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Memorial Day Weekend Events in Houston

Honor the service men and women who have died for our country, and experience the many events going on around town this Memorial Day weekend. From observances and ceremonies to music and food, we have compiled a round-up of all the happenings in the Greater Houston area that you can enjoy with family and friends.


Memorial Day Community Party

Gather with your community to celebrate Memorial Day with food, entertainment, and family-friendly fun at Emancipation Park.

Date: Saturday, May 25
Time: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: Emancipation Park
3018 Emancipation Ave
Houston , TX 77004
Admission: Free


The Taste of Louisiana Festival 2019

Experience the culture and cuisine of Louisiana with over 20 Louisiana food vendors, an artisan market, live music, and a kids zone with rides and inflatables. The music lineup includes Zydeco Dots, Big 6 Brass Band with Second Steppers, Ruben Moreno, DJs, and more.

Date: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
Time: 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Brazos River Park
18427 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land , TX 77479
Admission: Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for kids ages 4 to 12


Dancin’ in the Street… Motown & More Revue

Be thrilled this Memorial Day weekend by the sounds of classic Motown hits, featuring an ensemble of soul singers, funky dancers, and the Bacement Soul Orchestra at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Date: Saturday, May 25
Time: 8:15 pm
Venue: Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United 
Admission: Free


Memorial Day Remembrance at George Ranch Historical Park

George Ranch Historical Park hosts a Memorial Day Remembrance as a Decoration Day for the whole family to enjoy. Activities will include cleaning the graves of the family members who served in military conflicts, exploring Memorial Day traditions that advanced from WWI, and a lunch.

Date: Monday, May 27
Time: 9:00 am
Venue: George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469
Admission: Free to attend. Cost of the meal ranges from $4 to $15


Memorial Day Ceremony at Houston National Cemetery

Honor fallen war heroes at the Houston National Cemetery, where the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will host a commemorative ceremony in observance of Memorial Day.

Date: Monday, May 27th
Time: 9:30 am
Venue: Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038
Admission: Free to attend


City of Friendswood Memorial Day Celebration

The City of Friendswood presents a Memorial Day ceremony that includes patriotic music, a tribute to each branch of the military, a group photograph of Friendswood military veterans and active duty personnel.

Date: Monday, May 27
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Venue: City of Friendswood
Friendswood Drive
Friendswood, TX 77546
Admission: Free to attend


Memorial Day Ceremony at Sugar Land Memorial Park

The City of Sugar Land will honor the U.S. Armed Forces for their selfless service by hosting its 10th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The program includes patriotic music, educational and commemorative activities, on-site military exhibits, a flag ceremony, and food available for purchase.

Date: Monday, May 27
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Venue: Sugar Land Memorial Park & Brazos River Corridor
15300 University Boulevard
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Admission: Free to attend


Memorial Day Brunch at Weights and Measures

Sleep in and wake up hungry for a delicious Memorial Day brunch with morning cocktails at Weights + Measures.

Date: Monday, May 27
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Venue: Weights + Measures
2808 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77004
Admission: Menu item prices vary


Memorial Day at Memorial City

Pay tribute and celebrate Memorial Day with a tribute to the flag, live music, and fun activities for the whole family at Memorial City.

Date: Monday, May 27
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue: Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Way
Houston, TX 77024
Admission: Free to attend


Memorial Day Bash at Bellaire Town Square

Spend Memorial Day with friends and family at the Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center and enjoy fun watermelon games and relay races.

Date: Monday, May 27
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: Bellaire Town Square
7001 5th St
Bellaire, TX 77401
Admission: Free to attend

New Construction FAQ

Buying a new construction home for the first time can be stressful for any home buyer. What is earnest money? What’s the deal with the option period? How do inspections work? Don’t worry, our Director of Builder Relations answers some of the most frequently asked questions about purchasing a new construction home.

How does earnest money differ between resale and new construction?

