Walk into any of BreWingZ Sports Bar and Grill's 19 locations, and you'll be faced with many decisions. First, of course, is the food: the sports bar's crisp, juicy wings come in more than 25 different sauce flavors from classic suicidal hot to orange ginger. The mozzarella cheese sticks are carved from a cheese brick, breaded, and fried to order. And then there are the salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. The family-friendly restaurant even gives kids an extensive selection with six child-friendly dishes, some of which include the same signature items their parents enjoy. But once you've ordered your food, there are a few more dilemmas: Which of the plentiful beers do you choose? Which game on the many massive HD televisions do you watch? Which one is the fork, again? Luckily, the spot's easygoing atmosphere and bounty of entertainment doesn't quite necessitate speedy decision making.
Cuisine Type: Wings/American
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 50+
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wings
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Metered street parking
Friends and strangers gather around outdoor picnic tables at Moon Tower Inn, clutching cold brews and artisan weenies (think duck sausage with apple brandy or rabbit with bacon, wine, and herbs) nestled in soft pretzel rolls. The all-alfresco ambience at this dive bar/restaurant makes any meal feel like a chummy backyard barbecue, but with the added appeal of more than 60 beers on tap, and no curse-laden tirades from apron-wearing dads. This unique set-up, along with a list of no-nonsense burgers, has made Moon Tower Inn a destination recommended by both the Houston Chronicle and The Wall Street Journal.
You could say fate is the reason Merida Mexican Restaurant is able to purvey its authentic Mayan and Mexican dishes today. Founders Olga and Rafael Acosta started their culinary journey in the 1950s after U.S. citizen Olga personally wrote President Eisenhower to request a visa and passport for her new husband. The young couple then moved to Houston, where, after much toil in the refrigerator repair business, Rafael converted his shop into the family’s new restaurant, crossing numerous hurdles as new business owners to set up their original 12-table eatery. Soon the restaurant began to grow around the unique recipes from Rafael’s home, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, drawing in customers with specials and flavors lovingly prepared by Olga. Today the restaurant continues to thrive thanks to its fresh, home-cooked dishes and the continuing spirit of the Acosta family, who stills run it.
Merida’s recipes have spanned three generations, with Rafael’s grandson Junior now behind the restaurant and its culinary specialties, such as cochinita pibil. To prepare it, chefs marinate seasoned pork in an adobo paste, top it with pickled onions, and serve it with Yucatan style black beans. These flavors join the menu’s other subtle flavors and nuanced Mayan dishes that mingle with the crispy tacos and burritos of their traditional Tex-Mex dishes. On weekends, live entertainment injects Merida with the lively sounds of contemporary Latin soul and other energetic acts, creating a destination for fans of the menu’s unique recipes and authentic spirit.
We're a rockin' little cafe with a bohemian flair. Each week we feature live bands and performers, and each month we host a new gallery for local artists. We offer a delicious menu with a diverse vegetarian section, by-the-cup brewed coffee, as well as beer and wine. It's a great atmosphere for gathering with friends!
Pizza Patrón's friendly, bilingual servers dole out pies that celebrate Latino culture while speaking to tongues in the international language of flavor. Pizzasmiths slather fresh dough with marinara or alfredo sauce and cheese, then strew crust canvases with an artistic smattering of more than a dozen topping options or assemble specialty masterpieces. The restaurant's festive Latin-infused environs host dine-in eating, and patrons can opt to carryout or swing by the drive thru to nibble in the comforts of their homes or favorite quicksand pit.
Latin Bites Café recently moved to a larger location, and that's a good thing. Because the former 10-table restaurant was far too small for the big flavors pouring forth from its kitchen. Chef Roberto Castro’s Peruvian background is apparent in all of his made-from-scratch Latin creations, from his specialty cebiches to his sautéed seafood dishes. But the chef, who has worked under big-name chefs from Miami to New York, also takes inspiration from African, Asian, and European cuisines. As New York Times reviewer Patricia Sharpe noted in her glowing review, "How often do you get dinner and a culinary travelogue to boot?" Seasonally-inspired lunch, dinner, and brunch menus highlight the variety of possibilities here. Spring and summer, for example, might yield up a mixed seafood cebiche with cilantro, ginger, garlic, and sweet potato puree, while a similar dish in winter might swap in another in-season fish or, for naughty diners, coal. But regardless of the reason, you'll want to be sure to try a tiradito––otherwise known as the Peruvian answer to sashimi––and one of the house-made empanadas stuffed with beef tenderloin. Of course, if you find it hard to choose, there are always prix-fixe lunch menus throughout the week that leave the decision-making to the experts.