Houston McDonald’s fans are in luck — Shamrock SZN is finally here! The iconic Shamrock Shake® and OREO® Shamrock McFlurry® are making their return to participating restaurants for a limited time.

The classic Shamrock Shake® is made with creamy vanilla soft serve, blended with mint syrup and topped with a sweet, whipped topping. Or, for a hint of something different, the fan-favorite OREO® Shamrock McFlurry®, which comes blended with crushed OREO® cookies. Photo courtesy of Houston McDonald’s.

Maine-ly Sandwiches, the family-owned Houston staple known for its decadent Maine lobster rolls, is opening its second Houston location in Sawyer Yards. The new Sawyer Yards location (2313 Edwards St, Suite 190) is taking over the previous Sticky’s Chicken location.

The New England-style eatery specializes in authentic lobster rolls, sandwiches, clam strips, clam chowder, and more. Initially making a big wave in Houston in 2013 with its Shepherd location, the success eventually led to another location opening up in 2017 off of I-10 in the MARQ*E area. The Shepherd location was forced to close due to Hurricane Harvey, leaving the MARQ*E location as the only other location in Houston. 

“I have always admired Maine cooking, especially my mom’s. There is little Maine or New England cuisine in Houston, and we wanted to change that,” said Maine-ly Sandwiches Co-Founder Buddy Charity. “For a long time since the Shepherd location closed due to Harvey, we have been looking for another location inside the loop and found this perfectly exquisite location in Sawyer Yards with plenty of parking. Our location in Shepherd did not have much parking, so we wanted to make sure we had a location with plenty of parking. Sawyer Yards is a great family destination and a perfect place for expansion. We could not be more excited to bring a taste of Maine and New England to the Sawyer Yards area.”

The New Sawyer Yards location will feature the same menu items as the previous locations, including new specialty lobster rolls like the Texas Heat, a lobster roll with fresh jalapeno slices, avocado, and tabasco; The Southern Crunch, a lobster roll with red onions, celery, and Tony Chachere’s; and the Fried Lobster Tail Roll. The new location will also challenge those brave enough to try and eat a life-size 48-inch lobster roll in under 15 minutes for a prize. Customers can BYOB at both locations. 

For more information about Maine-ly Sandwiches and its newest Houston location, please visit  or follow on social media @mainelysandwiches. Photo courtesy of Maine-ly Sandwiches.

Marmo in Montrose – located within the buzzy Montrose Collective mixed-use development January 18, 2024 a new 2-course prix fixe lunch menu for $29. Served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the daytime menu offers a quick alternative for guests on the go or for those seeking a leisurely reprieve after a morning of shopping. 

For starters, guests will be able to choose from a selection of savory bites such as Polpette with tomato sauce and whipped ricotta and Tuscan Fried Chicken served with crispy artichokes, Meyer lemon, and garlic aioli. Lighter options abound with Oysters on the Half Shell featuring Calabrian chile mignonette, the Marmo House Salad boasting fennel, hearts of palm, and a zesty citrus vinaigrette, and a tempting house-made Charcuterie selection complete with salumi, Italian cheese, and giardiniera.  

Second course dishes take center stage with hand-rolled pastas including the rich Bolognese made with tagliatelle pasta, veal ragu, and Parmigiano-Reggiano and Marmo’s seasonal favorite – Pumpkin Agnolotti with brown butter, sage, and a sprinkle of hazelnut granola. Additional highlights include Texas Redfish served over a bed of heirloom tomatoes with capers, Calabrian chile, and basil; Chicken Parmigiana crowned with San Marzano tomato sauce and house made mozzarella; and the refreshing Blue Crab Bruschetta featuring perfectly toasted bread topped with avocado, fresh blue crab, Fresno chile, and a squeeze of lemon. 

Diners will also have the option to opt for a tempting third-course dessert for an additional $5, featuring Marmo’s daily selection of seasonally inspired Gelati and Sorbetto locally sourced from SweetCup or Tiramisu made with mascarpone mousse, sponge cake, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder. 

Marmo will serve lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, please visit Photo Atlas Restaurant Group.

Perfect for a revitalizing start to the New Year, this nutrient-dense, premium powerhouse of a smoothie is blended with orange, mango, turmeric, coconut oil, ginger, goji berry, bee pollen, B12, maca, dragon fruit, and Oakland-based Harmless Harvest coconut yogurt. 

Already making waves via social media (the JuiceLand Instagram post announcing the Orange Moon garnered over 1,000 Likes), the Orange Moon beckons to be enjoyed at any of JuiceLand’s five Houston locations (Bellaire, Uptown, Upper Kirby, Montrose, Heights) before it disappears off the menu.

Priced at $8.95 (Small), $10.95 (Medium), and $13.50 (Large), the Orange Moon offers a heaping quantity of top-shelf ingredients that combine to overflow with flavor at every sip of the straw. And for those who can’t let go of their favorite JuiceLand smoothie, customers can now add Harmless Harvest coconut yogurt to any smoothie or bowl for $2. Photo courtesy of JuiceLand.

For the first time ever, Eunice, Houston’s upscale Creole Cajun hotspot is celebrating Mardis Gras with homemade king cakes ($45)! The king cakes must be ordered by 6 pm at least two days in advance and will be available for pickup from 11 am-4 pm starting tomorrow, January 6 (King’s Day) until February 12.

This luscious Louisianan delicacy is topped with cream cheese frosting and comes with a metallic baby (which customers may hide themselves). 

To order, Photo Duc Hoang.

JŪN RESTAURANT & WINE BAR on 420 E 20th St. Celebrates Seasonal Menu with Fall and Winter Ingredients

Chefs Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu have rolled out a new seasonal menu that  celebrates the best fall and winter ingredients in soul-satisfying dishes that pay homage to the comforts of their familial cuisines.

Highlights include foraged mushrooms in a a hearty congee with ginger, scallions and soft-poached egg;  a persimmon and gooseberry salad with corn leche de tigre and hoja santa, a peppery herb from central and southern Mexico; roasted cauliflower in kombu coconut broth with sóubise and mint oil; scallops in a luscious vietcajun butter with fingerling potatoes and cempasuchil,, a continuation of the Dia de los Muertos celebration accents of marigolds; mussels in a red curry broth with sour chorizo and a Magnol Bakery baguette, and crispy pork ribs in a sweet soy five spice sauce with pickled celery and peanuts, inspired by Henry’s grandmother. 

For the full menu, visit Photos courtesy of Jun Restaurant & Wine Bar.

FEGES BBQ Holiday Festivities

A VERY FEGES CHRISTMAS: On Saturday, December 16, Feges BBQ is hosting their 3rd annual holiday celebration, A Very Feges Christmas, with fun for the whole family at their Spring Branch location (8217 Long Point Road).

Kids (and adults!) can get their photo with Santa from 6pm-7pm, before he does a special reading of The Night Before Christmas. Diners can enjoy holiday food and drink specials, as they watch Elf on the big screen. No reservations required.

  • Holiday Meal Pre-orders: Feges chefs Patrick Feges and Erin Smith are cooking up everything Houstonians need to bring a taste of Texas BBQ to their holiday table. Guests can pre-order chilled and vacuum-sealed meats and sides a la carte to customize their perfect feast, ready to pick up between December 21-24th at their Greenway Plaza and Spring Branch locations. Visit for ordering.
  •  Photo courtesy of Feges BBQ.

LITTLE’S OYSTER BAR at 3001 S. Shepherd Debuts Seasonal Menu for Fall and Winter

Chef Jason Ryczek has introduced vibrant seasonal dishes to celebrate the best of fall and winter. Highlights include Foie Gras Mousse with huckleberries, pistachio and brioche; Fall Greens with local goat chevre, candied pecans and fermented honey dressing; Scallop Chowder with parsnip, celeriac, smoked potato, and bacon; Pan-Roasted Wild Mussels with spanish chorizo and saffron aioli; King Salmon with beet puree, grapes, and sage; Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Burgundy truffles; and Delicata Squash with pepitas, queso fresco and Hatch chilis. 

Pair with seasonal cocktails from the bar, including Dill Breaker with Wheatley vodka, lemon, house dill cordial, and fresh dill; Teacher’s Pet with Buffalo Trace bourbon, aquavit, Red Delicious, lemon and ginger beer; Sloe Going with El Dorado 12 year rum, Plymouth sloe gin, Campari, and Cocchi Vermouth di Torino; Where There’s Smoke with Rey Campero Espadín Mezcal, Tequila Ocho Añejo, Felix Bigallet China-China, hibiscus, and mole bitters; and Pink Chai Tini with Foresquare Probitas rum, Combier Liqueur de Banane, St. George NOLA coffee liqueur, pink chai, cream, and ground roasted pistachio. Photo Arturo Olmos.

Home Slice for the Holidays: Neighborhood Pizza Joint Launches Charity Fundraiser For Local Nonprofits Through December 24

In the spirit of giving back, Home Slice Pizza is giving away free pizza for a year and other prizes to raise money for Southern Smoke and Foundation Communities

 Home Slice Pizza, a neighborhood pizza joint known for its New York-style pies and sandwiches, announced a month-long charity fundraiser in Houston and Austin beginning today, Giving Tuesday. The fundraiser, dubbed “Home Slice for the Holidays,” will benefit two Texas-owned and operated 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations: Southern Smoke in Houston and Foundation Communities in Austin. Until Christmas Eve, Home Slice’s South Congress (SoCo), North Loop (NoLo), and Houston (Midtown) locations will bring back their beloved Vodka Pie, offer two natural wines from PortoVino Imports, and holding a prize drawing for free pizza for a year in the spirit of giving back.

“We’re excited to work with Foundation Communities,” says Joseph Strickland, Founder-Owner. “We’re big fans of the work they do in the community to change lives for the better.”

Home Slice is partnering with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to bring back their Vodka Pie for a good cause. The thin-crust New York-style classic is smothered in a Tito’s Vodka tomato cream sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella. One dollar from each Vodka Pie sold will be donated, making every bite a meaningful contribution to the local community.

“Southern Smoke’s mission is so important,” says Jeff Mettler, Partner and Head of Special Projects. “As someone who’s been in the restaurant industry for 30 years, I know how important it is to take care of our own.”

Home Slice is also partnering with PortoVino Imports to offer guests natural wine for the first time. One dollar from each glass and $5 from each bottle will be donated to the selected charities. The list includes wines like Col Di Luna ‘Flora’ Rosato Brut NV, a sparkling pet-nat rose made from 100% raboso piave, and Dario Serrentino ‘Cala’ Terre Siciliane, a red and white co-ferment from Sicily.

In addition to limited-time menu items, Home Slice is holding a prize drawing with a chance to win free pizza for a year. Tickets are for sale in-store now until December 24 for $10 each, or three for $25, with proceeds going directly to Southern Smoke and Foundation Communities.

There will be one grand prize winner in each city who receives free pizza for a year (dine-in only, limit one pizza per day). Second and third-place winners will also be chosen, with second place winning a take-out pizza party for 25 guests, and third place winning a dine-in dinner for four guests. Photo: Julia Kiem

Shake Shack Teams Up with DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Together To Launch Trolls-Themed Trio of Holiday Shakes

To celebrate the release of DreamWorks Animation’s new feature film Trolls Band Together on November 17, Shake Shack teamed up with this new chapter in the blockbuster musical Trolls franchise to offer a limited-time shakes menu for fans across the U.S.

The trio of shakes is inspired by the leading characters in the film – Poppy, Branch and new character Viva – as well as traditional holiday flavors that we know and love. The new menu items are accompanied by Trolls-themed holiday packaging including a takeout bag, cup and trayliner, and are now available at Shake Shack locations nationwide (stadiums and airports not included).

“We had a blast dreaming up the trio of shakes that so perfectly capture the flavor of Trolls Band Together characters,” said Nick Wuest, Senior Manager, Culinary Innovation at Shake Shack. “It was only fitting we gave one of our most beloved shakes the Poppy treatment with sugar cookie popping candy and a pile of cotton candy ‘Trolls hair.’ We took a similar approach for Branch and Viva, combining classic flavors like mint chocolate and cinnamon rolls with the fun, joy and glitter of Trolls that we know our guests will love!”

The trio of Trolls-themed shakes include:

  • Poppy’s Sugar Cookie Shake: Hand-spun sugar cookie frozen custard, mixed with cookie dough pop candy, topped with whipped cream and cotton candy. Starts at $7.49
  • Branch’s Chocolate Peppermint Shake: Hand-spun vanilla and chocolate frozen custard, mixed with mint fudge, topped with whipped cream and mint candy crunch. Starts at $7.29
  • Viva’s Cinnamon Roll Shake: Hand-spun cinnamon roll frozen custard, swirled with gold frosting, topped with whipped cream and gold confetti. Starts at $7.29

To learn more and find your closest Shack, visit Photo courtesy of Shake Shack.

MEDIUM RARE, Award Winning Restaurant, coming to Houston

Medium Rare, the award-winning, iconic, full-service restaurant famous for its French-influenced steak and frites (fries), is coming to Houston. The lease is signed. The location is set: 3201 Louisiana Street. The hammers are in motion (on the build-out, not the already-tender steak). The opening is estimated to be early spring 2024.

Oh-My-Goodness: At Medium Rare, simplicity and consistency are the key ingredients. The dinner menu is deliciously uncomplicated and an incredible value: just under $30 for a three-course prix fixe meal, featuring a flavorful fresh mixed green salad, artisan rustic bread, hand-cut fries and the main course— scrumptious Coulotte steak topped with a secret sauce.

  • Veggie lovers need not fear, as there’s an equally savory vegetarian option: Grilled portobello with fire-roasted red pepper sauce and hand-cut fries.
  • A-and…you get seconds! Yes, seconds…at no extra charge. Midway through your meal, your server arrives at the table with more fries, more steak, and more of Medium Rare’s “secret sauce” (see more about that below*).

Dessert Decadence: While simplicity is Medium Rare’s mantra, there are plenty of choices when it comes to their over-the-top, decadent desserts — like the 7-layer chocolate cake, the 7-layer carrot cake or their legendary hot fudge sundae.

Bring on the Brunch: Medium Rare sizzles on weekends, too, with brunches featuring their bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and screwdrivers, along with plenty of delicious menu choices (you gotta try their life-changing French toast). All for about $40 a person.

Smashing Success: Medium Rare calls the Washington, D.C., metro area home, where it’s been named Best Steakhouse and OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice.

A Little More About Mark: Mark Bucher is a Washington, D.C.-area restaurateur, a 2022 Washingtonian of the Year, and World Burger Champion, who has not only been wowing Medium Rare diners with wonderful food since 2011, but has also been combating food insecurity. Ever since the first days of the pandemic, Bucher has introduced multiple charitable efforts to fight hunger.

Stay tuned for Bucher’s charitable plans to bring more meal security to Houston. Photo-Scott Suchman.


The captivating dining destination, Albi,  located in the bustling dining corridor along River Oaks Shopping Center, is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a variety of new menu items.

A celebration of  authentic and approachable Middle Eastern cuisine, Albi will provide mid-day diners a variety of cold and hot mezzas, seasonal pita sandwiches and main entrees to choose from. The vibrant selection of starters is highlighted by items such as Scallop Crudo, with green grape aguachile, gremolata, sumac; Bluefin Tuna Tartar, with aleppo vinaigrette, bulgar, apricot coulis;  Maitake Mushroom Manakesh, with zhoug, ackawi cheese, za’atar; and Arak Scented PEI Mussels.

On the salad side, Albi will be offering a bevy of options, Albi Fattouch, Belgian endive, roussas feta, sumac honey, pomegranate with the option to add grilled chicken tawook; Summer Melon Saladseasonal melons, lime creme fraiche, Kaluga caviar; and  Cucumber & Sumac-Cured Salmon, black tahini, preserved cherry, hazelnuts.

On the heartier side, Albi presents a selection of warm homemade pita sandwiches including, Chicken Shawarma, frisée lettuce, confit garlic aioli, Braised Lamb Shank, red mustard frills, truffle, King Trumpet Mushroom, marinated tomato, tzatziki, Fresh Veggie Sandwich, avocado, bean sprouts, marinated cucumber, pesto, herb focaccia. All sandwiches are served with your choice of Albi fries or housemade salt & vinegar chips.

Main plates include signature dishes such as Jolly Farms Chicken, turmeric labneh, pine nuts, kabsa rice bowl; Grilled Tenderloin, celery root, broccolini, harissa; Smoked Lamb Shank, grilled carrot, fennel, demi-glace; Dover Sole, fried eggplant, fatteh beurre blanc, za’atar oil 

A celebration of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, Albi provides a beautiful setting to imbibe for  late-day diners with various vignettes from stylish bar and circular banquette seating to the indoor terrace overlooking west gray and the shopping district.   

Albi is located at 1947 West Gray.  Lunch hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For reservations, visit Resy. Photos: V. Sweeten


Upscale, Thai concept from Kin Dee Owner Lukkaew Srasrisuwan, will bring a signature blend of elevated Thai cuisine and sophisticated interiors to Upper Kirby

Houstonians are about to get a taste of the exotic when MaKiin – the brainchild of female restaurateur Lukkaew Srasrisuwan, who won the hearts of Houston diners with her Heights restaurant Kin Dee back in 2020 – opened its doors on Monday, October 23 on the ground level of luxury high-rise Hanover River Oaks at 2651 Kipling Street. Serving refined, beautifully presented Thai fare in a contemporary chic setting, MaKiin promises to be an unforgettable destination to eat, drink, and socialize. 

“MaKiin means “come to eat,” an invitation that in Thailand is viewed as the highest honor one can bestow,” said Srasrisuwan. “I’m excited to offer Houston diners an invitation to come eat and celebrate the culture and beauty of Thailand. Our carefully curated menu of authentic Thai dishes, I feel will really resonate with Houston’s diverse clientele while introducing the Bayou City to an entirely new culinary experience.” 

Located in the luxury high-rise Hanover River Oaks, MaKiin is conveniently situated at the corner of Kipling Street and Kirby, directly across the street from Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Becks Prime.

The menu was created by Thailand’s award-winning duo Chefs Eakkapan (O) Ngammuang and Aphassorn (Bell) Predawan, who were both born and raised in Thailand and bring over 15 years of experience to MaKiin. On the menu, the chefs introduce multi-layered dishes full of distinctive flavors that serve as an ode to royal Thai family recipes within the Northern and Southern culinary regions of Thailand, which has influences from Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and China.

Indulgence continues with dessert highlights, including butterfly pea flower-infused coconut ice cream served with fruit jelly and a creamy, salt-cured egg yolk, daily sorbet specials meticulously crafted in-house, and the Dessert Wonderland featuring rich chocolate soil, lychee rosewater sorbet, and edible moss topped with a whimsical chocolate tree and fluffy cotton candy. 

The beverage menu boasts a lineup of 50 wine labels, each expertly chosen to complement the exquisite flavors of MaKiin’s cuisine, and ten hand-crafted specialty cocktails. To enhance the experience further, MaKiin will introduce a happy hour, complete with a thoughtfully curated array of Thai twists on classic cocktails and a specially crafted food menu. 

MaKiin will serve dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Happy hour will be offered at the bar, in the dining room, and on the patio every day from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. along with live entertainment Thursday through Sunday starting at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit Sean Ranier.

Nice Winery releases new wine benefiting The Periwinkle Foundation with label designed by pediatric cancer patient named Payton

Nice donates 30% of sales “Survivor Monkey” Zinfandel to Periwinkle

Houston’sNice Winery has just released its latest wine benefiting The Periwinkle Foundation, with the label designed by Payton, a 10-year-old pediatric cancer patient at Texas Children’s Hospital through Periwinkle Arts in Medicine’s Making A Mark® program. The new wine for 2023-2024 is called “Survivor Monkey” and is a 100% Zinfandel from fruit sourced from a sustainably farmed, family-owned estate within Sonoma Valley. Nice Winery will donate 30% of the proceeds from the sale of each $60 bottle of wine back to The Periwinkle Foundation.

Each year, a different red wine is chosen featuring the art of one of the patients in the Making A Mark® program. Payton’s “Survivor Monkey” design captured the imagination of this year’s judges and adds a whimsical touch to each bottle of wine.

“Our partnership with Nice Winery has truly been a magical experience,” says Doug Suggitt, Executive Director of The Periwinkle Foundation. “It’s a joy to work with such charity-minded business owners like Ian and Ryan, who have embraced Periwinkle. We appreciate their generosity in giving back a portion of the wine sales to support our camps and arts programs, as well as honoring one of our young artists.”

Suggitt notes that Periwinkle board members, staff and friends, along with Nice Winery stakeholders, enjoyed a recent “release party” where the young artist and her parents got to mix and mingle with guests. Guests over age 21 were able to sample “Survivor Monkey” with a delicious spread of food that paired well with the Zinfandel.

Nice Winery, located in Spring Branch at 10520 Westview Dr., is cultivated by Houston natives: Le Cordon Bleu-trained chefs and certified sommeliers Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld. At the winery, customers will find sustainably-farmed wines made at family-owned vineyards without the use of chemicals or additives. The tastings are sit-down affairs focused on wine education, with highly qualified staff guiding guests through wine flavors, processes and food pairings.

For more information about The Periwinkle Foundation, please visit Photo: Larry Geiger.

Margaritaville Lake Resort & St. Arnold Brewery Pair Up for a Frighteningly Good Time on Friday the 13th

Enjoy a frighteningly fun evening at Margaritaville Lake Resort’s License to Chill Bar & Café with a four-course dinner paired with a select menu of ales from Houston own’s St. Arnold Brewery on Friday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The cost per person is $90 and reservations are required. Call 1-877-286-9590 to reserve your seat.

The spookalicious dinner includes:

  • First course: assorted passed Hors d’oeuvres paired with Art Car IPA
  • Second course: Shadowy Yukon Crypt Bytes (Yukon Gold potato dumplings) paired with St. Arnold Oktoberfest
  • Third course: Arugula Enchanted Forest Salad (arugula, grapefruit, blood oranges, tricolor roasted beets, caramelized pears, goat cheese, candied pecans, and citrus elixir drizzle) paired with St. Arnold Pumkinator
  • Fourth course: Roasted Rocky Mountain Vampire Elk (roast elk, braised red onions, and black current demi-glace) paired with St. Arnold Bourbon Barrel French Press
  • Dessert: Cursed Apple Galette (apple galette served with pure vanilla bean “Ice Scream”) paired with St. Arnold Cognac French Press with Geisha Coffee

Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake Conroe | Houston is located at 600 Margaritaville Parkway in Montgomery, Texas 77356.


Le Jardinier, the seasonally driven, modern French dining institution from The Bastion Collection is introducing a brand-new bar bites menu starting Monday, October 2.  

The menu will include a series of rotating $12 cocktails, house wine by the glass for $12 and select beer for $6. As for food, chef de cuisine Felipe Botero has whipped up a medley of menu items – ranging from his take on bar snacks like toasted nuts (smoked paprika, rosemary), mixed olives (chili flakes, citrus peel) and smoked salmon dip with purple potato chips to a divine lamb burger (cheese, date jam), yucca tots (crème fraîche, caviar) and pommes dauphine (vadouvan aioli). Top off your bar bites experience with desserts from pastry chef Tiffani Ann Gkaris, including crème brûlée and baba au rhum

Bar bites will be available Monday through Thursday from 5-6:30 pm at the bar and lounge areas. Le Jardinier is located at 5500 Main St. in the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo: Alex Montoya


Sorriso, an upscale, modern Italian eatery overlooking The Woodlands’ Waterway Square and located on the ground floor of The Westin at The Woodlands, has appointed highly regarded culinary veteran Jonathan Lestingi to the role of chef de cuisine. Bringing a rich heritage deeply rooted in Italian culture to his new position, Lestingi was previously chef de cuisine at Back Table Kitchen & Bar, a standalone, waterfront restaurant on the grounds of nearby The Woodlands Resort, also under The Woodlands Hotels umbrella.

Lestingi brings national experience to Sorriso, including a chef de partie position under Patrick O’Connell at famed The Inn at Little Washington, the only 3 Star Michelin restaurant in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the longest-tenured Forbes 5 Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant in the world. Prior to relocating to Houston with The Woodlands Hotels in 2021, he was based in New Orleans for a decade, holding roles at destination dining spots such as Brennan’s, Red Fish Grill and Stella, including the sous chef position at James Beard Award-winning Willa Jean. Lestingi was also the executive chef and co-owner of well-received solo venture Oxalis – a stylish gastropub and whiskey bar in the hip Bywater neighborhood – and its Magazine Street predecessor, La Fin du Monde. Additionally, while earning his degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, Lestingi had an internship under consulting chef Tom Colicchio at The Beach Club at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

“I am so excited to infuse my Italian heritage and culinary background into the vibrant menu of Sorriso,” said Lestingi. “It’s a beautiful backdrop to showcase the flavors and traditions that shaped my youth and culinary journey, and I can’t wait to share them with our loyal patrons and newcomers alike.

For more information and reservations, please call 832.839.5436 or visit

River Oaks Crumbl Cookies Opens on September 22nd

Houston is about to get a whole lot sweeter on Friday, September 22nd, when locally owned and operated River Oaks Crumbl Cookies, located at 2036 Westheimer Ste B, Houston, TX 77098, opens its doors.

Store owners Raja and Chandler Nasir can’t wait to serve delicious treats to Houston cookie connoisseurs in Crumbl’s iconic Pink Boxes. The store is open from 8am–10pm on weekdays and 8am–12am on Fridays and Saturdays. Media, community members, and city officials are invited to join the celebration..

Aside from satisfying your sweet tooth, the store is also providing over 40 career opportunities to Houston locals.

The grand opening week menu will consist of six of the 200+ weekly rotating flavors, including Crumbl’s award-winning Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunk. For future weekly lineups, don’t miss the weekly flavor drops posted every Sunday at 6pm MST on all of Crumbl’s social media accounts.

Customers can order in person during the first five business days of the Grand Opening. Starting Wednesday, September 27th, delivery, curbside pickup, catering, and nationwide shipping will be available via the Crumbl App or online at Customers can also enjoy a new feature on the Crumbl App called the Cookie Journal, where they can rate and track cookies, share their tasty
takes with other Crumbl reviewers, and earn Badges! Download the award-winning Crumbl App and start reviewing cookies and collecting Loyalty Crumbs toward free cookies today.

In addition to operating their flagship store in Bellaire, Raja and Chandler Nasir are thrilled to be opening their fourth Crumbl location in Houston. The duo has spent months perfecting the River Oaks location to provide an irresistible experience for customers.

“We love being a part of the Crumbl family while working together as our own family too,” the pair said. “We cannot wait to join the dynamic River Oaks and Montrose neighborhoods and serve all your cookie needs. Come by our newest location and try the Crumbl Cookies you can’t get enough of—now, even closer to home!”

Hugo’s and Caracol Offer Chiles en Nogada for Fall and Winter

Chiles en Nogada is one of Mexico’s – and specifically, the state of Puebla’s – most iconic signature dishes, one featured on the menu annually at Hugo’s throughout walnut and pomegranate season.  This year, Chef Hugo Ortega is offering this amazing dish at both Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer, and Caracol, 2200 Post Oak Blvd., starting September 15.

Stories say that nuns in Hugo’s hometown of Puebla, Mexico created the dish in 1821 for the visiting Mexican Army General Agustin de Iturbide in honor of the Treaty of Cordoba, which gave Mexico its independence. The red pomegranate seeds, green poblano chile and white walnut sauce give this dish the colors of the Mexican flag, which make it very patriotic!

The Chile en Nogada features shredded pork mixed with red and green apples, pears, peaches, plantains, sweet potatoes, almonds and raisins stuffed into a poblano pepper and topped with savory walnut cream sauce, garnished with pomegranate seeds and parsley.  Cost is $26 plus tax (two peppers, served with white rice).

The Chiles en Nogada will be available through the end of December 2023. Photo courtesy of Hugo’s/Caracol.

Postino’s Inaugural Battle of the Bruschetta Announces Winner to Join Fall Menu

Inspired by the popular Mexican street food classic that you can find all over Mexico and parts of Houston, Chef Manny’s creation delivers an authentic burst of flavors and captures the essence of this antojito (little craving or street food).

While this dish is usually served as a whole ear of corn in Mexico, Chef Manny’s version uses crème fraiche as the base, Cholula for some spice, fresh lime juice, cumin, chili powder, paprika and kosher salt. This fusion of creamy, tangy and spicy elements in this bruschetta pairs nicely with Postino’s collaboration bottle with Valkyrie Selections, Holly’s Way Chardonnay. Crafted to be a classic California chardonnay, Holly’s Way is a balancing act between tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple, ripe peach and apple with a toasty brioche note, adding further complexity to the wine. The Mexican Street Corn Bruschetta is available on their fall menu, debuting in October, at all Houston-area Postino locations, including Montrose, The Heights, Uptown Park, Town & Country, La Centerra at Cinco Ranch and The Woodlands.

nspired by the popular Mexican street food classic that you can find all over Mexico and parts of Houston, Chef Manny’s creation delivers an authentic burst of flavors and captures the essence of this antojito (little craving or street food). While this dish is usually served as a whole ear of corn in Mexico, Chef Manny’s version uses crème fraiche as the base, Cholula for some spice, fresh lime juice, cumin, chili powder, paprika and kosher salt. This fusion of creamy, tangy and spicy elements in this bruschetta pairs nicely with Postino’s collaboration bottle with Valkyrie Selections, Holly’s Way Chardonnay. Crafted to be a classic California chardonnay, Holly’s Way is a balancing act between tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple, ripe peach and apple with a toasty brioche note, adding further complexity to the wine. The Mexican Street Corn Bruschetta is available on their fall menu, debuting in October, at all Houston-area Postino locations, including Montrose, The Heights, Uptown Park, Town & Country, La Centerra at Cinco Ranch and The Woodlands. Photo: Blake Bonillas


Houston Restaurateurs Mack and Tan McDonald Bring Award-Winning Cuisine to The Woodlands®

The Howard Hughes Corporation® announced the debut of Mack Allen’s, an upscale seafood restaurant, in Creekside Park® Village Center in The Woodlands®. Mack Allen’s is the creation of leading Houston restaurateurs Mack and Tan McDonald, and part of the McDonald Entertainment Group.

Mack Allen’s will offer a diverse and appealing menu with a focus on fresh seafood, full oyster bar, prime steaks, and unique culinary dishes—creating memorable dining experiences from longtime Houston area Executive Chefs, Carlos Andrade and Manny Viveros. With approximately 7,000 square feet of space and an extensive patio, Mack Allen’s will provide a distinct dining atmosphere for guests.

“The Woodlands is a special place that we have had our eyes on for years, looking for the right opportunity to open a new restaurant in the community,” shared the McDonalds. “The community is welcoming to diverse cuisine and Creekside Park provides a convenient destination for residents to enjoy appetizing and enticing culinary dishes.”

“Mack Allen’s brings a new and unique food concept to The Woodlands providing residents and guests with even more dining options,” said Patrick Stites, Vice President, Strategic Investment Analysis with The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The proximity of residents within the Village Center and nearby in Creekside Park will provide easy walkability to Mack Allen’s as well as the many other retailers and customer-service businesses in the area.”

Mack Allen’s will be built on over two acres near the intersection of Creekside Forest Drive and Timarron Drive in Creekside Park Village Center. Mack Allen’s is anticipated to open in the latter half of 2024.

Bun B’s Trill Burgers coming to NRG Stadium for 2023 Houston Texans season

Houston’s favorite smashburger concept will have 4 locations inside the stadium 

Trill Burgers will be a part of a new era of Houston Texans football this season at NRG Stadium. Houston’s acclaimed homegrown smashburger concept from legendary rapper Bun B will serve its signature burgers and fries at concession stands at four locations inside the stadium on Texans game days for the duration of the 2023 NFL season. 

Photo by Marco Torres/@MarcoFromHouston

Trill Burgers is no stranger to NRG Park, serving at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on the NRG grounds in 2022 and 2023. In April, Trill Burgers made its debut inside NRG Stadium at the NCAA Men’s Final Four, plus three historic sold-out Taylor Swift concerts. Trill Burgers will be in the house when Beyoncé returns to Houston for two shows at NRG on Sept. 23-24. 

“We’re very excited to be at NRG Stadium for every home game to serve Trill Burgers and watch our Texans play to victory,” Bun B said. “Go Texans.”

Partnering with Aramark Sports + Entertainment, Trill Burgers’ concession stands at NRG Stadium will be located at Sections 115, 135, 520 and 548. The booth at Section 135 will utilize a convenient self-checkout system, while the location at Section 548 will feature new AI-powered Zippin technology to streamline the ordering process and get fans back to their seats in record time. Trill Burger Packages also will be available for order in luxury suites.

Trill’s NRG menu features the award-winning OG Burger – named “Best Burger in America” on Good Morning America in 2022 – featuring two smashed all-beef patties, Trill Sauce, pickles, caramelized onions and American cheese on a potato bun; the Vegan OG Burger with smashed plant-based Impossible patties and vegan cheese; seasoned fries; and drinks.


Goode Co. Armadillo Palace is excited to announce the lineup of artists who will be performing at their music venue, the Hall, in August. The upcoming country artist lineup for the month of August begins this week and includes: 

  • Max Stalling – performs on Friday, August 4 with tickets available for purchase in advance for $17 and day-of tickets priced at $20.
  • Hill Country Revival – performs on Saturday, August 5 with tickets available for purchase in advance for $8 and day-of tickets priced at $10. 
  • Shaker Hymns –  FREE performance on Friday, August 11.
  • Damn Quails – performs on Friday, August 25 with tickets available for purchase in advance for $15 and day-of tickets priced at $18.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Goode Co. Armadillo Palace website HERE. All performances begin at 9:00 pm and doors open at 8:00 pm.

Guests are invited to enjoy the live music and Goode Co. Armadillo Palace’s authentic Texas fare. Food at Goode Co. Armadillo Palace includes starters like the Cantina Queso, Grilled Chicken Skewers and the Pork and Green Chile Empanadas. Guests are encouraged to try the Damn Goode Burger and the Damn Goode Margarita–two of Goode Co.’s signature items. 

Goode Co. Armadillo Palace is located at 5015 Kirby Drive in Houston. For more information about Goode Co. Armadillo Palace, and all of their upcoming live music events, visit and follow along on Instagram and Facebook

McDonald’s Introduces New Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Quarter Pounder with Cheese

Beginning July 10, McDonald’s will release their brand new Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon Quarter Pounder® with Cheese, otherwise known as the QPC®. 

The new Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon QPC features two slices of melted American cheese, delicious thick-cut Applewood Smoked bacon and pickled jalapeño slices. And if one Quarter Pounder patty isn’t enough, McDonald’s is also releasing a Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon Double QPC. 

Local restaurants are also spicing up breakfast by adding Cheesy Jalapeño to the Sausage McMuffin with Egg. The Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon QPC and Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon Double QPC will be available at participating Greater Houston restaurants for a limited time while supplies last.


Shake Shack is thrilled to announce that it will be opening Texas’ first ever drive thru location this June in Sugar Land, TX near Houston. Shake Shack’s Sugar Land location will open on June 22nd and will be located at 2515 Town Center Blvd N, Sugar Land, TX 77479. The Sugar Land Shack joins as the first drive thru Shack and the 21st Shack in the state of Texas. 

The Sugar Land Shack will offer guests both in-Shack dining and Shake Shack’s drive thru experience. The drive thru features a digital menu board, a two-lane ordering system and a separate pick-up window for ease of convenience. The Shack will be open from 11AM to 10PM daily. Guests will be able to order directly in Shack and drive thru lanes. Digital pre-ordering ahead for pickup or delivery via the Shack app and online at and web will become available in the coming weeks. 

Shake Shack’s food is always made-to-order, and the Sugar Land Shack will continue to serve up all the classics, including the ShackBurger®, crinkle-cut fries, hand-spun shakes and the new Veggie Burger and Non-Dairy offerings. 

Photo: Audrey Ma


The brunch we have all been waiting for is finally here just in time for summer… Numero28 Highland Village is serving up brunch classics with their own Italian twist on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.

Dishes like Truffle and Egg Pizza, mozzarella, truffle cream and fresh basil, to an Italian style omelette, Frittata with potato, sweet peas, served with mista verde salad and breakfast favorites like Eggs Benedict, toasted english muffin, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, served with seasoned house potatoes can be seen on the menu.

And don’t forget the $8 special on all brunch cocktails, Mimosa’sBellini’s, Sangria, you name it – looks like you have plans this weekend! All dining available for walk-ins, for parties of 5+ please call the restaurant at 713-485-5248 to reserve. Photo: Becca Wright

Chef Christine Ha, 3-time James Beard finalist, and MasterChef Winner, Joins the Chef Line Up at the Galveston Island Wine Festival

Event highlights Labor Day Weekend with exquisite wine, food, fireworks, live music, penguin painting, and much more at Moody Gardens

The Galveston Island Wine Festival, one of the premier wine and food events in Texas is making waves with the announcement that celebrity chef Christine Ha will special Guest Chef among an impressive line-up of renowned chefs at the Seven on Seven Seafood Extravaganza on September 1st. The event, which kicks off a weekend of exquisite wining and dining paired with fireworks, and live music will be a spectacular three-day festival over Labor Day weekend.

Ha, known as “The Blind Cook” and winner of MasterChef Season 3, will bring her unique culinary flair to the festival. She will join forces with other notable culinary talents from Blvd Seafood, Yaga’s, and Moody Gardens, and more for this memorable evening. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular pairings crafted by these culinary maestros while they vie for the Best in Show Award.

The Seven on Seven Seafood Extravaganza is a unique experience in which seven top-tier chefs duel to create sensational dishes, each paired with a choice from seven of the world’s finest wine regions. This event is a significant highlight of the Galveston Island Wine Festival, a weekend filled with wine, delicious food, live music, and fun activities set against the beautiful backdrop of Moody Gardens.

“We’re ecstatic to have Christine Ha as part of this year’s lineup,” said Festival Organizer, and Yaga’s Entertainment President Mike Dean. “Her innovative approach to cooking, passion for food, and resilience are an inspiration to us all. We’re sure she will make the Seven on Seven Seafood Extravaganza a truly unforgettable experience for our attendees.”

The Galveston Island Wine Festival runs from September 1-3. Over the course of the weekend, guests can enjoy a variety of wine festival activities, including a Champagne Social, Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting at the Aquarium Pyramid, and the Wine’D Down After Hours with live entertainment and a firework show. A variety of hotel packages are available to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone.

For more information about Christine Ha and other participating chefs, or to book your spot at the Seven on Seven Seafood Extravaganza, visit Photo: Julie Soefer


Montrose neighborhood’s, Ostia, announces a plethora of summer programs aimed at providing guests with a special brew of refreshing and unforgettable experiences.

Summer Happy Hour: Come escape on Ostia’s patio or bar area – every Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 6 pm – during the neighborhood spot’s first-ever summer happy hour series. Chef Travis McShane is serving up good times and a tasty selection of rotating nibbles, along with some thirst-quenching beverage deals. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and co-workers and indulge in the flavors of the season.

Savor tantalizing Mediterranean bar bites like speck ($10), chicken liver pate with sour cherry mostarda ($8), house chips + olives ($5), and focaccia + evoo ($4). As you kick back, cool off with $4 beers and $6 spritzes, plus creative cocktails and some delicious wines by the glass – both priced to hit the spot at $10. The new summer happy hour menu, which will run through the end of August, is guided by Chef McShane’s passion for market-driven ingredients and offers something for everyone to enjoy. Rooted in Mediterranean flavors, the new menu features bar snacks, including Speck ($10), Chicken Liver Pate with sour cherry mostarda ($8), House Chips + Olives ($5) and Focaccia + Evoo ($4). Also, on the menu is an assortment of refreshing libations from $4 beers to invigorating $6 spritzes, and captivating cocktails and wines by the glass for just $9.

Pizza and Bubbles: In addition to the summer happy hour menu, Ostia launches an exciting summer series called Pizza & Bubbles. Every Sunday, diners can treat themselves to a rotating menu of delectable pizzas, accompanied by an irresistible discount of 25% off all bubbles, be it by glass or bottle. From savory pizzas and exquisite sparkling wines, this is the ultimate pairing to beat the heat.

Ostia is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Dinner hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Photo credit: Ostia


April 6 from 6-8 p.m.

Indulge in a three-course whiskey dinner at The Moran CITYCENTRE’s Radio Milano featuring WhistlePig Whiskey paired with courses from the Executive Chef, Christian Cardenas. On Thursday, April 6, whiskey lovers will enjoy an amuse from the kitchen paired with 6-year Piggyback Rye Salted Caramel Manhattan, 12-year Old World Rye, and 15-year Estate Oak Rye.

WhistlePig Whiskey was born when a crew of rye enthusiasts settled in an unlikely place, turning a historic dairy barn in Vermont into a world-class whiskey distillery. WhistlePig prioritizes dedication and innovation to make great whiskey their way.

The evening doesn’t have to end after dinner! Make a night of it! Book a room at The Moran CITYCENTRE and take advantage of all the hotel and CITYCENTRE has to offer. Guests will certainly enjoy a night or extended stay at Houston’s premier destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Starter—Warm Asian Pear Wrapped in Prosciutto Di Parma

                        Stuffed with Roasted Marcona Almonds Chevre, Drizzled with WhistlePig Syrup

                        Paired with— 6-year Piggyback Rye Salted Caramel Manhattan

                        Second Course— Prawn and Octopus Mojo De Ajo

                        Candied Pancetta Potatoes, Plantain Chip

                        Paired with— 12-year Old World Rye

                        Third Course— Apple Wood Smoked Pork Chop

                        Celery Root Pure, Roasted Garlic Baby Squash, Roasted Beets, Charred Heirloom Tomato Relish

                        Paired with— 15-year Estate Oak Rye

                        Dessert— Tiramisu Baked Alaska

                        Limavady Irish Coffee with Tiramisu Foam

COST:             Tickets are$95 per person, all-inclusive of tax and gratuity

Photo courtesy of The Moran

The Menil Collection and Eureka Heights Brewery Announce a New Art-Inspired Beer

Hopps Hopps Hopps will be available at Eureka Heights Brewery for the duration of the Menil’s exhibition The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps

The Menil Collection and Eureka Heights Brewery are pleased to announce Hopps Hopps Hopps, a new limited-edition beer inspired by The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps, an exhibition on view at the Menil March 24–August 13, 2023.

An exclusive first tasting will take place at the museum’s member opening for the exhibition, and all are invited for a public launch of the beer at a special Menil-themed trivia night at Eureka Heights (941 W 18th St.) on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

Celebrating the Menil’s show, which spotlights the influential curatorial vision of the museum’s first director Walter Hopps (1932–2005), Eureka Heights created a limited release brew named after Edward Kienholz’s 1959 assemblage-portrait and sculpture Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps. The title references Hopps as “the third,” named after his father and grandfather. Close friends Kienholz and Hopps cofounded the Ferus Gallery, which is now legendary for establishing Los Angeles as a center for contemporary art. Hopps Hopps Hopps is a hops-forward West Coast Lager using Strata hops to give the beer a bright citrus flavor, a nod to Hopps’s California roots.

The beer’s label is also a reflection of the Menil’s show, depicting a hop plant wearing Hopps’s signature black-framed glasses with a Pop art-themed background that is an homage to Joe Goode’s painting Untitled, ca. 1962. Hopps’s 1962 exhibition, New Painting of Common Objects, was the first museum survey of what became known as Pop art. Artists like Goode, Philip Hefferton, and Ed Ruscha critiqued the rapidly expanding worlds of mass media and advertising by adopting their bright colors and stylized representational forms. Works by all of these artists will be on view at the Menil in The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps.

Hopps Hopps Hopps can be purchased on tap or in a 16 oz four-pack at Eureka Heights beginning March 24 while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Menil, which is free and open to all. Cans of the beer will be available at select museum events throughout the run of the exhibition.


French favorite, Schmit  to Unveil New Upper Kirby Restaurant with Sumptuous Fare and Modern Interiors Near the Corner of Richmond and Kirby

PS21– the much-awaited modern, French restaurant from famed Chef Philippe Schmit will make its eagerly anticipated debut in Upper Kirby on March 9th, in the space formerly occupied by Queen Vic and Olive & Twist (2712 Richmond.) After closing his eponymous restaurant 10 years ago, Schmit will tap back into his roots with a return to French classics and finds himself joining forces with hospitality veteran and business partner Sébastien Laval, who has helped launch some of Houston’s hottest restaurants including MAD, Musaafer, Le Colonial, La Table and has helped consult with the opening of Ciel, Pacha Nikkei, Alba at Granduca more recently.

“I am excited to get back in the saddle,” said Schmit.  “PS21 will be a much more laid-back experience than my previous restaurants, as it will be more of a return to my roots and to the authentic style of cooking that I enjoy.”

