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21 Waterway Ave: Office Building For The Woodlands


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I was kinda surprised they already didn't have resturants right on the water. That's part of the point of having the waterway right? A San Antonio-ish dining experience.

I sure hope the WOC attempts to make the back side of the Woodlands as nice as what they are doing up front. There is plenty of unused land on 2978 that they have their signs on. We have been asking what they are going to do with it and they aren't telling.

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i heard that there was one in the works for 1488. i would hope that they would not build a super target right across from the super wal-mart in your neck of the woods.

with the target at pinecroft center, across from the mall, i do not think they would build one on 1488 near 242 unless they close the one at pinecroft. if 1488 is THE road that one will be built, i would think it would be nearer to the 2978 intersection.

BTW katiedidit, i tried mi luna last weekend at indian springs. i'll give it 2.5 forks out of 5. an average dining experience for a saturday afternoon. one waiter knew how to make a good mojito, the bartender couldn't get it right. the food was hit and miss. i might enjoy it more with out a toddler and a fifteen year old. it seems the tapas experience is for more for drinking and nibbling rather than a meal. the arriving saturday night crowd let me know that the time to come was later in the evening.

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i heard that there was one in the works for 1488. i would hope that they would not build a super target right across from the super wal-mart in your neck of the woods.

with the target at pinecroft center, across from the mall, i do not think they would build one on 1488 near 242 unless they close the one at pinecroft. if 1488 is THE road that one will be built, i would think it would be nearer to the 2978 intersection.

BTW katiedidit, i tried mi luna last weekend at indian springs. i'll give it 2.5 forks out of 5. an average dining experience for a saturday afternoon. one waiter knew how to make a good mojito, the bartender couldn't get it right. the food was hit and miss. i might enjoy it more with out a toddler and a fifteen year old. it seems the tapas experience is for more for drinking and nibbling rather than a meal. the arriving saturday night crowd let me know that the time to come was later in the evening.

yeah Bach, its more a bar. The food isn't great, but neither was the food in their Village location. I think Jack's, back in the early 90's, had the best Tapas.

I did see the owner of Nit Noi, opening in Sterling Ridge. He still owns all three of his locations, so their is hope for this one to be a winner!

I would still love to see another Palazzos or high end pizza, italian bistro open in the area. NO more Chilis, Applebees and fast food chains please!

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Mi Luna is such a delightful surprise to find hidden deep the Woodlands! (I don't take my kids there because it is definitely more of an adult date-night type restaurant, and my kids would turn their noses up at everything on the menu.) We love everything we've tried on this extensive and very adventurous menu, but specifically go back time and time again for more of the scallops, octupus, squid, prawns, mussels, clams, paella, tres leches, mojitos and house sangria. It's a wonderful place to relax with friends and out-of-towners and the tapas way of eating is to share appetizers amongst everyone, not individual meals. I hope they do well in that out-of-the-way location and that more people venture out to try it. Looking forward to seeing Nit Noi open soon as well. Seems to be a lot of new developments in that area.

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i had a delicious "kicken' chicken" pizza from extreme pizza the other day. it has chicken marinated in a spicy ginger peanut sauce, with scallions, fontina cheese, fresh cilantro and mozzarella. it was better than the thai chicken pizza at california pizza kitchen on san felipe/post oak. oh, the villager had a snippet about a new strip center going up on sawdust road (the one with ghastly colors right next to whataburger). there is going to be a vietnamese restaurant there. no name released yet. it will be the first vietnamese restaurant in our area. i'm hoping for the best.

but i digress. they are to begin construction on waterway square early next year. the financing is in place. there will be several more restaurants on the waterway level by late 2006. yippie. i'm still waiting on those damn trolleys. they were supposed to be up and running by last fall.

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I had the experience of being at Extreme Pizza on opening day. Having been in the restaurant business for many years, we were very able to appreciate all the things that went wrong that day. The owner's wife had an amazing grace under pressure, and is a true asset to this franchise. I wish them well.

We're getting a new restaurant in this area (F.M. 2920 at Kuykendahl) called Mi Le. Has anyone ever been there? I understand they have other locations in the Houston area. Is it good?

