Best of the Bay Winners

May 1st, 2018

The Best of the Bay Awards were announced at a highly attended and anticipated ceremony at Water’s Edge Venue on March 22. The 2017 winners, voted by you, are:

Best Asian Cuisine: Merlion
Best Auto Repair: Space Center Auto
Best Bank: Allegiance Bank
Best Bartender: Sarah – Volcano Room
Best BBQ: Dickinson BBQ
Best Breakfast: Pelican Grill
Best Brunch: Sundance Grill II
Best Burger: Tookie’s
Best Cajun: Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
Best Car Dealer – domestic: Norman Frede Chevrolet
Best Car Dealer – foreign: Ron Carter Hyundai
Best Credit Union: JSC FCU
Best Café: Seabrook Classic Cafe
Best City to Live: League City
Best Contractor/Remodeler: Maverick Remodeling
Best Dentist: Tie – Dr. Farid Noie and Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Best Entertainment Spot – Jackie’s Brickhouse
Best Entertainment Venue: Kemah Boardwalk
Best Family Restaurant: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Gift Shop: Spruce Flowers and Home
Best Hair Salon: Brazil N Drops
Best Hair Stylist: Bonnie Wolcott – Heist
Best Hospital: Houston Methodist St. John
Best Italian: Grazia Italian Kitchen
Best Local Entertainer: Tie – Mickey Hobbs and Claudio Sereni
Best Luxury Car: Ron Carter Cadillac
Best Margarita: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Marina: South Shore Harbour
Best Mexican: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Oysters: Gilhooley’s
Best Pizza: Dan’s Pizza Co.
Best Pub: Scotty’s Pub
Best Realtor: Kimberly Harding
Best Resale Shop: Assistance League of the Bay Area
Most Romantic Restaurant: Opus Bistro
Best Seafood: Topwater Grill
Best Steak: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Sushi: Michiru Sushi
Best Web Design: Big Splash Web Design
Best Wine Bar: Chelsea Wine Bar
Best Women’s Apparel: The Clotheshorse
Best Women’s Boutique: Back Bay Boutique
Best Yacht Club: Lakewood Yacht Club

21st Annual Best of the Bay Awards to be announced March 22

March 15th, 2018


A stunning view of Clear Lake at Water’s Edge Venue.

The votes have been tallied and the people have spoken! Bay Area Houston Magazine will announce the winners of the 2017 Best of the Bay Awards on Thursday, March 22 at Water’s Edge venue in El Lago.

After every year, our readers vote on their favorite business, restaurant, professional or establishment, and we recognize them during a fantastic celebration. This year’s awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Water’s Edge Venue, a premiere waterfront location on Clear Lake. Guests are sure to enjoy the lavish 5,000 square foot interior, a lakeview 2,500 square foot patio and two fully stocked bars.

Entertainment includes dancing and music from piano virtuoso Claudio Sereni and the smooth vocals of Mickey Hobbs. Enjoy hor d’oeuvres and samplings from many of the area’s finest restaurants, including Sawa, Marais, Tookie’s Seafood, Angelo’s, El Tiempo Cantina, Dickinson BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Flowers from Spruce Floral and Home, and décor from One Stop Tents & Events will adorn the venue.

Don’t miss this highly anticipated event, a Clear Lake favorite! RSVPs are mandatory and can be made to 281-474-5875 or by email to Click here for directions.

The lavish interior of Water’s Edge Venue.

The Bay Group Goes Hollywood

January 1st, 2018

Bay Group’s Rick Clapp and Robyn Weigelt with some of the cast at Lakewood Yacht Club.

The Bay Group, Inc., publishers of the popular Bay Area Houston and Gulf Coast Mariner Magazines, are proud to announce their Hollywood movie ventures with BIC Magazine and Cactus Films.

Bay Group President and CEO Rick Clapp has signed movie production agreements with two film companies. They will produce an inspirational movie in conjunction with BIC President, CEO and Producer Earl Heard of Baton Rouge, La., and Producer John Zapalac of Houston. The inspirational movie “Urban Country” will air in the spring of 2018. The film features well known stars such as Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason London.

In support of Cactus Films, The Bay Group also will produce Bo Brinkman’s “The Bay House,” presently being filmed in Seabrook. It was originally a play by playwright Brinkman and featured off Broadway with high acclaims. Look for academy nominated actress Lesley Ann Warren, Barry Corbin, James Callis and a great supporting cast.

Gilhooley’s owner Misho Ivic, center, with cast and crew.

The film is to be released in late 2018. Also, the ever popular Raz Halili of Prestige Oysters, a Hurricane Harvey hero, is scheduled to have a part in the film that was shot at Gilhooley’s in San Leon.

“The Bay House” means a great deal to our Bay Area especially after the Hurricane Harvey disaster. “It will not only help us economically but enhance our community’s image worldwide. We have actors, film crews, extras, etc. spending money locally on food, lodging, buying local, gas, supporting restaurants, entertainment you name it,” Clapp says. “My goal has always been to help our Bay Area communities’ image and our economic development.”

Lesley Ann Warren on screen.

“It’s awesome to come back from L.A. and produce a film in my hometown,” Brinkman said.

A special thanks, Clapp said, goes to Earl Heard, John Zapalac, Thomas Brisko, Cactus Films, Bo Brinkman, The Halili Family of Prestige Oysters, the City of Seabrook, Tim Leppard, Hal Bushnell, Barry Strickland and many others who made this film possible during difficult financial times.

