Beth DeLozier-Hayes

Correspondent

  • Houston, TX, USA

Beth DeLozier-Hayes is a Houston correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide. DeLozier-Hayes also writes for various national publications, including Life+Dog magazine, Bespoke Magazine and her award-winning local style blog, Houston’s Weekly Chic. When she isn’t writing, DeLozier-Hayes serves as a lifestyle expert and owner of Très Chic Designs, a Houston-based company known for creating smashing interiors, wardrobes and lifestyles for clients.

  • On February 4, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best local dishes in Houston?

    Enchiladas
    Enchiladas are serious business in Houston. Silvia's Enchilada Kitchen on Westheimer is long believed to be the beginning of the enchiladas craze here in the city. They serve up old world style unbelievably tasty treats that always melt in your mouth. My personal favorite place for enchiladas is at Chuy's. They take an interesting Tex-Mex approach to this classic dish. Whether choosing between the spicy and delicious chicka a chicka boom, or the delightful southwestern style made with blue corn tortillas and with a fried egg, It is a taste explosion that can't be stopped.

     

    Barbeque

    Texas is of course known for Barbecue and there are at least a thousand places that serve it, and serve it well.  One of the Houston favorites has to be Gatlin’s in the Heights. What started out as a family hobby has become a force in the barbecue restaurant scene. With their Texas style smoked meats and friendly atmosphere, you are in for a really good time and a full belly.

     

    Nachos

    If you're looking for Nachos with a twist please allow me to recommend the nachos at Escalante's. These aren't your regular nachos, Escalante's uses white cheddar cheese and black beans and those two ingredients really put this creation into its own wonderful and tasty category

  • On February 3, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best bars in Houston?

    La Carafe 

    La Carafe is the oldest building and drinking establishment in Houston, and a regular haunt for countless locals (literally, as it is rumored to have a few spirits floating around). Originally built in 1861, the building has served as a pony express, a bakery, and finally a bar when La Carafe opened in the 50‘s.  You'll find a delightful and affordable wine selection, dark, romantic ambiance, and killer views of downtown from the second floor balcony.  

     

    The State Bar 

    Tucked away on the second floor of the Rice Lofts, you will find this upscale lounge, complete with mahogany bar, rich furnishings from the old Rice Hotel’s Capitol Club, and a grand veranda overlooking downtown.  Grab a martini, sink into their comfy tufted leather sofas, and shoot the breeze with your cohorts into the wee hours of the night. 

     

    Marfreless 

    A gem hidden in River Oaks behind an inconspicuous blue door, Marfreless has little more than its street address on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find hands down one of the coolest bars in Houston.  With a candlelit atmosphere and classical music, patrons come for the mysticism, and return regularly for its charm and excellent service.    

     

    Leon’s Lounge 

    A favorite among the local artsy crowd, this Midtown bar has a rustic vintage feel, and is just oozing with nostalgia.  A few delicious craft beers on tap, great selection of spirits, and get this - if you bring along your favorite vinyl records they are happy to play them for you during happy hour.  


  • On February 3, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best clothing boutiques in Houston?

    Elaine Turner - Citycentre Tootsies
    Formerly located in Highland Village, Tootsies is bigger and better than ever since they’ve moved to their brand spankin’ new River Oaks location on West Avenue.  Houston ladies are addicted to Tootsies massive selection of read-to-wear apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories.  Favorite designer collections include Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, and Jean Paul Gaultier just to name a few.  Known for their expertise and unmatched customer service, you’re sure to leave with something fabulous.  

    French Cuff Boutique
    Adorable and fabulous owner Kairy-tate Barkley has given Houston not one but two, of her pristine treasured boutiques known as French Cuff.  Both locations are a wonderland of designer labels and cutting-edge trends, mixed with classic staples.  Whether you need to spice up your work wardrobe, or you’re looking for a flirty cocktail dress, you are sure to find something stunning at French Cuff.      


