West U


Earning the top ranking on Wall Street 24/7’s 2018 list of “America’s Best Cities to Live,” West University Place (West U) has certainly earned the top spot with an impressive list of amenities including one of the lowest crime rates in the nation and a plethora of entertainment options.

Hungry? Head to West U. Upscale casual eatery Benjy’s is a neighborhood staple with thoughtful menus. Stop by on the weekend to enjoy their brunch service which includes a breakfast-inspired and aptly named Cinnamon Toast Krunked featuring Houston’s Yellow Rose whiskey, pecan coffee, maple syrup and cinnamon. For house-made pasta and delicious pizza, Coppa Osteria fits the bill. The menu also includes a nice selection of salads and meat centric dishes for diners limiting carbs (keto season). The neutral palette and abundance of natural light at Tiny’s No. 5 creates a chic interior that is warm and welcoming for enjoying breakfast while transitioning seamlessly to an elegant dinner atmosphere. For a true alfresco dining experience, their patio boasts an impressive green space and view of the boxwoods for which the restaurant is named.

Some of the city’s favorites also call the neighborhood home such as CRAVE, Houston’s Restaurant, Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen, Torchy’s Tacos, Local Foods, and even a few Goode Company staples. Whatever the craving, you will be able to satisfy it here.

Ready for a libation? Simone on Sunset evokes a European feel with plenty of cocktails, wine and bites. Named after what has been described as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Under the Volcano was the first craft cocktail bar in Houston. The haunt serves up a stiff drink, but also knows how to entertain with plenty of opportunities to catch live music and a DJ who spins vinyl on Saturday nights. Celebrate true Houston culture at The Armadillo Palace with their quintessential Texas menu, cold drinks and live music. What more could you need?!

Shoppers rejoice - the neighborhood has something for you too. Swipe your plastic at familiar big names like Gap, Urban Outfitters and Ann Taylor or discover a new go-to at boutique style stores Chloe Dao, Lily Rain and The Impeccable Pig. Former online-only retailer Warby Parker and specialty store Cheeky Vintage are also in the area.

It is no wonder so many Houston families call this neighborhood home. Take a walk along the tree-lined residential streets and you too might find yourself wanting to call West U home.