What if everything you wanted—nay, needed—for one perfect day of indulgence was contained in 28,000 square feet? At Memorial Green, the mixed-used development from Midway (the folks behind CityCentre) and its central plaza, it is. From a decadent pedicure to boozy brunch, we've mapped out your next free weekend, all in one place.
10:30 a.m.: Isle PediSpa
Suite 260, 832-968-8000
Come before noon for a complimentary mimosa, the perfect counterpart to a Mangolicious Pedicure—basically dessert for your feet. Lounge in the pink tufted banquette beneath girly chandeliers and peruse the well-organized selection of Essie and OPI shades while your tootsies indulge in a fragrant soak of fresh sliced oranges and flowers. Next comes an exfoliating salt scrub, a cooling mango clay mask, and a brushing of melted mango butter—which smells as good as it sounds. Then, your feet are enveloped in warm paraffin wax before one last massage with tropical body creme. Bliss.
Noon: Dish Society
Suite 145, 713-467-3474
Break for brunch (till 3:30) at this farm-to-table favorite, where melt-in-your-mouth dishes like pork belly hash, brisket ‘n eggs, or stuffed breakfast tacos will keep you satiated all day. Spring for another mimosa—offered here in unexpected flavors like prickly pear and pineapple—and whatever you do, don’t miss the smoked gouda grits.
1 p.m.: The Lash Lounge
Suite 275, 713-597-5274
Here is a rare instance of being able to realize that coveted post-brunch nap without having to drive home first. Saunter upstairs to this chic fringe boutique, our love of which is well-documented, and let that pork belly settle into your belly as an expert tends to beautifying your lashes while you spend the next several hours under a cozy fleece blanket.
3:30 p.m.: Ceron Hair Studio
Suite 125, 713-722-8330
In keeping with the theme of expert care, head back downstairs to this salon's second outpost where the eponymous, mononymous Houston stylist crafts ‘dos for high-profile ladies like A-list socialite Becca Cason Thrash. A pre-dinner blowout here will complete the day’s glam.
5 p.m.: Jonathan’s the Rub
Suite 140, 713-808-9291
Cap a day of luxury with an equally luxurious dinner, your chance to try Chef Jonathan Levine’s storied rub—the secret blend of spicy, salty, sweet, and savory spices that informs the name of the restaurant—at the eatery’s second location, run by Jonathan’s daughter, Jessica, that opened last fall. Steak, however you prefer it, is a must, as is the umami-heavy bacon-wrapped pork medallions nestled in roasted chipotle hollandaise sauce from Jonathan’s “New Houston Cuisine” menu section. Smoky mac 'n' cheese, Brussels sprouts, and garlic bread (yes, with “The Rub”) are all worthy sides.
7 p.m.: Vine Wine Room
Suite 190, 713-463-8463
You’ve got about 300 feet to traverse for your digestif at this old-world watering hole with live music and an unpretentious vibe despite its impressive list of global wines. We love a glass—or three, at $8 a pop—of dark, juicy zinfandel after a rich supper, but anything on offer here will likely please oenophiles and casual sippers alike. If by some miracle your gut still has a vacancy, try a shareable $13 pizza (margherita or pepperoni with delectable pomarola sauce on handmade dough, both standouts); wine-cooked, jalapeño meatballs, or a respectable mix-and-match charcuterie board.
9 p.m.: Hotel Sorella
800 Sorella Ct., 713-973-1600
Make it a staycation with modern digs a hop, skip, and Uber away in the heart of nearby swank CityCentre. You could have (another) nightcap in the posh Monnalisa Bar, where live music happens Wednesday through Saturday, or you could just call it a night and cozy up with the Egyptian cotton linens and goose down pillows in each room. Either way, after the night you've just had—and we're speaking from experience here—you’ll want to keep some Tums on-hand.