    Elaine Turner
    Houston darling Elaine Turner, has been charming us with her exotic, glamorous designs since she founded her brand in 2000.  Inspired by her own travels, every Elaine Turner boutique is filled with elegant, feminine handbags, shoes, and accessories that invoke the spirit of an exotic vacation.  Known for her ingenious combination of fun materials, vibrant colors, prints and custom hardware, you’ll find everything from cork clutches to laster-cut patent leather ballet slippers.  Visit her locations in Rice Village and Citycentre to pick up something luxurious and affordable.  

    Dao Chloe Dao
    Houston’s very own Project Runway celebrity Chloe Dao, has a newly re-imagined boutique in Rice Village (formerly known as Lot 8).  The shop’s new style is mod and playful just like Chloe herself.   You’ll of course find Dao’s line of signature pieces like her strapless dresses and whimsical skirts, as well as pieces from other coveted designers like Maris K Voom, Bow & Arrow, and many other high-end labels.  
  • On February 3, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best sports bars in Houston?

    The Front Porch

    Nick’s Place

    Nick’s is home to one of the largest banks of TV's you’ll ever see in your life. A flat screen lover’s dream, you’ll find one covering almost every inch of wall space in the bar. Nick’s carries all major television providers, so just about any sport being played in the world is at your disposal.  However, the matrix of screens is only half the story. If you are looking for outstanding takes on Italian and gourmet pub fare, this is your place. You’ll love their standard Italian staples like baked zitti or fettuccine, but trying the Pizzadilla’s, and the Cabilnasian Calzone’s are a must. You will NEVER leave hungry.

     

    Lucky's Pub
    Lucky's is a wonderful place to watch any sports event, and if you're watching a Houston team, chances are you’re sitting only steps away from all of the action. Lucky's is nestled neatly in the heart of Eado (East Downtown) and is walking distance from Minute Maid Park, the New Dynamo Stadium, and right around the corner from the Toyota Center. The location is great, but the drink specials are even better, and with two rooms full of big screen TV's its never a challenge to find the game you want.

     

    The Front Porch  

    If your more of the outdoorsy type, and prefer to enjoy the warm Houston weather, you’ll love catching a game at The Front porch.  They have a huge outdoor deck area, 37 beers on tap, over 40 in the bottle, and a fantastic menu of burgers to go with your brew.

  • On January 30, 2013
    Katy Mayell is now following Beth DeLozier-Hayes
  • On January 29, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What is Houston’s dining scene like?

    Houston has a very distinguished and versatile dinning scene. Right now there is a cultural explosion going on that is spurred on by the extremely impressive craft beer scene along with an influx of young, talented mixologists and chefs. The result is a type of restaurant that pays as much attention to the drink side of the menu as they do the food. Restaurants and Gastropubs such as The Hay Merchant, The BRC, and Hearsay, are three very different takes on the same common idea. You take an interesting common food  like the basic hamburger, fries, or mac and cheese, add a gourmet twist to it, then add in a unique and specific drink menu.  For example, at the BRC Gastropub, you can feast on their Blue Cheese and BBQ’d Chicken Mac & Cheese while sipping on a local seasonal draft from Saint Arnold's or Buffalo Bayou Brewery.  The delicacies created at these restaurants rival some of the finest food in the country, not to mention some truly pleasurable joints perfect for kicking back and relaxing with friends and colleagues.  

     
  • On January 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best bars in Houston?

    La Carafe 

    La Carafe is the oldest building and drinking establishment in Houston, and a regular haunt for countless locals (literally, as it is rumored to have a few spirits floating around). Originally built in 1861, the building has served as a pony express, a bakery, and finally a bar when La Carafe opened in the 50‘s.  You'll find a delightful and affordable wine selection, dark, romantic ambiance, and killer views of downtown from the second floor balcony.  

     

    The State Bar 

    Tucked away on the second floor of the Rice Lofts, you will find this upscale lounge, complete with mahogany bar, rich furnishings from the old Rice Hotel’s Capitol Club, and a grand veranda overlooking downtown.  Grab a martini, sink into their comfy tufted leather sofas, and shoot the breeze with your cohorts into the wee hours of the night. 

