We love to share on our blog places that are some of Houston’s best kept secrets, and Simone on Sunset is just one of those places. Let me start by saying that I am completely obsessed with their truffle/parmesan popcorn (although the blue cheese popcorn is equally fabulous).
Simone on Sunset is the kind of neighborhood gathering for spirits, wine and bites in the Rice Village area that we’ve been waiting for. Inviting and friendly, urban-cozy Simone on Sunset is a place where you can exhale, visit with friends and meet new faces. As far as attire, you’d be equally comfortable coming in gym clothes as you would be in black tie. It’s one of those places that you could go by yourself and have no problem striking up an interesting conversation with someone else.
Nestled in one of the charming brick bungalows along Sunset Boulevard in Rice Village (between Morningside and Kelvin), Simone on Sunset features great ambience both inside and on their patio, served up with an array of boutique wines and specialty beers, with the list changing regularly. I find the handcrafted light fixtures made from early period light bulbs and the changing art collection to be particularly charming. It can be tricky to find as there is not a sign on the street, which only adds to its “only the cool people know about it” feel. Also, because it is essentially on a residential street parking can be tricky, so be sure to pay attention to signage. The patio is super dog friendly with water bowls and dog treats for their furry patrons. It also has a beautiful water feature created by the owner, Kristen Powell along with an herb garden.
Things get changed up through out the week: Monday is Burger Night (only $8 for a 1/2 # burger), Thursday is night steak night which is very popular so get there early, Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4 to 8 with $5 selected whites and reds, $3 well cocktails, and $1 off beer. Sundays features $5 mimosas. They have an awesome signature drink, The Dingo which is along the lines of a frozen mimosa made with Prosecco topped off with sparking Shiraz and a sprig of mint. The Pimm’s Cup (my favorite) and the Basillica are also great summertime cocktail choices.