groups that while the times may be changing, a simpler era is not forgotten. Beneath a colorful awning and atop a classic white two-wheeled cart, bountiful candies such as rock candy, cotton candy, and Lemonheads perch to please partiers at any occasion. Kristen, the visionary founder of Mary Had a Little Party, created this candy cart as a way to inspire today’s children with memories of her own childhood, which she spent selling lemonade, making up games with her sister, and creating memories that can’t be bought in a store. She and her crew also please audiences with a traveling puppet theater that reenacts a princess show, or performs a fun twist on the classic nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.
When husband-and-wife team Otto and Annie Sofka first founded Otto's Barbecue and Hamburgers in 1950, they never dreamed barbecue would become the meat and potatoes of the family's livelihood. The small corner grocery store specialized in canned and boxed goods—that is until Annie started cooking up hamburgers at the request of hungry regulars. As the popularity of Annie’s burgers grew, the store’s shelves were cleared out to make room for tables and chairs to accommodate the growing lines of customers. Within two years, the Sofkas were officially in the burger business. By the ’60s, they were ready to add old family barbecue recipes to the menu, and Otto’s has been a favorite pit stop for Houston barbecue lovers ever since.
Three generations have now manned the kitchen at Otto’s, satisfying customers as varied as George Bush Sr., Liberace, and George Foreman with barbecue that has been smoked in a hickory grill for 18 hours. Chefs pair seven meat choices, including beef brisket, slow-smoked pork ribs, and sausage links, with a range of homestyle sides and giant stuffed potatoes, creating full meals that showcase the flavors of the South better than an art installation built from chicken-fried steaks. The chefs at Otto’s also serve up their own line of bottled sodas, ensuring enough frothy root beer, orange soda, and cream soda to wash down the saucy eats.
In 2011, King’s first year in business, owners Johann and Philipp Sitter had to expand his space from a 40-seat dining room to a 200-seat restaurant and beer garden. The customer response aligned with the press response: That same year, Houston Press included King’s sausage sampler on their list of 100 Favorite Dishes and in 2012, GermanDeli.com voted King's the Best German Restaurant in America. They were excited to find the restaurant served “the kind of hearty yet fresh sausages and schnitzels that Houston has long lacked,” and singled out the weisswurst for having “the texture of sifted pate, light and airy.”
In addition to meals built from family recipes, patrons can revel in an extensive selection of German brews. Beer tour samplers allow guests to sip on four or all of the draft beers, but those ready to commit to a single draft can sign a marriage certificate for a 3-liter das boot. Thursday through Saturday, groups can listen to live music from German house bands on the beer garden.
Cafe Taraiz is a family friendly cafe. We serve traditional American food like hamburgers, salad, pasta & a variety of sandwiches. We also offer Mediterranean food, hummus, falafel, kabobs & much more. Cafe Taraiz has something for everyone. Stop in for a bite to eat or pick up one of our prepared meals to go.
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.