The 5 Best Happy Hours in Pearland

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Photo by Troy Fields
Celebrate Oktoberfest any day of the week.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving on to Pearland.

Honorable mention: Fajita Wednesdays at Emma's Mex Grill and sushi at Sakura Japanese Restaurant.

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Five Awesome Houston Treats to Bring to a Holiday Party

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Photo by Deb Smalls
Chocolatier and owner Annie Rupani makes some of the most beautiful chocolates.
Whether you want to gift the host a special treat or bring holiday eats for the party to share, here are 5 Awesomely Delicious Local Treats to Bring to Your Next Holiday celebration:

Exotic Artisan Chocolates
Where to get them: Cocao & Cardamom, 5000 Westheimer

These luxury artisan chocolates will make any party goer swoon. Get them in unexpected flavors like Szechuan peppercorn, coco curry, and five spice praline. Less daring chocolate lovers will go nuts for the flavors like smores -- made with housemade roasted marshmallow, milk chocolate ganache and graham cracker crumbs; or Nutella banana. Boxes starting at $20.

Gourmet Holiday Scones
Where to get them: Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, 3701 Travis

At $6 per order, chef Monica Pope's scone dough is available in flavors such as sour cherry pecan, gruyere chive, and lavender fig. Each ball of dough yields 10-15 small scones that will make the perfect bite-sized appetizers. And hey, people may even think you made them yourself. Order at least four days in advance from now through the end of the month.


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Try These Five Crazy Delicious Warm-Spiced Eats in Houston

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Heat things up with Lillo & Ella's spiced lamb ribs.
With winter in full swing (kinda), it's time to warm things up a bit. And what better way to do that than with these 5 outrageously good warmly-spiced foodstuffs:

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Try These 5 Awesomely Delicious Kimchi-Packed Eats in Houston
Try These Five Monster Breakfast Dishes
Try These Five Monster Sandwiches
Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Pizzas
Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Fries
Try These 5 Chili-Smothered Dishes
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Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes

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DEFCON Dining: Good Dog

Categories: Local Spotlight

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The New Yorker
Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning and prior experience are critical in determining the proper strategy. Here at DEFCON Dining, we do the grunt work for you. It ain't always pretty.

Good Dog is pretty much begging for the DEFCON treatment. I mean, what food is more kid-friendly than the hot dog? Couple that with the type of attention to detail that makes food-loving adults take notice, add a friendly and casual atmosphere, throw in beer and grown-up milkshakes, and it's pretty much DEFCON heaven. Hell, they even have a "Cry Room."

OK. So that last part might not be entirely true. There is no Cry Room, per se, but there is a little alcove tucked in next to the counter, separated from the main dining room. That's where we found ourselves on a recent weeknight visit, after my wife noticed a similarly be-infanted family enjoying a relaxed if slightly more rambunctious dinner in the slightly secluded spot. Out of sight out of mind, they were free to manage the adorable outbursts of babble, and the occasional toy sent skittering across the table and onto the floor, without the disapproving glares of non-breeders aghast at the effrontery of a baby in their grown-up dining midst.


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Upcoming Event: Dinner in the Dark, a Special Lights Out French Wine Dinner at Lucille's

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On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 chef Chris Williams of Lucille's will be holding a special "Lights Out" French Dinner in the Dark.

Imagine this: You're dining in a restaurant and the lights go out on the whole entire block. If you're the chef and owner, what do you do?

Last year, Chris Williams of Lucille's found himself in that perplexing situation. "It was a Friday or Saturday night and there was an explosion that took down the entire power grid on the block," he recalls. "And so the servers are looking at me, saying 'So I guess we're closed, right?'"

"I told them 'No, we're staying open' -- that we would just keep on serving. All we had on was the emergency light. So we get some candles, we put them on the few tables that were already seated, and I told them anybody comes in, get a candle for them."

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Try These 5 Awesomely Delicious Kimchi-Packed Eats in Houston

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Photo by Brooke Viggiano
Find the Ladybird Food Truck for a hot dog like no other.
Had enough turkey and stuffing to last you a lifetime? Us too. That's why we're sharing five insanely delicious Asian-fusion dishes stacked with of our favorite hot and sour Korean condiment, kimchi.

