Development never stops in H-Town! New restaurants, bars and attractions are opening all the time. Consider this your go-to guide for staying in the know in Houston.
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The Hawaiian ramen outpost is expanding to the mainland and Houston is the company's first stop. Don't miss the Tonkotsu Ramen, created with the restaurant's signature broth that slow boils for more than 24 hours.
Glow Spa & Nails
Located in the River Oaks District, the modern spot offers a range of manicure and pedicure services, as well waxing and eyelash extensions. Expect a light-filled interior with crisp white accents, shimmering wallpaper and LED lighting.
Holler Brewing Co.
Husband-wife team Kathryn and John Holler made their craft beer dreams a reality with the opening of their sleek, new brewery near Silver Street Studios. Stop in to taste test a half-dozen selections from light Pilsner options to hearty stouts.
Hubcap Grill - Galveston
Ricky Craig added his fourth burger joint location in Galveston, situated in the city's historic downtown shopping district. Stop in for Craig's popular burger and fries, along with craft beer and cocktails.
Jenni's Noodle House - Greenway
Since launching in spring 2002, noodle master Jenni Tran-Weaver has expanded her alternative Vietnamese empire with four Houston locations. Find the newest location on the ground floor of the Regions Financial Center.
Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse
The aptly named treehouse location offers an eclectic mix of gulf coast seafood and southwestern-themed entrees. The restaurant is LEED Platinum-certified with features like a wind turbine, rooftop garden, geothermal cooling and heating, rainwater collection, and solar panels.
The Atlanta-based pizza joint unveiled its second Houston-area location, to the delight of eager locals. The spot turns out handcrafted pizzas, sandwiches, salads and calzones, along with a solid beer line-up.
Maryam Naderi’s chemical-free nail salon recently debuted in Houston's BLVD Place development. One of the city's first toxin-free nail spas, Paloma was founded on the belief that beauty and wellness can coexist.
New York's "roadside" burger stand has sprouted roots in Houston. Find the company's double stack burgers, cheese fries and daily-changing custard selection on Level 1 of The Galleria.
After operating for more than a decade as Trevisio, the Texas Medical Center’s fine dining option has renovated, rebranded and reopened. Located on the top of John P. McGovern Commons, Third Coast bares a new look and new culinary lean that reflects the city’s diversity and multi-cultural influences.
Tiny's Milk and Cookies
Longtime fans of the Upper Kirby area’s Tiny Boxwoods have always known that the restaurant’s chocolate chip cookies are what dreams are made of and now guests have a walk-up bakery dedicated to the treats.
Set in the Greenway Plaza area, near Weslayan Street and Richmond Avenue, the restaurant specializes in skewered selections, cooked to perfection on a robata grill, ensuring that meats remain crispy on the outside, yet tender and juicy inside.
Zen Japanese Izakaya
Inner loopers looking for a low-key, yet authentic sushi concept were quick to embrace River Oaks’ Zen Japanese Izakaya, when it opened in fall 2016. The restaurant’s Japanese-trained chef sends out an authentic array of sushi and sashimi, as well as noodle and rice bowls.
In its 3,000-square-foot South Boulevard location, Christina Mitchell’s boho-chic array of women’s clothing and accessories unfolds in an art gallery-like space marked by crisp white walls, understated concrete floors and natural light.
Aloft Houston - Downtown
Houston’s second Aloft property sits at Fannin and Walker, inside the historic 1913 Stowers Building. Each of the 172 rooms are outfitted with premium linens, a flat-screen TV and workstation, along with a mini-fridge and coffee maker.
The soccer-laden evidence of Washington Avenue’s now-defunct Galway Hooker was cast aside, as the folks behind Atlas Pub settled into the expansive venue. There, young professionals (especially Longhorn fans) settle in for post-work drinks, memorable pub grub and sports bar offerings.
Inspired by France’s Côte d’Azur, chef/owner Sidney Detainee bought a piece of Europe to Montrose. The French-trained talent teamed up with his wife to open the sunny, coastal concept in the former home of Brasserie Max & Julie.
