Wooster's Garden (Midtown)

We got to experience Wooster's Garden for my good friend, Chef Niki's, pop-up Ramen event.  I had not heard a word about Wooster's, but really loved the atmosphere!  It felt much like a biergarten.  I love biergarten's by the way.  They're so festive and so conducive for social greatness!  Love love them.  You like a dark corner?  Got it!  You like sitting at the bar?  Got it!  You like sitting outside?  Sitting in and outside at the same time?  Got it!  Got it!  Tons of variety on how you like your social outtings.  I really enjoyed the atmosphere.  I think they could probably use some help on organization.  We weren't sure if we were supposed to order at the bar or if someone was coming to us.  Other than that, we enjoyed the ramen, the sides, and the beers!   Fun night!

Best Wine Bar, Beckrew? (Upper Kirby)

I read recently somewhere that Beckcrew might be the best, current wine bar?  Well today, I decided I would find out for myself for happy hour.  Located in the former Tasting Room spot and I find I like the new mid-century modern atmosphere. And more importantly, I really liked the array of cheeses and chaucuterie spread that I walked up to!  Tasty and that blue cheese, you know I despise blue cheese, but this cheddar blue cheese was delicious!  Mostly because it didn't taste like blue cheese but had the texture and taste of cheddar.  And chorizo, it's my favorite cured meat, mm...had some of that too.  I did like most of our selections, but as the night went on, I found the items not as exciting, including the baked brie.  They also had these pickled okra, tasted like pickles but consistency like okra, I loved it!  They also have these wonderful selections of honey, never seen that before.  We tried Mike's hot spicy honey, love loved it!

When we walked in at 5pm, maybe 2 other tables were taken, but by 8pm Oscar noticed there were a ton of ladies and only 4 men in the whole joint.  So know what I'm thinking...great place to see some pretty ladies!  We had a nice time, our server and bartender was great, we enjoyed it, I will definitely be returning!  And please forgive me, my battery ran out of my camera, so must resort to the iphone.

Hearsay Gastro Lounge (Downtown)

Hearsay must have been on my to do list for the last few years and I'm just now visiting for the first time.  That's probably the longest check off I have to date.  The building itself has a ton of character.  It's a fairly small space, but super cute place.  I just love brick veneer on the inside of a space, especially if it's original.  For my meal, I just got a simple salad with goat cheese, add chicken.  It was fine, nothing special, but staff was great, and I hope to return soon and try something more extravagant, maybe.  The last photo is a piece I happen to observe in the stone implanted into the concrete in front of the restaurant...character.