Houston’s Best Restaurants

As a Houston mover since 1984, All Points Moving and Storage is proud of many of the city’s unique world-class attributes — food, of course, being at the top of the list. Houston is home to over 11,000 restaurants! Sometimes referred to as America’s most dynamic food city, we have just about every type of restaurant imaginable. From African to Thai food, you will be sure to find something that satisfies your taste buds. Here are a few town favorites that you should try out!

Oxheart

Offering superb entrees featuring Texas’ favorite ingredients, Oxheart is truly a Houstonian place. Known for local and seasonal menu options, chefs at Oxheart combine traditional ingredients to create a unique twist. The relaxed service style is also unique in that the chef and cooks explain each course of a meal to guests. Also unique to Oxheart is custom utensils specially crafted by a local blade smith.

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Known for its luxurious and modern style, The Pass has a sophisticated, yet fun, atmosphere. Chefs at this unique eatery encourage guests to view ingredients in a different way and put a new twist on everyday foods. Enhancing the atmosphere is an alternative-rock soundtrack, adding an edge to the luxurious style.

Killen’s Barbeque

Barbeque cuisine is beefed up at Killen’s, literally. This new restaurant has quickly become known as a premiere destination to enjoy barbeque, especially beef. Killen’s is famous for its incredible amount of attention paid to smoking methods using different varieties of woods and techniques. The restaurant is known for long lines, but also fast service.

 

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Common Bond Café and Bakery

Common Bond Café and Bakery shares a motto “Only for All,” believing that fine cuisine should be available to everyone. The staff at this state-of-the-art bakery is well-trained and produces croissants and pastries that competes with the best of the best. With a welcoming atmosphere and critically acclaimed food, it’s no surprise that Common Bond is a town favorite.

Caracol

Caracol offers traditional coastal Mexican fare in a unique “beach getaway” setting. The restaurant seeks out the best ingredients from the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Pacific Oceans for their authentic menu. However, the menu is not limited solely to seafood. Caracol also offers several of Houston favorites including char-grilled flank steak. Known for alert service and an inviting atmosphere, Caracol has easily become a Houston favorite.

Houston is a food-lover’s paradise with countless options for even the most finicky eaters. A full list of Houston’s top 100 restaurant picks can be found at http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/top-100-restaurants/.

What to Know When Moving to Houston

Houston, Texas is the fourth largest city in the United States and continues to grow extremely fast. Thousands of people are moving to Houston every year. We want to share a few reasons why.

moving-to-houstonHouston has an incredible job market.

According to the US Bureau of Labor statistics, more jobs were created in the first half of 2013 than in any other city. Houston leads the way in both the oil and gas industry and also has strong manufacturing, technology and business industries. Houston is second only to New York City for the greatest amount of Fortune 500 companies.

The Cost of Living is Low

The housing market in Houston has remained relatively stable while housing prices in other areas of the country have increased. Housing costs are 22% below the national average and the median list price for a home is around $199,000 making moving to Houston much more affordable than other cities.

There is No State Income Tax

That’s right – no state income tax! Additionally, the state also has the lowest tax bill per household in the United States.

Educational Opportunities

The Houston area is home to several prominent school districts, prestigious colleges and universities and a diverse selection of private schools which offer great educational potential for all. The education level in the city is also among the highest in the state. Some of the top colleges in the country are located in Houston including Rice University, a private research university that ranks as the top school in Texas and as the 30th in the country.

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There are plenty of things to do and places to see in Houston including sporting events, museums and restaurants. The city is home to three professional sports teams: the Rockets, the Astros and the Texans. Houston’s Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest rodeo in the world. Not to mention that Houston is known as the “space capital of the world” and is home to Space Center Houston, NASA’s center for human spaceflight. Just about any type of food can be found in the city as Houston is home to over 11,000 restaurants. But, the town is best known for Tex-Mex cuisine.

The lower cost of living and low taxes paired with the employment boom has helped to make Houston a great place to live, learn and work. Have fun in your new city!

Learn more about Houston at http://www.atlasvanlines.com/cities/texas-tx/houston-tx/.

Houston Museum Guide

Home to its own museum district, Houston is no stranger to art. Here at All Points Moving in Houston, we support the arts and want to share a few of the best places in the city to enjoy them.

Holocaust Museum of Houston

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The Holocaust Museum of Houston presents artifacts, photographs and film footage that documents pre-war life in Europe, the Holocaust and its effects. The museum features a standing history exhibit in addition to seasonal art exhibits. The Holocaust Museum of Houston strives to educate the public about the horrors of the Holocaust and teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. In addition to its standing and temporary exhibits, the museum also displays a Holocaust-era railcar used to transport captive Jews to concentration camps and a Danish rescue boat that was used to rescue a great deal of survivors.