Earnest money in regards to resale is most often a percentage of the price of the home. With new construction, the earnest money is impacted by 3 factors:

1. Price of the home set by the builder: Like resale, the earnest money of a new construction home starts by being a percentage of the sales price. Unlike resale, the price is not dictated by market value, but rather by the price the builder sets for specific neighborhoods and types of homes.

2. Contingent Buyer: If you are a buyer in the process of selling your home, the builder may increase the earnest money.

3. Amount and type of upgrades: If the buyer selects more upgrades than the average amount for that neighborhood or if the buyer selects upgrades that are not traditional for that type of home, the builder will ask for more earnest money.

Is the earnest money refundable if I choose not to buy the home?

Since the earnest money is just to secure the lot, it is typically refundable up until construction has started on the new home during the financing period. Once construction starts on the new home, the earnest money is typically non-refundable.

Is there an option period?

Unlike resale, there is no official option period. A new construction home buyer can select options for their home anytime between when they reserve the lot and when construction commences. Once construction starts and the earnest money is non-refundable, the “option period” ends.

Do I have to use the builder’s lender?

The builder typically has a few preferred mortgage lenders that can provide you the full approval needed to build the home. While it is not required to obtain financing from the mortgage companies provided by the builder, typically, the builder will provide closing cost assistance, and in some cases, pay all of your closing costs if you use their trusted recommendations.

Do I need an inspection?

The builder will be inspecting your home at each stage during the building process. When construction is complete, the builder will then walk-through the home with you and your agent (if you chose to use an agent). During the walk-through, you and your agent can point out problems with the home that need to be repaired prior to closing. The builder will then fix up those issues. If you would like to use a 3rd party inspector to survey the property, you are more than welcome to do so. The Loken Group will even provide you a list of trusted 3rd party inspectors, if you wish to go that route.

Getting Your Home Ready for Showings

Getting Your Home Ready For Showings

If you are preparing to put your home on the market, the little things can make a big difference in getting it to sell quicker and for top dollar. As a seller, you want to make your home stand out among the others and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers without having to spend a small fortune on updates and repairs. From paint colors to flooring and landscaping, The Loken Group sat down with professional stager Candy Dumas to create a comprehensive guide on how to ensure that your home is show-ready.

1. Lighting is Key

Photographs are the true first impressions buyers have of any home they are looking at; thus, getting your home photo-ready should be one of your top priorities. The easiest way to get your home photo-ready is to allow the photographer’s cameras to capture as much light as possible. Here are some things we recommend you do:

  • Open blinds, shutters, and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible
  • Leave all lights on
  • Replace bulbs with LED or bright white lights
  • Don’t be afraid to overdo it

2. Creating Curb Appeal

The first impression is often the most lasting impression. Because of this, the front of your house is arguably the most important part to make sure you get right before the showing. So what should you be focusing on doing to create curb appeal? Here are our recommendations:

  • Landscaping
    • Prune your shrubs and foliage
    • Get rid of weeds
    • Add fresh mulch
    • Remove any dead space in flowerbeds
    • Bring in more color with colorful flowers
  • Clean your front porch
  • Pressure wash your concrete
  • Wash your roof

3. Fix the Small Things

When a buyer goes on a showing, they will often look for what’s wrong with the home rather than reasons to love it. The best way to counteract this is to ensure all the small things are in order and that everything is perfect. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for:

  • Leaky faucets
  • Pet scratches
  • Touching up worn parts of the wall
  • Fixing up the front door

4. Have the Model Home Mentality

The final key to getting your home ready for showings is to have the “Model Home Mentality”. This means removing all bits of personalization within your home. People often try to ignore this by telling themselves that “the buyer can just imagine it the way they want it to look”, but experience has taught us that this is not the case. Buyers are often distracted by the smallest things and they don’t fall in love with allowances, they fall in love with what they see. Here are some of the things you should look to do:

  • Hide mail and lock up valuables.
  • Replace sheets with clean linen.
  • Make sure the home smells good.
    • Air out your home.
    • Get a few scented plugins, but don’t overdo it.
  • Have your home set to an agreeable temperature.
    • You don’t want buyers to feel too hot or too cold, because that will effect their opinions.
  • Repaint walls with agreeable beige’s or grays.
  • Add cute decor.
    • Throw in decorative pillows.
    • Set up some area rugs.
    • Set the dining room table.

