Top 7 Local Eats in Houston

Hey sweet friends! I hope y’all are doing well. Thanks for your emails! I’m still with ArtBLT and will be back ‘home’ to Atlanta in a jiffy! As they say, there’s no place like your own bed! When Tamika came to Houston a several weeks ago, I took her around the city and a belle discovered some great phone tracker gps spy app (and not so great) places to eat at. Allow me to introduce our top 7 local eats in H-Town. The numbers aren’t in any particular order.

1.) Luby’s

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Luby’s is a local chain that’s all over Texas. They’re a meat and three cafeteria style restaurant. Their prices are lovely and the food is oh so divine! A belle was in healthy eating heaven (in prep for all the fried goodness we were to embark on!) as we dined on grilled chicken, broccoli, green beans and salad. Luby’s has that down home food that a southern girl just loves.

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The best part? phone spy app They serve SWEET TEA (and it’s good). Living in Houston has been hard for a southern belle. Every time I dine out and ask for sweet tea, I get the strangest looks and am politely told that iced tea is available. I’ve been to Luby’s quite a few times since I’ve been in H-town, so y’all know I had to take the sis there! Fortunately, she loved it just as much as I did.

2. Star Pizza

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The sis & I read great things about this eatery, but I wasn’t that impressed. However, the sis enjoyed her slice of “cheesy heaven” along with a salad. I shared the Chicago style pizza, but the toppings didn’t even come up to the top of the pizza!!! They don’t call it deep dish pizza for nothin’ and I wasn’t too happy. Tamika thinks it’s a must-try for fresh bread, huge tasty salads, and excellent toppings, thus, it’s on our list.

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Check out how this “Chicago style” pizza is supposed to look like. This ain’t that! Agree?

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3. Resie’s

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The eyes never lie, right? Well, our eyes are telling you we’re about to get into some good food. I discovered Resie’s when a pal of mine introduced me to this chicken and waffle joint. persuasive writing to give money to charity Talk about mmm mmmmmm good!

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These aren’t just any waffles!!

Resie’s Chicken and Waffle Restaurant is not your ordinary chicken and waffles place. On Saturdays, they have a waffle of the day, which is the pound cake waffle. I can’t begin to describe how good the waffle is. The chicken is perfectly seasoned, so you won’t need the hot sauce, honey. The portions are huge, so I suggest saving your appetite for lunchtime, and letting Resie’s be your only meal.

For $10.99 you get 4 large wings (not pigeon wings) and a huge Belgian style waffle. Their meals can easily be split if you’re watchin’ your dancer figure!

Tamika had the plate below and really enjoyed it, but said the yams weren’t that sweet (added some syrup from my waffles) and that some of the okra was undercooked. We think the culprit was pieces of okra being frozen/stuck together when frying that didn’t separate during cooking. Overall, we give 4 sticky thumbs up!!!

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On top of that the spot is uber cool. Old vinyl records adorn the wall/tables and ‘Soul Train’ is on repeat. Step back to the good ole days when you had to have talent to pick up a microphone, and enjoy this good ole cooking.

3. Eleven XI

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Eleven XI bills itself as a Southern Coastal restaurant, and does not disappoint. Expect creative drink offerings, artfully prepared food, and OUTSTANDING service! Named 11:11 after the wishing hour, the place makes you wish you could go there everyday. You know a place has it going on if Tamika is drinking–and she RARELY drinks. We had several between the two of us and they all were icy perfection.

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“Adult Cherry Limeades”

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This was a real crab cake. Not that imitation crab, but true lump crab meat. I thought it was a little pricey at $13, but when you see that you’re eating the real stuff (and it’s exquisite) you’ll gladly know the price is well worth it. I devoured this crab cake in about 5 minutes!

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Tamika had 1/2 of a house salad with a fruit vinaigrette and fresh cracked black pepper. It was so tasty. Also, she had their grilled pork chop with a broccoli slaw plus veggies. She couldn’t stop talking about how she enjoyed her plate.

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We both left nothing to scrape off our plates by the time we were done. She only had a bone left and I only had a few fries left! Ha!!!

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This filet mignon changed my life! Talk about juicy and cooked perfectly. The asparagus and grilled zucchini just took me overboard y’all!

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This Country Apple Crumble with sharp cheese was divine! Initially, Tamika & I were scared to try it. I mean, do apples and sharp cheese go hand in hand? Sure they do! Try it. You’ll love it.

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This peanut butter tower resurrected me. I don’t know how the chef came up with this ingenious creation, but I’m determined to try http://orderessayonlineon.com/ to make it someday. Take a sweet look inside.

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Sisterly love. I think it’s time I retire this shirt though.

We met Joe, the owner, who showed us the wine room at Eleven XI. If you’re an ArtBLT regular, you know I LOVE me some wine! I was oohing and ahhing all over the place. The room is spectacular and is a perfect place for weddings, rehearsals, corporate gatherings, and more. If you’re in Houston and in need of event space, don’t sleep on Eleven XI.

