Recently, in this column we discussed the explosion of activity on the Washington Avenue and now it seems as if the growth is rapidly spreading. In a good way. Check out some more new places in the neighborhood. (I've included links to websites when available.)
This place is opened across the street from The Lot and Pearl Bar. The 4000 block of Washington. Looking for a great Irish bar? Try this one. I hear the bartender is actually Irish!
This is in the old Daily Grind Cafe on Washington. I never thought that place would go.
Shepherd and Durham
This is actually the Durham side, but there is access from the Shepherd side as well. The Rare Bar shares the building with Bliss Salon. Nice Car.
Block 7 Wine Company
This could be interesting. The location is just South of Washington on the East side of Shepherd. Used to be an appliance warehouse of some kind. These pictures are already a tad old as a large porch was on the front last time I passed. From the website, it looks like the place is designed to take on all comers from the Houston Wine Merchant to Cova, just up the road. I might have an in with these guys, I'll let you know what I turn up. This is excitinig.
This is where the old Mak Chin used to be. (Anything will be better than that place.) Crawfish, Oysters, Crabs and Suds. It is supposed to be more family friendly than the bikes might imply, but I really liked the shot. This is the West side. The East side backs up to Washington with a patio.
Pagoda Vietnamese Bistro and Bar
This place is really tucked away. It's on the East side of Shepherd but nestled of the road. This picture was taken from the Cadillac Bar parking lot facing South. Looks like a fun and quaint little place. Read the marquee. $5 martini Wednesdays. That alone is reason to check out The Pagoda.