     

     

    Marfreless 

    A gem hidden in River Oaks behind an inconspicuous blue door, Marfreless has little more than its street address on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find hands down one of the coolest bars in Houston.  With a candlelit atmosphere and classical music, patrons come for the mysticism, and return regularly for its charm and excellent service.    

     

    Leon’s Lounge 

    A favorite among the local artsy crowd, this Midtown bar has a rustic vintage feel, and is just oozing with nostalgia.  A few delicious craft beers on tap, great selection of spirits, and get this - if you bring along your favorite vinyl records they are happy to play them for you during happy hour.  


  • On January 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best attractions in Houston?

    Jim DeLozier Photography

    Just as the city itself is a melting pot, Houston's visitor attractions are no different. You'll find a little something for everyone.  Here are some must-see places while you’re visiting our haute city.

     

    Houston Zoo

    The charmingly well-kept Houston Zoo is beloved by Houstonians and visitors alike.  Whether you are into amphibians, mammals, or reptiles, they have a little something for everyone.  To truly feel like part of the wild action, I recommend grabbing a slice of pizza or a sandwich at the Twiga Terrace,  snagging a table on the patio, and chowing down along with the rhino's and giraffes.  

     

    Cockrell Butterfly Center

    Located next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, this awe-inspiring butterfly habitat delights guests with its glass-enclosed rainforest conservatory filled with thousands of fluttery residents and exotic plants.  With a magnificent 50-foot waterfall cascading down the center, you will feel like you've been transported to a magical tropical wonderland. 

     

    The Menil Collection  

    Easily one of the most fabulous free attractions in Houston, the Menil is a smashing gallery that has a vast selection of truly awe-inspiring pieces.  The museum houses the vast and eclectic private collections of John and Dominique de Menil, as well as regularly hosting new exhibits and events.  If you are looking for a relaxed, quiet afternoon of fine art, the Menil is your place. 

     

    National Museum of Funeral History

    Looking for an attraction that truly unique, but isn't too lively?  If you are looking for a place that you won't find anywhere else, the Funeral Museum is your best bet.  With the perfection combination of creepy and cool, this place is entertaining even for the stiffest of stiffs in the crowd.  Don't miss the 'Thanks for the Memories,' exhibit with artifacts from dozens of different celebrity funerals.    


    Williams Waterwall 

    The Waterwall is a breathtaking architectural wonder that sits on the south end of the Williams tower, right next to the Galleria.  The site of many a wedding, wedding proposal, and occasionally a concert, the Waterwall was designed by award winning architect Philip Johnson.  It's a great place to relax, catch some fountain spray on a scorching day, and just enjoy the multi-story structure in all its glory.  It is open  to the public daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

  • On January 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best attractions in Houston?

    Jim DeLozier Photography

    Just as the city itself is a melting pot, Houston's visitor attractions are no different, where you'll find a little something for everyone.  Here are some must-see places while you’re visiting our haute city.

     

    Houston Zoo

    The charmingly well-kept Houston Zoo is beloved by Houstonians and visitors alike.  Whether you are into amphibians, mammals, or reptiles, they have a little something for everyone.  To truly feel like part of the wild action, I recommend grabbing a slice of pizza or a sandwich at the Twiga Terrace,  snagging a table on the patio, and chowing down along with the rhino's and giraffes.  

     

    Cockrell Butterfly Center

    Located next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, this awe-inspiring butterfly habitat delights guests with its glass-enclosed rainforest conservatory filled with thousands of fluttery residents and exotic plants.  With a magnificent 50-foot waterfall cascading down the center, you will feel like you've been transported to a magical tropical wonderland. 

     

    The Menil Collection  

    Easily one of the most fabulous free attractions in Houston, the Menil is a smashing gallery that has a vast selection of truly awe-inspiring pieces.  The museum houses the vast and eclectic private collections of John and Dominique de Menil, as well as regularly hosting new exhibits and events.  If you are looking for a relaxed, quiet afternoon of fine art, the Menil is your place. 

