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Houston’s Holiday Dining Wonderland: Restaurants, Sushi, Coffee and Sweet Treats, Oh My — the Uptown Park Escape

BY Promoted Series Correspondent // 12.19.17

This is the season for eating, drinking and making merry, and Uptown Park’s array of restaurants and lounges offers something for every taste. Whether celebrating the holidays with friends and family or picking up goodies to go, dining and sipping at Uptown Park offers ample reasons to raise a glass this season.

Dining around Uptown Park is journey for the senses, taking diners around the world with flavors from Thailand, Japan, France and the United States.

Songkran Thai Kitchen is awash in ruby red hues and dishes rich in spices. Fresh, flavorful and handmade by executive chef Junnajet “Jett” Hurapan, Songkran’s food is the perfect antidote to chilly Houston nights.

Uptown Sushi’s light and airy interiors set the stage for the colorful sushi selection that always impresses. This is Japanese fusion at its finest, and a beautiful locale for holiday get-togethers and late night catch-up sessions.

Étoile Cuisine et Bar brings a taste of France. Nestled in Uptown Park, helmed by Chef Philippe Verpiand and Monica Bui, the inviting space complements the seasonal French menu that’s classic and innovative, but never stuffy.

McCormick & Schmick’s originally hails from the American Northwest and offers diners a rotating seafood menu based on the day’s freshest catches. Dark wood paneling and cozy booths add to the ambiance, which is ideal for business events and family dinners. Meat lovers, who could do without fish, also will appreciate the extensive cuts of steak.

Looking to refuel while shopping throughout Uptown Park? Fortify at Cafe Express with fast, healthy dishes or fill up with soup and sandwiches from Potbelly Sandwich Works. Caffeine is a must, especially during the holidays, and Uptown Park’s Starbucks is the perfect coffee stop.

Uptown’s Sweeter Side

For those who appreciate life’s sweeter things, Uptown Park’s dessert havens Araya Artisan Chocolate and Crave Cupcakes bring delicious artistry.

Araya Artisan Chocolates are handcrafted in small batches following French and Belgian techniques and made from the very best chocolate in the world. Pick up a sweet treat for yourself as well as gift sets ideal for teachers, business associates, you name it. They’re also great stocking stuffers.

Crave Cupcakes has long been a favorite for birthdays, baby showers and just because, but the holiday season brings a baker’s dozen of reasons to bring home a box or two. Creative flavors sourced from around the world make Crave Cupcakes a coveted bite. Seasonal fruits from Napa Valley, dairy from Texas farms and pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla are just three reasons why people rave about Crave. The vegan, gluten and sugar-free options are three more.

If you prefer sweetness in a glass, The Tasting Room is the place to be. With more than 150 labels covering a range of prices and varietals, The Tasting Room offers wines by the glass, bottle or case. Need a last minute Christmas or hostess gift? The rotating wine selection is influenced by seasons and holidays, and the staff will recommend a wine that will shine through the season.

This is one shopping mecca where it’s all right to shop hungry. In fact, it’s a major part of the experience. Uptown Park goes far beyond your expectations to deliver dining worth getting out of your house for.

Now, that’s worthwhile shopping.

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