Houston's best Final Four food and drink deals

Final Four Food & Drink Deals

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Sports fans across the country will be paying attention to Houston this weekend, as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four tips off at NRG Stadium. Although neither the University of Houston Cougars nor the Texas Longhorns made it to this point in the tournament, basketball fans can still look forward to some fantastic games.

Houston bars and restaurants are getting into the Final Four spirit with food and drink specials that run all weekend. Peruse the list below for food and drink specials, extended hours, and the chance to meet Youtube’s favorite pizza reviewer.

Angel Share HTX, the charitably-minded bar near Market Square, will be offering up discounted drinks whether you attend the Final Four or watch it at their spot — think $6 frozens and $2 Jell-O shots. Either way, they’ve got big pictures of Betty White and Dolly Parton in the back, for those who feel like appreciating. 4 pm.

Biggio’s, the sports bar at downtown’s Marriott Marquis hotel, will have burgers, nachos, wings, refreshing cocktails, and more than 20 beers on tap. The sleek, two-level bar/restaurant combines a lively atmosphere with more than 30 screens for catching every minute. 11 am.

8th Wonder Brewery has reinstalled the 1971 NCAA Men's Championship basketball court flooring from the Astrodome in their taproom. Fans are encouraged to have a Cougar Paw Red Ale, the unofficial beer of the University of Houston Cougars. Noon.

Feges BBQ will be showing all games during business hours on the projectors at its Spring Branch location. Come enjoy beer specials, smoked chicken wings, cracklin' nachos, and other surprise specials. 11 am.

Finn Hall, the downtown food hall, is mad for basketball, and will be extending its hours for the Final Four this weekend. At this hub, sports fans can watch the game and also enjoy a variety of culinary delights ranging from barbecue and burgers to Mexican cuisine and bento boxes. 7:30 am.

Heights & Co. has a large patio, televisions, great food and a very lengthy cocktail, beer and wine list. Enjoy a number of shareables like charcuterie and cheese selections, queso, spinach & artichoke dip and more. Noon.

Kirby Ice House will welcome sports/pop-culture empire Barstool Sports to its door. Founder Dave Portnoy and Big Cat will be broadcasting live on Friday and Saturday, leading up to the Final Four games. 5 pm (1 pm Saturday).

Patterson Park will screen games on its 40 HD TVs. Look for drink specials like Shoot for a Shot: those who make two free throws in a row score their first drink on the house. Boasting a 5,000-square-foot outdoor deck, treehouse vibes, and sweeping skyline views, this dog-friendly and bike-friendly Heights bar always offers a 10-percent discount to those who roll up on their bicycles.

The Rustic is giving fans an opportunity to watch the Final Four in a fun atmosphere. On Saturday, both Rustic locations in Houston will hold watch parties with the first game between FAU and San Diego St. 5 p.m.

The Savoy has daily happy hours, a weekend brunch, and big party plans for the Final Four. That starts with $1 wings, $5 frozens, and other specials. Expect the massive patio to be bustling all weekend. 4 pm (11 am Saturday).

Tacos a Go Go will give free queso to anyone who brings a ticket stub from a Final Four game. The offer is good at all five Houston-area locations.

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Rice Village District opens doors to 3 stylish stops for fashionable ladies and gents

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Rice Village District is now home to three new tenants that will move into the former Gap store space with their unique offerings. Luminary Lifestyle, Gorjana, and Mizzen+Main are set to bring fresh shopping experiences to the already vibrant retail scene. All three concepts will open their doors in early 2024.

One of the notable newcomers is Luminary Lifestyle, a women's fashion boutique hailing from Rosemary Beach. Renowned for their collections that effortlessly embody elegance and understated luxury, Luminary Lifestyle offers a curated selection of fashion and design pieces with classic appeal.

Joining Luminary Lifestyle is Gorjana, a jewelry brand rooted in the coastal aesthetics of Laguna Beach. Renowned for their laid-back yet timeless solid gold and gold-plated pieces, Gorjana specializes in necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that exude effortless style and capture the California sun-soaked lifestyle.

Completing this exciting trio is Mizzen+Main, the visionary creators behind "The Best Damn Dress Shirts" and a range of performance menswear. With their commitment to merging style and functionality, Mizzen+Main has garnered a loyal following for their high-quality garments that effortlessly transition from the boardroom to weekend adventures.

Rice Village's General Manager, Aj Jennings, says he is excited to welcome these fast-growing and philanthropic brands into the community. "It is an honor to be the home of three exceptional brands," stated Jennings. "As the Village's offerings continue to expand, we are particularly thrilled about the unique and personalized shopping experiences that these new tenants will bring to our valued customers."

