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Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

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shady 75    0

My wife and I love the Heights area and have enjoyed our first year living here. One thing that we wonder about though is the lack of restaurant diversity in the area. We enjoy the new Thai Spice quite a bit...but find ourselves having to go to Montrose or Rice Village if we ever want anything other than a burger, sandwich, chinese food or pizza.

It seems like recently the Heights just started getting some new restaurants outside of the same old lines. We love Onion Creek...but Dry Creek, 6th St. Bar & Grill, etc. all serve up the same burger and fry options.

For example we love Indian food as many of our friends do in the area but it seems as if no Indian restaurants are venturing into the area. Just more burger joints.

Question...is the lack of restaurant diversity in the area from wanting to keep the small town feel or is it from restaurant owners not realizing there is a demand for this in the area? I think progress is being made. We like the recent additions of Glass Wall, Thai Spice, etc.

Your thoughts.

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RedScare    1636
Question...is the lack of restaurant diversity in the area from wanting to keep the small town feel or is it from restaurant owners not realizing there is a demand for this in the area? I think progress is being made. We like the recent additions of Glass Wall, Thai Spice, etc.

Your thoughts.

Several things. Don't forget, for years, The Heights was a DUMP...no matter what everyone says. The only restaurants in a ghetto are burger joints. As the Heights improves, the restaurants follow. All of the places you mention have opened in the last few years.

Heights reputation for being Dry does not help. Owners are figuring out where the boundaries are, and building accordingly, though. But, for years, everyone thought it was the entire area that was dry...and the Houston Heights Assoc. does nothing to change the perception.

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MidtownCoog    3
he only restaurants in a ghetto are burger joints.

True, but King Biscuit was good for years. I think I started eating there in the 93.

Anybody been there lately?

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shady 75    0
True, but King Biscuit was good for years. I think I started eating there in the 93.

Anybody been there lately?

Yep...that is one of my favorite places to grab a burger and beer. Great place.

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nmainguy    4

Pretty much what Red said. Shade is a private restaurant/club on 19th but membership is free-very good food and wine list.

Here's a map of the dry Heights:

houstonheightsmap.jpg

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heights_yankee    110
My wife and I love the Heights area and have enjoyed our first year living here. One thing that we wonder about though is the lack of restaurant diversity in the area. We enjoy the new Thai Spice quite a bit...but find ourselves having to go to Montrose or Rice Village if we ever want anything other than a burger, sandwich, chinese food or pizza.

It seems like recently the Heights just started getting some new restaurants outside of the same old lines. We love Onion Creek...but Dry Creek, 6th St. Bar & Grill, etc. all serve up the same burger and fry options.

For example we love Indian food as many of our friends do in the area but it seems as if no Indian restaurants are venturing into the area. Just more burger joints.

Question...is the lack of restaurant diversity in the area from wanting to keep the small town feel or is it from restaurant owners not realizing there is a demand for this in the area? I think progress is being made. We like the recent additions of Glass Wall, Thai Spice, etc.

Your thoughts.

Patience, patience.

Developers are obviously seeing the potential. Glasswall and Shade demontrate that not only will Heights residents welcome these types of establishments; people will come from other parts of the city for a good restaurant.

As much as we would like to, we also can't forget that we'll soon have another new restaurant on the former Ashland's in The Heights lot.

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lilyheights    1

I don't eat burgers at Dry Creek, I order other items.

I sympathize with your overall assessment, but I see signs of change.

I think things are expanding with the additions of Shade and Glass Wall.

We recently found a place called Jazzy Cafe that serves NO style poboys...the owners are here thanks to Katrina.

For Chinese we eat at Bamboo House across the bayou on Waugh.

Indian food still hasn't made its mark, but we're close enough to our old favs that it isn't an issue. We actually travel to Sharpstown for Indian.

We also travel for Korean to the Longpoint area. We love Korean food and it wasn't until this year that we found a place outside of the Longpoint area -- that place is in Sharpstown, too.

We also found a really good Thai place on 610 and 18th. Not technically the Heights, but close enough.

I think that Berry Hill was a good addition.

I agree with your assessment. I also wonder if I would eat at any new place that didn't satisfy my cravings for my old favs that are in pretty close proximity...in other words, anything in the Heights will compete at some level with the places you already know and love. That may make a difference to someone breaking into the ultra-competitive restaurant business in our now high rent area.

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RedScare    1636
True, but King Biscuit was good for years. I think I started eating there in the 93.

Anybody been there lately?

Yeah. They ruined it by going "upscale". Salmon colored walls and all. They went all Northpark Mall on us. :angry:

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shady 75    0
Patience, patience.

Developers are obviously seeing the potential. Glasswall and Shade demontrate that not only will Heights residents welcome these types of establishments; people will come from other parts of the city for a good restaurant.

As much as we would like to, we also can't forget that we'll soon have another new restaurant on the former Ashland's in The Heights lot.

Patience has never been my best virtue...lol...I just know that the area can handle additional options and I for one if given my option prefer to spend my money inside the Heights rather than outside of the Heights, whether it be food, groceries, gas...whatever...thanks for the responses guys...

By the way...do you think that this area will always be dry or is it set to expire at a certain time...what seems to be the general feeling of families in the area...do they prefer to keep it dry? What have areas like West U. done? I know from groing up in Bellaire that the fact it was not dry never hurt the family atmosphere there.

