By Cheval John
In the Houston area, they are thousands of restaurants and coffee shops that serve the residents that call this city home.
The interesting thing is it will take a lifetime to visit all of the restaurants in the fourth largest city in the United States of America.
The reason is that most coffee shops and restaurants don’t last for more than five years.
Every year there is a new restaurant opening within the Houston area.
And with the Super Bowl set to take place in less than a week, the city of Houston are prepared to showcase what they have to offer.
According to Visit Houston.com, an estimated two million people will descend here for the biggest event of the year.
The city has changed dramatically since hosting the Super Bowl in 2004 with the expansion of the train system and the addition of discovery green park.
With that being said, people will want to know where are the best places to eat during the super bowl festivities.
Here are some of the best restaurants and coffee shops that you will enjoy while you are here during the Super Bowl.
These restaurants and coffee shops make this list because they are houston based and some have a strong social media presence.
ToutSuite opened in 2011 with the intention of changing the east side of downtown houston.
They are located at 2001 Commerce St. near Minute Maid Park.
The company was founded by Sandy Tran and Thuy-My Luong.
ToutSuite has one of the best selections for coffee and food items.
What is truly cool about them is that they are consistently busy because most of their customers are college students who are doing their homework or studying.
Another aspect that makes them very unique is the way how they engage their audience on social media.
Their social media team consist of Roshan Bhatt, marketing coordinator and the company’s co-owner.
When I tell you that their social media is excellent, I mean it.
Each of their content on Instagram averages 400 likes and people always leave a comment.
The key driver as to why they are always getting engagement from their fans is because they consistently posts their content everyday.
Take a look at this post:
And this post here:
Though the co-owners had no intention of expanding their business, they opened a second location at 303 Memorial City because of a need to bring a coffee shop there.
And they are planning to add a co-working space to their company because they see a need for small business owners to collaborate on work related projects.
If you have the opportunity, you should visit ToutSuite.
806 Main Kitchen
This restaurant is located inside the J.W. Marriot Downtown, which opened in 2014.
The hotel occupies the historic “Carter Building,” Houston’s first skyscraper which was built in 1910.
806 Main Kitchen has a variety of food items that represents the city of Houston.
The interesting thing is that most of their customers are business professionals who work in downtown houston.
The chefs get the orders finished in a timely manner that makes it easy for the workers to enjoy their lunch hour and recharge before they go back to work.
So when you walk inside during the busy lunch hour, you will see a lot of business professionals enjoying their break time from the daily stress of working for oil and gas companies.
The only thing I would advise is to find out from the staff if the Main Kitchen will be open to anyone due to the Super Bowl festivities.
Zabak’s Mediterranean Cafe
Zabak’s Cafe has been in business since 2006.
They are located at 5901 Westheimer Road near the Galleria Mall.
The company has one of the best mediterranean foods in Houston.
What I love about this restaurant is that the ownership take care of their employees and they treasure their customers.
And their story is unique as well.
The owner’s parents immigrated to the Houston area from the Middle East and opened a restaurant that catered to other immigrants.
They have been featured in the Houston Chronicle and made Travel and Leisure’s Best Sandwiches List.
When you walk inside Zabak’s restaurant, you will sense a welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel more relaxed.
And they have no intention of expanding because they believe that they are in the right location to be extremely successful with their business.
It takes about an hour to get to their location via the Houston Metropolitan Bus 82 Route.
However, the travel will be worth it because you will enjoy their mediterranean food.
If you are staying in the Galleria area, you should stop by Zabak’s Mediterranean Cafe.
And if you need to know where else to go around downtown during the Super Bowl, you should check out,
downtownhoustonlive.com, a video guide created by Annette McBride and Laura Lea Waldusky to give visitors a video tour of what to do while they are here for the super bowl.
Did I miss any restaurants and coffee shops in this article?
What are your favorite places to eat and drink while you are in Houston?
You can leave your comment below
By Cheval John
The Sevilla Football Club (FC) made history a couple of days ago in Basel, Switzerland.
Sevilla again qualified for the UEFA Champions League season for next year.
They also have another opportunity to play for the UEFA Super Cup against the winner of the Champions League final that is set to occur next Saturday in Milan, Italy.
Some will probably not make a big deal out of Sevilla’s dominance in the Europa League because it is not as well known to the casual fan like the Champions League.