The name, PS21, is not only a nod to Philippe and Sébastien’s initials but also the year his dream of opening the restaurant came to fruition in 2021.

“The concept of PS21 is to bring people together guests who are novices when it comes to French food as much as aficionados to eat delicious plates in a fun, convivial and relaxed atmosphere,” says Laval.  The staff is here to give an experience to our guests taking them through the wealth of French culture and flavors but also the cultures that France has been in contact with for centuries.”

The 50-label French-only wine list has been curated by Laval to showcase France’s variety of terroirs with wines that are representative of their locations at prices between $49 and $250.

A highly confidential small reserve wine list showcases the absolute best producers, terroirs, and vintages France is famous for.

Post opening, PS21 will offer guests an early afternoon treat with an Apéro Hour featuring revisited classics to be shared.

Opening service will begin with dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday will open until 11 p.m.   Brunch and lunch will follow at a later date.  

To make your reservation, please call (346) 571-8988 or through OpenTable.

Photos: Harold Cua

Congratulations to JUST DESSERTS 2023 WINNERS with Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council and Local Chefs

Best Theme Interpretation : Lick’d

Most Creative Recipe: Gud Sugar

Best Use of Cookie: Chuckwagon BBQ

Best Table Display: Crumbville, TX

Best Dessert Presentation: The Woodlands Resort

Celebrity Judges’ Favorite: Southern Sweets Bakehouse

Girl Judges’ Favorite: Koffeteria
Most Camp Friendly: Cheesecake Queen

Most Girl Scout Themed: HTX Nitro

Legacy Chef: HTX Nitro

People’s Choice Award: Salt and Sugar Texas

Photos courtesy of Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council



Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA is making a celebrated return to Houston for the first time in over 10 years. Starting on January 25th and running through March 5th, KOOZA will sweep audiences away with its magical aerial acrobatics, daredevil stunts and mischievous humor
under the Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park.

Photo: V. Sweeten

River Oaks District mainstay MAD has announced plans to welcome the production back to the Bayou City with a special menu that speaks to the two entities’ shared passion for art, gastronomy and entertainment. The posh Spanish restaurant – known for its innovative cuisine and avant-garde design – is launching a KOOZA-inspired FOUR ACTS menu ($70) with an optional wine pairing menu (+$45) curated by Executive Chef Luis Roger. Available for both brunch and dinner, the menu will run during the duration of the show’s time in Houston. Guests who can show their tickets to the matinée KOOZA show will receive 50% off the KOOZA X MAD menu.

THE KOOZA x MAD FOUR ACTS MENU: Each course features three-to-four options, including premium choices for an additional cost of $6 and up. Sides to share are also available for an additional cost. The KOOZA Four Acts menu at MAD will be available through March 5 for dinner only.

MAD – River Oaks District is at 4444 Westheimer Rd Suite C180, Houston, TX 77027. More details at


Gatsby Hospitality Group partners, Dr. Anosh Ahmed and Luis Rangel opened the doors to their new craft-casual neighborhood concept, Gatsby’s Grill on December 29, 2022. Located at 2929 Navigation Blvd, in the El Segundo neighborhood, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant interior features dark wood accents and furnishings complimented by deep green walls throughout the dining room and an expansive bar area that opens to a robust outdoor patio via its garage-style glass window, showcasing fire pits, lounge seating, and several TVs.

This sister concept is the group’s fun, approachable, neighborhood restaurant that features attractively priced, elevated comfort food with the signature Gatsby’s twist that diners have come to expect.

“We wanted to create an unfussy, contemporary restaurant with an upscale spin on traditional menu items you would typically get at a Grill, while also paying homage to the El Segundo neighborhood, with some Latino driven offerings,” said Luis Rangel. He added, “This is a neighborhood I’ve been coming to practically my entire life, so I’m thrilled to join our culinary neighbors in this area and bring the Gatsby’s
experience to this part of town.”

The menu at Gatsby’s Grill is highlighted with Chef Anaya’s choice of flavorful cuts of meat and fresh seafood. Guests can also expect other signature menu items such as Crab Avocado Queso, Gatsby’s Street Corn, and many other savory appetizers. Taking the main stage and honoring the area’s roots are their three variations of tacos, including carnitas, shrimp, and fish. For guests looking for heartier Texas
favorites, the menu offers up Anaya’s Burger featuring a sunny-side-up fried egg and Chicken Fried Steak. A children’s menu is also available that will no doubt keep everyone in the family happy.

For more information, please visit or call 713.485.0039 or 713.485.0375. Photo credit: Raydon Creative.

EAT DRINK HTX! New Foodie Fundraiser Returns for Second Year

The Cleverley Stone Foundation has announced that the sister event to Houston Restaurant Weeks will return for the second year. Eat Drink HTX will take place February 15th through February 28th, 2023, with a new charity partner on board this year.

This foodie friendly event encourages restaurants from across the greater Houston area to participate, from areas north of the city including Lake Conroe, Magnolia and The Woodlands to Sugar Land and south to Clear Lake and Galveston.

The two-week-long Eat Drink HTX has been developed for the casual dining category, with a lower price point set for prix fixe brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, allowing more casual and fast-casual eateries the opportunity to participate in the fundraiser. This event was one of Stone’s final wishes as she saw a need for a boost in sales in restaurants during historically slow periods for area restaurants; specifically, weeks in February, after Valentine’s Day and early spring.

Proceeds will benefit the Houston Food Bank and CHILDREN AT RISK, with funds going towards improving the quality of life for Texas’ children.

C. Baldwin Lobby Bar Launches “12 Days of Christmas”

Stop by the buzzy C. Baldwin lobby bar and partake in their 12 Days of Christmas cocktails menu!

Starting December 1st-12th, patrons can enjoy a variety of specialty cocktails made just in time for the holiday season, with a new drink offered each day. 

Highlights on the specialty curated menu include the Apple Cinnamon Toast, a refreshing libation made with old forester bourbon, apple liquor and orange bitters, a Christmas Carol, made with Bombay sapphire gin, green chartreuse, clove infused honey and maple syrup and lemon juice garnished with a rosemary sprig, Mistletoe made with bourbon, sweet vermouth and orange juice, the Naughty or Spiced made with buffalo trace bourbon, clove infused honey, allspice dram and lemon juice, and the Rosy Cheeks made with calirosa tequila, Lavendar simple, orange bitters and garnished with an orchids peddle.   Photo: Alex Montoya


Navy Blue (2445 Times Boulevard) – a modern American seafood concept by chef/owner Aaron Bludorn – will make its eagerly anticipated debut in Rice Village on Friday, November 18 with New York City transplant Jerrod Zifchak in the role of executive chef, a position he held most recently at the now-shuttered Café Boulud after being promoted from executive sous chef following the 2019 departure of Executive Chef Aaron Bludorn. After leaving New York for Houston with his wife Victoria to open his eponymous restaurant, Bludorn is coming full circle with Zifchak at Navy Blue in a kitchen collaboration slated to open in the space formerly occupied by Politan Row.

“With Bludorn, we found that the ultimate luxury was the ability to choose your own dining experience and we plan to emphasize that even more at Navy Blue,” said Bludorn. He added, “The ability to come in and enjoy the restaurant without feeling the need to dress up or to feel pressure to adhere to traditional standards of a fine dining restaurant is what we strived to achieve at the first concept and what we will strive to cultivate once Navy Blue launches.”

The restaurant name is not only a nod to the ocean but also a homage to Bludorn’s naval aviator father, whose call sign was “Blue.” The 7,100-square-foot space has been completely reimagined. Austin-based Föda Studios, worked in tandem with Courtney Hill Interiors and Gensler to create a design inspired by the idea of an ocean not yet touched by humanity. Upon arrival, guests enter through a covered patio lined with manicured planters that serve as natural borders for the al fresco dining tables straddling both sides of the front entrance on Times Boulevard.

Working with his wife Victoria and their partner Cherif Mbodji, Bludorn has enlisted a dream team of veteran hospitality professionals to uphold the same standards of excellence that made his first Houston restaurant a runaway success. Mbodji will oversee the front-of-house operations led by General Manager Elizabeth Acosta. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Jerrod, who earned his culinary chops at the Michelin 3-starred restaurant Le Bernardin before working under Bludorn at Café Boulud, worked alongside Bludorn to create a menu that showcases the myriad ways seafood can be prepared. To Bludorn and Zifchak, that means offering dishes that are fun, playful, and accessible to everyone. 

“We wanted to create a menu with plenty of options and the same kind of approachability that guests love at Bludorn,” said Bludorn. He added, “What oysters are to Bludorn, which are done 3 ways – fried, baked, and raw – clams, shrimp, and Dover Sole are to Navy Blue. We’ll also have a running rotation of fresh fish with preparation suggestions, but guests can swap it out however they want. We are nothing if not flexible when it comes to putting our guests’ tastes first – that’s why we are here, and we love what we do.”  

For more information, please call 713-347-7727 or visit Photo: Julie Soefer.

– Limited-Time Holiday Catering Party Pack & Holiday Gift Card Program Return for the Holiday Season Through Dec. 31, 2022 –

Starting Nov. 9, 2022, Taco Cabana delivers for the holiday season with the launch of three new menu items, including the all-new Spicy Pork Flautas, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Oreo® churros. 

TC continues its tradition of culinary innovation, building on its popular flauta repertoire, with the launch of its tantalizing Spicy Pork Flautas made with Guajillo peppers in a three-pack with one dipping sauce or a six-pack with two dipping sauces. TC’s signature queso, sour cream and/or fresh guacamole are the perfect complement for these flautas with a little kick. 

A returning brand favorite, TC’s beloved Chicken Tortilla Soup will soon be available in a small serving for $4.49 or a large serving for $6.29. Featuring a savory broth made with shredded chicken and topped with crispy corn tortilla strips, a blend of jack and cheddar cheeses and served with lime wedges and a side of rice, this warm soup is the perfect seasonal snack no matter the temperature. 

Another perfect addition for the holiday season, TC is proud to announce the co-branding launch of the all-new Oreo® churros, which can be coupled with any order in a pack of five for just $2.99. The churros pack all the craveability of an Oreo® cookie in five bite-size pieces. TC’s Spicy Pork Flautas, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Oreo® churros are available for a limited time while supplies last.  

Taco Cabana invites guests to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with its Catering Holiday Party Pack and holiday gift cards. Ideal for any celebration, the Catering Holiday Party Pack feeds up to 10 and includes the choice of steak fajita, chicken fajita, or mixed fajita, and is served with Mexican rice, black or refried beans, shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa roja, Pico de Gallo, sour cream and lettuce. Available for just $139.99, the Catering Holiday Party Pack also includes chips and queso, 10 churros, one gallon of tea and 20 tortillas, making it the ultimate package for any event. 

TC gift cards make an easy holiday gift enjoyed by all ages. Now through Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, for every $25 spent toward Taco Cabana gift cards, guests will receive a complimentary $5 Holiday Guest Appreciation Card; e-gift cards are also available for purchase. TC gift cards in the amount of 10 or less can be ordered online now at and in-bulk for large quantities of more than 11 gift cards beginning Nov. 1, 2022.The Holiday Guest Appreciation Cards can be redeemed at any Texas TC location beginning two hours after purchase/activation and will remain active until March 31, 2023. 

For TC fans looking for a classic selection of menu items to enjoy with family and friends for the holiday season, Taco Cabana’s delicious Enchilada Plates are available with cheese, shredded chicken or ground beef and a choice of sauce including Tex-Mex, Green Sauce or Queso. TC’s first-ever Hatch Chile Smoked Pulled Pork menu options also remain available, including a three-pack of Street Tacos served with Hatch Chile Ranch for $4.99, a breakfast bowl for $5.49 and a Crunchy Burrito served with tortilla strips and Hatch Chile Ranch for $8.59. 

Guests 21 years of age or older can enjoy TC’s seasonal Hatch Chile Margarita for $4 alongside Taco Cabana’s 12 permanent Margarita Headquarters options available for $3 each all-day, every day.

All menu items can be ordered in-restaurant, via online ordering for front counter and curbside pick-up, in the drive-thru or by mobile order when using the MY TC!® App or Guests can place an order for the Holiday Party Pack by calling 855-4MY-TACO or online at For more information on Taco Cabana’s catering and menu items, visit

Photos courtesy of Taco Cabana



Ojo de Agua – the acclaimed casual dining restaurant and artisan market with 40 locations across Mexico – today announced that it is importing its unique health-conscious inspired concept to River Oaks District this fall. The restaurant’s first U.S. location opened in Miami in early 2021, immediately striking a chord with health enthusiast foodies who couldn’t resist its holistic ingredients, authentic flavors, and vibrant atmosphere.

“The decision to choose River Oaks District as Ojo de Agua’s first Texas location was not a difficult one,” said Rafael Montero, partner at Texas-based Gitano Capital. He added, “We think that our fresh, wholesome ingredients and flavorful dishes will resonate with a global clientele in one of the foremost dining and shopping destinations in Houston as we seek to establish a solid foundation from which to build and grow our brand stateside.”

Ojo de Agua’s team of chefs select high-quality and authentically sourced ingredients to create the flavorful menu offerings. In addition to an extensive fresh juice menu, the concept’s Mexico-inspired all-day cuisine emphasizes an array of tasty and healthy offerings such as Acai Bowls, Chilaquiles, Ranchero Eggs, Avocado Truffle Toast, Kale and Salmon Salad, Pesto and Protein Bowls, Lobster Grilled Cheese, and a Kobe Burger. The beverage menu features micheladas, local craft beers, wine-based fruit cocktails, and mimosas mixed with a variety of juice options for discerning customers. The restaurant will also feature a specialty retail market where guests can purchase fresh produce, salsas and Ojo de Aqua’s favorite market essentials.

For more information about our journey from Mexico to Houston, please visit


Gatsby’s Prime Seafood on Tuesday, October 11. The 6,700-square-foot seafood-forward restaurant occupies the former Tony Mandola’s at 1212 Waugh Drive, providing ample room to draw in Houston fine diners who have flocked to Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, the hospitality group’s initial Bayou City concept that launched to rave reviews and dense crowds since opening in the Montrose area in 2021.

Director of Operations for Gatsby Hospitality Group, Luis Rodriguez, who previously was the General Manager at Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, has assembled a dream team including Executive Chef Erick Anaya, who boasts over 20 years of food and beverage leadership and has spearheaded the Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse back-of-house team since inception.

The menu at Prime Seafood will be highlighted by sumptuous oceanic dishes brought in fresh daily and cooked to perfection, including a Branzino Fliet, New Bedford Scallops, Sea Bass, a swoonworthy Seafood Tower, and caviar offerings among other surf staples, as well as an approachable bar menu and a host of delectable desserts. Prime Steakhouse aficionados will be delighted to hear that the new seafood concept offers three steak cuts – a filet, ribeye, and NY strip. Front-of-house operations will be led by hospitality veteran Patrick Smith, who previously was with Morton’s Steakhouse for 24 years.

“We are thrilled to finally open our doors and show our new neighbors what we have in store for Gatsby’s Prime Seafood,” said Gatsby Hospitality Owner Luis Rangel. He added, “What may appear on the surface to be a concept similar to Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, I can assure all of our patrons that we will be putting the emphasis on the sea in seafood at this restaurant while focusing on all the things we’re known for at the Steakhouse: presentation, flavor and consistency in all dishes.”

Gatsby’s Prime Seafood will be open for lunch from 11am – 2pm Tuesday – Friday, social hour from 2pm to 5pm with limited menu Tuesday – Friday and dinner service Sunday through Wednesday from 5 – 9pm, Thursday 5 – 10pm and Friday – Saturday 5 – 11pm. Closed Mondays. Photo: Raydon Creative.


Modern Cajun-Creole brasserie, Eunice, has recently launched its new Saturday lunch and Sunday dinner hours. Helmed by acclaimed, internationally-trained Chef Drake Leonards, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant and bar has chic indoor dining and boasts the perfect patio to dine al fresco in Autumn’s cooler weather.

Lunch menu highlights include the Eunice Cheeseburger with b&b pickles, red onions, and french fried potatoes; Hand Pulled Burrata with pepper jelly and biscuits; Drews Smoked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with okra, tasso, and popcorn rice. Dinner menu highlights include Cast Iron Cornbread with steens cane syrup, and salted butter; Gulf Shrimp and Grits with green onion and sausage gravy; Crispy Duroc Pork Chop with white beans, kale, and meyer lemon vinaigrette.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. On Sunday, brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Eunice is located at 3737 Buffalo Speedway. Photo: Michael Anthony


Kirby Ice House, a favorite Houston spot for gathering with coworkers, neighbors and friends is opening in The Woodlands on Tuesday, September 27 in partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation. The much anticipated third outpost following the Upper Kirby flagship and Memorial City location is ideally situated at 1700 Lake Robbins Drive, just northeast of Six Pines Drive in the heart of the Waterway District and steps from area attractions including The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Market Street and The Woodlands Mall.

Encompassing 10,000 square feet of indoor and 18,000 square feet of dog-friendly backyard space, Kirby Ice House – The Woodlands will welcome the longest bar in Texas – spanning 141 feet and taking the title from Memorial City. Patrons and sports enthusiasts alike will have expansive audiovisual options on which to view a wide variety of sports: including a 300-inch jumbo screen, 61 oversized HDTVs,
51 rotating beer taps, plus a signature blend of welcoming, efficient staff and lively, open-air atmosphere with games and food trucks.

“We’re so excited to finally be a part of the vibrant Woodlands community,” said partners Danny Evans and Russ Morgan. “Thisis a prime location with incredible proximity to residences, businesses, hotels and attractions, and the casual indoor/outdoor format is a perfect match for the relaxed vibe of the area. We look forward to being a central, neighborhood-centric place to gather – whether it’s for an office happy hour, birthday, sporting event, pregaming for a concert, or just hanging out with friends.”

For more information, please visit and follow @kirbyicehouse.htx on Instagram.
Photo Credit: Michael Anthony


Café Express – a pioneer in craft-casual service known for flavorful dishes set in a relaxed upscale café atmosphere – today announced that its longtime River Oaks location (1422 West Gray St.) will reopen Tuesday, October 4 following a complete renovation with plans to expand its perennially popular brand of fresh, flavorful dining to The Woodlands, Webster and beyond.

Equidistant from the residential areas of River Oaks, Montrose, and The Heights, Café Express at River Oaks Plaza – which became the concept’sthird location when it opened in 1991 – has been refashioned with a warm and welcoming indoor/outdoor living aesthetic reminiscent of the art-house style found at classic European cafés. The 4,200 square-foot modernized interior pays homage to its founders Lonnie Schiller and Robert Del Grande who concepted the brand while on vacation in Europe.

“The remodel of our River Oaks restaurant marks an exciting time in the evolutionary journey of the beloved Café Express brand,” noted Café Express President Sarah McAloon. She added, “Not only have we totally renovated our River Oaks location, but we have also elevated the menu and overall dining experience while maintaining prices that are in keeping with a family-friendly, craft-casual neighborhood restaurant.”

Café Express has added curbside pickup and shelving for quick contactless pick up for online orders while simultaneously elevating the in-dining service experience with orders now being delivered to customers at their tables.

Not only has Café Express fully modernized the overall customer experience, but it is also giving back to the community with a new philanthropic program – dubbed Café Cares – which raises funds by donating up to 20% of sales to local non-profit organizations.
All told, Café Express will continue to make renovations to their existing locations at Town & Country and in Meyerland while expanding to The Woodlands this Fall as it embarks on a long-term plan to roll out 30 new stores (15 in Houston and 15 in Dallas) by the year 2030.

“Our goal is to enhance the restaurant experience to accommodate both dine-in and take-out guests in the new 3,000 – 4,200 square foot footprints. The beautifully remodeled River Oaks location is the first example of our expansion plan and designs,” continued McAloon. “We are thrilled to breathe new energy into this pioneering restaurant concept and introduce it to a whole new generation of future Café Express lovers all while honoring our past, by keeping the fresh, flavorful, and delicious food at affordable prices longtime fans
know and love.”

Photo: Michael Anthony

Lulu’s in River Oaks introduces a bread service to their rustic Italian menu courtesy of Sasha Grumman

Talk about a match baked in heaven! Lulu’s executive chef Jose Monterrosa is so excited for the collaboration and proud to be Sasha’s first wholesale client carrying her popular Sasha’s Focaccia. It is also available at Lulu’s in Round Top. 

“I first met Sasha when I was designing the menu for a private dinner we hosted at Lulu’s and I knew instantly we had found something special in her focaccia. The bread service we created pairs perfectly with all our dishes and we serve it with a side of homemade honey butter and classic olive oil-balsamic so it can exist as its own course. I am so excited to work with a Houston-based chef who loves classic Italian fare as much as I do,” said Monterrosa.

The $5 bread service is a daily assortment of fresh basked focaccia slices and mini loaves served with whipped honey and olive oil.

The bread service has only been on the menu a few weeks and Lulu’s has already had to increase their order to keep up with demand.

Sasha adds, “I am thrilled that Sasha’s Focaccia has landed at Lulu’s River Oaks and Lulu’s Round Top. With this being my first wholesale account, I wanted everything to line up and feel right. I have only felt gratitude for our partnership thus far and I look forward to continuing working with Chef Jose and the team at Lulu’s!”

Lulu’s is located at 2518 Kirby Dr.

Photo by Kirsten Gilliam.


Taco Cabana announced today its plans to establish its Texas locations as “Margarita Headquarters,” featuring 12 permanent margarita offerings on the TC menu. Available flavors will include beloved frozen classics like Lime, Strawberry, Mango, Strawberry Mango and Mangonada, in addition to returning favorites like Blue Curacao, Watermelon, Dragonfruit, Blood Orange, Green Apple and new exciting flavors including Coconut and Pineapple. Each will be available for $3 all day, every day. 

“Margaritapalooza was a game changer for Taco Cabana,” said Ulyses Camacho, Chief Operating Officer at Taco Cabana. “There was so much fun and excitement for both guests and team members when we previously executed it across the TC system. We pride ourselves on listening to what our guests want, and they have consistently asked us for on-going, everyday margarita innovation and variety, not just during certain times of the year. We are now thrilled to establish ourselves as the ‘Margarita Headquarters’ with so many margarita flavors for our guests to choose from each and every day.”

In addition to the 12 margarita flavors, a rotating thirteenth flavor will also be seasonally available for $4. Previous seasonal margarita offerings have included flavors like Pickle, Pumpkin Spice and Cherry among others. New or returning seasonal margaritas will be announced on an ongoing basis. Margarita Headquarters launches in San Antonio on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and across all other Texas TC markets on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

In addition to launching “Margarita Headquarters,” Taco Cabana will offer a summertime happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for dine-in and drive-thru guests starting July 20, 2022 at all San Antonio locations. 

Happy hour items will include:

  • $2 Lime or Strawberry Margaritas 
  • $2 domestic beer 
  • Half-price bean & cheese nachos 
  • $1.50 bean & cheese chalupa 
  • $1 bean & cheese taco 
  • Effective today, Taco Cabana is also extending its drive-thru hours of operation at all restaurants across San Antonio. Below are the new hours of operation for all San Antonio location drive-thrus:
  • Open Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. 
  • Open Friday and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Dining rooms will continue to close at 10 p.m. 

Lastly, Taco Cabana will welcome the return of its beloved salsa bar in all restaurants in San Antonio on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The salsa bars will include Roja, Fuego, Salsa Ranch, Taco Cabana’s new salsa Verde, Pico de Gallo and pickled jalapeños. 

“Not only are we bringing margarita variety to our TC fans, we’re also bringing tremendous value to our newly created summertime happy hour, launching first in San Antonio with plans to extend across Texas very soon,” continues Camacho. “Our guests are experiencing challenging times right now with high costs in many categories of their daily lives, and we want TC to be a solution when they consider what and where to eat. We also know that many of our guests want to enjoy TC late-night as well. By extending our late-night hours, first in San Antonio, we will be able to serve delicious variety – food and alcohol – to a greater number of guests looking to solve  that late-night craving.” 

Photos courtesy of Taco Cabana

Sip and Savor: Dario’s Steakhouse and Seafood Opens Exclusive Summer Wine Dinner 

Local favorite offers upscale limited engagement Stags’ Leap wine dinner for Northwest Houston wine lovers

Wine and steak lovers can escape the summer doldrums with a fine dining experience at Dario’s Steakhouse and Seafood. Dario’s is pairing two things it does best: spectacular steaks and exceptional wines for an unforgettable four-course evening meal in its intimate Cypress dining room. 

This month’s wine dinner features a handpicked selection of wines hailing from one of Napa Valley’s finest labels, Stags’ Leap Wine Cellars. The vineyard has a long-standing tradition of crafting classic wines with balance, complexity, and harmony. Each blend is paired with some of Dario’s most iconic courses including our beef short ribs, seafood martini, and filet mignon. Diners will finish the evening with Dario’s luscious chocolate mousse cake and Stag Leaps’ Investor Red Wine. 

Wine lovers who wish to enjoy this savory evening feast should make their reservations quickly since availability is extremely limited. Dario’s offers unique wine dinners only a few times a year and is known to reach capacity for these events. Dario’s Stags’ Leap Wine Dinner is on July 21 at 7 p.m. and is $149.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required – guests can RSVP online or call 281-304-1825.

“Our luxury dining experience is built on the idea that our guests deserve only the finest, handcrafted dishes made by people who are passionate about food and excellent customer service,” said David Herrera, founder of Grupo Herrera Restaurants, Dario’s parent restaurant group.

Photo: Bear Hands Media

Hilton Americas-Houston now has the perfect offering for a quintessential summer picnic

The hotel’s popular Picnic in the Park package is now available as a day pass for non-hotel guests for just $50. Included in the package is a to-go charcuterie board, two water bottles, a box of chocolates and a Hilton branded picnic blanket.

Grab your box and head over to Discovery Green just across the street from the hotel for a picturesque summer picnic. Picnic boxes are available for pickup from 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM at 1600 Bar + Grille (located inside of the lobby of Hilton Americas-Houston) and from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Lobby Bar. Please note that tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance.

Photos: Michael Anthony


 On the heels of celebrating its 38th Anniversary earlier this year, Houston’s premier Mexican restaurant Arnaldo Richards’ Picos has revealed a new bar menu showcasing additional bar bite staples and signature craft cocktails starting June 2.

 Chef Arnaldo’s new bar food menu, offered exclusively in the bar area all day, feature mouthwatering creations that capture the unique flavors of Mexican cuisine. New standout items include Los Tacos al Pastor ($12) with chile achiote marinated pork served with onion, cilantro, pineapple and salsa morit; Tostada de Atun ($10) with tuna sashimi, chipotle aïoli, matcha ponzu, crispy leeks, green onion and avocado; and La Big Gringa ($14) for a 10” cheese encrusted tortilla stuffed with melted cheese and pork al pastor, served with onion, cilantro and salsa taquera. Additional new food items include La Torta Ahogada, Picos Burger Happy Hour, Los Tacos de Cochinita, Los Tacos de Carnitas, Los Tacos Baja and Aguachile Tatemado.

Just in time for summer, Picos’ new refreshing cocktails include Picolada ($13) made with Bacardi coconut, pineapple, mount gay black barrel, coconut cream, giffard carribean and pineapple; La Mina ($11) with mina real blanco, watermelon agua fresca, velvet falernum and lime, and the El Picosito ($13) with 400 Conejos, Gifford Piment d’Espelette, pineapple, lime and orange bitters. Additional new craft cocktails include the Picos Paloma, Spicey Pepino Rita, Veneno Rita, Horny Margarita, El Puebla Rita, Pancho Rita, Chilada Piment, Sotol Lemonade, La Mina, El Picosito, Hay Chabela, Cazuela, Sangria and Martini Clasico.

 Pico’s is located at 3601 Kirby Drive.


In partnership with Jose Cuervo Tequila and Proximo Spirits, Houston’s premier restaurant Arnaldo Richards’ Picos commemorates 38 years since opening its doors in 1984.

Pico’s 38th Anniversary event will present traditional Mexican festivities that pay homage to owner and executive chef Arnaldo Richard’s deep Mexican roots and third-generation culinary background. While a strolling mariachi band sets a vibrant atmosphere, authentic bar bites will include Picos’ new mouthwatering bar menu items, Tacos al Pastor ($12), Tostada de Atun ($10) and La Big Gringa ($14).

Guests may also indulge in The Jose Cuervo Grand Tasting Table, which will showcase signature samples of Cuervo Tradicional Anejo, Gran Centenario Anejo, Dobel Diamante and 1800 Cristalino. The night will include a Proximo Spirits private table offering guests the rare opportunity to learn from a tequila specialist, and sip some of Proximo’s most respected tequila labels.

 The 38th anniversary of Pico’s marks Chef Arnaldo Richards’ ongoing legacy as a pioneer in traditional Mexican cuisine in Houston. As he continues to develop dishes that skillfully highlight the rich flavors of Mexico’s seven distinctive regional cuisines, Richards’ also plays a pivotal role in educating consumers about tequila, mezcal and other Mexican traditions. This anniversary honors the Richards family’s rich Mexican heritage and celebrates how Picos has showcased the true essence of Mexican cuisine and culture for 38 years.


Van Leeuwen Ice Cream — the Brooklyn-born ice cream company that has attracted legions of loyal fans for its made-from-scratch dairy and vegan flavors — announced that the beloved brand’s third Houston iteration coming to Montrose Collective will open on Wednesday, February 23. To mark the occasion, Van Leeuwen is partnering with MasterChef USA winner and best-selling cookbook author Christine Ha, acclaimed chef/owner of Xin Chao and the Blind Goat, on an exclusive flavor, “Bananas for Cheese” — inspired by the Vietnamese chef’s childhood snack that combines ‘Laughing Cow’ cheese with banana slices. 

Photo: Alex Montoya

“We’re so happy to be partnering with one of the most talented chefs in Houston. Chef Ha shares our passion for the culinary innovation process, it was so much fun and so delicious coming up with this flavor together.” said Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder and CEO of Van Leeuwen. “We love experimenting with unique flavor and taste profiles that complement our creamy, chewy unctuous ice cream bases, so working with Chef Ha on the opening was a natural fit.  We can’t wait for Houstonians to enjoy this exclusive flavor that speaks to her cultural heritage.”

Photo: Julie Soefer

The new flavor will be available at the Montrose location while scoops last as well as in Ha’s two restaurant locations, Xin Chao in the Heights and The Blind Goat in Bravery Hall.  The decadent flavor starts with a rich cheese base of gouda and mascarpone blended with house made banana jam loaded with milk chocolate chips that is reminiscent of a rich banana chocolate cheesecake.

“It is fun and exciting to develop a signature ice cream for the opening of the Montrose location,” said Chef Christine Ha.  “The Bananas for Cheese flavor was inspired by Laughing Cow cheese and bananas, which was a combination my mother would put together as a snack for me when I was growing up.  It was her way of getting me to eat my least favorite fruit–most of the time it was Laughing Cow cheese, but sometimes in a pinch, I’d even eat bananas with plain ole’ American cheese slices!”

Featuring over 30 signature flavors, Van Leeuwen also rolls out quarterly specials available exclusively in stores. In addition to dishing out scoops of its famous French-style ice cream flavors like Honeycomb, Hazelnut Fudge Cookie, Marionberry Cheesecake and Earl Grey Tea, Van Leeuwen scoop shops also offer sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats and milkshakes. The company has become a quick favorite for vegans and non-dairy lovers thanks to its substantial list of 20+ oat milk and cashew milk-based ice creams that come in unique flavor combinations like Churros & Fudge, Peanut Butter Brownie Honeycomb and Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam. Photo: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream


Destined to serve as a gathering nexus for accidental collisions that could lead to the next brilliant idea among The Ion’s tenants, partners, and visitors, Common Bond On-the-Go Ion will be open from 7 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday, with breakfast served until 11 am; sandwiches and bowls will be served from 11 am to close.

“The entire Common Bond team is ecstatic to be able to open our doors to Houstonians and out-of-town visitors alike who utilize and frequent this state-of-the-art collaborative environment on a daily basis,” emphasized Common Bond CEO George Joseph. He added, “Our hope is to be able to provide the daily fuel needed for individuals traversing the floors of The Ion to be able to execute, inspire, educate, and ideate, no matter what it is they are focused on achieving.”

As visitors enter the dynamic space, which boasts indoor and outdoor seating, they will be greeted by a colorful mural created by Houston-based artist, designer, and muralist Shelbi Nicole. A celebrated creative visionary, Nicole has worked with a number of prominent brands and was selected by the City of Houston to re-envision area electrical boxes as works of art as part of its Mini Murals campaign.

For more information, please visit Photo: Andrew Hemingway.


Following the success of their first two restaurants, Wanalee and Adam Gorelick announced they would open their third dining establishment, Noe’s Café in City Place, a sustainable, forward-thinking and dynamic hub for business, leisure and living located at the axis of the Grand Parkway, Hardy Toll Road and Interstate 45. Noe’s Café will open Wednesday, January 26, joining Noe’s Crepes in Conroe, Texas and Charm Thai Bistro in Spring.

Noe’s Café will be located at The Market at City Place, 2120 Spring Stuebner Road, Ste. 610 in Spring, Texas. The 1,942-square-foot, 40-seat location will focus on American fare. Restaurant hours will start at 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch service with the potential for future dinner service. The owners also have plans to work with a local pastry chef to make their own desserts and pastries in-house.

“A dedicated morning dining spot in The Market is a major reason why we chose this location,” said Adam Gorelick, co-owner of Noe’s Café. “We are setting out to serve a variety of breakfast and brunch items, freshly made pastries, and Fairtrade coffee. Whether you’re wanting to enjoy a leisurely meal with your family or just want to pop in for grab-and-go items before work, Noe’s Café will be a friendly and inviting place to visit with the excellent customer service our patrons have come to expect at our other locations.”

The menu consists of breakfast and brunch items including waffles, French toast, crepes, omelets. Noe’s Café will also serve locally processed and ethically sourced Geva coffee from north Houston and Purefi Coffee Roasters coffee from Spring, Texas, both graded 80 or above and designated as Fair Trade, served from high end machines from Third Wave Coffee Shop. Lunch and dinner service will offer up savory burgers, fresh pasta, and seafood. The restaurant will include a patio and a beer and wine license will allow patrons to enjoy fun frozen drinks. Photos: Michael Anthony


Willie’s Grill & Icehouse will officially begin serving its signature Texas comfort food in Pearland, Texas, on Monday, January 17, 2022. The anticipated Pearland outpost is the 19th in the state for the Texas-based, Texas-grown brand, as well as the second location to feature an expansive full bar. The addition underscores Willie’s reign as the region’s top family-friendly haven, where a renowned scratch Texas kitchen and casual icehouse vibes offer wholesome fun for parents and kids.

Located at 2600 Smith Ranch Road in Pearland, Willie’s Pearland is defined by the same mouthwatering menus, sprawling open-air patio spaces, and genuine friendliness that have endeared the brand to families for almost three decades. Retractable glass garage doors facilitate easy movement between outdoors and Willie’s colorfully decorated interior, rooted in vintage-inspired nods to the Texas icehouse tradition.

Outside, games, five massive flat screen TVs, and ample seating beckon, providing plenty of room for relaxing, watching a game, and reconnecting with family over classic dishes always made from scratch, served with inspired craft cocktails, local brews, and more.

Willie’s steadfast commitment to the community remains an anchor at Willie’s Pearland as well. First up: substantial donations to Pearland Independent School District and the Pearland Police Department. Details will be announced soon. In addition to ongoing philanthropic efforts, Willie’s presence in Pearland has also created more than 100 local jobs. Willie’s actively promotes and hires from within, believing every position has the potential for long-term career growth.   

Willie’s Pearland is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Willie’s Pearland menu features what’s made Willie’s famous, including burgers so stacked with Texas housemade fixings that they nearly topple over, plus chicken fried steaks that are crispy outside, hot and tender inside, and almost spilling off the plate. Beloved options include Willie’s Favorites: The Icehouse Willie, a half-pound beef burger smothered with cheese, bacon, and mushrooms; the Catfish & Shrimp Combo, featuring battered and fried catfish and shrimp, served with fries and cool coleslaw, plus cocktail and tartar sauces and lemon wedges on the side; and Chicken Tenders, hand-breaded and served with fries, with the option to spike the tenders’ flavor profile by tossing them in buffalo, BBQ, garlic parmesan, or honey garlic sauces. 

Willie’s also recently introduced two mouthwatering new sandwiches: the Texas Patty Melt and the Cajun Fire Chicken Sandwich. The Texas Patty Melt is a juicy half-pound patty with two slices of melted Monterey Jack cheese, grilled onions, and creamy house-made Melt Sauce, all nestled in between two thick slices of Texas toast. The Cajun Fire Chicken Sandwich is two crispy fried chicken tenders topped with Cajun slaw and sweet pickles, all drizzled with Willie’s signature Cajun Fire Sauce then tucked between two thick pieces of Texas toast. Both sandwiches are served with a mountain of fries.

Stretching from inside to outside, the Willie’s Pearland bar is stocked with regional brews and Willie’s signature Frozen Jack & Coke and Willie’s Ritas, as well as a rolling list of Texas-inspired craft cocktails. An exclusive Willie’s Pearland cocktail menu will be introduced in the coming weeks.  

“Pearland is the perfect home for Willie’s: It’s a family-driven, diverse, and welcoming community––all characteristics that define Willie’s foundation as well,” said Greg LippertCEO of Willie’s Restaurants. “Through all the incredible challenges of the last couple of years, Willie’s has grown and continues to grow. We believe that’s a testament to our warm service, delicious food, and people-first culture, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it all to Pearland.”  Photos: Becca Wright


Put on your warmest toga this winter and head over to Ouzo Bay because the River Oaks District hotspot has a new hot toddy on their menu that is so Greek it might make you want to smash some plates — out of happiness, that is.

The “opa!”-inducing hot toddy relies on Metaxa, an amber-colored Greek liquor similar to brandy that is renowned for its subtle botanical and citrus notes, for its unique and non-traditional flavor. This soon-to-be-classic holiday drink, which you can only find in Houston at Ouzo Bay, relies on the rich and complex flavors of Metaxa 7-Star, an original recipe dating back to 1888 that is aged in oak for seven years, to make the hot toddy really sing.

In classic hot toddy fashion, the premium Metaxa 7-Star for this recipe is blended together with honey syrup, a cinnamon stick, a lemon peel and tea — Greek Mountain Tea, of course — to form a union so compellingly Greek that it might just make you want to start your own democracy. But first, maybe just start with a hot toddy — or two.

Recipe: 1.25 oz Metaxa 7-Star, .25 oz Honey Syrup, Greek Mountain Tea, Cinnamon Stick, Lemon Peel

Brew the tea at the beginning of service and set aside. Add the Metaxa and honey syrup to a heat-proof mug along with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Heat the tea using the steam wand on the espresso machine then pour over the other ingredients in the mug. Gently stir to make sure the honey is incorporated. Photo credit: Ouzo Bay


– Birria Quesadillas and Tortilla Soup Available Through January 2022 –

Available starting December 15, 2021, and arriving just in time for the winter season, Taco Cabana guests can enjoy the new birria quesadilla served with warm birria broth and a returning favorite, tortilla soup, at all Taco Cabana Texas locations. 

Taco Cabana’s birria quesadilla features seasoned shredded beef, melted monterey jack cheese and Pico de Gallo between two warm flour tortillas, perfect for dipping in the accompanying traditional warm birria broth. Another classic favorite is back at Taco Cabana – TC’s tortilla soup, featuring a savory broth made with shredded chicken, tomatoes, onion and garlic, and topped with crispy corn tortilla strips, a blend of jack and cheddar cheeses, cilantro, and served with lime wedges.

Perfect for keeping cozy in-restaurant or at home, Taco Cabana’s birria quesadilla and tortilla soup can be ordered in-restaurant, via online ordering for front counter pick-up, in the drive-thru or by mobile order when using the MY TC!® App or through January 2022.

For more information on Taco Cabana’s latest menu items, visit TacoCabana.comPhotos courtesy of Taco Cabana.


Chef Eduardo Alcayaga is excited to bring back his Paella on the Patio at Mutiny Wine Room this coming Sunday, December 19. Enjoy Paella Valencia Mixta for $27 and a Spanish Wine Pairing – $13 by the glass and $47 by the bottle. Seating times are 3pm, 4:30pm & 6pm. To reserve your spot email or call 832.681.1233. 

The sophisticated Heights newcomer is equal parts restaurant, wine tasting room and retail wine shop. Opened in January 2020, Mutiny brings a true taste of the Wine Country to Houston. Enjoy an authentic wine country-inspired menu brought to life by Chef Eduardo Alcayaga. With the look and atmosphere of a Napa Valley winery, owners Mark Ellenberger and Emily Trout give wine lovers a gorgeous, farmhouse space to sip the finest grapes and enjoy dishes such as Grilled Spanish Octopus Valenciano, House Made Saffron Pappardelle Pasta, Carolina Gold Rice “Cacio E Pepe” and sumptuous meat and cheese boards.

Mutiny prides itself on curating a diverse-yet-manageable 50 to 60 bottle list focusing on boutique and small batch wineries that produce between 500 to 5,000 cases with expert guidance by on-site wine stewards, who give guests the opportunity to taste and purchase a curated selection of wines that historically are not sold in Texas. 

Mutiny Wine Room is located at 1124 Usener Street. 


– Add select tacos for only $1 to any TC plate available Nov. 17, 2021 through Dec. 2021 –

– TC Time taco offers continue for a limited time – 

Starting tomorrow, November 17, 2021, arriving just in time for the holiday season, Taco Cabana guests can add a shredded chicken or ground beef taco to any plate for just $1 at all Texas locations. TC classic plates include Green, Queso and Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas; 3-pack Chicken Flautas; Taco plates including Mixed Fajita, Chicken Fajita, Steak Fajita, Bean & Cheese, Ground Beef, Shredded Chicken; Cabana Sampler (one flauta, one crispy beef taco, one cheese enchilada, rice and beans and two flour tortillas) and Carne Guisada Taco Plate (available in San Antonio and Austin only).  

Taco Cabana plates can be ordered in-restaurant, via online ordering for front counter and curbside pick-up, in the drive-thru or by mobile order when using the MY TC!® App or

In addition, TC Time!® taco offers remain available throughout the day. During breakfast hours only, guests may order two tacos for $3 choosing from Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Potato, Egg & Cheese; or Eggs a la Mexicana.  Available all day, guests may order two lunch/dinner tacos for $4 choosing from Ground Beef, Shredded Chicken or Chicken Fajita.  Guests can enjoy $2 TC signature margaritas all day, every day during the Holiday season as well.  They make a perfect complement to any meal.

For more information on Taco Cabana’s menu items and other traditional offerings this holiday season, please visit


The special dinner on Monday, October 25 will give 24 guests the chance to experience five pastas from around the world, while the bento boxes will include two pastas each- 

To celebrate World Pasta Day this year, BOH Pasta & Pizza, located downtown in Bravery Chef Hall, is hosting a special reservation-only dinner on Monday, October 25 that will give 24 lucky guests the chance to sample five pastas from around the world. In addition to the dinner, BOH Pasta & Pizza will be selling special pasta bento boxes from Monday, October 25 to Sunday, October 31. Priced at $16 a box, each bento box will contain a selection of two pastas, a salad and a cannoli and will be available for ordering from 11 am to 2 pm. 

The multi-course World Pasta Day dinner, which will take place in two seatings of 12, will cost $75 per person with an optional $40 wine pairing. The dinner will show off some of BOH Pasta & Pizza owner Ben McPherson’s and partner chef Chris Zettlemoyer’s favorite pastas, which are handmade from scratch daily before being served to loyal patrons at the restaurant’s outpost in Bravery Chef Hall. On the menu for the evening will be Zaru Soba from Japan, Boh Boh Noodles (Dan Dan Noodles made “BOH” style) from China, King Crab Bee Hoon from Singapore, Short Rib Stroganoff straight from your mom’s kitchen here in the United States, and Kugel from Israel. At the end of the dinner, every guest will receive a special gift from the restaurant.  

BOH Pasta & Pizza has made a name for itself since its founding in 2019 as being one of the finest purveyors of handmade pastas in the city of Houston, and it is the official pasta provider for the Houston Texans in addition to providing pasta for all of James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd’s restaurants and for local hotspots like Local Foods, Rainbow Lodge, Bocca and Riel. BOH Pasta & Pizza owner Ben McPherson and partner chef Chris Zettlemoyer are excited about using next week as an opportunity to introduce their loyal customers to pastas that wouldn’t normally be found on the menu of their Italian-focused restaurant.  

