You'll never go hungry at Viva Cinema. That's because staff not only keep sodas and popcorns topped off with free refills, but also encourage guests to bring in leftovers from the attached Mexican restaurant, Viva Cantina. They extend this level of love for the community by adding Spanish subtitles to most movies, and showing free family films one day per week and free horror shows on Wednesdays after dark. They also bring in local producers and actors to talk about their films in an effort to promote local artists.
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
Mi Pueblito's chefs pull their culinary inspiration from the diverse landscapes of Colombia, where jungles grow thick with tropical fruits, herds of cattle graze on grassy plains, and fish frolic through coastal waters. The resulting plates of authentic soft corn arepas, thick grilled steaks, and sweet plantains helped win the restaurant the title of Best Colombian Restaurant from the Houston Press in 2006. Outside in the dining room, patrons wash down enormous portions with fruity cocktails and satisfied "mmms," followed by creamy cups of Colombian coffee. Colombian memorabilia speckles the bright blue and orange walls, setting a colorful stage for the live musicians who play instruments from acoustic guitar to accordion on Friday and Saturday nights.
Al Aseel Grill & Cafe strives to shorten cultural divides. To do so, the restaurant has constructed a bridge of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, one made of dishes that are as colorful as they are tasty. An elegant review by Robb Walsh highlights the restaurant's successes in building those bridges. Instead of hiring an umpire to scream "Play ball!" or "Eat your food!" at the start of every visit, Al Aseel sets meals in motion with appetizer platters of humus and falafel. The restaurant follows that with grilled specialties, such as the musakhan chicken, which features a half or whole chicken served atop pita and garnished with olive oil, sautéed onions, and spices. Diners can round out their experience by sipping Arabic coffee or tea, or by relaxing with puffs from a hookah.
Enlivened by the sounds of DJs, live comedy, and MCs, the interior of Zanzibar Houston buzzes on a nightly basis. The kitchen churns out an array of finger foods, including suya, a type of shish kebab, until midnight. Buzzing bass beats punctuate the clatter of players breaking racks of billiards balls amid zebra-print chairs and low leather couches. Ice jingles at the full bar with the sound of two xylophonists getting in a fender bender, and a projection screen blossoms colorfully, drawing eyes away from the bustling dance floor.
With more than 40 TVs, a menu of homemade pub eats, and a wide selection of beer and cocktails, Nick’s Place sets the standard for what a neighborhood bar should be. Hand-tossed pizzas cooked in a vintage oven come out crisp, cheesy, and loaded with meats and veggies. Dishes of homemade mac and cheese, tacos made with pizza dough, and 14 ounce rib eye steaks give customers even more to cheer about. And that’s not even counting the continual assault of sports being broadcast in nearly every cardinal direction, making it nearly impossible to miss that winning touchdown, run, or checkmate.