 

If you would like more in-depth advice on how to get your home ready for showings, check out this video!

5 Things You Should Know About a Home Inspection

Buying a home is possibly the largest and most important purchase many people will make in their lifetime. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to provide peace of mind to potential home buyers by identifying if there are any major defects with the property. A home may look move in ready, but it’s crucial to have a certified professional make a visit to the home to unveil any potential issues that may not be noticeable to the buyer’s eye. We sat down with Shawn Emerick from Houston Inspections to cover the top five things you need to know about getting a home inspection.

1. How much does a home inspection cost?

Inspections typically run anywhere from $400-600 depending on the square footage of the home. The fees are broken down by square footage, age of the home, number of stories, type of foundation, termite inspection, and miscellaneous items such as pools, septic systems, or any other additional equipment.

2. What things should I look for in a home inspection report?

A home inspection report should include the state-approved form, details about every system that was inspected in the home, photographs and/or graphs, a termite report, foundation, and possibly infrared camera photographs.

3. Should I be present at the home inspection?

It is always best that the client be present, at least for the last 30 minutes of the inspection, so that the home inspector can summarize their findings and walk the potential homeowner through the home to show them the location of important items like the electrical panels, shutoffs, and other major components in the home. If you are not able to be present at the time of inspection, you can always review the report online and contact the home inspector remotely.

4. What’s usually covered in the home inspection?

The state requires certain sections to be covered in the home inspection, such as the foundation, roof, major structural systems, walls, electrical systems, HVAC, plumbing, water heater, optional appliances (i.e. dishwasher or common appliances that stay within the home), and other items that could or could not be inspected, such as pools, sprinkler systems, and termites.

5. What is the purpose of a home inspection?

The purpose of a home inspection is to conduct a visual, non-destructive assessment of the property to determine major defects in the home that the homeowner is considering purchasing. By bringing these major defects to the buyers attention, the buyer can choose to negotiate with the seller with the intent on getting the major components repaired or a reduction in the selling price.

Easter Egg Decorating Tips & Ideas

The Loken Group is helping to brighten up a classic springtime tradition by providing inspiration for a fun, fresh spin on your Easter festivities this year. From simple dyeing techniques to more unconventional designs, these decorating ideas are easy to recreate, and all supplies are available at your local supermarket or craft store. Grab your eggs and get the whole family in on the fun with these egg-dyeing tips and decorating ideas.

 

Egg-Dyeing Tips

  1. Cover your work area with paper towels or newspaper to soak up any spills.
  2. Decorated eggs may be either hard-boiled or blown out of their shells. Hard-boiled eggs are traditional and a sturdier egg for your children to work with, while the blown shells are the best if you want to keep the eggs on display for a considerable time.
  3. Hard-Boiling: Place your eggs in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to completely cover the eggs. Place on medium-high heat and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer eggs for 9 minutes. Remove from heat and fill with cold water. The eggs must be completely cool to decorate successfully. Place eggs on a soft towel and allow them to dry.
  4. Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar into your water with food coloring for a more vibrant egg (the more you use, the more intense the color).
  5. If you’re doing multi-colored eggs, let them dry thoroughly between coats of dye.

Ombré Easter Eggs

To get these fun Ombré Easter eggs, first mix your choice of colors using 1/3 tsp (1/4 tsp for yellow) gel/paste food coloring, enough warm water to cover eggs, and 1 tsp white vinegar. Dip egg fully in dye and let dry. Dip the egg again 3/4 of the way into the dye and let dry. Repeat in quarterly increments.

