Local Bands, Local Bars, and Foodtrucks

Just a little bit about what I love most about Houston

Month: May, 2013

The Beans, aka Local Houston Blues

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These Houston boys have come a long way. Bringing blues back into the Houston music scene, they have gained a crowd of loyal followers. They can be found playing gigs at Avant Garden, Fitzgerald’s, and Mango’s. They recently celebrated the release of their self titled album cut at Sugar Hill Studies and have opened performed with names like Wanda Jackson and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. We’ll be seeing them tearing up the main stage at Summerfest this summer as well! Exciting stuff and no one deserves it more than these guys. Aside from being super cool rockstars and whatnot, no big deal, they’re also a group of really good, really funny, guys. I think we can expect big things from these guys! Check them out on Itunes, Spotify, and Facebook.

 

https://www.facebook.com/beansband

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Robert Ellis

If you haven’t heard Houston raised Robert Ellis fix that right now. This young twenty-something year old sings with soul beyond his years, and is a uniquely talented song writer the likes of which we don’t see everyday.If you’re a Houstonian like me you’d have to be made of stone not the be enchanted by the references to our beautiful city set to such a melody in his song Cemetery. He’s now signed and based out of Nashville, but as a former Houstonian and former member of Houston’s Grandfather Child (band), he regularly shows up in our fair city to perform both his solo work and with Grandfather Child.

Check him out on Itunes, Spotify, Youtube or Facebook.

Pi Pizza

288069_266968853329636_1444085_oPi Pizza, talk about an epic pizza and a food lover’s delight. All their pizzas are made extra large, 16in. They also sell slices individually at a forth of that size. To put that in perspective, its a slice of pie bigger than your face. It can usually be found posted up outside Catbirds on Westhiemer in Montrose. From those drunken nights when you just need something in your belly to the times you’re in the mood for something especially tasty, Pi Pizza can set you right. Pi Pizzas are no ordinary pizzas. Don’t get it twisted. Each pizza is a unique, and often quirky take on the idea of pizza and the menu changes every day. Anthony, the owner, describes what his truck does as “try[ing] to turn pizza on its head.” A favorite slice of mine, and a stationary item on the menu, is called the 420. It’s a frito pie pizza with mozzarella cheese and a grizzly BBQ sauce. Awesome every day on the week.

http://www.pipizzatruck.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Pi.PizzaTruck

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Poison Girl

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Poison Girl is a cool little joint right off Westhiemer in Montrose sandwiched in between the shops and tattoo parlors. The place has a cool vibe and young hipster crowd. The walls are lined with paintings of scantily clad ladies and an impressive selection of vintage pinball machines creating a unique atmosphere. Through the back is an outdoor patio decorating with a larger than life CoolAid Man. The giant statue was too large to fit through the doorway and had to be lifted with a crane and lowered down into the corner of the patio. Music here is always good. You can often find DJ’s spinning vinyl. Poison Girls hosts numerous events. The last Thursday of every month the bar hosts Poison Pen where the best local literary talent in Houston performs readings. Monday nights blues and 60’s DJ’s from KTRU spin. The place has a great whiskey/bourbon selection. The bartenders know what they are doing with the 180+ whiskeys on the shelf.

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Lola’s

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Ah, Lola’s, one of my favorite local dives. And it truly is the epitome of a dive. The decor is not unlike a punk rock voodoo hut. Posters line the walls all the way up and across the ceiling intermixed with art, graffiti, bumper stickers, and God knows what else. Everything from mardi gras beads, to rubber chickens, and Christmas lights hang down from overhead. The outside patio roof is an assortment of scrap metal constructed by the bartenders, who by someone’s poor judgement have been given a blow torch. Giant construction wire spools masquerade as outdoor tables. This place never fails to be full of the usual bizarre and interesting characters that frequent. Full of the tattooed, the sun worn, and the crazy both young and old, its the kind of place you don’t tell your kids about till they’re grown. They have seriously cheap, and stiff drinks and one of the best jukeboxes in town.

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This little spot is a true gem for Montrosians. Tucked away in a corner of Montrose, no one from outside the loop would ever find it, or it they did, they wouldn’t dare step inside. Despite the rough exterior its a second home to some of the most beautiful and genuine people you’ll ever meet. On Tuesday nights, one of their bartenders, Jamie, will hook you up with the best boudin balls you’ve ever had, or some mighty fine monte cristo egg rolls. Bartender “Skinny Kenny”, will welcome you in like family, always waiting with a warm hug and some Purple People Eaters. For those of you unaware, Purple People Eaters are a shot that Kenny pushes like its going out of style, but almost never charges for. He says he loves the place, loves his coworkers, and that Lola’s “feels like home.” I can relate to all of the above. Though the Purple People Eaters may eat your memories, as they have been known to do, rest assured you probably had an awesome time at Lola’s. A night in this lovely little home for Houston weirdness never fails to send you home with a good story or two, or more.75707_454749594701_1264062_n

 

Flip N’ Patties, filling the Filipino gap once in Houston’s food scene

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Houston has always been praised for its eclectic food scene. If there is a type of food you want, Houston probably has a restaurant for it. However, for a long time something was missing. Filipino food! Considering the number of Filipino people immigrating to the U.S. every year and the number of Filipino Americans living in Houston you would expect Filipino food to be pretty accessible, yet it couldn’t be found anywhere around town. As a half-Filipina this had been the source of some sadness and unsatisfied cravings for me. I would wait in anticipation all year for Christmas when I could finally visit my grandma and have her make me Filipino food. I would long for it all the rest of the year, but that all ended when Flip N’ Patties rose to the occasion. Flip N’ Patties is a Filipino food truck serving up the classic Pinoy street foods like lumpia, or for the gringos “flip rolls”, siopao, and halo halo!

It just brings joy to my heart. They also have a variety of juicy burgers and specialty fries made with Filipino ingredients. If that were not enough the truck is also fitted with state of the art karaoke monitors and microphones! They know their customer. It’s no wonder a crowd of loyal “flipsters” stalk the truck around town. It can usually be found outside Boomtown Coffee on 19th in the heights, or outside Buffalo Exchange on Westhiemer in Montrose, but it roams around bringing the flavorful goodness of Filipino to food to patrons all around Houston. Many people I have spoken to never had the opportunity to try food like this before the Flip N’ Patties truck went into business. My friends have heard me talk about Filipino food for years, but I had never been able to show them the food I was so in love with and missed so much.  Now, it’s something I enjoy with my friends and family. They have an official website, and are on twitter and facebook.

Official Website: www.flipnpatties.com

Twitter: (@flipnpatties) https://twitter.com/FlipnPatties

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FlipNPatties

Their whereabouts and schedule is posted regularly in all three places, but if you’re old school like my mom you can hit them up on the telephone too. Their number is (832) 409-7580. They can also be found through Roaming Hunger. Aside from the food truck deal they also cater. Where just a couple years ago Filipino food was pretty scarce in this city, Houston is now home to two Filipino food trucks: Flip N’ Patties and the Jeepney truck.

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