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Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes
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Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Pizzas
Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Fries
Try These 5 Chili-Smothered Dishes
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The Ultimate Chef's Table: An Evening at Kipper Club Test Kitchen

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Photo by Mai Pham
The community table takes center stage and overlooks the open kitchen at Kipper Club Test Kitchen.
Kipper Club Test Kitchen is housed in what one might call an alternative space. There is no parking, so you have to park offsite and shuttle to your dinner, and once you arrive, you're at a Shell gas station. Literally.

Next to the gas station convenience store, there's a sign that says "Tippy's Soul Food," and it's not until you come close that you see small white window sign displaying the Kipper Club fish logo. As the saying goes, however, "Don't judge a book by it's cover," because waiting inside is a refurbished warehouse space designed for a high-end pop-up dining experience.

For last week's pop-up harvest dinner featuring chef Zachary Ladwig, diners were greeted at the door by Kipper Club's general manager, Graham Laborde. It was open seating, and in the far back of the large rectangular room, the chefs and kitchen staff were already hard at work prepping the amuse bouche.

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Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes in Houston

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Photo by Troy Fields
Beer and lobster never tasted so good.
Lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters...these shellfish are all delicious when simply prepared. But sometimes you just want to soak them in beer-butter or coat them in an ultra-thick spiced batter and deep fry them whole until they are crunchy-as-all-hell. And that, our friends, is what we're looking at today. Check out these five outrageously delicious shellfish eats:

See also:
Try These Five Monster Breakfast Dishes
Try These Five Monster Sandwiches
Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Pizzas
Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Fries
Try These 5 Chili-Smothered Dishes
Try These 5 Awesomely Outrageous Burgers in Houston

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Kipper Club Test Kitchen To Host Forbes Five-Star Chef Zachary Ladwig

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Photos by Mai Pham
From left, clockwise: Chef Zachary Ladwig will guest chef at Kipper Club this Friday; beet salad; a study on fennel.
It's early days still in the life of the Kipper Club Test Kitchen. The kitchen space by the Treadsack Group (Down House, D&T Drive Inn, Sugar & Rice Magazine) launched quietly in August, where it has been playing host to a rotating roster of guest chefs.

"We built it as a space that the chefs could work in while they wait for construction to be completed on Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents," says Graham Laborde, Kipper Club Test Kitchen's director, who is also a trained chef. "We also wanted it to be a creative space, where we could bring in younger chefs and chefs we really admire, and give them free reign do the food however they want to do it."

Since August, Kipper Club has hosted six pop-up dinners. "The response has been extremely positive," says Laborde, who adds "We already have regulars who sign up for every event." This past weekend they hosted a dinner called the "Contenders Series," which featured Bobby Matos (Ciao Bello), Patrick Feges (Killen's BBQ), and Erin Smith (Main Kitchen).

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Filling the Gaps: Cafe Pita +

Categories: Local Spotlight

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Let me see your cabbage roll
I've lived in Houston for 22 years. It took me 16 of those to visit the Rothko Chapel for the first time. I didn't eat at Ninfa's on Navigation until I'd counted myself a Houstonian for nearly a decade. I still haven't eaten at Frenchy's. The list of glaring omissions goes on and on. Before you boot me from the city for civic negligence, or at least refuse to continue allowing me to write about Houston food, let me assure you that 2014 is the year I start fixing this problem. I'm making a list of places. Places I should have been by now. Places even I can't believe I haven't visited. This is the year I get (re)acquainted with my city. Maybe you'll find a few from your own list in these posts. I encourage you to follow suit.

I wish I could say I first heard about Cafe Pita + through pretty much any media other than Guy Fieri. Something about his particular combination of pinky rings, sculpting gel and half-wit-chuckle makes me involuntarily shudder every time I catch sight of the sunglasses perched on his greasy nape. The flip-side to that, of course, is that the guy actually highlights some cool places.

The tiny, converted house on Richmond is Cafe Pita's second location. If you hold your arms out and spin in a circle, you can practically touch all four walls in the sunny space. The small size makes for friendly, personal service. The waitstaff - all one of her - is more than happy to guide you through the menu, if you're new to Bosnian cuisine. When I couldn't decide between the Hadzijski Cevap (cevapi, beef kebab and veggies, sautéed in a light creamy tomato sauce) and the Sarma Cabbage leaves stuffed with ground beef and rice served with kajmak and lepinja bread), her unbridled enthusiasm for the stuffed cabbage made it an easy decision.


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