Option: You can also start by leaving the tip of the egg white.

Ombré Easter Eggs

Animal Critters

Your little ones will love these adorable animal critters! Dye hard-boiled eggs green, pink, orange, and yellow. Print templates of the animals’ features. Print out on corresponding colored paper and cut. Attach features using craft glue.

Animal Critters Egg

Painted Blooms

For these beautiful spring-inspired eggs, start by first pencil flowers onto the hard-boiled egg (tip: practice on paper first). With the puff paint applicator, cover all the stems with green paint, then let dry 2 hours. Add petals by dabbing small dots in a circular pattern.

Painted Blooms

Gold Leaf Eggs

To get this gorgeous gilded look, start with dyed Easter eggs. Then, using a foam brush, add splotches of glue and let dry until the glue is tacky. Apply the gold leaf to the sticky areas, smooth with your fingers, and use a stiff-bristled brush to sweep away any excess gold leaf.

Gold Leaf Eggs

Twine-Wrapped Eggs

Try something different with these twine-wrapped Eggs! Adhere twine to one end of a ceramic egg with a glue stick, then apply glue and tightly wind the twine, working in sections, until you’ve completely covered the surface.

Twine-Wrapped Eggs

2019-2020 Proposed School District Boundary Changes

Here is a summary of the proposed school boundary changes for the Greater Houston area that may impact you and your family in the 2019-2020 school year.

Clear Creek ISD

Elementary Schools

  • New Florence Campbell Elementary’s attendance zone established south of FM 518 and West League City Parkway.
  • Ward Elementary School rezoned some students from North Pointe Elementary School west of I-45.
  • All of the Lakes of South Shore neighborhoods are rezoned to Hyde Elementary School.

Intermediate Schools

  • All students who attend Clear Lake City Elementary are rezoned to go to Clear Lake Intermediate School.
  • All students who attend Robinson Elementary are rezoned to go to Space Center Intermediate School.
  • All students who attend Hyde Elementary are rezoned to go to Clear Creek Intermediate School.

High Schools

  • Clear Brook High School’s boundaries are expanded to include Emerson Park Apartment Homes and the Reserve at Autumn Creek Apartments.
  • Clear Lake High School’s boundaries expanded to include the subdivisions along Kirby Road.
  • Clear Creek High School’s boundaries now include Coronado Apartments.

See More Here!

 

Conroe ISD

Conroe ISD has yet to vote on either of the 2 boundary proposals for 2019. Come back later for more information!

Click here to read about the 2 boundary proposals!

 

Cy-Fair ISD

Elementary Schools

  • Some of Stonehaven Apartments are rezoned from Post Elementary School to Lee Elementary School.
  • Gleason Elementary School’s boundaries will now include students from Stoneway Village Townhomes, Bellagio Apartments, Windfern Forest, and WIndfern Gardens.
  • Warner Elementary School students living in Blackhorse Ranch and Stoneridge will now attend Pope Elementary School.

Middle Schools

  • Dean Middle School students from Stonehaven Apartments, Sommermeyer, Westbranch West of E. Laud, Century Westway Park Apartments, Spring Branch Villas, Spring Branch Terrace, Westbranch, and Westway Courtyard will now attend Truitt Middle School.

See More Here!

 

Fort Bend ISD
  • Malala Yousafzai Elementary will incorporate part of the school boundaries of Madden Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • In 2021, Malala Yousafzai Elementary will expand to include some of Oyster Creek Elementary’s current boundaries.

Read more here!

 

Katy ISD

Katy ISD has changed their attendance boundaries to accommodate the opening of Elementary #42, which is anticipated for Fall 2019.

For maps and additional information, click here!

