There’s no denying the fact I am head-over-heals in love with Rice Military. Between the delicious restaurants, beautiful places to spend time outside, and the variety of activities always going on, I would venture to say it’s the best neighborhood to live in Houston. While Rice Military “proper” is not large, there are a plethora of places to go and people to see in and around the neighborhood.
The street that defines the north boarder of Rice Military, Washington Avenue, has more restaurants and bars than you could imagine! The best part is there is a huge selection of cuisines – I’m talking Asian, Mexican, American, Mediterranean, and more. On top of that, there’s also a great selection of casual/midscale/upscale options. Truthfully, I could eat every meal on Washington Ave for a month and never get bored!
Some of my favorite restaurants on Washington Ave are:
Molina’s – A casual Mexican restaurant with “sneak-up-on-you” margaritas. 99.9 % of the time we opt to sit in the bar – the vibe in there is super laid back and easy going. You can find me 2-3 times per month at Molina’s eating the CW Special and drinking a house margarita on the rocks.
Soma – A midscale sushi restaurant with one of Oakley’s favorite rolls, the Crazy Irishman (Or has he likes to call it, the Flying Dutchman – haha!). Soma has happy hour every single day – Sunday: all day; Monday: 4:00-10:00; Tuesday – Saturday: 4:00-7:00. Their happy hour menu is one of my favorites, and I find myself always suggesting it when I’m going to dinner with my girl friends. It has a variety of appetizers, rolls, and of course, drinks!
J Black’s – A dog-friendly bar with a good menu and great outdoor seating. I love going to J Black’s on a pretty Saturday to get a few drinks. You can expect to find a bunch of young professionals celebrating the weekend with their friends and dogs! They usually have drink specials during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, so make sure to take advantage of that!
For more info on restaurants in and around Rice Military, click here!
Rice Military is right between two of the best outdoor areas in Houston – Memorial Park and Buffalo Bayou. If you find yourself with nothing to do on a beautiful afternoon, you’ll want to head on over to one of these spots.
Buffalo Bayou – Over the past few years, the city of Houston has put a lot of time and money into making Buffalo Bayou as beautiful as it is today! Not only is it beautiful, but it also has fun amenities such as a dog park, sand volleyball courts, and a skate park. The bayou trails run all the way to downtown with beautiful views of the city along the way.
Memorial Park – Never expect to be bored while at Memorial Park. It has a three-mile running loop, bike trails, playgrounds, and a public golf course. In addition to all that fun stuff, it also has a Beck’s Prime (my FAVORITE burger restaurant) with inside and outside seating. So guess what that means? You can bring your dog!
For more on good running spots in the Rice Military area, check out this post!
While I’m not at a point in life where I, personally, am thinking about schools for my future children, I have plenty of friends who are; therefore, I know this is an important factor that should be considered when gauging the awesome-ness of a neighborhood. Luckily, there are many different options for schools in and around the Rice Military area.
Public schools in Rice Military: Crockett Elementary, Harvard Elementary, Memorial Elementary, Houston Heights Learning Academy, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice High School
Private schools in Rice Military: St. Teresa Catholic School, St. Thomas High School, Trinity Lutheran School
Other schools close to Rice Military: Lamar High School, Regan High School, Love Elementary, Hogg Middle School, and Harper Alternative School
I could go on and on about all of the reasons I love living in Rice Military. It’s truly a great place to live for anyone who wants to be close to the city, but have a neighborhood atmosphere. There’s always something to do for any type of interest – if you want to shop, you have the River Oaks shopping center; if you want to join a club, go to Kung Fu on a Wednesday night and join their running club; if you want to have a nice dinner, go to Backstreet.
And there you have it - I hope you’ve had fun getting to know a little more about Rice Military! If you have any thoughts/questions, please feel free to reach out to me via any of these outlets!
This post was written by Rice Military neighbor, Kaitlin Cuevas from www.kedgotwed.com.