“With October being World Pasta Month, we knew we wanted to do something special at BOH to celebrate the world of pasta, which is the bread and butter of what we do here,” said BOH Pasta & Pizza owner Ben McPherson. “Our multi-course World Pasta Day dinner will give local pasta fans a culinary tour of some of my favorite pastas from around the world, complete with some unexpected stops and a comprehensive wine itinerary. The dinner is a perfect opportunity for diners with well-traveled palates to take a deep dive into the expansive world of pasta. And our pasta bento boxes, which we will be serving all next week, will provide an opportunity for diners to taste some of our favorite pasta dishes all week long.” 

BOH’s World Pasta Day dinner will take place on Monday, October 25 and is limited to two seatings of 12 people, with reservation times of 6 pm and 8 pm. The dinner is $75 per person with an optional $40 wine pairing. Local pasta fans interested in attending the dinner can call 832.843.8388 to make a reservation.  Photos courtesy of BOH.


The new beer, by Fort Worth-based Martin House Brewing, is available for a limited time only at select retailers, H-E-Bs and bars throughout Texas including San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort-Worth and more 

 Twang and Martin House Brewing Company are excited to announce a new beer inspired by Twang’s Mango Chili Twangerz. Twang-a-Rang is brewed in Fort Worth and is available throughout the state of Texas at select retailers, H-E-Bs and bars while supplies last.

Twang-a-Rang has an initial sweet mango profile followed by chili and salt notes that are reminiscent of the Mango Chili Twangerz from which it was inspired. Brewed with mango flavoring, mango puree and a blend of salts and spices, Twang-a-Rang boasts an alcohol content of 6.5% while excellently emulating the sweet and spicy flavor of Mango Chili Twangerz. Martin House describes the beer as tasting like a sweet mango candy with a spicy chili finish.

“Twang is really excited to be a part of this collaboration with Martin House Brewing Company,” said Twang’s Director of Marketing Edmundo Macias. “This is a great opportunity to come together with another Texas brand to create something that’s unique, but also tastes great. We encourage consumers to dress the beer with Mango Chili Twangerz to give it a Latin twist.”

Twang-a-Rang is available now at select retailers and bars that already carry Martin House beers throughout the state including in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort-Worth and more. It can also be found at select H-E-Bs, Total Wines, Spec’s, Trader Joes and will be sold in packs of 6 for a suggested range of $10-$12. Twang-a-Rang will also be available in Twang’s hometown of San Antonio at local bars: Growler Exchange, Park Bar at Pearl, Faust Tavern and others.

“San Antonio has shown us so much love over the recent years, that it really is special to be able to team up with Twang and start a new friendship,” said Martin House Brewing’s Director of Marketing Shugg Cole. “We are looking forward to many more flavors of Twang-a-Rang and many more hangouts with our new San Antonio family.”

For additional details and information about Twang’s line of products visit To learn more about Martin House Brewing company visit

– $2 “Taco Treats For A Cause” Coupon Booklets for Five Free Bean and Cheese Tacos Available Now Through Oct. 31, 2021 –
-All Proceeds to Benefit Area Food Banks Across Texas-

Available now, Taco Cabana is treating guests this Halloween season with the return of its popular Bean and Cheese taco coupon booklets. For a limited time and while supplies last, guests can purchase the booklets for $2 each at all Taco Cabana restaurants across Texas now through Oct. 31, 2021. Each booklet will include five coupons for a free TC classic Bean and Cheese taco. 

The $2 donation from each booklet sold will directly benefit local food banks in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and El Paso. Coupons are redeemable for free TC Bean and Cheese tacos (one per person, per visit) through Nov. 30, 2021. Coupons may be redeemed in-restaurant or via TC’s convenient drive-thru.

For more information, please visit Photos courtesy of Taco Cabana.


The boho-chic patio bar is the latest from the team behind Wicklow Heights  

Tulum-inspired lounge and coastal Mexican restaurant Casa Nomad is opening on Thursday, September 23 at M-K-T in the Heights. The boho-chic new project is the latest offering by Roland Keller, Tyler Barrera and Keith Doyle — the hospitality trio behind laid-back but buzzy bungalow and garden bar Wicklow Heights. The high energy and sleek- design-sporting concept is located right next door to and shares a kitchen and bathrooms with the trio’s other upcoming concept — upscale patio bar Highline Park, which will be opening early this fall.  

“Tulum has for a longtime been one of our favorite travel destinations,” says Casa Nomad co-owner Roland Keller. “With Casa Nomad, we wanted to bring a slice of Tulum to Houston so Houstonians can experience in their own back yard the bohemian vibe that makes Tulum such a special place for us. M-K-T provided us with the perfect location in which to bring Casa Nomad to life, and we’re incredibly excited about being a part of the new development.” 

Designed by Coeval, an award-winning architecture and design studio based in Dallas that also designed the interiors for adjacent Highline Park, Casa Nomad is housed entirely on an intimate, 800-square-foot and 28-seat covered patio decked out in tropical and Tulum-worthy finishes like an overhead rope canopy and sky-blue tile-adorned walls, with perimeters planted with lush tropical vegetation. The concept will sport a tropical-chic vibe and will feature music in the style of “jungle disco” — the kind of up-tempo and beachy music one hears while strutting the sand-covered streets of Tulum. 

The concept features an elevated, tropical-inspired cocktail menu curated by Barrera, who cut his teeth working for some of the city’s top nightlife venues, that pays homage to the concept’s beachy inspiration — think summery libations like the El Centote featuring green chartreuse, Vago Elote Mezcal, elote liqueur, pineapple, velvet falernum and demerara garnished with mint and a pineapple slice; and the El Diablo featuring blanco tequila, Midori, lime juice, agave, habanero slices and cilantro garnished with a habanero slice and a Tajín rim. 

The food menu at Casa Nomad features equally beachy Mayan-inspired fare by Executive Chef Vincent Forchelli. At Casa Nomad, Forchelli has created a local, chef-driven coastal Mexican menu with offerings like truffle crema-dressed tuna crudo tostadas, guajillo marmalade-topped bone marrow, and skirt steak adorned with salsa matcha and mushroom agridulce that will be served with corn tortillas. Dessert offerings at Casa Nomad include the Coconut Panna Cotta with charred pineapple, guava gelee and mint; and the Chocolate Churro with gualjillo chili, chocolate mousse and citrus. 

“The concepts behind Casa Nomad and Highline Park are the perfect puzzle piece to M-K-T’s line up of dynamic on-site retail and dining,” says Scott Arnoldy, founder of Triten Real Estate Partners, which teamed up with Radom Capital and Long Warf Capital for the development of M-K-T. “With direct access off of the Heights Hike and Bike Trail and an amazingly designed space, it’s the place one will want to take their family and friends to grab amazing food, a unique cold drink or cocktail, and where they can sit back and enjoy live music on the lawn or take in an on-site event. This type of experience is what is taking M-K-T to the next level and truly making it Houston’s most exciting new mixed-use development.” 

Casa Nomad will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Photos courtesy of Casa Nomad.


Slow River Blend Whiskey will be available in bars & liquor stores throughout Texas and for nationwide shipping starting September 2021

Country star Randy Rogers and co-founders Eric Chase, Cary Schindler, Ash Wineinger, Michael Devers along with spirits-industry veteran Steve Luttmann, are excited to announce the launch of their new spirits brand, Bahnbrëcker, based in New Braunfels, TX. Bahnbrëcker will enter the marketplace with Slow River Blend, the first-ever Hefeweizen-style whiskey. Slow River Blend will be available in bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout Texas, as well as for nationwide shipping, starting September 15, 2021. For more information visit

Bahnbrëcker, derived from ‘trailblazer’ in German, is a nod to the company’s hometown of New Braunfels, TX, and to the spirit of ingenuity found in the early pioneers of Texas. Slow River Blend is a blend of Texas and Midwestern straight wheat whiskeys macerated with lemon peel and clove. The end product features notes of lemon, clove, caramel, and vanilla, making it reminiscent of a Hefeweizen-style beer. Inspired by an ideal Texas summer day spent floating down the river in New Braunfels, this unpretentious craft whiskey is designed for easy drinking and a smooth finish. Tastes great neat, on the rocks, or with your favorite mixer or soda. Bahnbrëcker is a truly craft spirit made with only real ingredients, and is completely “WONF-free” (i.e. no “With Other Natural Flavors”).

With two Top 10 hits and multiple albums hitting the country charts, Rogers has already distinguished himself in his hometown of New Braunfels, but along with his fellow co-founders, the Texas musician decided the time was right to leave another legacy in the historic Hill Country city. 

“We wanted to create something that the people who came before us in this great community of New Braunfels would be proud of,” said Co-Founder Randy Rogers. “I think you’re going to find that this craft whiskey distinguishes itself from others. Slow River Blend gives you this aroma, it gives you this flavor of the lemon and the clove blended with your whiskey that creates this Hefeweizen taste, this Hefeweizen spirit that is the spirit of New Braunfels.”

Bahnbrëcker Slow River Blend will be available throughout Texas starting September 15, 2021, including top venues such as Pour Haus, Freiheit Country Store, Cheatham Street Warehouse, Nutty Brown Café, and Nickel City. The brand will also be available to purchase in 750 ml bottles throughout Texas at all Total Wine & Spirits and Skip’s locations, and other locations starting September 15, 2021 for a suggested retail price starting at $37.99 per bottle. RNDC is Bahnbrëcker’s exclusive distributor for the State of Texas. The whiskey will also be available for nationwide shipping starting September 15, 2021. While this marks the brand’s first and only product to date, Bahnbrëcker has plans to expand with additional spirits offerings in the future.

For more information on Slow River Blend and to stay up to date with Bahnbrëcker, visit and follow the brand on Instagram. Photos courtesy of Bahnbrecker.


– Enjoy Special Offers Now Through October 2021: Celebrate National Peach Month with New Frozen Peach Margarita – 

Starting August 24, 2021 through October 2021, Taco Cabana invites guests to enjoy “TC Time!,” featuring a selection of special offers on breakfast, lunch and dinner tacos as well as TC shareables like nachos and flautas, perfect for any celebration or get-together.  

During breakfast hours only, TC breakfast fans can enjoy their choice of two breakfast tacos for just $3. Choose from Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Potato, Egg & Cheese; or Eggs a la Mexicana. Coffee or a 20 oz. soft drink can be added to the offer for just $1.

Available all day, TC guests can also enjoy their choice of two lunch or dinner tacos for just $4. Choose from Shredded Chicken, Ground Beef or Chicken Fajita tacos. A  20 oz. soft drink can be added to the offer for just $1.

Looking for the ideal meal for two? Enjoy TC’s new “2 Can Dine for $10.99” offer. Choose from the Shredded Chicken Taco Plate, Ground Beef Taco Plate or the 3-pack Flauta Plate. Up to two 20 oz. soft drinks can be added to the “2 Can Dine for $10.99” offer for $1 each.

Looking to share with a group? TC has you covered with shareables including: 

  • Ground Beef Kickin’ Nachos for $7.99
  • 12-Pack Flautas for $13.99 
  • Two cheese quesadillas, 12 flautas and (3) 3.25 oz. quesos for $19.99
  • Add up to two 20 oz. soft drinks to any shareable for $1 each

TC continues to celebrate August as National Peach Month with a new frozen Peach margarita.  Available for just $2, guests ages 21 years or older can complement their meal with a signature Lime, Strawberry, Mango, Strawberry Mango, Mangonada, Blue Curacao, Watermelon, Dragonfruit, or Peach margarita while supplies last. The Pickle margarita is also available at select Texas locations. For those that just can’t get enough, TC has gallon margaritas available in Lime, Strawberry and Mango flavors for $34.99 or Blue Curacao for $36.99. 

All menu items, including the TC TIME! items and $2 margaritas, can be ordered online at or via the MYTC! App for convenient curbside pick-up. TC drive-throughs are open for food and alcohol purchases and Taco Cabana dining rooms and patios are open for on-site dining as well. Members of the MYTC! Loyalty Program also earn reward points for every alcoholic beverage purchase.

For more information on Taco Cabana’s latest offers and menu items, please visit

Photo courtesy of Taco Cabana

James Beard Foundation Announces 2021 Celebration to Shine a Spotlight on the Independent Restaurant Community

the James Beard Foundation announced that their 2021 celebration, James Beard Awards: Stories of Resilience and Leadership, will be a
salute to the independent restaurant community, showcasing some of the organizations, leaders, and businesses that have made a significant impact in the industry and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The show will highlight inspiring stories of passion, community, innovation, resilience, and leadership under extreme hardships during the pandemic. Those being featured are representative of so many in the industry who played and continue to play a part in supporting their communities and the industry. The live broadcast can be viewed via Twitter on September 27 at 7 P.M. CT / 8 P.M. ET / 5 P.M. PT.

In addition to the live broadcast, the Foundation will host 300-400 guests atop the Harris Theater in Chicago to enjoy delicious bites while watching the broadcast. Simultaneously, intimate satellite events in select cities across the country will be hosted to tune in to the
broadcast, including:
• Houston at Lucille’s with Chris Williams, Dawn Burrell, and local host Houston First Corporation
• San Francisco Bay Area at the Oakland Museum of California’s Town Fare by Tanya Holland, hosted by JBF Awards Committee Chair and board member, Tanya Holland, and featuring chefs Reem Assil of Reem’s California and Dominica Rice-Cisneros of Bombera
• Philadelphia at SOUTH with Ben Bynum, Stephanie Willis, and local host Visit Philadelphia
• Washington, D.C. at Moon Rabbit with Kevin Tien

“We look forward to getting together—both virtually and in-person—with the help of our host city of Chicago and culinary hubs across the country,” says Dawn Padmore, vice president of the James Beard Awards, “to acknowledge some of the incredible leaders who have been so dedicated and integral in helping our industry and their communities throughout this past devastating year.”

Photo: Jenn Duncan


Wine lovers get ready to unite!  Postino has announced their opening date for the much-awaited Memorial location will be Monday, August 9th.   Situated in the up-scale and lively Town and Country village, Postino will appeal to the bustling residential community and create a neighborhood feel for everyone to sit back and connect.

The location will include a spacious 4,500 square-foot open-air layout with local, eclectic artwork covering the walls and an expansive patio fit for any wine connoisseur. The interior will also feature vintage advertisements for the shopping center, dating back to the 1950’s and 60’s. 

Diners will find similar menu items in their award-winning beer and wine selection, along with their outstanding brunch offerings, popular bruschetta selections and other shareable options. Postino recently announced the launch of their first-ever wine-based cocktails that will surely spice up the brunch goers on the West side.  

Postino will be located at 791 Town and Country Blvd., Houston, TX 77024.

Call (713) 574-8337  or visit for more information.

Photo courtesy of Postino.

Alicia’s Mexican Grille Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Alicia’s is celebrating their 15th Anniversary with $15 specials all month long starting August 1st at all locations.

●        Alicia’s Nine (9) Street Tacos – includes 3 Chicken, 3 Al Pastor and 3 Beef

●        Alicia’s Billionaire Rita – Made with Avion 44 Extra Anejo Tequila, Cointreau, Agave Nectar, and fresh lime juice. (Regularly $20)

As part of the celebration, Alicia’s is also giving away a free year of queso!

Alicia’s Queso for A Year Giveaway:
One lucky winner will receive one regular queso each time they dine-in for a year*! To enter, you must visit your favorite Alicia’s location’s Facebook page or @aliciasmexicangrille on Instagram and follow the post instructions. The entry deadline is August 17th. *Free queso must be accompanied by food purchase each time.

David Herrera and his family have been serving amazing Tex Mex in the Houston area for 15 years. In 2006 the Herrera family opened the doors of the first Alicia’s Mexican Grille in Cypress. Named after David’s beloved wife Alicia, the restaurant quickly grew in popularity and eventually had to move into a larger Cypress location. Over the next 10 years, they were able to expand and open four more locations in Houston, Spring, Katy, and most recently, Sugar Land. David and the Herrera family love being a part of their communities and serving Houstonians. 

“We’ve continued to expand our restaurant portfolio not only because of our passion for amazing food and service but also because our guests have honored us with continued praise and patronage. We humbly thank all of our guests for allowing us to serve them”, said David Herrera. The entire Herrera family is so excited to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Alicia’s Mexican Grille and looks forward to what the future will bring.

AIDS Foundation Houston brings back Dining Out for Life from July 24-31 

This year approximately 40 Houston restaurants will be selected to participate in annual fundraiser. Regularly visit the Dining Out for Life website for updates to the participating restaurant list, and be sure to support the local restaurants who are helping to help end the HIV epidemic in Houston!


Fresh Flavors, Artful Dishes and a Buzzy “Social Hour” Welcome Guests Back to Dining Out

Kanau Sushi offers traditional Japanese flavors in an elevated, modern setting where food and art come together to reflect an authentic sushi bar experience. Located at 2850 Fannin Street, the upscale, raw fish destination originally opened in December 2020, and the team is looking forward to serving new faces as Houstonians return to dining out.

“We’re starting to see city life pick back up as people are returning to their offices and opting to dine out more,” said Chef Mike Lim. “Our goal has always been to bring top-notch ingredients and flavor and a beautiful presentation to guests, so we’re excited to share the Kanau experience with Houstonians.”

Led by the talented chef, Mike Lim, Kanau offers its cuisine in a modern and minimalist atmosphere. The 2,000 square-foot space is located on the ground floor of high-rise apartment Drewery Place, and features thoughtful décor that creates an elevated, yet approachable atmosphere.

The Midtown sushi restaurant offers refreshing, fun cocktails, such as Kanau’s Lychee with Nihon Sakari Shu Sake, Titos Vodka and Lychee syrup and the Stormy Pear with Goslings Rum infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and greens pears, lime juice, turbinado and ginger beer. The great selection of sake, wine and beer round out the drink menu, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Kanau also recently launched a brand-new “Social Hour” service, offering many of the popular menu items at happy hour prices each day from 4-6:30pm and all day on Sundays in celebration of “Sunday Funday.”

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The AAA Four Diamond InterContinental Houston – Medical Center has appointed Harol Ortiz to the role of Executive Chef. In this capacity, the hospitality veteran brings his international culinary flair to the hotel’s acclaimed Safina all-day, modern Mediterranean eatery and cosmopolitan craft cocktail destination, The Naturalist Café & Lounge Bar, in addition to functions utilizing the property’s 18,000 square feet of stylish, state-of-the-art meeting and event space.

Located at the western gateway to the Texas Medical Center, steps from Hermann Park and Rice University, as well as within close proximity to attractions including NRG Stadium, Rice Village, and the Museum District, the 354-room luxury hotel was recently recognized by the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) for the company’s highest rated customer service in North America and is currently ranked among the top three hotels for customer service in Houston by TripAdvisor.

“Chef Ortiz has the expertise, creativity, and skill to execute the premier culinary experience guests have come to expect from the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center,” said Doug Kelly, the hotel’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “His experience at some of the best hotels on the IHG roster is proving this to be a seamless transition, and we we’re especially excited to see him execute his vision for Safina, which has become a dining destination unto itself.”

Bringing his own touch to the “land meets sea” focus at Safina, Ortiz is in the process of launching a steak menu to pair with the hotel’s extensive wine list. He will also bring Poached Pear Salad with Cambozola cheese and organic mixed greens to the summer menu along with Bone-In Short Ribs with potato pave, green bean and carrot bundle, and a merlot demi-glace. He will also bring in seafood dishes such as Grilled Octopus with fennel roasted potatoes, and yellow Romanesco sauce and Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with roasted corn puree and green beans.



Slated for a late summer opening, Postino Town & Country will join a lineup of popular restaurant brands that have been flocking to the west side including Dish Society and BB Italia.  

Postino will be a unique dining addition to the upscale shopping district that is adjacent to CITYCENTRE. Since making its Houston debut in 2017, Postino has become a proud member of the community – one glass of wine and board of bruschetta at a time.  Their sophisticated yet approachable menu offers boards of bruschetta, a menu of shareables or “Snacky Things”, fresh pressed paninis, salads, scratch soups, bountiful charcuterie boards and a curated wine selection.

Postino Town & Country will offer a spacious 4,500 square foot open-air layout including rollaway glass walls, an expansive patio designed to enjoy cold craft beers, wine by the glass for $5 before 5pm and live entertainment.

Also unique to the new location will be a large, hand-crafted 300-square-foot art installation covered in 27,805 hanging keys that will be crowd-sourced by Postino guests.

“We love Houston so much, and we can’t wait to head west,” said co-founder Lauren Bailey. “How we choose where we open is more of an art than a science.  When we open each of our restaurants we feel an immense responsibility to impart joy and positive energy upon every guest we have the privilege of serving. When this happens, there’s a ripple effect that uplifts the community in a larger way.  That’s what we’re after, and that’s what we’re excited to do in West Houston.”  

Postino Town & Country will feature the same award-winning wine and beer program curated by Advanced Sommelier Brent Karlicek with $5 glasses of wine from one of the menu’s 30+ wines – along with $5 pitchers of 32 oz. local brews every day from 11 AM to 5 PM– making guests feel right at home for lunch, dinner, or a lazy afternoon with friends.

The weekend brunch at Postino is in a category all its own with a curated selection of farm-fresh comfort foods. With $5 Mimosas and Bellinis on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, weekends on the west side are looking sunny indeed.   

For more information, please visit

Photo courtesy of Postino

Austin-Based Blue Norther Hard Seltzer Triple Medals at 21st Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Only Texas Hard Seltzer Recognized, Wins Medals for All Flavors 

The renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) recently announced its 2021 winners including Blue Norther hard seltzer (BN), which won as a first-time entrant and was the only Texas-based hard seltzer to be recognized with not one, but three medals. Each of Blue Norther’s flavors received a medal: Wild Blackberry won gold, Prickly Pear received silver, and Agave Lime was awarded with bronze.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is considered one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world. This year, SFWSC received more than 3,500 entries with 28 entrants in the hard seltzer category. Blue Norther, which launched in the summer of 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, was one of the few seltzer companies to win three medals.

“From the beginning, our mission has been to create a beverage that tastes better than any hard seltzer on the market,” said Austin T. Pittman, CEO of Blue Norther. “To medal three times in our first year at such a prestigious competition validates what we and so many of our fans know – Blue Norther tastes great. Our team looks forward to building from this recognition and bringing more Blue Norther to the people of Texas and beyond.”

June will mark the one-year anniversary for Blue Norther hard seltzer. The beverage is currently  only available in Texas at retailers in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas/Fort Worth.



A Houston staple nestled in the historic Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center, Chef Ford Fry’s State of Grace has announced the return of their popular chef counter experience, giving foodies an opportunity once again to savor off-the-menu dishes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening with one seating per night.

Seating up to 6 guests, the semi-private counter in front of the grill treats diners to a personalized 7-course tasting menu tailored to each party and their special requests. The menu is $85 per person, with a wine pairing option available for an additional $35 per person.

State of Grace is located at 3258 Westheimer Rd.   For reservations at the Chef Counter, please call the restaurant directly at 832-942-5080.

Still Austin Whiskey Co. Launches Its First Limited-Release Cask Strength Bourbon

1,100 Cases Now Available Throughout Texas & at the Still Austin Distillery

Still Austin Whiskey Co., a homegrown distillery situated in the heart of South Austin, today launched its first limited-release Cask Strength Bourbon, in on- and off-premise establishments throughout Texas and at the Still Austin Distillery Tasting Room. Unlike the company’s Distillery Reserve Series which typically yields up to 600 total bottles and is only available at the Tasting Room, the Cask Strength Bourbon is a limited-release, meaning a larger quantity will be available in the marketplace as well. This year, the team will make 1,100 cases available now and an additional 1,100 cases available in September.

Made from 100% Texas grains, the new expression contains the same mash bill as the company’s flagship straight bourbon whiskey – 70% Non-GMO white corn, 25% Elbon rye and 5% wildfire malted barley – but without utilizing the slow water reduction process, resulting in a higher proof. The suggested retail price for a 750ml bottle is $65.

To create this robust bourbon, the team asked Master Blender Nancy Fraley to search through their barrels of Straight Bourbon and select the most complex and full-flavored ones—those that were begging to be blended and released at “barrel proof,” meaning the whiskey was bottled at the same proof at which it was aged. The resulting spirit is a masterpiece of complex, dark flavors with a deep spice finish.

At 118 proof (59% ABV), the new Cask Strength Bourbon is a “deeper, darker, more robust version of its beloved 98.4 proof fruit-forward sibling (aka The Musician), offering a nose of brandied cherries with fresh muddled mint, old fashioned blackberry cobbler with biscuit crust, and cinnamon toast in brown butter,” according to Fraley. “The palate offers notes of grilled peaches drizzled with balsamic vinegar, butterscotch pecan pie, and dark brown sugar, followed by warming waves of rye spice, nutmeg, and clove.”

The artwork on the label, created by internationally acclaimed artist and native Texan Marc Burckhardt, is a slightly modified version of the Straight Bourbon artwork, a series which portrays “archetypical” Austinites. Each provides a sense of the people who have influenced and inspired the team, while paying homage to the Texas terroir. While the Cask Strength bottle also features The Musician, the black night sky is meant to be representative of the stronger, “darker” whiskey.

Mutiny Wine Room Introduces Spring Dishes

Menu includes a House Made Pappardelle Pasta, a Mutiny Grilled Baby Gem & Scallop Caesar and Golden Farms Smoked TX Quail Raviolo

Mutiny Wine Room brings a true taste of the wine country to Houston. Chef Eduardo Alcayaga’s menu serves as a viable companion to any tasting session and focuses on freshness and seasonality.

Mutiny prides itself on curating a diverse-yet-manageable 50 to 60 bottle list focusing on boutique and small batch wineries that produce between 500 to 5,000 cases with expert guidance by on-site wine stewards, who give guests the opportunity to taste and purchase a curated selection of wines that historically are not sold in Texas. 

Enjoy Kampachi Crudo at InterContinental Houston-Medical Center for a limited time in May

Sales in May to benefit Stop AAPI Hate

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the U.S., and InterContinental Houston-Medical Center is joining with Executive Chef Kevin Tien of the Moon Rabbit restaurant at the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf to raise awareness and combat the recent rise in hate and violence against the AAPI community.

Beginning today, and continuing through the end of the month, hotel guests and diners at seven InterContinental Hotel & Resorts properties across the country are invited to enjoy a special dish crafted by Chef Kevin – Kampachi Crudo – with sales of the dish benefiting Stop AAPI Hate (

Kampachi Crudo features Hawaiian Kampachi sliced into six sashimi pieces, atop segments of cara cara oranges, with nuoc cham, citrus oil, cilantro & yuzu tobiko. Kampachi Crudo is one of Chef Kevin’s signature dishes and well known by his fans, combining his background of Japanese cuisine and flavors of his Vietnamese background.  

“As part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, we are committed to welcoming and connecting people from all backgrounds and walks of life and supporting our communities,” Jorge Landa, General Manager, InterContinental Houston-Medical Center, said. “We invite our neighbors in Houston and guests to join with us this month to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month and Stop AAPI Hate.”

Photos: Courtesy of Intercontinental Houston-Medical Center

Le Méridien In-Room Dining by The Nash Makes Its Debut
The Nash to provide chef crafted in-room dining at downtown hotel

Le Méridien Hotel has partnered with The Nash restaurant to offer guests chef crafted meals delivered to their door. Reimaging room service due to pandemic precautions will allow the hotel to offer knock and drop dining, and provides a sophisticated, new approach to serving guests a unique amenity.

“Le Méridien has always been proactive in creating a guest experience like no other,” said, Rick Oberdalhoff, Director of
Sales and Marketing. “With occupancy picking up, business travelers taking to the road, and summer staycations being
planned, our timing in rolling out the new partnership with The Nash fits the demand. Guests want quality, in-room
dining and we give them that along with local flair. The Nash has quickly become the most talked about “new kid on the block” downtown since opening this year. Being able to offer food from their Modern American menu allows us to look out for the comfort of our guests. The ability to enjoy dinner and a cocktail in one of our spacious guest rooms is the seamless blend of contemporary luxury and our southern hospitality.”

Taking its cue from today’s dining habits and Houston’s diverse and vibrant population, The Nash’s menu features an
approachable mix of cold and hot small plates, pizzas, entrées, steaks, and chops. The menu is described as a “love letter”
to American food and a take on how the Modern American menu has grown to include classics with a grown-up twist and
pops of bold flavor and ingredients. This distinctively “downtown” menu appeals to area residents, office workers, as well
as leisure and business travelers.

Le Méridien In-Room Dining by The Nash will be offered during dinner service. Diners will be able to see an in-room
menu or use a QR code to view the food items, cocktails, and wine. Orders will be placed by phone and delivered to their
door. Current pandemic precautions will be observed, and delivery persons will wear masks.

Photos: Kirsten Gilliam


Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse and Daisy Buchanan lounge seek to bring new energy and a touch of the past to a structure that dates back to the 1920’s

“I initially leased the Bar Victor space at 4321 Montrose just before COVID, and over the months that followed, realized I had an opportunity to create a really special dining and cocktail destination by annexing the former Pax Americana next door. We greatly appreciate our landlords Steve and Dan Zimmerman’s ultimate enthusiasm and support,” said Houston-based entrepreneur Luis Rangel.

Rangel added, “I’ve been thinking about opening a steakhouse for years, as it’s a cuisine and environment I gravitate to. All my experiences eating at fine dining steakhouses allowed me to see what some were missing and that inspired me to open Gatsby’s. What really appealed to me was the opportunity to downsize from a typically meaty steakhouse footprint and infuse a more boutique, European-style ambience that played off the patina of the venue.”

To that end, just opened, Gatsby’s at 4319 Montrose Blvd. offers a charming, swanky experience that is very much in keeping with the character of the eclectic neighborhood and its history as Houston’s hangout for café society.

“I’ve given our team the freedom to create and personalize,” said Rangel. “From service to the dishes and drinks, their personal touch is imprinted on the restaurant, which gives me an overwhelming sense of pride.”

Patrons walk into the restaurant to the sounds of classic jazz, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and immediately get pulled into the classic is cool again vibe buoyed by Gatsby’s design sensibility.

Standout dishes include the Campechana, Deluxe Deviled Eggs, Maple Glazed Bacon, Delmonico Steak, “Tomahawk” Ribeye, Seafood Tower, Rack of Lamb and Rangel’s Red Velvet Cake. Gatsby’s has also created their own seasoning that elevates each dish and puts a signature spin on steakhouse staples. Opening in early May, Daisy Buchanan will offer additional options for cocktails, dining and entertainment.

Located 4319 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77002, Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 until 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5 until 11pm and Sunday from 5 until 9 p.m. For more information, please visit, email or call 713.393.7282.


Lone Star Seltzer will debut with two refreshing flavors, Agave Lime and Agave Watermelon & be available in stores across Texas in April 2021

The new beverages will be available in stores throughout Texas in two flavors, Agave Lime and Agave Watermelon, starting in April of this year. The refreshing beverages are made with Texans in mind and are best paired with fun Texas activities; by the pool, on the lake, or your favorite porch or patio – wherever you find enjoyment in the land of Texas. 

Brewed locally in Austin, TX  with a high quality sucrose base, the 5% ABV seltzer is enhanced with blue agave nectar that provides a crisp, balanced and distinct drinking experience. Lone Star Agave Seltzers are the ultimate Texas hard seltzers made with locally-minded natural fruit flavors. Lone Star Seltzer’s Agave Lime flavor has a light, natural citrus twang that complements the sweetness of the blue agave nectar. The Agave Watermelon seltzer embodies the light sweetness of the watermelon, making it perfect for Texas’ mild spring and hot summer seasons. 

“There’s a clear demand for quality hard seltzers, so we’re excited to break into the market with flavor profiles that are both refreshing and have an essential Texas quality to them,” said Lone Star Brand Manager Daniel Crawford. “This is a proudly Texas product, with locally minded ingredients for modern taste palates, perfect for all Texans who enjoy easy drinking beverages and socializing outdoors in our beautiful state. This is just the beginning of our Texas Seltzer exploration. We have some really fun flavors & concepts in the works.”

Both flavors of Lone Star Agave Seltzer will be available for purchase in six-packs of 12 oz. sleek cans. The Agave Lime flavor is also available in a 19.2 oz. single-serve can. The six-packs will retail for the suggested price of $8.99, while the Agave Lime single serve will retail for $2.79. Lone Star Agave Seltzer is a refreshing option at just 100 calories for its 12 oz. can, with only 2g carbs and 1g sugar.  

To celebrate the launch of Lone Star Agave Seltzers, Lone Star is teaming up with Cowboy Pools, a full-service stock tank pool company based in Austin, who creates unique oases in Texas backyards by reimagining the classic stock tank for outdoor enjoyment. Lone Star will be giving away and installing 5 stock tanks that are perfect to combat the common native enemy, “The Texas Heat.” This giveaway program will run in select retailers throughout the state, and on Lone Star’s own social Media channel. The in store portion of the giveaways are slated to begin in May, with the instagram giveaway rolling out sometime this summer. 

To find a nearby retailer carrying Lone Star Seltzer, consumers can use Lone Star’s seltzer finder tool on its website. Lone Star Seltzer will be available at select retailers starting this month including Walmart and Albertsons, Quick Trip, Circle K and HEB slated for May. Stay tuned for more information and follow along on Lone Star’s Instagram and Facebook


Chicago-Style Pizza Eatery Announces Expansion with New Spring and Kingwood Locations

Crust Pizza Co., a fast-casual dining concept that serves high-quality pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads in an upscale yet family-friendly environment, announces the signing of two new leases for franchised restaurant spaces in Spring and Kingwood, Texas.

Located in Gosling Pines at 5211 FM 2920, Suite 108, the 2,800 square foot Spring location is set to open in September 2021. The Kingwood location, which is approximately 2,783-square-feet, is located in the Kingwood Place shopping center at 30129 Rock Creek Dr., Suite 500, and is set to open in June 2021.

“After seeing how the franchise has filled the Greater Houston Area with such ease, Kingwood felt like a logical step,” said Kingwood franchisee, Jet Trahan. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the Kingwood community get to know the brand that I’m passionate about, and even more excited for this brand to get to know the community in return.”

Crust Pizza Co., open for lunch and dinner Monday-Sunday, prides itself on the top-tier customer service and welcoming environment the restaurant provides to its customers. As co-founders Mark Rasberry and Clint Price continue to expand the community eatery, they are committed to maintaining the eatery’s reputation for balancing a high-quality product at a fair price point.

“The Spring area has already welcomed Crust Pizza Co. with open arms. As a fan of the franchise already, it was a natural business decision for me to join as a franchisee by opening another location in Spring,” said Spring franchisee, Justin Bentley. “To me, this franchise is business, and it’s personal, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

In addition to the new Kingwood and Spring locations, Crust Pizza Co. is slated to open seven more locations across the Greater Houston Area and Louisiana. With a 2,795 square-foot lease already signed in Lafayette (Ambassador Crossing), a 3,019 square-foot lease in Moss Bluff (Parkway Village) and an expansion project in Lake Charles already underway, Crust Pizza Co. is set to almost double its footprint across Texas and Louisiana.

“We are very grateful to have the opportunity to bring our fresh dining experience to new communities and deepen our current relationships despite the challenges of last year,” said Co-founder Clint Price. “We are fortunate to have such loyal customers, without them we would not be able to continue doing what we love, serving delicious homemade pizzas to the community.”

Photo credit: Dillan Juul


In celebration of International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, Postino will be rocking an all-female vocalist playlist throughout the day. Additionally, for every glass of Espiritu Malbec sold, the wine café will be donating $5 to the local Houston chapter of Dress For Success — a nonprofit advocating for the advancement and empowerment of women in the workplace.

Espiritu Malbec is a custom project in collaboration with female winemaker, Jimena Lopez. A female leader in the industry, Lopez owns her own boutique winery and has produced wine for almost 20 straight harvests in seven countries including France, Germany and California. 

Postino Heights | Postino Montrose642 Yale St., Houston, TX 77007 | 805 Pacific St., 346.223.1111 |  713.388.6767

Photo credit: Brittany Baldwin

The Nash is NOW OPEN

Located in Historical Downtown Location

An American restaurant and bar, The Nash has announced that they are now open daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. With its dynamic yet laid-back style, The Nash serves happy hour and dinner in the heart of downtown Houston.

Set in the historic Star, formerly known as the Texaco Building, it is an ideal spot for happy hour, late afternoon cocktails or dinner in the neighborhood. The handsome setting, has an impressive floor to ceiling bar and open kitchen that provides a bustling, inviting ambience. The large, dog-friendly, outdoor patio is open daily, along with take-out and delivery to area residences and businesses.

Taking its cue from today’s dining habits, the menu features an approachable mix of cold and hot small plates, pizzas, entrées, steaks, and chops. The menu was developed by well-respected Chef Omar Pereney of A La Carte Consulting Group, who will continue to contribute to the menu on seasonal updates. Pereney describes the menu as “love letter” to American food and a take on how the modern, American menu has grown to include classics with a grown-up twist and pops of bold flavor and ingredients. It’s also a nod to Houston’s diverse and vibrant population and a crossroad of cultures. This distinctively “downtown” menu appeals to area residents, office workers, as well as leisure and business travelers.

The Nash is open for dinner daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and happy hour on Monday – Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with lunch and brunch debuting soon. Located at 1111 Rusk Street, Suite 172, Houston, Texas 77002, the restaurant will seat 105 inside and 52 outside. For more information, go to Photo by Kirsten Gilliam.


Current locations include two locations in The Woodlands, four locations in Spring, and one in Conroe, Cinco Ranch, Montgomery and Lake Charles

Founded on the principles of quality ingredients, unique ambiance and top-tier customer service, Crust Pizza Co. opened its doors in 2011 in The Woodlands, Texas. Since then, nine more Crust Pizza Co. locations have opened in Texas and Louisiana with plans for continued growth. 

Crust’s pizza, served “tavern style,” focuses on its namesake. The signature house made dough is made from scratch daily and rises into a perfectly crispy crust that manages to hold up gourmet toppings. Also available in a cauliflower option, the crust is topped with cheeses that are shredded from the block daily, freshly chopped produce and meats sliced daily. In addition to its signature Gourmet Thin Crust Pizza, Crust’s award-winning menu features fan-favorite appetizers like Garlic Cheese Bread and Garlic Knots, flatbread sandwiches, pastas – all made fresh to order – and hand-crafted salads, topped off with mouth-watering desserts like warm brownies and the “Cookie Monster” cookie skillet, both topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, gelato or Cinnamon Roll Dipping Sticks. Crust’s equally important drink menu features wines by the bottle or glass, bottled beer and beer on tap.

While many restauranteurs have been forced to close locations throughout the ongoing pandemic, Crust Pizza Co. is thankful to have thrived and has its sights set on the future. The delicious “pizza & more” eatery is slated to celebrate its first decade in business with the opening of eight new locations in 2021. These locations include:

  • Texas
    • Spring 
    • Houston (Memorial)
    • Webster
    • Huntsville 
    • Kingwood 
  • Louisiana
    • Lafayette
    • Moss Bluff
    • Baton Rouge 


Mutiny Wine Room, the wine country-inspired tasting room that debuted in the heart of the Heights in early 2020, will celebrate their one-year anniversary on January 21 by offering FREE wine flights in their Tasting Room from 4 – 10pm. Reservations are required for the 30-min tasting experience and can be made via phone 832.618.1233 or on Resy starting January 12.

Mutiny’s sommelier Ben Harris will lead globally-inspired tastings that include “A Taste of Northern Italy – Valpolicella” and “Around the World with Pinot”. Celebrating the artistry of wine and food set in a relaxed, stylish backdrop, Mutiny prides itself on curating a diverse-yet-manageable 40 to 45-bottle list focusing on boutique and small wineries that produce between 500 to 5,000 cases which historically do not have representation in Texas.

2020 was a year like no other and the food and beverage industry has been challenged in ways no one could have predicted. Like many hospitality professionals, Mutiny owners, Emily Trout and Mark Ellenberger’s mission is to transport their guests from the day-to-day. The duo created Mutiny’s unique culinary-driven wine experience and aesthetic to represent an amalgamation of a traditional vineyard and chic wine country that allows you to travel to the West-coast in a neighborhood gem.

Photos by Jenn Duncan


True to its brand values, Chef Mayank Itswal’s New Menu Offers 21 Eye-Pleasing Creations Inspired by Chef’s Favorite Childhood Recipes 

 Musaafer, the contemporary Indian restaurant that continues to evolve its approach to modern Indian cuisine, announced today the launch of their new winter menu that boasts 21 full-flavored dishes to complement the season, inviting guests to discover or rediscover regional tastes from around India. Owners Mithu and Shammi Malik extensively collaborated with Chef Mayank Itswal to select popular Indian dishes that represent elements of India’s culture and geography. The elaborate presentation of each dish captivates the senses with a rush of aromas, artfully plated dishes on bespoke plate ware, a variety of textures and incorporating colors seen in nature as the season transitions from Fall to Winter.  

“This new menu showcases how eating seasonally is a part of our culture. The produce, spice blends and culinary techniques change in accordance with the requirements of the body seasonally and our eating habits are a reflection of that.” said co-owner, Mithu Malik. “We want our guests to take away a feeling of warmth in every element of the experience, from the warm service to dishes with warming spices to the fresh winter local produce, which ultimately celebrates the joy of the season.”  

In a season that evokes nostalgia, Chef spotlights a few dishes that called him to reflect on his childhood including the Thukpa (Noodle Soup), a famous Himalayan noodle soup is made of sesame broth, tomato, peanut, ginger, spring onions and timut pepper served with greens and Tingmo (steamed bun). A fresh Winter Pomelo Salad is an ode to his grandmother accented with papaya, radish cress and orange dressing which is playfully hidden inside of a lemon. This nods to the way his grandparents tricked him into eating the bitter fruit as a child by filling pomelos with sweet papaya and oranges. Finally, malai (house-churned cream) was a staple in his household, so Chef explored the various dimensions of this ingredient’s texture and flavors in Malai served three ways with chargrilled broccoli marinated in spiced cream served over malai crisps, burnt malai sand and malai sabzi.  

Additional highlights include Baked Oysters with moilee, coconut, shallots, curry leaf, garlic and cilantro, Winter Chaat comprised of sweet potato, green peas, baby potatoes, star fruit, green apple flattened chickpeas and house spice-blend, Til Diya Murgi (Black Sesame Chicken) with sesame brittle, chicken mousse, aloo pitika, Winter Nihari (Lamb Shank) with long pepper, star anise, chili oil, serrano and cilantro stalks. Sweet additions include the Badam Halwa (warm almond pudding) with toffee almond cake, milk chocolate crunch and chili guava ice cream and the Doodh Jalebi (Fermented fritter) with saffron and almond milk, date cake, stewed rhubarb, orange and lime.  

Located in The Galleria’s luxury wing, Musaafer is open Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10 p.m, Friday 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays for brunch 12 p.m.-4 p.m. To reserve your experience, visit or call 713.242.8087.  

Photo credit: Raydon Creative


– TC Torpedoes, Breakfast Tortas, Churros and Holiday Beverages Launching December 2 –

Taco Cabana is celebrating the holiday season with the addition of several all-new holiday menu items. Starting tomorrow, December 2, 2020, guests can enjoy Taco Cabana’s new TC Torpedoes, breakfast tortas, churros and hot and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday beverages including Rum Tea Punch and Cafe de Olla, as well as two new Taco Cabana margarita flavors, Candy Cane and Apple Spice. 

For the very first time, Taco Cabana introduces TC Torpedoes – fried corn masa filled with the guest’s choice of chicken tinga or cheese and poblano. TC Torpedoes can be enjoyed as a two-pack for $4.99; as a plate with rice, beans, guacamole and two tortillas for $6.99; or as a combo with chips, queso and a 20 oz. drink for $7.99.

Taco Cabana continues to enhance its beverage options with a variety of new hot and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For guests looking to warm things up, Taco Cabana is offering its new Rum Tea Punch (made with Bacardi Rum) or non-alcoholic Cafe de Olla, a sweetened coffee with hints of cinnamon. As the margarita capital of Texas, Taco Cabana delivers again with its latest margarita offerings – Candy Cane and Apple Spice. Each beverage is available for $3 and can be purchased at all participating Texas Taco Cabana locations. 

Looking to sweeten your TC meal? Guests can now enjoy a two-pack of Taco Cabana’s new churros for just $2.99. This holiday season, guests can also give the gift that keeps on giving. For every $25 in Taco Cabana Gift Cards purchased, guests will receive a free $5 Holiday Guest Appreciation Card to use on future Taco Cabana visits.

Also releasing system-wide tomorrow at all Texas locations, Taco Cabana introduces its new breakfast tortas, available all day everyday. Breakfast lovers can enjoy a Chorizo & Egg or Cheese & Egg torta for $2.99, or a Bacon, Egg & Cheese torta for $3.99.  