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum is the nation’s first weather museum. Beginning as an outreach project of the Weather Research Center, this one-of-a-kind museum contains a weather history exhibit with antique meteorology equipment, a cyclone room with its own cyclone chamber, a theater, a “weather wizard” corner with demonstrations by meteorologists and even a TV studio with a teleprompter and a green screen where guests can tape themselves delivering a weather report.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States. The museum houses a planetarium, a giant screen theater, a butterfly exhibit and a fascinating array of other exhibits featuring astronomy, earth science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more. In addition to this, the museum also maintains two additional facilities: the George Observatory which houses two of the largest telescopes in the country and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugarland.

 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the largest cultural institution in the southwest United States. The collections of the MFAH contain American art, European paintings, pre-Columbian and African gold, decorative arts and design, photography, prints and drawings, modern and contemporary painting and sculpture and Latin American art. The MFAH also contains a cinema, two research libraries and public archives.

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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Located in the heart the Museum District, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its role in modern life. Through original publications, exhibits, lectures and educational programs, CAMH dedicates itself to presenting the best and most exciting art for the public to enjoy – for free. The museum contains two galleries which offer eight to ten exhibitions annually.

For a full list of museums in Houston, visit http://houstonmuseumdistrict.org/.

Things to do in Houston – February 2014

houston-moving-companies_moving-company-houston-tx-300x300For those who have lived in or around Houston, you probably know all to well what the region has to offer. February is a
great month to be part of this world-class city, with all the things it has to offer. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and has attracted many people from around the country as well as the world.

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One great attraction during the colder months is the Kemah Boardwalk. There is so much to do here at this seaside marvel that you and kids both will find it to be a treasure. If you are moving in or around the city of Houston, then this is definitely a place to check out. It features seaside rides, restaurants and shopping that are sure to satisfy your eclectic taste for family fun.
Another great region of the city that has inspired creative thought and stimulated young minds for years now is theHouston Museum District. Talk to your friends and neighbors or go online to find others fanciful tales of great intrigue that have visited these incredible museums which include a Children’s Museum, a Holocaust Museum and a Museum of Natural Science. Don’t let any more time go by without having seen these wonderful exhibits and interactive displays that are there for you and your family.

Have you or your children ever been to a dance festival? Now in its 12th year, the Houston Dance Festival will be coming to the Wortham Dance Center from April 17-19, 2014. Dance Salad Festival founder Nancy Henderek has built her annual event by bringing many works to the U.S. and/or Houston, Texas for the first time.  For 2014, nearly all of the performances will be U.S. debuts. Several of these performances will only be seen in Houston!childrens-museum-of-houston-300x214

Also, any local Houston resident should check out the Trinity Jazz Festival at the end of January. This world-class event is something that will appeal to the tastes of many ages and gender. A cultural explosion that will come alive on the main stage and expose you to the world–class music that is welcome in nearly all cultures. There are so manythings to do in Houston, we hope you get out and enjoy a few of them!

Christmas Events in Houston, Texas | 2013

Celebrating the Christmas season in Houston is one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences you and your family can imagine. There are so
moving-to-houston-texas-christmas-2013-300x235many different themes going on around the city that kids and adults can have a winter wonderland all month long.

If you are a local Houston resident, then you may already know that the city has so much to offer young children these days that it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. If you are looking for a play or some skits, a few good options are the Country Playhouse, the Interactive Theater or even the Northwest Mall.

The Interactive Theater is currently featuring “All of the OTHER Reindeer” as an interactive experience that spotlights the reindeer in the Rudolph story, minus Rudolph of course. After all, what is Christmas time if we keep telling the same stories?

For those of you who are new to Houston, or just moving here, let us officially introduce you to our FREE Winter Wonderland walk along attraction. You and your family will enjoy amazing Christmas lighting and a dazzling display of ornaments and characters that are sure to inspire your children’s creativity for years to come. Christmas is already a special time, but when we stimulate our children’s imagination during the holiday season, it takes on a whole new meaning to them!

For those of you new to the area, let our local Houston customs engage with you and share in our traditions that make Christmas a wonderful time to be in Texas. In nearby Galveston, you can take part in the world renowned Dickens on The Strand festival with so much to offer that the world shows up to take part. It features parades and Victorian costumed characters that frequent unique vendors with some of the most interesting things to offer you and your family!

You are the lucky one! There has never been a better time to move to Houston and if you get here quick enough, we may even have time to show you around our wonderful Christmas city!