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The Highball: Karaoke Rooms, With Room For Dessert

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If you’re a fan of The Alamo Drafthouse, you’ve undoubtedly visited their sister space, The Highball. Perhaps you came in to see Dale Watson play? Maybe it was to attend a hilarious Action Pack Bingo game? Did you go for the absolutely insane karaoke rooms?

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Today, I’m talking about none of those things. If you haven’t guessed already, this is all about the food.

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They’ve got items from as little as $4 (mixed nuts) all the way up to $16 (Antonelli’s cheese plate), and everything in between. Is it just bar food? It’s more than elevated bar food.

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I came by with some other bloggers, and tried everything from roasted poblano dip with fresh, crunchy crudité to tender baby back pork ribs.  I thought we’d grab just a few small courses, but we wound up eating everything but the kitchen sink. Their herbed fries with garlic aioli was the hit of the table, and everyone raved about those ribs. Personally, I was all about that cheese plate.

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If you’re heading to The Highball for any of their always entertaining events, be sure to grab a cocktail or 3, and a snack. You won’t be disappointed.

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Dining Downtown: Stella San Jac

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I live a pretty good life, and as a blogger I’ve been to some very amazing events.

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Though all places I have visited have been incredibly kind, I do have to tip my hat to the wonderful folks at Stella San Jac for the super-cool night they gave me last night.

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The newly opened restaurant, housed in the Westin, brought a ton of local bloggers in for a happy hour with some complimentary appetizers, and even a cooking demo! (More on that later. Actually, seriously, the straight up video for you below.)

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The space was gorgeous, and the food was delish! (Who says ‘delish?’ Oh god, did I just say ‘delish?’ Sign me up for pink sweaters, and tennis lessons STAT.)

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Naturally, I ventured to the bar. (Me?!?!? BAAAAAAAAR????) I asked if there were any happy hour specials, and the bartender replied, “Every hour is a happy hour.” I like it! He poured me a glass of rosé that I was convinced would cost $2508582094821, but it was only $8.66, so you know what? He was right! Every hour is happy hour when good wine is fairly priced.

Now, for the biscuits! If you check out my amazing-super-awesome-cinematography (sarcasm) video above (it was Periscope) you’ll see a demonstration from the chef on how to make his famous #16 Biscuits. He calls them ’16’ because it took that many tries to perfect the recipe, and they’re reportedly good enough to make low-carbers crumble. Fret not, dear reader, I crumbled not (“Not today, Satan!”), but I plan to soon. I spent most of my night eating his delicious salmon spread, and put all of my carbs in through pink wine.