Kicking Off Pride Month with in Houston Restaurants and More

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos , 3601 Kirby Dr. , 832.831.9940: Picos is celebrating Pride all month long with various activities, donations and specials! To kick things off, the restaurant is hosting a Pride Cocktail Class on Saturday June 4, where beverage director Monica Richards will lead guests in making two Tiki-inspired Bacardi rum cocktails – On The Lanai and Serving You Palm Springs Circa 1970.

The event will also include a complimentary queso station and staple appetizers. Tickets are $45 and available via Picos will also be supporting the LGBTQ community through its Pride Month Specialty Cocktails, where $1 of each Pride Cocktails (Serving You Palm Springs Circa 1970 for $14 and Mojito Me Baby $15) will be donated to The Montrose Center. Lastly, guests can book a Pride Donation Table anytime in June, and Picos will donate 20% of the total check (before tax + tip) to Montrose Grace Place! The donation table reservations are available via  Photo courtesy of Picos.

Axelrad: Axelrad is waving a rainbow flag with a tropical drink that’s perfect for all of Pride Month. A chilly glass of Frozen Coconut Limeade features coconut rum, fresh lime juice and Coco Lopez cream of coconut. The 9-ounce version of the drink costs $7.50, with 16 ounces going for $12.50.

Axelrad will donate 20 percent of those proceeds to The Montrose Center. Axelrad is located at 1517 Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77004 in Midtown. Axelrad is open Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. For more information, please Photo courtesy of Axelrad.

City Place, 1250 Lake Plaza Dr. , Spring, TX 77389 , 281.350.4000; City Place is proud that its bistro & bakery, Common Bond, is supporting the LGBTQ community all of Pride Month by donating a portion of the proceeds from its limited-edition Entremet dessert to The Montrose Center, who is dedicating to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, and their families to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

The $7 Entrement donation dessert available at all Common Bond locations boasts vibrant rainbow-colored layers of cake with cream cheese icing, and is topped with whipped cream, white chocolate pearls and edible gold flecks for a celebratory and flavor-filled summer treat perfect for enjoying in the waterfront City Place Plaza this month!  Photo courtesy of Common Bond.

Kickin’ Kombucha: Kickin’ Kombucha is so devoted to supporting The Montrose Center that its team is offering three specials: The $25 Kickin’ Pride Pack features a full spectrum of kombuchas, from red Everyday Hibiscus to yellow Passionate Pineapple to violet Butterfly Lavender. $5 of that six-drink combination is donated to The Montrose Center. One hundred-percent of the proceeds from the $4 Blue Raspberry Lemonade will go to the charity.

The drink is a layered lemonade, combining fresh-pressed lemons, raspberry puree, and blue spirulina to echo the trans flag. Food vendor Cochinita & Co. is also getting in on the act with the Cochinita Rainbow Bowl. The $12 will include pulled pork, Mexican rice, beans, slaw, guacamole, and queso fresco, but a vegetarian option is also available. For each bowl sold, $5 will be donated to The Montrose Center. Kickin’ Kombucha is located at 5420 Lawndale St., Houston, TX 77023. Maize is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, please visit  Photo by Lindsey Cooper.

Maize: Maize Executive Chef Fabian Saldana is keeping color in mind for his Pride Month offerings––how else to explain the evocatively titled cocktail, Taste the Rainbow ($16)? He has created a fish dish that’s just as multi-hued. The $30 red snapper with purple shrimp broth gets an extra dose of color from a rainbow pico de gallo.  

Maize will donate $3 from each plate of fish sold, and $1 from each drink to AIDS Foundation Houston. Maize is located at 14795 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. Maize is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch is also served every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For menus and more information, please visit Photo by Becca Wright.

The Original Ninfa’s: Ready to get refreshed before or after your Pride party? The Original Ninfa’s has a long history as a destination for the gay community. Celebrate that legacy with a $13 Watermelon Mojito. The tall drink features watermelon, naturally, as well as Bacardi white rum, lime, and fresh mint. $1 of every cocktail sold will go to AIDS Foundation Houston.

Ninfa’s Uptown is located at 1700 Post Oak Blvd., #1-190, Houston, TX 77056. Ninfa’s on Navigation is located at 2704 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX 77003. Both locations’ hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). For more information, please visit  Photo courtesy of Original Ninfa’s.

DR Delicacy: Luxury food importer DR Delicacy is serious about high-end celebrations. That’s why they’re offering a $74.80 Pride Picnic Basket not only from June 1-29, but also on May 18 for AIDS Foundation Houston’s Walk to End HIV Celebration. The luxe basket will include 10 components perfect for an extravagant meal al fresco. Truffle potato chips, Iberico chorizo and salami, and octopus in olive oil are just a few of the tasty bites.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the Pride Picnic Basket will go to AIDS Foundation Houston. The go-to source for caviar, truffles, and so much more for Houston’s top chefs and restaurants, DR Delicacy makes sophisticated home dining for all Houstonians a cinch. DR Delicacy is located at 4120 Directors Row, Suite A, Houston, TX 77092. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To shop, view current inventory, and learn more, please visit Photo courtesy of DR Delicacy.