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7 of Our Favorite (and Most Diverse) Happy Hour Menus

Houstonia, by Alice Levitt: The Latin-and-Spanish-inflected small plates are bigger than you’d expect for $4, while chicken skewers with mojo and plantains and Castilian-style pork ribs are sure to keep you full

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Batanga a Participant in Houston Restaurant Weeks

Fox 26 News, by Cleverly Stone: Batanga is known for its great food and for having one of the best patios in downtown Houston. The restaurant is a multi-year participant in Houston Restaurant Weeks, which benefits the Houston Food Bank.

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The Best Date Spot in Each Houston 'Hood

Thrillist, by Brooke Viggiano: Why it’s a great date spot: This quaint, historic park is pretty much the epicenter of Downtown’s revival. Start there and see where you end up. You can A) get cozy at the candelabra-lit La Carafe, B) grab a B-Cycle and explore Downtown, C) sip fancy-pants cocktails at Hearsay Gastro Lounge, or D) do all of the above, plus share tapas at Batanga, tacos at Fusion Taco, and falafel at Niko Niko’s

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90 Outdoor Drinking Spots in Houston

Thrillest, by Brooke Viggiano: Downtown’s prettiest patio is full of beautiful people and even more beautiful ways to get your drink on.

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46 Boozy Brunches: A hood-by-hood guide

Thrillist, by Brooke Viggiano: The Deal: Get $3 glasses and $12 pitchers of sangria or mimosas from 11am to 3pm on weekends, along with half-price bottles of wine all day long on Sundays.

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Chef Finds the Good Life Again

Houston Chronicle, 7.10.15, by Kylie O'Conner: Five years ago, David Guerrero had a pretty sweet life. In his late 20s and an immigrant from Ecuador, Guerrero and his cooking talent had led him to be the personal chef of Rockets' star Tracy McGrady.

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10 Things Locals Love About Downtown Houston

Forbes Travel Guide, 7.14.15, by Mai Pham: For an evening out with Latin flair, look no further than Batanga, a place where Latin-inspired tapas and cocktails are accompanied by live samba, Cuban and salsa music on Wednesday through Saturday evenings

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Anvil's head guy creates list of 100 great Houston bars to try in 10 days

CultureMap, 7.13.15, by Eric Sandler: Never let it be said that Bobby Heugel doesn't care about his customers. With Anvil Bar & Refuge closed for approximately 10 days to undergo some much needed renovations to its bathrooms and back of the house areas, its head guy came up a list of 100 Houston bars to visit in the interim

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A Sneak Peek at Batanga's Revitalized Food and Bar Program

Houston Press, 3.19.15, by Phaedra Cook: Batanga's menus are getting a bit of a facelift, thanks to newly hired chef Rishi Singh (formerly of Boheme Café and Wine Bar and Dry Creek Café) and bartender Jojo Martinez (who recently worked at The Nightingale Room). We got a peek yesterday on what's in store. (Fun fact: Martinez has been a flair bartender for a decade and competed in professional competitions. It's not uncommon to see her to occasionally perform a signature move when she's making cocktails.)

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The Ultimate Guide to Eating & Drinking Outdoors

Zagat, by Amber Ambrose: The View: A brick-paved courtyard with views of the bustling Downtown scene, Market Square Park and the Clock Tower.

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How to Eat for $30 or Less at 7 Upscale Restaurants

Zagat, by Amber Ambrose: We're changing it up a little for this Downtown South American tapas restaurant. The cocktails are so good here, you'll want to replace dessert with one.

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6 Smokin' Mezcal Drinks in Houston

Zagat, by Marcy de Luna: The Ahumado at Batanga is super smokin’ — sour mix and citrus balanced by smoky mezcal and smoked sea salt.

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10 Restaurant Patios for Fall

Zagat, by Marcy de Luna: Kick back and relax on the largest patio Downtown (3,600 sq. ft.) with a bird's-eye view of the historic clock tower at Market Square. Enjoy Latin American tapas and handcrafted cocktails or ice-cold beer.