The same culinary talent that opened Houston’s Argentina Café in 2009 expanded their reach in fall 2016, adding Che Inka to the city’s thriving River Oaks area. The concept brings more South American flavors to the city, in made-from-scratch entrees that channel Argentina and Peru.
Residents living northeast of The Heights were ecstatic when Edison recently set up shop. Bringing an effortlessly-cool vibe to the neighborhood, the gastropub impresses with a warmly-inviting interior and hip patio space that tempts guests to kick back for beers and bites.
Eloise Nichols Grill and Liquors
The Adair Restaurant Group—the brains behind Adair Kitchen and Skeeters Mesquite Grill—added their newest venture in 2016. Named after the Adair children’s grandmother, the restaurant specializes in Texas and Gulf Coast kitchen classics.
Named after the fault line that runs under the brewery, Eureka Heights Brewing Company brings interesting and approachable beer to the Houston market. The year-round offerings are known for their crispness, flavor and lower alcohol content—enabling revelers to enjoy more product “without seeing stars.”
Gretchen Todd-Hawkins welcomes fans to her Montrose-area storefront, where she turns out 100% organic juice, smoothies, acai bowls and vegan-friendly ice cream to health-conscious Houstonians. Building on the success of her former juice truck, Todd-Hawkins offers a one-stop shop for cold-pressed drinks.
Christian Louboutin (Galleria)
Fans of the designer’s coveted red-sole shoes can visit the brand’s first Houston location. The 2,259-square-foot space stocks both men’s and women’s collections, including footwear, accessories and handbags.
If you’re trying to catch a game, you will be well-served at the Shady Acres-set McIntyre’s. The casual sports bar opened in fall 2016, bringing more than 40 TVs and a dog-friendly patio space along with it.
On the Kirb
The West U-area sports bar is turning the traditional pub concept on its ear, all starting with an untraditional bar menu. Sure, there are plenty of opportunities to watch a game on one of the HDTVs, but On the Kirb’s real draw is its culinary offerings.
Peli Peli Kitchen
Inspired by England, France, Holland, India and America, Peli Peli Kitchen's menu represents a melting pot of flavors. The cafeteria-style restaurant is a more casual, come-as-you-are concept compared to the brand’s upscale Peli Peli restaurant.
Hunan Yang, the owner of Montrose’s wildly-popular Cooking Girl, brings River Oaks a country-style Chinese restaurant specializing in organic and gluten free cuisine. The concept gives Yang a chance to experiment with Sichuan dishes that aren’t possible in her undersized Montrose kitchen.
The Texas-meets-Australia concept is the brainchild of five beer lovers looking to marry the tastes from Down Under with Texas beer. Set near Washington Avenue, the industrial-cool space brings together a traditional brewpub concept with a tourable tank space, as well as a linger-worthy tasting room that promises beer flights and pubgrub.
Popfancy Pops - Galleria
Shoppers looking for a treat at The Galleria are in luck now that Popfancy Pops is open near the ice rink. Expect a grown up approach to treats using exotic flavors and market-fresh ingredients.
Created by chef-owner Sheel Joshi, the contemporary spot is a relaunch of the restaurateur’s original west coast operation, which shuttered due to the rising cost of rent in Los Angeles. Today, hints of Joshi’s original outpost trickle into the cozy Houston interior in everything from a signed Tina Turner photo to Michelin guide recs.
Union Kitchen - Ella
Building on his experience working at The Grand Luxe and McCormick & Schmick’s, restaurateur Paul Miller offers guests a mix of dishes from around the world. Expect a menu of moderately-priced salads, sandwiches, seafood and chops.
Retail veteran Cindy Reich recently opened her contemporary women’s boutique in Houston’s Design District. There, emerging and distinctive clothing brands line the racks in everything from billowy tops to breezy dresses.
Globe-trotting entrepreneurs Keisha and Ryan Hazen recently traded in the corporate grind in favor of Cafeza, a Spanish-influenced coffeehouse set in the First Ward. In their new venture, the husband-wife team blends international influence with Texas charm.
