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Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

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lilyheights    1

Check out the Taste of the Heights this w/e...it features most of the Heights restaurants:

All Saints Church offering local fare and fair

Celebration of area eateries cornerstone of eventful weekend

By MARTIN HAJOVSKY

THOSE who think there are no great restaurants in the Heights will have their assumptions trumped this weekend at All Saints Catholic Church.

The church, 215 East 10th at Harvard, will host its inaugural Great Taste of the Heights event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The chef's invitational, a fundraiser for All Saints, will feature tastings and signature dishes and sample menus from 19 Heights-area restaurants, along with cocktails and live entertainment.

Also on tap will be an art sale featuring the work of mostly Heights-area artists.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event.

"This is the best deal in town," All Saints special events coordinator Michelle Britton said. "We've had a huge response to this and have asked the restaurants to expand how much food to bring. For $15 you get all of these samples, plus cocktails, access to an arts show, access to the live entertainment.

"We're definitely going to set this up to happen every year. It's a great celebration of the Heights."

Featured restaurants include Berryhill's, Carter and Cooley, Chatters, Collina's, Cricket's Creamery and Cafe, DaCapo's, 11th Street Cafe, King Biscuit, Heights Camphouse BBQ, Hickory Hollow, Java Java Cafe, McCain's Market, Onion Creek/Dry Creek, Shade, Spanish Flowers, Thai Spice, The Vietnam Restaurant, the Glass Wall and Yale Street Grill.

The event is the tip of an eventful weekend at the church. A trash and treasure sale will kick off the festivities from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

"Bargains, bargains and more bargains," Britton said. "It'll be fun."

All Saints also will hold its annual Family Day Bazaar from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

The event will have barbecue dinners, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and what Britton calls "the usual bazaar suspects."

"This is our big, boffo bazaar," she said. "There's live entertainment, cocktails, frozen margaritas, beer garden, something for everyone.

"We've also added a trackless train that will take people for rides around different blocks of the Heights."

Just as with last year, the church is planning another edition of its Video Memories oral history project.

Volunteers are lined up to film the memories of anyone with a story to tell about the church and school and growing up in the Heights.

Church officials hope to create an archive of these memories to document the history of the church and the surrounding neighborhood.

Running throughout all of the events will be the aforementioned art sale. Among the artists featured will be All Saints' own Brother Robert Lentz, a Franciscan Friar, a world-renowned religious iconographer who is putting together an icon wall at the church.

"He's such a wonderful artist and a humble guy. You'd never know he has such a large international reputation. We are going to be selling some of his designs and religious objects," Britton said, noting that openings remain for artists who want to sell their work.

Tickets for the Great Tastes of the Heights event can be purchased at participating restaurants, online at www.allsaints.ws, or by calling the All Saints Special Events line at 713-864-2653, Ext. 217.

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heights_yankee    110
Anyone have any dirt on when Dragon Bowl might open? I can't believe how long that build-out is taking.

You look familiar <_<

ANyway, I was excited when DB first put the sign out, but there is something about how long this build out is taking that makes me very leery about eating there. They can't afford to get their place open; how do I know they're not going to try and recoup some losses by serving Grade D meat? Just a little fishy...

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takeshi    10

Pei Wei's not in the Heights but it's a short drive down Yale/Waugh and really good.

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Crash    0

I saw an advertisement in the press that said Dragon Bowl is opening next week.... It's taken so damn long they really should have renamed it Dragging Ass

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TJones    39

What TYPE of restaurants and how BIG would you like them? DO you want these restaurants placed in rehabbed homes, or NEW construction that will fit with the area ? Suggestions ?

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heights_yankee    110
What TYPE of restaurants and how BIG would you like them? DO you want these restaurants placed in rehabbed homes, or NEW construction that will fit with the area ? Suggestions ?

I'd love to see a variety. I think a large Lupe Tortilla (or similar) would be good for young families. If they could rehab some old homes on busy streets like 6th and 11th, that would be cool. Those would make great sandwich shops or coffee houses with breakfast. There are some areas on the west side that could definitely use some development where they could build new.

I have mentioned this before but I think the Heights needs 2 things:

1) A bakery/breakfast place. I like DaCapo's but their hours suck and they're breakfast selections are very limited.

2) A place for ice cream/ dessert- a cute gelato place or even an Amy's . I went to a place in Austin last weekend that had gelato and other deserts. THey had a nice patio area and it was packed at 9:30 pm. I think a place like that would do well in the 'hood.

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west20th    114
2) A place for ice cream/ dessert- a cute gelato place or even an Amy's .

Crickets has wonderful Gelato. But their hours leave something to be desired.

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Markus    0
.... It's taken so damn long they really should have renamed it Dragging Ass

Ha!!!!!!

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heights_yankee    110
Crickets has wonderful Gelato. But their hours leave something to be desired.

Maybe we could start a letter writing campaign. I want gelato after my nice, long dinner. I do not want gelato for dinner (well, sometimes but I don't think my husband would allow it :D )

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I agree the area needs a dessert/ice cream place...

amy's and the chocolate bar are such a hike...and those places do such a great business because they stay open to a resonable hour (ie. after dinner...)