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The Hottest Restaurants in Downtown Houston

Zagat, by Marcy de Luna: Enjoy Latin American tapas, sangria, handcrafted cocktails and ice-cold beer at the eatery with a 3,600-sq.-ft. patio, housed in a historic space that dates back to the 1800s.

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Enjoy Patio Season on Houston’s Favorite Patios

365 Things to do in Houston, 10.23.14, by Holly Beretto: Batanga - The ground-level views of Downtown’s Market Square are stunning. The happy hour menu is a winner. (Word to the wise: don’t miss the ribs). The Latin-influenced cocktail list is excellent. It all adds up to Batanga offering a perfect patio experience.

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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Downtown

Houston Press, 9.4.14, by Brooke Viggiano:  This sultry lounge and patio pops off during the weekday happy hour. Come for $5 sangria, mojitos, or red and white wines by the glass, $3 select beers, and $4 tapas. We love the big, meaty Castilian-style pork ribs in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar glaze, crisp and smoky patatas, and mojo-marinated chicken and plantains.

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10 Reasons You Should be Eating in Houston Right Now

Chow, 7.31.14, by Mai Pham: You could say it began with OKRA Charity Saloon, which donates all profits to a good cause. Sound crazy? It works because Houstonians like to give, and if altruism involves drinking a cocktail, it’s really no hardship at all. OKRA was at the forefront of downtown’s revitalization, in late 2012. Soon after, Goro & Gun, Batanga, Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar, and mezcalería The Pastry War joined the ranks.

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The Best Outdoor Dining in 12 Houston Neighborhoods

Zagat, 6.19.14, by Marcy de Luna: Kick back and relax with a handcrafted cocktail or ice-cold beer at this casual restaurant. The patio, at 3,600-sq.-ft., is the largest Downtown.

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Best Outdoor Happy Hours

Zagat, 5.14.14, Zagat Staff: Happy hour runs from 3 PM-7 PM, Monday through Friday, with cocktails and wine for $5 and select beers for $3. They also offer small plates like Cuban Mojo Chicken Skewers and Citrus Marinated Olives, both $4

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The Fasthoff Brothers on One Year at Batanga

Eater, 4.8.14, by Eater Staff: When Batanga opened downtown in April of last year, brothers and co-owners Hank Fasthoff and Brian Fasthoff were well prepared to run the place. Brian had been in Atlanta for 20 years, heading up restaurants; Hank had been practicing law here in Houston. The two had long talked of a joint venture, and last year, the timing just seemed right. We caught up with them as they reflect on their first year in business, the bonds they've forged with fellow downtown restaurant and bar owners, and what they're looking forward to in the year ahead.

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The Best Places to Eat & Drink Outside in Houston

Eater, 2.21.14, by Darla Guillen: Sitting right in the middle of downtown's super-block of buzzy new bars is this Latin American tapas eatery with a beautiful patio. Live music and great cocktails enhance the large people-watching patio.

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100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 56, Eggplant Fries at Batanga

Houston Press, 12.23.13, by Kaitlin Steinberg: The thing that surprised me most during my first meal at Batanga wasn't the great patio or the fancy seafood tapas or the festive live music. It was the eggplant fries.

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Houston's Best New Restaurants: Great Food Replaces Showy, National Attention Grabbers

CultureMap, 12.18.13, by Eric Sandler: Is a great patio a sufficient reason to patronize a restaurant? Maybe at Baba Yega, but recent arrivals need more than a scene to ensure their success. Thankfully, Batanga, a product of Atlanta-transplant Brian Fasthoff, his brother Hank and their wives, offers food that satisfies.

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18 Great Places to Eat Downtown

Houston Chronicle, 12.21.13, by Dana Guthrie, Alison Cook, Syd Kearney: This tapas restaurant has a lot to love: the stylish dining room, a terrific patio and a small but interesting menu of shareable plates. Don't miss the duck confit arepas.

