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Taco USA Spotlight

Tex Mex Grogan's Mill

A couple weeks back, we stumbled upon the news of a new restaurant coming to The Woodlands. What we didn’t know was that this new restaurant is actually the reincarnation of an old restaurant, and what that means to the thousands of fansTaco USA has across Texas – most especially from Nacogdoches. So we sat down with owners Chad Byers and Jeff Rhame to get the whole story.

the first taco usa opened in 1976

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Katz's Express Catering

Katz’s Never Kloses & Katers!

As many people know (and others may not know), Katz’s roots begin in New York, by way of Austin. Though no relation to the “When Harry Met Sally” “I’ll have what she’s having,” Katz’s Delicatessen, there are a smattering of funny little coincidences. For instance, that Katz’s Deli is on Houston Street in NYC, and currently co-owned by three people, two of which are Martin Dell and Fred Austin. Dell, Inc. (no relation) was of course founded in Austin, Texas. Marc Katz (Barry’s father) moved the family from New York when Barry was 10, eventually opening the original Katz’s Deli in Austin in 1979, where Barry Katz grew up, was bitten by the foodie-bug, and went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America and the restaurant management program at Florida International University, before eventually opening his own Katz’s in Houston in 2000.

Barry Katz

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Kim Son The Woodlands Review

Celebrating Kim Son’s First Anniversary In Style

The Kim Son Restaurant in The Woodlands recently celebrated it’s one year anniversary. While it might seem a small achievement to most, it is cause for a Dragon Dance. The restaurant site has seen several name plates come and go over the years, all of them obviously not able to survive. This is not to say that Kim Son will or will not be able to survive for another 12 months – but we certainly hope for the best.

We have enjoyed lunch and dinner at Kim Son a few times now, so we were excited to be included in this invitation-only event to celebrate their first birthday. The festivities include several rounds of appetizers including sushi, vegetable rolls, dumpling egg rolls, vegetable egg rolls, crab wontons, spicy tuna on fried wontons, chicken satay, crab rangoons and tofu spring rolls, as well as samples of Cinco Vodka, and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.

Chinese New Year Dragon

Dragaon Dance Kim Son

 

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E and P Catering

E & P Catering Business Spotlight

Eleven years ago Jeff Paine and J. R. (Joshua) Brown had a dream. They knew they wanted to make people happy – and one way to make anyone happy is to feed them well.

It all started with the cheesecake. After receiving rave reviews on their cheesecake, they started selling it door-to-door at restaurants in the greater San Antonio area. Soon, patrons in those restaurants began asking for the recipe for the cheesecake, or at the very least where they could get one of their own. Then when fulfilling orders for cheesecakes, people asked for alternatives, for those with lactose intolerance for instance. That brought on the fruit trays. What came next is most commonly referred to as a ‘snowball effect.’

Jeff tells us, “People wanted the whole shebang. ‘If you’re bringing the desserts, can you cater the whole meal?’ they’d ask. And then if we were going to cater the whole meal, could we bring the linens and flatware, too? Or set up the dance floor?” But before they could completely dive in to such an endeavor, they would have to get their ducks in a row. Cheesecakes and fruit trays were one thing, full meals? Events? Enter partner J.R. Brown.

fresh fruit and cheese

 

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The Woodlands' Taste of the Town

Last night I traipsed through the Taste of the Town at The Woodlands Marriott in search of the tastiest tidbit, the daintiest delectable, the most mouth-watering morsel. Coming from someone who is basically 'kitchen impaired,' any sample of ample size will probably meet with my approval, but at the Chamber's Taste of the Town, I was on a quest to find the perfect 'amuse-bouche'… bite-sized hors d'oeuvre.

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Zunum Restaurant Review

Zunum Family Restaurant

Zunum is designed to be unique among restaurants in The Woodlands, offering more than just lunch and dinner.

The Woodlands has been growing and evolving for more than 30 years. The master planned community offers a unique suburban environment complete with nearly everything required for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Unlike any other major city, The Woodlands has more trees than people,more parks per household, and more miles of pathways than just about any other city out there. So if you want to create something unique, The Woodlands is a great place to do it. And if what you want to create is a unique restaurant, all the better.

Zumun The Woodlands

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GenuWine Bar Spotlight

A “GenuWine” Good Time in Magnolia

Tucked away in the corner of the Westwood Shopping Center in Magnolia isGenuWine, a wine tasting room offering some 250 different wines (on average) to enjoy by either the glass or the bottle. But GenuWine is more than just a wine bar; at the helm of the kitchen you can find their well-kept secret Kacy – an accidental chef who recently introduced his own version of the widely known stuffed mushroom.

GenuWine Magnolia Westwood Center

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Dairy Queen Returns

The Return of the Queen

All hail the Queen of Dairy as she makes her long awaited appearance in The Woodlands, Texas.  After having vacated her position so many years (~25) ago in Oak Ridge North, the queen will soon have a new suite in Montgomery County, Texas. Construction began in October of 2011 and will hopefully be completed in short order and we will see maybe for the first time, a blizzard or two right here in The Woodlands.  The new location is at the corner of Grogan’s Mill Road and South Millbend Drive filling out the long vacant corner location of the Grogan’s Mill Village shopping center. The Woodlands location will also feature Orange Julius.

Dairy Queen under construction in The Woodlands

Dairy Queen under construction in The Woodlands

 

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Gourmet Store on The Waterway

The Woodlands has a gourmet grocery store adjacent to the waterway district. Why a grocery store near the waterway, you might ask?

Good question… The answer to that question might be gleaned from the fact that the fancy shmancy store also features a gourmet restaurant as well; and that’s not all. H&H, as it’s locally known, began with 2 executive, french chefs on staff who prepare all of the food – doesn’t matter if you get it to go from the deli, or the bistro, it is sure to be delicious.

Sources tell us that there will be a few everyday items on the menu, much of it may very well be rotating, or at least, adjustable… That is to say, the chef’s will be utilizing items from the fresh, daily deliveries to the market to create meals for the day so variety sounds like a definite thing for this restaurant.

In addition to the fresh meats, including dried meats, fresh seafood, walk-in cooler full of adult beverages, the location offers a culinary school – Viking Cooking School holds held classes on the mezzanine level. The Viking Cooking School closed in 2013.

hubbell & hudson the woodlands

Want more? How about an overhead private parking garage with an elevator to transport guests directly to the store or even the sidewalk outside? The bistro features an exterior patio for dining during nice weather along with an outdoor fireplace for cooler weather. The Hubbell and Hudson Bistro is not the only, nor is it the final eatery to be offered along the waterway, from coal fired oven pizza and burgers, to a wine bar with a rooftop dance floor. Crush Wine bar offers yet another unique venue for The Woodlands. Restaurants in Town Center.
Hubbell & Hudson Grocery has since closed and the bistro was expanded (2014).

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