February 19th, 2010
The Procrastinator’s Plan 2.19.10
The weekend is here once again… And, Once again, you don’t have plans. That’s ok, it happens to the best of us. In fact, we haven’t quite made up our minds. Sure, I will be headed to the Slaid Cleaves show tonight, but what will the rest of our staff do? Only you can decide. In fact, you should view The Procrastinator’s Plan as a sort of “Choose Their Adventure.” You have the power to send Aaron to some place other than Petrol Station. Stephan will listen to your requests to take a photo safari in the warehouse district. I even think that Paul would honor your suggestion of dressing up in a chicken suit and cruising Market Square on Sunday afternoon… Not that he’s into that sort of thing. Of course you could always help out Danielle, Nikki, Richard, Emily, and Afrodet. Your wish is their command (maybe).
Is Slaid Cleaves (preview and interview) a little too mellow for your tastes? Then head over to the House of Blues for a rockin’ good time with Reckless Kelly. Touring in support of their newest release, Somewhere in Time, they’ll make sure that crowd will be two-stepping the night away.
What’s Cooking, Houston?
Houston is celebrating this week after learning that many of the city’s top chef’s and restaurants have been selected as semifinalists for 2010 James Beard awards. If you haven’t checked out what all the buzz is about, this is a great weekend to make a reservation at some of the hottest restaurants in the entire country. Jim and Levi Goode of Goode Company Restaurants are nominated in the category for outstanding restaurateur and chefs at five other Houston restaurants have been nominated for awards. RDG + Bar Annie, Stella Sola, Textile, Reef and Feast all have horses in the various races. The actual list of finalists will be announced on March 22nd, but why wait? Head over to any one of these excellent choices and support the local chefs of Houston’s burgeoning food scene.
That Girl Is Poison
There are many ways to drink. Poison Girl, located at 1641 Westheimer in Montrose, advises it’s patrons to drink like adults and to that end, supply them with a long list of scotches and whiskeys. We at The Loop Scoop, wholly subscribe to this maxim as well, even if it’s just because carrying a sippy cup around so you can drink like a baby is rather embarrassing. Actually, it’s because we’re suckers for good bourbon. If you need a suggestion, do the Maker’s Mark or Woodford Reserve. It’s in Montrose, so there’s definitely a hipster vibe infused throughout the place, but if you get there early enough to grab a table, it can be a great place to drink the night away and eavesdrop on outlandish conversations. Poison Girl gets crowded, so don’t expect a quiet night sipping manhattans with your pinky extended. The red tinted lights straight out of a bordello encourage a loud and boisterous crowd and fosters a camaraderie where you’re neighbors will soon become friendsl
Look Who’s Knocking
One of the coolest hidden little joints in Houston, The Last Concert Cafe, serves up a mean brunch. I was first introduced to this gem by a buddy in college. We stopped in for lunch and ended up knocking back enough Shiner’s that I couldn’t find the restaurant again for a good few years. I’d end up driving around random neighborhoods thinking that I had to be close. I finally did find it again, and now I’m the one that bringing my friends. Adding to it’s mystery is that you have to knock in order to get inside. The food is solid and it’s been a place that I end up at the most random times and with the oddest people. Brunch is served from 10:30 to 3PM on Sunday and they’ve also got live music on their stage in the courtyard out back. If you’re up for an adventure, head down to the Last Concert Cafe, just don’t forget to knock twice.