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The 20 Best New Restaurants in Houston 2013

Houston Press, 12.10.13, by Kaitlin Steinberg: Houston has a great culinary scene, and in the last 12 months some exciting new restaurants have hit the scene. Check out our favorite spots that have opened started back in December of 2012 until today, and make sure to go grab a bite from them if you haven't already.

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Houston's Best Restaurant Patios

CultureMap, 10.17.13, by Eric Sandler: remember the first time I saw the fenced in plot of dirt and weeds that would become Batanga's massive patio. Although owners Brian and Hank Fasthoff promised it would be look different once the bricks, tables and place were in place, I was skeptical that a spot next to a busy bus stop could feel like an escape. Happily for patio fans, I was totally wrong.

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Batanga Named to Urban Spoon Top 100 New Restaurants of 2013

Urban Spoon, 11.21.13, by Siri: Opening a new restaurant in 2013 takes serious cojones. The restaurant business is a stressful and intense industry with the odds against you and only a 40% success rate after 3 years (even lower in places like NYC)....not to mention the mountain of cash needed to build out the restaurant of your dreams (or nightmares). It takes a very driven businessperson to leap into the food and beverage biz – however, over 46,000 U.S. restaurants were added to Urbanspoon in 2013, so there isn’t a shortage of entrepreneurs living the American Dream.

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Business Growth Circles Market Square

Houston Chronicle, by Lindsay Peyton, 10.1.13:  Brian Fasthoff opened Batanga with his brother Hank in April. The restaurant and bar offers tapas, live music and Sunday brunches, as well as specialty cocktails from Latin America and a wine list with an emphasis on regional wines from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Fasthoff had opened four restaurants in Atlanta and wanted to try out the bustling Houston market. "When we first opened, I thought we were on the front wave of everyone coming back downtown," he said. "I felt there was much more potential growth downtown."

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Houston's Original Hub Isn't Just for Nine-to-Fivers

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, September 2013: The culinary staff of Batanga maintains a global mindset with its shareable small plates.

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Batanga Tapas + Drinks

Texas Monthly, July 2013: Red umbrellas and twinkling lights overhead create a patio setting worthy of a magazine spread at this downtown spot. And the food measures up to the atmosphere: roasted cauliflower with curry, dates, and cashews; miniature fish tacos with jalapeño aioli; grilled hanger steak with truffle vinaigrette; and biscuit-size duck confit arepas. A Brazilian combo playing in the brick-walled dining room enhanced the mood.

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Tapas Newcomer Batanga Finds Its Groove

Houston Chronicle, 8.13.13, by Alison Cook: It's an interesting mix. Gambas al ajillo, the pearly Gulf shrimp swimming in lemony olive oil and sparked by garlic and red chile, are right out of the Spanish repertoire. But then comes the surprise of the little white corn cakes called arepas, piled with a sumptuous duck confit and set off by a sour cherry mole sauce and little bursts of pickled chayote. It's a great idea, nicely done.

I'm a fan, too, of the skilletful of mixed mushrooms a la plancha, a nest of deep umami flavor zapped with a little salsa verde; and of the maduros, or fried sweet plantains, that come with a skewer of Cuban Mojo Chicken

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Dine Around Houston's Last $12 Restaurant Deal is Here: And a Celebrity Chef is Cooking up the Menu

CultureMap, 9.19.13: More than 125 well-heeled Houstonians lined up at Batanga on Monday night to enjoy Latin-inspired fare and contribute to a good case for the fifth and penultimate installment of Dine Around Houston, the pop up dining summer series from RAM and CultureMap.

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A Closer Look at Batanga - Image Slideshow

Houston Press, 9.18.13, by Troy Fields:

Click the link below for 43 excellent images of our food, bar, restaurant and patio.

