Memorial Hot Spots

Continuing our neighborhood reviews is Memorial.  Many expats move to Memorial due to its proximity to the energy corridor, great school districts and the many restaurant and retail options.

Memorial is bounded on the south by Buffalo Bayou, on the north by the Katy Freeway (Interstate 10) on the east by the 610 Loop and on the west by Beltway 8.

Within Memorial is an area called the Memorial Villages including the cities of Bunker Hill Village, Hedwig Village, Spring Valley, Hillshire Village, Piney Point Village and Hunters Creek Village.  They are all independent cities that operate separately from Houston.

Former Memorial resident Bianca and Finding Houston reader did a run-down and review of Memorial’s hot spots.

When we moved to Houston, we wanted to live in an area similar to the location of our Australian residence, where we could easily walk to a variety of shops. This isn’t easy to find in Houston, but I was happy to discover Memorial offered this and is a lovely and friendly neighborhood.

Houses are neat, tidy, and inviting. There are no high fences marking the perimeter of each person’s property, the only fences visible start halfway down the side of each property and along the rear of the house. I like this ‘open’ style of neighborhood as people take pride in their garden, and dedicate a lot of time to produce well-manicured and beautiful gardens that feature vibrant green lawn, tall leafy trees and beautiful flowers.

Families with school-aged children predominately live in Memorial (due to the reputable schools in the area), but there is also a good representation of younger families and grandparents. All who live there are very friendly and eager to learn more about their new neighbors – particularly the ones with an accent!

There are three major shopping precincts; Memorial City Shopping Mall, Town and Country Village (TCV) and City Centre.

This article will focus on the latter two, which provide a clean, street side shopping environment. Both have a range of dining and shopping options, TCV is skewed towards your daily shopping needs whilst City Centre addresses the social aspect of your life.

CITY CENTRE

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Casual Dining: Ruggles Green is all natural, hormone free, organic, preservative free food. Accepts the Go Local Houston card. Try the Chicken curry salad, and burgers

Beer: The Yard House has over 100 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers. Recommend their beer tasting plate, and from the kitchen try the chicken pie – it’s huge!

Wine Bar: The Tasting Room has a great wine selection and live music

Bistro: Flora and Muse is open for breakfast on the weekend, salsa music on Friday nights and jazz on Sundays, try their Pides (Turkish Pies),

Desserts: Sweet makes delicious cupcakes, and for those that don’t want to over indulge try the weekend special of 4 mini cupcakes for $12, also a great way to try several flavors.

Movie: Studio Movie Grill has movie and a meal, good combination if time poor and need to combine the two. Can purchase tickets and choose your seats

Market: City Center’s Saturday morning Farmers market is small, but worth supporting local growers. One stall sells free range organic chickens – the same chickens sold to Marcs restaurant.

Cooking: Sur la Table is a kitchenware store with designated restaurant size kitchen for cooking classes

Fitness: Three story Life Time Athletic (inclusive of rock climbing wall, swimming pools, indoor soccer pitch, basketball courts, and café) plus, LifeSpa and Salon

Shopping: City Center also offers some of your chain stores such as Anthropologie, JCrew, Urban Outfitters, Free People and Charming Charlies.

All of these restaurants and facilities, in addition to apartments and hotels, are located around an open-air grassed area which is great for meeting friends and for little ones to kick a ball.  This space is often used for family friendly events going on throughout the year.

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TOWN AND COUNTRY

Fine Dining: McCormick and Schmick has a good seafood menu

Casual: Prontos for their tasty and inexpensive pasta

Delivery: La Madeline has an easy and fast online ordering and pickup service

Burgers: Smash Burger for tasty juicy burgers and delicious fries

Desserts: Ooh la la Boutique Desert Bar for delicious gourmet deserts

Kitchenware: Williams and Sonoma have a great range of kitchenware aswell as offering cooking classes

Bookstore: Barnes and Noble has an extensive collection of books, magazines, etc inclusive of Starbucks and Story time for the young ones

Beauty: Beautique Day Spa

Shopping: Your favorite US brands Gap, Banana Republic, White House Black Market, Ulta Beauty, Nine West, Everything But Water

Kids Stores: Learning Centre for unique and educational toys, Stride Right, Carters, Gymboree, Cool Cuts 4 Kids

Walking distance from Town and Country is Bendwood Park, which features a playground, football oval, basketball court, and walking track. And those with children will be interested to learn that the adjacent local childcare center (the Zebra Zone, part of the Spring Branch School District Child Care Center) opens its playground (both open and undercover) to the public after 5pm on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

What do other readers love about living in Memorial?

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