Support Your Favorite Local Restaurant!!

April 9th, 2020

Juicy burger from Jackie’s Brickhouse in Kemah.

AMERICAN

1. Jackie’s Brickhouse

1053 Marina Bay Dr, Kemah, TX

(832) 864-2459

jackiesbrickhouse.com

2. Red Oak Cafe

6011 W Main St a106, League City, TX

(832) 905-3150

redoakcafe.com

3. South Shore Grille

2800 Marina Bay Dr, League City, TX

(281) 334-7700

soshoregrille.com

4. T-Bone Tom’s

707 TX-146, Kemah, TX

(281) 334-2133

tbonetoms.com

5. Cabo Bar & Grill

2513 NASA Rd. 1, Seabrook, TX

(281) 532-2691

caboclearlake.com

6. Hubcap Grill

1918 E NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX

(281) 339-7116

hubcapgrill.com

7. Opus Bistro & Steakhouse

South Shore Blvd, League City, TX

(281) 334-5225

opusbistro.net

Michiru Sushi creates artful, delicious plates.

 ASIAN

1. 888 Chinese

16744 El Camino Real, Houston, TX

(281) 990-8888

http://www.888chinesetx.com

2. Masa Sushi

977 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX

(281) 486-9888

masasushitexas.com

3. Michiru Sushi

20911 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(281) 338-9988

michirusushi.com

4. Noon & Mirch: Cuisine of India

505 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX

5. Ocean Sushi 

3020 Marina Bay Dr Suite A2, League City, TX

(281) 957-9122

oceansushigrill.com

6. Kemah Cafe

1201 TX-146, Kemah, TX

(281) 535-9405

kemahcafe.com

7. Oriental Gourmet Express

1354 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX

(281) 335-4567

orientalgourmetexpresstogo.com

Mouthwatering BBQ from Dickinson BBQ

BARBEQUE

1. Dickinson BBQ 

2111 FM 517 Rd E, Dickinson, TX

(281) 534-2500

dickinsonbbq.com

2. Pappas Delta Blues

19901 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(281) 332-0024

pappasdeltablues.com

3. Red River BBQ

1911 E Main St Suite B, League City, TX

(281) 332-8086

www.redriverbbq.com

Jazzy Shrimp Trio from BB’s Tex-Orleans.

CAJUN

1. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack

310 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX

(281) 334-5000

crazyalanswampshack.com

2. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood

20760 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(281) 332-7474

floydswebster.com

3. BB’s Tex-Orleans

1039 Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX

(281) 767-9644

bbstexorleans.com

4. Marais

2015 FM 517 Rd E, Dickinson, TX

(281) 534-1986

www.maraistx.com

Glorious pizza from Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant.

ITALIAN

1. Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta

400 Bay Area Blvd A, Webster, TX

(281) 332-2404

angelospizza-pasta.com

2. Gio’s Flying Pizza & Pasta

650 FM 517 W. Dickinson, TX

(281) 337-0107

giosflyingpizza.com

3. Franca’s Real Italian

1101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX

(281) 488-2207

francasrealitalian.com

4. Dan’s Pizza

15148 TX-3, Webster, TX

(281) 480-9700

danspizzaco.com

Some of the Bay Area’s best gyros are at Mediterraneo Market and Cafe.

MEDITERRANEAN

1. Bakkhus Taverna

605 6th St, Kemah, TX

(281) 538-1800

bakkhustaverna.com

2. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe

18033 Upper Bay Rd, Houston, TX

(281) 333-3180

mediterraneomarket.com

3. Sawa Mediterranean

16608 El Camino Real, Houston, TX

(281) 990-0817

sawarestaurantgrill.com

4. Sokols Greek Deli & Cafe

2410 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX

(281) 286-2989

sokolsgreekcafe.com

Taco Tuesday at El Tiempo Cantina.