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The Fine Finger Food at Batanga is Full of Surprises

Houston Press, 9.18.13, by Kaitlin Steinberg: When I ordered tapas for lunch at the bar, I was expecting a few plates with overly conceptualized seafood and duck and a pile of spindly, desiccated "eggplant fries." To my surprise, everything I ordered appeared simultaneously and looked beautiful and quite balanced, but it was the rafts of battered eggplant stacked one on top of the other that immediately caught my eye. It's almost architectural, this plate of juicy purple fruit enveloped by a golden brown crust seemingly made of crunchy funnel cakes topped with sweet, sticky honey, cumin, mint and queso fresco. It could be junk food or a modest state-fair creation, but the synthesis of flavors is so unique and fresh that it's elevated above the average fried offering to a fabulous side dish or a delectable small meal.

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Great Things in Small(ish) Packages at Batanga

Houston Press, 9.18.13, by Kaitlin Steinberg: Before we go any further, I want to make it clear: These are not Spanish tapas. These are Houston tapas, baby, and here in Texas we go big or go home. Big ideas, big flavors, big plates -- which does kind of go against the notion of tapas, but for this crowd, it works.

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New Market Square Restaurant Steps into Dine Around Spotlight: RAM's $12 Foodie Events are a Hot Ticket

CultureMap, 9.11.13: Dine Around Houston Sponsored by RAM has been the foodie hit of the season, and yet another Houston hotspot is poised to take the driver's seat: Batanga, the Market Square restaurant beloved for its modern twist on traditional tapas, will play host to the fifth dinner in the popular series on Monday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Young Professionals Find a New Home in Houston and It's One Hot Scene

CultureMap, 6.12.13, by Shelby Hodge: The Alley Theatre has launched the newest perch in town for young professionals looking for social interaction and cultural enrichment — Scene. Close to 75 young professionals gathered at the theater Friday night for the inaugural gathering of Scene that included taking in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club and after moved on to new hot spot Batanga.

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Sunday Brunch at Batanga: It's More Than Just Tapas

Houston Press, 7.11.13, by Brooke Viggiano: Once upon a time, there was a magical land that sold $3 sangrias and half-price bottles of wine during Sunday brunch. That magical land was called Batanga. And they had me at sangria...

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The Best Outdoor Dining Spots in Houston

Localeur, 7.2.13, by Gabriel Rafael: Batanga is hands down the best patio area in Market Square Park. Not only is this rare space of patio dining located in of one of the most buzzed about spots downtown, but also the drinks and Latin American cuisine merit the fanfare that Batanga has received since opening its doors in April.

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Houston's Best South American Food

Localeur, 6.1.13, by Jay Tovar: Perhaps the most social out of the restaurants I’m recommending today, Batanga is located in the heart of downtown Houston with proximity to Market Square and on the same block as the landmark clock tower on the corner.

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What are the Best Spots for Happy Hour in Houston?

Startle, 6.24.13, by Mai Pham: Downtown, spots like newcomer Batanga offer $3 to $4 specials on wine, beer, and mojitos, along with great nibbles like Castilian style pork ribs, patatas Batanga, and chicken pintxos for just $4 during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Fund for Teachers Hosts Summer Kickoff

Houston Chronicle, 6.14.13: Fund for Teachers supporters gathered at the trendy downtown eatery, Batanga Tuesday June 11 to kick off the upcoming October 2 dinner.

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Tapas With a Twist

Fox 26, 6.7.13, by Amber Ambrose: Downtown Houston is seeing a resurgence in restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Several places have opened up in the past few months, especially in the area around Market Square Park. One of the places leading the charge is Batanga, a Latin American tapas restaurant that features an outdoor patio. Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Where to Practice Pig Latin

GoTidbits, 6.6.13: You only order Caipirinhas at the bar and your best dance moves are modeled after Shakira. Take your hips and love of all things Latin to new downtown tapas bar Batanga.

