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Where to Take a Black Friday Breather in Houston

You've shopped 'til you dropped, now it's time to go some place to relax.

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Maybe you’re getting up while it’s still dark to be there for a big box store’s 4:00 a.m. opening to get the best deal. Maybe you’re taking the day to roam from one end of the Galleria to the other, looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Maybe you’re planning to shop small businesses, looking for original pieces and a personal touch. Whatever your Black Friday shopping plan, you’ll need sustenance. Check out our picks for where to refresh and recharge.

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Aura Brasserie

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From its vantage point in Sugar Land Town Square, this trendy French spot offers handmade fare and wonderful wines. Lunch and dinner are served, with an eye toward classically made dishes.

Bistro Menil

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Maybe your shopping tastes tend toward the artistic, meaning you’ve found yourself shopping museum bookstores and shops. If that’s the case, your rest stop is this Museum District address. Revive with coffee and dessert or end your shopping excursion with a healthy lunch (or dinner). Note: the eggplant “fries” are excellent – and addictive.

Croissant-Brioche

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This Rice Village café serves traditional French pastries and coffee, perfect for breakfast before you take to the boutiques. You’ll also be rewarded with savory lunch offerings if you decide to come in post-shopping.
When CityCentere gets too busy, stop at this hip Asian bistro for killer cocktails and dinner. The sushi listing is extensive and excellent. There’s a fantastic crispy duck. And the ambiance will recharge your batteries and make you feel perfectly pampered.
When you want comfort food after treasure hunting through funky Heights boutiques, this is where you come. There’s a Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich that is particularly appropriate for Black Friday post-shopping fare, and a great wet roast beef debris plate.

L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar

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Nestled in the curve connecting Montrose and Lower Westheimer, this French favorite is open continuously from lunch to dinner, with a relaxed happy hour in between (Bonus: the HH menu features Champagne and fried chicken). If you’re looking for an easy atmosphere following funky boutique shopping, this is your address.

MOD Coffee & Tea House

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If your Thanksgiving plans took you south to Galveston, or you figured you’d head down to King’s Confectionary to grab some sweets to fill stockings, this super-casual coffee spot on Post Office Street is a must-visit to refuel. Friendly staff and a particularly yummy café mocha await.

Pondicheri

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Its West Ave location makes it a great space to come in after checking out nearby Itsy Bitsy Boutique or More Than You Can Imagine, where the offering are unique and well-curated. The menu is Indian comfort fare, with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ocean Thali is a great way to sample lots of tastes and the Saag Paneer Samosa is plain great.

Sweet Paris Creperie

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Whether you opt for something savory (the chicken cabonara is great) or something sweet (warning: the nutella is to die for), this casual creperie in Rice Village is the perfect spot to take a break from hitting the stores.

The Tasting Room

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Both CityCentre and Uptown Park are Houston shopping destinations, with an array of stores for every style, taste and budget. And both locales boast TTR outposts, where you’ll find hundreds of wine to buy as gifts – as well as to sip and shake off the day.

True Food Kitchen

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The emphasis here is healthy, real foods. Filling fare such as pizzas and burgers are available, all with a good-eating twist. You’ll also find a selection of juices guaranteed to refresh.

Aura Brasserie

From its vantage point in Sugar Land Town Square, this trendy French spot offers handmade fare and wonderful wines. Lunch and dinner are served, with an eye toward classically made dishes.

Bistro Menil

Maybe your shopping tastes tend toward the artistic, meaning you’ve found yourself shopping museum bookstores and shops. If that’s the case, your rest stop is this Museum District address. Revive with coffee and dessert or end your shopping excursion with a healthy lunch (or dinner). Note: the eggplant “fries” are excellent – and addictive.

Croissant-Brioche

This Rice Village café serves traditional French pastries and coffee, perfect for breakfast before you take to the boutiques. You’ll also be rewarded with savory lunch offerings if you decide to come in post-shopping.

Kuu

When CityCentere gets too busy, stop at this hip Asian bistro for killer cocktails and dinner. The sushi listing is extensive and excellent. There’s a fantastic crispy duck. And the ambiance will recharge your batteries and make you feel perfectly pampered.

Lola

When you want comfort food after treasure hunting through funky Heights boutiques, this is where you come. There’s a Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich that is particularly appropriate for Black Friday post-shopping fare, and a great wet roast beef debris plate.

L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar

Nestled in the curve connecting Montrose and Lower Westheimer, this French favorite is open continuously from lunch to dinner, with a relaxed happy hour in between (Bonus: the HH menu features Champagne and fried chicken). If you’re looking for an easy atmosphere following funky boutique shopping, this is your address.

MOD Coffee & Tea House

If your Thanksgiving plans took you south to Galveston, or you figured you’d head down to King’s Confectionary to grab some sweets to fill stockings, this super-casual coffee spot on Post Office Street is a must-visit to refuel. Friendly staff and a particularly yummy café mocha await.

Pondicheri

Its West Ave location makes it a great space to come in after checking out nearby Itsy Bitsy Boutique or More Than You Can Imagine, where the offering are unique and well-curated. The menu is Indian comfort fare, with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ocean Thali is a great way to sample lots of tastes and the Saag Paneer Samosa is plain great.

Sweet Paris Creperie

Whether you opt for something savory (the chicken cabonara is great) or something sweet (warning: the nutella is to die for), this casual creperie in Rice Village is the perfect spot to take a break from hitting the stores.

The Tasting Room

Both CityCentre and Uptown Park are Houston shopping destinations, with an array of stores for every style, taste and budget. And both locales boast TTR outposts, where you’ll find hundreds of wine to buy as gifts – as well as to sip and shake off the day.

True Food Kitchen

The emphasis here is healthy, real foods. Filling fare such as pizzas and burgers are available, all with a good-eating twist. You’ll also find a selection of juices guaranteed to refresh.

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