Celebrating Memorial

 

Houston’s Memorial neighborhood is popular living destination for families, and it is easy to see why. The community west of Downtown offers something for everyone.

Take a walk around lifestyle development CityCentre. Pop into stores like H&M, J. Crew or Sephora. Shop King Ranch Saddle Shop for luxurious leather goods fit for any cowboy, or those who want to be. Movies more your vice? Catch the latest showing at Studio Movie Grill. No need for dinner before the show when this theatre has a menu that goes beyond popcorn and soda. Those with kids, and kids at heart, will have a ball at upscale bowling alley Bowl & Barrel. Forgo a pitcher of beer for a few of their craft style cocktails. And if a challenge is your idea of fun, The Escape Game allows you to choose from several 60-minute immersive adventures. You may want to bring your thinking cap.

Photo credit: @bowlandbarrel

Photo credit: @bowlandbarrel

Breaking a sweat in Memorial is easy to do. Fitness studio favorites DEFINE body + mind, Revolution Studio and SoulCycle all have locations. Need something a little more zen? While DEFINE and Revolution both have yoga on the schedule, Yoga Athletex meshes yoga and athletics for a unique workout. The Good Space has both yoga and Pilates classes, and BIG Power Yoga is a hit amongst local yogis. Prefer outdoor workouts? Memorial Park has a track suitable for runners and walkers at any pace, as well as tennis courts and playing fields for pick-up games.

Photo credit: @bigpoweryoga

Photo credit: @bigpoweryoga

Finding a good meal is also a breeze in this neighborhood. Truly a family affair, Jonathan’s The Rub was born from Jonathan Levine’s, self-proclaimed “oldest line cook in Houston,” quest to find the perfect blend of spices. “The Rub” can be seen throughout the menu which features everything from steaks to Brooklyn Italian classics. The restaurant’s second location also offers a diverse selection of “New Houston” cuisine that includes dishes such as a smothered pork chop, bacon chipotle pork and sesame ahi tuna ceviche. For even more delicious dining, head to State Fare Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant’s eclectic interior creates a fun atmosphere for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, and the menus do not disappoint. Enjoy upscale takes on classic fair food with several versions of mac & cheese or chicken fried Ribeye steak. They even put their own spin on hot chicken. Want to really eat like a local? Check out neighborhood go-to Island Grill. The casual eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine and even has an onsite juice bar. Craving a hearty meal after a weekend workout, or is that athleisure an attempt to hide your hangover? The Buffalo Grille has big breakfast classics as well as lunch and dinner options suitable for either situation.

H-Town Hot Fried Chicken   photo credit: @statefarehtx

H-Town Hot Fried Chicken
photo credit: @statefarehtx