Armed with experience she gained growing up around her parents’ Deleware-area restaurant, Sarah Lieberman launched her Bellaire-area cafe in fall 2016. Bellaire and Meyerland residents quickly embraced the spot, which serves locally-roasted Greenway Coffee, pastries from Weights + Measures and bagels from New York Bagels.
Good Dog Houston
Following the success of its food truck and first brick and mortar store, the locally loved and nationally recognized hotdog concept has expanded with a second location in Montrose. Head there for natural-casing hotdogs, served on Slow Dough Bread Co. buns with premium toppings.
Luna Pizzeria - in the Heights
Thanks to Luna Pizzeria, a classic slice of pie is now a reality. Located right off Washington Avenue, Luna serves up the “keep it classic” philosophy, which means good ingredients, simple recipes and one type of crust. That’s right, pizza connoisseurs seeking ultra-thin crust need not apply.
Maggiano's Little Italy - Memorial
Houston's third Maggiano's location recentlyl opened inside the west end of Memorial City Mall. The 8,864-square-foot space, which includes a patio and two event-ready spaces, sets the scene for southern Italian favorites, in a casual, come-as-you-are space.
The once popular Houston food truck, Pi Pizza, has put on the brakes and set up shop at its new brick and mortar location near the Heights. The casual, diner-inspired shop offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere to hang with friends, bring the family or enjoy a date.
Polish Parker and Roe
After opening in September 2016, fans were quick to latch on to Polish Parker and Roe—a modern nail salon known for its sleek interior and premium nail services. Located in Houston’s Sawyer Yards, the space is cool with exposed brick walls, wood-wrapped platforms and pedicure chairs that channel 18th-century Versailles.
Houston has one of the fastest growing Asian populations in the country. So it should come as no surprise that the city is home to Seiwa Market, a Japanese market specializing in authentic products straight from the land of the rising sun.
Sozo Sushi & Lounge
Sozo, which translates to “creation” in Japanese, is the mantra at Sozo Sushi & Lounge where each dish focuses on the culinary seasons of Japan. The restaurant is the latest to join BLBD Place in Uptown, with neighbors including North Italia, True Food Kitchen and Pesca Seafood.
The Blind Pig
Folks living and working in Houston’s Westchase area welcomed a new gastropub to the neighborhood in late-summer 2016. On Chef Scott Welle’s menu, fans will find classic pub grub in the form of meaty nachos, wings, burgers and sandwiches.
Founded in 1922, the Switzerland-based fashion house, Akris, has been owned and operated by its founding family for three generations and in summer 2016, the brand opened its first Houston location inside the River Oaks District.
Alice + Olivia
New York-based Alice + Olivia recently made entry into the Texas market with a stand-alone store in River Oaks District. The brand, designed by Stacey Bendet, is known for its ready-to-wear gowns, shoes and handbags.
Bowl & Barrel
Part bowling alley, part restaurant, Bowl & Barrel is a Texas-grown tavern in the popular CityCentre entertainment complex. The facility features house-made food and drinks to compliment 15 lanes of boutique bowling.
Edgar Hermano’s mixes authentic Tex-Mex cuisine with Southern culinary classics. The Whitehall Hotel's award-winning selection also features an extensive cocktail menu. Chef Sylvia Couvarrubias focuses the menu on local fare as well as south-of-the-border specialties.
Created by Lindsay Beale and Emily Hynds, The Heights shop lines its racks with unique vintage finds for men, women and children. It's also the city's only vintage boutique with an in-house tailor. El Bambi's owners pride themselves on providing sizes inclusive options for shoppers of all ages.
The General Public
Looking for a new hip neighborhood bar and restaurant to hang out at? Look no further. The General Public is a 16,000-square-foot pub located within the lively CityCentre outdoor mall. It’s the perfect spot to grab dinner and a drink before or after a night out.
Govinda's Vegetarian Cuisine
Attached to the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Govinda's offers a variety of fresh and reasonably-priced Indian dishes, just steps from the Temple. With seating for 75, guests can expect an ever-changing buffet filled with piping-hot entrees, as well as a salad bar and traditional Indian sweets.
