J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge
110 South Heights Boulevard / www.jblacks.com/houston
Situated in the heart of the Washington Corridor, J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge offers a social dining experience with easy-to-share menu items, an innovative cocktail list and full wine menu.
J. Black’s began in Austin and has since opened a location in Dallas as well as the newest outpost in Houston. Whether you’re outside on the spacious covered patio or inside around the unique centerpiece bar, you’ll enjoy this laid back lounge. Meat lovers will want to try the Australian lamb lollipops and the steak frites. Other favorites include the crab and avocado plate, the shrimp ceviche and any of the artisan pizzas.
J. Black’s also does a weekend brunch with dishes such as crab cakes Florentine and migas. The bar offers daily happy hour from 4 to 7 and all night on Sundays.
945 Gessner Rd. www.westinhoustonmemorialcity.com/024-grille
Located inside The Westin Houston Memorial City, 024 Grille offers guests a contemporary take on the classic steakhouse concept.
Finished in natural red brick and cedar trim, the 4,000-square-foot restaurant channels the feel of an intimate bistro with rustic wood dining tables and leather stools. At 024 Grille, guests will also find a savvy menu featuring 28-day wet-aged steaks, ocean-fresh seafood, Colorado lamb and lighter local favorites. Four intimate private event rooms, an approachable wine and cocktail line-up, as well as the adjacent 024 Lounge add to the overall allure.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
12848 Queensbury Suite 204
The gallery’s founders are a trio of commercial artists, including Houston-based Shannon O’Hara & Evelin O’Hara and New York/Paris based LuQman Kaka. According to the three, the gallery focuses on message-driven pieces meant to inspire and create dialogue. Diverse disciplines will be represented as new shows come through, including photography, painting, illustration, sculture, film, new media and graphic design from both emerging and established contemporary artists.
Demeris Bar B Q - West Loop
1702 West Loop North Suite A / www.demeris.com
Demeris has been serving traditional Texas barbecue in Houston since 1964. Three locations make the restaurant accessible to anyone with a craving for baby back ribs, jalapeno sausage and beans. Steaks, shrimp and chicken are also on the menu.
Demeris also has a catering division that has been constantly developing and can now accommodate functions for as many as 20,000 people. With this evolution, menus now go beyond BBQ and range from filet mignon to shrimp brochette, which allows the company to cater all types of events.
Demeris is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday from11a.m.to 8:30p.m.
2311 Dunlavy St. / www.nativecitizen.com
Owner Will Shoemaker, along with buyer and store designer Denny Stygstra, teamed up for the retail concept, which highlights mid-century modern furniture and flea market finds. The businessmen—who also own Duo and Langford Market—have long demonstrated an affection for interior design, evident by the fixtures used (and offered for sale) in the pair’s more than 29-store empire. With the opening of Native Center, fans of the company’s clothing aesthetic can translate the classically-cool style into their home design.
2916 Whie Oak / www.salesucre-tx.com
Salé-Sucré. The French bistro, created by husband-wife team Béline and Chef Philippe Harel. On the menu, Chef Philippe touts an array of crepe dishes, as well as entrees like New Zealand lamb shank and tornedos rossini (beef and foie gas with fig chutney). There’s also a delicious spinach salad starter, served with honey dressing and pan-fried Camembert cheese—a signature option, no doubt, since Philippe happens to be the great, great grandson of the Camembert cheese founder.