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Common Bond brings delectable baked goods to growing Spring Branch entertainment center

In every city, village and town the “common bond” that everyone shares is the love of good food. From this idea, Common Bond Bistro & Bakery was opened in May 2014 in Houston’s Montrose area. Since then, the company has opened multiple locations across the city. Recently, they opened their third drive-through style bakery — [...]

North Post Oak gains new place to eat, drink, shop for essentials

Whether you have a hankering for Wagyu steak frites, a Pizza Margherita fresh out of the oven or a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal, it’s “NP” (no problem). NoPo has you covered. NoPo — an acronym for North Post Oak — was termed by Berg Hospitality Group owner and founder, Benjamin Berg. The Houston-based [...]

Buzz & Bites is all the buzz with sisters in charge

A few weeks after Buzz & Bites opened in the Spring Branch Management District late last summer, I took my teen-age daughter to the Blalock Road cafe for coffee and breakfast. We hadn’t been out much due to the pandemic, and it was a much-needed escape from boring home-brewed coffee and tea, usually sipped while [...]

A menu seasoned by the labor and love of five generations

"Val" Villareal with daughters, from left, Elizabeth, Maria and Michelle. There aren’t too many restaurants in the Houston area that can boast work by five generations of family members. But Valdemar “Val” Villareal’s La Plaza Restaurant, at 1803 Bingle Road in the heart of Spring Branch, is such a wonder. Valdemar’s father Roberto [...]

Tacos 7

Housed in what was once, about a decade ago, Old Smokey’s BBQ, Taco 7 is an offshoot of another restaurant down in the Quail Valley section of Missouri City that temporarily shares the same name now and another in Stafford with which it once shared a name -- namely Tornado Burger. It was under that [...]

2022-07-01T14:40:22-05:00September 4th, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight, Eggs, My Spring Branch|0 Comments

Pho Huy: Your Next International Breakfast Spot

By Christina Autry Pho Huy’s popularity in the Spring Branch District for the past ten years goes to show that it is possible to grab a tasty bowl of Vietnamese pho outside of the Little Saigon area of Houston. Although Spring Branch is renowned for its Korean BBQ, it wouldn’t be Houston without a great [...]

2022-07-01T14:39:40-05:00October 10th, 2019|Business, Business Spotlight, Eggs|0 Comments

Dolce & Cafe: Bringing Warmth to Spring Branch With Every Cup, Crepe and Conversation

by Dorothy Puch Lillig Spring Branch District’s Dolce & Cafe is woman-owned, woman-managed and so it is not at all surprising that it is also woman-inspired. “Most of our flavors come from our French grandmother who was an extraordinary family cook that everyone admired,” said owner Sanya, who opened the cafe this past May. “Now [...]

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