The seasonal menu items can be ordered via online ordering for front counter and curbside pick-up, via the drive-thru or by mobile order when using the MyTC! App or Select Taco Cabana dining rooms and patios are now open as well. For more information on Taco Cabana’s holiday menu items or traditional offerings, please visit TacoCabana.comPhotos courtesy of Taco Cabana.


Vibrant River Oaks District Seafood Tavern Features Stone Crab Special Tuesday nights

 Just in time for the holidays, popular River Oaks District dinning destination, Loch Bar launches all you can eat stone crab on Tuesdays for $85 starting December 1st. Guests can enjoy the sweet and succulent delicacies fresh from Florida every Tuesday night. Each meal includes choice of soup and side which pairs well with champagne or a glass of whiskey from one of the tavern’s 350 labels.

Note: Stone Crab offer available while supplies last. Cost is $85 per person.

 Loch Bar is located at 4444 Westheimer Road, Suite G110. Photo courtesy of Loch Bar.

Bottled Blonde Hosts: Presents for Pizza Toy Drive Benefiting Local Nonprofit, Kids Meals Inc.

Popular pizzeria, beer garden, sports watching destination helping Houston area children in need for the holidays 

Bottled Blonde, popular Washington Corridor pizzeria, beer garden and nightlife destination is hosting a holiday toy drive beginning December 1 – 17, benefiting Kids Meals Inc. 

Guests are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys for children ages 3 – 13. For every toy donation brought in, guests will receive a coupon for a FREE signature pizza redeemable on the same day. Limit one coupon per person; limit two pizzas per table.  The donated toys will be distributed as Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in the Greater Houston area just in time for the holidays.  

Photo: Kathy Tran

McDonald’s Honors Veterans on Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, November 11, McDonald’s restaurants across the Greater Houston Area will honor military servicemen and servicewomen with a free Combo Meal. Veterans and current members of the military are invited to enjoy their free meal by visiting participating restaurants and showing their Military ID.

The offer can be redeemed for an Combo Meal, which includes favorites like the fresh beef Quarter Pounder with cheese or Filet-o-Fish with medium fries and your choice of soft drink or breakfast items like the Egg McMuffin with hash browns and a small McCafé coffee. The offer is available all day through the Drive-Thru or in-store pickup.

Give the Gift of Good Taste This Season with Gourmet Ranch Holiday Gifting Shipped Straight to Your Door

The holidays are around the corner and there is no better way to celebrate than around the dining room table, together, with a delicious meal. As a family-owned and perated company, Gourmet Ranch knows a thing or two about what meats will “wow” your family and
friends. This season, they have extended their offerings to include an array of roasts perfect for a unique Thanksgiving, holiday gatherings, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Shipped straight to your door, let Gourmet Ranch set a memorable table and start new traditions. Perfect for gifting for friends and family or …yourself.

Roast Beef Feast with Yorkshire Pudding, Potatoes, Broccoli, Salad and Gravy

Holiday offerings include classic cuts that make for the perfect bold centerpiece featuring: Lamb Rack Crown Roast, Frenched Pork Rib Rack Roast, Beef Tenderloin Roast, Bone-In and Boneless Beef Ribeye Roast. Gourmet Ranch’s year-round offerings are the perfect for smaller gatherings or to compliment a roast and include themed Ranch Packs and al la carte items including: short ribs, tenderloin fillets, rib eyes, signature burgers, pork chops, lamb chops and more.

Unable to be with the ones you love this holiday? Send the gift of Gourmet Ranch through a gift card, available starting at $25. All items ship fresh within 1 business day when ordered before 12PM CT Monday through Thursday.


Guests of Bludorn —Fourth Ward’s latest addition to Houston’s resurging restaurant scene—may now enjoy a selection of new, fall-winter menu additions. 

The new items place an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and flavors celebrating the Autumn’s bounty. Notable dishes include Foie Gras with apple, brioche donut and hazelnut; 5-Seed Crust Ora Salmon, served with smoked eggplant and caponata; and White Truffle Risotto with parmesan. In addition to the new seasonal lineup, Bludorn will offer a truffle experiences as an accompaniment to any dish. Menu items will be available through December.  

Fall-Winter Additions: 

  • Shrimp avocado, horseradish cucumber 
  • Maitake mushrooms, cashew puree, scallion vinaigrette and pickled Fresno chilis  
  • Foie Gras apple, brioche donut, hazelnut 
  • Ora Salmon caponata, smoked eggplant, 5-seed crust  
  • White Truffle Creamy Risotto with parmesan or house-made spaghetti  
  • Seasonal sides: Wilted Greens, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts  
  • Seasonally sourced Truffles from across the globe 

Bludorn is located at 807 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019. For more information, go to  or call 713.999.0146.

Photo: Michael Anthony

Safina Mediterranean and The Naturalist Café and Lounge Offers “Pink Menu” Items for October

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Safina Mediterranean and The Naturalist Café and Lounge, located in the AAA Four Diamond InterContinental Houston – Medical Center, are offering a selection of “pink” menu items, with proceeds from each purchase going to the Helen David Relief Fund, which supports bartenders who have been affected by breast cancer.

The prix fixe menu ($41) consists of a Texas Citrus Salad, Red Beet Arborio Risotto, and Red Velvet Cake; items are also available a la carte. Additionally, the swanky Naturalist Bar in the hotel has partnered up with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to create a Pink Warrior cocktail, fashioned with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic Water and lemon, available for $10.  Prix Fixe Menu ($41): 

  • Texas Citrus Salad with red endives, shaved fennel, praline pecans drizzled with pomegranate vinaigrette ($9 a la carte)
  • Red Beet Arborio Risotto topped with goat cheese and basil ($20 a la carte)
  • Red Velvet Cake with chocolate sauce and raspberries ($12 a la carte)

Photo credit: Doug Kelly

J Balvin Meal at McDonald’s Available Through November 1st

After last month’s much-buzzed about celebrity menu collaboration, the Golden Arches are bringing customers the “Vibras.” McDonald’s is adding award-winning Reggaeton global ambassador J Balvin’s go-to order to its U.S. menu.

The J Balvin Meal features a Big Mac sandwich, medium World Famous Fries with ketchup, and an OREO® McFlurry, and will be available at participating restaurants from October 5 to November 1. Customers who purchase The J Balvin Meal as an offer on the McDonald’s App will receive the OREO® McFlurry for free.

“From topping charts around the world to landing countless award nominations, J Balvin is a trailblazing international icon,” said McDonald’s U.S. Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Flatley. “He’s always been a regular at McDonald’s restaurants during his concert tours, and now we’re excited to bring his go-to order to our menus across the U.S.”  

The J Balvin Meal is available to order in restaurants for carry-out, at the Drive Thru, via McDelivery or through the McDonald’s App.

“As a longtime McDonald’s fan, I am excited to join the short list of global icons who have had a meal named in their honor,” says J Balvin. “I am looking forward to sharing my signature order with my fans, along with more surprises that are to come with this partnership. ¡Lego!”

With more than 25 billion career streams and 35 million records sold worldwide, J Balvin is regarded as one of the top-selling artists of all time. Following the launch of the first signature meal in September, this is only the second time a celebrity’s name has been featured on the McDonald’s menu since 1992.


By popular demand, enchiladas are back at Taco Cabana with more variety and options than ever before! Starting October 14, guests can enjoy Enchilada Fest, a celebration of Taco Cabana’s signature cheese enchiladas with a choice of six new sauces including: Suiza, Ranchero, Green Chile, Tex-Mex, Sour Cream, or Queso.

The six new enchiladas are available at all participating Texas locations.  

Two-enchilada plates will be available for $5.99 and three-enchilada plates will be available for $7.69. Each plate includes rice, refried beans, guacamole and two flour tortillas.

Guests can top their enchilada with a choice of shredded chicken, ground beef or chicken fajita for $.99, or steak fajita for $1.29.

Guests can also shop the convenient TC Pantry in-store or online and take home an easy-to-prepare 12-pack Enchilada Casserole for $24.99 to cook and eat at home, a perfect option for any family dinner or gathering. 

Enchilada Fest orders can be placed via online ordering for front counter and curbside pick-up, via the drive-thru or by mobile order when using the MyTC! App or Select Taco Cabana dining rooms and patios are now open as well. 

“Not only has our internal TC family been asking for the return of our signature enchiladas, but more importantly, our TC guests have been asking for us to bring them back to the TC menu,” said Rich Stockinger, CEO and President of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. “We could not be more thrilled about their return and even more excited that we could bring six new flavors to our guests.”

In addition to Enchilada Fest, Taco Cabana is sweetening its fall menu offerings with the release of its new Caramel Apple Empanadas. Starting tomorrow, guests can purchase two Caramel Apple Empanadas for only $2.99. 

For more information on Enchilada Fest or Taco Cabana’s Caramel Apple Empanadas, please visit

Photo credit: Taco Cabana

Twang Relaunches Twangerz Hot Pickle Flavored Salt to Meet Consumer Demand 

Twang reintroduces a former LTO flavor with rebranded packaging and is available for purchase online and national shipping

Twang Partners, Ltd. – a San Antonio family-owned company best known as the originators of Twang Beer Salt, citrus flavored salts – is thrilled to announce that it will be re-launching its Twangerz Hot Pickle Flavored Salt. The flavor, originally launched as a limited time offer in 2014, is back by popular demand. The product can now be purchased and shipped anywhere in the U.S. via Twang’s website.  

The Hot Pickle Twangerz packs more of a kick than Twang’s other chili blends. The flavor became a cult favorite among fans of the brand and after receiving many fan requests, the company decided to relaunch the product. Twangerz Hot Pickle Flavored Salt is made with natural pickle flavor and jalapeño peppers that give the blend an authentic spicy flavor. The product can be added as a compliment to a variety of different snacks or beers.

The new Twangers Hot Pickle Flavored Salt comes in a 1.15 oz shaker jar and has been repackaged to match the 2019 rebrand of the Twangerz Classicz product line. The relaunched flavor comes in a pack of three that retails online for $6.00.

“We love engaging with our fans and we’ve noticed a consistent demand for the Hot Pickle Twangerz flavor to return,” said Elysia Treviño-Gonzales, Chief Executive Officer of Twang Partners Ltd. “We look forward to bringing this back for loyal supporters of Twang and we’re excited to introduce the flavor to new fans of our products.” 

 For more information on Twang, please visit

OMG Famous Barbque Back on Track to Delivering Best Rib Tips and Wings to Houston Diners

In the early 1990’s while living in Los Angeles, California, Bryant Rushing and Wyman Brown were introduced to each other through a mutual friend. At the time, they were both heavily involved in the music business and developed a friendship. A few years later, Bryant relocated to Houston, as Wyman relocated there as well, just a few years later.

Over the years, they had become backyard barbeque gurus. It became apparent that Houston area BBQ establishments didn’t compare to the ones in the Midwest, and even out in California. They were convinced that they could fill the void and introduce the locals to a brand new style, and taste of barbeque. 

Once the decision was made to start their own restaurant, the popular phrase “Oh My Goodness” would come to mind and OMG would be created, adding “Famous Barbque” to complete the name. The restaurant was designed as a take-out, mimicking the BBQ establishments in Detroit and Chicago, with a structured menu of careful planning, and customer requests.

They were excited to have their grand opening on November 16, 2019, only to close shortly after on March 18th 2020, due to the global pandemic, as business slowed to a near halt. The restaurant would eventually reopen on April 27th, 2020.

Bryant and Wyman are now ready to continue their strides to provide the Houston area with the best Rib Tips & Wings in town, plus more tasty eats. As restaurant owners, the most important thing to them is to insure that the quality and taste of the food are always OMG!

More information can be found at

Photos courtesy of OMG Famous Barbque.

Texas-Inspired Blue Norther Hard Seltzer Expands to Houston with New Flavor and a Great Cause

Portion of Sales to be Donated to Breast Cancer Resource Center

Blue Norther (BN), the new, Austin-based hard seltzer, is expanding to Houston following successful launches in Austin and San Antonio. Named for the fast-moving cold front that can blow through Texas (also called a Texas Norther), BN is brewed in Austin and currently available in three, Texas-inspired flavors: Wild Blackberry, Agave Lime, and the newly released Prickly Pear, which launched in October in partnership with the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). The BCRC helps nearly 2,000 women and their families throughout Texas in their battles against breast cancer. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, a portion of the sales will be donated to the BCRC with the purchase of all BN products.

The seltzer was created by father-son duo, Austin T. and Austin M. Pittman. Its original blend of Texas-inspired flavors and quality ingredients has put Blue Norther at the top of taste tests in a crowded hard seltzer market.

The Pittmans are working with Houston distributor, Silver Eagle to get the products into Houston-area retailers including H-E-B and Spec’s, with more locations being added daily. Click here to find the latest lineup of retailers (note that online finder is subject to some delay).

“We’ve had a fantastic reception in Austin and San Antonio, where we continue to expand our footprint, so we’re excited to introduce Blue Norther to the great folks in Houston,” said Austin T., CEO of Blue Norther. “October is a huge month for us with a new flavor, a new market and the partnership with BCRC, contributing to a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts.”

Blue Norther’s hard seltzers are crafted with pure ingredients, including real fruit juice and organic agave, to create bold flavors inspired by Texas fruits. The concept was born after the Pittmans wrapped up a hard day’s work at their family ranch in Harwood, Texas with a hard seltzer that fell flat in flavor. Realizing that no one was offering great taste and exceptional quality in the fast-growing hard seltzer market, the men decided to create their own, in true Texas fashion.

Prior to founding Blue Norther, Austin T. (father) was CEO of OptumCare, where he helped to build one of the largest integrated care delivery organizations in America. He brings this experience, plus more than 25 years of executive leadership in the healthcare industry, to Blue Norther. Austin M. is experienced in healthcare consulting, cloud software, tech sales, and marine biology. He has played a crucial role in defining Blue Norther’s brand, product direction, marketing and personnel.

The company is owned and operated by the Pittmans along with a small group of investors, Blue Partners.  

photo credit: Blue Norther

Celebrate October as Wine Month, and Escape to West Sandy Creek Winery for Wine, Food, and Breathtaking Views

If you’re looking for the perfect fall getaway, West Sandy Creek Winery, nestled next to the picturesque Sam Houston National Park, just outside of Huntsville, has everything you need.

Situated on 360 acres and one of the largest vineyards in the Texas Gulf Coast Region, the winery announced today that it will partner with a local food truck, Sweet Dough, to provide a variety of tasty dishes to go along with its collection of wines. The menu will feature casual fare including sandwiches, salads, pizza, and tacos.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat off our new food menu,” said Sandy McGinley, West Sandy Creek Winery’s general manager. “Our team takes great pride in creating a peaceful and rejuvenating experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life.”

While onsite, guests can enjoy the company of animals who call the winery home, including horses, cows, goats, chickens, zebras, donkeys, and zebronkeys. West Sandy Creek Winery is a short drive from Houston and the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you want to make a weekend out of it, you can rent one of their peaceful cabins with all the comforts of home including a full kitchen, fire pit, and more. Regardless if you spend an afternoon or a weekend, West Sandy Creek Winery has implemented the following practices to keep guests safe:

  • Tables are available by reservation only and food purchase is required. Customers who arrive without a reservation will be accommodated if possible. The gazebos are available for private rental. Call 936-436-9050 to reserve.
  • Customers should not re-arrange tables or chairs from their locations.
  • The restrooms in the tasting room are available for guest use one at a time, or only with members of your own party.
  • All reservations last a maximum of two hours. If guests plan to be at the winery for a shorter time, please inform the staff, so they can schedule other guests accordingly. These time limits will be enforced to clean and disinfect for the next reservation.
  • Wine will be served by the bottle with a wine opener for guests to use. Guests can bring their own wine opener if they prefer or purchase a West Sandy Creek winery stem-less glass.
  • Masks are required while you are seated at your table.
  • A food purchase is required to enjoy the patio and other socially distanced seating areas.  
  • All food service items will be disposable.
  • We’re following the established guidance for safety, but the situation is fluid and we will continue to adjust our operations as required.

A family owned and operated business, West Sandy Creek was founded on a decades-long love of wine and winemaking. The winery grows three varieties of grapes and produces three distinctly different wines:

  • Four Blanc (sweet, dry, oaked, and dessert)
  • Three Lenoir (sweet/blush, dry, and port)
  • Two Blends – Bounty Land Crossings (a Tempranillo/Lenoir blend, and a rose’, a Blanc du Bois/Lenoir blend)

Curbside pickup is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; food service is available Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 936-436-9050 For more information about West Sandy Creek Winery, including information on cabin rentals, visit

Still Austin Whiskey Co. Launches Its Flagship Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Grain-to-Glass High-Rye Expression Made Using Local Resources And Sustainable Practices Featuring New Bottle and Label

Now Available for Pre-Order

Still Austin Whiskey Co., a homegrown distillery situated in the heart of South Austin, released its first high-rye straight bourbon whiskey featuring grains that are 100% grown by Texas farmers. The bourbon is handmade from grain-to-glass at the distillery, aged for at least two years in new charred American Oak barrels, and bottled at 98.4 proof (49.2% ABV). It’s comprised of a high-quality mash bill worthy of its hometown: 70% Non-GMO white corn (the same found in Austin’s tortillas), 25% Elbon rye (which imparts a natural spice) and 5% wildfire malted barley.

“After six years of hard work and perfecting our technique, we’re ready to launch our new flagship straight bourbon whiskey,” said Chris Seals, CEO. “We started Still Austin Whiskey Co. because we saw an opportunity to create our own kind of distillery where we do everything intentionally. This bourbon is an expression of true Texas terroir, but also the distillation of all we are, and of all that has created us. We’ve managed to bottle the inclusive spirit of our home city; a complex bourbon with substance, flair, and finesse.”

According to Still Austin’s “Master Blender” Nancy Fraley, who is famous for her peerless ability to detect flavor notes, “the nose offers delightful aromas of ripe tropical fruits such as pineapple, banana, papaya, mango, toasted coconut shavings, and S’mores with melted milk chocolate and caramelized marshmallow. These notes follow through to the palate, where the rye makes its appearance in the form of cinnamon toast with brown butter, and blanched almonds. The alcohol is soft and creamy like vanilla egg custard and the mouth feel is round, with long waves of tropical fruit, toffee, and rye spice on the finish.”

A Fresh New Look

The straight bourbon whiskey boasts a new custom bottle and label, which serves as the perfect complement to the art inside the bottle. For the label, Still Austin commissioned internationally acclaimed artist and native Texan Marc Burckhardt to paint a series of portraits of “archetypical” Austinites. Each provides a sense of the people who have influenced and inspired the team, while paying homage to the Texas terroir.

The figure on the new label dubbed “the Musician,” is the first in the series, which will grace the labels of future spirits. These are visual representations of archetypes, a way of conceiving a “new Austin mythology” by celebrating the innovative people who make the city what it is. The Musician—along with future archetypes like the Naturalist, the Writer, the Visionary, and the Artist—illustrates the fearlessness needed to become truly unique. The Musician in the painting is confident, intelligent, brave and whimsical; essentially, everything Still Austin aspires to be, and everything the distillery loves about its community. The Musician was a natural place to start since Austin is “The Live Music Capital of the World.” Good whiskey is more than just corn, rye and malted barley that’s been fermented, distilled, and aged. Like the various elements of music—chords, rhythms, harmonies—the result is greater than the sum of its parts.

Where to Buy

Still Austin’s new straight bourbon whiskey is now available for pre-order online via the Still Austin website here: Then, in August, whiskey lovers will begin to see the brand throughout Texas in 750ml bottles at liquor stores for a suggested retail price of $45.

For more information, visit and follow Still Austin on Facebook at, Twitter @StillATX and Instagram @Still_ATX.

About Still Austin Whiskey Co.

Founded in 2015 by three Austin families, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a true grain-to-glass Distillery, located at 440 East St. Elmo Road in the heart of Austin, Texas. All spirits are hand crafted using grains grown by Texas farmers. 

Photos courtesy of Still Austin Whiskey Co.

Celebrate National Lobster Day on September 25th at Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar

Celebrate National Lobster Day New England style with a Maine lobster roll at Loch Bar in River Oaks District. The coastal classic features fresh lobster garnished with kerrygold butter, chives, and celery leaf atop a warm, toasty split-top bun, served with choice of spring salad or hand-cut french fries. Enjoy the dish at a special featured price of $25 all day on September 25. 

Feast on signature Live Maine Lobster at River Oaks District’s swanky seafood eatery, Ouzo Bay. In honor of National Lobster Day, guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne for each pound of lobster ordered. The offer is valid all day on September 25. 

Photo: Kirsten Gilliam

Houston Native and Executive Chef/Owner Travis McShane’s Future Montrose Mainstay-OSTIA, Makes Debut September 25th

New American Concept Inspired by Italy and is Rooted in Farm to Market Philosophy, Seasonality and Simplicity

Houston will soon get a noteworthy new addition to the city’s ever-evolving culinary landscape when the keenly anticipated New American concept Ostia opens in the storied Montrose neighborhood on Friday, September 25.

Ostia – meaning “host” in Italian – is the brainchild of rising star Chef Travis McShane, a University of Texas and CIA graduate who has spent more than a decade rising through the ranks in the kitchens of acclaimed chef Jonathan Waxman. Working his way from extern to line cook to Executive Chef at Barbuto in New  York and, later, at Adele’s in Nashville, Chef Travis ultimately advanced to the position of corporate chef for Waxman – overseeing all culinary operations and menus for his restaurants in New York City, San Francisco, Nashville and Atlanta.

The Houston native’s culinary prowess will soon be on full display in The Montrose at the Italian-and Mediterranean-inspired concept – the totality of which embodies the cuisine, ambience and philosophies learned from his extensive travel experiences throughout Italy and Europe.

“At its heart, Ostia is a neighborhood restaurant, a place to hang out with friends and family to enjoy a delicious meal together whether you live around the corner or not,” said McShane. “My wife Charlotte and I have had amazing culinary journeys, many of which have shaped me personally and guided my vision. Our goal is to bottle those experiences up and serve them to Houston diners in a unique, approachable, and thoughtful environment. We aim to be an every occasion dining destination that happens to serve remarkable tastes in a memorable atmosphere.”

The menu at the new neighborhood destination reflects the real-world education Chef Travis received from extensive culinary-fused travels with his mentor; namely, cuisine defined by farm to table, rustic and light ingredients with underlying Italian and Mediterranean flavors.

As such, the seasonally driven menu features delectable small plates such as Fluke Crudo with citrus, almonds, tarragon; Shaved Cauliflower with tatsoi, golden raisins, pistachios; and Fritto Misto with summer vegetables – just a precursor to an elaborate pasta program featuring fresh, handmade pastas like Chitarra with garlic, rabe, wild arugula, anchovy; Bucatini with guanciale, chili, roast tomato, pecorino; and Gnocchi with cherry tomato, corn, parmesan. Large plates include Whole Fish with Meyer lemon tapenade; Pork Chop with apricot mostarda and escarole hearts; and Half-Chicken with lemon and herb jus. The frequently rotating menu will be modified with seasonal ingredients while remaining consistently familiar for regular guests.

The beverage program is intended to complement the menu’s European leanings with a robust selection of wine, spirits and craft cocktails, accordingly. Curated by Chef Travis in tandem with homegrown Master Somm Jack Mason, the wine list will feature a generous number of wines by the glass representing a healthy balance of Old World and New World wines. The cocktail list includes slightly augmented takes on popular classics.

Ostia, located at 2032 Dunlavy, will be open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lunch and brunch will debut at a later date.

Photo: Jenn Duncan

Goode Company Introduces Goode Gameday for the Houston Texans Season

Enjoy the ultimate tailgate experience for each Houston Texans home game this season with Goode Company’s new Goode Gameday at Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby Drive.

“We are hoping to capture the fun and atmosphere of tailgating during this unusual season by opening Armadillo Palace’s doors to fans,” says owner, Levi Goode.  “During the games, we will have seated sections set up that are socially distanced and separated by plexiglass. These tables can be purchased to accommodate groups of 4, 6, 8, or 10, and the games will be projected on our outside stage as well as other monitors throughout the venue. It’s the next best thing to being at NRG!”

As an added bonus, retired NFL Player Wade Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies at Goode Gameday events!   Smith, a retired 12-year NFL veteran and Pro Bowler from Dallas, received his BA in Finance from the University of Memphis before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. In 2010, he joined the Houston Texans where he started 64 games. In 2011, he became the only offensive lineman in team history to score a touchdown after recovering a fumble in the end zone. Smith was named a member AFC Pro Bowl Team in 2012, and that year he established The Wade Smith Foundation.

To make your watch party experience complete enjoy an unlimited all-you-can-eat menu, bar packages, football bingo, 50/50 Squares, and 50/50, from which half of the proceeds will go to the Wade Smith Foundation which supports community youth programs in the Greater Houston and Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex Areas and focuses on literacy and education. Smith feels strongly about giving back to the communities that helped him succeed.

There will, of course, be social distancing, sanitation stations and masks are required upon entering, leaving and moving out the space. 

Book your table now online, by phone at 713-844-8180 or via email at  Be sure to ask about the Meet & Greet!

For those watching the games at home, don’t forget you can get your favorite Goode Company dishes from the restaurants or Goode Company Grocers!

For more information on Goode Company and its family of restaurants, please visit


September is National Recovery Month and is a time meant to educate Americans on substance use treatment and mental health services that can help enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. In honor of this, Archway Academy has teamed-up with Houston hotspot Common Bond Bistro Cafe to help bring awareness to addiction recovery and raise funds for the Archway nonprofit.

For the month of September, Common Bond will donate $1 from each Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Macaron sold to Archway Academy. The delicious, purple macaron costs $2.50 and is available at all five Houston locations. 

More information: 

Archway Academy is a 501 non-profit school here in Houston that provides a sober learning environment for high school students in recovery from alcohol and substance use disorder, is a leader in the recovery industry and the largest recovery school in the nation

Common Bond owner George Joseph is a member of the Board of Directors at Archway Academy, and is very passionate about the addiction and treatment industry

Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10 percent of them receive treatment, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health 

Whether it’s a problem with alcohol, opioids, cocaine, or any other substance, addiction kills thousands of Americans every year and impacts millions of lives.

Photo credit for Common Bond: Christina Snyder


Taco Cabana expands its menu with Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork Tortas, Tacos and Cabana Bowls

Taco Cabana is excited to announce three new menu items coming to its locations throughout Texas. Beginning today, the popular restaurant chain is now offering a Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork Torta for the first time in the company’s 42-year history. In addition, guests can enjoy the Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork in a taco or  cabana bowl.  

Taco Cabana is launching the popular Mexican sandwich platform with the Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork Torta. The torta’s traditional build includes refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes and Taco Cabana’s chipotle crema. The taco is filled with Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle crema. The cabana bowl includes Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork, refried beans, rice, lettuce, shredded cheese, chipotle crema and pico de gallo.  

The Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork Torta is available for $5.29 a la carte or $7.29 for a plate with rice and beans; the taco is available for $2.29 a la carte or $6.99 for a plate; the cabana bowl is $5.99.

“Tortas are a big part of Mexican food culture and we’re looking forward to putting our own TC spin on them with Mango-Habanero Pulled Pork,” said Fiesta Restaurant Group President and CEO, Rich Stockinger. “The new Torta, Taco and Cabana Bowl are going to be great additions to our menu and we’re looking forward to our guests getting a chance to try them. They each make a great complement to any of our 12 margarita flavors – each only $2 all day, every day.”

Guests can place orders for all their Taco Cabana favorites via the convenient drive-thru, or for curbside pickup or delivery. Orders of $10 or more placed through or the MYTC! App are eligible for free delivery.

For more information on any of Taco Cabana’s new menu offerings, please visit


Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to midnight, exclusively in the upstairs lounge 

Le Colonial is putting the “social” into social distancing. After a brief hiatus, the upstairs lounge at Le Colonial is reopening with their popular Vietnamese-inspired happy hour.  The team is putting the “social” into social distancing with a fresh name to enjoy Lychee Martinis and more every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. 

The all-new Social [Distancing] Hour will feature a selection of your favorite Bar Bites and Drink Specials including Le Colonial’s Chicken Dumplings with Scallionswith ginger, and black vinegar sauce, add another cocktail, and Red Buffalo comprised of Ketel One, Muddled Strawberries, thai basil and thai chilie. The lounge has been arranged for stylish social distancing for you to indulge in a full meal or liaise over a few cocktails with friends.  The West Balcony now offers full dinner service. Reservations for the Lounge and West Balcony are available via OpenTable. 

Le Colonial is located at 4444 Westheimer Rd.

Photo: Kristen Gilliam


Flower Child, Houston’s beloved healthy fast-casual eatery from Fox Restaurant Concepts, will open its highly-anticipated, third Houston location on Tuesday, August 4. Found in the Houston Heights neighborhood at 1533 North Shepherd, Flower Child Houston Heights looks forward to spreading its soul-satisfying mission of positively delicious vibes into a new neighborhood of the city. This location joins Flower Child’s current Houston outposts in Uptown and The Woodlands.

Due to their commitment to social distancing at this time, Flower Child will only be open for patio dining, to-go orders with pick-up, curbside pick-up and contact-free delivery options. Guests to the new Houston Heights location are also encouraged to use Flower Child’s app for a convenient and contactless experience while earning exclusive rewards.

The Flower Child menu will offer a healthy and balanced dining experience—with a selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menu items for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, along with a robust catering program. Menu categories include StartersSaladsEntréesBowlsWraps, a variety of Side options and a Healthy Kids menu. Guests can also add proteins to any dish—or order as an entrée—including chicken, salmon, steak, shrimp, and tofu. Mainstay Flower Child menu items include the Glow Bowl with spicy sweet potato noodles, bok choy, zucchini, onion, jalapeno, shiitake mushroom, coconut milk and sunflower butter; Thai Dye Wrap with spicy tofu, thai basil, avocado, carrot, daikon radish, cilantro and snap pea; and the Organic Kale Salad with pink grapefruit, organic apple, red cabbage, black currant, smoked almond, white cheddar and an apple cider vinaigrette.  

The new Flower Child Houston Heights location will also open with Flower Child’s summer menu items including the Vegan Artichoke SaladHeirloom Tomato & Watermelon SaladCharred Asparagus Slaw and the Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon side dish option.

As the patio will be open with a limited capacity, Flower Child has taken steps to ensure the health and safety of their guests and their team. Some of the measures they have taken are:

  • Modification of patios for social distancing and seating limitations
  • Adding new operational standards to comply with and exceed state and Federal guidelines for safety and sanitation
  • Rolling out new technology that will provide a “lower contact” experience for all
  • Daily wellness checks for Flower Child teams as well as requiring all employees wear their masks

For more information on Flower Child’s new operational standards, please visit the Fox Restaurant Concepts website here.


To reduce food waste, Flower Child takes steps to conserve and make use of every bit of food, incorporating the same fruits and veggies used to make its main dishes and sides into a rotating daily menu of fresh juice options. Flower Child in Houston Heights will also serve organic wine, local beer, kombucha and cold brew coffee.


While Supplies Last

Beginning this Friday, Fish City Grill at Sugar Land Town Square is offering a 1 lb Shrimp Boil including corn, potato and sausage tossed in Cajun butter for $20 every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Available for both dine-in and take-out.

Photo courtesy of Fish City Grill.

Le Colonial Has Cocktails To Go

Summer just got sweeter with Le Colonial’s new cocktails to-go. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or beating the heat indoors, you can now enjoy Le Colonial’s drinks in whatever space you find yourself in!

Photo: Michael Anthony

Available in both 10 oz. or Two Servings sip on classics such as the Thai Chili Margarita with Avion Silver, Torress Magdala, Thai Chili, Fresh Lime, the Saigon Punch a mix of Santa Teresa Rum, Tropical Fruit Juice or the and Lychee Martini their blend of Grey Goose, Lychee Liqueur, Fresh Lime and Lychee.

Order online at or call 713.629.4444.


Sunday brunch is arguably the best meal of the week, and Houstonians can now enjoy signature staples from the restaurant’s popular brunch menu in the comfort of their own home.

The brunch will be available for curbside pickup via online ordering on their website from 11 a.m-3 p.m. With sweet and savory offerings like griddle cakes ($11), smoked bacon ($7), peaches and berries ($13), beignets ($4), warm cinnamon rolls ($6), deviled eggs ($7), T-bone and eggs ($29), lobster roll ($28), chicken fried chicken ($24), pork belly benedict ($21), chorizo con papas ($16), shrimp remoulade ($19) and more, there’s an ample selection of Sunday morning favorites for a decadent and hearty at home brunch.

Complete the experience by adding on one of their batch cocktails to-go including the La Parillita ($48), Speedy Buffalo ($50), or Southside Nouveau ($52) (each create roughly 5-6 drinks). 

To place your to-go order, visit their website:

Photo courtesy of State of Grace.

Amorino Gelato au Naturale Delivers Refreshing Summer Flavors

Photo: Alex Montoya

River Oaks District’s Italian inspired gelato shop and cafe, Amorino Gelato au Naturale has released three new refreshing flavors. Known for their assortment of authentic gelato, coffee and desserts, this season’s new  trio of sorbets include Wild berries & violet, Morello Cherry and Organic Bergamont. Fun (and healthy) fact: all of Amorino’s products contain no artificial colorings, flavors and are gluten free. So stop by or place your curbside order today to beat the heat with this guiltless sweet treat! 

Amorino Gelato au Naturale is located at 4444 Westheimer Road. For more information, go to or call (346) 319-2194.


La Lucha’s Saturday and Sunday lunch menus have been known for their Gulf Oysters and Chef Bobby’s famous Fried Chicken—but now guests will be able to celebrate the weekend with additional brunch-centric dishes. 

Starting this weekend, La Lucha will open at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays so diners can get their brunch fix until 3pm. Additions to the menu include the following brunch items: Chicken and Waffles ($16.95), Crispy Loaded Hashbrowns ($10.95), and Boudin Kolaches ($9.95).

To make reservations for the dining room, please call 713-955-4765 or visit OpenTable. The bar and patio will remain walk-in only.

Courtesy of Andrew Thomas

La Lucha’s updated hours of operation are as follows:  

  • Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm-9:00pm 
  • Friday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm 
  • Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm 

La Lucha is located at 1801 N. Shepherd Drive. 

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café is Now Open in Baybrook Mall Ninth location will make Baybrook Mall a sweeter place  

Sweet Paris is an irresistibly charming restaurant offering an extensive selection of sweet and savory crêpes.  Made from scratch, the dishes are as delicious as they are beautiful. The new location faces “The Lawn” at Baybrook Mall, which is a large, turfed gathering spot that hosts outdoor movies, live music, and events.  

Photo: JulieSoefer

The space provides shoppers with a place to recharge and relax after a day of shopping. Sweet Paris offers fun and dining for the whole family, with a covered patio that faces “The Lawn” so children can play in parents’ view. Whether there is a movie playing on the big screen or it’s just beautiful weather outside, Sweet Paris offers wine, beer, mimosas, and frozen mimosas to be enjoyed on “The Lawn.” 

“We are thrilled to open a beautiful new store in the heart of Friendswood, in the new lifestyle section of Baybrook Mall,” said Allison Chavez, Co-Founder. “It’s such a natural fit for Sweet Paris, and patrons have been asking us to make their part of the world a ‘sweeter place.’ We are delighted to have found the perfect location that reaches several surrounding vibrant communities. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Sweet Paris Baybrook Mall!” 

Gourmet Ranch Launches New Boxed Custom Meats Available Online Make Every Meal 

Gourmet Ranch, a specialty meats division of Jake’s Finer Foods today announced the roll out of its new ecommerce platform, available via to give consumers access to delicious, restaurant-quality meats for pickup, home delivery and express shipping.  

The new boxed sets are in response to the growing consumer trend and demand for fine, specialty foods delivered to their doorstep.  

Foodies dining at home now have access to “cut-above” products that top chefs have used for 20 years. Hand-selected premium, aged meats are cut by Gourmet Ranch butchers and packed in boxed sets or create your own selection from the a la carte product list.  

Ultimately providing a custom butcher shop experience for freshly cut poultry products, steaks, freshly ground beef patties, cutlets and pork.  

RANCH PACKS The Original Box includes four 6 oz. top butt center-cut steaks, four 6 oz. boneless center-cut pork chops, four 6 oz. chicken breast filets, and four 80/20 beef hamburger patties.  

The Pit Master Box includes two 12 oz. Certified Hereford Beef strip steaks, two 12 oz. Certified Hereford Beef ribeye steaks, and four 6 oz. beef tenderloin filets.  

The Butcher’s Choice Box includes four 7 oz. 80/20 beef hamburger patties, four 5 oz. beef cutlets, two 7oz. beef tenderloin cutlets, and 2 lbs. of bone-in beef short ribs.  

The Country Comforts Box includes four 5 oz. beef cutlets, 2 lbs. of chicken k-bob meat, 2 lbs. of beef k-bob meat, and one whole chicken.  

The Nothin’ But Chicken Box includes a 3 lb. whole chicken cut into 8 pieces, four 6 oz. chicken breast filets, 2 lbs. of chicken k-bob meat, and 3 lbs. of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.  

The Summer Party Box includes four 5.3 oz. 80/20 beef hamburger patties, a 3 lb. whole chicken cut into 8 pieces, four 6 oz. chicken breast filets, and eight 2 oz. 44 Farms Angus beef franks. 

 “More people are cooking at home because of the current pandemic concerns,” said Kevin Ullrich, CEO of Jake’s Finer Foods and Gourmet Ranch. “Many are finding that boxed offerings such as these fill their need for high-quality products and make mealtime prep simple, fun and delicious.”  

“Before, during and after the pandemic, the Gourmet Ranch mission will continue to be to glorify God and serve customers by providing superior products with exceptional service. We’re honored to serve our restaurant clients as they face unprecedented challenges, as well as fellow neighbors seeking access to fresh meats for at-home cooking.”  

Consumers can access the online purchasing site by clicking the home delivery tab at Orders placed by noon Central Time are available for next business-day pickup or delivery, excluding Monday. Next day curbside pickup is available Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corporate office of Jake’s Finer Foods at 13400 Hollister Drive. Doorstep delivery is available Tuesday through Friday. Guests may select their desired delivery method during the checkout process, and purchases can be shipped to multiple addresses for consumers’ purchases for friends and family. Payment by credit card is required to place an order.  

Both facilities are inspected regularly according to government requirements for food manufacturing and distribution facilities. Upon the outbreak of COVID-19, both companies implemented additional sanitation practices and safety measures in accordance with guidelines established by government and healthcare agencies, including protocols for masks and social distancing for all team members. 


A nearly two-year labor of love is now reaching fruition this weekend as Shammi and Mithu Malik of Dubai-based Spice Route Co. announce the May 18 unveiling of Musaafer at 5115 Westheimer Road in Houston’s Uptown business and shopping district. With Musaafer, the Hindi translation of traveler, the duo seek to transport guests through multi-layered and textured environment, unlike anything in the city, for a celebration of India’s vibrant food culture. The timing – building in COVID-related delays that still have some finishing decorative touches in transit – comes at an apropos moment, when for many, dining out is becoming an escape and indulgence to linger over.

Photo: Julie Soefer

“There are so many interpretations of Indian cuisine,” says Mithu Malik. “At Musaafer, our first US restaurant, the intention is to showcase our homeland in a manner that authentically honors the country’s culinary diversity. Guests will have the opportunity to discover unique flavors and presentations – both traditional and cutting edge – from 29 states within a truly immersive space.”

Musaafer’s diverse menus will be a departure from traditional Indian fare through their application of global ingredients and techniques to authentic dishes. Menu highlights include traditional Indian street food, Pani Puri, with hollow shells filled with fresh ceviche with five flavorful dipping-sauces. Tuna Chat served on a back-lit plate accented with drops of avocado, tamarind and house made cream cheese. Nali Nihari (Lamb Shank) served over saffron cauliflower risotto and pepper gremolata. The Butter Chicken Experience, serving the classic Indian dish three ways with a centrifuged and clear clarified tomato sauce. A grand finale includes an artfully plated dessert, The Mishti Doi made of faux yogurt mushrooms, freeze dried raspberry and pomegranate stones, pistachio dust, almond cake and house-made frozen yogurt. Bread accompaniments are made to order and include varieties such as Garlic Naan, Nimbu Naan, Rotis and Parathas all charred to perfection in custom-made tandoor or clay ovens.

Photo: Julie Soefer

Temporary operating hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5-11 p.m. for dinner service. Lunch and brunch will begin at a later date. Due to COVID, valet is currently unavailable, but complimentary self-parking is offered in The Galleria VI parking lot off Westheimer and throughout the parking garage. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call 713.242.8087.


Longtime Friends and Natives of Thailand Will Bring Authentic Thai Cuisine to the Heights Community with a New Lens

Kin Dee Thai Cuisine, the brainchild of co-owners and longtime friends, Lukkaew Srasrisuwan and Miranda Loetkhamfu, will officially open its doors in the bustling Heights neighborhood on May 22nd.

Photo: Michael Anthony

The concept – which will focus on made-from-scratch, authentic Thai cuisine inspired by four distinct food regions of Thailand – is a dream come true for both Srasrisuwan and Loetkhamfu. The pair collectively hails from Thailand (Srasrisuwan grew up in the Southern region while Loetkhamfu grew up in the North) and are thrilled to bring a taste of their native food culture to Houston, where they have now settled down and planted roots. To that end, Kin Dee will serve a variety of Thai dishes with a focus on noodle-based entrees.

“We have conceptualized Kin Dee to be a truly authentic representation of our homeland in its flavors, its ingredients, its feel, and its overall vision – a vision that harkens back to Thailand but simultaneously infuses new elements into what a modern Thai restaurant can be,” emphasized Srasrisuwan. She added, “We feel that Kin Dee represents a wholly unique addition to the vibrant and diverse Houston culinary community and are ecstatic to open our doors to Houstonians and visitors alike this week.”

Kin Dee is located at 1533 N Shepherd Drive, Suite 160 at the Market at Houston Heights, and will serve lunch and dinner daily. Kin Dee will be open on Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner, and Saturday – Sunday for both services from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

There are 124 parking spaces available to guests in the centrally located shopping center parking lot. If for some reason guests can’t find an available space, additional parking is available on Laird Street. For additional information, please visit or call 281.826.2655.

Farmer’s Market at Imperial Re-Opens!

The Farmers Market at Imperial will completely reopen this Saturday, May 23rd after offering curbside service only for the last several weeks.  Customers are invited to come and shop and support their favorite local vendors. The market is a great place to experience an impressive array of artisan crafts, freshly prepared meals by local chefs, and a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Recommended CDC guidelines are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Vendors will also take extra safety precautions to further prevent the spread of the virus with frequent hand washing and no sampling.

With safety being a top priority, visitors are asked respect social distancing, take all food purchased at the market to go, and avoid lingering at the market once your purchases have been made.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor or would like more information about the market, please visit our website at, or reach out by email at

Houston-Based App Offers Simple Solution for Contact-less Restaurant Dining Experience

The only all-in-one app allowing customers dine-in, take-out and delivery and pay all from their smartphone

Houston-based Roovy Technologies offers an innovative mobile app that allows users to manage their restaurant and bar experience completely from their smartphones. Founded by Houston-area restaurateur, Ken Bridge, in 2019, the app is now available for the contact-less dine-in experience to provide the ultimate ease and convenience post-COVID.

“Created for its functionality, this all in one platform was designed to maximize opportunities within the restaurant business and eventually adapt to the on-going changes we’re currently experiencing with the pandemic,” says Bridge, CEO of Delicious Concepts Restaurant Group and Roovy Founder. “Roovy users will appreciate the simplicity of the app, encouraging dining directly from their smartphones.”

Roovy is the only app that currently fulfills all three restaurant categories in one single smartphone platform; Dine-In, Take-Out and Delivery. The platform is an entirely cloud-based native solution that streamlines the entire dining experience process, including payment. As Roovy becomes more intelligent and efficient, capabilities such as reservations will be added.

Highlights and How it Works:

  • Dine-in users can order directly from the restaurants’ menu on their smartphone, no menu’s and no third-party devices
  • Full two-way in-app text communications for customer and restaurant
  • Allows users to pay at their table entirely from their phones
  • Restaurant owners can operate on as little as one single tablet
  • In the “counter service” restaurant environment, the restaurant can simply “page” the guest and a push notification will be sent to their phone, notifying them that their order is ready for pick up. 
  • Roovy also allows the user to place any carry-out or delivery order

To learn more about the app click here.

