Food & Drink

Stuffing Buns across the Country

Stuffing Buns across the Country

Behold the Texas kolache: a spin on Czech- and Slovak- inspired homemade dough filled with meats, cheeses or fruits. Over the years, the popularity of the semisweet pastries has grown from central and southeast Texas to spread across the country. While both Caldwell and West, Texas assert themselves to be the state’s kolache capitals, Westchase District lays claim as the birthplace of Kolache Factory, one of the fastest growing companies in Houston. Local Roots Though…..Read More

Hungry? Meet Me at the Ranch…Rio Ranch

Hungry? Meet Me at the Ranch…Rio Ranch

Kick Up Your Boots: The Rio Saloon is a full-service bar complete with hickory and rawhide barstools, a 22 foot long solid mesquite wood bar and a wood ceiling made from a Civil War-era barn. Don’t call it a comeback: Rio Ranch Steakhouse, located at 9999 Westheimer Road, has been here for years. But Judy Orlando, the new general manager of the Hilton Houston Westchase, wants customers to know that as the restaurant approaches a…..Read More

A Westchase District Food Favorite Turns 50

A Westchase District Food Favorite Turns 50

Pick Your Pepper: Randalls store director Steve Budd keeps things fresh and colorful at the Woodlake Square store in Westchase District. In a volatile grocery industry, Randalls has stood the test of time, remaining a vital retailer and an integral part of the Westchase District community. Founded in 1966 in Houston, the company has been headquartered in Westchase District since 1989 at 3663 Briarpark. The grocer has 30 Houston-area stores, including one in Woodlake Square…..Read More

Find authentic modern Mexican food at Cantina Laredo

Find authentic modern Mexican food at Cantina Laredo

When Cantina Laredo opened in December 2003, the gourmet Mexican restaurant prided itself on providing a contemporary spin on traditional Mexican recipes. Thirteen years later, the venue has become one of the jewels in Westchase District’s culinary crown (or sombrero, take your pick), all the while maintaining a modern-day look, atmosphere and menu.   Founded in Dallas in 1984, the upscale chain is owned by Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. and was named by Restaurant Business…..Read More

Restaurant’s Delicious Legacy Continues on Westheimer

Restaurant’s Delicious Legacy Continues on Westheimer

  Logan Farms Honey Glazed Hams & Market Café recently moved from the intersection of Westheimer and Blue Willow to the Lakeside Village shopping center at 10950 Westheimer. Though the address changed, the popular restaurant remains in Westchase District offering the same quality food and service customers have loved for decades.   From Pink to Pisani Since 1984, founder James “Pink” Logan has worked a threefold business model in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi: retail storefronts…..Read More

Cupcakes, cookies, pies and pudding are works of art at new cake gallery

Cupcakes, cookies, pies and pudding are works of art at new cake gallery

Since the early 2000s, America has been caught up in a cupcake craze, with customers clamoring for gourmet versions of the frosted desserts. A new business recently opened in Westchase District that aims to help satiate shoppers’ sweet-tooth urges: Sugar Rush Too – Westchase, located at 10908 Westheimer Road. The store features a glass display case against a fuchsia wall, where rows of ornate cupcakes made fresh daily sit like works of art. The smell…..Read More

Transforming Students into Soup’er Bowl Competitors

Transforming Students into Soup’er Bowl Competitors

  Celebrating its seventh year, the Houston Westchase Rotary Club’s Souper Bowl is a festive and friendly cook-off competition that raises funds for Rotary scholarships benefitting area high school students. In previous years, Westchase District has cooked up its own soups using ingredients purchased at the Westchase District Farmers Market. This year, communications vice president Sherry Fox decided the District would instead sponsor a team from the culinary academy at Westside High School, 14201 Briar…..Read More

Go-to grocer for food from Japan, Daido returns

Go-to grocer for food from Japan, Daido returns

  Even a brief closure late last fall didn’t keep Daido Market Houston from topping the Houston Chronicle’s latest list of ethnic grocery stores in Houston. The beloved store reopened in December after store manager Toyo Hagiwara enlisted help from investors. Ensuring that the city’s first major Japanese grocer didn’t close forever has thrilled loyal customers, and new ones. Daido serves one of the most diverse cultural cities in the U.S. and is a local…..Read More

Sacred Heart Coffee for a Cause at Grace Presbyterian

Sacred Heart Coffee for a Cause at Grace Presbyterian

Something brewing in Grace Presbyterian Church has coffee lovers rejoicing. That's because Sacred Heart Coffee is now open for business inside Grace's Welcome Center at 10221 Ella Lee Lane. Open to the public, the café operates Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Upon entering the Welcome Center, patrons will find a warm ambiance of tables, chairs and sofas that provide a relaxing and inviting place…..Read More

Aldi Arrives in Westchase

Aldi Arrives in Westchase

You’ll find ALDI in cities, suburbs and rural areas. And, now you’ll also find it in Westchase District. One of the newest ALDI stores in Houston opened at 9525 Westheimer Road in October. ALDI’s entry increases grocery options in Westchase District. Randalls and Kroger are within a mile of the store on Westheimer. Whole Foods Market is 2.4 miles away. At 18,900 square-feet of space in Tanglewilde Center, the ALDI Westchase location is one of…..Read More

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