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i went back to mi luna tonight. i decided to try it the "right" way by meeting a friend, having a couple of drinks and nibbling on delicious tapas rather than making it a place to have a meal with friends. big fun. can't wait to go back. it's a great excuse (not that anyone needs one) to have a drink and sample their huge selection of food. we were there for nearly three hours. it is definately a place to linger. it is indeed a "delightful surprise" to find here in the woodlands as pineda has stated before.

if you should go?, assume you are going to a bar/pub that has great "nibblies", bring someone you want to visit with and sample the wine, the drinks and the food. salsa lessons and dancing thursday-saturday.....check the website.

btw, they have a great chilean red called "santa ema" (i think mine was 2002). i loved it.

back to the original post (sort of)...........i noticed that there is retail space being built between the new waterway building, the marriott waterway and tinseltown. it will be a great connection to the waterway and create pedestrian traffic between the three areas. this new retail will have no parking except for the parking garages at tinseltown, marriott and the new waterway office building. this appears to be the first free-standing, street-front retail outside of the market street development. at last, "infill" development in town center.

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i heard today that churrasco's is going upstairs from "the goose's acre" pub in 21 waterway avenue. if what i heard is true, goose's acre will be on the waterway level and churrasco's will be on street level at waterway avenue.

actually, goose's acre will have the bar upstairs and dining on the waterway level. i do not know where churrasco's is going in.

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Hey Bach-

Just came back from Goose's Acre in The Woodlands. We LOVED this place!

Heard that Baker Street Pub is going to go in right next door.

Perfect weather for hanging out on the outside patio.

Best pint of Guiness I've ever had pulled before.

Can't wait to try the Black & Tan next time.

Or the Harp's. Food looked great as well.

Official opening is sometime in January.

My new favorite hang-out place...

The Goose's Acre Pub!

Update:

More Christmas shopping at the mall ends with us at Goose's Acre!

Killer band named Familiar Strangers played the songs I grew up with, including Stairway to Heaven! The woman singer can wail with the best of them!

This time we all ordered from the menu and the food is wonderful, inexpensive and huge portions.

Even though it was pretty much freezing outside, the outside patio was as packed as the inside.

This place feels like a old neighborhood pub picked up from Boston and dropped in The Woodlands.

Oh, and the B&T is good, but nothing beats a Guiness Stout in my book anyways... :blush:

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i'll put my camera in the car. there is a new apartment complex going in on the waterway called "the boardwalk", a new upscale retirement community and more condos. town center is about to have over a thousand new residents.

goose's acre is the first pub/grill to open on the waterway level and its packed on weekends. churrasco's and baker street pub are to follow (baker street pub is open now). last weekend at goose's acre, i met a couple from san francisco who are here to buy property. they were trippin' at what they could buy for a million. the woodlands is on "the map" and it scares me. people are gobbling up townhomes and condos in east shore over 400K. it's freaking crazy. there are still fixer-upper homes along north millbend that are selling for under $120K. north millbend is across woodlands parkway from town center (east shore, the waterway, pavilion, etc.).

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i'll put my camera in the car. there is a new apartment complex going in on the waterway called "the boardwalk", a new upscale retirement community and more condos. town center is about to have over a thousand new residents.

goose's acre is the first pub/grill to open on the waterway level and its packed on weekends. churrasco's and baker street pub are to follow (baker street pub is open now). last weekend at goose's acre, i met a couple from san francisco who are here to buy property. they were trippin' at what they could buy for a million. the woodlands is on "the map" and it scares me. people are gobbling up townhomes and condos in east shore over 400K. it's freaking crazy. there are still fixer-upper homes along north millbend that are selling for under $120K. north millbend is across woodlands parkway from town center (east shore, the waterway, pavilion, etc.).

Any news pics?

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So, I had to head north on Friday to have a client sign some paperwork. We decided to meet at a bar on the waterway to see what the hubbub was about. I parked in the surface lot and walked over to Goose's Acre. The place is almost empty, but happy hour is just starting, so I did not think much of it. We grabbed a table near the bar downstairs and waited for service...and waited....and waited. No one ever shows up, even though there are plenty of bored waitresses walking around.

So, my buddy decides to order from the bar. He asks the bartender standing behind the bar doing nothing for a drink. The bartender says we will have to wait until he is finished doing what he was doing. It is unclear what he was doing, though. My buddy comes back to the table and tells me what he said. Because I have this unnatural expectation that waitstaff should wait on you within, oh, 10 or 15 minutes of you entering their establishment, and because we figured it would get worse once it got crowded, we left.

