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How did your favorite eatery rank in 2015?

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Download the Restaurant Scores from 2015 (.pdf)


Mardi Gras! Galveston Kicks Off This Weekend

719e81ac-e774-4ed0-bfa8-d55e9c8bf559.jpgThe Island’s 105th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held January 29 – February 9, 2016, is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. From the classic revelry found in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district – where the bulk of festivities take place – to electronic dance parties and family friendly events and parades, Mardi Gras! Galveston offers excitement everyone can enjoy.

Let the good times roll with Galveston.com‘s comprehensive guide to Mardi Gras events, music, & fun!

Jimmy Changa’s slated to open in Pearland in July

JCSignJimmy Changa’s, which specializes in “Authentic Mexican Food,” is coming to Pearland this summer.

The chain, which currently has locations in Katy, League City and Pasadena, will be located at 3515 Business Center Dr. The site is marked by a sign with “Jimmy Changa,” a little, brown monkey, smiling at passers-by.

The franchise, which is already five years old, is part of the Gringo’s family, which celebrated 23 years in business in January.

Jimmy Changa’s began in 2011 because Gringo’s owner, Russell Ybarra, had so many ideas that he wanted to try, but didn’t want to mess up Gringo’s “well-oiled machine,” said VP of Marketing Heather McKeon.

“A restaurant location came up for sale in Pasadena at a good price,” said McKeon. “It was the right time for us to explore what else we could do, so the first Jimmy Changa’s opened that year, and it has grown and flourished ever since.”

Jimmy Changa’s uses tried-and-true recipes from Gringo’s, but offers a different menu and adds a little difference to some of the old favorites, such as the Mexican rice. They also make their tortilla chips in-house and offer rotisserie chicken cooked all day on Jimmy Changa’s giant rotisserie. A larger salad menu, such as the Shrimp and Mango Tostada Salad, is offered.

Jimmy Changa’s will keep some old favorites, such as free ice cream, but will add new amenities, such as a kids’ playground and Jimmy Changa’s merchandise.

“The guest is the backbone of our business,” said McKeon. “We want to keep what our customer base loves about Gringo’s, but make it different enough so that you know you’re not eating at Gringo’s.”

The Pearland Jimmy Changa’s location is expected to open in July. To view the menu, merchandise or to download a Jimmy Changa’s coloring book, visit FreshMexFun.com.

Adult Reading Center Seeks Volunteers for Gala



Our 13th Annual Red Hat Literacy Luncheon is fast approaching on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 and we could use volunteers for our planning committee. For more info, email jessica.peterson@adultreadingcenter.org or call the Center at 281-485-1000.

Dionisio Wine Fest Seeks Sponsors

logoThe 5th Annual Pearland Wine and Food Festival by Dionisio Winery will take place in the Pearland Town Center Pavilion, located at 11200 W Broadway St. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. The Festival features one day of Texas-based wineries showcasing red, white and fruit wines along with local food and music.

Sponsorships are being accepted now! You and your guests will be treated to Award-winning Texas wines, shop vendors, music and dancing under our private pavilion.

Your donation includes: Public recognition of your sponsorship, tickets for you and your guests for entry to the pavilion and the opportunity to post signage/advertising around the festival grounds.

Last year our festival had over 2,000 attendees. This year, to increase festival-goers (anticipation of 3,000 attendees), we plan to add a VIP dinner event on Friday night featuring wines from all 10 participating wineries. Additionally, we plan to continue to support more Pearland owed businesses as SHOP/FOOD vendors.

In-kind donations are also highly appreciated. These sponsorships consist of a donation of a certain products or services instead of a financial contribution. We are also in need of door prize sponsors. Please contact Clarice for more information. This donation would be needed by March 31, 2016.


Clarice Nelson-Aranda

Dionisio Winery Manager

(713) 408-3680


Save the Date: 2016 5th Annual Pearland Wine & Food Festival by Dionisio Winery


logoCelebrate Wine and Food! The 5th Annual Pearland Wine and Food Festival by Dionisio Winery will take place in the Pearland Town Center Pavilion, located at 11200 W Broadway St. The Festival features one day of Texas-based wineries showcasing red, white and fruit wines along with local food and music on Saturday, August 27 2015.

Wine and Food enthusiasts are invited to attend this Texas-style event featuring Texas wineries showcasing top, award-winning wines, local foods, shop vendors and more!

The event is open to ages 21 and up and will happen rain or shine.  $30 admission includes your 5th Annual Pearland Wine and Food Festival admission, 10 Tasting tickets, plus a commemorative wine glass and a wristband. Additional tasting tickets are available at the event for $1.00 each.

Dionisio Winery comes home to Pearland

arandaPearland resident Jimmy Aranda is moving his Dionisio Winery from downtown Houston to Pearland.

After an extensive search, and with the help of City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Winery will now be located at 2635 Miller Ranch Road #103, Pearland 77584.

Along with wine production, the Winery will feature a tasting room, tours and a VIP area for private parties and corporate meetings.

