March 9th, 2011

H-Town Showdown: #3 Buffalo Bayou Regatta vs. #6 Greek Festival

Welcome to “The Original” H-Town Showdown series. Our brackets are seeded and the contenders for the title are ready to go. Each Wednesday we’ll present another match-up. There will be four weeks of voting for each competition in each round. So rally up your friends, followers and fans. This will be a true test of attrition.

With this weekend marking the 39th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta, we thought we’d bring you a topical showdown this week. Seeded against the ever-popular Greek Festival, maybe the topical nature of the Regatta will propel it to victory. Or, perhaps Houston’s love of Windex and hairy chests will lead the Greek Festival to a decisive, ouzo-soaked win. Opa!


Seed #3: Buffalo Bayou Regatta
Floating down the bayou isn’t something that most people do everyday, but once a year a bevy of brightly colored kayaks storm downstream. It’s like a hot air balloon race, but without the balloons and in the water. Okay, so it’s not like that at all, but Buffalo Bayou Regatta is fun and a great way to spend a spring morning, whether your a seasoned kayaker or it’s your first time in the water. Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race kicks off on San Felipe just west of Voss, and winds it’s way a full 15 miles to Sesquicentennial Park downtown, where the real celebration begins with live music, food and drink and the awards ceremony, you know, for the people who were brave enough to get up early and actually race.


Seed #6: The Original Greek Festival
It isn’t enough that the Greek’s dominate the late night food scene with Biba’s. It’s not enough that they’ve cornered the coffee market with Byzantio and Agora. Not to mention every four years we have to pay them homage at the Olympics, and even worse, every November we have to thank them for democracy… No, we also celebrate Greek food, drink, dance and music every year in Houston. Sheesh. All kidding aside. The Greek Festival held at the Greek Orthodox church in Montrose is an event that Houstonians look forward to every year. Food, dance, wares, you can find it all while walking around slugging back a bottle of Greek wine. Unfortunately you will have to wait until October 6th, 2011 rolls around for the next rendition. While your waiting just stay in tune with things at Niko Niko’s.

The Final Jabs

-Kayaks? Canoes? Ka-who Ca-ares!
-The American economy is in the tank enough. We don’t need to add the Greek debt to ours?
- Competitions always win. Friendly or not. Blood will be spilled at the Buffalo Bayou Regatta… Even if it’s only by well-meaning catfish trying to get out of the way of paddles.
- OPA! There is no better two syllable exclamation.
-Would you like some cheese with your whine?  Only if it’s Feta!!!
-Tina Turner couldn’t have said it any better… we’re rollin’ on the river.

[Voting closes on Wednesday, April 6th at 12 Noon]

Voting still open for:
#4 Beaver’s Icehouse vs. #5 Zelko Bistro

— The Loop Scoop


math teacher — Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:04 pm

How can there be 17 votes cast but the current results are 50/50? That’s not possible!

Paul — Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:47 pm

Ghosts… The Loop Scoop is haunted.

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