Hops Meet Barley
Houston has a great ice house and bar patio selection. Hops Meet Barley adds to the burgeoning scene with over 150 beers and 40 wall taps. Steve Long, of Reserve 101, brings the bar to the Upper Kirby neighborhood as a hang out for sports fans, dog lovers, and other locals.
Kick Pleat Boutique
When Wendi Koletar, founder of Austin’s Kick Pleat boutique, decided to expand her shop outside the capitol, she knew Houston was the most logical extension. After 13 years operating in ATX, the shop recently made a new home at the intersection of Kirby Drive and Westheimer Road.
The sister team behind Houston’s Tissue Boutique recently made the leap from Memorial City Mall into a brick and mortar space in Rice Village. The sleek black and white space sets the scene for the company’s well-priced mix of denim, dresses and rompers—most coming in under $60.
Roberta Roller Rabbit
Launched in 2003, with a collection of colorful hand block printed kurtas, Roberta's resort-inspired line has evolved into a lifestyle brand offering a plethora of products which include clothing for men, women and children, as well as accessories and home furnishings.
Texas Shrimp Shack
When Rene Hidalgo, owner of Montrose’s laid-back Maria Selma Restaurant, announced he would be closing his Mexican eatery in July 2016, the restaurateur didn’t take long to unveil the vision for his next concept. The new restaurant, which is now counter service, is part Mexican, part Texan with a heavy Gulf Coast seafood focus.
The New Potato
Paul Redmond opened his EaDo-set Irish bar in summer 2016, quickly gaining a loyal following from nearby residents. Enjoy Downtown skyline views from the expansive, dog-friendly patios or snag a seat in the breezy back garden, where picnic tables and a large, grassy lawn make it prime for kicking back.
The Pit Room
Michael Sambrooks recently kicked the doors open to his barbecue joint, serving up smoked meats to eager Montrose residents. Situated in a former adult entertainment store, the cafeteria-style concept is creating culinary waves with its smoked meats, sides and desserts.
Arthur Ave Italian American
Arthur Ave Italian American in the historic Heights neighborhood dishes up rustic, hearty classics inspired by the Italians who emigrated to the U.S., settling in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston. Chef William Wright takes the helm of this new eatery following a successful launch of Helen Greek Food and Wine, a concept which received a James Beard nomination in 2016 for Best New Restaurant.
American Express Centurion Lounge
A pair of bold blue doors marks the entrance to the posh 8,500-square-foot airport lounge inside Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal D. There, travelers find a luxury retreat with workspaces, a shower, quiet spaces and a restaurant offering a menu created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Justin Yu.
Lounge at Rice Village areas newest hangout, Bar Bleu. The 6,500-square-foot boutique nightclub offers a sophisticated, stylish hangout packed with two full-service bars, private VIP areas and more than 20 tables with bottle service.
Acclaimed Dallas-born Cane Rosso Pizza recently branched out of the Big D and it brought its wood-fired Neapolitan pizza along with it. In addition to expanding to Austin, the concept launched its first Houston outpost in The Heights area.
City Acre Brewing
City Acre Brewing is the latest to hit Houston's growing craft beer scene. Located north of downtown off Highway 59, the new brewpub features its own label and also serves other labels brewed around the region. To maintain a variety, City Acre concentrates on creative small batches that make use of seasonal ingredients—some of which are actually grown in a garden on the grounds.
The liquid nitrogen ice cream craze is hitting the city. West Coast-born Creamistry just opened its first outpost at the Centre at Post Oak, where it delivers made-to-order ice cream, in a flash. The futuristic concept offers customers a chance to customize desserts using a choice of organic dairy, non-dairy, vegan and gluten free base options.
Located at the gateway to the River Oaks District, Le Colonial and its creator, longtime Bayou City-resident Nicole Routhier, have returned home to Houston. For over two decades, the famed restaurant brand introduced French Vietnamese cuisine to New Yorkers and, after much success, have now brought the concept "home".
The folks behind Moon Tower Inn and Voodoo Queen recently brought H-Town another concept. Part bar, part pizzeria concept, Love Buzz is situated in Montrose and pays homage to the ’80s and ’90s in an eclectic mix of pop culture memorabilia and decor.
