House of Bowls in Chinatown

Address: 6650 Corporate Dr, Houston, TX 77036

I always want to eat in Chinatown… but I am always overwhelmed by all the options.  If you walk just one block and you will pass 10 restaurants.

Lucky for us, friends have recommended House of Bowls so this is where we went back.

The restaurant has always been busy but on a Sunday afternoon, it was packed. We were seated quickly but the waitress did let us know that it would take at least 30 minutes to get the food.

I appreciated the information and we put our order in quickly. Fried rice, beef and noodles and rice cakes.

The waitress was nice enough to tell my daughter that the rice cakes were an acquired taste… just to be sure we really wanted them. Apparently we really did and we sent the order in.

The food came and the entrees were huge. They all could have been shared two or three ways.

In the past we had always gone with a huge group and I had never realized how far the food went… but the orders are really big, making the price pretty reasonable!

The restaurant is nice but not especially fancy. Parking is free in the lot (but it can get full!).

Find more to do in Chinatown, HERE!

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Can’t Get Enough Bubble Tea… at Gong Cha!

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd, Ste C-318, Houston, TX 77036

We were in search of a new crazy ice cream shop in Chinatown… but we arrived too early for our churro waffle ice cream. So instead, we went to our go-to bubble tea stop, Gong Cha.

I’ve long loved bubble tea… but this past summer was the summer of the bubble tea. We drank a whole lot of them, from all over Houston.

At bubble tea shops, you pick a tea or coffee, add sugar/milk/cream if you want, and add in tapioca or another sinker. Gong Cha is the same… but with a lot of options on types of teas and a sleek cafe with some board games.

We soaked up the air conditioning and the bubble tea and called our summer complete.

If you also search for bubble tea all over Houston, tell us your favorite spots. And if you are in Chinatown, HERE are more things to do with kids!

 

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Maceo Spice & Import Company in Galveston

Address: 2706 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550

Where should we eat in Galveston? The locals told me Maceo Spice & Import!

Not far from popular museums and shops, but away from the tourist, is this old family owned grocery store with the famous muffalatas.

We spent the day at the small Galveston shops and went to Maceos on the way home. They were hosting an event outside but we went inside to buy spices and a sandwich.

We ordered at the counter and sat at one of the small tables. The warm muffalata came out quickly and it did not disappoint!

Check out the pictures and find much more to do in Galveston, with kids, HERE!

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Eat at the Fresh Café at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Address: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

Here’s the truth… we haven’t spent much time at the Fresh Café at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  We are at the museum all the time, but despite the cafe’s name, I did not realize you could get anything fresh or healthy.

The Children’s Museum of Houston invited us out to prove us wrong… and they did.

Located right in the main hallway, the cafe is open almost all day.  You order at the counter, take your seat and the food comes to you.

There are hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken tenders and fries… but there are also items like salads, sandwiches and wraps.

I had the red quinoa spinach salad and the kids had a little of everything… including some ice cream.

The food was all very good, the service was fast and the restaurant was clean.  The restaurant was very busy but service was quick and the guests all seemed happy.  And, this was probably the easiest museum district lunch we’ve had.

It turns out that the Fresh Café does have fresh and healthy (and vegetarian and kid friendly and…) options!

 

 

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Recommended by the locals and away from the tourists… Mosquito Cafe Galveston

Address: 628 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550

Recommended by the locals and away from the tourists is Mosquito Cafe in Galveston!

The restaurant is in the East End of the Historical District in a resorted 1870 building.

At Mosquito Cafe, they have fresh, homemade food and a lot of gluten free options.  You order at the counter, select a table and the food comes to you.

We went on a Friday evening and the restaurant was full.  There was a quick moving line to the cashier, a friendly woman taking our order and when our group was too big for the small tables of 4, the staff gave us the reserved table in the corner.  (Apparently it was just waiting for our big group to come through!)

Our chicken sandwich, veggie burger and kids meals came pretty quickly and was very good.  My kids even commented on how fresh the vegetables were.

The restaurant was way too crowded for too many pictures…  just know that the food was very good and the restaurant was casual, clean and inviting!

The only thing to know is that it gets crowded and for big families, you might want to call to reserve a table at peak times.

And while you are in Galveston, find lots of things to do with kids, HERE!

 

 

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Downtown Bar and Grill… Right by the Texas City Museum and the Texas City Dike!