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Batanga Falls Into Place

downtown, Summer 2013, by Lauren Covington: Restaurant owner Brian Fasthoff has been visiting his brother in Houston for more than 20 years. "The scene is exploding, and not just the culinary scene. Every time you turn around, there's another national article about Houston," says Fasthoff.

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002 - New Restaurants

002, 5.31.13, by Mai Pham:Tapas. If you go to Spain, you’ll find them offered everywhere, but in Houston, authentic tapas are somewhat hard to find. Enter Batanga, the new South American/Spanish tapas hotspot in the heart of Downtown. With a vibrant patio teeming with red umbrella-topped tables, and festive string lights arching low above the patio space, the owners have created a space that’s so inviting, it was packed on the Wednesday night that I visited.

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Drink for Charity at Batanga

Eater, 5.30.13, by Eric Sandler: Latin American tapas restaurant Batanga has teamed up with the Texas Young Professionals and the Greater Houston Partnership's Houston Young Professionals Endeavor (HYPE) to help the victims of the West, Texas explosion. Tonight, the restaurant will donate 10% of all bar tabs to West victims.

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Young Professionals Rock-A-Hula-Baby at Polynesian Party in Hermann Park

CultureMap, 5.10.13, by Joel Luks Lined with flickering tiki torches when eventide fell upon the banks of McGovern Lake, the urban landscape around Hermann Park dissolved into a tropical luau that defeated any threats of rain on Thursday. Mother Nature knew better than to encroach on the plans of an attractive young professionals posse with penchant for keeping these grounds verdant.

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The 10 Hottest Happy Hour Deals in Houston: Eat Well While Drinking up

CultureMap, 5.9.13, by Marcy de Luna:Batanga, one of a new crop of restaurants and bars that have opened downtown including The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, Goro & Gun, Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar, and Clutch City Squire, serves up Latin American tapas and has a great outdoor patio.

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Where to Eat Right Now: 10 Cool, Must-Try Restaurants for May

CultureMap, 5.8.13, by Ruthie Miller:A holdover from last month, Batanga is still earning praise from all directions. Why? It’s got all the makings of a perfect meal out with friends: tasty and sharable dishes, live music, and a patio that’s already earned much praise.

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Houston's Top 10 First Date Spots

Houston Press, 4.25.13, by Katharine Shilcutt: There was a period of time in my life when I couldn't get enough of that first date feeling. It's akin to the adrenaline rush of skydiving or rock climbing -- except often with the promise of food or drinks in lieu of potentially plummeting to your death. (Sure, there's the danger of emotional pain instead of physical pain, but that probably won't happen until at least several dates away.)

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A Pleasant Patio Lunch at Batanga, Leading the Second Wave of Market Square's Redevelopment

Houston Press, 4.29.13, by Katharine Shilcutt: Goro & Gun, with its fixation on Japanese ramen, is a destination. The non-profit Charity Saloon, which affords you the opportunity to support local charities with every drink, is a destination. The sumptuous dining room at Line & Lariat across the street and the second-story view of downtown's skyline from Bad News Bar both have the potential to be destinations. Batanga, too, is a destination.

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Batanga Executive Chef Ben McPherson with Clevery on Fox 26

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Houston Rolls Out the Red Carpet for New Tapas Chef

Houston Chronicle, 4.22.13, by Greg Morago: No one who comes to Houston should be surprised by the city's welcoming nature. But Ben McPherson - even though he moved here from Atlanta, a city that prides itself on Southern hospitality - remains awed by the Houston's friendliness.

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Batanga Executive Chef Ben McPherson Discusses iFest with KHOU Channel 11

The Flavors of iFest Continue With a Brazilian Theme on Final Weekend

CultureMap, 4.26.13, by Whitney Radley: Didn't get your fill of Brazil at Houston International Festival last weekend? Neither did we. Thankfully, it picks up again this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., where there will be more music, entertainment, arts and culture to be enjoyed. Oh yeah — and food. Joel Luks took KHOU Ch. 11 News along for a taste test of Latin-inspired flavors at Batanga, the new tapas and drinks hotspot on Market Square Park in downtown, to see what its chefs are serving up at the festival.

