Annual bash is always a memorable event

ESPN 97.5's yearly Klein's, Nick's Place Christmas party set for Friday, Dec. 20

Each year, ESPN 97.5 hosts one of the biggest Christmas bashes of the year. It starts at Klein's Fine Jewelry at 7 a.m. before moving to Nick's Place at 11 a.m.

There will be no shortage of games and prizes. Games include the egg nog chug, frozen shirt, athlete spelling bee and beer obstacle race.

In addition, lots of prizes will be available including restaurant gift cards for Ninfa's, Loch Bar and Ouzo Bay, diamond earrings, a pearl necklace and Movietopia passes .

The event is sponsored by Coors Light, Klein's and Nick's Place. It begins with the tradition of John and Lance at Klein's at 7 a.m., where the party continues with John and Raheel with Del until the move to Nick's at 11 for the Charlie Pallilo Show, the Usual Suspects at 1 and the Blitz at 4 p.m.

Klein's is located at 5868 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057. Nick's is farther West just off Westheimer at 2713 Rocky Ridge.

Attendance to both events is free.

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If a person isn't a real Houstonian until they have favorite places for staple foods like burgers and Tex-Mex, then Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has officially embraced his new home.

In an interview that occurred during the Thursday, August 11 broadcast of the Astros game against the Texas Rangers, YouTube announcer Scott Braun asked Verlander if he found any food in Houston that he couldn't get in Detroit.

"I like Nancy's Hustle's burger," the pitching ace replied.

Indeed, what's not to like? The Nancy's burger — a double patty cheeseburger with chopped onions, pickles, and aioli on a housemade brioche English muffin — has been a staple since the restaurant opened in late 2017. Here it is, as captured by Houston food influencer Abbas Dhanani.

Beyond its deliciousness, Verlander's affection for the burger makes a certain amount of logistical sense. The EaDo restaurant is only about a mile from Minute Maid Park, and it stays open until 11 pm, making it a perfect post-game treat.

Nancy's co-owner Sean Jensen tells CultureMap that he and chef-owner Jason Vaughan consider Verlander and his wife, supermodel Kate Upton, to be regulars. "They have always been supporters and super nice when they visit," he writes in an email.

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