Posted in: Dining Living Shopping Posted on: Jun 9th, 2015

Going Local in Memorial Heights: A Guide to Houston’s Boutique Shopping and Dining Destinations

Photo Credit: Mmm... BBQ ribs by jeffreyw | CC BY 2.0

There’s a reason why Houston is featured on Business Insider’s list of “The 15 Hottest American Cities for 2015.” The Bayou City is the biggest job-creating city in the United States, making it an appealing place to call home. Living in Memorial Heights, Houston means your shopping, dining and entertainment needs are all within an arm’s reach, allowing you to support the economy by going local.

Where to Shop

Houston is home to some great shopping, like Kuhl-Linscomb, for example. The design and lifestyle store, which originally began as a design firm, sells everything from furniture, to skincare, to stationary. It’s a can’t-miss when it comes to Houston shopping. Likewise, Chippendale Eastlake Antiques on 19th St is a great spot for antiquing. The co-op antique shop has 20 different dealers, each with their own area of specialty. You can find antique furniture, oil paintings, vintage linens and lace, lighting fixtures and more within their ever-changing inventory. If you’re more into shopping for clothes, check out Wardrobe. The boutique stocks an eclectic mix of unique pieces you can’t find anywhere else.

Where to Eat

It’s easy to fall into the habit of visiting chain restaurants. Sure, it’s a safe bet, but why not try something new? Nothing says Southern cuisine quite like chicken and waffles. The Breakfast Klub’s signature dish, waffles and wings, is as delicious as it sounds. There always seems to be a line of people waiting to try the fried catfish, grits, and green eggs and ham during peak times, so be sure to get there early.

While chicken and waffles is a great dish, you can’t live in or visit Houston without sampling the local barbecue. Visit Gatlin’s BBQ, a family-owned establishment whose secret ingredient is love. Gatlin’s has something to satisfy your cravings. They serve up ribs, brisket, Cajun-style sausage and pulled pork, as well as an array of tasty Southern sides, like dirty rice, bread pudding and potato salad.

For something a little fancier, try Laurenzo’s. The restaurant has an upscale feel without the stuffiness and serves renowned, reasonably priced Tex-Mex cuisine. They also have an on-site vegetable and herb garden. Be sure to stop by on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. Another option is Hearsay Gastro Lounge, which is located downtown in the historic W.L. Foley Building that once served as a Confederate armory during the Civil War. The menu includes Mahi-Mahi tacos, warm baked goat cheese salad and the legendary Hearsay Burger, among other delicious, upscale pub food items. The restaurant also has a robust beverage menu and was the winner of OpenTable’s 2015 Diner’s Choice award. Upon a visit, you’ll understand why.

Where to Get a Drink

Anvil Bar & Refuge is the epitome of Houston’s trendy bar scene, known for its top-shelf cocktails with house-made ingredients, served in vintage glassware acquired from local thrift shops. The vibe is casual. They don’t take reservations or have a line at the door.

Whether you’re looking for a closer shopping or dining experience or want to invest in your community, it’s smart to shop small. Going local helps you discover new, unique places in your community while supporting the economy at the same time.