The addition of Luminary Lifestyle, Gorjana, and Mizzen+Main follows a series of recent successful openings, including Bluestone Lane, Solidcore, The Rice Box, and Navy Blue.

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Luminary Lifestyle will open in early 2024.

Aggie favorite chicken fingers spot claims 3rd Houston-area outpost — and first inside the Loop

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An Aggieland favorite is coming to the River Oaks area. Layne’s Chicken Fingers has claimed the former KFC location at 2359 S Shepherd Dr.

Expected to open in late 2023, it will offer both dine-in and drive-thru service. The new restaurant will be the College Station-based establishment’s third Houston-area outpost, joining a Katy location that opened in 2021 and a Garden Oaks location that opened in February.

Layne's Chicken Fingers Carlos Martinez   Masroor Fatany    Geoff HerbertCarlos Martinez, franchisee Masroor Fatany, and Geoff Herbert.Courtesy of Layne's Chicken Fingers

The restaurant will serve Layne's tightly focused menu of chicken tenders, chicken tender sandwiches, Texas toast, crinkle-cut fries, potato salad, and milkshakes. All of its self-described "Soon to be Famous" chicken fingers are cut by hand, marinated, and breaded on-site. They can be paired with one of four dipping sauces: Layne’s Secret Sauce, described as "the perfect blend of tangy, spicy, zesty, and peppery flavors;" buttermilk ranch; barbecue; and honey mustard.

“After a wildly successful opening in the Heights, it only made sense to expand to the eclectic Montrose neighborhood,” Layne’s partner Matt O’Reilly said in a statement. “This is our first location inside the loop and we are so excited to see our restaurant expand to even more chicken lovers.”

Layne’s comes to Houston via Texas A&M alum Masroor Fatany, who also owns seven locations of The Halal Guys across the Houston area.

“This location will mark a major step for the Layne’s legacy,” Fatany added. “The demand, which was already high, has only grown ever since we opened our Heights location, so bringing Layne’s to Montrose is going to allow us to bring our delicious chicken to customers throughout Houston.”

Endless creativity of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse keeps superhero story in overdrive

Movie Review

The blast of pure fun that was 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse accomplished several goals, but none more important than reclaiming the character from being part of just the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By not participating in the never-ending connecting stories of the MCU, the filmmakers could do whatever they wanted, first and foremost using Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) instead of Peter Parker as its main character.

It was also at the forefront of multiversal storytelling that has become the rage in the MCU and elsewhere. Given the multitude of Spider characters that have existed in the comics over the years, it was uniquely suited to telling a story with people from multiple universes. That concept is taken to the nth degree with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, a film that has seemingly limitless levels of creativity.

Miles, having separated from Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), and other Spider-people at the end of the first film, is doing well as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, casually protecting people from threats big and small. But when a highly unusual villain named The Spot (Jason Schwartzman) proves especially tricky, a series of events has Miles follow Gwen into a portal where he encounters every other Spider character in existence.

Lest you think that’s hyperbole, among the people he meets are Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman (Issa Rae), Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac), Hobie Brown/Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya), Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider (Andy Samberg), and Spider-Man India (Karan Soni), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Revelations made while meeting all of them lead Miles to a whole new understanding of himself and the multiverse in general, with far-reaching consequences.

The filmmakers, once again led by writers/producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, fill the screen with so many visual elements that at times it can be overwhelming, but in the best possible way. Unlike most animated films, there are multiple different styles employed throughout, and never knowing what to expect gives the film a kineticism that borders on manic, although it always stops short of being incomprehensible.

The storytelling is much more complex this time around, no surprise since it involves so many more characters. But the personal stories of each of the Spider characters, especially Miles and Gwen, maintain a grounded nature that keeps the plot anchored even while delving into increasingly fantastical territory.

Although this film deals with some darker themes, there is still plenty of humor to be had. The intersection of so many Spider characters highlights their differences, and the way they interact can’t help but be entertaining. Miles is still a 15-year-old kid, and the way he navigates the world(s) has a lightness to it that is a sharp contrast to the various adults in his life.

Moore, who’s not as well-known as some of his co-stars, has proven to be the perfect voice for Miles, making him relatable and powerful at the same time. Everyone else gives similarly great performances, although the fact that many of them are famous for their non-voicework doesn’t really play a factor in how well they come across here.

A third film, Beyond the Spider-Verse, is teased with a cliffhanger, and unlike other franchises where multiple films are unnecessary, there are no such reservations here. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse equals the success of the first film, and there is no doubt that the filmmakers will bring the same level of attention to detail to the end of the trilogy.


Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now running in theaters.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.