 

 

Westchester Magnificence

Westchester Magnificence

14630 Kellywood Lane

Houston, TX 77079

Bed: 5
Bath: 3 FULL & 2 HALF
Stories: 2
Year Built: 1968

This gorgeous Tudor-style home sits on an oversized corner lot in Westchester, just minutes from the Energy Corridor, Memorial City Mall, and CITYCENTRE.

Life in Westchester

The neighborhood of Westchester is the epitome of upscale living in Houston, located near premier shopping and dining, and less than 30 minutes from the Galleria and Downtown Houston. As one of the original Super Memorial Neighborhoods, Westchester has historical significance for the city of Houston, and the beauty of stately homes and mature trees. Enjoy easy access to Terry Hershey Park and Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary, as well as close proximity to I-10 and the Beltway. Westchester is also home to schools in the highly-acclaimed Spring Branch ISD.

Here in Westchester, all of Houston is in your grasp.

Living Room

The elevated ceilings and oversized windows in the great room let in the perfect amount of light.

The bay windows, French doors, and rich, red walls make this living room pop.

The exquisite wood panels and ceiling beams along with the brick hearth offer a warm and inviting dining area.

Enjoy cooking in this beautiful kitchen with stone accents, double oven, and separate cooktop.

The master bedroom is a serene retreat, with sumptuous paneling, crown molding, and parquet flooring.

You’ll love the study with built-in shelves, French doors, and expansive windows.

This gorgeous backyard is perfectly designed to help you melt away the stresses of life.


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Insurance and The Power of Choice

Once you have been preapproved for your new dream home and have found a lender, it’s time to start shopping for insurance rates. Although you don’t need to be an insurance expert (that’s the agency’s job), it’s important to make informed decisions with the help of an agent who has the power to pick the right company for you based upon your specific needs. Scott and Ryan Sacchieri with Goosehead Insurance answer some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the topic, including the difference between captive and independent agents, bundling, and flood insurance in preferred risk and non-preferred risk zones.

1. What is the difference between a captive agency and brokerage?

The main difference between a captive agency and an independent broker is the power of choice, which is of paramount importance when it comes to choosing your insurance. Whereas a captive agent is contracted to work for a single insurance company and can sell only that insurance company’s policies, an independent broker such as Goosehead has 30+ insurance carriers that they can use to shop the entire Texas market to find the best coverage for you at the best price.

2. How do I decide what policy to choose from?

Whenever you’re looking at different quotes, one thing to consider is that not all insurance policies are created equal. There’s a big difference between different companies, different carriers, and different policy forms. It’s important when you’re talking to somebody that they know your needs and can recommend the right option for you.

3. Do I need flood insurance in a preferred risk zone?

Flood insurance over the last 2 years has been a huge topic in the Houston area due to the Tax Day Flood and Hurricane Harvey, during which the city experienced unprecedented levels of flooding. What’s more, the Houston Chronicle reported that over 240,000 houses were damaged, 75% of which were in a preferred risk zone. For these reasons, it is most likely in your best interest to get flood insurance regardless of where your house is located or how elevated it is. At the moment, the most that you’ll spend on a flood policy in a preferred risk area is around $480, which is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

4. What are the best ways to save money without sacrificing coverage?

There are several different ways to save money on your insurance without sacrificing coverage, the first being bundling your home, auto, etc., potentially saving you between 5-25% on each policy. Additionally, your agent should ask detailed questions about the home that you’re buying, such as how old the roof is or if the plumbing has been updated. These key factors will play a major role in the pricing of your home policy, as will being able to shop several dozen carriers. Not every customer is the same and one policy will not match every client, which is why having an independent agent with the power to pick the right company for you based upon your specific needs is crucial in saving you money.

Heritage Heartwood in Tomball

Heritage Heartwood in Tomball

2503 S Cherry St.

Tomball, TX 77375

Listing Price: $800,000
Bed: 2-3
Bath: 2 FULL & 1 HALF
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1880

The historic Brill-Mueller House sits on 6.5+-acres of well-maintained, wooded grounds in a prime commercial location of Tomball. The history of this exquisite 19th century home reflects the area’s rich German heritage and offers a timelessness that is without equal.

