Photo courtesy of City of Bellaire, Texas

Here's the latest reminder that Houston is indeed a boomtown: Two booming 'burbs have been named to a list of the richest cities in America.

Bellaire comes in at No. 2 overall in a new study by HomeSnacks.com. Pearland lands further down the list at No. 20.

HomeSnacks has been ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties, and states across America for more than five years, using data from the Census Bureau, OpenStreetMaps, the FBI, and other sources. For this year's study, the website compared 355 cities with populations of at least 5,000 people to determine where "the richest of the rich" live.

Moving up two spots from last year's rankings, Bellaire ranks second overall with a median income of $211,202 and other signifiers of affluence. The cost of living in Bellaire is 1.7 times the national average; the average home there costs around $829,400, while the area scores a perfect 10 ranking for education and housing.

Notably, the area falls 19.77 percent below the national average for crime.

Pearland residents post a median income of $107,941, per the report, with a the average home estimated at around $260,300. The suburb scores a perfect 10 for diversity and a whopping 34.97 percent lower rank for crime than the national average.

As for the richest city in Texas, that owner goes to the Dallas-area city of Southlake, which also came in at No. 1 overall on HomeSnacks list in 2022. Southlake residents enjoy a median income of $239,833, and a unemployment rate of just 2.2 percent. HomeSnacks shows the median home price for Southlake at $697,000.

Texas' top 10 richest cities for 2023 are:

1. Southlake
2. Bellaire
3. Alamo Heights
4. Lucas
5. Lakeway
6. Coppell
7. Heath
8. Highland Village
9. Bee Cave
10. Keller

Those interested can visit HomeSnacks' website to see the top 100 richest cities in Texas, download the full list and rankings, or search to see where their city came in on the list.

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Bustling Brazilian steakhouse chain lightens up with new plant-based options

Vegan News

Well, here's a twist: Fogo de Chão, the churrascuria-style restaurant concept from Brazil known for its dedication to meat, is expanding its menu in an unprecedented new direction:

They're adding tofu.

Effective immediately, the restaurant will offer new plant-based and nutrient-dense dishes, alongside an enhanced Bar Fogo beverage list that has new non-alcoholic craft cocktails made with low-proof spirits (less than 0.5% alcohol).

Fogo CEO Barry McGowan says in a release that they're responding to demand from their younger, more health-conscious customers.

"Our young and dynamic guests consider themselves food explorers who seek new culinary discoveries with each visit,” McGowan says. “For nearly 45 years we’ve had nutrient-dense and plant-forward dining options for every occasion and dietary tribe through our Market Table. With the rollout of our new dining choices and clean cocktails, we continue to offer our guests the variety and discoveries they crave while doing it in a wholesome and flavorful way.”

The Market Table is their famed salad bar, which has sated many a vegetarian diner or else those just not up for the whole skewered meat thing that is a trademark of Fogo and other churrascuria-style places.

Two new plant-based innovations will join Fogo's existing Vegetarian and Pescatarian dishes such as the Cauliflower Steak, and will be available on the main dining menu available for lunch, brunch, and dinner as an alternative to the Full Churrasco Experience, as follows:

  • Seared Tofu with Miso Black Bean Pasta - Chimichurri-marinated tofu served atop black bean pasta sautéed with green onion, Napa cabbage, pickled onions and carrot ginger-miso dressing. Vegan and gluten-free.
  • Roasted Power Vegetable Bowl - Roasted eggplant, marinated mushrooms, roasted zucchini, asparagus, and baby peppers served with chimichurri spinach rice. Vegan and gluten-free.

togo power bowlRoasted Power Vegetable Bowl at Fogo de Chao.Courtesy of Fogo de Chao

They're also rolling out new dishes on the Market Table which for the past 45 years has showcased nutrient-dense and flavorful choices including seasonal salads, micro greens, natural and plant-based proteins, imported charcuterie, and more.

New items on the Market Table are as follows:

  • Spring Hummus - Fresh hummus blended with herbs, roasted garlic and citrus, topped with radish, fresh mint, edamame, and olive oil.
  • Baby Kale & Mango Salad - Fresh baby kale, Napa cabbage, red radish and mango, tossed in a lime honey dressing.
  • Miso Black Bean Pasta - Gluten-free black bean pasta tossed with green onion, Napa cabbage, pickled onions and carrot ginger-miso dressing.
  • Apple Manchego Salad - Granny Smith apples and Manchego cheese tossed with honey, cracked pepper and black mission figs.
  • Power Greens - A seasonal mix of vitamin-rich greens, fresh herbs and micro-shoots

The Bar
The Bar Fogo menu now features five new cocktails, including three made with Clean Co’s non-alcoholic spirits with less than 0.5% alcohol, as follows:

  • Yellowbird - Desolas Mezcal, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Cointreau, La Marca Prosecco
  • Espresso Martini - Diplomatico Reserva Rum, Caffe Borghetti and Licor 43
  • Clean Cosmo - CleanCo V (Vodka) Apple, Cranberry, Fresh Lemon
  • CleanR Sour - CleanCo R (Rum), Passionfruit, Pineapple, Aquafaba, Bitters
  • Clean Cucumber Martini - CleanCo V (Vodka) Apple, Cucumber, Basil, Lemon Twist

Founded in southern Brazil in 1979, Fogo has eight locations across Texas including three in the Houston area: Friendswood, Westheimer, and The Woodlands.

