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February 18th, 2010:

Art Nouveau Bar

I’m going to disclose a little secret here, I on a girlie email list. Not cause I’m really interested in getting the best deal on purses, the latest fashion trends or nail salon specials, but because they also have openings and preview openings of cool places to go. Well they really delivered with this one.

Location is Mid town, right on the Main street area where you can see the rail line. Parking is in the back. Pretty easy to get to, with website has directions to get there from most directions. (Link is at the bottom.)

After seeing the mini write up in the girlie email blast, I made plans with a friend and her husband to meet me out there on a wednesday for a couple of drinks. Not a happy hour night, but the email blast did give me a secret password to get a special price on the drink of the month: the Debutante made by the bar manager Alexis Casanova. Sweat tea vodka, peach schnapps, ginger juice, sour, and soda. $5 for the month of Feb if you say Tidbits. Don’t worry the sweet talkative and attentive Alexis will totally take care of your drinking needs.

But really the place is all about the LAMPS. You see, they have hundreds of reproduction tiffany lamp shades hanging from the ceiling and all around. It is gorgeous. I didn’t bring a camera, so these blurry cell phone camera pics will do for now.

Ceiling lamp closeup.

Side area.

Main area.

I did go back for a second drink, only this time I got a traditional martini, Bombay with Lillet and olives. Clean. Alexis was a doll and suggested the Lillet when she detected what a picky martini drinker I am. It was my first time using Lillet as a vermouth. I wasn’t disappointed. Delicious and very clean/neat.

Will be heading back to this place with my camera&tripod for more shots. Do stop by if you get a chance. The interior decorations are beautiful and well worth the visit. Be sure to check out the web site for more photos as well as a schedule for special events on certain days. The Tuesday Mazzy Star music night looks to be killer cool…

Nouveau Antique Art Bar
2913 Main St., Houston, TX 77002
www.art-bar.net
open 6 days a week

Lola’s 2nd & 3rd visit

Well in the last month I have revisited Lola’s on two different visits. Each time with different people and at different times. Once at dinner and one during the breakfast brunch (early). Both with success.

On my second visit, I went to meet up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. We spent a lot of time talking. That doesn’t mean I didn’t pay attention to my burger. The Lola Burger. 100% cerified angus, cheddar cheese, greens, tomato & pickle. Along with an order of salad. $10.

The Lola Burger

The Lola Burger with salad option.

My friend got the Aloha Chicken that is a teriyaki glazed chicken, swiss cheese, bacon and pinapple burgerwich. He got fries wid dat for $10 as well.

The Aloha Chicken with fries.

The Aloha Chicken with fries.

Both were excellent and delicious.

On my third visit, I was there on a sunday morning around 8am. This was just before the “Sunday Crush” there. Again I met up with a friend for a last minute brunch. We were not disappointed. I had heard about a comparison of waffle and chicken competition between The Breakfast Klub, Lola’s and another place, which I’ve forgotten. Lola’s came out on top. Take a look:

Fruit waffle and chicken with natural cased sausage.

Fruit waffle and chicken with natural cased sausage.

My friend got theirs with the apple bacon which they liked. My sausage was nothing inspired. But my house seasoned chicken breast was outstanding. Flavorful and moist. I had a hard time not eating it all. This is a big plate with a lot of food. My waffle came out warm and perfectly done. Personally I had kinda wished for more fruit, but was just fine the way it was. Well worth the $12, especially since I had take home leftovers.

After having been to Lola’s now three times, I can say, great place to go. I’ll be back!

Lola’s

1102 Yale St. Houston, TX 77008
713.426.lola
www.eatlola.com
Monday – Saturday: 7am – 10pm
Sunday: 7am – 9 pm