The licensed massage therapists at Wu-Sa Massage believe in the healing power of bodywork. They tout the pain- and stress-reducing benefits of massage in its many incarnations. Modalities offered here include classic Swedish massage, more focused deep-tissue massage, and prenatal massage for those expecting a visit from a stork or a baby. Quick 30-minute sessions address aches in one area of the body, whereas luxurious 120-minute massages allow for a more thorough kneading of the entire body.
Dinner, drinks, and DJs reign at Grooves of Houston, an all-purpose venue featuring a massive dance floor, private rooms, and an on-site restaurant. Besides their Friday and Saturday dance parties that might star anyone from hot local DJs to up-and-coming R&B outfits, Grooves is home to a refreshing jazz brunch every Sunday morning. The three fully-stocked bars can be rented out for events ranging from boisterous birthday parties to more subdued my-souffle-didn't-collapse parties. Before planning a night at Grooves of Houston, make sure to check the dress code, which puts the emphasis on style over strictness.
When Louisiana native Lisa Carnley found herself in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, she decided to unpack her culture inside a storefront on Jefferson and Hutchinson. The Cajun Stop is a little taste of Lisa?s home, and most visitors will agree that it?s not lacking in spice. Plates of crawfish ?touf?e make sure of that, though for every fiery main course there?s a cool complement for dessert.
Despite all these options, the real draw on the menu has always been the 16 po?boy sandwiches that Lisa grew up rolling in her grandmother?s restaurant. Nowadays, she considers everyone who walks in the door a member of her family. Like any good host, she surrounds her guests with painted windows, colorful pictures, and sports-inspired d?cor such as a furry rug made from the jersey of a former LSU Tiger.
The Cajun Stop is known for its po’ boys, so at lunch it cuts to the chase by offering a dine-in po’ boy lunch with a small sandwich and a side of chicken-and-sausage gumbo. There are 17 versions, including soft-shell crab, fried crawfish, Louisiana hot sausage, and roast beef.
At Café TH, Minh makes the meal. Besides owning the restaurant, Minh Nguyen acts as the head chef and host. You might expect a harried, frantic fellow sprinting about amid a clatter of broken dishes, but somehow he pulls it off. Not only that, his auteur attitude makes dining out feel more like attending a dinner party. Before he starts folding made-to-order Autumn rolls, he takes the time to learn each guest’s name and their tastes. As local food critic, Alison Cook, has pointed out, “he’s won a loyal following that ranges from tattooed young bicyclists to Asian families to grizzled cops.” Using fresh, local ingredients, Minh crafts classic banh mi sandwiches, and such entrees as Cantonese-styled fried eggs over preserved turnips or vermicelli with chargrilled chicken. He also maintains a section of the menu devoted to vegans, which landed Café TH a spot on the Houston Press ’s Top 10 Vegan Spots.