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HeightsGuy    1
I'd love to see a variety. I think a large Lupe Tortilla (or similar) would be good for young families. If they could rehab some old homes on busy streets like 6th and 11th, that would be cool. Those would make great sandwich shops or coffee houses with breakfast. There are some areas on the west side that could definitely use some development where they could build new.

I have mentioned this before but I think the Heights needs 2 things:

1) A bakery/breakfast place. I like DaCapo's but their hours suck and they're breakfast selections are very limited.

2) A place for ice cream/ dessert- a cute gelato place or even an Amy's . I went to a place in Austin last weekend that had gelato and other deserts. THey had a nice patio area and it was packed at 9:30 pm. I think a place like that would do well in the 'hood.

Heights_Yankee, I don't understand the bakery/breakfast comment. The Heights is well represented in both catagories. For breakfast, there are dozens of tex-mex joints that serve awesome american and mexican breakfast (Teotihuacan yum), there's Texas Cafeteria, Onion Creek, Eleventh Street Cafe, Andys, Java Java Cafe, Yale Street Coffee House, I could go on if I could remember anymore off the top of my head. Some of those places also have baked goods, but the best bakery that I know of in the Heights is the place across the street from Caninos on Airline. You won't fine a better Tres Leches anywhere.

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heights_yankee    110
Correct me if I'm wrong HY, but I think she's thinking French-style perhaps? Not cakes, pies, and cookies, but croissants and breads.

Sure, those things. Bagels, muffins, danish. Again, sort of like Dacapo's but open all weekend and before 10 am.

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The Daily Grind on Washington is another excellent breakfast place, and don't forget Dry Creek. There is also the Pig Stop on Washington.

Can't say I'd agree with a lupe tortilla - as far as I can tell, it's just another mediocre to bad chain restaurant. Plus, I seem to remember seeing a mexican restaurant or two around the heights already;-)

Now, if someone would only put in a Sushi restaurant, it would kill. In fact, that's probably something I'd think about investing in.

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lockmat    1858

Doing a little thread recycling here... :)

I have a meeting in the Heights this afternoon...anyone have suggestions on a restaurant. I was thinking Jack in the Box on 20th & N Shep. for the .99 menu :), but then thought I might see if I could get some nice cheap/yummy suggestions for a place I've never been before.

Thanks in advance

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crunchtastic    336
Doing a little thread recycling here... :)

I have a meeting in the Heights this afternoon...anyone have suggestions on a restaurant. I was thinking Jack in the Box on 20th & N Shep. for the .99 menu :), but then thought I might see if I could get some nice cheap/yummy suggestions for a place I've never been before.

Thanks in advance

Vietnam Restaurant on 19th near Shepherd. Good vermicelli bowls, inexpensive.

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20thStDad    252
Vietnam Restaurant on 19th near Shepherd. Good vermicelli bowls, inexpensive.

Did they open back up yet? Been expanding/renovating the past several weeks. We need to try it.

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zandago    1
Doing a little thread recycling here... :)

I have a meeting in the Heights this afternoon...anyone have suggestions on a restaurant. I was thinking Jack in the Box on 20th & N Shep. for the .99 menu :) , but then thought I might see if I could get some nice cheap/yummy suggestions for a place I've never been before.

Thanks in advance

Try Asia Market on the north side of Calvacade between Studewood and Airline. Small Thai market with a little kitchen in the back and a small but tasty menu. Not an expert but seems like pretty authentic homestyle cooking given that I think its the owners grandparents cooking with the produce and other goods they actually sell at the store.

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Porchman    116
Did they open back up yet? Been expanding/renovating the past several weeks. We need to try it.

As of Monday, they're still closed. The renovations look great, and they look like they're done. Not sure what the hold up is.

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crunchtastic    336
Did they open back up yet? Been expanding/renovating the past several weeks. We need to try it.

Hmm. I haven't been since before Thanksgiving. Didn't even know they were closed.

Just thought of something else. A lot of people don't agree, but I've always liked Spanish Flowers for cheap texmex plates. They've got some of the best salsa in town.

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heights_yankee    110

Spanish FLowers has a great patio, if nothing else.

Also, I havent' been but friends are RAVING about the Chicago Pizza joint (is it on main or airline?), friends from CHICAGO nonetheless! there is also some Chicago meat place? i don't know what that is all about but they say it's good. can anyone enlighten me?

also, bedford has a sign "now serving lunch." probably more of a business lunch than a casual lunch, but might be worth checking out...

i wish the original author would come back and comment. i wonder if he has come to find how much variety there really is in our little corner of the world?

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crunchtastic    336
Also, I havent' been but friends are RAVING about the Chicago Pizza joint (is it on main or airline?), friends from CHICAGO nonetheless! there is also some Chicago meat place? i don't know what that is all about but they say it's good. can anyone enlighten me?

A buddy of mine here at the office goes to the Chicago Beef place for lunch take out and raves about it. I'm not a fan of 'chicago beef'. It tastes to me like overcooked roast beef soaked in Italian dressing. They have burgers and cheesesteaks and gyros, too. On Cavalcade and Airline, I think.

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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.
As far as I know, the Heights voted to remain dry when it was annexed by Houston, but has always had the option to become wet by a vote from those in the area. I don

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