Founded in 2019, the Roovy Technologies mobile app is a platform designed to create the ultimate digital restaurant dining experience. The all in one, cloud-based native solution allows the user to experience all three restaurant categories: Dine-In, Take-Out and Delivery. Simply open the app, order your food, and pay right from your phone. Learn more at

Chama Gaucha Reopens with Temporary Hours

Chama Gaúcha is thrilled to welcome diners back to the beloved Brazilian steakhouse after being closed due to COVID-19 orders. The restaurant is diligently following safety and sanitary practice guidelines given by the CDC.   
    • The restaurant will only be seating up to 25 percent capacity
    • The tables in the main dining area are all positioned six feet apart
    • All staff and servers will be wearing masks and gloves 
    • The number of people allowed in the salad bar area at a time will be limited, and a waiter will walk around the salad bar with each guest to safely serve them and limit physical contact
    • There is no valet for the time being

Chama Gaúcha has also made a few adjustments to its pricing and hours of operation:

Temporary Hours: 
Lunch, Monday – Friday: 11:30am-2:30 pm $34.95
Lunch, Saturday – Sunday: noon-3:00 pm  $38.95
Dinner, Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm-9:30 pm – $48.95
Dinner, Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00 pm – $48.95
Sunday Hours – noon-9:00 pm

Hungry’s at Rice Village and Memorial has Cinco de Mayo Specials

Hungrys will be offering Taco Trays through Saturday, May 9. The Taco Trays come with nine tacos (three spicy beef, three chicken tinga, and three ahi tuna), a side of tortilla ships, salsa, and queso for $45.

  • Hungry’s is also offering its Seitan Vegan Tacos in the form of its family feast for $45 (feeds four)
  • Enjoy frozen mango margaritas to-go.  Hungry will be serving its house mix with a single serve bottle of tequila for $12. 

 The Original Ninfa’s will be offering a variety of specials for Cinco de Mayo

Tacos al Carbon by Cooper + Rica

  • DJ Felipe Galvan will be playing curbside on Tuesday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ninfa’s Uptown location 
  • Ninfa’s will be featuring its famous Ninfarita, and launching four additional margaritas on Friday, May 1, which will remain available throughout the current curbside and delivery restriction period.
    • Ninfaritas are served by the glass for $9 and serves one, half gallon for $50 and serves 8-10, and gallon $95 and serves 18-20
    • Additional flavors include:
      • Guava Paloma $20/Serves 2 (Not Shaken) Guava Puree, Fresh Lime Juice, One Bottle of Jarritos Grapefruit Soda, and Two 50ml Bottles of Silver Tequila
      • Mango Habanero Margarita $40/Serves 4-6 (Shaken) Housemade Mango-Habanero Mix, One 200ml Bottle of Silver Tequila, Mole Salt, Limes
      • Skinny Margarita $40/Serves 4-6 (Shaken) Skinny Margarita Mix, One 200ml Bottle of Silver Tequila, Salt, Limes
      • Spicy Margarita $40/Serves 4-6 (Shaken) Spicy Margarita Mix, One 200ml Bottle of Silver Tequila, Salt, Limes
  • Ninfa’s Famous Fajitas will now have the option to add Shrimp between Friday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 5.
    • Beef and Chicken Combo Fajitas $40 (serves two) —marinated and wood-grilled skirt steak and chicken breast on a bed of grilled onions with sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, fresh tortillas, beans and rice
      • Add Grilled Tampico Shrimp $4 per shrimp
      • Add Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp $5 per shrimp

Rocket Farm Restaurants plans to reopen Superica and La Lucha for pick-up only beginning Monday, April 13

“Beginning Monday, April 13, Rocket Farm Restaurants plans to reopen for pick-up only at Superica and La Lucha. Our number one priority remains the well-being and safety of our team and our communities, and we feel we can re-open responsibly with lean, efficient teams to prevent further spread of the virus and ensure we are keeping our teams healthy and employed.

At the time of our closure of Superica, while no one within our restaurants had tested positive for COVID-19, we felt that it was safer for all Rocket Farm employees to take the time to stay home for a full 14 days in order for us to streamline our processes and reopen without any health concerns.”

Modified hours of operations are as follows:
  • Superica in the Heights (featuring La Lucha)
    • Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee


Posh River Oaks District Dining Destination Launches Chef Series Thursday, February 27th

Buzzy River Oaks District destination, Bisou, known for its curated nightlife entertainment and chef driven continental cuisine will host its inaugural guest chef dinner with featured chef Mark Cox on Thursday, February 27th.

The pairing of Perrier and Cox will delight attending guests to an exquisite four-course menu for $89* per person that features butter poached lobster with Johan Crab panna cotta and citrus, a New Zealand Barramundi with Key West Pink Shrimp and an ash crusted heart of ribeye with onion soubise, Vichy carrots, tater tots and truffle madeira sauce with an ultimate chocolate cake to finish.

The monthly chef dinners are an ongoing collaboration between Bisou’s renowned Master Chef Frédéric Perrier and specially invited guest chefs. These dinners will give the Houston foodie community something unique to look forward to each month at one of the city’s most vibrant dining destinations.

Cox is a culinary pillar in the Houston community, known for his time at some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants that include Tony’sThe GrottoLa Griglia and his signature namesake Mark’s American Cuisine.

The evening kicks off with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to make reservations as space is limited.  *Tax and gratuity not included. 

Photos by Bisou staff. 

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café to Open in Baybrook Mall
Ninth location will make the world a sweeter place

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café has announced its newest location will open in Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, Texas in March.

Sweet Paris is an irresistibly charming restaurant offering an extensive selection of sweet and savory crêpes.
Made from scratch, the dishes are as delicious as they are beautiful. The new location is the café’s 9th location, representing a strategic planned expansion for the very popular and successful restaurant concept.

Photo: Julie Soefer

Sweet Paris Baybrook will be located in the new lifestyle section of Baybrook Mall, between Perry’s Steakhouse and The Rouxpour Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant faces “The Lawn,” which is a large, turfed gathering spot that hosts outdoor movies, live music, and events. The space provides shoppers with a place to recharge and relax after a day of shopping. Sweet Paris offers fun and dining for the whole family, with a covered patio that faces “The Lawn” so children can play in parents’ view.

Whether there is a movie playing on the big screen or it’s just beautiful weather outside, Sweet Paris will offer wine, beer, mimosas, and frozen mimosas to be enjoyed on “The Lawn.”

Shake Shack Offers Classic Comfort Menu Through March 2020

Menu includes Shake Trio and The ShackMeister Burger

Shake Shack has its limited edition Classic Comfort Menu which will include a trio of shakes – Cookie Butter, Malted Milk Chocolate and Frozen Hot Chocolate – as well as an old favorite, The ShackMeister Burger. Exclusively available at the Texas Shacks, Shiner Bock-marinated crispy shallots will top the 100% Angus beef Burger.

The trio of shakes will be available through March 16th, and the ShackMeister Burger will be available through March 31st at all Texas Shacks.

The award winning ShackMeister Burger, which was originally created in 2014 for South Beach Food and Wine Festival, was a spin off of Shake Shack’s take on onion rings. A classic Shackburger topped with shallots marinated in Shiner Bock (exclusive to the Texas Shacks) and fried until crispy. The ShackMeister is the perfect combo of bitter and sweet. This is the first time the original ShackMeister Burger is making its return to U.S. menus. Pro tip! Looking for more shallots? You can add them to either your fries or dog at any Shack! 

Classic Comfort Menu 

  • Cookie Butter: vanilla frozen custard and cookie butter mixed and topped with whipped cream and speculoos cookie crumbles  

  • Malted Milk Chocolate: chocolate frozen custard and Ghirardelli sweet cocoa powder mixed and topped with whipped cream, cocoa powder and miniature marshmallows  

  • Frozen Hot Chocolate: vanilla and chocolate frozen custard malted and topped with whipped cream and crushed milk chocolate  

  • ShackMeister Burger: Exclusive to Texas Shacks, Shiner Bock-marinated crispy shallots and ShackSauce will be placed on a 100% Angus beef cheeseburger – no added hormones or antibiotics, ever.


Buzzy Heights and Montrose area locations elevate weekend brunch experience with new craveable offerings for the new year

Postino Culinary Director, Eric Ramirez, developed the new menu for both the Heights and Montrose area establishments, conducting extensive research and development that included culinary trips, extensive tastings and feedback from close friends and guests.

The menu features a new lineup of ten “Small Plates” made for a shared dining experience or a customized individual outing depending on guest preference. Favorites include the White Truffle Eggs, warm pull-apart Cast Iron Sticky Bread, and Ricotta Fritters, which features a trio of house dipping sauces.

Guests seeking heartier selections can choose from a lineup of five new “Mains.” Those include the P.R.E.A.M. Bowl aka Protein Rules Everything Around Me, a riff on the WuTang Clan song, “C.R.E.A.M.,” which includes a grilled petite filet, soft boiled egg, avocado, asparagus and warm heritage grains. Other new additions include the Meatball Shakshuka and Smoked Salmon Carpaccio.

Postino Heights, located at 642 Yale St. and the newly built Montrose location at 805 Pacific St., is open Monday thru Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm; Fridays from 11 am to 12 am; Saturdays from 9 am – 12 am; and Sundays from 9 am to 10 pm. For additional details about the new brunch offerings, please visit .

 Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend with Delicious Food and Wine Pairings at Tapas on the Trails at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s always popular Tapas on the Trails is back for Valentine’s Day weekend 2020 on Saturday, February 15 from 5-9 p.m. Time slots for entry: 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m.

Bring your special someone for a romantic evening getaway without leaving the city. Enjoy a softly lit walk through the Arboretum’s nature sanctuary, pausing along the way to indulge in four delicious courses and a few other treats from Cotton Culinary, paired perfectly with carefully selected beers and wines. Guests receive a commemorative glass to take home.

The evening ends at the newly remodeled Event Lawn, where guests will enjoy vermouth spritzers, liquid nitrogen ice cream, a coffee bar and the opportunity to meet a live owl. Help raise funds for the Arboretum’s mission of conservation and nature education while enjoying our most unique event of the year.                            

Trails include: Cotton Culinary, Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Katz Coffee.                          

Tickets available for members and non-members ranging from $85 to $95. Go to for tickets or more information. Ages 21 and up only.

Photos by BLVD Photography

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys opens new Med Center location

Iconic sandwiches, “Express Lane” and catering menu all available at new location — with breakfast coming soon

photo by Shawn Chippendale

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys fast-casual sandwich shop has opened its newest location at 6618 Fannin St. in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.

Located at the base of the Medical Towers Building at the corner of Fannin and Dryden, immediately opposite the Dryden/TMC METRORail stop and Texas Children’s Hospital, the 1,960-square-foot restaurant has seating for 50 guests. Local builder Construction Concepts oversaw the buildout of the space, which was designed by Gin Braverman Design Group. The restaurant offers counter service and an updated interior design that also will be implemented at Antone’s two other Houston locations.

The new location will be open seven days a week and will soon introduce a breakfast menu, which will be a first for the historic Antone’s brand. Catering will continue to be a focus, with Antone’s full catering menu available for convenient pickup and delivery to the Med Center and surrounding areas. In addition, the new location features an “Express Lane” with a dedicated cashier for customers looking for a quick “grab and go” experience. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

photo by Becca Wright

Like Antone’s other locations, the restaurant offers classic po’ boys along with hot sandwiches, house-made gumbos, fried seafood plates, muffulettas, salads, homemade sides and freshly baked brownies and cookies. Ready-made grab-and-go offerings include packaged Original, Super Original, Piggy, Turkey & Swiss, Pimento Cheese, and Tuna sandwiches, plus salads and sides.

Antone’s monthly features as part of the “H-Town Originals” campaign – which thus far has featured sandwiches by local celebrities Bun B, Whitney Mercilus, Donkeeboy, and chef Kaiser Lashkari, with proceeds benefiting local charities – also will be available at the Med Center location.

“We are excited to launch our updated version of the Antone’s restaurant concept and bring more than 55 years of delicious history to this bustling area of the city,” Legacy Restaurants CEO Jonathan Horowitz said. “We are very pleased with our expanded menu featuring a wide variety of sandwiches, gumbos, salads, and packaged ‘grab and go’ items – we think this is a perfect fit for the employees and visitors in the Medical Center – whether they’re looking for a quick bite on the run or a seated meal.”


Houston-Based, Full-Service Eatery Grows Rapidly Throughout Texas and Into Southeast US

Founded in 2010 by industry veterans and friends Chris Milton and Mathew DeMott, the restaurant brand has expanded to 11 locations across the Greater Houston area in just under a decade with nine of those opening within the past two years. In 2017, the daytime eatery began franchising locations as a result of the solid foundation Milton and DeMott built for the brand.

“We are proud to hit this milestone of having over 10 locations across the Greater Houston area and are excited to continue bringing our unique breakfast and lunch experience to communities across Texas and beyond,” said Milton, CEO of The Toasted Yolk. “We believe our growth can be attributed to our unwavering commitment to service and high-quality food, which has also allowed us to stay consistent in each new location we open. We’re looking forward to continued growth and success in 2020.”

Focusing solely on daytime service, The Toasted Yolk takes pride in sourcing top-notch ingredients and buying locally at every opportunity to deliver farm-to-table fresh meals. Each restaurant offers a full menu and bar with boozy cocktails, served in a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. At the heart of each experience is the innovation of American favorites, remixed and remastered for cultured and contemporary tastes.

Photo credit: BubbleUp



Things are heating up in the kitchen at stylish Safina, the all-day, modern Mediterranean eatery located on the ground floor of the recently debuted InterContinental Houston – Medical Center.

Culinary veteran Tiago Almeida – first hired as Chef de Cuisine – has been promoted to the role of restaurant Executive Chef. In his new capacity, Almeida is refining and personalizing a menu of fresh, flavorful and simply prepared dishes that offer a contemporary twist to classics from the coastal region.

Almeida now also oversees breakfast and pastries for Safina’s coffee bar, which showcases a rotation of six, cold brewed nitrogen-infused coffees from Houston’s own Clutch Coffee, plus bites for adjoining lounge, The Naturalist. 

“Chef Almeida brings years of exceptional experience and professionalism to the kitchen,” said Doug Kelley, the hotel’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “His vision for Safina perfectly complements the cosmopolitan nature of the hotel and its international clientele, as well as visitors to nearby attractions including Hermann Park, Rice Village and NRG, plus local audiences drawn to the restaurant’s airy, sophisticated interiors and vibrant, healthy-leaning fare.”

At Safina, Almeida’s goal is to spotlight his upbringing and training with quality ingredients, creating colorful and delicious offerings that combine the spices of the Eastern Mediterranean with the best of Gulf seafood plus regionally sourced proteins from 44 Farms and Lone Star Meats.

“We want to be fair to the tradition, and we want to be fair to the flavor profile without overcomplicating things,” Chef Almeida said. “If you think about what comes from the earth – peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes – you want that freshness. And great seafood – I prefer to use the seafood closest to me.”

McDonald’s to Honor Military Servicemen and Servicewomen on Veteran’s Day, November 11th

McDonald’s restaurants across the Greater Houston Area will honor military servicemen and servicewomen with a free Extra Value Meal this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Local McDonald’s Owner Operator and Veteran Austin Elizondo

Veterans and current members of the military are invited to enjoy their free meal by visiting participating restaurants and showing their Military ID.

The offer can be redeemed for an Extra Value Meal, which includes favorites like the fresh beef Quarter Pounder with cheese or Filet-o-Fish with medium fries and your choice of soft drink or breakfast items like the Egg McMuffin with hash browns and a small McCafé coffee.

Courtesy of McDonald’s Houston

Royal Sonesta Houston to Hosts Last of their TableOne, Executive Chef Robert Graham’s Monthly Chef Table Dining Experience on October 26th

Royal Sonesta Houston is delivering the last of their monthly chef’s table dining experience that spotlights stops on the global culinary path that brought Executive Chef Robert Graham to Houston. Capped at just 10 guests – the delectable journey will wrap their series on October 26th at 7pm with a Floribian experience – a playful mix of Floridian and Caribbean fare.

The hotel’s TableOne – one of the only chef’s tables of its kind in the city – is the backdrop for the series, offering diners an intimate and interactive adventure in the heart of the bustling kitchen.

Priced at $150 per person (including gratuity and parking), the seven-course excursion will include five wine pairings.

Following August’s menu, Chef Graham will take guests to a New York state of mind on September 28 and bring it back to Texas on October 26.

“Our goal at TableOne is to create a fun, one-of-a-kind experience, and these tastings further enhance that front row seat by pushing the boundaries of the kitchen and the guest,” Chef Graham said. “Our motto is if you crave it, we’ll create it.”

To purchase tickets to the chef’s table, visit Eventbrite.

For those looking to make a night of it, Royal Sonesta Houston is offering a TableOne Dinner Series Room Package starting at $193 that includes a Corner King guestroom, complimentary overnight self-parking for one vehicle, and breakfast for 2 the following morning at ARA. Offer for October 26. Book with promo code TABLE1. 

TableOne, Chef’s Table will be located at 2222 West Loop South at the ARA Restaurant at Royal Sonesta Houston.

BURNS ORIGINAL BBQ Fires Up the Pit at 8th WONDER BREWERY on Thursday, October 24th from 5-8 p.m.

Texas Favorite in Acres Home Community Launches New Catering Service

Burns Original BBQ, a family-owned Texas staple located in the Acres Home community in Houston, is known for their classic, East-Texas style barbecue

This launch event from 5-8pm on Thursday, October 24th at 8th Wonder Brewery, showcasing the delicious food, is free to attend. Guests will have the opportunity to sample food and enjoy beverage tokens (while supplies last).

By popular demand, the restaurant formed the new catering department that will focus solely on providing high-quality, Texas-style BBQ experiences for events year-round, both big and small.

The new catering menu highlights a little bit of everything, and options include customer favorites like the brisket, ribs and chicken sausage and a variety of sides including baked beans, potato salad and macaroni and cheese.

Two exciting new offerings include the Roy Burns 10-lb. Loaded Baked Potato (also available at the restaurant), and the option to have a baked potato bar that can be set up at events so guests can build their own baked potato with all the fixings.

An additional element, available upon request, is the Burns Original BBQ pit, which the team can bring to events and smoke meat onsite.

“The catering menu allows us to expand and offer some fun, customized options that we can’t necessarily do at the restaurant,” said Cory Crawford, grandson of Roy Burns and Owner & CEO. “We work with customers to make sure everything is customized to meet their specific needs. We truly want to bring the family values and service we’re known for to people’s events to make them that much more special.”

In addition to delivering the food, Burns Original BBQ also offers the option for set up, and can decorate to bring a rustic, Texas feel to any event.

Antone’s Introduces “The Hangover” Sandwich from Houston Texans Star Whitney Mercilus As Part of “H-Town Originals” Campaign

Proceeds during month of October will benefit the WithMerci Foundation

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys continues its “H-Town Originals” celebrity chef campaign with a new sandwich from Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

Copyright PHOTOGRAPHS Emily Jaschke

Mercilus teamed with Legacy Restaurants chef Alex Padilla to create “The Hangover”, available at Antone’s for the entire month of October. Proceeds from every sandwich sold will benefit the WithMerci Foundation, which provides support to families of children with disabilities and special needs.

Down Syndrome is the foundation’s 2019-20 partnering disability, and October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. “The Hangover” ($7.95) features scrambled eggs and smoked gouda layered between two thick slices of brioche French toast, with strips of bacon, maple syrup and powdered sugar. 

Copyright PHOTOGRAPHS Emily Jaschke

Antone’s is celebrating 57 years in Houston by enlisting local celebrities and chefs to create their own iconic sandwiches as part of the “H-Town Originals” campaign. Each celebrity will have a sandwich on the menu at Antone’s fast-casual sandwich shops for one month, with 50 percent of sales from that sandwich benefitting his or her favorite charity. At the end of the campaign, Antone’s will donate an additional $5,000 to the charity selected by the celebrity whose sandwich had the highest volume of sales. Hip hop legend Bun B kicked off the campaign with a “Hot Wang Sandwich” in September, which benefited Second Servings of Houston.

“Antone’s has been a Houston original for the past 57 years,” Legacy Restaurants CEO Jonathan Horowitz said. “We thought this would be a great way to highlight some of our city’s original personalities and support a host of excellent local charities and non-profits.”

Participants in the “H-Town Originals” campaign include:

–       September: Bun B (benefiting Second Servings of Houston)

–       October: Whitney Mercilus (Houston Texans linebacker)

–       November: Donkeeboy (Local artist Alex Roman Jr.)

–       December: Kaiser Lashkari (James Beard Award-nominated chef at Himalaya)

–       January: Pierce Bush (CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star)

–       February: Ryan Lachaine (Executive Chef at Riel Restaurant)

–       March: Kam Franklin (The Suffers)

–       April: Brock Wagner (Founder of Saint Arnold Brewing)

–       May: Roula Christie (KRBE Houston 104.1 FM)

Additional celebrities will be announced in 2020.

September kicks off at Grimaldi’s annual Dine Out for No Kid Hungry fundraiser

During the month of September, guests who donate to No Kid Hungry when dining out at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will receive bounce back card(s) to match the donation of each guest in increments of $5, up to a total of $25 per visit. The bounce back cards do not expire and can be used at a later visit. 

In addition, September brings the relaunch of their Fall Favorites Menu good from Sept 10- Dec 3:

“Wedge” Salad”: a twist on the traditional wedge salad featuring romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onions, blue cheese dressing, bacon, and gorgonzola crumbles.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza: This favorite is our coal brick-oven pizza crust topped with fire braised chicken breast, spicy Frank’s RedHot® sauce, mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese crumbles and celery.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake: Rich caramel and diced green apple cheesecake with a cinnamon sugar cookie crust, served with a caramel swirl and topped with whipped cream.
Chocolate Cheesecake: Decadent chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo® cookie crust served with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream.
Season Cocktails: Green Apple Sangria, Bourbon Peach Mule, AppleJack Mule



Royal Sonesta Houston recently debuted a monthly chef’s table dining experience that spotlights stops on the global culinary path that brought Executive Chef Robert Graham to Houston. Capped at just 10 guests – the delectable journey will continue on August 31 at 7pm with a Floribian experience – a playful mix of Floridian and Caribbean fare. The hotel’s TableOne – one of the only chef’s tables of its kind in the city – is the backdrop for the series, offering diners an intimate and interactive adventure in the heart of the bustling kitchen.

Priced at $150 per person (including gratuity and parking), the seven-course excursion will include five wine pairings. Menu highlights include: Fried Green Tomatoes with chorizo sofrito; Cracked Conch and Crab Ceviche; Pan Seared Florida Snapper with Escabeche, piquillo salsa, plantains; Oxtail Arepa with queso fresco, pickled red onion, cilantro mojo; Seared Foie Gras with brioche French Toast, pineapple carpaccio, passion fruit gastrique; Arroz con Pollo with Bryan Farms chicken, sofrito rice, black beans, plantains plus Icebox Key Lime pie.  

Following August’s menu, Chef Graham will take guests to a New York state of mind on September 28 and bring it back to Texas on October 26.

“Our goal at TableOne is to create a fun, one-of-a-kind experience, and these tastings further enhance that front row seat by pushing the boundaries of the kitchen and the guest,” Chef Graham says. “Our motto is if you crave it, we’ll create it.”

To purchase tickets to the chef’s table, visit Eventbrite.

For those looking to make a night of it, Royal Sonesta Houston is offering a TableOne Dinner Series Room Package starting at $193 that includes a Corner King guestroom, complimentary overnight self-parking for one vehicle, and breakfast for 2 the following morning at ARA. Offer valid on August 31, September 28 and October 26. Book with promo code TABLE1. 

Antone’s Launches “H-Town Originals” Celebrity Chef Campaign for Charity

Bun B to kick off promotion with “Hot Wang” sandwich benefiting Second Servings; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus up next

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys is celebrating 57 years in Houston with celebrity chef sandwiches for charity.

On the heels of its Tex-Mex Cheesesteak being named one of the “Best Sandwiches in America” by Restaurant Hospitality, Antone’s is enlisting local celebrities and chefs to create their own iconic sandwiches as part of the “H-Town Originals” campaign. Each celebrity will have a sandwich on the menu at Antone’s fast-casual sandwich shops for at least one month, with 50 percent of sales from that sandwich benefitting his or her favorite charity. At the end of the campaign, Antone’s will donate an additional $5,000 to the charity selected by the celebrity whose sandwich had the highest volume of sales.

Hip hop legend Bun B will kick off the campaign with a “Hot Wang Sandwich”, which he recently created with Legacy Restaurants Corporate Executive Chef Alex Padilla. Available starting today through the end of September, the sandwich ($8.95) features breaded & fried chicken breast drizzled with buffalo sauce, served with crispy bacon and blue cheese-ranch dressing on a ciabatta bun. Proceeds from sales of the sandwich will benefit Second Servings of Houston, which strives to alleviate hunger and reduce waste by rescuing excess prepared and perishable food and delivering it promptly to approved charitable meal sites.

Houston Texans All-Pro linebacker Whitney Mercilus will be up next, raising funds for his WithMerci Foundation during October, which is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The WithMerci Foundation supports families of children with disabilities and special needs, and Down Syndrome is the Foundation’s 2019-20 partnering disability. Like Bun B, Mercilus will create his signature sandwich alongside Padilla in the kitchen at Antone’s.

“Antone’s has been a Houston original for the past 57 years,” Legacy Restaurants CEO Jonathan Horowitz said. “We thought this would be a great way to highlight some of our city’s original personalities and support a host of excellent local charities and non-profits. We look forward to welcoming each of our celebrity chefs into the kitchen at Antone’s to see what they come up with; this really is going to be fun.”

Participants in the “H-Town Originals” campaign include:

–       August/September: Bun B (Benefiting Second Servings of Houston)

–       October: Whitney Mercilus (Houston Texans linebacker)

–       November: Donkeeboy (Local artist Alex Roman Jr.)

–       December: Kaiser Lashkari (James Beard Award-nominated chef at Himalaya)

–       January: Pierce Bush (CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star)

–       February: Ryan Lachaine (Executive Chef at Riel Restaurant)

–       March: Kam Franklin (The Suffers)

–       April: Brock Wagner (Founder of Saint Arnold Brewing)

Additional celebrities will be announced in 2020.

Photos by Emily Jaschke



Creative, Flavorful Dishes with Hatch Chiles Now Available Along with Special Offer 

Now through the end of September, diners are able to enjoy a number of inspired dishes at Lupe Tortilla made with Hatch chiles.

To celebrate the prime season along with back to school, Lupe Tortilla will also be offering teachers (with a valid teacher ID) and mothers and fathers (with a valid school supply receipt) a FREE Hatch chile breakfast entree (one per customer) from 8-11 am on Mondays-Fridays through August 30, 2019 at participating locations.

Breakfast specials include:

  • Barbacoa & Hatch Benedict – papusa, barbacoa, poached egg, Hatch chiles, Lupe’s Hatch chile sauce and a chile-lime hollandaise sauce   
  • Hatch Chilaquiles – corn tortillas, fried egg, roasted chicken, onions, Lupe’s Hatch chile sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole and queso fresco   
  • Hatch Omelet – whole, peeled Hatch chile, Monterey Jack cheese and Lupe’s Hatch chile sauce
  • B.L.T. Hatch Tacos – fried egg, Hatch chiles, bacon, lettuce and tomato on homemade corn tortillas 

Lunch and dinner specials include:

  • Hatch Queso
  • Tableside Guacamole – with fire-roasted Hatch chiles
  • Hatch Flameado – the traditional Flameado with fire-roasted Hatch chiles
  • Hatch Chile Chicken – two lime-pepper marinated grilled chicken breasts, fire-roasted Hatch chiles, Lupe’s Hatch chile sauce, melted Monterey Jack cheese, rice & frijoles
  • Hatch Chile Steak – sizzling lime-pepper marinated carne asada, fire-roasted Hatch chiles, melted Monterey Jack cheese
  • Hatch Shrimp – grilled, jumbo Gulf shrimp, fire-roasted Hatch chiles, Lupe’s Hatch chile sauce and melted Monterey Jack cheese, rice & frijoles
  • Hatch Chile Y Pork Stew – the New Mexico classic with pork & jalapeno sausage
  • Hatch Barbacoa Tacos – corn tortillas, Lupe’s Hatch chile sauce, fire-roasted Hatch chiles, queso fresco, rice & frijoles

Parent/teacher breakfast offer available through August 30th

Hatch chile dishes available through September 30th   

For more information, please call 832.772.6301, or visit 

Traveler’s Table Coming Soon

When the much-anticipated Traveler’s Table opens in early October, diners can expect a curated menu of hand-selected dishes from around the world. This passion project by owner Matthew Mitchell marries his past as a writer and journalist living abroad with a desire to share the delicious “discoveries” from his extensive travels in a stylish, Bohemian space that encourages people to explore the world through food and drink.

Whether diners’ cravings run to Pad Thai, an Indian curry, a Middle Eastern flatbread, a seafood risotto, or just a really tasty steak, they’ll find it at Traveler’s Table.

A full bar and large patio with adventurous cocktails, an exciting wine and beer list, and shareable plates lets one sample options from far-flung locales. Count on exotic flavors from roads less traveled, as well as favorite dishes from closer to home.

Mitchell’s menu sources dishes from diverse culinary experiences and a well-worn travel journal that comes from a passion for eating and drinking. In many cases, dishes represent foods enjoyed on past travels brought back to share with friends and family. The menu offers small shareable plates, flatbreads, salads, and entrées that allow diners to sample dishes from the Far East, India, the Middle East, Africa, Western Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

Serving lunch and dinner daily, Traveler’s Table seats 141 inside and 32 on the covered patio. The restaurant is located at 520 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas, 77006. Brunch and happy hour are coming soon.

photos by Debora Smail



The newest concept from Legacy Restaurants, stewards of the iconic Original Ninfa’s and Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys brands, debuts in Understory, a 35,000-square-foot community hub and culinary market at the base of Bank of America Tower (800 Capitol St.).

photo by Becca Wright

The 622-square-foot downtown tunnel-level space will offer fast-casual Mexican street-style tacos, tortas and traditional Tex-Mex fare, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

Legacy Restaurants Corporate Executive Chef Alex Padilla created the menu for the new concept, adapting several recipes from The Original Ninfa’s. Diners will be able to enjoy Original Ninfa’s fajita tacos, red and green salsas, and chile con queso, along with an innovative new menu of tacos and tortas.

A la carte offerings include six tacos on El Milagro corn or flour tortillas, including: Pescado, Camarones a la Diabla, Tinga de Pollo, Fajita, Carnitas and Barbacoa.

photo by Kirsten Gilliam

The opening menu features five tortas on locally-baked El Bollilo bread: Adobo Chicken, Carne Asada Abodaba, Carnitas, Barbacoa and a Cubano. Padilla also has created a Burrito filled with rice, refried beans, cheese, pico de gallo, and choice of chicken, fajita, carnitas or brisket. Sides include Chips & Queso, Chips & Guacamole, Chips & Salsa, Guacamole, Rice, Pickled Carrots, and Refried Beans.

Tacos and tortas are the theme at breakfast as well. The breakfast menu – served all day – features five breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, and fillings ranging from brisket to potato, bacon, chorizo, jalapeno, carnitas and cheese; and a Huevos Rancheros Taco with refried beans.

Four breakfast tortas with fried eggs and refried beans include options for ham and cheese; chorizo, jalapeno and cheese; carnitas and cheese; and brisket and potato. Other breakfast items include Chilaquiles Verdes; Yogurt Parfait as well as fresh-squeezed orange juice and aguas frescas.

Hours of operation will be Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit



Mutiny Wine Room – an all-new wine country-inspired tasting room concept –launches in Houston’s historic Heights neighborhood in Fall of 2019 at 1124 Usener St.

Mutiny Wine Room specializes in selecting distinctive and exclusive wines, not typically available in the Texas market, and presenting them to Houstonians in a beautiful, wine-country setting.

Combining the ambiance of a tasting room with Napa Valley-inspired aesthetics, such as reclaimed wood, exposed beams and a massive open-air patio, Mutiny both elevates and fits right in with Houston’s existing wine scene.

California native Mark Ellenberger and his wife, Houstonian Emily Trout, co-own Mutiny Wine Room as well as their own Napa winery, Kagan Cellars. Experienced winemakers, the pair have traveled to virtually every major wine region in the world including France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Australia, and have made dozens of trips to Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

First inspired to create their own wine as an anniversary celebration, Mark and Emily made a single barrel (25 cases) of wine at a custom crush facility in San Francisco. 12 years and 35 distinct wines later, Emily and Mark’s Kagan Cellars is now an award-winning boutique brand producing more than 500 cases of direct-to-consumer wine per year.

Mutiny Wine Room will offer an intimate tasting room experience, a bar with a food-pairing menu and outdoor patio area. Wine will also be available to buy for off-premise consumption.

Ouzo Bay Officially Launches Lunch Menu

Expect an expansive elevated Mediterranian menu filled with their highlights such as the Flaming Saganaki, Grilled Portuguese Octopus, House spreads and an array of whole fish flown in daily from across the globe.

Ouzo Bay is located at 4444 Westheimer Road. Lunch Hours are M-F 11 AM – 4 PM.

More information available at 


Community Invited to Attend Grand Opening Celebrations and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies for New Houston-Area Stores on July 26th

Twin Liquors, Central Texas’ fine wine and spirits retailer announces the opening of two new locations in Southeast Texas: one in Cypress and the other in Sugar Land.

“We’re excited to expand our presence in the Houston area and continue to serve our wonderful neighbors,” said David Jabour, President of Twin Liquors. “The additions of the Sugar Land and Cypress locations mark eight Twin Liquor stores in the Houston area alone. We’re honored to have such loyal customers and look forward to meeting the Sugar Land and Cypress residents.”

To celebrate the new locations, the Sugar Land and Cypress communities are invited to their respective store’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 26th.

Featured events, specials, and giveaways will take place throughout the weekend. The Twin Liquors executive team, including David Jabour and Margaret Jabour, co-owners of Twin Liquors, as well as wine and spirit industry guests will be in attendance. The schedule of events for each store ribbon-cutting ceremony is as follows:

Friday, July 26, 2019

11 a.m. – Cypress location ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cy-Fair Chamber

1:30 p.m. – Sugar Land location ribbon cutting ceremony with Fort Bend Chamber

The Cypress location, a neighborhood store, features over 4,000 square feet of store space.  The Cypress store is located at 12343 Barker Cypress Road, Suite 230, Cypress, TX 77429. To contact the store, email 

The Sugar Land store is located at 19964 Southwest Freeway, Unit 18, Sugar Land, TX 77479.The Sugar Land location, at 4,500 square feet, is a neighborhood location with wholesale for the immediate Sugar Land area.  To contact the store, email

More information, go to


Superica, Chef Ford Fry’s lauded restaurant in heart of The Heights, known for modern twists on authentic Tex-Mex favorites. Chef Ford Fry runs more than 16 restaurants across the States, and just published a cookbook of the innovative Tex-Mex recipes that made him famous.

photo: Andrew Thomas Lee

It’s summertime and the living’s easy at Superica’s patio party featuring live music, OG margaritas and beer, and FREE breakfast tacos! Breakfast tacos from Chef Ford Fry’s acclaimed Tex-Mex cookbook will be available, including migas tacos; a classic bacon and egg, carnitas; and a Californian iteration featuring gooey cheddar cheese, carne asada, avocado, and crispy french fries!
Wash it all down at the outdoor bar selling their OG margs and beer while listening to live music in the Texas sunshine. The free tacos are first come, first serve but guests can always hit up Superica’s famous brunch afterwards.
Come by Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to noon — and don’t forget to stick around for brunch, served ’til 3 p.m. Tacos are first come, first serve.
Superica in The Heights is located at 1801 N. Shepherd Drive.

McCormick & Schmick’s in Uptown Park Reveals New Contemporary Interior and Menu

McCormick & Schmick’s, located at 1151 Uptown Park Blvd., recently debuted gorgeous interiors complete with commanding marble, copper accent walls, statement chandeliers and coastal-inspired booths to highlight their new menu.

Find premium sustainable, natural seafood, organic vegetables, and Johnny Shucks and Cali Kumo oysters harvested in Hog Island in the Chesapeake Bay and Humboldt Bay, California.

Enjoy Baja True Striped Bass of the shores of California, Hawaiian seafood sourced daily from the Honolulu Fish Auction, and Sixty South Salmon raised responsibly in the pristine waters of the Antarctic. There is also Open Blue Cobia, the most sustainable fish in the world, farmed from it’s natural habitat off the coast of Panama. 

Mixology also offers their own show with unique table-side cocktail presentations. 

For more information, go to

Le Colonial Perks Up Social Hour Menu 

The already buzzy Le Colonial Lounge has added some fresh additions to their Social Hour menu. The lounge will expand its menu to include their rotating seasonal exotic cocktails adding a fresh addition for the hot summer months! 
Expect to see new tinctures such as the Le Colonial Sangria featuring Ketel One Peach & Orange Blossom, Vietnamese Spiced Syrup and Le Colonial Rose and The Mule Le Menthe consisting of Ketel One Cucumber & Mint, Vietnamese Spiced Syrup, Fresh Lime and Ginger Beer. All cocktails will be $8.
Le Colonial is located at 4444 Westheimer.


Tex-Mex Favorite Adds Biscuits, Over-the-Top Toppings and More to “Brex-Mex” Offerings 

“We’ve really enjoyed offering breakfast to our customers, and we’re excited to bring even more to the table,” said Judson Holt, CEO and president. “We want people to know Lupe is a spot where they can grab a delicious option for any meal of the day and enjoy our Texas-Mex take on the breakfast classics they crave.”

The breakfast menu features everything from omelets and huevos rancheros to barbacoa benedict, chilaquiles, churros and breakfast cocktails – all with the same high-quality, fresh ingredients Lupe Tortilla is known for. Additions include a brand-new category of biscuits, two new frittatas and an expansion on the toppings available for pancakes and waffles that will take your 12-inch pancake or waffle to the next level.


  • Caliente – fried egg, jack cheese, diced roasted red jalapenos, cilantro
  • Fajita – beef fajita, queso, fried egg
  • Texas Benedict – sausage, fried egg, scratch-made sausage gravy
  • Texas-Mex – ancho gravy, queso


  • Espinaca Frittata – spinach, artichoke, jack cheese, sour cream, green onions
  • Lupe Frittata – beef fajita, roasted poblanos, onions, Jack cheese, spicy red sauce

Pancake & waffle toppings:

  • Praline – caramel, brown sugar, pecans, Black Barrel tequila syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream
  • Strawberry – fresh strawberries, strawberry margarita sauce, powdered sugar, whipped cream
  • Cinnamon Apple – cinnamon apples, powdered sugar, whipped cream
  • Blueberry – homemade blueberry sauce made with fresh blueberries, powdered sugar, whipped cream
  • Banana – fresh bananas, caramel, brown sugar, pecans, Black Barrel tequila syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream

Breakfast is served Monday-Friday from 8-11am and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-2pm. Guests can wash down their morning Tex-Mex fix with specialty drinks like the Breakfast Rita made with 100% Agave Tequila, Triple Sec, lime, fresh squeezed orange and whipped cream or with a Fuertaccino made with shaved ice, espresso, milk, chocolate, Sauza Conmemorativo, Cointreau and whipped cream.

photos: Karen Henry

Gr8 Plate Hospitality to Open 6th The Union Kitchen in Cypress

TUK at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake Slated to Open in Summer 2019 

 Gr8 Plate Hospitality is slated to open yet another The Union Kitchen (TUK) — this time in Cypress. Replacing the former Jaxton’s Grill House & Bar at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake (9955 Barker Cypress Rd #104), the waterfront restaurant is slated to open this summer.

It will be the sixth TUK location in Greater Houston, with a seventh location on track to open this fall in Katy along with a new Jax Grill at Stableside at Falcon Landing in Cinco Ranch. 

Gr8 Plate owner Paul Miller opened the first TUK on Bellaire Boulevard in 2010, inspired by the student union at his alma mater Purdue. A neighborhood restaurant with a scratch kitchen that blends “Global Cuisine with Southern Hospitality”, TUK now has thriving locations at Memorial, Kingwood, Ella and Washington Avenue. Miller continues to actively scout additional locations for his rapidly growing brand. 

“We’ve been looking at the Cypress area for a long time,” Miller said. “Between the property, the community and the unbeatable location on the lake, it all added up to a great opportunity. We’re excited to connect with the Towne Lake community, local sports teams and the Cy-Fair school district to make this a special gathering place for everyone at any time of day, whether they’re looking for lunch, Happy Hour, dinner, drinks or our signature weekend brunch.”

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will have 200 indoor seats, along with 130 outdoor seats on a 2,000-square-foot patio facing Towne Lake, a 300-acre lake in the heart of the Cypress-Fairbanks area.  The restaurant’s bar area will feature 6 TVs and garage doors that open up to the patio for lakefront views and live music in the Boardwalk at Towne Lake’s Plaza. Other design features will include artwork by local artist Monte Nash. 

The restaurant will feature an open kitchen with a wood-burning grill, both firsts for TUK that will add new flair to the restaurant’s traditional menu, including an influx of steak and fish dishes. Chefs James Lundy and Edward Roberts of TUK Washington will helm the kitchen, working with a seasoned management team that includes David Ray (GM at TUK Memorial), Rob Hyatt (Assistant GM at TUK Bellaire) and Shawnda Wilkins (Assistant GM at TUK Kingwood).

photos by Kirsten Gilliam


On Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., night owls can come by the Heights hot-spot for a curated menu of evening eats.
Think of it like drunk munchies gone gourmet: piping-hot griddle cakes drizzled with cane syrup, crispy hash browns loaded with chili and cheese, the “pharmacy” burger topped with fresh veggies, biscuits and gravy served with two fried eggs and a massive fried chicken breast — and that’s only half of it.
Of course, La Lucha has a full cocktail, beer, wine and mezcal menu available.
La Lucha is located at 1801 North Shepherd. For more information, go to 
photos: Ralph Smith


Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys is rolling out a selection of new menu items that pay tribute to the iconic brand’s history and Mediterranean roots.

The new offerings – available now at Antone’s West Loop and North Loop locations — include a traditional gyro, falafel sandwich, Fasolada (Greek bean) soup and flatbreads such as the Lahmacun “Turkish Pizza” (with ground beef, lamb, harissa, feta and arugula) and the “Jalal”, named after Antone’s founder Jalal Antone.

The “Jalal” features the primary ingredients from Antone’s famous Original po’ boy – including the legendary Chow-Chow – on flatbread. Legacy Restaurants Corporate Executive Chef Alex Padilla, who oversees menu development at Antone’s and the Original Ninfa’s, created the new items with input from Jason Gould, the recently hired Executive Chef at the new Original Ninfa’s Uptown Houston.

“We are very excited about Chef Alex’s new menu items,” Legacy Restaurants CEO Jonathan Horowitz said. “They are a wonderful addition to the already extensive variety of house-made sandwiches, salads, gumbos and sides we feature at our two restaurant locations. Not only do these new items pay tribute to Antone’s rich history, they’re just plain delicious. But with that kind of chef talent behind them, I’m really not surprised.”

Antone’s new Mediterranean offerings include:

  • Gyro: Blend of Ground Lamb & Beef, Baba Ganoush, Tzatziki Sauce and Horiatiki Salad Served on Pita Bread ($8.95)
  • Falafel: Chickpea Fritters, Spicy Feta Spread, Tzatziki Sauce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Served on Pita Bread ($7.95)
  • Individual Flatbreads: Margherita (Mozzarella, Parmesan, Tomato, Basil; $5.95); Grilled Veggie (Cremini Mushrooms, Piquillo Peppers, Texas Goat Cheese; $5.95), Lahmacun ”Turkish Pizza” (Ground Beef & Lamb, Harissa, Feta, Arugula; $6.95), Jalal (Antone’s Original Po’ Boy on Flatbread; $6.95)
  • Fasolada: Greek Bean Soup ($4.95/$6.95)

Photos by Becca Wright

Spring Blooms In Marché
La Table Welcomes New Punch Brunch & Prix Fixe

A fresh change in the season is all that was needed as La Table ushers a Punch Brunch Social every Sunday and a new prix fixe menu served weekdays in Marché. Marché, always a perfect setting for dining inside or al fresco will start serving a new “Punch Brunch” every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The seasonal, spiked punch bowl cocktails featuring fresh fruits will be presented in a glass punch bowl brought to your table. To kickoff Punch Brunch, the cocktails include a Sparkling White Tropical Punch with Rum, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Champagne and Rosemary simple syrup and a Green Tea Punch with Rum, Green Tea, Mint Tea, Lime Juice and Simple Syrup. Both punches are priced at $45 serving 2-4 guests. Punch can be enjoyed alongside brunch specials that change weekly. Live music and the full Marché a la carte menu will be offered.

The new prix fixe menu explores seasonal ingredients. Appetizers, both colorful and from the Earth, include the Roasted Beet Tartare with goat cheese and hazelnuts on a bed of frisée salad; Artichoke Velouté, brioche croûtons and black truffle crème fraîche; Root Vegetable Salad with gem lettuce, apple, frisée salad, carrot vinaigrette; and a Petite Caesar Salad with spicy croutons.

