In our series of Must Do Things Around Greater Houston, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities to bring you five fun, tasty, and enticing reasons you should give each a visit.
In the Northwest corridor just inside the 610 loop, you’ll find the largely residential neighborhoods of Lazybrook, Timbergrove, and Shady Acres. The area was originally settled by German farmers in the late 1800s. The deed neighborhoods of Lazybrook and Timbergrove were founded in the 1950s and ’60s. Just west in Shady Acres, the once heavily wooded area started becoming residential in the 1920s, eventually being founded in 1935. Today, original bungalows and modest cottages sit among new construction, parks, retailers, and bustling restaurants and bars.
5 Must Do Things in Lazybrook, Timbergrove & Shady Acres
- Have a laidback Houston meal – In case you haven’t heard, Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country, and this quadrant of the city is no different. See the best of Mutt City culture at Vietnamese craft beer pub, Hughie’s Tavern and Vietnamese Grill. There, you’ll find banh mi burgers, vermicelli bowls, shaking beef, and country fried steak alongside local and favorite craft taps. Click here for directions. For an all-American experience, you won’t want to miss Hubcap Grill, easily one of the best burger joints in town. Hangout on the patio and take down monster burgers like the classic Hubcap Decker, with two hand-formed patties, double the cheese and house mayo; the Frito Pie Burger, packed with chili, cheese, and griddled jalapeños and onions; or the Sticky Monkey Burger, a surprising standout with crunchy peanut butter, bacon, and American cheese. Click here for directions. At Crisp, cheese plates, pasta, and bar pies sit alongside craft beers and crisp wines. Click here for directions. There’s also Monday Steak Night at T-Bones Sports Pub (with $15 ribeyes or $18 filets with two sides) and Cedar Creek Bar & Grill’s daily lineup of specials, from Steak Night on Mondays to Greasy Lips Fried Chicken on Fridays. Click here for directions to T-Bones. Click here for directions to Cedar Creek.
- Spend a day at the park – There is plenty of green space in the area. Runners, walkers, and cyclists can hit the West White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail, which runs right through the neighborhoods along T.C. Jester. Click here for directions. The West 11th Street Park boasts over 1,800 mature trees, budding wooded trails, over 100 species of birds, 33 species of butterflies, and countless other wildlife. Click here for directions. Jaycee Park is a place to relax and play, with a 1/3 mile walking trail, picnic tables and benches, tennis and basketball courts, and a playground, and water playground for the kids. Click here for directions.
- Sip craft suds at Eureka Heights Brew Co. – Named after the Eureka Heights fault system that runs beneath it, this young gun brewery works hard to make interesting, approachable beer. Hit it to sip crisp, sessionable year-rounds, like the Mostly Harmless, a Cirta Pale Kolsch with hops that hang on your tongue; or the Moo Caliente, a heroic milk stout with cayenne and cinnamon that’s not for the faint of heart. There are also seasonal inspirations, beer flights and growlers, bar games like ladder golf and corn hole, and food trucks on site. Visit the taproom Thursday to Friday 4pm to 9pm; Saturday noon to 9pm; and Sunday noon to 4pm. Click here for directions.
- Wine and dine – For a fancy, but still unstuffy affair, head to the beautiful Rainbow Lodge. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, the historic log cabin sits on a picturesque acre and boasts a menu of upscale lodge fare, from smoked duck gumbo and wild game mixed grill to rainbow trout with lump crab and chimichurri-rubbed ribeye and eggs. Click here for directions. Two Treadsack restaurant group stunners sit side by side just on the eastern edge of Shady Acres. A self-proclaimed “love letter to the Gulf Coast,” Bernadine’s offers dishes like pan-seared Gulf snapper and 44 farms ribeye with green peppercorn oyster sauce, plus oysters, happy hour, and an unbelievable brunch. Next door, Hunky Dory serves up English traditions with a modern touch, from local grouper fish pie to cake stand pork shops, stacked high and served with mashed potatoes and fries. Also a must: The HD Burger, made with a blend of brisket, chuck and beef tongue that is addicting as ever. Click here for directions.
- Hit the sweet spot – Right on the edge of Shady Acres, Fat Cat Creamery and Hugs & Donuts are two musts for those with a sweet tooth. At Fat Cat Creamery, small-batch ice cream gets an extra wow from high-quality, local ingredients and inspired flavors. Get a double scoop of flavors like Milk Chocolate Stout (made with oatmeal stout beer), Amaya Coffee and Cream, or dairy-free Chai Tea Coconut. Then drizzle on hot fudge, warm praline sauce and a sprinkle of salted almond brittle. Hugs & Donuts makes for the perfect morning, with stellar coffee, kolaches, and donuts with housemade fillings. Grab a few classic glazed and chocolate sprinkle varieties then go all-in on tres leches, s’mores, cheesecake donuts, and some the fritters of the day.