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Forecast Calls for Dining on the Patio

Houston Chronicle, 4.17.13, by Syd Kearney: Our "spring" is so short that it seems a crime to waste even a minute. Soon, temperatures will begin inching into the 90-degree range, making al fresco socializing less appealing. So it's time to explore some of Houston's best patios - some new to the scene, others that charmed on recent revisits.

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Where to Eat Right Now: 10 Hot, Must-Try Restaurants for April

CultureMap, 4.8.13, by Ruthie Miller: April is here! Need a lunch or dinner recommendation? Here’s where you should eat right now in Houston. Batanga. With live music, sharable Latin American dishes, and a patio that’s already earning praise, Batanga has opened just in time to capitalize on Houston’s best weather months of the year. Stop by to revel in a festive atmosphere and fun food.

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Where to Eat Right Now: April 2013 Heatmap

Eater, 4.4.13, by Eric Sandler: More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about? Well, you're in luck: the Eater Heatmap is a collection of the most exciting Houston restaurants that have opened over the past few months. It's updated monthly to keep you on top of things. Newly added: Goro & Gun, Batanga, Local Pour, The Blue Mug Cafe, Del Frisco's Grille

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Patio Fever Grips Houston

CultureMap, 4.4.13, by Marcy de Luna: Before Houston's summer is in full force — with its sweltering heat, sticky humidity and pesky mosquitoes — there is a window of pleasant weather best enjoyed by dining and drinking in the great outdoors. We’ve scouted out the top new patios in town where the food is palate pleasing, the drinks are thirst quenching and the atmosphere’s anything but lackluster.

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A Sunny Afternoon Lunch at Batanga

Houstonia, 4.3.13, by Phaedra Cook: The section of Congress Street between Travis and Main continues its quest to become the new “block of fun” downtown. Batanga opened to the public yesterday afternoon, joining The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, Goro & Gun, and Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar, all of which have opened on that stretch of pavement recently. Batanga is a tapas restaurant featuring chef Ben McPherson, who relocated here after stints in Atlanta and Connecticut. The dishes are shareable, as you might expect from a tapas bar. Plan on ordering about three per person to get everyone comfortably full. Most plates run between $5 and $12 during lunch.

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A Look Inside Batanga Tapas + Drinks, Now Open Dowtown

Houston Press, 4.3.13, by Carla Soriano: There's been a lot of talk about downtown Houston's "revival," sparked by a spate of restaurant and bar openings near Main Street. But the word "revival" seemed grossly inappropriate as I drove to Batanga Tapas + Drinks this past Saturday for its media preview party, as the word itself suggests that death fills the streets of downtown. Quite the contrary, however. It was evident that downtown is quite alive and well -- especially as I set foot inside of Batanga, the Latin American-inspired tapas restaurant that's now open on the corner of Congress and Travis.

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Batanga, Downtown's Patio Hotspot, Opens Today

Eater, 4.1.13, by Eric Sandler: Latin American tapas bar Batanga opens today at 11:00 a.m. It's the newest restaurant in downtown's Uberblock that also contains the Original OKRA Charity Saloon, Goro & Gun and Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bear and Spirits Lodge. Atlanta restaurateur Brian Fasthoff moved to Houston from Atlanta to open Batanga with his brother, local attorney Hank Fasthoff. In the kitchen, chef Ben McPherson brings experience from stints in Connecticut, previous work with Fasthoff at Atlanta restaurant Loca Luna and travels in Spain to the menu.

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Batanga Opens April 1

29-95, 3.28.13, by Greg Morago: Brothers Brian and Hank Fasthoff signed the lease for their new restaurant Batanga at 908 Congress just a few weeks after their neighbor, the Original OKRA Charity Saloon inked its deal for 924 Congress. The Fasthoff boys soon found themselves in the thick of a development boom in downtown’s historic district where new bars and restaurants are now making it the hippest culinary pocket in the city.