The four entrees all beckon for a glass of wine from the bar or slowly sipped cocktail. The Chicken Salad Tartine, a wonderful marriage of white bean hummus, pomegranate and arugula on country bread, beguiles as much as the Grilled Scottish Salmon with baby turnip, shishito herb butter and orange vinaigrette over rice pilaf. Evoking a meal overlooking the Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, the Spaghetti à la provençal with tomato, capers, olives, zucchini, asparagus and parmesan transports as much as transfixes the palate. A nod to a classic burger is the much-elevated Texas Akaushi Cheeseburger, six ounces of rich burger, fresh tomato, caramelized onions and Vermont cheddar cheese.

Punch Brunch will begin on April 7th and served every Sunday following from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are priced at $45 serving 2-4 guests. The new prix fixe menu served in Marché is priced at $28 for the two-course meal and is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

photo: Becca Wright

Join Hotel Alessandra’s Weekly Mixology Series in Lucienne for the month of April

Mix it up with Chef Jose Hernandez and master the art of cocktail making bar side in Lucienne restaurant.

Hotel Alessandra’s mixology series continues in April featuring “Great Women of Spirits” with a spotlight on Walewska Vodka, Ada Lovelace Gin and Agnesi 1799 Brandy under Francis Ford Coppola Spirits.

Priced at $65 per person (age 21 and over only) and limited to just eight guests, the weekly offering will take place each Saturday from 3 until 4:30pm. Nibble on a menu of light bites courtesy of Chef Hernandez. To reserve, email

Hotel Alessandra is located at 1070 Dallas. More information at

Lucille’s to host Annual Prince Week from April 17-21

Chef Chris, who is a MASSIVE Prince fan, will honor the music legend through a series of culinary events starting with two wine dinners on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17th & 18th. Each wine dinner will honor Prince through multiple facets, starting with the number 7 — a number that Prince was known to be infatuated with. Both dinners will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature seven courses paired with seven bio-dynamic wines. Price is $77 pp.

The wine dinner menu will also alternate between pescatarian and vegan dishes — an ode to the progression of Prince’s diet. Following dinner, a Prince Party will commence with tunes by DJ Big Reeks.

Friday, April 19th, guests can enjoy regular dinner service with the addition of Prince sounds from the “Antonio Eye & Alien Funkship” band. Saturday, April 20th brings a Prince Patio Party headlined once again by Antonio Eye & Alien Funkship. Guests can enjoy a sprawling buffet on Lucille’s expansive patio while singing along to some of Prince’s greatest hits. The $30 ticket includes both food + the show. The event will also feature a special a-la-carte menu of Prince-inspired cocktails.

Sunday, April 21st caps of Prince Week. While the date marks Easter Sunday, Chef Chris will give a nod to Prince during brunch service with the addition of Purple Prince Pancakes.

More information available at

photo: Lucille’s

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance Hosts 10th Annual UNCORKED EVENT

Event to be held at Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Field on Thursday, March 21 from 7-10 p.m.

The 10th Annual Keels & Wheels “Uncorked” event is an evening of fine wine and exceptional food, presented by the Houston area’s finest restaurants, intermingled with classic cars and vintage aircraft.

The event is a fundraiser for Today’s Harbor for Children, whose mission is to provide resources, support and guidance to abused and neglected children throughout the southeast Texas region.

At the event, retired American astronaut Walter Cunningham will be honored. Uncorked Co-Chairs Patty Peeples Busmire and Karen deGeurin invite guests to mingle with Master of Ceremonies and longtime radio host. Sam Malone.

Restaurant Pairings include Brennan’s of Houston -1947 Carver Runabout (Ensign) boat; Marais – 1939 Rolls Royce; Merlion Restaurant – 1948 Bentley; Mr. French’s Gourmet Bakery – 1966 Shelby 350 GT; Sundance Grill – 1949 Ford Woodie Convertible; Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Bar – 1955 Porsche 356 Convertible.

Complimentary wine for the evening will be provided. Valet Parking is complimentary.

The event will also feature luxury items and experiences in the live auction as well as a silent auction for guests. Proceeds from both auctions benefit Today’s Harbor for Children.

Tickets are $75 and available on WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Hosts Women in Wine Dinner with Pride Mountain Vineyards

Special Event to Take Place on Thursday, March 21 to Celebrate International Women’s Month

In recognition of International Women’s Month, award-winning Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Galleria at 5061 Westheimer Road, Suite 8060) will host a “Women in Wine” dinner on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The event – which is open to the public with a reservation – will feature an exclusive, five-course menu to complement an impressive selection of wines from one of the most noteworthy female winemakers, Sally Johnson from Pride Mountain Vineyards.

The evening’s fare will feature such dishes as Day Boat Sea Scallop Crudo, Black Truffle Gnocchi,Rosewood (Texas) Wagyu Striploin and more.

Guests can also expect a collection of perfectly paired wine varietals from Viognier to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

“We are thrilled to welcome our guests for a fine dining experience unlike any other, indulging in top-rated wines presented by one of the most influential winemakers in the county,” said Patrick Crow, general manager of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Houston. “The evening promises to be an unforgettable celebration filled with expertly paired flavors – a toast to women in wine with our partners at Pride Mountain Vineyards!”

Space is limited for this special event, to reserve your place today, visit or call 713-355-2600.


The Blonde Pantry to pop-up at iconic shopping center as the latest hot spot for healthy meals

        The Blonde Pantry, an online meal delivery service created by Registered Dietitian, Marla Murphy is bringing their fully-prepped, artisan meals to their first retail pop-up space to The Shops at Arrive – located at the intersection of Kirby and Westheimer.

The space, located upstairs in Suite 232, will carry all the favorite menu items from the website, dishes exclusive to the pop-up shop itself, and non-perishable items from other local creators, making this a haven for all things local in Houston.

The Blonde Pantry has offered healthy meal delivery for three years, but rebranded last May to offer a more expansive product line and delivery area. With meals that are prepped, marinated, chopped, and ready for you to heat and eat, the company’s mission is to bring nutritious meals to Houstonians who love to eat well and maintain a wholesome lifestyle. This six-month pop-up space will serve as the first retail location for The Blonde Pantry and will allow Houstonians to eat locally and healthfully.

The pop-up space will also serve ready-to-eat dishes such as soups, salads, and even special chicken salads created just for the new location.

“We encourage Houstonians to eat local, shop local, and cook like a blonde,” says founder and nutrition expert, Marla Murphy. “We are so excited to have this retail space to become more ingrained in people’s lifestyles and homes. You can come in, try our meals, and become obsessed. We want The Blonde Pantry to be a part of your pantry, your fridge, and your family.”

The Blonde Pantry pop-up will be open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm. To learn more about The Blonde Pantry or to view or order any of their meals, visit

SUPERICA to launch 6 till 6’ menu on Monday, March 18th

 With Daylight Savings well underway and Spring on the horizon, Superica is preparing for the launch of their new ‘6 till 6’ menu!

photo: Andy Thomas Lee

All beverages will be priced at $6 starting from 11 A.M. until 6 P.M.

Margaritas include the O.G, a classic margarita served on the rocks w/ El Jimador Reposado short and strong; El Frio, a house margarita served frozen w/ El Jimador Blanco; and Tommy’s (Skinny), Lunazul Reposado, with fresh lime, agave.

This new feature gives you an excuse for an afternoon pick me up and is the perfect complement to their popular Monday- Friday lunch special ($11.99), which is served with beans and rice, and offers guests a choice of two items from a menu of Nachos, Enchiladas, Hard Shell Taco, House Salad, Soup and/ Taco Al Carbon!

Superica is located at 1801 N. Shepherd with complimentary valet.

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café is Now Open in The Woodlands
Newest location will make Market Street a sweeter place 

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café is officially open in The Woodlands. Sweet Paris is an irresistibly charming restaurant offering an extensive selection of sweet and savory crêpes. Made from scratch, the dishes are as delicious as they are beautiful.

photo by Shannon O’Hara

FUN + CHIC: The appeal of Sweet Paris is seen in its food and its charming French, industrial décor. The fresh simplicity of the design allows the food to be the star. It’s a conducive space for families, friends and lovers to indulge in a
beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner or dessert.

The new 2,285 square ft. restaurant will be open daily, seats 82 inside & out, features a beautiful patio and is located in Market Street at 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 450.

HOURS OF OPERATION are Sunday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Hotel Granduca to host Marchesi Incisa Della Rocchetta Wine Dinner on Friday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Hotel Granduca to welcome one of the oldest and most respected winemaking families of Piedmont, Italy to Ristorante Cavour 

4 course menu by Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese

$135.00 per person including wines, after dinner drinks

$260 per couple including wines, after dinner drinks

A special guest of honor will describe the wines from the Marchesi Incisa Della Rocchetta family.

Menu includes:

TUNA TARTARE | CAPERBERRIES | RED ONION | AVOCADO; Marchesi Incisa Futurosa Rose 2017


DUO OF BEEF SHORT RIBS AND GULF SHRIMP | POLENTA CONCIA | SEA URCHIN SAUCE; Marchesi Incisa Grignolino d’Asti 2017, Marchesi Incisa Sant’Emiliano Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2016


After Dinner Drinks – Amari and Digestif

For reservations, go to



Saturdays and Sundays from February until the end of crawfish season – aka ‘til the mudbugs stop tasting quite so savory.

Chef Bobby Matos and his team will be serving ‘craydaddies’ from noon until the day’s supply runs out.

Crawfish will be available in abundance at market pricing with a minimum three-pound order and served with corn and potatoes. Sauces available for $.50 each. Bibs and table liners will be placed out on the patio for those messy fingers.

La Lucha is located at 1801 N. Shepherd Dr.

The Union Kitchen introduces new chef, menu at original Bellaire location

Neighborhood favorite revamps offerings and goes back to its roots with return of original menu items

Gr8 Plate Hospitality’s Paul Miller is bringing the original The Union Kitchen back to its roots, with a new menu and wine list at his popular neighborhood restaurant at 4057 Bellaire Blvd.

New Executive Chef Jesse Esquivel (Perry’s Steakhouse, Grand Lux Cafe), who grew up in Meyerland and graduated from Bellaire High School, has revamped approximately 50 percent of the restaurant’s menu. It marks the most significant overhaul since Miller opened the Bellaire location in 2010.

“We have loved being a part of the community for the last eight years,” Miller said. “Our menu had changed quite a bit during that time. In the spirit of a true neighborhood restaurant, we wanted to get back to the community and focus on items old and new that our regulars wanted to see on the menu. The Union Kitchen has always been about ‘the perfect union of good friends and great food’, and we truly appreciate the input from our guests in helping to make that a reality.”

Back on the menu are several neighborhood favorites from when the restaurant first opened including Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus; Prosciutto Arugula Pizza; Sweet Heat Chicken; Paul’s BBQ Sandwich; Pete’s Steak Sandwich, named after Miller’s father; and Mama P’s Baked Brie, named after Doris’ mother.

New items include the Chilled Seafood and Avocado Salad, Reuben Egg Rolls, Cedar Plank BBQ Salmon, Shrimp & Grits and pastas such as Doris’ Chicken Primavera, Shrimp & Scallop Linguini Fra Diavolo, Bayou Pasta Linguini, Maine Lobster Stuffed Ravioli and Roasted Garlic Gulf Scampi.

At lunch, new highlights include the Crispy Chicken Club, Bellaire Reuben, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, Crispy Chicken Club Salad, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Salmon & Basil Pesto Risotto and rotation of seasonal sorbets.

The Union Kitchen’s popular brunch, available on Saturdays and Sundays, features new items including House Made Sticky Buns, Katie’s Nutella Crepes, Fruit Crepes, Canadian Omelette, Corn Beef Benedict, Prosciutto & Asparagus Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs, Corn Beef Hash & Eggs, Hash Hangover Burger and California Wrap.

Sommelier Craig Lindstrom also introduced a fresh new wine list with The Union Kitchen’s hallmark aggressive pricing. The Union Kitchen features 38 wines by the glass, ranging in price from $7 to $15. Select wines go for $5/glass and $15/bottle during lunch (“Lunch Grapes”) and Happy Hour Monday-Friday.

The restaurant offers Karbach, SpindleTap and Saint Arnold on tap and will feature special allocations, monthly beer dinners and pint nights and beer brunches with local breweries, including a Saint Arnold Beer Dinner scheduled for March 5.

The Union Kitchen has five locations in Houston (Bellaire, Memorial, Kingwood, Ella, Washington), with a sixth location to open in Katy in 2019. For more information, visit  or call 713.242.8151.  Photos by Kirsten Giliam

Urban Eats to host artist, Ronnie Queenan

Exhibit opens January 7th

Ronnie’s art delivers a broad spectrum of texture, style and emotion. From contrasting repetitive forms to structured figures, each offering it’s viewer an experience worth making time for,” stated owner and culinary director Levi Rollins.

“Please join us January 7th, 2019 through March 31st, 2019 and see his amazing work for yourself,” Rollins said.

Everyone is invited to attend the reception for Ronnie Queenan on Saturday, February 16th 2019, from 3-5 p.m. Come and enjoy an afternoon of art, complimentary beer, wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

Urban Eats is located at 3414 Washington Avenue.

For more information about Urban Eats, visit or call 832-834-4417.

photos by Hugo Perez

Vibrant Adds Dinner Menu Exploring the World

What’s next for owner Kelly Barnhart’s zen-fully delicious restaurant Vibrant is the new addition of dinner, natural spirit cocktails and a paired down list of biodynamic and natural wines. The restaurant which opened late summer has become a great spot for breakfast and lunch.

photo: Jenn Duncan

Barnhart’s vison has always been to roll out a dinner menu that reflects her passion for pure ingredients and meals eaten around the world.


If you are looking for a flavor burst the new dinner menu delivers. From fish crudo to an artfully plated Crudité jam packed with  hummus, romesco, pickled carrots, fig, endive, castelvetrano olives, roasted broccolini, soft boiled egg, pine nut dukkah and crackers – this plate can serve several as you sip on natural spirit cocktails.

A winter green soup shows off a deft touch to a few fresh ingredients. And the salad rolls are a veg-centric twist made with rice paper, petite mix greens, avocado, mango, daikon carrot, cucumber, kiwi, watermelon radish and an almond butter tamari sauce for dipping.

With a number of hearty dishes that come with bold nuanced flavors from lamb meatballs to Thai green curry broth with sautéed broccolini, wild mushroom, carrots, pickled purple radish is topped with fresh Thai basil. Seafood stars in the lobster quinoa spaghetti and a whole-roasted branzino. Looking for the beef? The braised beef has a slight south of the border beat to it from the guajillo and pasilla pepper mole.

Vibrant is located at1931 Fairview.


Pico’s tamales are in hot demand

     Pico’s tamales have become famous hallmarks of Houston’s holiday season. This year is no exception, and Picos will offer a mixture of tamales norteños and tamales oaxaqueños,  separate regions highlighting various takes on this holiday favorite.

     The tamales norteños are 3 ounces each and come in traditional corn husks. With eight different flavors, a half-dozen is $9.

     Flavors include pork in red chile, chicken in green chile, beef in red chile, chicken in black mole, black bean and cheese, sweet raisin, sweet pineapple and coconut, and vegetarian with roasted poblano peppers and corn in tomato salsa.

     The tamales oaxaqueños take you south to a different region of Mexico with larger 6 ounce tamales wrapped in banana leaves. A half-dozen tamales oaxaqueños is $18.
     Flavors include pork in red chile, chicken in green chile, chicken in black mole, shrimp with spicy tomato salsa, and vegetarian with portobello mushrooms and cuitlacoche.
     Pico’s is located at 3601 Kirby.

Donkeeboy unveils mural honoring Anthony Bourdain at Burns Original BBQ

Local artist continues to make his mark on Houston-area hotspots with new mural

Houston-based artist and muralist Alex Roman Jr., better known as Donkeeboy, has debuted his latest work at the iconic Burns Original BBQ (8307 De Priest St.). The mural honors both the history of the restaurant and the late Anthony Bourdain, who visited the famed BBQ joint twice.

Burns Original BBQ owner, Cory Crawford and Donkeeboy got connected through mutual friend and acclaimed Houston rapper Slim Thug. Donkeeboy is the resident artist at 8th Wonder Brewery, where Slim Thug has his own beer, BO$$ BEER. A longtime customer and proponent of Burns Original BBQ, Slim Thug accompanied Bourdain at the eatery during Bourdain’s 2016 tour through Houston for his popular CNN food show, “Parts Unknown.”

“Cory was very involved with the vision for the mural,” Donkeeboy said. “He wanted something to represent the story of Burns Original BBQ and where they’re from. For me, this was a special project because I love working with places that have history like that.”

The mural features unique elements representing the history of Burns Original BBQ, including a portrait of Bourdain; Burns Original BBQ Sauce; Crawford’s brother and former professional baseball player Carl Crawford; and the 44 Acres Homes bus route logo along with the state of Texas. Completing the lower half of the mural are images of the old and new Burns Original BBQ locations on both sides of the restaurant’s founder, Roy Burns Sr., Cory and Carl Crawford’s grandfather.

Open since 1973, Burns has been a fixture on the Northside of Houston for decades. Bourdain visited the restaurant in 2016 and in 2004 for a Food Network segment.

“It’s really cool to do work with a business that’s from Houston and has gotten worldwide exposure,” Donkeeboy said. “There were times when I was painting there and people from Germany, China and Korea would show up — people from all over the world.”

Holiday Cocktails Add to Party Ambiance

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, the last months of the year are for enjoying time with friends and family. William Grant & Sons, a family-owned distillery with a diverse portfolio of award-winning spirits, knows how important family is and has tasty and festive holiday cocktails to spice up your party and get-togethers all season long.

Pumpkins and fall go hand in hand. Enjoy this festive pumpkin cocktail featuring Drambuie, a full-strength, premium Scotch liqueur made with aged Highland whisky, heather honey, herbs and spices.

Prince Pum King

1 part Drambuie

1 ½ parts Pumpkin Puree

⅛ part Ground Cinnamon

⅛ part Ground Nutmeg

4 parts Steamed Whole Milk (Or choice milk-base) 

Steam milk, pumpkin puree and spices together until hot. Double-strain into Irish Coffee Mug. Stir in Drambuie. Garnish with steamed milk foam and freshly ground nutmeg dusted on top

Fall in love with this simple and delicious cocktail made with Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask, the first whiskey to be finished in hard apple cider casks. 

Fallen Apple – created by Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W.

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask

Fresh-pressed Apple Juice 

Build in a highball glass over ice, garnish with an apple wedge.

You can have your pie and drink it too with this Highland Orchard cocktail. The smooth and refined taste of Milagro Añejo is the result of it aging for 18 months in American oak barrels – six months longer than most añejos.  

Highland Orchard – created by Jaime Salas, National Ambassador for Milagro 

1 ½ parts Milagro Añejo        

½ part fresh lime juice         

1 barspoon tamarind concentrate  

2 dashes Angostura bitters  

3 parts Sidral Mundet apple soda

Red apple slice  

Combine ingredients except soda and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and top with apple soda. Garnish with a red apple slice.

Enjoy Pre-Thanksgiving Bash at Goode Co.  Armadillo Palace

Be thankful for some time off and join Goode Co. Armadillo Palace for “Goode Times with Friends” pre-Thanksgiving Bash on November 21 from 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Enjoy an extended happy hour from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. with live music in the backyard, then stay for a free show by The Broken Spokes. Catch up with friends and loved one before getting stuffed on Thanksgiving.

Happy hour menu includes $1 off all beers and wines by the glass and small bites like their Pork & Green Chile Empanadas and Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters. 

Photos courtesy of Goode Co. Armadillo Palace

Old World, New Cuisine at Neo Baguette Cafe and Coffee Shop in The Heights

Neo Baguette is spicing up the Heights with a dash of Moroccan flair.

Founder and culinary director Karim Kasri, a Moroccan native who attended culinary school in France before moving to New York City 24 years ago, worked as an executive chef, general manager and Front of House Manager at restaurants including Felice on Wall Street, Levama, a Kosher restaurant, and the Russian Tea Room. 

He chose to open his first restaurant in Houston after a 10 day visit.

What was originally going to be a salad and sandwich shop morphed into a counter service bistro and coffee shop when the renovations of the former auto parts store in the Heights inspired him to offer more exciting menu featuring French and Italian favorites, with a gentle kiss of Moroccan spice.

Star Anise Creme Brulee at Neo Baguette

Neo Baguette Café and Coffee Shop offers counter service and is fast casual. It’s located at 201 East 20th Street. Reach by phone at 281-888-5130.

Hours are 10 am until 9 pm Monday through Sunday.   All coffee drinks are made with La Marzocco Espresso machine. BYOB corkage fee: $5 per table.

More information at 

Photos by V. Sweeten; Featured photo at Neo Baguette.


The Grove hosts its final Sunday Supper of the year on Nov. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Houston next to Discovery Green.

The series will culminate in a nostalgic supper featuring curated wines and a chef-driven menu including osso buco with tomato ragu and fig and walnut conserve with ricotta and honey.

Dinner is $100 per person and includes wine pairings, a welcome cocktail, valet and gratuity. Tickets are available online here. Photographs for Sunday Supper are here and the menu will be added soon.

Fall flavors have made their way onto the menu at The Grove. Guests can now enjoy dishes like sweet potato and kale enchiladas with black lentil, queso oaxaca, red chile sauce, and cabbage slaw; pan roasted gnocchi with winter squash, mushroom, spinach, parmigiano, and toasted pecan; and pork butcher’s cut with roasted squash and chestnut and sage-butter emulsion.

For dessert, The Grove is serving up spice cake with candied sweet potatoes, yogurt, Texas whiskey, marshmallow flakes, walnuts, and sweet potato-maple gelato; stout float with whiskey butter gelato; and affogato with Texan kulfi gelato, espresso and pecan biscotto. 

The Grove will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23.

Photos courtesy of The Grove

Spirit Hound Distillers Craft Spirits Arrive in Houston and Texas

Straight from Colorado, Spirit Hound Distillers are making their mark in Houston with their Straight Malt Whisky and Gin. Find them both throughout the Greater Houston Area at local liquor stores and Specs. They are also sold throughout Texas.

RECIPES: Biggio’s Home Base:  Spirit Hound Whisky, lime juice, lemon juice, simple syrup mint – Shaken and strained into a rocks glass over ice with mint sprig and lime garnish.

Outfield:  Spirit Hound Gin, cucumber syrup, lime juice. – Shaken and poured into rocks glass over ice with a cucumber wheel garnish.

photo: Spirit Hound

About Spirit Hound:  Spirit Hound embodies the enterprising character of the old west: They have a passion for fine spirits and a hardworking, can-do attitude. 

Their spirits are made with local Colorado ingredients such as freshly-picked juniper berries.  They custom built much of their own distillation equipment, including the beautiful signature 150 gallon copper still,  to capture all of the purity and flavor and make sure it gets into every bottle they sell – and every glass you drink.

Due to the significant problems caused by the 2013 Colorado flood, Spirit Hound’s whisky production was interrupted and the distillery’s next local release of aged whisky did not take place until early 2016.

Spirit Hound was founded in 2012 by friends, Lyons, CO residents and Boulder County businessmen Craig Engelhorn, Wayne Anderson, Matt Rooney, Neil Sullivan.

Awards:  Straight Malt Whisky 93 Rating, Brilliant.  2017 Whiskey Bible; Double Gold, 2018 “The Fifty Best” American Malt Whiskies; Grand Champion, 2016 Boulder County Spirits Competition; Silver, 2016 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Competition; Bronze, 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition; Gold, 2015 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Competition

Gin, Silver, 88 Rating, 2015 Beverage Testing Institute; Silver, 2014 Still on the Hill, Breckenridge Colorado.

Master Chef Frédéric Perrier Brings Continental “Kiss” to Global Fare at Bisou in River Oaks District

Clé   Group,   the   Houston-based   team   of   hospitality entrepreneurs who have made national headlines with perennial hotspots, Clé and Spire are expanding into the restaurant realm on October  22 as they  unveil  Bisou  in the  River  Oaks District.   Bisou,   which   translates   to  kiss,   is   located   at   the   entrance   of   the   tony   mixed-use development at 4444 Westheimer Road, adjacent to Steak 48.

photo by VichekaBisou   will   be   open   Monday   and   Tuesday   from   11:00   AM   –   10:00   PM, Wednesday thru Saturday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM, and Sundays from 10:00 AM – 10:00PM.

For more information, please visit or call 713-955-3855.


Houston Staple has Big Plans for 2019 Including a Rebrand and a New Location 

Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks has been serving up some of Houston’s freshest and most delicious Gulf seafood since 2007 in its Chelsea Market location. Early 2019 brings numerous changes for this Houston hotspot including a new location, menu and name: introducing, Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine.

“When we switch to Eugene’s we will continue to convey what is truly important to us: family values, excellent food and fantastic service. We want it to reflect a true southern upbringing,” said Kyle Teas, Proprietor of Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks. “Eugene is my father’s name, so our core values will remain the same, but guests can expect refreshing updates.”

Danton’s last service will be New Years’ Eve and Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine is set to debut in early 2019.

Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine will be taking over a storied and classic space on 1985 Welch Street, which previously housed Mockingbird Bistro. This 4,600 square foot space is full of unique details and intricate design. Interior updates are currently being made to the new location. Once completed, the décor, just like the food, will combine the traditional and vintage aspects of gulf coast culture with a contemporary flare.

Fan favorites and classic offerings from Danton’s will still have a home on the menu at Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine and include Kyle’s Crab Salad, Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Gumbo and the Debris Sandwich. Most importantly—famous cocktails like the Bloody Danton and the Puerto Rican will still be served at Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine.

Chefs in the Field Dinner at Hope Farms Raises Funds for Recipe for Success

Once upon a time there were two pigs…But unlike the classic children’s tale, these two piggies didn’t escape and became dinner for 65 partygoers at the recent Chefs in the Field pig roast.

Hosted by Recipe for Success Foundation at Hope Farms, the evening featured farm-fresh produce and heritage pigs from Jolie Vue Farms. The event, held on the bucolic grounds of the farm, raised more than $10,000 toward RFS’s mission to combat
childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food.

Chef Erin Stewarts Fall SlawABOUT Recipe for Success Foundation:

Since 2005, Recipe for Success Foundation has worked to combat childhood obesity by changing the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children. Learn more at


30% of the proceeds will benefit The Periwinkle Foundation’s Camps, Arts and Survivor Programs

Nice Winery of Houston, Texas is proud to announce the newest limited release charity wine—a 2015 Periwinkle red wine from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley—benefitting  The Periwinkle Foundation.

Periwinkle Foundation Nice Winery

Thirty percent of the proceeds from each bottle sold will fund The Periwinkle Foundation’s Camps, Arts and Survivor Programs. These programs benefit children, teens and young adults at Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer and Hematology Center who are challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Periwinkle programs play a vital role in the overall healing process for children and teens battling cancer. Each year more than 14,000 children, teens and families are touched by Periwinkle programs. In honor of Periwinkle’s mission and art programs, the charity bottle label will feature artwork by Making A Mark® artist Claire, age 6.

Chuy’s Vintage Park Location to Offer First 50 Guests Chuy’s For a Year on Opening Day, October 16th at 11 a.m.

Vintage Park is 10th Houston Area Chuy’s Restaurant location

Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant known for its made-from-scratch dishes and fun-loving, eclectic atmosphere, will open its newest Houston location at the corner of Hwy. 249 and Chasewood Park Dr. near the Vintage Park Shopping Village, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 11 a.m.

To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant is offering the first 50 guests in line on opening day Chuy’s for a year. Winners will receive a punch card redeemable for a free appetizer, entrée and dessert for 12 visits.

Chuy’s Vintage Park, located at 20322 Tomball Parkway, will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner: Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.

On weekdays from 4pm to 7pm, the restaurant will offer happy hour drink specials and their famous Fully-Loaded Nacho Car; an unlimited build-your-own nacho station with free chips, salsa, queso, ground sirloin and more, all served from the trunk of a classic car.

For exclusive updates visit For more information on Chuy’s, visit

Shun Japanese Kitchen is slated open on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Second-generation Japanese cuisine, DIY sushi bar and Houston’s largest sake program highlight offerings at innovative new restaurant

Dr. Chef/Owner Naoki Yoshida’s restaurant will offer second-generation Japanese cuisine along with Houston’s first Do-It-Yourself sushi bar and the city’s largest sake program. Located next door to Houston Wine Merchant, Shun will be BYOB for several weeks during its soft opening phase. The restaurant is located at 2802 S Shepherd.

Nihon Curry Hushpuppies

Shun, which translates to “peak of season”, will feature Japanese-inspired dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable produce.

Shun will be open for dinner six days a week, with Bento Box brunch and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. While the restaurant will be BYOB for its first several weeks, its bar program offers much to look forward to. Shun will feature the largest sake selection in Houston and an array of Japanese whiskey, Shochu and beer, along with Sake Sangria and Sparkling Sake Mimosas during weekend brunch.

Umi Salad

Coming from a family of Japanese chefs, Yoshida is excited to apply his years of experience to bring new flavors to life for Houston diners.

“We don’t want to serve food that you can find down the street,” he said. “Every dish executed here will be unique. I’d like to attempt to make food that would be contemporary in Japan. We’re trying to reimagine the experience for Japanese restaurants in Houston.”

Owned by Chef Naoki Yoshida and wife Renee Yoshida, Shun will be open for dinner on Tuesday-Saturday from 4-10 p.m. and Sunday from 4-9 p.m., with Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit

photos by Kirsten Gilliam

Celebrate National Gumbo Day on October 12th at Treebeards 

Friday, October 12th is National Gumbo Day, and Treebeards is celebrating with a big discount.  In honor of their 40th anniversary, they will be offering 40% off their gumbo at all locations. Run don’t walk to Treebeards to get your gumbo fix.

Founded in 1978, Treebeards is a classic Southern eatery specializing in Gulf Coast fare with a Louisiana twist with five locations across downtown Houston.

All locations are open Monday through Friday — Market Square, 11 am to 2:30 p.m.; The Cloister, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Tunnel, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Shops at Houston Center, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Pennzoil Place (in the tunnel), 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Opening in October, Bisou at River Oaks District will feature an eclectic menu of dishes for lunch, brunch, and dinner.

It’s classic continental array of appetizers, small plates, shareables and desserts will feature a serious “wow factor” in presentations of signature dishes like arancini-wrapped escargot in spicy butter sauce, whole roasted chicken, and cylinder-shaped crispy crabmeat mac & cheese, to name a few.

Bisou will open up its doors to a see-and-be-seen patio flanking the sides, allowing revelers to bask in the River Oaks sunshine. It will feature optimal dining and drinking areas to enjoy the fine culinary delights of Chef Frederic Perrier, while also enjoying the upbeat, DJ-spun tunes.

More information, go to 

OLIVE & VINE, Houston’s Premier Oil and Vinegar Shop, Moves To The Heights

photo: Olive & Vine

After seven years in west Houston, OLIVE & VINE has relocated to the Houston Heights.

With over 50 products to choose from, the new shop offers the widest selection of extra virgin olive oils, infused olive oils, and aged balsamic vinegars available in this region of Texas. The European style “tasting bar” allows customers to sample the oils and vinegars before making a selection. It is then bottled on the spot to take home.

Olive & Vine continues to only offer products from the most recent harvests in the northern and southern hemispheres. In late fall/early winter, oils are imported from Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, and California. The late spring/summer harvests bring oils from Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, and South Africa.

Their line of balsamic vinegars are made in Modena, Italy in the centuries old manner. The selection includes an 18-year old Traditional Balsamic Condimento, a 12-year old White Balsamic, and a wide variety of infused vinegars.

Owners Wayde and Susan Burt are excited to be a part of the explosive growth taking place in The Heights. “We owned our first home here in the ‘80s and are amazed at how much has changed since those days. We are delighted to be back in the neighborhood  – it’s like coming full circle,” said Susan.

Olive & Vine is located at 508 W. 19th Street in The Heights Marketplace, three doors down from Penzeys Spices. Store hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  For more information visit

Taboonette “Middleterranean Kitchen” Targets Houston in Franchise Program Launch  

Taboonette Middleterranean Kitchen has launched its exclusive franchise program in select markets across the United States including Houston, Texas. The Taboonette franchise is set to offer carefully developed menu items as uniquely “Middleterranean.”


The Taboonette franchise program is heralded by Danny Hodak, president, and capitalizes on the success of its critically-acclaimed New York City flagship restaurant Taboon. Their  menu is inspired and created by Taboon’s award-winning Executive Chef Efi Naon, an Israeli native and classically trained chef. Look for slow-cooked, healthy cuisine in a quick-service restaurant community.

“We created Middleterranean fusion cuisine 15 years ago, and the demand has consistently grown. Houston is a major metropolitan city rich in international cuisines and culture. We know that Taboonette’s Middleterranean quick service level would be a win-win for consumers and franchisees alike,”said Hodak.

For more information, contact Gary Occhiogrosso at Franchise Growth Solutions at 917-991-2465 or at

18th Annual Texas Hot Sauce Festival Welcomes Visitors with Real Heat on September 22 & 23

Find hot sauce, salsa, chips, dips, peppers, spices, marinades, rubs, jams/jelly, pickled products, condiments, soup mixes, chili mixes, wing sauces, … chunky, spicy, smooth, garlicky, sweet, fruity, peppery, smokey…  HOT  and  MILD!   Hundreds of hot and spicy products to try out from around the country.

There is also plenty of food and cold beverages, ongoing stage entertainment, a chile-dren area (including some free and some ‘pay as you go’ activities for the kids), retail vendors, arts & crafts and pepper merchandise.

Cool off with vendors such as The Exotico Tequila Raspados (shaved ice) cart, who will be present at the festival serving tequila shaved ice cocktails to attendees with flavor options Raspberry Lime, Watermelon Mint Margarita Granita and Tequila Sunrise.

Hours are Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sun. Noon to 5 p.m. Event will be Bayou City Event Center at 9401 Knight Road.

Tickets $12, Kids 12 and under free, FREE parking. More information, go to 

INTERNATIONAL SMOKE launches weekend brunch and lunch service

Since its highly-anticipated opening, International Smoke has been firing on all engines, wowing guests with its lively happy hour and dinner offerings. The restaurant is excited to announce the launch of an all-encompassing weekend brunch and daily lunch service in CityCentre.

“FUEGO’S BRUNCH”:  International Smoke’s new, buffet-style brunch service coined “Fuego’s Brunch” will be available Sundays from 11AM to 2:30PM. The seasonally-inspired menu will incorporate bold and eclectic ingredients from around the globe in fresh baked pastries, featured breakfast specials and hearty proteins.

Priced at $35 per person and $12 for kids under 10 and under, the  chef-inspired, dining experience allows guests to take a journey through the many robust flavors of International Smoke.

LUNCH:  Guests can choose a la carte selections or enjoy a three-course business lunch priced at $29, Saturdays from 11:30AM to 2PM.

The three-course business lunch groups together some of International Smoke’s house favorites, allowing diners to enjoy a convenient CITYCENTRE power lunch. Kicking off with the Red Curry Cornbread and the choice of a soup or salad, guests can pick from American Pork Ribs, Broiled Redfish or Sinaloa Chicken with a generous helping of mac & cheese before finishing up with a chocolate chip cookie.

Tacodeli in the Heights Announces September Specials 

Tacodeli Breakfast Special of the Moment // My Morning Taco
Inspired by Spyglass (Austin) General Manager Kevin’s favorite breakfast creation, Tacodeli presents its latest Special of the Moment, “My Morning Taco”. Organic scrambled eggs topped with Tender Belly housemade sausage (or chorizo), grilled corn, roasted peppers & queso fresco. 
Tacodeli Lunch Special of the Moment // Chile En Nogada   
“Chile En Nogada” makes its triumphant return as Tacodeli’s Lunch Special of the Moment! Featuring a roasted Anaheim chile filled with HeartBrand Beef – Certified Akaushi Beef picadillo (Harwood, TX) topped with (Cleveland, TX) chévre goat cheese, pomegranates, and cilantro.
For more information, go to
photos courtesy of Tacodeli


“Tall in Texas” Award to be presented as part of Grapevine’s 32nd Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience

On Saturday, September 8, Grapevine’s 32nd Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience will open festival week at the Texas Wine Tribute. This prestigious annual Texas Wine Industry event will features the presentation of the highly-anticipated “Tall in Texas” award.  

This honor is bestowed upon a Texas winery in recognition of the winery’s leadership role in the dedication to, support of and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. The 2018 recipient of the Tall in Texas award is Haak Vineyards & Winery of Santa Fe, Texas.

Over the years, Haak has also worked very closely with Texas A&M University’s AgriLife, in the development of the standardization of working with Blanc du Bois, as well as the Black Spanish varietal, also known as Lenoir or Jacquez. He has also mentored many winemakers and others within the Texas Wine Industry and served as a Regional Director of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA), as well as serving on many of the TWGGA’s committees.

Haak has earned a national reputation for the production of Blanc du Bois and is easily considered a Texas pioneer in wine production with this varietal. Resistant to Pierce’s Disease, this variety is a Spanish blend and grows very well in the coastal region of Texas.

Haak has also earned an impressive international reputation for the production of Madeira wines. He has studied in Portugal, eventually returning to Texas to build a temperature controlled production facility, specifically for the production of Madeira wine. Haak Vineyards & Winery was the first winery in Texas to win awards for Madeira wine. Haak Vineyards & Winery is one of the most awarded and recognized wineries within the state of Texas.

For more information about the Texas Wine Tribute or the 32nd Annual GrapeFest, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit



The first location will open in 2019 at Skanska’s Capitol Tower (800 Capitol St.) inside Understory, a 35,000-square-foot community hub and culinary market at the base of the building. 

Legacy Restaurants CEO Jonathan Horowitz said, “With the history surrounding The Original Ninfa’s brand and the public’s appreciation for the tradition and quality associated with The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, we think Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas will find an enthusiastic audience in Houston and in the surrounding areas.”

The menu at Mama Ninfa’s will consist primarily of Mexican street-style tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches), along with more traditional Tex-Mex dishes. In keeping with the spirit of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, diners will be able to enjoy Mama Ninfa’s famous tacos al carbon, red and green salsas, chile con queso and signature handmade tortillas. Alex Padilla, Executive Chef at The Original Ninfa’s, will create the menu for the new concept and will adapt some of the recipes from the original restaurant to be served in the new restaurants.

The concept will serve four dayparts: breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night, with hours varying depending on location. The design for both Understory and for future locations will include a convenient area for take-out or third-party delivery services, and future locations will feature patio seating whenever available.

With a planned opening in early 2019, Understory at Capitol Tower will include a culinary market with seven chef-driven concepts – including Mama Ninfa’s — and a cocktail bar. A central feature of Understory is the open-air blending of the street and tunnel levels, facilitated by the “Great Steps,” a 30-foot-wide monumental staircase and gathering place that will create the first true street-level gateway to the tunnel network.




Warehouse 72 – a new hospitality concept from Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants, Inc. – will uphold the storied restaurant’s time-honored tradition of uniting families and making memories around a great meal while ushering in a new era of communal dining for the now generation when it makes its Winter debut at Houston’s Marq*E Entertainment Center (7620 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024). The name pays homage to the year 1972 when Spaghetti Warehouse first opened in Dallas.

“Exactly one year ago, Spaghetti Warehouse faced a turbulent and uncertain future after the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey – including the destruction of the longtime Spaghetti Warehouse home in downtown Houston,” commented Michael Kim, President of Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants.

He added, “With the Houston location being in a flood zone, we lost the entire operation – a crippling blow to the overall Spaghetti Warehouse brand.  It has been a very difficult circumstance in the months that ensued, but we really wanted to come back despite the many challenges associated. Spaghetti Warehouse leadership made a firm commitment that we would return to Houston; Warehouse 72 not only represents that promised homecoming but also an opportunity to re-engage loyal Spaghetti customers while attracting a new generation of fans to the re-imagined concept in the process.”

The robust family-style dining experience at the 8,650-square-foot restaurant will feature American fare with Italian flourishes made up of high-quality protein dishes, traditional pastas, and handcrafted pizzas.

Vibrant Now Open in Montrose

The idea for Vibrant started in 2013 with a vision from owner/creator Kelly Barnhart. Not a chef or restaurateur, Kelly is just a regular woman who saw a void in the marketplace and wanted to create a beautiful place about honoring the consumers wellbeing, where eating for your well-being is equally about pleasure.

Vibrant will serve food for everyday that tastes delicious and makes you feel your best.

Breakfast will be available all day from 7AM-4PM; Lunch will be available at 11AM with plans to roll out a full dinner menu in September.

The menu is 100% gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. Vibrant will source local from their onsite garden and organic whenever it’s available. Bread, yogurt, and milks are all made in house. 

The menu features sweet and savory breakfast items, fresh seasonal salads and bowls for lunch, and an all-day kids menu.

Beverage menu features a variety of adaptogenic potions, elixirs, tonics, organic coffee and teas and natural organic and biodynamic wines.

For a look at the full menu, please visit:

photo credit: Kirsten Gilliam

Sodexo and Houston Museum of Natural Science Offer New Dining Experience for Museum Patrons

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, will begin service at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) in November.  

The partnership will bring a variety of new dining options for museum patrons, including a café marketplace, a food truck with seasonal and local offerings, and a new burger concept supported by self-order kiosks and online ordering.

“We are thrilled to work with the Houston Museum of Natural Science to bring our shared vision of providing healthy and sustainable food options to life,” said Moses DeBord, vice president, Sodexo Sports & Leisure. “We will offer a wide variety for guests from artisan inspired dishes, quick service dining, and local favorites from our food truck.”

Sodexo’s approach to meeting consumer needs is one that includes listening for what is required to have the best culinary experience and finding ways to creatively implement them.

“We are looking forward to the beginning of a great partnership with Sodexo that will provide new culinary experiences for our guests, community and museum staff,” said Stephen Sachnik, CFO, Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Sodexo Sports & Leisure is a premier provider to cultural destinations and event venues around the world and in the U.S. including The Jules Verne restaurant at the Eiffel Tower, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and the California Academy of Sciences.


Green Plate Foods’ Naturally Smart Cookies are now into all 43 Whole Foods Market stores throughout their Southwest Region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. 

Cookie flavors include Chocolate Chip with Zucchini, Almond Butter with Sweet Potato, and Cranberry Almond with Pea Protein. Green Plate Foods’ Naturally Smart Cookies are delicious, nutrient-rich and perfectly portioned. The cookies are made with clean ingredients and are certified gluten-free. These products will be sold in a single-serve package at Whole Foods Market in their Cookie Aisle.

“There is a growing number of consumers actively seeking healthy, nutritious products made with clean ingredients that taste great,” said Lisa Pounds, Chief Executive Officer of Celebrate Brands and the Founder of Green Plate Foods. “Customers visit Whole Foods Market searching for these innovative products, so we are delighted to partner with the store in providing options, like our Naturally Smart Cookies, that enable customers to enjoy a delicious treat while maintaining a clean diet and healthy lifestyle.”

Green Plate Foods (GPF) was founded in 2010 by Pounds. LGPF got their start selling to local farmer’s markets, catering, making prepared meals and offered school lunch programs.

Today, Green Plate Foods offers healthy snacks through its retail, food service and online channels. For more information on Green Plate Foods, visit

photo: Green Plate Foods



The Classic All Day, located at 5922 Washington Avenue, is a new American restaurant by Houston native Benjy Levit (benjy’s, Local Foods). 

With subtle flavors and techniques that have traveled across oceans and generations as well as the team’s own family tables, the reliably sturdy menu by Chefs Mike Potowski and Maria Gonzalez features a little something for everyone – the sum of which will unabashedly feel like an American Bill of Goods with simple and pristine food, sophisticated cocktails, intelligent service, and warm hospitality.

“We wanted to create a no-rush, no-fuss neighborhood spot that effortlessly pivots from daily coffee mainstay to date night spot. Our goal for The Classic is to deliver elevated yet-simple dishes, all of which will be executed exceptionally well,” Levit commented.

Highlights from the All Day menu include a curated selection of small plates like Matzo Ball Soup with pulled chicken and Shaved Brussels Sprouts with watermelon, pure luck goat cheese, and walnuts. Medium plates harkening back to Levit’s and Chef Mike Potowski’s Russian roots like Pelmeni – ear-shaped dumplings steeped in tradition and stuffed with savory fillings – and Salmon Pastrami with cucumber, capers, tomato, and ramen egg toast.