4. 59 Diner

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If you want grub that’s cheap and good then take a step back into time and head on over to this cute little diner. The walls are jazzy and the place is filled with lots of classic eats. They have everything from malts to patty melts. Check out what was shared!

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Philly cheese steak with fresh onion rings!
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Mild wings with crispy curly fries!

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This apple pie doesn’t look fancy, but it was fancied! Too good for words. Really. It was!!!!!! We have no more words.

6. The Breakfast Klub

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Though packed you won’t have to wait long for a table.
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Awards galore!
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You have to try this muffin grilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tamika & the mom tried this place out and LOVED it. She told me how the service was on point and how they got there early, waited in line, and enjoyed some good eats. I recently tried The Breakfast Klub (TBK) last week and really enjoyed my food too. They are known for their chicken and waffles and koffee.

Mom said she liked the chicken at TBK better and the waffles at Resie’s better. There’s always a line at TBK! Overall, the food was very tasty. Compared to some other places we’ve tried, TBK is a tad bit too pricey in my opinion, but it’s easy to share a plate since the servings are so large.

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Grilled Banana Bread Muffin
 

7. James Coney Island

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I’m not much of a hot dog person, but I enjoyed the dogs at this local chain. Tamika and I grabbed some late night grub after a show. James Coney Island’s are all over Houston and are a great stop for a quick bite. The staff was friendly and we enjoyed their house punch, too!! We both had their popular hot dog. Sorry! Can’t remember the name. Bad belle…. I know. 🙂

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Been to Houston and tried any of these joints? Any favorite places traveling you love to check out when in town? Comment and let us know!

* Disclosure: Though some of these good eats were provided, it doesn’t affect a belle’s opinion!

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Fab Frugal Find: thredUP

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Those of you fab peeps who read ArtBLT often know that a belle loves to shop & save money all while looking fierce. You’re also aware that the sis & I have a slight addiction to shopping consignment. Well, y’all this addiction has been taken to a whole ‘nother level. The only thing better than consignment shopping is consignment shopping in bed!

Do you know about thredUP? If you haven’t heard, it’s new to us too! They sell cuteness for women, boys, girls, & juniors. Honey, when I found out about this site I died, went to heaven & came back twice!!! ThredUP is a premier online shop for purchasing & selling like-new clothing/accessories. Yep! You can clean out your closet, make a little cash, & or buy the perfect piece for your wardrobe.

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I am waaaaay over the moon about this site because the shipping is dirt cheap (free for $50+ orders) & they ship in the cutest polka dot packaging pictured above. Who doesn’t love a classic polka dot? Huh? Anyone?!

After doing a little browsing at thredUP a belle is hooked & head over heels with consignment shopping over the net. Check out this brand spankin’ new dress I got & wore recently while on vacay.

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Retail: $54, but it was only $19.99!!

This site has over 30,000 designer threads including peeps like Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, J. Crew & much more. Wanna know the best part? Their prices are up to 80% off those stinkin’ retail prices. Woot! All the more money to save & splurge elsewhere. Ya know how we roll!!!!

Have a closer gander at the new dress I snagged below:

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Rocked this blue & green fierceness to church with Joel Osteen!

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Dress: C/O thredUP
Shoes: Off Broadway
Earrings: NY & CO
Shades: Coach
Smile: Pure happiness!!!

I LOVE the colors, the fit, & especially the slits on the arms of this dress. It’s sexy without being over the top. Fun dress for a fun belle!! LOVES it!!!!

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You’ll have to check back soon to see what I was pointing at & to see where the sis & I were playing at!!!!!!

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Green & brown eyes to go with the dress!

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 Shermika & I will be sharing our other thredUP goodies soon! Stay tuned, friends.

 

*Disclosure: This dress was provided, but doesn’t affect a belle’s opinion

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3 Summer DIY Must-Haves for Face, Skin, & Hair

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It is just me or does it seems like summer is almost ready to go back on vacation? These weeks & months are passing by so fast that a belle can hardly keep up. One thing I’ve been keeping up with is my hair/skin care regime. I often switch products & look forward to finding new potions & gadgets to make my life more enjoyable/stress free all while saving a few pennies. If I can save money by doing certain beauty related tasks myself, then I’m all game.

Nothing makes this chick happier than rockin’ a fierce head of curls or walking around with almost flawless skin. Let’s face it, no skin can be 100% flawless all of the time, right? *side eye* At least mine isn’t, honey. I am bound to have a break out or two from time to time.

Recently, the sis & I were sent some fab products to try & we can’t wait to share them with you. Check out some of these must-have items that we’ve been testing/playing with for some time now.

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In the box: measuring cup, facial cone, nasal cone, 1 cucumber mask, & instructions

First up is Beauty Chic’s Facial Sauna. Yes, it’s cute & super easy to use (plugs into the wall). In the past we’ve paid a pretty penny for facials & let me tell you that this little pink cutie gets the job done just as fast/well. The hot steam makes your skin soft & open your pores.

