Rice Military / Washington Ave Hot Spots

Many expats live in the popular Rice Military area due to it’s proximity to Downtown and Washington Ave.  There are many young couples, singles and families who love to be close to the restaurants, cafes and bars.

It is predominately made up of townhouses and borders Washington Avenue to the north, Memorial Drive to the south and east and west boundaries of Shepherd Drive and Westcott St.

I asked a number of Finding Houston Rice Military/Washington Ave readers their recommendations for hot spots in the area.  A big thanks to Sarah, Nikki, and Toni for their suggestions!

Fine Dining – Brenners on the Bayou: Beautiful lodge style venue which has lovely lighting at night and great views during the day as it over looks gardens and the bayou.

Mid Range Dining – Benjy’s on Washington: For $19 Benjy’s does Sunday Supper where they serve 3 course meal “family style”.  Also popular is their happy hour with $6 delicious appetizers $5 great quality wine and cocktails and $2.50 beer served EVERY night 4-7.

Tex Mex – El Tiempo Cantina: This place has the best fajitas and more importantly they do amazing margaritas.  The sangria margarita is the best invention and I don’t let my guests leave Houston without trying it.  Next door to it is the El Tiempo Market, a lovely authentic Mexican corner shop that has everything you could think of including a little butcher and fruit and veg.

Pub – Canyon Creek Café: Good mix of outdoor (deck) and indoor dining.  Tasty pub food at a very reasonable price with a popular weekend breakfast menu.

Cafe – The Black Walnut: This has just opened and it is a great cafe to grab a quick bite.

Pizza – Coppa Ristorante: Great Pizza / mezze plates for a Friday night. They do take away pizza too.  They’re a bit pricey, but very yummy!

Tapas – Convivio Restaurant: Gorgeous Tapas Bar & Lounge

Southern Comfort – BRC: There is nothing healthy on the menu but it sure is tasty if you like home cooked southern food.

More Southern Comfort – Max’s Wine Dive: Groovy little place that buzzes and attracts all generations.  Their motto is, “Fried Chicken and Champagne?… Why the hell not?!”. They have a wonderful wine selection and all wines are available for retail sale.

Frozen Yogurt – Berripop Frozen Yogurt: Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt?!

Healthy Take-Out – Snap Kitchen: Fresh, healthy pre made food, great for the nights that you don’t feel like cooking.

Coffee Shop – Catalina Coffee Shop: Always seems to be voted the best coffee shop in Houston and we can see why.

Quirky Shopping – Wabash: This eclectic little shop is actually a feed store that sells animal supplies and animals (such as live quail) it also sells gardening supplies, nick nacks, gifts and has a tiny farmers market on the weekend.

Bike Shop – West end bike shop: Great bike shop with fantastic service that will please enthusiastic and casual riders.  They also hire bikes and have a little bike museum.

Gallery – Booker Lowe Gallery of Aboriginal Art: Beautiful gallery featuring contemporary aboriginal artists from Australia.

Vintage – Mid Century Modern: A favorite shop of mine to get mid century furniture and home accessories.

Bakery – Slow Dough Bread Co: Located on 1314 Roy Street an artisen baker who supplies to Anvil, Branchwater Tavern and Revival Market and many more.

Hairdresser – Mercer Salon: Small salon with friendly staff, easy to get a last minute appointment.  It is reminiscent of the salons back home as you don’t feel like you are part of a production line.

Dry Cleaner – Nifty Cleaners: Located on 5901 Washington Ave.

Park – Memorial: It is the biggest draw card to living in this area.  To get away from the hustle and bustel as well as the flatness of Houston, we love to walk or ride the mountain bike trails.

Bar – Kung Fu: Featuring a theme that’s part vintage arcade, part sports bar, and part late night dance party.  They are the perfect spot for a quiet happy hour drink during the week, or to be seen on a Friday or Saturday night.

Something differentThe Beer Can House: It is a place covered in beer cans – many believe a wonderful piece of artwork.  It is open to the public Wed – Fri mornings and Sat and Sun afternoons for a small fee.

What are your favorite places to go to in Rice Military?

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