Address: 7855, 513 6th St N, Texas City, TX 77590
Hours: Monday-Saturday 09:00am-02:00pm

If you are going to Texas City, you should probably stop for lunch at the Downtown Bar and Grill.

It serves American and Mediterranean food and is right next to the Texas City Museum… and just blocks from the Texas City Dike.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch… and is sleek, cool and clean. You order at the counter and the food comes to you.

The menu has a whole lot of options… from giant hamburgers and baked potatoes to kabobs and gyros.  Kids meals are not listed, but the staff approached us and told us we could order smaller plates with chicken strips or hamburgers.  We ordered them, but I wouldn’t say they were small.  Check out the kids hamburger below:

I had the kabob and the kids had the hamburger and chicken.  The food was great!

The staff was very friendly and as I told my toddler that I would grab her a clean plate, one magically appeared because the waitress had read my mind.

Take a look at the picture and stop by when you are in Texas City!

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Check out the dreamy Aqua S Ice Cream!

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036

This is how you do ice cream!

Sea Salt and Matcha ice cream, wrapped in cotton candy and topped with Poprocks… at Aqua S Ice Cream!

Aqua S is a is a beautiful little shop in Chinatown… and sea salt ice cream is the thing to try. The other flavors change regularly… but you can always get them in a cup or cone and add on creative toppings like toasted marshmallow, popcorn, cotton candy (fairy floss) and Poprocks.

There are regular sized tables… but a whole punch of short tables with stools. Also the walls have lots of good spots for pictures, like angel wings, neon lights and more!

Ice cream is not cheap… and ours was nearly $7… but we shared it 3 ways and called it a good treat!  The sea salt ice cream is really very good (coming from someone who likes things super sweet)!

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Rolled Ice Cream at Class 502 in Chinatown!

Address: 9889 Bellaire Blvd d220, Houston, TX 77036

Roll up your ice cream!

Chinatown does a very good job with fun and unusual ice cream shops… and Class 502 Ice Cream is no exception!

This shop actually rolls up your ice cream and tucks them in a cute little cup.  There are lots of flavor options… and they all taste good… but the best part is the show!

On our last trip we shared the cookies and cream option… which is covered with cookies and fruit.  It was too big for just one, so we all shared.

The restaurant is sleek and fun with old desks for tables.  The menu is on a chalkboard and some post-it art on the walls.  They serve ice cream and teas.

It is expensive at about $6 each, but we were happy with the show!

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You’ve never been to Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill? I’m so sorry!

Address: 4738 Beechnut St, Houston, TX 77096 (and others)

“What? I’ve never taken you to Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill? I’m so sorry!”

This is what my friend told me as we drove over to the restaurant. So, what is it? Well, she said it’s like a Luby’s, but with really good Mediterranean food.

When we arrived, I found a very popular restaurant with long buffet with way too much good food. It was hard not to order it all!

There was a menu posted at the front, and I attempted to limit myself to 3 sides (or 6 half sides). My older boy selected chicken with a few sides and my little boy selected a giant bowl of rice.  (I did not notice kids meals… but I was a little overwhelmed by all my options!)

At the end of the line, we paid, fill our drinks and found our seats.

The food was great and the restaurant was casual and family friendly.  The only trouble was not ordering everything (and having to pay for everything).

We liked it so much that when we were in Sugar Land a couple days later… we visited that location as well!

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Go to The Teahouse for Tapioca, Tea and Boardgames!

Address: 2089 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas

Here’s a not-so-secret thing about me. I love bubble tea.

When I discovered you could get it in Houston, I began to drink way too much of it. And this brings us to this week’s restaurant… The Teahouse!

Bubble tea, fish tanks and games… The Teahouse on Westheimer and Shepherd is one of our favorite spots.

This location has been recently remodeled and is sleek and casual… and if you walk past the front room, there is a big “secret” room in the back.  This is where you can find all the game, the big fish tanks and couches and coffee tables.

At The Teahouse, you order at the counter.  There are tons of drink options with teas, coffees, smoothies and lots of sinkers (like tapioca).  You can also order some food including popcorn chicken and fries.

We just get drinks… and I will say that not everyone likes bubble tea.  This is iced tea (sweet or unsweet, with cream/milk or no cream/milk) with sinkers like tapioca or jelly or something.  My good friend says sinkers are like dinosaur boogers… so, you decide for yourself.

My kids do love it… and get the black iced tea, with only a little sugar, and tapioca and matcha cream tea.  And we get to play games while we are there!

 

 

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