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Baileson Brewing Company

Craft Brewery in Houston

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Established by husband Adam Cryer and his wife, Sarah Pope, the Baileson Brewing Company features two of man’s best friends – beers and pooches. The “pooches” part come from the company’s name – a combination of the couple’s two dogs Bailey and Jameson. (They have a third fur baby called Beau, who came later.) The brewery, of course, supplies the handcrafted beers, especially ales. Located in the outskirts of the Rice Village area in Houston, the brewery was an old gas station built in 1950 until the building became an auto-service station in the mid-1970s. The couple retained the exterior canopy, which serves as the brewpub’s patio, and fitted it with picnic tables. They allow non-beer fans to bring wine from their neighbor next door, and allow outside food. The place, of course, is “dog-friendliest”, with the couple claiming that their pooches “have better social lives” than their humans.

(832) 516-9828

El Topo (Food Truck)

Food Truck in Houston

El Topo's menu has been described as extremely delicious with all of the ingredients carefully thought out. The space itself is absolutely beautiful with the design being described as uplifting and relaxing. Their "barbacoa-based 'Houston' is the way to go (and what won the aforementioned 2018 Butcher's Ball), along with the 'Gringo' breakfast taco". But, if you are "going meat-free", you can "get their vegan-friendly 'Austin' taco which is a medley of seasonal veggies, a tangy adobo barbecue sauce, pepitas and herbs". Also, "the homemade corn tortillas are THE BEST" you will ever try. "It is a bonus that the guys are also so incredibly friendly". "Very personable staff...You can tell they like making food for their customers! It's delicious!"

(210) 867-0380

Food Music Life (Food Truck)

Food Truck in Houston

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Food Music Life, a Houston-based food truck, is bringing "delicious" foods infused with Mexican and Italian flavors. This food truck features a rotating seasonal menu showcasing the best ingredients Texas has to offer. Not only Food Music Life is supporting local farms and ranches, but it also recognizes the work of art as this entire food truck is painted by local Houston artists. The menu features "flavorful" dishes, including the best-seller "pulled pork on polenta with local goat cheese", "roasted eggplant on quinoa", and "grilled chicken on risotto". It also features familiar flavors like "lasagna", which is made of handmade pasta, local produce tomato sauce, and authentic Italian cheeses.

(281) 814-7990

French Country Wines

Winery in Houston

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The name of this winery speaks for itself. French Country Wines is "a small shop on the outskirts of Rice Village". This is a "great place to learn more about French wines". They "have free tastings on Saturdays". "If you want to stop in for a little tasting" and "you're in the market for French wine in the Houston area, you owe it to yourself to stop by to shop, or maybe come in for one of their tastings". This is an "off the beaten path wine boutique that's worth the visit". You may end up "hooked" with an "absolutely killer red Bandol" and will become your favorite.

(713) 993-9500

Helen Greek Food & Wine

Restaurant in Houston

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Helen Greek Food & Wine has"excellent food in a comfortable atmosphere". "Outstanding service, ambiance and most of all the Grilled Octopus, chickpea puree, mint salad, capers, cracked coriander is a MUST HAVE!" "The dinner menu has a very special setup, one page offering with not the typical Souvlaki, Moussaka and Gyros Giu would expect from a Greek restaurant". And, "all dishes at a special unique taste" and are "perfectly arranged on the plates". Also, "a small menu also usually indicates that everything is fresh". They also "have an incredible wine selection as well". Their "wines are all imported from Greece". "It isn't a very big restaurant so book ahead". Also, "do come here if you want to try authentic Greek cuisine, and want to sample different dishes with friends". But, "overall, a delicious experience" and you will "be back to try more items!"  

(832) 582-7146

Hopdoddy Burger Bar – Rice Village

Restaurant in Houston

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar - Rice Village is located at one of Houston's iconic shopping locations. Rice village is a 16-block area which is home to over 300 shopes! What sets Hopdoddy from all of the other restaurants in the area? Well, a lot of reasons, and one of it is their hand-crafted burgers made from 100% hormone-free and antibiotic-free Angus beef! Another fan favorite after a day of shopping around Rice Village is their Truffle Fries. This is a generous serving of hand-cut fries, drizzled with truffle oil and parmesan cheese! (It's meant for sharing, but some people are guilty of hoarding a whole plate for themselves!)

(281) 557-2337

House of Coffee Beans

Artisan Food Producer in Houston

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House of Coffee Beans established itself as one of the first sources of whole bean gourmet coffee in Houston. They measures aspects of the coffee's taste, specifically the body, sweetness, acidity, flavor, and aftertaste. Their core values are centered on quality, freshness, sustainability and accountability. They ensure that sustainable, Eco-aware practices are followed, and that everyone involved in producing the estate’s coffees is fairly and properly compensated. The store carries all kinds of mugs and coffee accessories and equipment too including an Iced Toddy maker, French Press, Stove top Espresso maker, coffee pots and more. They also carry a variety of cookies from local Picnic Box Lunches, and I must say the Lemon Sugar Cookie is utterly out of this world!

(713) 524-0057

Rice University Farmers Market

Farmers Market in Houston

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The Rice University Farmers market is open Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. It continues its original mission of providing locally grown food to consumers and supporting local farmers and producers. The first market at Rice University was a second location operated by the organizers of the original Houston Farmers Market at Onion Creek. The operation of the market eventually became part of the university. In 2010, it was renamed the Rice University Farmers Market. It also supports and promotes activities that educate the community on the benefits of eating fresh, locally produced food. To facilitate market transactions for those short on cash, shoppers can purchase tokens using checks, which they can then use to buy goods at the market.

(713) 348-5445

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