Memorial Villages at a Glance

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Kathlyn Curtis

Memorial Villages

Families flock to this area just outside the loop for the schools and lovely homes with large lots. A respite from the city where residents have access to plenty of shopping and a diverse dining scene.

Kathlyn Curtis

School Spirit:

Walk your grade schoolers down a scenic stretch of Memorial Drive to  Frostwood Elementary, which sports a modern exterior of Texas limestone and brick and a nearby playground for weekend fun.  Drop off the young ones at the newly built Valley  Oaks Elementary, part of the highly reputable  Spring Branch Independent School District, which also includes   Cornerstone  Academy.    Memorial  High  School, home of the  Mustangs, offers a rigorous college prep program, along with a strong athletics program from football to lacrosse, notable alum like country singer Cory Morrow, and a nearby Starbucks for finals season!

Recreation:

The Arbor Tribute Walk along Memorial Drive is perfect for a family outing on foot. Go for bird walks at the  Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, a 17.5-acre wooded reserve along Rummel Creek. Head east on Memorial Drive for a picturesque passage to Memorial Park, home to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Take advantage of other nearby green spaces with a run on the granite jogging trail in  Moritz Pech Family Park or play a round of disc golf at Agnes Moffit Park. Be on the lookout for bike-riding families navigating the neighborhood! Shop for skateboarding essentials at Carve Skate Shop, whose knowledgeable staff can help even the very beginners.

Experience Houston s own Friday Night Lights when the Memorial High School Mustangs and the cheer squad take the field at Tully Stadium. Parents can wind down without the kids at the Shakespeare Pub (located just outside Beltway 8) while listening to live blues and zydeco music. Be sure to check out the Friday happy hour (6-8 pm) featuring The Mighty Orq, who was recently named “Best Blues Act” at the 2015 Houston Press Music Awards.

Specialty  Shopping:   

MAI  Antiques to furnish your new home, learn about landscaping at Ground Up Nursery, and if fishing runs in the family, head to  Fishing Tackle Unlimited, the self- proclaimed “World s Largest Tackle Store,” for gear and tips.

Local Eats:

Start your Saturdays (9 am-1 pm) at the  Memorial Villages Farmer’s Market where you can pick up fresh produce, prepared foods, and craft chocolates while the kids frolic on the playground. For a comfort food fix, exit off the Katy Freeway for American classics at  The Mason Jar and be sure to order the homemade jalapeno cornbread to go with your brisket at Goode Co. BBQ, which also offers convenient to-go and curbside pick-up options.

Go All-American at  The Burger Shack where all burgers come with Shack fries and a Happy Days vibe. Pick up a bottle of wine at  Spec’s for date night at BYOB-friendly  Hollister Grill, or make it your new favorite neighborhood Sunday Brunch spot. Dine under the disco ball at funky, hole-in-the-wall,  Vieng Thai which is considered one of the best for authentic Thai food by Houston’s top chefs. Instead of KFC, opt for Mexican-style chargrilled chicken for the family at  Pollo Regio. Foodies rave about the taco truck scene on Long Point Road, including standouts like Ultimo Taco Truck and El Norteno. Hit the ATM before starting the hunt for your family’s favorite tacos.

Global Groceries:

Sample authentic Polish fare at  Polonia before shopping next door at the Polish Food Store for delicacies to take home. Asian supermarket chain, 99 Ranch, boasts a bakery, prepared foods, and the popular LA Crawfish for trying crawdads done Vietnamese style.   For a Korean cuisine immersion, make a trip to H-Mart for kimchi samples and a food court featuring hearty ramen and Korean fried chicken.

Antiquing and Beer Drinking:

Head to Hempstead Highway and hunt for antiques and oddities at Thompsons Antique Center of Texas. This massive space is filled with vendor stalls featuring record collections, cowboy boots, and collectibles galore. Time your treasure hunt to take the tour offered by nearby  Karbach Brewing Company which also has a restaurant on premises if you’ve worked up an appetite during your quest for curios. If you prefer a mocktail, be on the lookout for the small fruit stand on Hempstead Highway for a refreshing coco frio stop.