Modern Homey Heritage

There are very few homes built in the 19th century that are still in livable condition today, and even fewer that have had renovations as unobtrusive as this home. Live out your dreams as a pioneer in the late 19th century, but with all the accommodations of modern luxurious living. Being located in modern Tomball, residents don’t have to experience all the discomforts of pioneering life. Go out and enjoy the upscale shopping and dining at Vintage Park, less than 8 miles away; or spend your leisure days golfing at the Gleannloch Pines Golf Club, less than 3 miles away. If you aren’t interested in living the modern pioneer lifestyle, you can share the experience with others. Turn this historic property into a bed and breakfast, event space, or corporate retreat. The possibilities are truly endless for this unrestricted historic lot.

Living RoomLiving Room 2

The wood floors, wooden walls, and wood burning fireplace with stone surround allow the spacious living room to keep the authentic pioneer look, while allowing for modern quality of life updates such as modern insulation and lighting.

Kitchen 1Kitchen 2

The open concept island kitchen that features granite countertops, tile backsplash, and cabinets with ornate metal covers perfectly encapsulates how this home fuses its historic significance with its modern elements.

Master BedroomMaster Bedroom

The light let in through the windows really make the wooden floors and ceiling of the master bedroom vibrantly pop.

Master Bathroom 1Master Bathroom 2

The the white tile floors and drawers beautifully contrast the dark colors of the counters, frames, faucet, and cabinetry, creating the perfect environment to unwind in.

Master ClosetMaster Closet

You will probably run out of clothes before running out of space in the spacious walk-in closet.

Surrounded by trees, this spacious backyard allows you to unwind and spend quality family time while connecting with nature.


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TLG Recommendations for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Whether you’re spending it with your sweetheart or celebrating Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, don’t miss this excuse to enjoy a fun night out. Did you know that The Loken Group serves buyers and sellers in all 9 counties of the Greater Houston area? As a result, we live (and drive) all throughout the Bayou City and have many favorite restaurants across town.

We’ve compiled a list of our most-loved restaurants and Greater Houston area hot spots that are perfect for date nights and special occasions. We hope you love them as much as we do!

If you’re choosing to forgo the crowds this Valentine’s Day, we’ve also provided some creative Valentine’s date ideas, including a low-key night in.

Restaurant Recommendations

Cypress

d’Vine Wine Bar

Recommended by: Lance and Karina Loken, CEO & President
“We love the scallop risotto or the seafood cheesecake!” 
25202 Northwest Fwy #100
Cypress, TX 77429
(281) 213-4656
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen

Recommended by: Tiffany Bean, Buyer Specialist
“This is my and my husband’s favorite date spot! Love their food, love the atmosphere, and love the margaritas!”
27030 Northwest Freeway
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 304-8226
Other locations: Spring, The Woodlands, Pearland, Rosenberg, La Porte, Stafford, Texas City, and more!
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

Galleria Area

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

Recommended by: Mark Sandoval, Inside Sales Agent
“This is a little higher in price range, but a great date night spot! My girlfriend and I went there recently and I would DEFINITELY go back again. Great food, great bar, with award winning original cocktails as well.”
4310 Westheimer Rd #150
Houston, TX 77027
(281) 501-1187
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes – Special 3 course Valentine’s dinner offered February 14th-17th

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Recommended by: Tara Kennedy, Director of Client Care
“The gnocchi is my favorite!”
2019 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 961-2700
Other locations: Memorial City, Baybrook Mall, & Friendswood
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

The Melting Pot

Recommended by: Josh Cantu, Inside Sales Agent
“Very romantic, great food, service and a unique experience!”
6100 Westheimer Rd #146
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 532-5011
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