     

    National Museum of Funeral History

    Looking for an attraction that's truly unique, but isn't too lively?  If you are looking for a place that you won't find anywhere else, the Funeral Museum is your best bet.  With the perfect combination of creepy and cool, this place is entertaining even for the stiffest of stiffs in the crowd.  Don't miss the 'Thanks for the Memories,' exhibit with artifacts from dozens of different celebrity funerals.    


    Williams Waterwall 

    The Waterwall is a breathtaking architectural wonder that sits on the south end of the Williams tower, right next to the Galleria.  The site of many a wedding, wedding proposal, and occasionally a concert, the Waterwall was designed by award winning architect Philip Johnson.  It's a great place to relax, catch some fountain spray on a scorching day, and just enjoy the multi-story structure in all its glory.  It is open  to the public daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

  • On January 27, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best attractions in Houston?

    Jim DeLozier Photography

    Just as the city itself is a melting pot, Houston's attractions are no different with a little something for everyone.  Here are some must see attractions while you’re visiting our haute city.

     

    Houston Zoo

    The charmingly well-kept Houston Zoo is beloved by Houstonians and visitors alike.  Whether you are into amphibians, mammals, or reptiles, they have a little something for everyone.  To truly feel like part of the wild action, I recommend grabbing a slice of pizza or a sandwich at the Twiga Terrace, grab a table on the patio, and chow down with the rhino's and giraffes while.  

     

    Cockrell Butterfly Center

    Located next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, this awe-inspiring butterfly habitat delights guest with its glass enclosed rainforest conservatory filled with thousands of fluttery residents and exotic plants.  With a magnificent 50-foot waterfall cascading down the center, you will feel like you've been transported to a magical tropical wonderland. 

     

    The Menil Collection  

    Easily one of the most fabulous free attractions in Houston, the Menil is a smashing gallery that has a vast selection of truly awe-inspiring pieces.  The museum houses the vast and eclectic private collections of John and Dominique de Menil, as well as regularly hosting new exhibits and events.  If you are looking for a relaxed, quiet afternoon of fine art, the Menil is your place. 

     

    National Museum of Funeral History

    Looking for an attraction that truly unique, but isn't too lively?  If you are looking for a place that you won't find anywhere else, the Funeral Museum is your best bet.  With the perfection combination of creepy and cool, this place is entertaining even for the stiffest of stiffs in the crowd.  Don't miss the 'Thanks for the Memories,' exhibit with artifacts from dozens of different celebrity funerals.    



    Williams Waterwall 

    The Waterwall is a breathtaking architectural wonder that sits on the south end of the Williams tower, right next to the Galleria.  The site of many a wedding, wedding proposal, and occasionally a concert, the Waterwall was designed by award winning architect Philip Johnson.  It's a great place to relax, catch some water spray on a scorching day, and just enjoy the multi-story fountain in all its glory.  It is open  to the public daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

     
     
  • On January 25, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best bars in Houston?

    La Carafe 

    La Carafe is the oldest building and drinking establishment in Houston, and a regular haunt for countless locals (literally, as it is rumored to have a few spirits floating around). Originally built in 1861, the building has served as a pony express, a bakery, and finally a bar when La Carafe opened in the 50‘s.  Delightful and affordable wine selection, dark, romantic ambiance, and killer views of downtown from the second floor balcony.  

     

    The State Bar 

    Tucked away on the second floor of the Rice Lofts, you will find this upscale lounge, complete with mahogany bar, rich furnishings from the old Rice Hotel’s Capitol Club, and a grand veranda overlooking downtown.  Grab a martini, sink into their comfy tufted leather sofas, and shoot the breeze with your cohorts into the wee hours of the night. 

     

     

    Marfreless 

    A gem hidden in River Oaks behind an ambiguous blue door, Marfreless has little more than its street address on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find hands down one of the coolest bars in Houston.  With a candlelit atmosphere and classical music, patrons come for the mysticism, and return regularly for its charm and excellent service.    

