Warming Up with the April Local Love List

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The sun’s always out, the nights are getting warmer, and every day feels like patio weather–yep, it’s definitely spring!

Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of the good weather by exploring our favorite city, Houston! One of the easiest ways to learn and love HTX is by connecting with its local businesses. We have so many dedicated owners and entrepreneurs shaping our scene and keeping Houston on the map when it comes to food, art, and more!

As always, we’re excited to highlight 10 more amazing local businesses born and built right here in Houston! Here are our picks to check out this April: 

You can’t miss this Museum District gem once you turn on Banks St–just follow the lights! Grand Prize Bar has become a favorite among Houstonians for its chill staff, hot dancefloor, and its rotating calendar of local DJs and eateries. 

Since its reopening last October, Grand Prize has increased its kitchen capabilities and now offers a dine-in experience – guests can book tables and place orders for drinks with the staff. 

The service and drinks are just as incredible, so don’t be afraid to order your regular! If you’re looking to try something new, try any of their custom cocktail recipes like the “Old Cuban” or the “Southside.”

Keep an eye on their social for an updated list of guest eateries joining their kitchen! Past guests include Pan de Taco, Cafesita, and Somos Semillas!

Venue Details
📍1010 Banks St Houston, TX 77006

This West University bakery offers an online store and delivery, but we think it’s worth the trip to see its decadent selection up close.

Its menu features a variety of tasty cakes, cookies, brownies, and ice cream for every sweet tooth out there! You can also enjoy any of their coffee, tea, or espresso selections.

We recommend a slice of the “Aunt Etta” or the Mexican Hot Chocolate Latte. And with Easter around the corner, you won’t want to miss a chance to try their solid Easter bunnies. They’re only available for a short time, so order in before this Sunday!

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📍2525 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

You might have seen Cloud 10’s signature blue pints in stores like Central Market and Whole Foods, but did you know this local brand also has shops in the city? It’s true!

You can try all of your favorite Cloud 10 flavors in-house at any one of their 3 “scoop shops” around Houston. We like the Heights location the best–there’s plenty of room to enjoy your sweet treat in the sun.

Cloud 10 also offers dairy-free options and an online shop when you can’t find your faves in stores. Newbies, try the PB&J or the Marzipan pints!

Venue Details
📍3502 South Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098
📍3201 Louisiana St. Suite 100, Houston, TX 77006
📍711 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007 

For over 40 years, Tall Plants has offered a generous selection of indoor and outdoor plants to the Houston metro area.

Tall Plants remains a beloved family business with lots of history. Dennis Carola, and his father, Jim, started the business in a former gas station-turned-grill where ZZ Top once performed. The Carolas have since expanded the building into a lush safe-haven for plant lovers, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space to browse.

Visit in-store to work with their knowledgeable staff, or check out their selection online before making the trip! 

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📍 9191 Katy Fwy Houston, TX 77024

Believe it or not, Korny Vibes is ALL vegan! You can find this hot spot in the middle of Montrose and filled to the brim with vegans and non-vegans alike.

Their menu is fun and eclectic, offering vegan pasta plates, sandwiches, and sweet treats. Check back in every weekday for a new daily special or bundle, like the “Hot VFC Box!” For burger lovers, we recommend the “Lone Star” or “WhataVegan” for a combo that hits the spot.

You can also order online for pick up or delivery!

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📍 403 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas 77006

Squable’s cozy, warm atmosphere is only matched by its hearty food. Their dinner and brunch menus range from pasta to cheeseburgers, filling steak, and dutch baby pancakes. No matter the meal, you’ll be sure to leave full and satisfied.

The restaurant also sports a growing drink menu, with new recipes being added all the time. We recommend the “Dusty Phoenix” or the gorgeously colored “Levity.”

Tucked deep into the Heights, Squable is the perfect place to enjoy a long meal with friends surrounded by the rich wood-and-brick details of its interior design. Once you’ve settled into your meal, you’ll find it hard to leave the inviting vibes of your new favorite spot!

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📍 632 W. 19th Street, Houston, TX 77008

Once known as “YoYo’s Hot Dog,” this famed eatery now calls Sugar Land home. Although it’s still considered a “hidden gem” of sorts among natives, everyone who learns of True Dog can’t wait to spread the word about their gourmet hot dogs.

Try their signature “Danny Dog,” a hot dog with kimchi, or their basket of beef brisket fries if you’re not sure where to start. Regulars recommend the signature “True Dog,” as well as showing up early to avoid the lines!

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📍 15910 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77498

We love that speakeasies continue to make a comeback, especially in Houston! This speakeasy is among the city’s largest, occupying more than 6500 sq ft of space situated on the top floor of a 1960s office building in the West Midtown Entertainment District.

FAO aims to entertain their guests “in many facets,” which includes the standard bar/speakeasy experience. But FAO differs with their selection of arcade and interactive games, featured in their one-of-a-kind game rooms.

Pair with some expertly crafted cocktails, locally craft draft selection, and a friendly staff, and you have a recipe for a good night! 

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📍 2303 Smith Street Suite 300, Houston, TX 77006

There’s a reason Lei Low is the “friendly neighborhood rum bar!” Once you enter its doors, you’re met with a lively atmosphere, bold tropical colors, and an inviting team of regulars.

Lei Low’s standard rum list also comes with a menu of custom drinks like “Pain Killer” and “Zombie.” You can order 32. oz jugs to go or split at the table with friends. But it’s worth sticking around to take in one of Houston’s few tiki bars.

Consider it the staycation you didn’t know you needed!

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📍6412 N Main St Ste C, Houston, TX 77009

Kravin’ Fruit Bar pairs tasty, fried appetizers with cold drinks like smoothies, boba teas, and lemonade sodas.

The standout star is the Kravin Fries, a delicious spin on their classic fries, but now topped with seasoned beef or chicken. Try their Lavender Milk Tea or the Mango Slush for a fun combo!

Once you’ve ordered, you’ll be able to relax at the Bar or take it on the go. The Bar’s calm, cafe-like environment makes for the perfect backdrop for a study session, or a simple hang out among friends. 

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📍 10623 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

Much More to Love in Houston

Did any of our April faves make it onto your to-do list? We hope so! Supporting our local business owners and entrepreneur community is just one of our favorite things about living in Houston

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We love when you guys send us photos of your adventures, so snap a pic and tag us on Instagram or share in the Facebook group! Let us know what you think, or share your Local Love List recommendations with us.

On the hunt for more? Check out our neighborhood guides to discover more of our favorite places.  

Michelle Ofiwe

Michelle Ofiwe

Michelle is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Houston City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Houston area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinHouston on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.