Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Rice Village: Town in the City

Just south of the 59 Freeway on Kirby Drive, Rice Village is the local spot for the affluent neighborhoods of University Place and West University. Anchored by a busy Half Price Books at the corner of University Avenue, the Village has grown incredibly over the last few years, but if you can bear the traffic there is still a significant charm to the place. In addition to good shopping, the Village holds three French restaurants, two Japanese, two Chinese, two Italian, a Mexican, two Spanish, a Mediterranean, a Vietnamese, an Indian, and three Thai restaurants. The best Reuben in the world, with purple sauerkraut, can be had at Kahn’s Delicatessen on Rice Boulevard. Next door at Salento the cappuccino is always hot, the conversation in French and the music live jazz.

Lunch at Goode Company Seafood, Patrick and Eleanor

Just off the Kirby exit at US59, at the corner of Westpark, Houston’s Restaurant serves exquisite meals that are both delicate and hearty. Nearby is the decadent Goode Co. Barbeque and around the corner on Westpark is Goode Co. Seafood, where everything is is fresh out of the Gulf. We always get a dozen oysters and iced tea.