The restaurant industry is truly a family affair for Mr. Souvla. His grandfather owned a restaurant outside of Athens, Greece, where his mother was born on Christmas in 1937. After his mother relocated to the States, she and Mr. Souvla's stepfather ran a Greek cafe in Houston, introducing the beef-loving locals to succulent lamb. Now Mr. Souvla heads up his namesake eatery, where he and his staff craft comfort food in the form of stuffed grape leaves, gyros, and hummus. Many of their ingredients are organic and hail from local sources, while their dishes eschew fancy trappings such as complicated sauces for simple, authentic flavors passed down from Old World family recipes.
Little ones swing beneath palm trees and skip on the grass. Regardless of the weather outside, this is the scene on the bright indoor playground at Twinkle Twinkle Kids' Café. Kids climb up to the ceiling on the play structure and careen down the colorful slide, and the education toys across the way keep their minds sharp. Children can break up play time with hands-on classes and activities, such as craft projects and face painting. And when they need to refuel, both parents and kids can enjoy selections from a healthy, Asian-inspired menu.
Not all Thai dishes are spicy. That's a common misconception Tantalice Thai aims to snuff out. In fact, the restaurant encourages its customers to specify just how spicy?or not spicy?they want their order to be, doing so without the fear that they will offend the chefs or cause them to call the spice police, who actually exist. Tantalice willingly customizes all dishes for its customers. Their lengthy menu includes classic dishes, such as the pad see ew, a stir-fry of flat-rice noodles, eggs, and sweet soy sauce as well as a section devoted to healthy plates such as a green papaya salad tossed in a freshly squeezed lime juice dressing.