Look for “The Bay House” on the screen. Like they say in Hollywood…Break a Leg.

Prestige Oyster’s Raz Halili (#rescuebae) reads for his role.

Introducing Bay Area Houston Magazine’s Bayus the Ghost Gourmet!

April 8th, 2017

Bayus the Ghost Gourmet wants to hear from you!

Send Bayus a review of a restaurant and the meal or drink you had and you could be entered to win a dinner/lunch for two at a local Bay Area Houston restaurant! Your review will also be featured in our magazine.

Just email the following information to or comment below:

  • Your name
  • The restaurant’s name
  • A brief description of the restaurant and the meal/drink you had
  • A photo of your meal or drink (preferred but not required)
  • Your phone number or email address so we can contact if you win a gift certificate

We look forward to receiving your reviews!

YOUR 2016 Best of the Bay Award Winners

April 1st, 2017

You voted and we listened! Congratulations to all of this year’s Best of the Bay winners.

Best Mortgage
JSC Federal Credit Union

Best Auto Repair
Space Center Automotive

Best Credit Union
JSC Federal Credit Union

Best Café
Classic Café

Best Bank
Allegiance Bank

Best Hair Salon
Salon Vivid

Best Stylist
Meghan Scott

Best Bartender
Caleen Worthen (Merlion)

Best Pub/Bar

Local Entertainer – TIE
• Mickey Hobbs
• Claudio

Best Brunch
Lakewood Yacht Club

Best Seafood
Tookies Seafood

Best Steak
Killen’s Steakhouse

Best Sushi
Michiru Sushi

Best Pizza
Mod Pizza

Best Italian
Frenchie’s Italian  Restaurant

Best Mexican

Best Cajun
Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar

Best Asian

Best BBQ
Dickinson BBQ & Steakhouse

Most Romantic
Opus Bistro

Best Family Restaurant
T-Bone Tom’s

Best Burger
Hubcap Grill

Best Margarita
Mr. Sombrero

Best Contractor
Maverick Remodeling

Best Health Club/Gym
South Shore Fitness Center

Best Spa
Dreamcatcher Spa

Best Realtor
Kimberly Harding

Best Women’s Apparel
Back Bay Boutique

Best Dentist
Dr. Farid Noie

Best Entertainment Spot
Kemah Boardwalk

Best Ladies Boutique
Clothes Horse

Best Yacht Club
Lakewood Yacht Club

Best Physician
Dr. Nadir Ali

Best Surgeon
Shaun Holt

Best Marina
South Shore Harbour Marina

Best City to Live
League City

Best Massage Therapist
Lisa Pulieri – Oasis

Best Web Design
Big Splash Web Design

Best Vision Center
South Shore Eye Center

Best Gift Shop
Glass Mermaids

Best Home Builder
Bayway Homes

Best Wine Bar
Chelsea Wine Bar

Best Restaurant Entertainment
Signatures Restaurant & Pub

Best Furniture Store
Rustic Design Company

Best Breakfast
Skipper’s Greek Cafe

Best Car Dealer – Domestic
Ron Carter Cadillac

Best Car Dealer – Foreign
Ron Carter Hyundai

Best Oysters

Best Private School
Bay Area Christian School

Best Resale shop
Assistance League

Best Hospital
Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Bay Area Houston Magazine and YourTownTV Announce their Media Partnership

September 1st, 2016

Erin Webb

Erin Webb

Erin Webb, president of YourTownTV and  Rick Clapp, owner and CEO of Bay Group Media, publishers of Bay Area Houston Magazine and Gulf Coast Mariner, announce their partnership to bring Bay Area Houston businesses the best in print advertising along with the option of full service web solutions for advertising and promotions.

YourTownTV is a full service media company. Owner Erin Webb has an extensive background in video production, web site design, marketing, public speaking and more.  Her team consists of talented, hardworking individuals who are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure your project is delivered to you on time and to your satisfaction.

The partnership offers a full range of options for companies both big and small, profit and non-profit.  Erin Webb believes in the power of social media marketing and the many benefits it offers businesses in the way of Search Engine Optimization, or “getting found on the first page of Google, Yahoo and Bing!”

Here are just a few of the services the partnership now offers clientele:

  • Marketing Videos
  • Employee Training / Orientation Videos
  • Safety Videos
  • TV Commercials
  • YouTube Videos
  • Exhibit Booth Looping Videos
  • Video Presentations
  • Online Talk Shows
  • Online Video Advertising

YourTownTV uses state-of-the-art video production equipment and editing software to achieve the most professional look for your video needs. A five-star video production can be an excellent tool for selling any product, service or idea. Through the variety of services and experienced, creative staff, you’re certain to get an excellent video product.

Erin Webb is a nationwide media expert, who has been connecting businesses, people and products for over a decade. With 15 years of experience in media, account management, sales, public speaking and networking, Webb provides professionals with the tools they need to increase clientele. Her multiple customer service awards for outstanding performance is a testament to her talents. She has cultivated partnerships with organizations such as TxDOT, Bayer, League City Regional Chamber, and Bay Area Houston CVB, to name a few. Webb leads a Young Professionals Committee and volunteers her time with several non-profit organizations.

To schedule a free consultation regarding video options call Patty Kane at 281-204-9576 or email