We went up the steps to Baker Street. There, staff said Hi at the door, and helped us to a seat. They actually still allow smoking in the Woodlands, so we got a smoking table. The ventilation sucked the smoke straight up, so there was no fog in the air. The place was crowded, but we never waited for service. Eventually, 5 people from another table came over and said they saw us at Goose's. They left, too. They said no one goes there because the service is horrid. Actually, they said a few rabid non-smokers go, but it is largely empty, while Baker Street stays busy. The staff told me that, if not for the few non-smokers that suffer through the bad service, Goose's would already be closed.

As for the general look of the place, it was pleasant enough. Baker Street did a fantastic job on their interior. Outside, it certainly looked better than a strip center, and the waterway was OK, though I cannot say that I would drive 35 miles just to hang out there. The chicks were decidedly attractive, and the people hanging out in our smoking section were friendly...one table even bought us a round. The area will continue to do well for a number of reasons. One, it is new. The strip of bars on Sawdust are old, smelly and full of trashy regulars. Two, the cops around there wait outside the Sawdust Road bars, as well as the bars on the east side of I-45, looking to bust anyone who leaves. This is never good for business. Because Town Center does not have such obvious exits, and because the clientele may be leaving a movie theater as much as a bar, the cops cannot target bar patrons as easily. Three, the clientele just looks better.

So, overall, not a bad time. Town Center is pleasant, if not spectacular, Baker Street was very good, Goose's Acre is the SUCK.

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goose's acre is usually packed on weekend nights. during the day, the wait staff is aloof. also, i think the food is better at the acre. i heard that goose's acre wants to move away from baker street. but, i don't know how reliable the source is. glad to have you in the woods red.

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goose's acre is usually packed on weekend nights. during the day, the wait staff is aloof. also, i think the food is better at the acre. i heard that goose's acre wants to move away from baker street. but, i don't know how reliable the source is. glad to have you in the woods red.

Thanks, if I would have known sooner, I would have PM'd you. I don't know how much more weekend you can get than Friday night. I left the area around 10, and it was clearly not full, especially compared to Baker Street, which was standing room. If their solution to bad service is to move away from nearby bars with better service, they are doomed. And, mind you, I thought my experience was unusual at first. It was the non-stop negative comments from everyone else that stunned me. I waited 10 minutes before leaving. All of the other complaints from the locals were 45 minute waits, wrong food, etc....much worse than my tale.

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Thanks, if I would have known sooner, I would have PM'd you. I don't know how much more weekend you can get than Friday night. I left the area around 10, and it was clearly not full, especially compared to Baker Street, which was standing room. If their solution to bad service is to move away from nearby bars with better service, they are doomed. And, mind you, I thought my experience was unusual at first. It was the non-stop negative comments from everyone else that stunned me. I waited 10 minutes before leaving. All of the other complaints from the locals were 45 minute waits, wrong food, etc....much worse than my tale.

that's too bad. i like the acre alot. i haven't had a bad experience there. americas, next door, is supposed to have a nice bar area, when they open. many more options to come.

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Went to the Goose's Acre a few weeks ago with a few friends. Our experience was less than stellar. In fact, our experience at Baker Street a couple of months before that wasn't so great either, but for different reasons. If I'm going to drive all they way from Huntsville, I'll go the extra forty five minutes to Flying Saucer downtown.

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Went to the Goose's Acre a few weeks ago with a few friends. Our experience was less than stellar. In fact, our experience at Baker Street a couple of months before that wasn't so great either, but for different reasons. If I'm going to drive all they way from Huntsville, I'll go the extra forty five minutes to Flying Saucer downtown.

If it takes you 45 minutes to get DT from The Woodlands on Friday night, then you don't drive very fast. But that is a different subject for a different topic.

I love Baker Street. I have had great service, with great food, with a great atmosphere. I just wished Goose's and Baker St. were switched that way Baker could be on the waterway. Doesn't really matter at this point being that the Waterway is dead anyway, but in the future, I think Goose's will do better than Baker St...if it lasts that long. They way you guys are talking on here with bad service (I haven't been there yet), then I surely won't go and I'm sure others won't either.

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i'm not what one would call "yuppie". perhaps looking like an ice house patron or saturday night bowler is the reason i get better service than most yuppie types that hit the acre. i've been attended to by the chef and the manager on more than one occasion. perhaps you have to become a regular.

i'd say try it again.

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