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
For more than 75 years, Shipley's Do-Nuts has served up hot and fresh hand-cut donuts daily from Lawrence Shipley's time-tested recipe. Currently furnishing more than 60 varieties of fried ambrosia to donut disciples, Shipley's Do-Nuts creates three types of craveable crowns for the taking ($5.95/dozen glazed, $6.55/dozen mixed). The traditional yeast donut's everyday attire is a glaze coating, but it entertains a closetful of options, including curve-enhancing nuts, sequin-like sprinkles, and black-tie appropriate chocolate icing for attending formal french-bread balls. Filled yeast donuts protect their secret stash of cream or fruit with a sweet glaze force field, while denser—but not dumber—cake donuts aid rough morning wake-up calls by operating as portable pillows perfect for commuting or by sliding into stomachs in icing, glaze, sprinkles, or au naturel.
Chocolate Pizazz placates palates with a cornucopia of creative, gourmet chocolate treats. Like a kid locked up in a candy store, customers can giddily bag a dipped MoonPie ($4.75), a 5-ounce chocolate popcorn ($7.75), or marshmallow Pizazz ($4.75) while making a list of people not to share with. Add flavor to the year by nailing cookies to the calendar for each holiday, such as Easter, Dad's Tie Day, or Halloween ($16.95+). Dipped Twinkies keep teeth properly coated in sweetness ($4.75), and a twisting turn through a forest of colorful, crunchy pretzels or a thick thicket of popcorn eventually leads you to Grandma's house or to doubt your sense of direction.
A sweet oasis in Memorial City Mall, Candy Island tempts kids of all ages with mountains of treats in every color of the rainbow. You can dig into barrels of individually wrapped hard candies and scoop gummy worms from plastic towers to fill make-your-own bags of sugar-coated happiness. Evoking the flavors of the circus, personal-sized popcorn and cotton candy stimulate both sweet and salty taste receptors. And for a break from the heat, staff members shave chunks of ice into snow cones in a variety of flavors such as cotton candy and sour apple. Each snow cone can be further customized with a candy topper or a top hat to commemorate its past life as a snowman.
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don’t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don’t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy—and equally delicious—alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop’s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Houstan Texans Grille's patio feels more like a friend's basement than a restaurant—it's comfy confines are filled with pool tables, a foosball table, and plush red couches. But instead of munching on pretzels and chips, the patrons here are afforded hearty helpings of pub food with a barbecue twist. Barbecue sauce slathers their bacon cheeseburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and kung pao ribs, but the cooks dabble in lighter fare, too, with ahi tuna rolls, blackened shrimp salads, and chipotle cream pasta. They even offer a gluten-free menu with dishes including ginger-braised red snapper, fire-roasted stuffed tomatoes, and skirt steak chimichurri.
Indoors, diners can sidle up the bar to watch the game on flat-screen TVs while sipping one of six signature margaritas or one of the many beers, wines, and cocktails. The spacious dining room is presided over by the Texans' mascot, Toro, who has vowed to never be caught shedding tears over a lost game.