Before the show or after the show enjoy some of the other fringey establishments in Houston’s historic East End. We encourage you to patronize any and all of the businesses below. Grab a hot dog, rita, enchilada, beer, or all of the above and to refuel for more Fringe!
Places to Eat:
Houston East End’s has many affordable eateries that are in the vicinity of Frenetic Theater, The Barn, and Super Happy Fun Land. Below are a few recommended establishments for food and beverages during regular business hours.
Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road, 77023, (713) 923-4277 bohemeos.com
Bohemeo’s is a popular East End restaurant and beer garden that frequently hosts live music in the evenings. Bohemeo’s outdoor patio is a great place to socialize and enjoy a meal just minutes away from Frenetic Theater. Key menu items include locally roasted coffee, beer and wine options, and health-conscious food options, including fish and veggie tacos, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas.
Kanomwan, 736 ½ Telephone Road, 77023, (713) 923-4230Kanomwan is located in the same pavilion as Bohemeo’s. Kanomwan is a BYOB Thai restaurant that specializes in spicy curries. Locals like to indulge in a Thai tea and an appetizer before digging into one of its classic entrees. Some consider Kanomwan the most authentic Thai restaurant in the city.
Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation Boulevard, 77003 ninfas.com
The Navigation restaurant is the original location of the popular Mexican food chain. Located literally down the street from Frenetic Theater, Ninfa’s is many Houstonians’ restaurant of choice for beef fajitas and frozen margaritas.
Mandola’s Deli, 4105 Leeland Street, 77023, (713) 223-5183 mandolasdeli.com
Mandola’s Deli has been serving tasty Italian and deli-style sandwiches since 1975. Mandola’s also serves soups, salads, and a variety of appetizers, including fried calamari, fried lasagna bites, mozzarella sticks, bruschetta, Italian-style sausage, and Sicilian-style pizza.
Moontower Inn, 3004 Canal Street, 77003, (832) 969-1934 damngoodfoodcoldassbeer.com/
Moontower Inn is one of the best places in the neighborhood for a casual meal and beer. Moontower specializes in wild game hotdogs, so if you’ve never tried a wild boar sausage, this would be the place to have one. There’s also more than 60 beers on tap, including several locally brewed options.
Champ-Burger, 304 Sampson Street, 77003, (713) 227-2094 champburger.net
Last year Champ-Burger celebrated 50 years of being in business. When you try one of their burgers, made from 1/3 pound of fresh prime ground chuck, you’ll know why. From 7-10:30 a.m., Champ-Burger also serves breakfast sandwiches and breakfast tacos.
El Jardin Mexican Restaurant, 7849 Harrisburg, 77012, (713) 921-3633 eljardinhouston.com
Another popular Mexican food, option, El Jardin has the typical menu items, plus an assortment of exotic seafood entrees. The restaurant also offers parillas, large fajita platter options with your choice of meat. It’s the perfect meal to split with a team of your new Fringe Festival friends.
Places to Drink:
Voodoo Queen, 322 Milby Street, 77003, (713) 555-5666
Voodoo Queen is a dive bar concept from the Moontower Inn team (see Places to Eat). While Moontower offers the best beer options in the East End, Voodoo Queen specializes in tiki-style drinks and rum-based cocktails. On Sundays, their brunch special is $5 chicken and waffles, along with $3 mimosas and micheladas.
D & W Lounge, 911 Milby Street, 77023, (713) 226-7039
D & W Lounge was named Houston’s Best Dive Bar of 2013 by Houston Press. It’s a strictly beer establishment, but makes for an even better spot to people watch. On the weekends, D & W brings in local bands and DJs for a wide-range of live music.
The White Swan Live, 4419 Navigation Boulevard, 77011, (713) 923-2837
The White Swan Live is walking distance from Frenetic Theater and features live music every night of the we