The Heights

CRISP

Recommended by: Lauren Allen, Portfolio Division Inside Sales Agent
“CRISP is such a good date night spot, and their Parmesan meatballs are amazing!”
2220 Bevis St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 360-0222
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

Kemah

T-Bone Tom’s

Recommended by: Allison Calascione, Graphic Designer
“The steak here alone would be enough for me to recommend this restaurant, but there are also other amazing BBQ and traditional American dishes on the menu. On top of this, there are always new specials, great happy hour deals and live music almost every night. Not to mention its walking distance to Kemah Boardwalk. Between the food, environment, and staff i’m never disappointed when I go to T-Bone Tom’s!”
707 TX-146
Kemah, TX 77565
(281) 334-2133
Reservations? No
Valentine’s Day Menu? No

Memorial

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Recommended by: Joy Hilado, Buyer Specialist
12848 Queensbury Lane
Houston, TX 77024
(832) 200-2380
Other locations: West Ave
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? No

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Recommended by: Ashley Reaves, Buyer Transaction Manager & Director of Commercial Division
788 W. Sam Houston Parkway North, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 827-1120
Other locations: River Oaks, The Woodlands
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

Midtown

Uchi

Recommended by: David Weaver, Director of Builder Relations
904 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-4808
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

Montrose

Boheme

Recommended by: Laura Handley, Director of Business Development
307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-1099
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes, plus a $50 special for a whole bottle of Moët Chandon and dessert. Romantic movies will be playing all day on the patio.

Rice Military

Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou

Recommended by: Leann Acuña, Buyer Specialist
“Pre-dinner cocktails at their Blue Bar are a must! The snapper is the BEST entree. Crab cakes for appetizer. All of their desserts are amazing.”
1 Birdsall St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 868-4444
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

River Oaks District

Toulouse Cafe and Bar

Recommended by: Sara Marceaux, President of Houston Portfolio Real Estate
“My favorite dish is the Poulet Roti (basically roasted chicken) and my husband loves the Dover Sole Meunière. They also have a DELICIOUS Grand Marnier Soufflè.
4444 Westheimer Rd E100
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-6778
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? No

Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar

Recommended by: Sydney Kempler, Social Media and Events Specialist
“Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar is perfect for Galentine’s Day! I would highly recommend the pretzelaches and prosciutto pizza!”
3412 W Lamar St
Houston, TX 77019
(281) 849-9606
Reservations? No
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

Vintage Park

Peli Peli

Recommended by: Julie Delapaz, Inside Sales Agent
“My favorite restaurant for date night is Peli Peli. The one in Vintage Park is especially nice, because there is often a live band out in the courtyard on weekends and there are great bars and coffee shops to visit after dinner. It’s hard to recommend something because all of their food is delicious; however, the sticky toffee pudding is a must for dessert and their Brussels sprouts are so good (even if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts- trust me- you will like these!)”
110 Vintage Park Blvd bldg j suite p
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 257-9500
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes – limited menu

The Woodlands

Via Emilia Italian Restaurant

Recommended by: Amy Flynn, VP of Inside Sales
10700 Kuykendahl Rd
The Woodlands, TX 77381
(281) 465-9555
Reservations? Yes
Valentine’s Day Menu? Yes

Other Date Night Ideas

Recommended by: Chrissy Mattax, Buyer Transaction Coordinator
“My boyfriend is taking me to the circus!!! I’m totally freaking out. I love the idea of doing something exciting and different for Valentine’s Day.”
Cirque du Soleil: Luzia at the Sam Houston Race Park
7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W
Houston, TX 77064
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Recommended by: Sydney Kempler, Social Media and Events Specialist
“This is our first Valentine’s Day together and we’re definitely staying in. Chick-fil-A let’s you order a heart-shaped tray of chicken nuggets so we’ll be picking one of those up along with a couple bottles of wine. We’ll probably pick a new show to binge watch on Netflix and it will be a perfect, inexpensive night in!”