MEXICAN/TEX MEX

1. El Tiempo Cantina

20237 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(713) 802-1580

eltiempocantina.com

2. Habanero’s Tacos

1908 Hialeah Dr #2, Seabrook, TX

(281) 474-4400

habanerostacos.com

3. Las Haciendas

1020 W. Nasa Rd 1, Webster, TX 77598

281-557-3500

lashaciendasgrill.com

4. Red River Cantina

1911 E Main St Suite A, League City, TX 77573

281-557-8156

redrivercantina.com

5. Escalante’s Fine Tex-Mex & Tequila

1043 W. Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598

281-316-6980

escalantes.net

Crab legs from Tookie’s Seafood in Seabrook.

SEAFOOD

1. Gilhooley’s Oyster Bar

222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539

(281) 339-3813

2. Tookie’s Seafood

1106 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook, TX

(281) 942-9445

tookiesseafood.com

3. Topwater Grill

815 Avenue O, San Leon, TX

(281) 339-1232

topwatergrill.com

4. Sundance Grill II

800 Mariners Dr, Kemah, TX

(281) 535-5350

sundance-grill.com

5. Schafer’s Coastal Bar & Grille

1002 Aspen Rd, Clear Lake Shores, TX

(281) 532-6860

schaferscoastalbarandgrille.com

Clear Lake Chatter

March 30th, 2020

Executive Leadership Team members Brandy Gates, Sarah Ferguson, Karen Keesler, Emmeline Dodd and Kimberly Fleming, from left, get together to lend a hand with preparations for the Go Red for Women Luncheon benefitting the American Heart Association.

Sea of Red raises $275,000 for Heart Association

YOU HAVE TO admit it — there’s nothing quite like walking into a hotel and seeing hundreds of women dressed in red. And men wearing red ties.

But, while hotel guests might have been puzzled, we all know it was the American Heart Association’s 2020 Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

And, not only did the 480 attending present a beautiful sea of red, they raised $265,000 to help fight heart disease — $40,000 more than last year’s $225,000 — with Chairman Wendy Drapela and Survivor Champion Amy Doherty joining AHA officials Michelle Stoddard and Macy Osoria in welcoming the arriving crowd that included Cindy Harreld DeWease, Barbara Clariday, Sheree Frede, Michelle Holland, Kim Woods, Jana Reed, Sarah FergusonJill Reason, Karen McCorkle, Jill Lammers, Brandy Gates and Emmeline Dodd.

In fact, Emmeline was one of five women selected to tell their story of their fight with heart disease. Others were Eva Baker, Brandi Arnold, Alma Solis and Meloney Bean.

Go Red for Women 2020 Chairman Wendy Drapela, right, and Survivor Champion Amy Doherty await the arriving crowd for this year’s luncheon.

Also recognized were members of the Circle of Red – Tamara Baker, Meloney Bean, Mike and Sherri Belsley, Martha Bowles, Tami Brantley McEwen, Kippy Caraway, Jonathan Cottrell, Rita Cunningham, Lance and Laurie Dahse, Emmeline Dodd, Wendy Drapela, Lila Fass, Anita Fogtman, Jerry Foyt, Kimberly Fleming, Michelle Jacobs, Stephen Jones, Yvette Jones, Jill Lammers, Karen and Mark Keesler,  Misty Killebrew, Michael and Ann Wismer Landolt, Holly Lilley, Dinah Matthews, Joan McKinney, Dr. Monte Orahood, Greg and Pam Ploss, Theressa Riggs, Dr. Amber Shamburger, Wendy Shaw, Gretchen Sheehan, Marilyn Sims, Randy Stine, Jim Sweeney, Darcy Whatley, Matthew and Angie Weinman, Mary Williams and Keely Wood.

KPRC Ch. 2’s Jonathan Martinez served as emcee and also took time to thank Event Committee members for their many contributions – Teresa Vencil, Sandy Adams, Teresa Provis, Laurie Dahse, Mary Williams, Donna Orozco, Valerie Blumfield, Jill Reason, Meloney Bean, Darcy Santana, Dinah Matthews, Kelli Reddinger, Stephanie Rice, Amy Doherty and Kim McFate.

UHCL President Dr. Ira Blake, from left, says hello to Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell and, seated, League City Mayor Pat Hallisey.