The coolest part is that the steam can be used as hot therapeutic goodness to your nose. How? Well, the steam that’s created when you add water to the device is soooo soothing & it opens your nasal passage. Talk about a top notch DIY gadget, huh?!

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Read/Follow the written instructions because this steam gets really hot!

This sauna has helped this stinkin’ cold I have tremendously. Score for me!!! Woot!!  Also, before I forget, the mask kit smelled divine & was simple to use. My skin felt so much better afterwards. You can find this sauna everywhere from Ulta to Target. It’s less than $30 & can be used with any facial mask of your choosing. Pics below.

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1 mask kit is included. 20ml of H20 + the power makes a soothing mask that will tighten & refresh your skin.

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The lotions from derma e® pictured below are our #2 must-haves for summer DIY skin care. Why we like ’em?  They work VERY well. Are natural, USA made, are paraben-free, vegan, creamy, & award winning.

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Skip the spa & pamper your own skin at your home. My skin is always extremely dry & sensitive, but these 3 items below are pure sweet heaven on Earth. My fave is the Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm. Anything with ‘balm’ in the name is alright with me. LOL 🙂 I even used this after my mini at home spa day with the Beauty Chic Facial Sauna a while back.

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This balm has a very light scent & is filled with all types of nutrients to make your skin softer. You can find it at Whole Foods or by visiting their site here. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now & it’s a keeper that’s used daily. A little of it goes a heck of a long way!!

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More to come on these VERY soon!! Stay tuned!

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Last, but certainly not least is Bed Head TIGI’s Rock N Roller. We love this brand & their irons!! They are simply thebomb.com. Did you see my review on another BHT item (here along with a video)? Frankly, y’all, there is no need to spend money on getting your hair professionally curled when you have these babies. They produce great texture & fierce curls. Celeb-like curls in a matter of no time in the comfort of your own bathroom = 2 fist pumps in the air!!

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The Rock N Roller looks a lil’ weird, but is easy to use, come with fab instructions, & have two different curl textures that you can achieve with this one gadget. You can curl your hair in between the grooves or fully around the balls. Once I upload my tutorial on YouTube (hopefully before next week is out), I’ll update this post with it. Sneak peek below!

*Saturday (7.20.2013) morning I’ll be talking about these items live on Fox 6 News for all of our hometown peeps! See you then!!!!

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So, do you have any DIY gadgets/lotions/etc. that you can’t live without or ones that make your life less stressful? Your fave belles would love to hear about them!!

*Disclose: These items were provided to us, but doesn’t affect a belle’s opinion.

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Who Murdered the Good Doctor?

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Friends, I think you know by now that Houston has a superb art scene and a belle couldn’t be happier in my new hometown! Last week, I indulged in a little mystery; I saw Agatha Christie’s The Hollow at the Alley Theatre in Houston’s famed theatre district. If you are visiting Houston or looking for Houston tourism attractions, you should definitely make like a local and visit Houston’s theatre district!

The Alley Theatre is a beautiful facility and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The set was stunning!

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The Hollow follows the story of a group of cousins and a doctor and his wife who meet at the Hollow family estate for a weekend getaway. During the play we find out about scandal, obsession and ultimately murder. Seems like we watch this on tv on the regular right? As the title implies, the good doctor is murdered and it’s up to the detectives (and you dear friend) to figure out whodunit. I have to proudly boast that I figured out who the murderer was!

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Christie’s play has lots of comedic relief, along with tense moments in the play that are sure to make you say hmm. Go see it to beat the Houston heat. Go see it to support the arts. And, go see it to solve a nice little mystery. I promise you’ll enjoy yourself.

The Hollow runs until August 4th on the Hubbard Stage. Tickets start at $26 and you may buy tickets here.

Images taken by Jann Whaley and courtesy of Alley Theatre

Disclosure: We received tickets to this event. As always, a belle’s opinions are her own! 

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From My Hometown to Yours Review

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One of the things a belle loves most about Houston is the arts scene! Y’all had to have known that was coming. The city has a museum district and a theatre district that is happening! Last week, I saw a PHENOMENAL musical, From My Hometown, at the Ensemble Theatre in downtown Houston. The musical follows three men from Detroit, Memphis and Philadelphia who have dreams of performing at the Apollo and making it big. The Ensemble Theatre dedicates itself to shows that illustrate the African-American experience, and this one did not disappoint.

From My Hometown is the season closer for the Ensemble Theatre, and lemme tell you, you HAVE to go see it. It really ends the season on a feel good note!

If you grew up on real music, and not this cookie cutter stuff they play on the radio nowadays, you will enjoy this musical! Expect to hear a little Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, and other artists whose names I don’t know but songs I can sing .

The three performers (Jobari Parker-Namdar, Ron Johnson, Anthony BogessGlover) were absolutely talented. All of their voices harmonized well and the men had that soul that makes you bop your head and tap your feet. The musical incorporates classic songs from the Motown era. Trust me, you will be happy you attended this show!

The show ends on July 28th and you can get your tickets here. Tickets range from $20-$45.

Disclosure: We received tickets to this event. As always, a belle’s opinions are her own! 

 

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