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Inside Original Napoli Italian Restaurant by Papa Zack's bustling kitchen, a team of talented chefs craft house-made pasta before dousing noodles in meat, marinara, alfredo, and clam sauces. This kitchen architects the eatery's "what," but the staff's "how" involves constant, family-friendly friendliness. The culinary experts give chicken the royal treatment, dressing it up in a variety of dishes, including marsala, piccata, parmigiana, and rollatini. Sandwiches and pizza in two crusts round out the Italian-centric menu. The catering leg of the business feeds multicourse meals for at least 10 people or 5 people saving half their meal for their fallout shelter.

9650 Westheimer Rd.
Houston,
TX
US

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.

9003 Westheimer Rd
Houston,
TX
US

Cellar 17 is a boutique wine bar and retail shop. Wines range in price from $10 - $500, specializing in small production wineries from all over the world.

We have fabulous Wine Tasting Events and a much touted Wine Club. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle and pair it with one of our many delicious appetizers.

6608 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston,
TX
US

Rockhouse's upbeat, musical confines nourish diners with a menu rocking out to steaks, seafood, burgers, and pub fare. Guests can start with crunchy fried-chicken brouchettes—white-meat chicken in a hickory-smoked bacon shawl ($8.99)—before heading to a thick, seasoned pork chop cooked over a controlled inferno ($13.99) or the fish-taco trio, a threesome of soft-shell flour disks filled with poppy-seed coleslaw and battered cod fillet and garnished with grilled asparagus ($12.99). Multifarious burgers, sliders, and sandwiches satisfy cravings for bread-clenched eats, with options such as the Chesapeake Bay burger topped with sautéed crab and melty swiss cheese ($8.99). Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., lunch takes the stage, entertaining taste buds with the avocado turkey wrap ($6.99) or a mountain of fresh fettuccine peaked with alfredo and a choice of chicken or shrimp ($6.99).

5402 Highway 6 N
Houston,
TX
US

Give your evening meal the ineffable quality of a trusted TV news anchor with today's Groupon to Gravitas. For $15, you'll get $30 worth of American bistro cuisine. The artfully designed eatery has garnered plenty of media buzz with mentions in Texas Monthly and Houston Modern Luxury, and boasts a renowned founder and chef (Scott Tycer, of Benjy's, Spago Palo Alto, and Aries Restaurant fame). And best of all, there's no limit to the number of Groupons you can buy (although only one is allowed per table, and the owners discourage using your Groupons to purchase the entire restaurant).

807 Taft St
Houston,
TX
US

After 20 years in Houston's culinary scene, Monica Pope was in need of a change. In 2012, she reinvented her signature restaurant t'afia to create Sparrow Bar + Cookshop. The name makes a statement not only because it highlights the lineup of spirited beverages (think quirky, organic-gin cocktails and a wine list that includes Texas sakes), but also because it revives the medieval concept of a cookshop: a communal food stop where travelers and the locals who lacked their own kitchens once gathered. For Monica, the term conjured a rustic, uncaged mentality that she reflects each day in her restaurant’s industrial-yet-cozy environs and on the daily changing, localvore menus that have been profiled by publications such as Eater.

When she's not leading in-house cooking classes, Monica is busy innovating in the kitchen. Her seasonal dishes include apps such as watermelon-radish salad and chili-peanut and black bean soup (which the menu invites you to share…or not) and entrees such as a lamb cutlet with saffron-sherry aioli or a date-covered Gulf red snapper that celebrate American, Mediterranean, and Asian flavors. The menu’s one constant, a portobello or longhorn burger, welcomes customization with ingredients such as beet chutney and crushed avocado or the chef's signature written in red-curry catsup.

Servers dressed in blue-suede boots and handmade-leather welding aprons ferry these dishes through an environment that Alison Cook characterized as exuding a "raw industrial warmth" in her Houston Chronicle review. Pope's attention to "keen visual detail” has produced an exposed-brick space in which metal ceiling girders and oxidized pizza-pan lanterns hang over custom laminated-wood chairs at black metal tables. Antique columns hold up a communal table made from a thick slab of salvaged wood around which private dining parties gather.

3701 Travis St
Houston,
TX
US