 

League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and his wife Janice and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid were in the massive crowd, as were Congressman Randy Weber and his wife, Brenda; State Sen. Larry Taylor, State Rep. Dennis Paul, BAHEP President Bob Mitchell and his wife, Joan; Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith and CCISD Trustees Dr.Laura DuPont and Win Weber, with CCISD Communications Director Elaina Polsen; attorney Becky Reitz, Cheryl Maultsby, Rebecca Lilley, Ashlea Quinonez, Karen Reed, Jim and Jane Sweeney, Kelly Williams, Kimberly Halliburton, Kaci Hanson, Laurie Wood, Brandy Taylor, Vickie Brown, Kay Smith, Eric and Megan Green, Rick Clapp, Chris Premont, and Drs. Matthew Higgs, Hannah Dineen, Roxanne Edrington and Ann Haggard. Plus a few hundred more.

Space Center Rotary members get together for a photo with honoree Suzi Howe, in red, as the event comes to an end.

Rotarians celebrate Suzi Howe’s honor

Bill and Suzi Howe take part in the Rotary ceremony at Palms Event Center celebrating her appointment to the 2020-21 Rotary International Board of Directors.

SUZI HOWE, a member of Space Center Rotary Club in Clear Lake, was honored Feb. 16 when some 200 Rotarians from all over the Houston area gathered at the Palms Event Center on the Gulf Freeway to celebrate her appointment to the Rotary International Board of Directors.

 Howe, who lives in Friendswood, is a former president of the Space Center club and a former Rotary district governor, who is always busy with Rotary activities.

 “Rotary has a million or so members all around the world, and to be chosen to serve on the 20-member Rotary International Board of Directors is quite an honor,” Rotary District Governor-elect Scott Rainey, a past president of the Clear Lake club, said.

 “We were both amazed and shocked when you think of the size of Rotary but could not think of a more deserving member,” Assistant District Governor Nancy Anderson added.

 Rotary District 5890 hosted the celebratory event honoring her as an incoming Rotary International director for the 2020 – 2022 Rotary years. A special guest was David L. Shaw, a founding member of Space Center Rotary nearly 66 years ago on Aug. 6, 1954.

 State Rep. Dennis Paul presented her with a flag that flew over the Texas State Capital in her honor, while Kippy Caraway presented a proclamation signed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring Feb. 16 Suzi Howe Day in the Bayou City and Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman came with a proclamation he signed also declaring Suzi Howe Day in his city — as Suzi’s husband Bill, also a Rotarian, looked on with pride.

Howe, a former owner of South Shore Montessori School in League City and a graduate of the University of Kansas, has spent much of the past several years working with Rotary committees and their projects.

Her selection couldn’t come at a better time — Houston will host the Rotary International Convention June 4 – 8, 2022.

Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman, left, says hello to State Rep. Dennis Paul and his wife, Eliza, as they arrive at the Palms Event Center for the party honoring Suzi Howe.

 

 Some of the local Rotarians in the crowd were Club President Mike Porterfield and his wife, Cindy; Wayne and Marilyn Musial, Delia Stephens, Mary Alys Cherry, Adrienne and Dr. Vissett Sun, Gary Johnson, Bill Geissler, Raymond Moore, Nancy and Robert Anderson, Alan and Gaye Wylie, Scott Rainey, Rev. Steve Oglesbee, Stan Galanski, Darryl Smith, Madella Williams, Randy Straach, Michael Holt, Bob Anderson, Jim Saxe and Dennis and Eliza Paul.

SH 146 Expansion – Lane and Channel Closures

April 10th, 2019

LANE CLOSURES

Motorists can expect the following lane closures over the next several weeks. Uniformed police officers may be onsite to assist with the closures if needed.

SH 146 southbound outside lane at the NASA Parkway intersection will be closed April 10 through April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. This closure is to create a work zone for demolition activities.

SH 146 southbound outside lane on the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge) will be closed every Sunday through Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night beginning on April 14 and continuing for approximately four weeks (weather permitting).

CHANNEL CLOSURE

Please take note of upcoming impacts to the Clear Creek Channel navigable waterway under the (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge). The closures listed below have been approved by TxDOT and the U.S. Coast Guard and are necessary for the construction of the SH146 expansion project.