It is comparable to the fact that North Dakota State, who became the first collegiate team to win 5 consecutive national championships, because many view their competition as inferior due to the level that they play in, the Football Championship Subdivision, (FCS).
But the thing is that Sevilla is one among the most storied soccer teams in this century because they are finding ways to win tough matches.
In this year’s championship, Sevilla was down 1-0 entering the second half.
Then they scored three goals in the second half to steal the title from Liverpool.
This matchup was widely broadcast on television stations around the world especially on Fox Sports, the spanish equivalent Fox Deportes and ESPN Deportes.
For those who wanted to watch this matchup probably did not have access to these channels because they could not afford the cable channels above.
What would have happened if these sports teams give their fans a unique access to championship matchups by using the live streaming apps like Periscope and Snapchat?
I have a feeling that these sports teams would have built a stronger and deeper following like the North Carolina State Wrestling Team.
I heard of how the NC State Wrestling used periscope to give the alumni and fans access to the NCAA Wrestling Championships from Jennifer Hoverstad, livestreamer, Operations and Project Manager for 03.
That is truly awesome because the NC State wrestling team knew that most of their fans would not be able to watch them compete on ESPN3.
Also, the team listened to what the NC State alumni wanted and were able to solve the problem by giving them access to the NCAA championships.
This is why businesses should take the time to listen to what their audience want and not just try to sell to them whenever they have a chance.
When the businesses and sports teams follow the example of the NC State wrestling team and Mrs. Hoverstad, they will be one step closer to being extremely successful in their business.
By Cheval John
The most anticipated event of the year in the National Football League (NFL), the 50th SuperBowl is set to become reality tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. eastern, 3:30 p.m. pacific.
For a lot of people, this SuperBowl is the most spread out in history.
According to the Houston Chronicle‘s John McClain, the NFL’s media center headquarters is in the city and county of San Francisco, while the media day event that took place on Monday night is in San Jose, 48 miles south of San Francisco.
Another observation that Mr. McClain noted in his article for the Chronicle is that the teams who are participating in this momentous event are based in different parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Denver Broncos are practicing and staying at a hotel in the city of San Francisco.
The Carolina Panthers are practicing and staying in San Jose.
So the logistics of the whole SuperBowl events taken place in the San Francisco Bay area, are in a lot of ways a nightmare.
For veteran sports journalists like Mr. McClain, who have covered the NFL for the Houston Chronicle for 35 years, and Charean Williams, writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who is in her 22th year of covering the NFL, the travel will be challenging and at the same time fun.
As Jackie McMullan mentioned years ago during an behind the scenes of ESPN’s, “Around The Horn,” the SuperBowl is where journalists are working extremely harder because they have to cover stories like never before.
They have to showcase every angle of what is happening at the city that is hosting the SuperBowl.
In the case of this SuperBowl being held in the San Francisco Bay area, these journalists will have to travel long distances to do interviews with the football players who are participating in the SuperBowl, go to the NFL Awards show, plus go to the NFL meetings where the commissioner of the NFL address the state of the football league that he is in charge of.
One can ask, what if the 49ners was still playing their football matchups at the old CandleStick Park in the city of San Francisco, would there have been a SuperBowl in the Bay area?
I can honestly guess that the San Francisco Bay area would not have hosted the SuperBowl if the 49ners have played their home matchups in their old stadium.
But because of the newly built Levi’s Stadium in the city of Santa Clara, which has a population of over 120,000, they were able to lure the NFL to host the big matchup in their area and bring in a whole lot of revenue to their respective cities.
Plus, they will be able to gain more national and even international attention like never before.
For example, the mayor of Santa Clara, Jamie L. Matthews, was featured in the New York Times about how he will not attend the SuperBowl despite getting a free ticket.
Though it was not planned, Mr. Matthews’ “refusal” to attend the SuperBowl that is being hosted in his city, has gotten a lot of press because people were curious to know why he would turn down a free ticket when many others are paying thousands of dollars to be at the stadium.
So for those who have traveled to the San Francisco Bay area for the SuperBowl, I commend you because y’all can say that you were at the most wide-spread SuperBowl event in history.
As for the predictions of who will win the SuperBowl?
I will say that the Denver Broncos will surprise everyone and defeat the heavily favored Carolina Panthers.
And everyone else who live in the Denver area like my friend and coach, Tamara McCleary, are also believing for a Broncos win.