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Are We There Yet? Restaurants We're Excited About for 2013

Houston Press, 12.12.12, by Katharine Shilcutt: Last year -- at the tail end of 2011 -- it seemed as if half the restaurants we were excited about in 2010 for the upcoming year still hadn't opened yet: Uchi, Triniti, Underbelly and The Hay Merchant were all a very long time in the making, but finally opened this past year to great acclaim all around. This year, however, we're excited about a slew of brand-new restaurants. And although some of those have also been in the works for a while, others have just had their grand opening in the last week or so and hold huge promise for the year ahead. Below are the restaurants we're most excited about in 2013.

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New Crop of Talent is Bringing Downtown Back to Life

Houston Chronicle, 2.12.13, by Sarah Rufca: Aside from the occasional whoosh of a MetroRail train going by, there's not a lot happening around the corner of Main and Congress on the north end of downtown. Empty storefronts hold the remnants of bars and clubs that clogged the street a decade ago, when the Super Bowl and burgeoning public transit brought Main Street to its most recent, though short-lived, heyday as an entertainment district. That's something that a group of young but influential restaurateurs and bar owners is trying to change. In the next two months, no less than four new concepts are opening within a block of this intersection, transforming a dead zone into a culinary and nightlife destination.

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The Next 15 Openings to Get Excited About

Eater, 3.28.13, by Eric Sandler: It's time once again to take a look at the upcoming bars and restaurants that will have the city talking in the next few months. As always, opening dates are approximate guesses based on conversations with people connected to either the restaurant itself or the industry as a whole. There are lots of reasons they can be pushed up or back. And, no, they aren't ranked in any particular order.

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Batanga Set to Open Downtown April 1

Eater, 3.7.13, by Eric Sandler: Atlanta restaurateur Brian Fasthoff, his brother local attorney Hank Fasthoff and Hank's wife, food blogger Maya Fasthoff are preparing to open their Latin American tapas restaurant Batanga on April 1. Located next to the Original OKRA Charity Saloon on the corner of Market Square, Batanga will serve lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch while providing live music on the weekends. As for the food, chef Ben McPherson, who also moved here with Fasthoff from Atlanta, focuses the menu's on tapas; diners can order them individually or in platters that include six or eight dishes. Batanga's menu will be both vegetarian and pescetarian friendly, with a whole section devoted to vegetable dishes.

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The Foodie Takeover of Market Square Park Continues With New Tapas Restaurant in Historic Spot

CultureMap, 3.8.12, by Tyler Rudick: Downtown's food and beverage revolution continues to evolve with news tapas restaurant Batanga setting an April 1 official opening date. Taking over the space next to OKRA Charity Saloon — right next to that deconstructed clock tower at the corner Congress and Travis — Batanga joins an onslaught of new cafes and bars taking advantage of the historic architecture in the blocks surrounding Market Square Park. "It's great to see so many new places opening up in these cool old buildings," says Brian Fasthoff, who's launching the new Latin American-inspired restaurant with his wife and sales director Ianna Fasthoff, his Houston lawyer brother Hank Fasthoff and Hank's wife, area food blogger Maya Fasthoff.

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Batanga Coming to Market Square

Eater, 9.24.12, by Eric Sandler On Twitter today, restaurant blogger and news reporter Maya Fasthoff announced that she and other members of her family will be opening Batanga, a Latin American tapas restaurant in Market Square downtown.

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Downtown Comeback? Houston Food Blogger Plans Latin Restaurant With Patio Power

CultureMap, 9.24.12, By Sarah Rufca: Restaurants in downtown Houston are tricky propositions — just as a couple with promise open (Barnaby's Cafe, the forthcoming Burger Guys), another one closes (RIP Samba Grille). However Batanga, the recently announced concept from Restaurant Traveler blogger Maya Fasthoff and family, has a lot working in its favor.

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