The north (inbound) channel, directly under the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge), will be completely closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019.  This closure will be in place continuously for approximately one month.

  • This closure will allow the contractor to remove the existing fender system so they can begin constructing new bridge foundations. The south (outbound channel) will not be obstructed by other work on the SH146 project while this closure is in place.
  • Please be advised that the south (outbound) channel will have two-way traffic during this time.
  • Message boards have been placed on both approaches to the channel to assist with notifying approaching vessels.
  • The closure will consist of two barges side-by-side within the channel

The south (outbound) channel, directly under the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge), will be completely closed beginning immediately after the previous north (inbound) channel closure is removed.  This closure will be in place continuously for approximately one and a half months.

  • This closure will allow the contractor to remove the existing fender system and begin driving concrete piles for new bridge foundations.
  • Additional notifications will be posted and sent once the specific start date for this closure is known.

Additional closures, including short-term (12 hours to 48 hours depending on approval) full closures will continue to take place throughout the SH146 project as both sides of the existing bridge are widened and a new express bridge is constructed. Notifications will be sent prior to future closures.

 

This SH 146 Update was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Information about the SH 146 Expansion can be found at www.sh146.com.

Experience Galveston Bay’s Best: Seamah™ Texas

September 1st, 2018

By Sumer Dene

Seamah™ is the name coined by locals of the two thriving coastal towns, Seabrook and Kemah. The towns are separated by a canal that joins the Galveston Bay with the brackish waters of Clear Lake. It’s vast waterways, canals and bayou inlets snake through Seabrook and Kemah neighborhoods making this recreational area the country’s 3rd largest boating community. This coastal area offers a most unique experience in boating, with its waterfront hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, marinas and yacht clubs.

The gulf coast marine is booming with new business. The area features several quality marinas and clubs to enjoy boating, yachting and fishing. At the Endeavor Marina they maintain your boat indoors and offer high-end concierge service. This service makes it easy for you and your family to go out on the water, worry free. All you need to do is call ahead and experienced staff will prepare your boat for you. They fuel and stock your boat with ice, beverages and all of the amenities by the time you arrive for your leisurely cruise.

Seamah’s™ landmark is Lakewood Yacht Club, a beautiful private yacht club nestled on Clear Lake. The club is ranked in the top ten best yacht clubs in America. Lakewood Yacht Club has over 300 boat slips in all sizes. It’s a charming and gorgeous place to eat great food, drink cold beverages and cocktails, socialize by the pool and enjoy the bay life. It provides members exciting regattas, sailing lessons and many social and water activities. Lakewood Yacht Club serves lunch and dining and a mouth-watering Sunday champagne brunch. This is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful waterfront lifestyle.

The Kemah Boardwalk is the ultimate waterfront amusement park with fine and casual dining, theme rides and seasonal events. There’s always a festival with live entertainment taking place in Seamah™. It was named one of the top 10 boardwalks in the country. You can enjoy fireworks and evening concerts all summer long. “Rock the Dock” features a live concert on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. and fireworks begins every Friday night at 9:30 p.m. Bring your family out for a boat ride on the large speedboat the “Beast”or choose the “Fantasea,” the largest charter yacht on the Gulf Coast. Come unwind and relax with your entire family. Experience the best in dining and sightseeing Seamah™ has to offer.

Plan to stay overnight to enjoy the Kemah Boardwalk Inn. This quaint boutique hotel offers a variety of services with your own private balcony overlooking the scenic Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Bay.

The colorful Aquarium Restaurant gives you and your family a total marine experience. Come explore and discover the deep sea mysteries and many ecosystems.

Their bar and restaurant has a 50,000 gallon tank filled with various aquatic life such as sharks, rays and fish found in Galveston Bay. The aquarium includes a rainforest exhibit with piranhas, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas and much more as well as guided tours and numerous hands-on educational programs. Experience the stingray reef where you can get up close and personal with the mystical creatures of the sea.

