Bay Area dining features of 2019

Opus Ocean Grille (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)
Opus Ocean Grille (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

Opus Ocean Grille (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Tookie's Burgers (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Mediterraneo Market & Cafe (Alex Grant/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Nobi Public House (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Noon Mirch (Alex Grant/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sloppy Nick's (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sundance Grill II (Alex Grant/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Franca's Real Italian Restaurant (Alex Grant/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Pierogi Queen (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Seabrook Classic Cafe (Alex Grant/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Alamo Tamales To Go (Alex Grant/Community Impact Newspaper)
Each month, Community Impact Newspaper publishes a dining feature to highlight a local restaurant in the Bay Area. Here are the businesses we featured in 2019.

Opus Ocean Grille




Charlie Felts never saw himself in the restaurant business, but he loves it despite challenges, including losing a restaurant to Hurricane Harvey as well as his business partner and best friend, Chris Simon, in October.

Tookie's Burgers




Tookie’s Burgers has been a local staple in the Bay Area for decades, and it has gained notoriety through the years for mainstay specialty items as unusual as the restaurant’s made-up name.

Mediterraneo Market & Cafe




Just over a mile from the Johnson Space Center sits Mediterraneo Market & Cafe, a hole-in-the-wall eatery that has served Mediterranean food to astronauts, celebrities and the local community for 19 years.

Nobi Public House




One man has turned his love for craft beer into several businesses, serving dozens of different taps of locally owned brews.

Noon Mirch




Noon Mirch, which translates to “salt and pepper” in Hindi, is the name of a sleek, contemporary restaurant that has served the Bay Area with authentic Indian cuisine for 30 years.

Sloppy Nick's




Before Giorgio Floridia bought Sloppy Nick’s in League City in January, he was working for an airline in Rome. He moved to the United States specifically to take the family business under his wing, and he has no regrets.

Sundance Grill II




Sundance Grill II, tucked away in the Waterford Harbor Marina, offers the Bay Area a local waterfront tropical getaway dining experience.

Franca's Real Italian Restaurant




When the late Franco and Domenica Pignataro opened Franca's Real Italian Restaurant on NASA Parkway in 1971, it was the only restaurant for miles, and I-45 could be seen from their window.

Pierogi Queen




For customers, Pierogi Queen is one of very few places in the Greater Houston area to enjoy authentic Polish cuisine.

Seabrook Classic Cafe




For locals, Seabrook Classic Cafe has been a fixture in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Brad Emel, owner and founder of the restaurant, estimates that over 6,000 regular customers visit the restaurant at least once every month. He believes the key to his success is consistency.

Alamo Tamales To Go




For many Latinos, as soon as the weather starts cooling down and the holiday season rolls around, it is time to eat tamales.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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