LOCAL Houston | The City Guide August 2016 - Page 53

FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE Probably most of you have driven by this perfectly beautiful neighborhood just off Loop 610. The early history of Meyerland, named after the Meyer Family, was initiated around 1885 when JOSEPH F. MEYER started purchasing land in southwest Houston, eventually accumulating 6,000 acres. At Joseph’s death in 1933 his land was divided among his three sons, which eventually led to his son GEORGE developing 1,200 acres in 1955 into today’s Meyerland. What started as just a small subdivision for single-family homes is Becks Prime Boston Market Cafe Express Chick-fil-A Escalante's Fadi's Meyerland Mediterranean Grill Firehouse Subs Gugliani’s IHOP James Coney Island JJ Garden Asian Gourmet Restaurant la Madeleine Country French Café Los Tios Mexican Restaurant Outback Steakhouse Panda Express Russo's New York Pizzeria Saltgrass Steak House Sushi Miyuki The Egg & I Restaurant now home to 2,315 homes. Students are zoned to some of the best schools in Houston including Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School (formerly Johnston Middle School) and Bellaire High School. Meyerland has commercial history also, with Kegg’s Candy (established in 1946) and Los Tios Mexican Restaurant (established in 1970 and home of the first frozen margarita in 1975), both part of the 59 stores at Meyerland Plaza. Kolter Elementary School Lovett Elementary School Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School Pilgrim Lutheran School Saint Thomas Episcopal School august 16 | L O C A L 53