Venerated English rock singer Peter Gabriel adds Houston date to long-awaited 2023 tour

Bring the Sledgehammer

English rock singer Peter Gabriel has added 13 new North American cities to his worldwide "i/o - The Tour," including a stop here at Toyota Center on Saturday, October 21.

The massive tour, Gabriel's first solo jaunt since the "Back to Front Tour" that took place from late 2012 to early 2014, kicks off in Krakow, Poland on May 18. The Houston concert will be one of the three final dates on the 48-city tour, alongside Austin on October 18 and Dallas on October 19.

The tour is in support of the new album, i/o, Gabriel's first new release since 2011. Although an exact date for the album's release has not been announced, new music from the album is being released on the full moon of each month in 2023; the now-available song for March is called "Playing For Time."

On the tour, fans will get to see Gabriel playing new material from the new album, as well as hits, fan favorites, and the unexpected. Gabriel will be joined by regular bandmates Tony Levin, David Rhodes, and Manu Katché.

Gabriel got his start as the original lead singer of the band Genesis, with which he released six albums in the early 1970s. He left for a solo career in 1975, releasing his first album in 1977. The pinnacle of his career came with the 1986 album So, which contained the indelible hits "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," and "Don't Give Up" with Kate Bush.

The general onsale for the newly added shows will start on Friday, March 24 at 10 am at LiveNation.com. Fans will have access to a special presale through Peter’s Fan Club mailing list, starting on Tuesday, March 21.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in the U.S. beginning on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 am until Thursday, March 23 at 6 pm through the Citi Entertainment program.

Fans can also purchase VIP packages, which may include premium tickets, access to the pre-show lounge, limited edition gift items, and more

Peter Gabriel - i/o – The Tour North American Dates

  • September 8 Quebec City, Quebec Videotron Centre
  • September 9 Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Tire Centre
  • September 11 Toronto, Ontario Scotiabank Arena
  • September 13 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
  • September 14 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden
  • September 16 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center
  • September 18 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
  • September 20 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 22 Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center – NEW SHOW
  • September 23 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 25 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 27 Cleveland, Ohio Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse – NEW SHOW
  • September 29 Detroit, Michigan Little Caesars Arena – NEW SHOW
  • September 30 Chicago, Illinois United Center
  • October 2 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum – NEW SHOW
  • October 3 St. Paul , Minnesota Xcel Energy Center – NEW SHOW
  • October 7 Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena
  • October 8 Seattle, Washington Climate Pledge Arena
  • October 11 San Francisco, California Chase Center
  • October 13 Los Angeles, California Kia Forum
  • October 14 Palm Springs, California Acrisure Arena – NEW SHOW
  • October 16 Denver , Colorado Ball Arena – NEW SHOW
  • October 18 Austin, Texas Moody Center – NEW SHOW
  • October 19 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center – NEW SHOW
  • October 21 Houston, Texas Toyota Center – NEW SHOW

Elegant Miami-inspired 'entertainment restaurant' and nightlife spot in Upper Kirby vibes with new dinner service

hit your stride

Houston’s latest establishment that blends a restaurant with a nightclub has opened its doors. Se7en has begun dinner service next to Pinstripes at The Kirby Collection mixed-use development (3300 Kirby Dr.).

In press materials, Se7en describes itself as “Houston’s first true service-oriented entertainment restaurant,” but it can also be seen as part of the larger “vibe dining” trend that includes restaurants such as Bisou and Ciel where elegant food gets combined with a lively atmosphere that includes DJs, musicians, and dancers.

More directly, Se7en takes its inspiration from Miami restaurants such as Bâoli and Sexy Fish. It also continues the legacy of the bars that operated on the property before The Kirby Collection was built.

“We look forward to crafting an experience that will breathe life back into the nightlife on Kirby Drive,” Seven Hospitality Group partner Frank Edosomwan said in a statement. “The idea of Se7en was conceptualized back in 2019, and we have wanted nothing more than to add our unique flair and exclusivity to the neighborhood for Houstonians and tourists who want to dine with us.”

They’ll be dining on a menu that offers both sushi and Mediterranean cuisine. Meals could start with pieces of nigiri or a sushi roll such as the Se7en (toro, salmon, hamachi, prawn, and madai that are topped with caviar). On the Mediterranean side, starters include hummus, scallop crudo with caviar and truffle, beef kebabs, and grilled octopus.

Entree choices include tenderloin shish kebab, king salmon with herb salsa, vegan fried bulgur with mushrooms and peas, and a 30-day dry-aged New York strip. They can be paired with one of three sides: grilled asparagus with garlic yogurt, french fries, or beluga lentils.

Se7en’s cocktail menu includes drinks named for each of the seven deadly sins as well as a few other riffs on classics. Select spirits are also available as individual pours or whole bottles. The wine list offers more than 20 by-the-glass options and more than 80 bottles.

Chef and culinary director Erhan Özkaya brings experience from Miami restaurants such as The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Wynwood Diner, and Joia Beach Club. General manager Shaun Stockton comes to Se7en after stints at Truluck’s, Vic & Anthony’s, and Brenner’s.

“When you go to Miami, this is the norm. People want to be entertained while they dine, but they don’t want to go to a club. It mixes all of that into one venue.” Edosomwan told CultureMap last year.

“Our goal is that when folks come to Houston, they want to come to Se7en. Celebrities, VIPs, this is where they want to be. We want to operate at a high level.”

Se7en restaurant sushi roll

Photo by Leah Wilson

The Se7en roll.