Our My Top 5 series showcases Houstonians who are creating the city’s culture and community and asks them to share their own local favorites. This week we’re delighted to feature interior designer Carl Eaves, the creative and development director at F.E.E.D. TX Restaurant Group and the owner of Eaves Construction and Design Services.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Carl Eaves
- Monument Inn Restaurant – I highly recommend taking a few hours out of your weekend morning to ride out to the Monument Inn. A motorcycle is my vehicle of choice, but a car does the trick too. Take 1-10 to the Lynchburg Ferry (a free ferry for vehicles and passengers that’s been operating since 1888) to get to the longstanding Monument Inn, where you can get a taste of the Gulf Coast with a view of the Houston Ship Channel. Don’t miss the oysters and fried shrimp. Finish up your visit with a short ride to the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, an enormous construction commemorating the Battle of San Jacinto.
- Houston Dynamo Games at BBVA Compass Stadium – I’ve been a Houston Dynamo fan since their establishment in 2005 and have been a season ticket holder for as long as I can remember. For 12 years, the same people have been tailgating, following the team wherever it goes. Show your Houston pride by pre-gaming and then going into the stadium to watch “the orange” play against a rival like FC Dallas. I suggest going to the match, having a few cold ones at the club bar and enjoying the cheering, “football style” – you won’t regret it.
- Barbecue Inn – Head here to eat what will most likely be some of the best fried chicken you’ve ever had. And don’t forget the side of ribs. The Skrehot family has always owned the 67-year-old institution, which hasn’t changed much over the years. Waitresses still wear the classic, old-timey black and white uniforms. This place is a fabulous taste of tradition.
- McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – If you’re a music fan, there’s no better place to get dinner and see a band. Mucky Duck is an awesome intimate venue where acts from around the city, state, and country perform. I love watching Texas singer-songwriters like Mike Stinson or Jesse Dayton put on a good show against the beautiful green velvet stage backdrop. My advice? Find a show you want to go to and book it far in advance, as it sells out quickly. When you’re there, order the Steak and Ale Pie with a pint from their great selection of beers.
- Antiquing around Montrose – You can’t go wrong with antique shopping around Montrose and the Westheimer and Dunlavy area. There are lots of great finds for home décor, or as in my case, restaurant décor. Places like Old Blue House Antique Shop and B.J. Oldies Antiques are some of my favorites. Right up the road at Native Citizen, they make hand-crafted furniture from found objects. And if you work up an appetite shopping, you can always grab a coffee and a bite at Brasil Cafe while you’re in the neighborhood.
About Carl Eaves
Carl Eaves’ sense of design was ignited with a three-year painting and decorating apprenticeship in his home of Blackpool in the north of England. He soon made his way to London where he began work in the music video industry designing, building, and painting video sets. Later, he moved to the United States, where he partnered with another craftsman in Los Angeles to create a construction, design, and decorative painting company. After nearly a decade there, he moved to Houston to build and open Daily Review Café with chef Claire Smith. Since then, he’s collaborated on many bars and restaurants in Houston and Galveston. Carl’s keen eye for the quirkily beautiful is evident in all of the Liberty Kitchen restaurants. From his use of reclaimed and painted shiplap walls to the incorporation of vintage salvage finds from around the world to the repurposing of objects to make lighting fixtures or tableware holders – his personal touch and attention to detail is evident in every aspect of each restaurant.