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lilyheights    1

The whole city was dry when my dad moved here. So, for history, that was the only way.

West U., Bellaire, etc. didn't actively do anything.

The Heights, when it became part of Houston, made sure that the area in the boundries referenced above remained dry and they wanted it that way forever and ever amen.

I think the dry aspect has influenced the fact that there aren't a lot of cantinas or houses turned bar in what was a depressed area of town. That's probably a good thing for the neighborhood overall.

What Shade does seems like a good solution, only it seems hard to come by. The boundries aren't that big. There are plenty of spaces available where alcohol can be served. I think it is just as someone stated above: people think that all the Heights is dry. It isn't. I will add that people think that the Heights is a lot of places it isn't. That doesn't help business owners figure out that they can sell alcohol in the area.

I think as word gets out, we'll see more changes.

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Let's not forget about Tampico on Airline, Teutactlan (sp) on Airline, that good Vietnamese place on 19th next to Chase bank. All are very good, not chains, AND you can bring your own wine to the Vietnamese place! ;)

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heights_yankee    110
Let's not forget about Tampico on Airline, Teutactlan (sp) on Airline, that good Vietnamese place on 19th next to Chase bank. All are very good, not chains, AND you can bring your own wine to the Vietnamese place! ;)

Vietnam Restaurant. Appropriate, no? B)

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Vietnam Restaurant. Appropriate, no? B)

Did you want me to say Vietnamese restaurant instead of Vietnamese place? It's a restaurant that serves Vietnamese food, therefore it's a Vietnamese restaurant. I don't go to a China restaurant, I go to a Chinese restaurant.

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cwrm4    2
We recently found a place called Jazzy Cafe that serves NO style poboys...the owners are here thanks to Katrina.

Is "Jazzy Cafe" in the Heights? Never heard of it. And I have killed before for a good po-boy.

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heights_yankee    110

Haaa! Native, that was cute! China restaurant. That was some much needed comic relief for my very crappy day :D

Has anyone been to Mardi Gras on Durham? It's the white building with all the beads... Someone I work with went there and liked it, but I don't know how much I trust his opinion. ^_^

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RedScare    1636
Haaa! Native, that was cute! China restaurant. That was some much needed comic relief for my very crappy day :D

Has anyone been to Mardi Gras on Durham? It's the white building with all the beads... Someone I work with went there and liked it, but I don't know how much I trust his opinion. ^_^

Trust it. Mardi Gras used to be called Floyd's. Floyd Landry's family owned the original Landry's, before it was bought and chainified. Mardi Gras has possibly the best Bisque I've ever had. Pretty much all of their menu is great. I know a lot of their staff, too. Good people. :P

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gnu    53
Trust it. Mardi Gras used to be called Floyd's. Floyd Landry's family owned the original Landry's, before it was bought and chainified. Mardi Gras has possibly the best Bisque I've ever had. Pretty much all of their menu is great. I know a lot of their staff, too. Good people. :P

Floyd now has a restaurant in Webster. in the old boat shaped buiding in front of Garden Ridge Pottery and the Burlington Coat Factory (old Hydroponic Fiesta). 528 at 45. Still great food. get there before it somehow gets chainified as well.

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west20th    114
Is "Jazzy Cafe" in the Heights? Never heard of it. And I have killed before for a good po-boy.

There was a review in The Voice on it. It mentioned it was on the "industrial" side of 19th Street so I'm assuming it is on 19th, West of Durham. The review was kind of good but it mentioned the eclectic menu. You can get a fried rice side with your po-boy

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Moose    1
Is "Jazzy Cafe" in the Heights? Never heard of it. And I have killed before for a good po-boy.

Technically, Jazzy Cafe is in Shady Acres. It is on 19th between Bealle and Bevis. It is in the little red building that once was home to the Chicago Beef House or something. The food at Jazzy is fresh and tasty, plus the owners are very nice. Here's hoping that they suceed at that location.

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callisthenes    14

Don't forget Thai Spice and Collina's on 19th. Both serve good food.

Thanks all for the heads up on Jazzy Cafe, I will definitely swing by for a NOLA fix.

A minor warning about the Mardi Gras Cafe, however. They put spices on their berled crawfish after their done rather than just berling them with the crab boil. I also encountered this at a crawfish boil at Onion Creek. Maybe that's a "Texas thang", but it is definitely wrong if you want New Orleans style boiled crawfish.

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lilyheights    1
Let's not forget about Tampico on Airline, Teutactlan (sp) on Airline, that good Vietnamese place on 19th next to Chase bank. All are very good, not chains, AND you can bring your own wine to the Vietnamese place! ;)

Teotihuacan. Mmmm.

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houstonray    0
Teotihuacan. Mmmm.

We third that. Teotihuacan is hands down better than Spanish Flower is now. When we moved here 8 years ago, we loved Spanish Flowers, but over the years and after their expansion, it seems the food has become bland. Teotihuacan is definitely great!!!

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heights_yankee    110
Don't forget Thai Spice and Collina's on 19th. Both serve good food.

Thanks all for the heads up on Jazzy Cafe, I will definitely swing by for a NOLA fix.

I'm not a huge fan of Colina's but we went to Thai Spice for the 1st time last night and it was great. The waiter left something to be desired- when my husband ordered brown rice, he brought Jasmine rice and then said he did that b/c he thinks the jasmine rice is better and Thai people don't eat brown rice. Otherwise, the food was better than expected...

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