If you have an adventurous side, explore Galveston Bay on a 3-hour luxurious sunset dinner cruise. This private charter boat is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or get together with friends. Windward Sea Adventures is recognized by the American Sailing Association and offers sailing lessons no matter your prior experience. Pine Gully Park has a fishing pier on Galveston Bay and overlooks the Great Texas Coastal birding trails. Take your family fishing and watch migrant birds in their natural habitat at this remarkable restored wetland.

Seamah™ is known for its fresh quality seafood establishments. People come from all over Texas to shop at the local family-owned markets. Rose’s, Emery’s Baybrooks and Golden Seafood all have a view of Galveston Bay. They are some of the largest distributors in the seafood industry in the United States and Mexico. You can enjoy a Raw Bar experience with live music and food and drinks on an outdoor deck at the Swamp Shack, Sam’s Boat or Outriggers Restaurant. Another noted eatery is The Classic Cafe’ which serves homestyle seafood and carries many delicious desserts, homemade cakes and pies. A must is to take your family out for fine dining and gorgeous views at The Flying Dutchman, Landry’s or at Villa Capri. Seamah™ is the place to experience a waterfront lifestyle at its best. Seabrook’s seafood houses feature the freshest quality seafood such as Gulf Coast fish, shrimp, oysters, crawfish and more served year-round. Come to Seamah,™ Texas. You will not be dissapointed.

Miss Kemah Pageant, Simply Amazin’!

July 1st, 2018

By Rick Clapp

The 2018 Miss Kemah Pageant was a huge success and a big financial gain for the City of Kemah, Landry’s, Kemah Boardwalk and many local restaurants and clubs.

This year’s contestants were incredibly beautiful and so smart. The Bay Area Houston Magazine and Gulf Coast Mariner were proud to sponsor this prestigious event for the 12th year.

This fun filled event included a contestants preview on Friday at the Kemah Community Center, a delicious brunch cruise on the Fantasea Yacht with the ladies, parents, sponsors and supporters. The fitness contest was held on the cruise and the winners received trophies and gift certificates from the Bay Group and were presented by myself, Rick Clapp, and the “real Ms. Kemah,” Kelly Williams.

Graci Guilbeaux was crowned the 2018 Miss Kemah Teen and Erin Wilrich was crowned Miss Kemah at the Clear Falls High School auditorium in front of a large crowd. Congrats to the winners and all contestants. Especially Bay Group Media’s Blaine Ochoa as one of the contestants.

Special thanks goes to Kemah Mayor Carl Joiner and his lovely wife, Jim Whitecotton, Tillman Fertitta, Bryn Carden, Stephanie Ludwig, Nancy Gonzales and all sponsors and volunteers who made this event a success.

Again, Kudos to the beauty maven, Kelly Williams.

Kemah enlarging its City Hall

April 1st, 2018

Rendering of the completed Kemah City Hall project

Kemah City Hall soon will be much larger and wearing a new look.

The $1.7 million project includes renovation of the current 6,541 square foot facility and building a 3,834 square foot addition to it. Work got underway in late February after City Council gave its approval and the city hosted a ground-breaking ceremony with its construction contractor, Durotech, at City Hall.

When the current City Hall building opened in 1996, officials expected it to provide adequate space for the foreseeable future. But since then the Kemah Boardwalk, amusements, and restaurants have significantly increased the number of out-of-town visitors to the once quiet fishing village.

“Back when City Hall opened, we didn’t even have a city administrator, and not all that many visitors. That’s all changed,” Mayor Carl Joiner said.

One direct result of Kemah’s growth in tourism has been a related increase in the size of the Kemah Police Department to serve both the city’s year-round population and its millions of visitors. Currently the police department is spread out over two floors, with few of its various offices adjacent to one another. Three officers work in a separate metal building in the parking lot behind city hall.

“Right now, we are very crowded and only have a 35-square-foot hallway that doubles as a report writing area,” Police Chief Chris Reed said of his department’s office inside city hall. “Having little space and being spread out hampers our communication.”

Increases in police staffing and in other departments to accommodate these changes have made the renovation and expansion necessary, he added.
Upon completion, the new Kemah City Hall, as envisioned, will boast 10,375 square feet of space.