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The Memorial Villages at a Glance

presented by

presented by

Kathlyn Curtis

Memorial Villages

Families flock to this area just outside the loop for the schools and lovely homes with large lots. A respite from the city where residents have access to plenty of shopping and a diverse dining scene.

Kathlyn Curtis

School Spirit:

Walk your grade schoolers down a scenic stretch of Memorial Drive to  Frostwood Elementary, which sports a modern exterior of Texas limestone and brick and a nearby playground for weekend fun.  Drop off the young ones at the newly built Valley  Oaks Elementary, part of the highly reputable  Spring Branch Independent School District, which also includes   Cornerstone  Academy.    Memorial  High  School, home of the  Mustangs, offers a rigorous college prep program, along with a strong athletics program from football to lacrosse, notable alum like country singer Cory Morrow, and a nearby Starbucks for finals season!

Recreation:

The Arbor Tribute Walk along Memorial Drive is perfect for a family outing on foot. Go for bird walks at the  Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, a 17.5-acre wooded reserve along Rummel Creek. Head east on Memorial Drive for a picturesque passage to Memorial Park, home to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Take advantage of other nearby green spaces with a run on the granite jogging trail in  Moritz Pech Family Park or play a round of disc golf at Agnes Moffit Park. Be on the lookout for bike-riding families navigating the neighborhood! Shop for skateboarding essentials at Carve Skate Shop, whose knowledgeable staff can help even the very beginners.

Experience Houston s own Friday Night Lights when the Memorial High School Mustangs and the cheer squad take the field at Tully Stadium. Parents can wind down without the kids at the Shakespeare Pub (located just outside Beltway 8) while listening to live blues and zydeco music. Be sure to check out the Friday happy hour (6-8 pm) featuring The Mighty Orq, who was recently named “Best Blues Act” at the 2015 Houston Press Music Awards.

Specialty  Shopping:   

MAI  Antiques to furnish your new home, learn about landscaping at Ground Up Nursery, and if fishing runs in the family, head to  Fishing Tackle Unlimited, the self- proclaimed “World s Largest Tackle Store,” for gear and tips.

Local Eats:

Start your Saturdays (9 am-1 pm) at the  Memorial Villages Farmer’s Market where you can pick up fresh produce, prepared foods, and craft chocolates while the kids frolic on the playground. For a comfort food fix, exit off the Katy Freeway for American classics at  The Mason Jar and be sure to order the homemade jalapeno cornbread to go with your brisket at Goode Co. BBQ, which also offers convenient to-go and curbside pick-up options.

Go All-American at  The Burger Shack where all burgers come with Shack fries and a Happy Days vibe. Pick up a bottle of wine at  Spec’s for date night at BYOB-friendly  Hollister Grill, or make it your new favorite neighborhood Sunday Brunch spot. Dine under the disco ball at funky, hole-in-the-wall,  Vieng Thai which is considered one of the best for authentic Thai food by Houston’s top chefs. Instead of KFC, opt for Mexican-style chargrilled chicken for the family at  Pollo Regio. Foodies rave about the taco truck scene on Long Point Road, including standouts like Ultimo Taco Truck and El Norteno. Hit the ATM before starting the hunt for your family’s favorite tacos.

Global Groceries:

Sample authentic Polish fare at  Polonia before shopping next door at the Polish Food Store for delicacies to take home. Asian supermarket chain, 99 Ranch, boasts a bakery, prepared foods, and the popular LA Crawfish for trying crawdads done Vietnamese style.   For a Korean cuisine immersion, make a trip to H-Mart for kimchi samples and a food court featuring hearty ramen and Korean fried chicken.

Antiquing and Beer Drinking:

Head to Hempstead Highway and hunt for antiques and oddities at Thompsons Antique Center of Texas. This massive space is filled with vendor stalls featuring record collections, cowboy boots, and collectibles galore. Time your treasure hunt to take the tour offered by nearby  Karbach Brewing Company which also has a restaurant on premises if you’ve worked up an appetite during your quest for curios. If you prefer a mocktail, be on the lookout for the small fruit stand on Hempstead Highway for a refreshing coco frio stop.

For more information on Houston neighborhoods and home values, please contact Kathlyn at kat@whyilovehouston.com.

Or to download this page (with links), please click here.

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