Feel good large plates in the form of family style neighborhood specials from the Rotisol Rotisserie. Think: Beef on Weck – a New York-style prime rib sandwich served on rye with au jus and horse radish – and The Classic Chop served with iceberg, beef salami, cow’s milk cheese, garbanzo & champagne vinaigrette. 

Adult beverages from the bar program will feature modern takes on three-ingredient classic cocktails like the Old Fashion and Sidecar; classic brunch cocktails such as the Revolver and Harvey Wallbanger; and new classics, including Gin & Juice – London Dry Gin with choice of fresh squeezed cold pressed carrot, beet, or apple juice with garnishes that complement each combination served in a large rocks glass over ice.

For more information, please call 713-868-1131 or visit

photos by Amanda Calderon


Heights hotspot launches $2 Taco Tuesday and Wednesday Pasta Nights  

BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, the Heights neighborhood bar and eatery, is expanding its offerings. BCK is now serving lunch, along with weekly specials that include a $2 Taco Tuesday and Wednesday Pasta Night with half-off all bottles of wine and champagne. BCK also offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday and Happy Hour Monday-Saturday from 3-6 p.m. Chef Jeff Fernandez’s lunch menu is available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Highlights include the Tuna Melt on Texas toast, Sweet & Sour Meatball Banh Mi and Steak Quesadilla with hand-carved ribeye. Others include a classic Tomato Soup with grilled cheese, Roasted Corn & Bacon Bisque topped with Fritos and Don’t Kale-Ifornia My Texas salad with kale, avocado, lemon, cucumber, tomato, onion, goat cheese and olive oil. The new Spicy Chicken Pasta (Korean chili, ginger and garlic tossed with asparagus and parmesan) is a nod to BCK’s Backhand Shrimp.

For Taco Tuesday, starting each week at 3 p.m., guests can enjoy $2 tacos including Chicken Tinga, BCK Beef and Peking Duck, along with $4 Modelos and $8 Blood Orange Margaritas. Every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to close, Pasta Night at BCK features $12 fresh pasta plates including Bolognese, Lemon Garlic and Veggie with Mushroom Cream Sauce, with half off all bottles of wine and champagne.

For more information, visit or @eatatbck, or call (832) 831-7155.

photo credit: Kirsten Gilliam


Four New Menu Items Available for a Limited Time, Made with Green Chiles Straight from the Fields

Chuy’s, the Austin-based restaurant known for its authentic Tex-Mex menu and fun-loving atmosphere, is celebrating their 30th Annual Green Chile Festival at all locations, kicking off Monday, Aug. 13 and running through Sunday, Sept. 2. 

Chuy’s founders were the first to bring Green Chiles from New Mexico to Central Texas. They were passionate about the unique peppers they found in the fertile fields of Hatch, New Mexico and created a special menu of scratch-made dishes to serve during the heat of the harvest. That’s when the first annual Green Chile Festival was born.

The restaurant will feature four new menu items for a limited three weeks during this year’s celebration – all made with legendary Hatch Green Chiles.

The menu includes Green Chile Chicken Flautas, stuffed with green chiles and fresh spinach, and drizzled with Crema Especial. One of the most unique items on the menu is the King Carne Burrito, stuffed with ground sirloin, bacon, green chiles and French fried potatoes. Also featured are the Chicken Velvet Enchiladas and the Cosmic Combo, complete with a house favorite, Chile Relleno.

During the festival Chuy’s will also feature drinks that include their famous New Mexican Martini, made with Green Chile infused el Jimador tequila, along with a Frozen Watermelon Margarita and Tito’s Cherry Limeade.

Green Chiles are an annual crop, meaning they are only picked during their peak season, starting in August. This year over 3.5 million pounds of peppers from Hatch, New Mexico will be harvested for Chuy’s restaurants.

photos courtesy of Chuy’s

thinkKIDS Protein Bars Getting Ready for Back To School with Healthy Snack Choices

It’s nearly back to school time, which means that parents packing their kids’ lunchboxes or handing out after school snacks will have to face the dreaded tug of war between healthy and tasty.

Luckily, thinkKIDS, a new line of kids protein bars with 45% less sugar than the leading national granola bar, checks off both boxes.

Available at Target, Kroger and other retailers, thinkKIDS bars are packed with 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and only 4 grams of sugar per serving.

Additionally, each bar is gluten free, GMO-free and made with no artificial ingredients, flavors or colors. Kids love the five flavors: Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Crème, Peanut Butter Cup, Cinnamon Sugar Cookie and Vanilla Cupcake.

photo courtesy of thinkKIDS


Teriyaki Madness brings an authentic Seattle Teriyaki House experience to The Woodlands as the fastest growing Asian restaurant concept in the nation. Big, bold bowls are what Teriyaki Madness is famous for, as guests can customize their made-to-order entrees, Entrées include fresh, stir-fried vegetables and quality proteins like all natural, fresh chicken, beef or tofu.

photo: Teriyaki Madness

“We are excited to announce the new addition of the popular Teriyaki Madness,” said Rip Reynolds, Vice President of Retail and Commercial Land for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This unique concept is set to open this fall and will certainly be a diverse and welcome addition to the eatery options surrounding The Woodlands Waterway®.”

This is the franchise’s first location in The Woodlands. For information, visit



Elvis Waffle at Union Kitchen

Paul Miller and Gr8 Plate Hospitality are bringing their popular Inner Loop concepts to Katy. 

Miller, a longtime Katy resident, has signed a lease to open his sixth The Union Kitchen and third Jax Grill at NewQuest Properties’ Stableside at Falcon Landing, a 34.4-acre development at Gaston Road and Falcon Landing Boulevard in the Cinco Ranch area.  Both restaurants will feature large patios with ample outdoor seating overlooking a shared green space. 

Jax Grill

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2019. 

“The Katy area has been growing for a long time, and we really feel like with the demographics and the families that we have out here, it will be a good fit for our concepts,” Miller said. “We’re very connected and committed to the communities and neighborhoods that we serve, and we look forward to continuing that in Katy.” 

photos courtesy of Gr8 Plate Hospitality

Third Coast Restaurant Introduces Late Summer Menu

Chef Buchanan adds seasonal dishes to “Modern Houstonian” menu

Executive Chef Jon Buchanan has added a variety of dishes to the new late-summer menu, available now at lunch and dinner at Third Coast Restaurant, a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.

Third Coast’s “Modern Houstonian” menu not only highlights natural, sustainable and local ingredients tied to the variety of culinary traditions found in diverse Houston, it takes full advantage of seasonal produce as well.

“Summer is great because it gives us the chance to serve chilled and room temp dishes such as our Yellow Tomato Gazpacho and Jerk Tuna which are perfect in the summer heat,” says Executive Chef Jon Buchanan.  “It’s also a time of the year that really lets the ingredients speak for themselves, and brings us one of my favorite fruits: peaches, which inspired our new Peach Tea Ice Cream dessert.” 

The “Modern Houstonian” menu, under Buchanan’s direction, includes different flavor profiles from the local community and culture, while sourcing from local vendors including: Covey Rise Farms, Brazos Valley Cheese, Copper Shoals Red Drum, Dallas Mozzarella Company, Houston Dairy Maids, Homestead Gristmill, Katz Coffee, Moonflower Farms, Flora Cocina Flowers, Painted Hills Beef, and others. Buchanan also ferments, smokes and cures his own meats in house.

Third Coast is located at 6550 Bertner at Moursund, on the sixth floor perched atop the water wall of the John P. McGovern Commons.

For more information, go here.

photos courtesy of Third Coast

Union Venture Group to Open Two Concepts in Midtown This Fall

Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub and 77 Degrees Rooftop Bar Are on The Way

Union Venture Group announced plans to open two new concepts in Midtown this fall, 77 Degrees and Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub. Both bars will be located on the main block of Brazos Street alongside two other concepts, Unicorn Disco and Electric Feelgood, from Austin-based Carmack Concepts. “It was the right place at the right time,” said Jeff Van Delden, co-owner of Union Venture Group. “Houston delivered on walkability, and we’re proud to offer two of the four new spaces in Midtown’s resurgence. We’re eager for people to come back to an area they’ve always known to rediscover a whole new scene.”

Outfitted all in white, the breezy 77 Degrees is a 14,000 sq. ft. rooftop bar that has perfected cocktailing and plans to offer uniquely refreshing specialty drinks and Caribbean inspired tapas, along with four levels of comfortable cabana-style seating.

7,000 sq. ft., Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub is a modern twist on the traditional pub experience and will offer over 80 beers on tap, Irish and American comfort foods, and a large covered patio featuring community-style seating.

Both concepts are scheduled to open in September and the palate-pleasing menus will be available closer to the openings.

Summer Menu at Fig & Olive

Catch Fig & Olive Coastal Mediterranean restaurant’s seasonal summer menu

Menu newcomers include Pan-seared Diver Scallops finished with Caramelized Leek Puree and Citronella Sherry Vinegar Dressing; Roasted Sweet Corn Risotto prepared with Grilled Fresh Corn, Spiced Popcorn, Fava Beans, and Pea Shoots; and New Zealand Rack of Lamb coated with a Rosemary Garlic Marinade and accompanied by Eggplant Caponata, Roasted Cipollini Onions, and Eggplant Licorice Puree.

Guests can also enjoy a fleet of new seasonal specialty cocktails including the Pastèque, a refreshing mix of Absolut Elyx, Watermelon Juice, Ginger Purée, Lemon Juice, and Cucumber and the Riviera Punch — reminiscent of the Mediterranean Beach — which combines Light & Dark Rum, Velvet Falernum, Luxardo Maraschino, Grenadine, Lime, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, and Angostura Bitters.

Fig & Olive is located at 5115 Westheimer Rd suite c2500. More information at 

photos: Amanda Calderon


Houston Restaurant Weeks, announced today the launch of its 2018 website on
July 15th. Mirroring prior years, several hundred thousand hits are expected on the site’s launch date as Houston restaurant patrons browse hundreds of participants’ menus.

Photo credit: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

As other restaurants are added through Tuesday, July 31, their names and menus will also be showcased on the site. Houston Restaurant Weeks, the most anticipated
food event of the year, returns August 1st and runs through Labor Day, September 3rd.

Diners can visit to view the ever-growing list of restaurants that have committed to participate in the fundraiser, along with their Houston Restaurant Weeks menus.

As commitments come in, restaurants will be added to the website until August 1. From fine dining to casual neighborhood restaurants, diners can sample some of the best Houston’s culinary scene has to offer. Some participating restaurants may require reservations, although walk-ins will be accepted at most locations. This
information will be noted on each restaurant’s menu page on the website


New menu includes cocktail specials with one cent refills

The Grove Houston, downtown’s destination dining concept nestled in Discovery Green, launches “Brunch on the Green” in its main dining room.  

The Sunday-only buffet consumes the bar and lounge area with towering displays of freshly baked breads and pastries, savory brunch favorites, salads, fresh fruit and meat-carving stations.

Putting a twist on bottomless drinks, The Grove offers mimosas, mojitos, red and white sangria, and margaritas for $15 with one cent refills.

The expansive buffet includes brunch classics as well as house favorites like BBQ brisket benedict, savory crepes, pastrami and sweet potato hash, pork belly sliders and from-scratch buttermilk biscuits with chorizo gravy.

The buffet also includes a customizable omelet and breakfast taco bar, as well as a carving station where chefs slice whole strip loin, herb roasted rack of lamb, smoked ham, jalapeño sausage, rotisserie chicken and fillets of red snapper to order. Meyer lemon pancakes, bananas foster French toast, donuts, pastries and a variety of desserts are made in-house to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

In addition to the brunch cocktail specials, the restaurant’s full list of wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages is available. The Grove has recently overhauled its coffee program, and now offers hot French press coffee made from a custom blend of roasted beans in place of drip coffee.

Overlooking Discovery Green in the heart of downtown Houston, The Grove Houston has offered restaurant-goers a unique dining experience since it opened in conjunction with the park’s dedication in 2008. Now guests can enjoy Sunday brunch favorites against the stunning backdrop of the park.

Brunch is available Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $35 per person and $15 for kids aged 2 to 12, not including tax, gratuity or drinks.

Brunch is Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please visit

Beat the Summer Heat at Bridgeland’s Friday Night Bites with Local Food Trucks on July 13th

Event will be held at Lakeland Village Center from 6-10 p.m.

photo: The Cuban Spot

Bridgeland invites you to Friday Night Bites which occurs on the second Friday of every month. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, family and friends, and appetite for fun! There will be Food Trucks, activities, and entertainment for all! Activities include DJ – Powered by Sound, Wii Sports Competition, Car Show, Cypress Photo Camper, and Nervous Rex.  

Food Trucks include: 

    • D’Lish – Tex-ifed Southern Comfort

Pokéworks Coming to Baybrook Gateway

Pokéworks has leased 1,800 SF at Baybrook Gateway located off Bay Area Boulevard and I-45 in Webster and is coming soon.

Pokéworks, a fast-casual restaurant, created by founders with a vision to bring an island favorite to the Mainland for all to enjoy, has been busy sharing this flavorful food since their first tiny location opened in Midtown Manhattan, December of 2015.

With a unique variety of protein, sauces, and toppings to choose from, you can “Poké your way” or build-your-own poké bowls, burrito, noodle or salad.   There are 2 locations open in the Houston area, one in The Heights and the other is in the Montrose area.

The Baybrook location is scheduled to open December of 2018 and will be one of 36 opening in the US.




Following more than 13 successful years in the wholesale gelato business, Houston-based Trentino Gelato is taking its expanding operation directly to consumers with a permanent spot for its handcrafted goat milk Gelato Pops in H-E-B freezers across Texas. 

The brainchild of founder Marcelo Kreindel, Trentino’s unique Gelato Pops have garnered
legions of loyal fans since their 2014 debut – picking up high marks along the way, including the top prize at the American Dairy Goat Association’s Dairy Product Competition and first prize in Rodeo Houston’s 2016 Best Bites competition in the dessert category.

The award winning silky smooth pops combine creamy whole goat milk with Kreindel’s signature gelato ingredients to create a fleet of rich flavors, including Sweet Milk, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Cajeta (Mexican Caramel), and Strawberry — all of which are now available at more than 190 H-E-B stores across Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio.

“I have been passionate about creating fantastic gelato flavors that our customers have
loved for over 13 years and with our goat milk Gelato Pops, I feel that we have created
something really special. Our expansion into H-E-B stores marks a major milestone for the
Trentino brand,” Kreindel noted.  

Trentino’s goat milk is also certified Kosher and is naturally gluten-free. Each pop is crafted with just two or three simple ingredients — which means there are no artificial colors or flavors, added hormones, or stabilizers — and clocks in at 130 calories or less.

Boxes can be purchased in-store for $5.48/box at H-E-B locations or online for delivery or curbside store pick-up at

photo credit: Amanda Calderon

Treebeards’ Offers 40% Off Summer Salads until June 29 at All Five Locations

When Treebeards opened 40 years ago they primarily served salads and sandwiches so for this anniversary special,Treebeards will offer 40% off all their salads starting the first day of Summer. The 40th anniversary special will go until June 29. Valid at all 5 Treebeards locations. 

“In honor of our 40th anniversary and the first days of Summer, we will pay homage to our original menu and offer all of our salads for 40% off,” said President of Treebeards, Jolie Stinneford. “We so enjoyed our Spring promotion and look forward to serving up some of our favorite salads for our Summer promotion.”
Some salad options include:
    • Pear, Walnut & Bleu Cheese Salad
    • Shrimp Salad
    • Watermelon & Tomato Salad
    • Chick Pea & Black Bean Salad
    • Salmon Salad
  • Farmers Market Pasta Salad with fresh corn, peaches, zucchini, red bell pepper, roasted chicken and grape tomatoes

Founded in 1978, Treebeards is a classic Southern eatery specializing in Gulf Coast fare with a Louisiana twist with five locations across downtown Houston. In its 40th year of operation, Treebeards continues to serve a revolving menu of dishes made fresh daily utilizing premium seasonal ingredients. For more information, go to 

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Celebrates the Season with Summer Selections Menu

June brings delicious new flavors and returning favorites to the menu at Grimaldi’s

Warmer temperatures have finally arrived and to usher in the new season, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is pleased to launch the Summer Selections Menu.

The Summer Selections Menu features: Barbecue Chicken Pizza, a food lover’s favorite with Sweet Baby Ray’s ® Barbecue Sauce with chicken, smoky bacon, red onion, and garnished with cilantro; Strawberry Spinach Salad with baby spinach, feta cheese, red onions, toasted almonds, and sliced strawberries tossed in a strawberry vinaigrette; Blueberry Cheesecake, a vanilla cheesecake with blueberry swirl and topped with house-made granola and fresh blueberries; plus Strawberry heesecake served with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.  

The thirst-quenching new lineup of cocktails includes Berry Ginger Fizz made up of Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, raspberries, Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer, fresh lemon juice, cane syrup, and garnished with fresh blueberries; Watermelon Crush, perfect for tequila lovers with Casamigos Blanco tequila, Cointreau, Monin watermelon puree, fresh lime juice, basil leaves, and garnished with watermelon chunks and fresh basil; Spiked Strawberry Lemonade ideal for summer sipping with Grey Goose Le Melon Vodka, Aperol, Monin strawberry puree, water, fresh lemon juice, cane syrup, garnished with strawberry slices and lemon; and the return of Summertime Sangria, a crowd pleaser with berry sangria garnished with fresh strawberries and blueberries.  

For more information, visit or like them on Facebook at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

photo credit: V. Sweeten

Yauatcha Houston has Negroni Week Covered through June 10th

Yauatcha Houston will participate in Imbibe magazine & Campari’s annual Negroni Week, June 4 through June 10.

The Galleria restaurant will feature its White Negroni ($14), which is prepared with Plymouth Gin, Lillet Blanc, and Tempus Fugit Gran Classico Bitters. One dollar of every White Negroni sold will be donated to the James Beard Foundation.

Executive Chef, David Chang’s Blue Onyx Bistro Showcases Steak, Seafood & Sushi in shadow of Transco Tower 

Opened in April 2018, Blue Onyx Bistro is a reflection of Chang’s passion for cooking and creating new dishes using only the freshest ingredients and the cooking techniques he has mastered over the past 30+ years. 

Chang is known for his unique and creative plating. “Presentation is as important as taste because we feast with our eyes first,” he said. Salad greens come from local organic farm, H2O, in Hockley, Texas, and are grown aquaponically, and without chemicals.

Signature Dishes include:

  • 35-day House-Dried Aged Ribeye Steak in a Peppercorn Cognac Demi-Glace
  • Chef Chang’s Special Sea Bass:- Parmesan dusted Chilean Sea Bass in a Red Wine Reduction Sauce
  • Grouper and Bacon Wrapped Scallops: Fresh filet of Grouper topped with 3 grilled Bacon-wrapped Sea Scallops in a Creamy Ginger- Key lime Sauce
  • Ocean Smokehouse: Fresh snapper topped with scallop and shrimp in Buerre Blanc Sauce, it’s covered in a dome with cedar smoke and customer will smell the aroma when the server opens the dome.
  • Hot Chic Roll: flash fried salmon roll, Kani, Avocado, Jalapeno, with Salmon, Snapper, Tuna, Masago, Tobiko (red masago), Wasabi Masago, and Salmon Roe, topped with Chipotle Sauce and Balsamic Vinegar.

Blue Onyx Bistro is located at 4720 Richmond Ave., #A. For more information, call 713-808-9518 or visit

photo credit: V. Sweeten

Hugo’s Restaurant Hosts Chef Michael Mina’s International Smoke Pop-Up in Anticipation of CITYCENTRE Debut

On May 20th, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina debuted his sneak peek at his International Smoke menu at Hugo’s Restaurant with fellow James Beard Award winner, Chef Hugo Ortega. The pair became fast friends during a culinary tour that Ortega gave Mina of the city during last year’s Super Bowl festivities.

Chef Mina and his culinary team took over the entire restaurant to showcase a selection of International Smoke signature dishes, representing an array of cultures and cooking styles.

Dishes featured included a sampling of Ribs and Rocks-ribs with barbecued oysters; Gulf Snapper with fermented black bean and fried rice; Instant Bacon Steamed Buns; Tom Kha Shooters with curry cornbread; Burrata with sugar snap and speck; Shaking Beef Lettuce Wraps; and Galbijjim Korean Short-rib. Desserts included Ayesha’s Key Lime Parfait and Mango Shaved Ice with Lemongrass Jelly and Coconut Pudding.

For more information on International Smoke, which is slated to take over the space formerly occupied by Straits in CITYCENTRE this summer, go to

photo credit: V. Sweeten

Crown Royal Introduces Texas Mesquite, a Blend of Crown Royal Deluxe and Infused with Locally Sourced Texas Mesquite Wood

Give it a try with these recipes developed by Texas Mixologist, Brian Floyd

Texas Mesquite Mule:   Ingredients:  1.5 oz. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite;  ½ oz. lemon juice;  ½ oz. agave syrup; 4 oz. Ginger Beer      **Combine Crown Royal Texas Mesquite, lemon juice and agave syrup in a shaker. Strain over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon wheel or slice of candied ginger.

Texas Mesquite Old Fashioned:   Ingredients:  1.5 oz. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite;  ½ teaspoon of wildflower honey;  Dash of orange bitters    **Add honey to a rocks glass and top with Crown Royal Texas Mesquite. Stir for 30 seconds to mix in the honey, then add ice. Add a dash of orange bitters and stir again. Garnish with an orange peel and mint sprig.

Mesquite Paloma:   Ingredients:  1.5 oz. Crown Royal Texas Mesquite; 3 oz. Grapefruit soda; Grapefruit wedge garnish.   **Combine Crown Royal Texas Mesquite and grapefruit soda into a shaker and pour into a glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

photo credit: V. Sweeten

Fresco! Café Italiano’s Executive Chef Roberto Crescini Creates Fresh Pasta Daily

Executive Chef Roberto Crescini’s fresh food includes nearly a dozen different pastas

This casual Italian cafe, located at 3277 Southwest Fwy, provides extensive choices such as Bucatini, Spaghetti,  Fettuccine, Tagliolinii, Fusilli, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Tagliatelle, and Linguine, and also a few of the many different fresh pastas made throughout each day.

Chef Roberto describes his cuisine as traditional, classic Italian. His daily appetizers and entrees specials are from recipes he learned from his mother, and four decades of cooking in Italian restaurants and hotels throughout every region in Italy.

His sauce options include Alfredo, Marinara, Pesto & Sundried Tomato, Meatballs, Texas Raised Lamb, Beef Bolognese, Spicy Pork Sausage and Amatriciana.

Before opening Fresco! Café Italiano, Chef Crescini was the executive chef at the critically acclaimed Enoteca Rossa in Bellaire, Texas.

All breads, pizzas, pastas, raviolis, meatballs, sauces, dressings, and desserts are made from scratch in house daily from grains and cheeses imported from Italy. 

And what makes Chef Roberto’s pasta so special? He makes his pasta using the traditional Northern Italian recipe: whole eggs and flour. “And no water,” instructs chef, “the perfect recipe for a pasta with great flavor and texture.”

Also on the menu are incredible salads, pizzas and more.

For more information, go to

photos by V. Sweeten

International Gambero Rosso names Top Italian Restaurants in Houston

International Gambero Rosso, the Italian equivalent to Wine Spector and the Michelin Guide, named Houston’s Top Italian Restaurants

Amalfi’s Giancarlo Ferrara and Lisa Ferrara

International Gambero Rosso characterized the Italian cuisine in Houston as “where Southern Italian flavours lead the way in the most densely populated city in Texas.”

The winners in the fine dining, traditional restaurants, pizzerias and wine bar categories are the following:





Mussels a la Plancha

Poitín – located at 2313 Edwards Street in the heart of the burgeoning Washington Avenue Arts District – will open at Sawyer Yards on Monday, May 14th.

The 9,600-square-foot full-service restaurant and bar is the brainchild of restaurateur Ian Tucker, who last year launched Balls Out Burger in the Heights following  16 years of experience owning and managing successful concepts in his native Dublin.

“Poitín celebrates the diversity of Houston with its menu, cocktail program and overall unpretentious atmosphere,” Tucker said. “Just as the City of Houston opens its doors to immigrants from around the world, Poitín welcomes all-comers. As an immigrant myself, I have been embraced by the Houston community and have envisioned this restaurant to be a culinary embodiment of the city’s inclusive spirit.”

Executive Chef Dominick Lee

As such, Tucker has assembled a veritable dream team, starting with Executive Chef Dominick Lee – the rising star former sous chef at Kiran’s – whose inspired menu draws influences from his New Orleans roots, culinary experiences in Houston, and bold flavors from culinary capitals around the world.

For more information, call 713-470-6686 or visit

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café is Now Open in Katy

Newest location will make the world a sweeter place

The two founders of this stylish restaurant, Allison and Ivan Chavez, have made it their personal mission to “revive the art of eating crêpes.” They’ve traveled the world searching for flavors and new ways to bring this popular street food to the market. 

They feel that a crêpe is a canvas, and a perfect delicious crêpe is the result of artistic cooking and using the best and freshest high-quality ingredients. The menu has grown to include waffles, salads, paninis, soups, milkshakes and hot drinks.

The new 1,824 square foot restaurant seats 93 inside & out, features a beautiful patio and is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

photos by Shannon O’ Hara

Yauatcha Adds New Cocktails and Desserts to Contemporary Menu

With one year under its belt on the Houston food scene, Chinese dim sum teahouse, Yauatcha is shaking up its contemporary menu with the addition of 10 new cocktails and three new desserts. The new patisserie fleet includes the Malted Milk, made with malted milk crémeux, caramelized honey panna cotta, and an Anzac biscuit; the Matcha and Yuzu Tart fashioned with green tea mousse, yuzu curd, and hazelnut ganache; and the Banana, Peanut Caramel featuring a peanut butter cookie and banana caramel. 

As for the revamped cocktail menu, Yauatcha has enhanced its offerings with 10 new libations: The CrescentWallace CupThe Forgotten PathSzechuan MargaritaMezcal PalomaJapanese HighballNY SourCobra BiteShiso Szechuan Spritz (mocktail), and Matcha Latte

Innovative program trains teachers in food studies curriculum for high-schoolers at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture’s Teachers Institute 

From July 22-August 2, 2018, teachers from Houston and three other metro areas will participate in an immersive food studies curriculum training at Stone Barns Center’s 80-acre farm and campus in the beautiful Hudson Valley (NY). Scholarships will cover most costs for accepted teachers.
The Teacher Institute takes advantage of widespread interest in food, health, school gardens, composting and other related topics and combines hands-on, farm-based experiences with training in a full-semester food studies curriculum.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer the Teacher Institute, a life-changing professional development experience, to teachers from the Houston area,” said Jill Isenbarger, Stone Barns Center’s CEO. “Teachers tell us they are looking for immersive, inspiring materials and curricula to bring to their students, and food provides a framework for them to connect with their students in new ways.”

Blue Onyx Bistro’s Soft Opening Prime Beef, Sushi and Seafood

Owner and Executive Chef, David Chang, will begin the soft opening stage of Blue Onyx Bistro on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018. Lunch will be served from 11 am until 5 pm, followed by dinner until 10 pm.  

Blue Onyx Bistro is located at 4720 Richmond Ave., just inside the West Loop and close to the Galleria.Blue Onyx Bistro’s signature dishes include prime beef, Sushi and seafood. The Grand Opening Date is TBD. To view menus, visit:

photo credit: Epicurean Publicist

Chef Gonzalez brings his depth of Four Seasons culinary experience and knowledge to Houston Four Seasons Hotel Houston announces the appointment of Rafael Gonzalez as Executive Chef, where he will oversee and lead the culinary operations of Quattro, catering and banquets, and partner with Richard Sandoval in spearheading Bayou & Bottle.
After spending over ten years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Chef Gonzalez will continue his tenure infusing the culinary departments with innovative creations and new spins on traditional offerings.


The spirit of the French Riviera debuted in Uptown Houston as Fig & Olive opened behind the curved Philip Johnson-designed façade of the former Saks Fifth Avenue space at The Galleria on March 9.

credit: Shannon Ohara

Featuring authentic Mediterranean ingredients, and a Joie de Vivre synonymous with the coastal regions of France, Spain, and Italy, Fig & Olive is bringing its unique blend of fresh flavors, seasonal dishes, and signature premium olive oils to Texas for the first time.

The brand’s centrally-located 7,000-square-foot Houston home comes complete with multiple unique dining experiences, including an expansive 160-seat dining room, a 24-seat bar and lounge, two private dining rooms with full state-of-the-art audio-visual components,  and a 40-seat al fresco terrace that emanates a casual chic ambiance reminiscent of summers spent on the Mediterranean.

For more information, visit

Grimaldi’s® Pizzeria Launching Fresh Cut Flavors Menu March 5  

New Spring Menu Includes Salad, Pizza, and Cheesecakes

Spring is on the way, and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is pleased to launch the Fresh Cut Flavors Seasonal Menu on March 5. These limited-time selections reflect the tastes of the season.

The menu includes the Watermelon Rocket Salad, Prosciutto Arugula Pizza, Banana Cream Cheesecake, Caramel Coconut Cheesecake, new cocktails, and seasonal Italian sodas and lemonades.

“Spring is one of the busiest seasons in Houston and this new menu is one of our most innovative,” says Executive Chef, Cory Lattuca. “This seasonal menu offers a classic favorite pizza with the addition of a few new menu items we know our guests will love! There is light and zesty flavor seasonal salad with the delicious combination of watermelon, feta, and mint, white pizza topped with ribbon-thin slices of prosciutto and two decadent desserts. There is something new for every appetite.”

Vibrant Coming Soon in the Spring to Montrose Area

All day café with food for feeling good

Owner and creator Kelly Barnhart has collaborated with Alison Wu (creator of popular food and wellness blog Wu Haus) to create the menu.

Savory Toast
photo credit: April Valencia

The soon to open Vibrant is about craveworthy food for every day, that tastes great and makes you feel great too. It is open all day so that it works for your routine however you need it to, your healthy home away from home.

Founder Kelly Barnhart’s vision for Vibrant is simple: “Eating for your heath can often be a sacrifice to pleasure, eating for pleasure can often be a sacrifice to your health. Why not have a fun place with food that tastes amazing and is entirely accountable to your well-being?” She will quickly tell you that she’s not a chef or restaurateur, rather just a consumer who saw a hole in the market place.

While there are plenty of “healthyish” places out there, Barnhart wanted to take it a step further with a transparent community spot you can fully trust—no hidden ingredients or marketing gimmicks. No diet dogma either, it’s simply plant based dishes that are the best for you versions of themselves.

Vibrant will open in the former McGowen Cleaners building located at 1931 Fairview.

Treebeards, a downtown Houston institution, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary milestone as a pillar of Southern cuisine

In honor of their 40th anniversary in March, Treebeards is offering an original menu item for the same price it was 40 years ago.

Stop by Treebeards Market Square location (315 Travis St.) and enjoy their popular Red Beans & Rice Plate for only $1.95.

Back in the day Treebeards served their red beans and rice on an oval plate and they will do that once again for this throwback special. The meal includes a sausage link and onions if you want them! The price also includes complimentary French bread. This offer is only good at the Market Square location and for dine-in only diners. The 40th anniversary special will go from March 1 – March 16.

Founded in 1978, Treebeards is a classic Southern eatery specializing in Gulf Coast fare with a Louisiana twist with five locations across downtown Houston. In its 40th year of operation, Treebeards continues to serve a revolving menu of dishes made fresh daily utilizing premium seasonal ingredients.

In its 40th year of operation, Treebeards continues to serve a revolving menu — made fresh daily utilizing premium seasonal ingredients. The extensive menu still boasts original favorites, including red beans and rice with link sausage — often topped with shredded cheddar cheese and green onions — Treebeards Jambalaya, Shrimp Etouffee, and homemade soups alongside specials such as Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken Fried Chicken, and a collection of whole cakes and pies — all of which are available for both dine-in and takeout.  Treebeards’ signature recipes are documented in the restaurant’s eponymous cookbook, which is currently in its 13th printing.

The Four Seasons Hotel will host Ketcham Estate Wine Dinner on March 14th at 7 p.m.

The Four Seasons Hotel Houston will collaborate with winemakers Allie and Mark Ketcham of Ketcham Estate Winery for an extravagant six-course wine dinner. Guests will enjoy a selection of the California-based winery’s finest bottles alongside a special curated menu.

Price is $98 per person plus tax and gratuity.

The evening will begin with passed Hors d’oeuvres (think Smoked Salmon & Caviar and Fingerling Potato with chive, Créme Fraiche, Maine Lobster Salad) and Beau Joie Champagne followed by a selection of meat and seafood offerings on the main course menu. Culinary and wine descriptions will be provided during the evening to enhance the guest experience.  

Tickets Now on Sale for Tacos Over Texas

photo credit: The Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship Fund

Tickets are now on sale for the Tacos Over Texas event a friendly competition celebrating Houston’s passion for the taco al carbon, popularized by “Mama Ninfa” Laurenzo, which  will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship Fund (TNLSF) is sponsoring the event in collaboration with The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and El Tiempo Cantina.  The event will take place at the outdoor area between the two restaurants in Houston’s East End.

To date, the participating celebrity chefs are:

  • Terron Henry, Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill
  • Nirman Shah, Nirmanz Food Boutique
  • Domenic Laurenzo, El Tiempo Cantina
  • Alex Padilla, The Original Ninfa’s
  • Juan Arellano, Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
  • Johnny Carrabba, Carrabba’s
  • Justin Martin and Elliot Roddy, Fuel Kitchen & Health Bar
  • Max Torres and Jeff Weinstock, Cake and Bacon
  • Charles Bishop, Presidio
  • Michael and David Cordua, Cordua Restaurants
  • Lee Ellis and Jim Mills, State Fare Kitchen & Bar
  • Robert Del Grande, Café Annie
  • Donny Navarrete, Laurenzo’s
  • Greg Gatlin and Michelle Wallace, Gatlin’s BBQ
  • Hayden Hulings, Your Table
  • Sandy Tran and Anne Le, Tout Suite

The event will include libations, festive entertainment, live music, an exciting silent auction featuring many unique travel opportunities, and of course, abundant mouthwatering tacos.  Proceeds from Tacos Over Texas will be used to provide scholarships and education-related assistance through TNLSF.

The public is invited to attend Tacos Over Texas. Purchase tickets at Bequ.  Visit for more details.


Twenty-one chefs in four cities to spike stunning specials with Texas finest bourbon

On Friday, March 2, Garrison Brothers Distillery is partnering with 21 chefs and mixologists across the state to celebrate Texas Independence Day in style. Hand-selected tastemakers will showcase their culinary love for the Lone Star State by incorporating Garrison Brothers’ 2018 vintage of their Small Batch bourbon into a unique, limited-time culinary special.

Four of Houston chef’s will celebrate our Texas Independence, so make plans to get their special creations.

They are:

  • Westin Galleymore — Spirits Director, Underbelly– Hay Merchant
  • David Keck — Master Somm., Owner, Goodnight Charlie’s
  • Ryan Lachaine — Executive Chef, Riel
  • Bobby Matos — Executive Chef, State of Grace

Dubbed “The Bourbon Takeover of Texas,” the one-night-only event will take place at choice restaurants in some of Texas’s largest cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Each chef has been tasked with creating a dish (or cocktail) reflecting their restaurant concept and encapsulating the bold, proud spirit of Texas.

Can’t make it out? Make your own Bourbon Pecan Tart by Chef Bobby Matos 

Tart Dough: 1# Butter, Room Temperature, 1 c.  Powdered Sugar, 12 ea. Egg Yolks, ½ TB Vanilla Bean Paste, 1½ tsp. Salt, 6 1/3 c. AP Flour, 1 ea. Orange Zested

Directions: Cream together the butter and sugar with a paddle attachment until it is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the yolks and vanilla bean paste.  Scrape the bowl and mix until combined. Add the flour until a soft dough forms.  Flatten into disks and chill for one hour. With flour, roll out the tart dough and form into the shells.  Chill for 30 more minutes.  Make the filling.

Bourbon Filling: 1½ c.  Sugar, 1½ c. Corn Syrup, 2/3 c. Melted Butter, 6 ea. Eggs, 2 oz.  Bourbon, 1 ea. Orange Zested, 2 tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste, ½ tsp. Salt

Directions: Whisk all the ingredients together. Mix together with 4 cups of chopped pecans and pour into the chilled tart shells.  Bake for 10 minutes and rotate.  Bake an additional 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before removing from the tart shells.

Bourbon Caramel Sauce: 4½ c. Sugar, ½ TB Cream of Tartar, 1½ c.  Bourbon, 3 1/2 c.    Heavy Cream, 1/2 c.  Bourbon, 1 TB Maldon Salt, ½ # Butter

Directions: In a large pot combine sugar, cream of tartar, salt and 1 ½ cups bourbon.  Cook to medium amber color.  Take off the heat and slowly whisk in the cream and the second bourbon.  Finish with the butter.  Strain and allow to cool completely.

Bourbon Ice Cream: 750 ml  Bourbon, 6 c .  Heavy Cream, 4 c. Milk, 2 ½ c. Sugar, 30 ea. Egg Yolks, 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract, 2 tsp. Kosher Salt

Directions: Reduce the bourbon to 1 ½ c. Add the milk and cream and bring to a scald. Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Temper cream into egg yolks. Whisking constantly, cook to 82C. Remove from the heat and quickly strain through a chinois. Chill completely and spin



Adjacent to the Heights bike trail, Postino’s new digs at Heights Mercantile are already being hailed as the most walkable in the neighborhood thanks to a pedestrian- and bike-friendly design that incorporates abundant green space, public art, walkways and bicycle parking.

The restaurant is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside with a decidedly vibrant menu offering shareable charcuterie and cheese boards with large slices of toast and bountiful options for toppings like brie and apples with fig spread, ricotta with dates and pistachios, and roasted peppers with goat cheese; a variety of its famous bruschetta; healthy salads with customizable proteins; hand-pressed paninis; and mix-and-match sandwich, salad, and soup combinations.


Shake Shack expands its Houston footprint with third Shack

What’s shakin’ Houston?! Shake Shack® is thrilled to announce it will open its doors in Rice Village on Wednesday, February 28th at 11 AM. The Rice Village Shack will be situated in a prominent corner location at 6205 Kirby Drive. This marks Shake Shack’s third Houston Shack, with existing locations at The Galleria and Minute Maid Park.

In addition to the Shack classics, The Rice Village Shack will be spinning up a selection of local frozen custard concretes: Pie Oh My (vanilla custard and slice of seasonal pie from Fluff Bake Bar), West U-nicorn (vanilla custard, unicorn bait cookie from Fluff Bake Bar, strawberry puree and salted caramel sauce) and Chocolatee Minted Marshmallow (chocolate custard, minted marshmallow sauce and chocolate truffle cookie dough).

The menu will also feature the Texas-exclusive Lockhart Link Burger, a cheeseburger topped with griddled Kreuz Market jalapeño cheese sausage link, pickles and ShackSauceTM.

Guests can wash their burgers down with brews from Karabach Brewing Co., Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Back Pew Brewing and Shiner, plus Shake Shack’s exclusive Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister® Ale. Wine lovers can enjoy a glass of Charles and Charles Cabernet and Pacific Standard Sauvignon Blanc.

As part of Shake Shack’s mission to Stand For Something Good®, The Rice Village Shack will donate 5% of sales from its Pie Oh My pie concrete to Houston Humane Society, whose mission is to end cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life. Shack team members will also volunteer at events run by the organization.

Learn more at: | | @shakeshack | @shakeshack


Huevos Ranchero

For decades, Picos regulars have clamored for breakfast favorites like Huevos
Rancheros and Huevos Montuleños from the weekend breakfast menu during lunch and
dinner. Now, Executive Chef and Owner Arnaldo Richards will offer guests breakfast seven days a week — weekdays from 7 – 10:30 AM and Saturdays and Sundays from 7 AM – 3 PM.

“Breakfast is something we’ve always enjoyed doing at Picos; now, with more demand, it is time that we offer it on a daily basis,” commented Arnaldo Richards.

He added, “I think the newprogram is ideal for a diverse set of audiences. It is expedient for businesspeople conducting meetings because of the efficient nature of the menu; it is also perfect for a more leisurely outing amongst friends and family members.”

Migas Con Huevo a la Mexicana

The menu will boast several savory options, such as Huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with onions, peppers, and tomatoes); Chilaquiles Enmolados (pulled chicken with mole, cotija cheese, creama Mexicana and onions); a variety of omelets; and lighter options that include a fruit plate, hot cakes, granola and several delicious juices.

In addition, Picos offers a gourmet brunch spread from 10:30 AM – 3 PM on Sunday as well as specialty buffets during holidays – including New Year’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Massive Mole Brunch, and Christmas Eve.

The breakfast menu is a la carte; regular weekend brunches are $32/person, $21/seniors, $16/children, and children under six eat for free. For premium holiday brunches, it’s $42/person, $29/seniors, $18/children, and children under six each for free.

For more information, visit or call (832) 831-9940.

photos by Nick de la Torre

Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen and Stages Theater Host Dinner and a Show

photo courtesy of The Epicurean Publicist

Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen and Stages Theater are partnering  together to offer a pre-theater three-course prix-fixe dinner menu featuring the signature menu items which have have made Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen famous during the next two upcoming shows: Ann, and We Are Proud, running from February 15 through April 7, 2018.

Cost: $40 per person, plus beverages, tax and gratuity.

To purchase, please call the Stages Patron Services Center at (713-527-0123) and the box office will make your reservation. Or purchase your show tickets and dinner online at Reservations will be made 2 hours before the performance time either at 5:30pm or 6pm. For additional information, please call Stages Patron Services Center at 713-527-0123.

Yauatcha Kicks Off Premier Celebration of Chinese New Year with Special Menu and More

Crispy Prawn Dumpling
photo courtesy of Yauatcha

This February, Yauatcha celebrates its first Chinese New Year in Houston with a festive food and art activation that channels the core tenants of the annual celebratory holiday.  The London-based restaurant, which made its U.S. debut last year, has commissioned two London-based artists to create innovative Chinese lantern installations for not only the Houston location, but all of its outposts across the globe — from Mumbai to Waikiki. Yauatcha Houston’s ornate lantern installation will be installed throughout the restaurant, and made its official debut on Monday, February 5th.

Yauatcha Houston will also serve a celebratory Chinese New Year menu — also set to debut on February 5 — with dishes inspired by the annual celebration and featuring ingredients that are traditionally believed to bring good fortune — Think plates like a Chilean sea bass roll (symbolizing financial prosperity) and golden fortune prawn in lime sauce (seafood has connotations of good luck).

Yogurtland Celebrates Seventh Annual International Frozen Yogurt Day On February 6, 2018

Guests Can Enjoy Free Yogurt, Ice Cream and Toppings, Including Limited-Edition Hershey’s® Flavors at Houston locations at Memorial City Mall, Vintage Market Place, Westchase, Houston Montrose & Houston Galleria

The popular self-serve dessert spot, Yogurtland announces plans for the seventh annual International Frozen Yogurt Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 6 where fans can enjoy free frozen yogurt, ice cream and toppings from 4pm – 7pm at all participating locations.

This year, Yogurtland’s celebration of dessert creativity will include two new handcrafted flavors made with Hershey’s®:

  • Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream made with Whoppers®- This tasty treat combines delicious real Whoppers, cocoa and malt powder to serve up a creamy ice cream. Similar to the chocolate covered malt ball with a yummy malt center, this flavor leads with delectable malt and is followed by notes of milk chocolate.
  • Chocolate Wafer Bar Frozen Yogurt made with KitKat®- Bringing together milk chocolate followed by delicious wafer cookie, this flavor combines all the things we know and love about KitKats. This flavor combines real KitKat, cocoa and malt powder to serve up a delicious froyo.
  • For more information, visit or yogurtland.

Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen Spring Specials

From February 1st through April 30th, 2018,Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen will be offering the following Daily Specials.

Everyday – Happy Hour from 11am to 6:30pm

Sundays – Kids eat FREE*

Mondays – 50% Off Bottles of Wines

Tuesdays – $1 Oysters on the Half Shell

Wednesdays – 50% Off Cocktails

Thursdays – 50% Off all Whiskey and Scotch

Kids Eat Free from the Children’s menu; 12 years-old or younger, with the purchase of an adult entree.

For more information, please call 713-528-3474.

January 14th pays tribute to the birth of the undisputed father, Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins of Americana old-school tattooing

January 14th marks Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins Day, the birth date of a legendary American tattoo artist and Navy vet who built his rep inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu.

    • Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was created to honor him and strives to embody his independent spirit and unapologetic attitude. Toast Sailor Jerry with Ginger Spiced Negroni and Sailor Jerry Hot Chocolate. Recipes below:
    • Ginger Spiced Negroni:   Ingredients:  1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum; 1 part Campari®; ½ part ginger liqueur; ½ part sweet vermouth.   Directions: In empty mixing glass, measure Sailor Jerry.  Add Campari®, ginger liqueur & sweet vermouth. Add a few chunks of ice and stir to blend flavors and dilute. Add more ice and repeat.  Strain into empty chilled old fashioned glass. Add fresh ice block and garnish with candied ginger.
    • Sailor Jerry-Hot Chocolate:  Ingredients:  1.5 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum; 1.5 part Butterscotch Schnapps; 3 parts hot chocolate; Whipped cream (as desired), Chocolate shavings, candy cane, or cinnamon stick garnish, dash of orange bitters.   Directions:  In a warm beverage, mug add equal parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum to Butterscotch Schnapps, then add hot chocolate, top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane, or more chocolate, then complete w/ a dash orange bitters.
    • Snappy Salads Giving Away Free Food in Houston
    • “Salad Swap Challenge” January 2-31
    • Snappy Salads, the award-winning, nutrition-focused restaurant, wants your receipts.
    • Both Houston locations are launching a “Salad Swap Challenge”. From January 2-31 guests who dine at other Houston restaurants can submit their salad purchase receipts, and Snappy Salads will match the price up to $8 to be used towards any Snappy Salads purchase.
    • “For most of us, there is a desire to eat better,” said Chris Dahlander, CEO. “The idea behind this promotion is not just to give away free food, but to use this opportunity to change your lifestyle. We want to prove to Houstonians that Snappy Salads is the freshest dining option around.”
    • Receipts must be submitted within two weeks of purchase from a competitor restaurant. Limit one per person.
    • Snappy Salads was recently nominated for “Best Healthy Lunch” by A-List and been named “Best Place to have a Healthy Lunch”, “Best Salad Shop”, and “Best Salad”.
    • Snappy Salads has two Houston locations:  19111 Katy Freeway and 1920 Fountain View Drive.
  • After closing only six weeks after its initial grand opening on July 12 due to Hurricane Harvey, Salata reopened in Kingwood, Texas on December 14.
  • The Kingwood restaurant is the brand’s 38th location in Houston, and the second Salata restaurant for franchisee Grafton Way Restaurant Group.  The Kingwood eatery will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday.

“Grafton Way’s second Salata will be an extension of the progressive and community-involved lifestyle that the brand represents. We are thrilled to be opening our doors once again and growing our presence in a community we already call home,” said Karim Haji, Chief Executive Officer of Grafton Way Restaurant Group.

More details at

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café to Open New Locations

The Vegan
photo by Julie Soefer

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café has announced it will open three new Texas locations in College Station, Katy at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch and The Woodlands. Made from scratch, the dishes are as delicious as they are beautiful. These locations represent a strategic planned expansion for the very popular and successful restaurant concept. Opening dates for all are expected to be Spring of 2018.

benjy’s on Washington to take Final Bow on New Year’s Eve 2017 to make way for New American Tavern, The Classic-All Day

  • benjy’s on Washington (5922 Washington Avenue) – the second location of restaurateur Benjy Levit’s eponymous benjy’s brand that opened on Upper Washington Avenue in 2008 – will serve its last Sunday Supper on New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2017 – to make way for a complete redesign and metamorphosis into The Classic – All Day – a fresh take on the classic neighborhood diner launching early Summer 2018.

“The decision to take benjy’s on Washington in a new direction was not an easy one, but I feel that it is the right one,” commented benjy’s founder Benjy Levit.  He added, “Following damage caused by a kitchen fire in March and then  flooding during Hurricane Harvey, I saw a unique opportunity to cultivate an entirely new concept in the space that will offer exciting new dishes while staying true to the existing level of excellence that benjy’s customers have come to appreciate.”

The Houston native will strategically navigate the closing and subsequent opening of The Classic by shifting current employees from the Washington location to the latest installment of the wildly popular Local Foods brand at Heights Mercantile mixed-use development when it debuts in January 2018.

For more information, call 713-868-1131 or visit



DR Delicacy and Silver Stone Events are thrilled to announce The Truffle Masters 2018 will take place on Monday, January 29th 2018 at The Astorian.

Top chefs from Houston’s best restaurants will compete to create the most delectable, mouthwatering dishes using DR Delicacy’s aromatic and flavorful truffles. Previous first place winners include David Cordúa from Cordúa Restaurants (2015) and two-time winner Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi from Kata Robata (2016 & 2017).

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Casa de Esperanza, House of Hope for Children in Houston.

VIP Cocktail Reception – 6-7 pm: Featuring lite bites provided by The Truffle Masters reigning champion Chef Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi from Kata Robata

General Admission – 7-10 pm: General admission tickets are priced at $175 and VIP tickets are $275.

Complimentary Valet is included for both VIP and GA tickets. For more information on tickets, visit


Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café wishes you a Merry Grinchmas with its December Crêpe of the Month, The Grinch. Prepared in a Grinchinspired green batter and filled with crème brûlée, red strawberries, green M&M’s & dulce de leche, this sweet and delicious crêpe can be enjoyed and shared for only $8.95, beginning on Dec. 1. Sweeten your Instagram feed and holiday cheer this season by ordering The Grinch, available one month only!

LePeep set to open new Galleria-area location in late November

Alcohol program added to menu for first time in 30 years in Houston

LePeep Restaurant, serving Houston for breakfast and lunch since 1987, will open its new Galleria-area location at 4340 Westheimer Rd. in late November.

Moving just 0.3 miles down the road from its storied 28-year-old store at 4702 Westheimer into a new-look space in the Westheimer Oaks development, LePeep also is entering a new era in the restaurant’s history – initiating an alcohol program for the first time.

House specialty Bloody Marys, mimosas, Bellinis, local craft beers and wines will complement LePeep’s familiar menu of breakfast and lunch favorites at the new location. Alcohol sales also will be introduced at the recently renovated LePeep in Memorial City (9807 Katy Fwy) by the end of 2017, with LePeep’s three other Houston locations soon to follow.

The new Galleria-area LePeep will be similar in size to the old Westheimer location, with 4,100 square feet and 140 seats. Bill Gotsdiner of Houston-based Gotsdiner Architects is giving the concept a fresh new look highlighted by updated furnishings and a 10-seat counter bar. LePeep’s familiar breakfast and lunch favorites will still be available, with new items introduced periodically throughout the year. The entire 27-person staff from 4702 Westheimer and the restaurant’s operating hours will remain the same (6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday).

LePeep at 4702 Westheimer will remain open for business until a few days prior to the opening of the new location in late November. It had been the highest-volume LePeep in the United States, with notable guests over the years including J.J. Watt, Clyde Drexler, George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani, NASA astronaut Walt CunninghamSteve HarveyVivica A. FoxBilly Ray CyrusEvander Holyfield, Carl Lewis, Yolanda Adams, U.S. Congressman Ted Poe and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Operators Mark Mobley and Brendon Murphy, Kingwood residents with a combined 58 years at LePeep, are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to the latest iteration of their concept.


Glenfiddich Winter Storm, part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series of unusual and unexpected variants, is the first-ever single malt Scotch to be finished in ice wine casks. The combination of both pioneering liquids results in a crisp, premium whisky aged 21 years, imbued with a unique layer of sweetness and complexity. Taste the heightened candied sweets and oak flavor of Glenfiddich, complemented by mouth-watering tropical fruit notes and an underlying rich drying sensation from the ice wine cask finish. (SRP: $250)

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4 is the fourth bottling in the highly regarded Tun 1509 series that marries 23 casks – 13 traditional American oak barrels and 10 European oak sherry butts – in a true expression of whisky craft. The use of both traditional casks and Sherry butts, results in a complex and rich expression that has an initial sweetness that gradually develops into deeper richer oak with some dried fruits and a cinnamon and ginger spiciness. (SRP: $399)

Tullamore D.E.W., the original triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey, recently released Cider Cask whiskey. This new sophisticated spirit is a marriage between the craft of small-batch cider-making and Tullamore D.E.W’s legendary whiskey. This soon-to-be your new seasonal favorite, is the first whiskey to be finished in hard apple cider casks giving it a taste as rich as it looks with a lovely balance of oak, creamy malt and subtle fruitiness. (SRP: $39.99)

Texas Artists create Dia de los Muertos Cups at Stripes

Stripes Convenience Stores is celebrating Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that takes place between October 31 – November 2, with a release of two new limited-edition Dia de los Muertos commemorative cups available in Stripes Stores now. Stripes Stores and Coca-Cola® partnered together for their Third Annual Dia de los Muertos Commemorative Cups which are exclusive to Stripes Stores throughout Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The cups are priced at $2.99, and include the first fill free.

    • Each cup was created by two Texas artists; Elisa Kyle Gilp, a 31-year-old South Texas native who specializes in Día de los Muertos art, and 26-year-old Christian Lain, a professional tattoo artist who lives in Corpus Christi. Both artists returned from last year to design the new 2017 commemorative cups.
    • Third Coast Restaurant in Texas Medical Center Introduces New Executive Express Lunch Menu
  • photo by Cody Duty

  • Third Coast, the fine dining restaurant located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, today introduces a new Executive Express Lunch Menu ideal for dining quickly and dining well.
  • The new menu offers quick and easy lunch options, including salads, soups, sandwiches and specials, all unique to Chef Jon Buchanan’s Modern Houstonian menu.
  • Third Coast’s menu not only highlights natural, sustainable and local ingredients tied to the variety of culinary traditions found in diverse Houston, it takes full advantage of seasonal produce as well.
  • The Executive Express Lunch Menu will be offered Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Third Coast is located at 6550 Bertner at Moursund, on the sixth floor perched atop the water wall of the John P. McGovern Commons.

Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado Continues to Halt Beer Production to Can 220,200 Cans of Safe Drinking Water for Flood-Ravaged Texans

In immediate response to the recent flood devastation in Texas, Oskar Blues Brewery and Ball Corporation teamed up with the CAN’d Aid Foundation to can and ship 220,200 cans of clean drinking water to the residents of Houston, TX.

Can’d Aid is a 501c3 started by Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues Brewery, in 2013 following the Colorado flooding that devastated Lyons, CO, the hometown of Oskar Blues Brewery. What started as a response to the 2013 floods in ColoRADo has now raised more than $2,700,000 to support four program areas: Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yer Mama. 708,200 cans of water have been shipped to communities in need of safe drinking water such as Flint, MI, South Carolina and Louisiana since 2016. The foundation is a publicly funded non-profit and has evolved into an irreverent nonprofit focused on nation-wide “do-goodery.”
    • 708,2000 cans of water shipped to communities in need of safe drinking water
    • 4,800 cans to Denham Springs, LA arrived last week in response to historic flooding there earlier this month
    • $800K donated to help small businesses + families in Lyons and Longmont recover/rebuild from floods
  • Muck + Gut rebuilding trips to: Lyons, CO (2014), Georgetown, SC (2015), Baton Rouge, LA (2016)
    • Entree choices at Ginger and Fork

    • On Cleverly Stone’s September 2, 2017 Saturday morning radio show, she made the announcement that Houston Restaurants Weeks has been extended and will now run through September 30. Stone is the founder of HRW.
    • Houston Food Bank, which receives a donation of between $3 and $7 for every meal sold, is in need of the support in light of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston causing the organization to be in “absolute overdrive” according to HFB president, Brian Greene. HFB will be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to accommodate people affected by the hurricane.
    • Internationally Acclaimed Chef Roshni Gurnani has Sights Set on New Cutting-Edge Menu This Fall at Revolve Kitchen & Bar 
    • Gurnani will be tasked with taking the forward-thinking culinary experience to new heights at Revolve Kitchen + Bar along with all culinary aspects of the property.
    • The new chef comes to Hotel Derek with more than 17 years of international culinary experience in a variety of hotels around the globe, including four and five-star properties: Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, The Sagamore Resort, and Thistle Marble Arch Hotel. She joined Hotel Derek in July 2017 and immediately began immersing herself in the mission of perfecting Revolve’s menu, which is set to debut on September 5.
    • H Town Restaurant Group Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator 2017 Restaurant Awards
    • H Town Restaurant Group is proud to announce its restaurants have been honored for their outstanding wine programs in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards. The restaurants are recognized among 3,592 winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.
    • Backstreet Cafe and Caracol have received Best of Awards of Excellence; and Hugo’s, Prego, Third Coast and Xochi have received Award of Excellence.
    • The wine programs at Backstreet Cafe, Caracol, Hugo’s and Xochi are run by Sommelier/Mixologist Sean Beck; the programs at Prego and Third Coast are run by Sommelier/Mixologist David Cook.
    • H Town Restaurant Group has been sharing its passion for food, drink and hospitality since 1983.  They started small, with a simple bistro in an old home on a picturesque corner in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood in 1983. Since opening Backstreet Cafe, the family has grown to include Hugo’s, Caracol and Xochi.  Affiliated restaurants include Prego and Third Coast in Houston, and Origen in Oaxaca, Mexico.  
    • “Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the Awards program is thriving—with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.”
    • Menu Roundup: Three New Menu Changes, from brunch to happy hour
    • Cafe Azur
      photo by Nathan Colbert
  • Cafe Azur:Inspired by the Cote d’Azur and located in the heart of Montrose, recently launched a new happy hour menu featuring a variety of $6 small plates and $5 cocktails. Staples of French cuisine like the croque monsieur are served bite-sized, along with Houston inspired dishes like the Duck Confit Taco. Classic cocktails, including the French 75 and Kir Royal, are $5 each, while house red and white wine are $5 per glass. Happy hour is Tuesday – Friday from 5-7 PM at the bar and on the terrace.  
  • Radio Milano:Weekend’s at Radio Milano have taken a turn for the magical with a Mad Hatter-inspired brunch experience – yes, Wonderland dance sounds are included. Along with the $20 three-course prix fixe menu crafted by Executive Chef Jose Hernandez, featuring favorites like house-made burrata and chicken and waffles, diners have the option to pair their meals with unique Mad Hatter-inspired libations. Brunch runs from 11AM – 4PM on Saturday and 10AM – 3PM on Sunday.
  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (5 locations): ​Grimaldi’s recently debuted a first-ever, handcrafted cocktail menu to accompany its extensive line of beverage offerings ​, which guests can now take advantage of​  at Stoking Social Hour every weekday, Monday – Friday, from 3:30PM – 6PM. Guests will enjoy $2 off the new signature cocktails, $2 off draft beers, $2 off glasses of wine (house wines excluded), and $2 off their Bruschetta Trio and Antipasto platters. The popular Coalition ($30) is a pairing of a Bruschetta Trio or a small Antipasto platter with a bottle of wine. 


The owners of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations are bringing their newest creation to life in the Heights at 933 Studewood St., the space formerly occupied by Glass Wall Restaurant. BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, slated to open later this fall, will be a neighborhood restaurant and bar with a completely different menu from Bosscat – offering nostalgic American fare from the owners’ childhoods, along with input from the local community.

“We created this idea two years ago when we were still living in Newport Beach, but we never had a venue for it. The Heights is the perfect neighborhood for this type of creativity. It’s going to give us a great canvas to step outside the box,” said John Reed, Bosscat owner.


The Outdoor-Oriented Neighborhood Kitchen Will be Located in Montrose 

A longtime Houston hangout for al fresco margaritas is being reborn as a casually chic and neighborhood-centric destination for informal all-day dining, coffee catch-ups, cocktails on the patio and late-night bites. The former Teala’s restaurant at 3210 W. Dallas – located in North Montrose on the border of River Oaks and steps from Buffalo Bayou Park – will debut as Emmaline early next month. 

Bringing the concept to fruition are owner Sam Governale, a veteran operator who cut his chops with national food and beverage notables ranging from Matthew Kenney and Mario Batali to John Tesar and Andrea Immer-Robinson, before returning home to operate Fleming’s River Oaks in 2009; and, Executive Chef Dimitri Voutsinas, a recent New York City transplant and alum of Manhattan’s Bar Boulud, Motorino Pizza and La Gamelle.  Governale has brought in Ashley Putman, a Louisiana native whose career in design took root at the corporate offices of Barneys New York, as Emmaline’s Creative Director.

 “We believe in community, so from the moment you walk into Emmaline you will find a lively, comfortable, versatile and well-curated landmark that activates stylish indoor and outdoor spaces with its surroundings, which we believe will contribute to the on-going revitalization of the area and serve as a natural gathering space for nearby residents and visitors,” Governale said. 

Emmaline’s culinary positioning as an American restaurant with European influences also speaks to an emerging trend that blends homegrown heritage and European classicism into something that’s both familiar and fresh. The bridging of the two culinary cultures seeks to provide comfort in cuisine and beverage options, genuine hospitality, accessibility and choice in dining times, as well as an ambience of infectious energy that builds throughout the day.

“In Italy, the classic trattoria is the epitome of a neighborhood kitchen, literally serving as the cultural thread for the people in that township.  This is my vision for Emmaline, a commitment to our neighbors to be, very simply, a place where we will genuinely care for the well-being of our guests while offering a home-away-from-home experience,” Governale added.

photos courtesy of Emmaline

photo by Becca Wright

a’Bouzy To Open

New addition to the Houston Restaurant Scene to POP on August, 2nd

Shawn Virene, owner of a’Bouzy,  announced the restaurant will open on Wednesday, August 2nd. This is Virene’s first solo endeavor as owner. A longtime fixture on the Houston culinary scene, Virene is known for creating the most exciting wine programs in the city. And deftly managing a Who’s Who clientele.

The champagne-fueled concept features a fresh, ripe menu, seasonal seafood, salads, gorgeous greens, prime meats and a large raw bar. Simple, shareable small plates play sidebar to Virene’s jaw dropping wine list that features more than 250 champagnes and sparkling’s priced from $12 to over $2,000.

a’Bouzy is located at 2300 Westheimer. For reservations, call 713.722.6899 (713-7ABOUZY) or visit

Clear Lake/Webster El Tiempo Cantina to Open Before Christmas

photo courtesy of El Tiempo

Roland Laurenzo and Domenic Laurenzo, owners of El Tiempo Cantina, are pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with the David and Jason Felt Family to complete the construction of and to open the Clear Lake /Webster El Tiempo Cantina, 20235 Gulf Freeway, to be operated by the Laurenzos.

The Grand Opening is expected to be before Christmas 2017.

For more information, visit or call 713-807-8100 ext 108. View Menus at

Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen Debuts New Sunday Brunch

Fried Chicken & Waffles

Owners Phyllis and Tony Mandola’s are pleased to announce that Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen is now serving Sunday Brunch from 10 am until 3pm.

“This menu was fun to create,” stated executive chef Juan Arellano.

Crab Cake Beni

“Phyllis and Tony allowed me play and riff on their New Orleans style Oyster Bar with an Italian flair menu. I am sure you will find the perfect dish to kick start your Sunday!”

Additional details or reservations available at 713-528-3474, or visit

photos courtesy of Tony Mandola’s


Chef Peter Petro at Bosscat Kitchen & Libations has spent the past several months developing relationships with local farmers and gathering feedback from customers after moving to Houston from Newport Beach, Calif., last winter. 

Bosscat’s new lunch menu features beef from 44 Farms, Gulf seafood from Blue Horizon, vegetables from Covey Rise Farms in Louisiana and pork from Black Hill Ranch.

Highlights include:

–        Seoul Bowl ($15), a large bowl filled with 44 Farms Korean-style skirt steak, brown rice, green onions, kimchi, sesame, cabbage and carrots

–        Cowboy Caviar Bowl ($14) with grilled chicken, lettuce, black eyed peas, brown rice, onions, bell pepper and corn

–        Havana Bowl ($14) with BBQ pulled pork, brown rice, black beans, green onions and fried banana

–        Vietnamese Chicken Wrap ($13), a take on a bahn mi with grilled chicken, picked vegetables, jalapeno and cilantro on crisped roti bread

–        Short Rib Flatbread ($12) with slow-roasted beef short rib, jalapeno Greek yogurt and pickled onions

–        Avocado Toast ($11), Gulf ahi tuna and avocado on whole wheat bread

–        Chile Verde Soup ($8) with roasted tomatillo and poblano peppers, black beans and cojita cheese served with a mini-quesadilla

–        Power Spinach Salad ($12) with roasted pears, almonds, red cabbage, onions, grapes and balsamic dressing

–        Eat Slow Salad ($12) with kale, quinoa, walnuts, berries, carrots and blackberry + Greek yogurt dressing

Bosscat is located at 4310 Westheimer Rd. Suite 150 in Houston. For more information, visit or call (281) 501-1187. 

photo credit: China Martin


On-demand delivery app more than triples delivery coverage across Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area

Love getting your food delivered? Favor’s expansion, the Texas-based on-demand delivery app has added Spring, Tomball, Klein, Champion Forest, Firethorne, Energy Corridor, Pecan Grove, Richmond, Pearland, Friendswood and East End to its Houston area delivery zone.

In honor of its Houston area expansion, Favor is celebrating this month with:

To service this increased footprint, Favor is actively surging its Runner base in the Houston market, offering residents more opportunities to earn extra income on a flexible schedule as independent contractors who choose their hours. Houston residents interested in becoming a Runner can visit: m/.

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Summer’s Trendy Fruit! 

Have you tried Rambutan?

Shoppers this summer will be surprised to see a new and strange-looking item in their produce isles.

Rambutan is taking the US and Canada by storm and quickly being considered one of this year’s trendiest fruits. The sea urchin-lookalike is sweet and juicy; it’s very similar in texture and flavor to grape.

Rambutan is from the tropics and similar to lychee in appearance and flavor, with white pulp and a large nutty seed. Fresh rambutan has a bright red leathery exterior with soft red and green spikes, which give them the nickname “messy hair” in Vietnam. Originally from Southeast Asia, rambutan also grows in Guatemala and Honduras, where the Florida-based importer HLB Specialties sources them from.

Rambutan has an incredible taste. Sweet and refreshing, like a juicy grape gummy, especially when eaten chilled. Rambutan is a fun and healthy fruit that is convenient to eat or carry along for a snack.

Eating rambutan is easy. Consumers can either hold it with both hands and twist apart at the seam, or cut lengthwise. Then either remove the top peel and eat around the pit or pop the whole fruit in the mouth, eating it like a cherry. Discard skin and pit. Even though rambutan is sweet, it has only around 10 calories per fruit. Look for it in a store near you!


photo courtesy of MOAGH

Located at Morton Ranch Road and SH 99/Grand Parkway in Katy, McDonald’as first “Experience of the Future” restaurant in the Greater Houston Area debuted in June 2017. The new location is the tenth McDonald’s restaurant for local Owner/Operator David Glaser and his wife, Lindsay. 

“As a second generation McDonald’s owner/operator, I’m proud to bring the first ‘Experience of the Future’ restaurant to Greater Houston,” Glaser said. “McDonald’s has always been a part of my family, and my wife and I are excited to welcome families from across our community to experience the future of McDonald’s.” 

As the first “Experience of the Future” restaurant in Greater Houston, the new McDonald’s features digital ordering kiosks, Bluetooth table locators for dine-in table service, indoor and outdoor digital menu boards, interactive entertainment and video game systems, delivery from UberEATS, an outdoor patio seating area, and a 24-hour drive thru window.


photo by Debby Wolvos

SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen – the immensely popular Scottsdale restaurant under the purview of Osio Culinary Group and principal German Osio – is bringing the concept’s high-quality and vibrant ingredients, succulent flavors, artful cocktails, and decadent interior design elements to Houston’s posh River Oaks District and is slated to open in June.

SumoMaya combines the flavors of Asia with the robust culinary traditions of Mexico, with subtle extension into Latin America, into a dynamic fusion concept that is driven by world-class chefs who concoct high-quality tapas-style menu items, including tacos, sushi, noodles, prime steaks, and fresh seafood. SumoMaya will offer a full sushi program with a comprehensive menu for traditional sushi lovers alongside unique fusion rolls for the more adventurous palate.

SumoMaya will open in June in the River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer, Suite C180, for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 11 PM, Friday from 11 AM to 12 AM, Saturday from 3 PM to 12 AM, and Sunday from 3 PM to 9 PM. SumoMaya has Brunch service on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM and “Social Hour” hours Monday through Sunday from 2 PM to 6 PM. The Late Night Bar is open Monday through Thursday from 9 PM to 11 PM and Friday through Saturday from 10 PM to 12 AM.  For more information, visit

AGU, a ramen bistro, Unveils New Dishes, Cocktails and Happy Hour Menu

​With the season changing, Chef Hisashi Uehara is shaking things up with new offerings for the summer! 

The perfect shareable starter to any meal, Parmesan Brussels Sprouts, lightly fried Brussels sprouts coated in a panko parmesan cheese crust and served with Yuzu citrus sauce ($6).

New ramen offerings include a lighter, healthier option, the Vegetarian Ramen, made with zaasai (Japanese green cabbage), kikurage (Japanese mushroom), corn, fresh negi and nori. Gluten-free noodles ($3) are also a new dietary offering available at AGU.

For diners not afraid to bring on the heat, the Chili Cilantro Tori ($14) a light and clean chicken broth topped with fresh, house-made chicken char siu, aji tamago, crunch menma, fresh negi, nori and topped with a mountain of fresh cilantro and finished with Thai chili.

Kick off the evening early with AGU’s “Piggy Hour” menu, available 7 days a week from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. The menu’s drink specials include all specialty cocktails ($6), house wine ($3), domestic beer ($2.50), import beer ($3.50), draft beer ($4) and carafes of house hot sake ($4). Pair your drink of choice with a variety of small plates ranging from $3 – $6.

​Select  AGU Ramen locations serve beer and wine only. ​L​ocations ​offering a full bar include Washington, Westheimer and Nassau Bay.

The Ivy & James is Now Open With Limited Hours During Soft Opening

Jamie and Dalia Zelko have opened their newest restaurant, The Ivy & James, in Evelyn’s Park, after several delays. “It is so wonderful to finally be open,” stated Jamie Zelko, “after two long years of building, and too many delays.”

photo by The Ivy & James

During the Soft Opening, the restaurant will be serving lunch, including simple salads and sandwiches for Dine-In and To-Go, and picnic baskets to be enjoyed in the park, from 11 am until twilight, (which is around 8 pm).

Breakfast will be served 7 days days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information visit or call 832-831-6944. The Ivy & James is located at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard on the grounds of Evelyn’s Park.

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys Introduces New Menu Items and New Downtown Tunnels Kiosk Location

Kiosk Brings “Houston’s Original Sandwich” to Downtown Workers with Grab-and-Go Convenience

photo by Cooper Ricca

The iconic Houston sandwich shop has opened a new kiosk in the Downtown Houston Tunnel System (811 Louisiana St., Suite M130A), directly beneath Two Shell Plaza. Antone’s opened its first kiosk location in July 2016 in the food court at Greenway Plaza, another bustling office community.

Antone’s also has introduced a slate of new menu items at its two standalone restaurant locations (4520 San Felipe, 2724 West TC Jester).

photo courtesy of Antone’s

Developed by Legacy Restaurants’ Executive Chef Alex Padilla, these new offerings include a rotating selection of monthly specials and several new permanent fixtures on the menu, including:

–        Beef Brisket (slow-roasted beef, lettuce, tomato, Cajun mayo, served on po’ boy bread)

–        Cubano (house-roasted pork loin, ham, Swiss cheese, spicy mustard, pesto, dill pickles)

–        Vegetarian Gumbo (dark roux with green and red peppers, onions, tomatoes, celery, okra)

–        Caesar Salad (served with grilled chicken)

–        Pulled Pork Sandwich (house-roasted pulled pork on a soft bun, coleslaw, pickles, jalapeños)

–        Roast Beef & Swiss (house-roasted beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, horseradish, mayo, onions, served on ciabatta)

–        Fried Chicken Po’ Boy (with hush puppies and French fries, served on po’ boy bread)

Cochon555 Houston at Hughes Manor had creative chefs, cocktails, desserts and lots of great food. 

So much to choose from with BCN Taste & Tradition, Ritual, State of Grace Restaurant, Kata Robata Sushi + Grill, Monica Pope, Fluff Bake Bar, Glenfiddich, Three Little Pigs, Divina, Creminelli Fine Meats, Bayou Rum, & House of Angostura

Congrats to winner Kata Robata Sushi + Grill!

photo credit: V. Sweeten

BossCat Houston captures prestigious design awards for interior space 

Winning both the Gold award by A Design Award & Competition for Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2016 – 2017 and  Third Prize in Interior Design in the International Design Awards 

Hootan & Associates Design Studio gave Bosscat Houston a winning look in their latest project by recreating a matchless grange scene in the heart of metropolis of Houston. It intended to create a country style atmosphere where people can get detached from their modern lives for a while.

The primary elements of design consisted of: restored, reclaimed, and recycled resources. These materials are adopted throughout the space for all the finishes, furniture, millwork, and decorations. To replicate granges, huge roll-up glass doors let indoor living to expand and blend with the outdoor space. Overall, the design of Bosscat allows people to experience a farmhouse scenery.

Every piece of worn, ragged, and used material was an inspiration in the design process. Importance of Whiskey in Texas culture, inspired Hooten & Associates Design Studio for having a focal point in the project. This center piece created different zones in the restaurant from crowded bar to quiet fine dinning.


Peli Deli, located in downtown Houston in the Esperson Building at 808 Travis, is making breakfast and lunch a happier place with food filled with South African flavors.  

Co-founder, Thomas P. Nguyen took a moment to showcase all the great offerings from Egg Souffle to Naan tacos, Bahn-Nini, Bobotie, Boerewors Sausage and much, much more.

Take note of the “mix of spices”and authentic dishes. Dig into pork belly, curried chicken and veggies, salads all seasoned with a touch of spice making Peli Deli a great addition to the downtown food scene. Don’t miss the 9 month pop-up filled with Peli Deli deliciousness! Check out their Facebook for the latest at

photo credit: V. Sweeten

McDonald’s to launch new Signature Crafted Sandwiches

Get limited edition FRORKS with kickoff on May 5th

To celebrate the launch of their new line of Signature Crafted Sandwiches, McDonald’s will be giving away 100,000 Frorks in restaurants across the country on Friday, May 5.

What’s a Frork? It’s a uselessly useful utensil that allows you to use McDonald’s signature French Fries to scoop up the spillover from your Signature Crafted Sandwich.

Guests that purchase a Signature Crafted Sandwich at participating giveaway locations on Friday, May 5 will get a medium drink and medium fry free plus a Frork, while supplies last. Additionally, any guest that purchases a Signature Crafted Sandwich from May 4 through May 8 will get a medium drink and medium fry free (no coupon necessary).

Choices are top of the line for buns from Toasted Artisan Roll to Sesame Seed Bun and Texas Toast. Include your choice of meat such as 100% Pure Beef Patty, Buttermilk Crispy Chicken and Artisan Grilled Chicken. Toppings clinch the deal, and diner can choose from thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon with Maple Seasoning, White Cheddar, Crispy Onions, In-house Grilled Onions, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole or Crisp Leaf Lettuce. Sauce choices are Buttermilk Ranch, Sweet Onion BBQ and Creamy Dijon.

To see the full list of restaurants participating in the giveaway, visit your local McDonald’s facebook page,, or call 1-844-MCD-FRORK.

Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks in Galveston named OpenTable Diner’s Choice 

photo: Moody Gardens Hotel

Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks, located at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, has been selected as a Diners’ Choice restaurant. Diners’ Choice recognizes outstanding restaurants in numerous categories based solely on OpenTable’s verified diner feedback.

Franco Perez, Shearn’s manager, says this accolade is very special to the Shearn’s team. “We strive for excellence. This award verifies that we have the perfect team in place, ensuring all guests receive first-class service and superior food quality.”

Known as a premier destination for fine dining in Galveston with floor-to-ceiling views of the Gulf waters, Shearn’s is one of only 11 Houston/Galveston area restaurants to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award of Excellence, which it has won each year since 2004.

YAUATCHA HOUSTON now open in Galleria 

Yauatcha Houston, the local outpost of Hakkasan Group’s Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum concept, made its Houston debut in March 2017. 

The restaurant is in the standalone luxury retail building that is part of The Galleria, Houston’s ever-evolving shopping and dining destination (5045 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77056). Guests are encouraged to reserve tables ahead of visiting  or at 713-357-7588.

Bacon Bros. Public House Opens Farm-Fresh Food + Dine on the Swine Divine

photo courtesy of Bacon Bros.

A new restaurant tucked adjacent to Town Square Place in Sugar Land is giving meat a run for its money.

Bacon Bros. Public House is the new kid on the blockand is the creation of Chef Anthony Gray, restaurateur Jason Callaway together with Eric Bergelson and Mike Porter. The menu features straight forward, made from scratch American cuisine.

Serving as Chef de Cuisine is Houston Chef Joseph Zerwas, who will utilize heritage breed hogs, heirloom produce, old world vision and new world techniques to bring guests a regionally inspired menu.

A self-proclaimed meat mecca, Bacon Bros. will feature comfort food with a strong connection to the land. The chef-driven, seasonally focused menu will change often and feature familiar twists on favorites that incorporate an abundance of local produce and regionally sourced ingredients. Prohibition cocktails, a robust Bourbon and whiskey collection, craft beers and wine are excellently paired with the restaurant’s unabashedly bold menu.

“I hope guests will find the food at Bacon Bros. as addictive as I do,” said operating partner Travis Cook. “There is something instinctual about the effect a whiff of smoke has on your appetite. It’s what gives us a certain funk to our food.”


Authentic ramen bistro concept continues brand momentum in Houston with new restaurant openings in Katy, Sugar Land and Nassau Bay

AGU, a ramen bistro, ended 2016 with three debuts, including 1809 Eldridge Parkway in the Energy Corridor, a restaurant/commissary on 9310 Westheimer in the Westchase District and a third at 7340 Washington near Memorial Park.

The expanding ramen restaurant announces the opening of three new locations in March and April, to satisfy the ramen craze in Houston. The Sugar Land location at 2130 Lone Star Dr. and Katy location at 514 So Mason Rd. are slated to open mid-March, and  Nassau Bay at 1360 NASA Parkway is scheduled to open in early April. 

Yuzu Jidori with Yuzu Pepper

 “Houston residents have been great supporters of AGU Ramen, and we’re very excited to continue to introduce our ramen to the surrounding communities,” said Chef Hisashi Uehara, owner and chef of AGU Ramen. “Customers at the new locations can expect to find the same authentic ramen and traditional Japanese dishes that have made our other three locations a success.”

More information is available at

photo credit: V. Sweeten

a’Bouzy coming soon to Houston 

The Houston restaurant scene is about to pop with restauranteur, Shaun Virene, who will launch his first solo endeavor, a’Bouzy in early summer 2017. Virene’s is a champagne-fueled concept featuring a fresh, ripe American menu, seasonal seafood, salads, gorgeous greens, prime meats and a large raw bar. Simple, shareable small plates will play sidebar to Virene’s wine list that will feature more than 150 champagnes perfect for celebrations and every day occasions.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations now open

260+ whiskeys, barrel-aged cocktails & comfort food on tap at 4310 Westheimer

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – the hotly anticipated whiskey bar with American comfort food from Newport Beach, Calif. – opened on February 22, 2017.

The rustic, industrial-chic interior – with 14-foot ceilings, stained concrete floors and expertly finished reclaimed wood, steel and brick – will seat 220 guests, with 40 additional patio seats on 2,000 square feet of patio space.

“This has been a long time coming, and we have been very fortunate to meet so many great people in Houston who have opened their arms to us over the last several months,” Reed said. “We’re beyond excited to return the favor and open our doors to a city that has been so welcoming to us.”

Bosscat’s signature glass-enclosed Whiskey Room will house one of the largest whiskey selections in Houston with more than 260 offerings ranging from local whiskeys such as Yellow Rose, Balcones, Herman Marshall and TX, to rare, sought-after allocations from around the world. The Whiskey Room also will be home to a limited number of whiskey lockers for VIP guests and a 12-seat table for private dining and private whiskey tastings. 

For more information, visit or call Managing Partner Tai Nguyen at (281) 501-1187.

photos: V. Sweeten

Urban Eats Debuts New Menu Items to Celebrate their Second Anniversary

photo courtesy of Urban Eats

“As we start our third year of business and celebrate the completion of two fantastic years, it’s time to introduce some new favorites to our amazing customers!” stated culinary director and owner Levi Rollins.

“These new items address requests from our regulars, like our Reuben & Rebecca Signature Slider, stuffed full of Prasek’s smoked brisket, spicy pastrami, house-made chipotle coleslaw, creole seeded mustard and crisp dill pickles,” he said.

Rollins stated other new introductions include a deliciously dressed Salmon Filet and the vegetarian Peppadew Mac & Cheese, and The Three Finger Smoked Pork Chop, finished with a bourbon apple and honey chutney.  More details at or call 832-834-4417.

Recently promoted Executive Chef, Martha de Leon launches new menu at Pax Americana

photo by Chuck Cook

Pax Americana owners, Shepard Ross and Dan Zimmerman, are proud to announce Chef de Cuisine Martha de Leon’s promotion to Executive Chef and the launch of her new menu. The new menu was created by the 27-year old accomplished chef, who has been with PAX almost since the beginning. Now, she’s flexing her creative chops. “I wanted to find out what my food is – and this is the first stepping stone,” says de Leon. “The inspiration comes from everywhere I’ve worked.”

photo by Erin Hicks

De Leon has a history in Houston beginning at RDG+Bar Annie then onto The Pass & Provisions in addition to her two years in the kitchen at Pax.

“We aim for awe-inspiring vs. ordinary,” says Ross. “Martha’s dedication, work ethic and commitment delivers a unique experience for our guests. She and I are of the same mind-set. “She works as fast and furious as I do to always put true hospitality first,” said Ross.

Top chefs show their stuff at the 3rd annual  Truffle Masters 2017 competition

Over 500 guests turned out for the exclusive event presenting chefs from 23 of Houston’s top restaurants including B&B Butchers, BCN Taste and Traditions, Brasserie 1895, Brennan’s of Houston, Café Annie, Café Azur, Central Market, Culinaire, Eculent, Fieldings Local Kitchen + Bar, Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Hubbell and Hudson, Kata Robata, KUU Restaurant, La Table, Le Mistral, Peska Seafood Culture, Quattro Restaurant At The Four Seasons, Radio Milano, Ristorante Cavour at Hotel Graduca, SaltAir, Sud Italia Ristorante and Triniti.

Each chef competed to create the most delectable, mouthwatering dish using DR | Delicacy’s aromatic and flavorful truffles. Two signature cocktails were made specially for The Truffle Masters event. Abla Huerta of Julep Houston created Sonvilier Jubilee and Artemisia using Robert Del Grande’s RoXor gin.


First Place: Kata Robata, Chef Manabu Horiuchi – Open Face Truffle Banh Mi: oyster muchroom, tx kobe beef, pickled cucumber and carrot & Honey Truffle Ice Cream: buckwheat truffle powder

First Runner up: KUU Restaurant, Adison Lee – Truffle Kunsei: house cured smoked salmon, maki, black truffle cream, chives, garlic bread and shaved black truffle.

Second Runner up: Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Mark Holley – Snapper Ceviche: kumquat, lime, mint and benne seads. 
People’s Choice Winner: Hubbell and Hudson, Austin Simmons – Oyster & Pearl: oyster & truffle potage, DR Delicacy american sturgeon caviar and DR Delicacy truffle.

Winners photo credit: Daniel Ortiz



Red Snapper Campechana; photo credit: Julie Soefer

Local Foods announced plans to open its 4th Houston location on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The space will be housed at 420 Main Street on the corner of Prairie Street in the 1934 Joseph Finger-designed art deco style building. The historic building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and famously served as the longtime home of Byrd’s Department Store.

“Local” – as the locals call it – is indeed just that. The brainchild of hometown heroes Benjy Levit and Chef/Partner Dylan Murray, the wildly popular and critically lauded scratch sandwich shop hit an immediate chord when it first launched in 2011 right next door to its big brother restaurant, benjy’s in the Village.

Crunchy Chicken; photo credit: Julie Soefer

Levit and Murray’s simple formula of sourcing ingredients, produce, veggies and protein from local purveyors, farmers, ranchers and the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market made for the most flavorful sandwiches, freshest soups, seasonal salads, and sumptuous sides available in the marketplace, and the public took notice.

“I am particularly excited for Local to make its latest home in this rare historic art deco building in downtown Houston,” said Levit. “It’s something of a homecoming given my Houston roots, and we think the concept and its offerings will resonate particularly well in this location.”

Local Foods is a scratch gourmet sandwich shop showcasing local edibles and seasonal salads, fresh soups & homemade snacks for the taking. Their four locations are located at Rice Village at 2424 Dunstan Rd.; Upper Kirby at( 2555 Kirby Dr.; Tanglewood at 5740 San Felipe Rd. and Downtown at 420 Main St.

For more information, please visit

Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse opens for Memorial City diners


photo credit: Debora Smail

Liberty Kitchen takes its place as a great neighborhood restaurant serving modern, American food. The focal point is a massive 13-foot long handmade wood-fired grill. Diners can see chefs as they work the open flames cooking steaks, chops, ribs and fish.

Some of the favorite Liberty Kitchen staples are on offer such as the Creole Whole Crab, Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo, R&D Test Kitchen: Infamous Burger Bowl, Deviled Eggs and Lance’s Loaded Hushpuppies (The Real Original) served Liberty Kitchen gorilla-style.

Culinary Director and Partner, Lance Fegen, who is often inspired by the tastes and techniques he encounters while on surf breaks describes the new fare at Treehouse

“The menu is my version of comfort food and what I want to eat. It’s influenced by my travels and mood, using great ingredients with respect. It’s straight forward and full of bold flavor.” A recent trip to South America inspired Fegen’s Cazuela of Tender Belly Pork Shoulder, Chorizo and Octopus and Chicken, Andouille, Red Beans and Carolina Gold Rice, which are cooked in individual-size Dutch ovens nestled in the coals.

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Hugo’s and Caracol Offer Gift Set to Make  Holiday Giving Easy

Skip the long lines at the mall this holiday season by ordering gourmet gift sets from award-winning Hugo’s and Caracol restaurants this holiday season!

The holiday gift box will bring a taste of true Mexico to its recipients.  Each box includes… One signed copy of Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico, named by Saveur magazine as one of just six essential Mexican cookbooks. 

·         One of Hugo’s restaurant’s housemade chocolate tablets with which to make Hugo’s Mexican Hot Chocolate (or mole!)

·         One molinillo, a traditional Mexican turned wood whisk, used to mix and froth hot beverages such as hot chocolate 

·         Two mugs in which to enjoy your Hugo’s Mexican Hot Chocolate! 

Cost for the gift sets are $60 each plus tax.  The sets are available at Hugo’s and Caracol restaurants and can also be ordered online at and  Shipping is $15.45 for 2-3 day air.  Orders placed after December 19 cannot be guaranteed for delivery by December 25.  Local orders can be picked up at the restaurants, but please give advance notice for orders of 5 or more sets.

For more information, call Hugo’s at 713-524-7744 or call Caracol at 713-622-9996.

Chef Kevin Naderi of Roost takes home honors in “Beat Bobby Flay” show

Bobby Flay and Kevin Naderi on the Set of Beat Bobby Flay_Photo courtesy of RoostHouston chef Kevin Naderi of Roost took on Food Network’s chef Bobby Flay in “Beat Bobby Flay” and took home the winning dish on July 28. The episode, titled “Stop, Drop & Roll,” had Naderi winning the first round against chef Mark Vecchitto of Connecticut, and then ultimately winning the throwdown with Flay for bragging rights.

Houstonians partook in the viewing at 8th Wonder Brewery. Naderi challenged Bobby Flay to make cabbage rolls. Naderi’s winning dish started with a base of tomatoes and roasted feta in a vinaigrette. The “meat” of the dish was a lamb and pistachio stuffed cabbage roll and it was finished with olives and an herb salad.

“The cabbage is tricky to cook so I chose to use the sous vide,” said Naderi. “The cabbage is placed in a vacuum-sealed bag and then cooked in temperature controlled water. “Time goes by really quickly on the show, so I wanted to cook them low and slow while I focused on other elements of the dish.” Lamb and Pistachio Stuffed Cabbage Rolls_Photo courtesy of Roost

The judges commended Naderi, Chauhan said that his lamb was succulent and Hamilton stated that while the filling wasn’t what she would typically expect in a cabbage roll, she found herself wanting to lick the plate clean.

Houston’s chef enjoyed the experience. “It was a long day of shooting (about 12 hours), but there was a live audience which kept me energized,” he said. As for his opinion of Bobby Flay? “There was a lot of banter while we were cooking which was fun. He’s a stand-up guy and I respect him a lot. I would take him on again anytime,” said Naderi.

Naderi, no stranger to the competition world, is a retired four-time champ of the Houston Press Iron Fork competition and was a finalist in Season 2 of “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

photos courtesy of Roost



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