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 Ron Recommends

The following list presents some of Ron's favorite places. Contact us if you need help locating other services, facilities or products.

Dining

Divino. Cozy and friendly. Come to Divino for great Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere. Wine is a specialty at Divino and they have a great selection. The prices are very reasonable, maybe the best of any restaurant in Houston. If you are not sure which wine to choose, ask either Jim or Patrick or select one of the wine picks of the week. This place is small and fills up quickly on most nights so come early, make reservations or if you are lucky, grab a seat at the bar (Ron's favorite spot). No smoking, dinner only, closed Sunday. 1830 West Alabama between Driscoll and Woodhead. (713) 807-1123.
Vincent's. Casual Italian. Excellent pastas, pizzas, traditional Italian dishes and a rotisserie chicken to die for. Open for lunch and dinner with lunch specials each day. Ron eats here regularly and suggests that you enjoy your meal with a bottle of one of the many fine Chianti wines that are available. Moderately priced. No reservations required, but they are accepted. 2701 West Dallas, between Montrose and Waugh. (713) 528-4313. Vincent's 命on Scott
Black Labrador 命on Scott The Black Labrador. Traditional English pub. Hearty food such as Shepherd's Pie, Bangers and Mash and Fish and Chips, but don't pass up the Black Bean Soup as a starter or with a Caesar salad to make a meal. And, the Black Lab has ten beers on tap and many say pours the best Black and Tan around. There is a generous selection of single malt whiskeys as well. Continuous service from lunch through dinner. Come to dine or just sit at the bar. On colder days the fireplace is always going. Moderately priced. No reservations required. 4100 Montrose, one block north of Richmond. (713) 529-1199.
LaGriglia. Upscale and Trendy. One of famed Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone's creations, the place is open, light and fun. A see-and-be-seen scene with excellent food, a great wine list and a killer dessert tray. Packed at night, but you can grab a bite at the bar and still take in the sights. Also open for lunch where the atmosphere is more business like and a great place to bring a client (hint, hint). Moderately expensive. Reservations accepted for parties of four or more. 2002 West Gray, one block east of South Shepherd. (713) 526-4700. LaGriglia 命on Scott
Ruggles 命on Scott Ruggles. Nouvelle. Generous portions are the mark of inventive chef Bruce Molzan at this Montrose fixture. Packed at night, but the wait jammed around the bar is well worth it, especially if you come hungry. Moderate to expensive. Reservations recommended. 903 Westheimer at Grant, one block east of Montrose. (713) 524-3839.
Baba Yega. Sandwiches, burgers, pastas. Open for lunch and dinner, this quaint restaurant was remodeled recently after a fire destroyed most of the original house in which it is located, but the food is still the same. And, we think they make the best Bloody Mary in town. Try the Club Sandwich, the Bacon Burger or one of the daily lunch specials and always opt for the great Potato Salad instead of chips. Inexpensive. No reservations required. 2607 Grant, 2 blocks north of Montrose. (713) 522-0042. Baba Yega 命on Scott
59 Diner 命on Scott 59 Diner. Eat Heavy! This place was Phil's Diner for over two decades until Phil retired. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is the place to go for hearty breakfasts, generous plate lunches, down home Chicken Fried Steak and shakes as "rich as your landlord". Inexpensive. No reservations. 3801 Farnahm, at the intersection of South Shepherd and Greenbriar one block north of the Southwest Freeway. (713) 523-2333.

Nightlife

Rudz 命on Scott Rudz. Serving mixed drinks and food along with a generous selection of beers, this bar features live music upstairs and remains a hangout for the serious dart player. Don't be surprised if someone skates by you, because this is one of the stops for the Urban Animals, an ad hoc group of street skaters. No cover, except for live music upstairs, and then only nominal. 2010 Waugh, two blocks north of Jackson Boulevard. (713) 521-0521.
T K Bitterman's. Sports Pub. This small and friendly bar is the place to stop by if you want to strike up a conversation at the bar or sit quietly at a table or booth and enjoy one of the best Martinis around. There is a good selection of beers, both in the bottle and on tap, as well as several choices of wine by the glass. 2010 West Alabama, two blocks east of South Shepherd. (713)529-8979. TK Bitterman's 命on Scott
Ice House 命on Scott West Alabama Ice House. Outdoor beer joint. This place is an original and they won't be making any more. Texas no longer grants liquor licenses for places that serve beer or spirits in unconfined spaces outdoors, but grand fathered-in the few that remain. In business since 1928, the Ice House serves a wide variety of beers (longnecks of course) and free hot dogs on Friday evenings. Come play horseshoes, washers, shoot a few baskets or just sit around the picnic tables and enjoy a cold one or two. Live music on Friday nights during the Spring, Summer and Fall, but never a cover charge. 1919 West Alabama, two blocks east of South Shepherd. (713) 528-6874.
Lola's. Alternative bar. Come here on Tuesdays after work, not only to take advantage of the $1.50 all-day drink specials, but to meet with friends and try to solve the world's problems. A simple selection of beers (Bud, Miller Lite, Lone Star and ZiegenBock) ensures that they are always at hand and cold. Mixed drinks are served as well, so try out a Cranberry Kamikaze or if you dare, a Mind Eraser. Bartenders Greg, Danny and Gary will take good care of you, especially if you leave a tip. 2327 Grant at Fairview. (713) 528-8342. Lola'a 命on Scott

Supplies

Texas Art 命on Scott Texas Art Supply. Houston's oldest and largest art supply store. This place has everything for the serious artist or graphic designer. 2001 Montrose. (713) 526-5221.