     

    Leon’s Lounge 

    A favorite among the local artsy crowd, this Midtown bar has a rustic vintage feel, and is just oozing with nostalgia.  A few delicious craft beers on tap, great selection of spirits, and get this - if you bring along your favorite vinyl records they are happy to play it for you during happy hour.  


  • On January 25, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best bars in Houston?

    La Carafe 

    La Carafe is the oldest building and drinking establishment in Houston, and a regular haunt for countless locals (literally, as it is rumored to have a few spirits floating around). Originally built in 1861, the building has served as a pony express, a bakery, and finally a bar when La Carafe opened in the 50‘s.  Delightful and affordable wine selection, dark, romantic ambiance, and killer views of downtown from the second floor balcony.  

     

    Anvil 

    For those with a refined palate for spirits, might I suggest you pay a visit to the mixologists at Anvil.  All of their drinks are made with the freshest ingredients with house-made bitters, sodas, infusions and liqueurs.  They also have a mouth-watering selection of craft beers on tap, and the barkeeps love to educate patrons about the bar’s history if you are in the mood for a chat.

     

    The State Bar 

    Tucked away on the second floor of the Rice Lofts, you will find this upscale lounge, complete with mahogany bar, rich furnishings from the old Rice Hotel’s Capitol Club, and a grand veranda overlooking downtown.  Grab a martini, sink into their comfy tufted leather sofas, and shoot the breeze with your cohorts into the wee hours of the night. 

     

     

    Marfreless 

    A gem hidden in River Oaks behind an ambiguous blue door, Marfreless has little more than its street address on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find hands down one of the coolest bars in Houston.  With a candlelit atmosphere and classical music, patrons come for the mysticism, and return regularly for its charm and excellent service.    

     

    Leon’s Lounge 

    A favorite among the local artsy crowd, this Midtown bar has a rustic vintage feel, and is just oozing with nostalgia.  A few delicious craft beers on tap, great selection of spirits, and get this - if you bring along your favorite vinyl records they are happy to play it for you during happy hour.  


  • On January 25, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best bars in Houston?

    La Carafe 

    La Carafe is the oldest building and drinking establishment in Houston, and a regular haunt for countless locals (literally, as it is rumored to have a few spirits floating around). Originally built in 1861, the building has served as a pony express, a bakery, and finally a bar when La Carafe opened in the 50‘s.  Delightful and affordable wine selection, dark, romantic ambiance, and killer views of downtown from the second floor balcony.  

     

    Anvil 

    For those with a refined palate for spirits, might I suggest you pay a visit to the mixologists at Anvil.  All of their drinks are made with the freshest ingredients with house-made bitters, sodas, infusions and liqueurs.  They also have a mouth-watering selection of craft beers on tap, and the barkeeps love to educate patrons about the bar’s history if you are in the mood for a chat.

     

    The State Bar 

    Tucked away on the second floor of the Rice Lofts, you will find this upscale lounge, complete with mahogany bar, rich furnishings from the old Rice Hotel’s Capitol Club, and a grand veranda overlooking downtown.  Grab a martini, sink into their comfy tufted leather sofas, and shoot the breeze with your cohorts into the wee hours of the night. 

     

     

    Marfreless 

    A gem hidden behind an ambiguous blue door, Marfreless has little more than its street address on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find hands down one of the coolest bars in Houston.  With a candlelit atmosphere and classical music, patrons come for the mysticism, and return regularly for its charm and excellent service.    

     

    Leon’s Lounge 

    A favorite among the local artsy crowd, this Midtown bar has a rustic vintage feel, and is just oozing with nostalgia.  A few delicious craft beers on tap, great selection of spirits, and get this - if you bring along your favorite vinyl records they are happy to play it for you during happy hour.  

  • On January 11, 2013
  • On January 11, 2013
    Sarah Gleim is now following Beth DeLozier-Hayes