“I am so happy to be bringing Dionisio to Pearland,” said Aranda. “I live here, and my kids will go to school here. I am pleased to be able to enhance the community and bring it a step closer to a Destination City.”

logoFeaturing the popular fruit wines, such as Green Apple Riesling, Peach Chardonnay and Black Cherry Pinot Noir, Dionisio has a wine for every palate. Bottles, as well as glasses of wine, will be available for purchase.

Aranda expects to have a Grand Opening event in February, introducing the community to the unique tastes of Dionisio Wines.

For more information, visit DionisioWinery.com.

BAKFISH Brewing Co Set to Open in Pearland

Pearland will soon be home to its first microbrewery with the anticipated January opening of BAKFISH Brewing Company located at 1231 Broadway Street. Two years ago, a casual conversation over beers between co-owners Brian Allen and Kris Szecsy about brewpub law changes emerged as a full-fledged effort to open their new business.

bakfish ownersLeaving their full time careers – a chemist in the oil and gas industry for Kris and business development in aviation for Brian, the BAKFISH name derived simply from their initials “B” and “K” with “fish” added as an homage to Kris’ background in marine biology plus the emphasis of being located on the Gulf Coast.

Brian, a native Pearlander, conducted a bit of research only to find the Houston area south of Loop 610 is underserved for brewpubs and soon after their Pearland location was born.

With over 8,000 square feet, BAKFISH Brewing Company will offer 5 core beers including a blonde, wit, brown porter, single IPA and double IPA plus seasonals. A 20-gallon pilot system will allow Head Brewer Kris an opportunity to test new products.

While Kris focuses on perfecting brews and testing new products, Brian manages the front of the house including the 3,200+ square feet of space available fbakfish beer kegor private events, 2,000 square foot tap room plus 1,200+ square feet in the actual brewery. With a seating capacity of 200, the duo plans to offer a variety of events to draw visitors including food trucks, game night, partnerships with biking and fitness enthusiasts and more.  BAKFISH is pet-friendly and kid-friendly.

The duo says right now they have verbal commitments from various local dining and drinking establishments to carry their product.

“We’re very excited to be part of the Pearland community and look forward to rolling out a few events to celebrate including two soft openings before our official ribbon cutting ceremony,” says Brian Allen co-owner of BAKFISH Brewing Company.

Source: Pearland CVB

NYE Happenings in Pearland

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? Here’s a list of local offerings:

  • King’s Biergarten: Bottomless Champagne, (3) Courses, Live Music, and All New Year party favors provided. Join us for a true celebration, we’re open till 2am. Plus, we’ll feature “Lucky Bavarian” Rabbit Stew.  (Reservations Recommended)
  • Two Dogs Saloon: The main menu for New Year’s Eve is Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. We will have snack foods also. If you would like to bring something to add to the food table that would be great! We will also have a driver to take you home, if necessary. So ride a cab or have someone drop you off and we will make sure you get home safe!! He will be working for tips.
  • Grazia Italian Kitchen: Grazia Italian Kitchen is excited to offer up a night to remember. Activities will start at 8pm. The evening will consist of a live band, dancing, a 4 course special dinner prepared by Chef Steve, and a 2016 midnight countdown featuring a champagne toast. As always, we will still offer our regular dine-in menu; however, in order to guarantee your spot, reservations for the New Year’s Eve celebration are strongly recommended, as well as we will be accepting reservations for all party sizes; 8PM-1AM; $90 Per Person***CC Confirmation Required to RSVP; Email: management@graziaitaliankitchen.com; Store: 832.230.8873

Peña’s Donut Heaven & Grill Expands with Second Location

penas-300x250Pearland’s donut guru Ray Peña announces plans to expand on the success of his widely-known Peña’s Donut Heaven & Grill to include a second location. Set to open summer 2016 at 10555 Pearland Parkway, the new location will feature some of the more popular items Peña is known for along with a few surprises.

With a larger footprint sized at over 2,700 square feet, the new location places Peña closer to his initial roots where his first restaurant opened in 1996 near the Sagemont community. Guests will find top sellers including a la carte breakfast items including donuts, the cronut, kolaches, and tacos paired with a few new signature dishes.

Still in development, Peña is perfecting recipes for new dishes along the lines of shrimp & grits and chicken & waffles.   A line of coffees by Katz Coffee will be featured as well. Lunch service will include specialty hamburgers and milkshakes.

According to Peña, “the new location will become a premiere breakfast destination and continue to build on our philosophy of delivering local flavor…honoring our Mom and Pop approach to the business.”

Peña’s son Ryan will be at the helm of the new restaurant working alongside his father Ray to hone his skills. Peña is currently collaborating with a notable architect to design plans for the new place.

IMG_2693For now, guests can indulge in the Christmas themed donuts which have been flying off the shelf since their release at the current Pearland location at 11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy, Ste 103 and of course many of the dishes that have put Peña’s Donut Heaven and Grill on the map.



Source: Pearland CVB

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