The Five Best Underrated Kolaches in Houston (According to You)

Categories: Top Five

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Photo by Christina Uticone
The results are in: Houston loves kolaches.
Despite the fact that the rest of the country probably has no idea what one is, this latest poll proved that Houstonians surely do know (and love) their kolaches. Thanks all for the awesome input!

After plenty of chatter and a few Internet fights in the commentary, we actually learned quite a bit. For instance, kolache is actually plural for kolach, meaning the word kolaches really makes no sense and most of us Texans have been writing and saying it wrong for just about forever. Thanks, joshwebster! Also, there were some super fun arguments about how "real" kolache are sweet pastries filled with fruit, cream cheese and poppy seeds, while the savory meat-filled variety is really a klobasnek. Feel free to chime in on whether any of that matters or not, but we're moving on to the good stuff -- the results from our narrowed down poll!

Our top spot garnered an astounding 63 percent of the votes, with nearly 700 of y'all passionately proclaiming your love. It's that kind of enthusiasm that makes us want to eat a bunch of kolaches - no wait, kolache -- right about now.

Czech out who won it along with the 4 other worthy contenders, as voted by you:


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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Shady Acres

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Photo by Paula Murphy
Discounted cocktails and brews at Lillo & Ella are sure to make you feel zen.
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 the 'hood of Shady Acres.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Shady Acres is defined as the area east of TC Jester, south of N. Loop 610, west of N. Shepherd, and north of W. 15th.

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Greenway Plaza

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Photo by Troy Fields
Pizzeria Solario's selection of pizzas, antipasti, craft beer and wine makes happy hour quite happy.
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

Last week we covered Upper Kirby, so this week we're moving right next door to the area surrounding Greenway Plaza.

Note: For the purposes of this post, Greenway Plaza is loosely defined as on or south of West Alabama, west of Buffalo Speedway, north of Highway 59 and east of Loop 610.

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The 5 Best Cinnamon Rolls in Houston

Categories: Sweets, Top Five

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Photo by Whitney via Flickr
Cinnamon rolls aren't complete until they are drenched in cream cheese frosting.
Ahh. Cinnamon rolls. You can recognize that smell anywhere. Most of us probably have nostalgic memories of the smell of baking cinnamon rolls in the morning. And when the melted cream cheese frosting is poured over the top, it takes every muscle in your body to resist diving in before all of the rolls are completely covered.

Unraveling the dough to discover the hidden cinnamon-sugar gems stuffed between each layer is fun, but without a doubt, the best part is eating the warm, soft, gooey center. And no matter what anyone says, a cinnamon roll is not to be shared, regardless of the size; that center cannot (and should not) be split in half.

To help you satisfy your morning sweet tooth, we have listed five of the best cinnamon rolls in the city. And yes, the centerpiece for each of these is amazing.

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Upper Kirby

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Photo by Troy Fields
Queen Vic's taps pour out some of Houston's finest pints.
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 into Upper Kirby, where you'll find everything from top-notch sushi and sake to authentic British pub fare.

Note: For the purposes of this post, Upper Kirby is defined as west of Shepherd, east of Buffalo Speedway, north of Bissonnet and south of Westheimer.

Honorable Mention: Sorrel Urban Bistro (which we're losing soon), CRU Wine Bar, and Eddie V's "V-lounge" happy hour.


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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Midtown

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Photo by Troy Fields
Make your way to Sparrow Bar + Cookshop's sleek bar for classic treats with a twist.
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 the bar-and-resto-packed hood of Midtown, where there are almost too many awesome spots to name. While happy hours at laidback bars like Little Woodrow's, The Dogwood, Saint Dane's, and Celtic Gardens don't disappoint, we've put an emphasis on the places with the best bang for your buck.

Honorable mention: Free finger foods at Piola's bar and $6 to $8 teasers and elixirs at Mr. Peeples.

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Downtown Houston

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Photo by Troy Fields
Refreshing cocktails at Batanga don't disappoint.
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 the finest bars and restaurants in Houston's downtown.

Honorable Mention: Bar bites at Morton's and $4 weekday HH at Vinoteca Quattro.


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The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Galveston

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Photo by Jerald Jackson
These brunch spots will make you want to stay on the island a little bit longer.
In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots around town. See the complete list at the end of this post.

This week, we're going down to the shore and taking a look at the best brunches in Galveston.

Honorable Mention: Crawfish hash, fried stuffed shrimp, and brunch cockails at Gaido's and bold breakfast plates at Sunflower Bakery & Cafe.

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Beyond the G&T: 5 Best Gin Cocktails

Categories: Booze, Top Five

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Photo by Kenn Wilson
Negroni Cocktail

Although it's hard not to think "tonic" when putting together a gin cocktail, there's plenty of other mixers that complement this spirit. Here are five icy juniper berry spirit libations perfect for the dog days of summer.

5. Salty Dog. Wedding salt with grapefruit juice and gin, The Salty Dog is the perfect plural marriage of sour, sugary, and savory. Use pink grapefruit if you like a sweeter potion and yellow grapefruit to up the pucker factor. And, don't forget the salt rim--without it, the drink is just a Greyhound.

4. Negroni. In 2019, the Negroni cocktail will turn 100 years old, but there's no need to postpone celebrating. Boasting a sexy scarlet hue thanks to the inclusion of vermouth, the negroni isn't sickly sweet as this color might suggest. Rather, the combination of gin and campri give it an earthy bite that is only mildly tempered by the sugar of the vermouth.

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The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the East End

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Photo by Troy Fields
Get enchiladas with huevos your way at our No. 4 spot.
In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots around town. See the complete list at the end of this post.

This week, we're moving on to the vibrant 'hood of East End.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the East End is based off of this official map, which roughly places its boundaries at Clinton Drive to the north, I-45 to the south, 610 to the east and parts of 59 to the west.

Honorable Mention:Saturday morning aporreado at Los Corrales.

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