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Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

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Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

Well let me just say, this city is way too big for me to sort out on my own....

I'm in the northwest area, energy corridor, near Addics and the Bear Park, or so I'm told.

I don't want to venture anywhere near downtown!

Here for a while, so need help please....

1.) best coffee, preferably not a chain

2.) best bakery, or desserts

3.) best pizza delivery, prefer not a chain

4.) best ice cream, locally made??

5.) specialty pet shop??

6.) health food store, are sprouts and whole foods all there is??

Thanks for any help to my overwhelmed brain.

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1. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

Honestly, with the specificity of your needs, I would not use TripAdvisor. For local favorites and ratings, I personally use sites like yelp and urbanspoon much more (both have apps). I mean, the majority of the board participants here, save the DE's, are not locals - while at yelp, the majority are locals. Then, I cross reference the entertainment/dining sections of houstonpress, chron, eater, and maybe texasmonthly (all .com)... I say this as a transplant who last year spent almost 60 days at the Homewood Suites Energy Corridor. I spent the majority of my time heading east/west on I-10 (Memorial, Katy), with an occasional run north or south on TX6. BTW, for local fare/shops, try Rice Village and the Heights - not as far as downtown.

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2. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

Technically, you are considered the west Houston area, not northwest.

For ice cream, you need Blue Bell. It can be found anywhere.

Welcome to Houston!

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3. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

If you are staying in a hotel, ask the front desk people for some suggestions for that specific area. If you are here for a work-related stay, ask some of your colleagues for their local recommendations. And it's probably Bear Creek Park, just so you know.

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4. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

I haven't been to this area for awhile, but I can say that this list is pretty good, though by no mean complete.

urbanspoon.com/n/…Energy-Corridor-restaurants

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5. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

http://www.amysicecreams.com/houston Amy's ice cream if you are going to the Rice Village area.

Whole foods and Sprouts are great!

Edited: 01 July 2014, 21:09
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6. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

As others have mentioned, you are in West Houston. That is the area along Interstate 10, outside the Beltway (Sam Houston Tollway). NW Houston is more along the 290 corridor.

You want to stay out of downtown, but are you willing to venture "inside the loop"? "The Loop" or 610 is more likely to provide the independent things you are searching for. The suburbs outside the Beltway are wrought with chain restaurants.

There is a Pizza place that my friends tell me is good - and it's near you. It's called Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana.

For coffee, venture into the loop to Blacksmith on Westheimer.

For ice Cream, try Hanks or Amy's. For Gelato, venture over to Montrose to Sweetcup Gelato. It's made fresh daily & flavors are posted on their facebook page,

Rocky and Maggie's Pet Shop in Rice Village (Owned by "The Little Couple")

There are several Farmers Markets as well as the health food stores.

Houston has a wealth of things to do - but you will have to travel into the city for a lot of them.

Edited: 02 July 2014, 21:11
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7. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

Thank you all so very much for all the help!!!

I always come here for help, get better answers than just reading elsewhere.

Here for house sitting, so no coworkers other than the dogs to ask.

I suppose the loop would be fine, just not downtown downtown.

Thanks for the clarification on my location, everything is so far spread out.

I did venture to the whole foods on Westheimer, wow basically turned into a whole day trip.

Rice Village sounds interesting, will give it a try.

Will look up farmers markets as well.

As for doing anything entertaining, might wait for a trip next year.... In the heat I would be limited to indoor things only. The humidity and I aren't getting along well.

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8. Re: Food help, several questions, Northwest Houston, Help Please

Farmers Markets:

http://urbanharvest.org/farmersmarkets

http://farmersmarket.rice.edu/

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