Luv Me Tenders
The Houston-centric chicken restaurant started off as a food truck run by Chef Jason Hill of H-Town StrEATs and Hugs & Donuts. Soon his signature chicken recipe gained a large cult following that had Houstonians tracking him down just to get their chicken fix. The brick and mortar location neighbors a Shell gas station and the popular Barbecue Inn making the area a go-to for good street food.
Oui Banh Mi
You can’t get more Houston than a Vietnamese restaurant with a banh mi sandwich drive-thru. Oui Banh Mi’s Midtown restaurant caters to every kind of dinner guest with a drive-thru, walk-up window, and dining room seating. Houston’s favorite sandwich is more accessible than ever.
Revolucion Coffee & Juice
Revolucion Coffee & Juice is a healthy haven in the Heights neighborhood. Stocked with cold pressed juice, homemade nut milks and cold brewed coffee, this is a one-stop shop to rejuvenate.
Dallas-based Rise nº1, which specializes in sweet and savory soufflés, recently opened its Houston location along Post Oak Boulevard. Settling into the hip BLVD Place, the French venture delivers a range of soufflé-inspired offerings, in everything from appetizers to mains to eye-catching desserts.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Denver-based breakfast joint, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, recently opened in Montrose and locals can’t get enough of the company’s creative spin on breakfast tacos, sandwiches and pancakes. The 3,723-square-foot scene unfolds in a bold, high-energy space, where a retro interior pops in hues of orange, citron and red.
South Shore Harbour Resort
The lakeside resort that offers 238 rooms and 25,000 square feet of conference space located 20 minutes from Downtown Houston, near Space Center Houston/NASA. South Shore recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to become a premiere luxury resort experience in the Bay Area.
Steak 48, located in the swanky River Oaks District shopping center, is an ideal place to recover after a long day of luxury shopping. Brothers Jeffrey and Michael Mastro first set up shop in their home town of Phoenix, but opted to expand their offerings to the Bayou City in spring of 2016.
Jamil Musa and Lutfi Rukab are sharing their Texas-style fare in a small Montrose area space. Snag a seat in the 1,000-square-foot space or grab your beef brisket to go via the drive-through. Don't miss the sandwich offerings, served on Slow Dough's challah buns.
Tucked away, in a small shopping center along Westheimer Road, the spot offers guests a quiet and cozy place to relax or study morning, noon and night. On the menu, Fix promises well-made espresso drinks, as well as drip coffee, organic hot tea and fresh, local pastries. The shop also serves beer and wine.
Liberty Kitchen - Garden Oaks
The team behind Houston's popular Liberty Kitchen concept recently added another outpost in the Garden Oaks area. Head there for a wide variety of grilled fish, fried seafood, steaks, burgers and more, along with breakfast on the weekends.
Local Foods - Tanglewood
Benjy Levit—the mastermind behind both of Houston's forward-thinking benjy's restaurant locations—has expanded his popular Local Foods concept with a third location in Tanglewood. The scratch gourmet sandwich shop unfolds in a two-story space, featuring locally-sourced American fare with a creative spin.
Niko Niko's - Memorial
Gyro lovers on the go have a place to snag savory kabobs, hummus and authentic Greek fare at Niko Niko’s in West Houston. The local institution—which first opened in Montrose more than 30 years ago—just added an outpost at the I-10 and Beltway 8 interchange.
Part & Parcel
Set on the ground floor of The Whitehall Hotel, Part & Parcel tempts guests with a relaxed courtyard setting, perfect for enjoying artisan cocktails and small plates, all beneath the Texas stars. Part & Parcel’s expert mixologists specialize in both classic cocktails and original libations.
An American-style brewpub has descended upon the historic Heights neighborhood and brings with it an enticing rustic menu focused on an in-house charcuterie program and craft beer selection. Ritual is situated at a popular intersection of White Oak Blvd. and Studemont St., where live music at Fitzgerald’s, restaurants and bars draw crowds of pedestrians eager to kick back with friends.
Located in the River Oaks shopping district and offering a welcome reprieve after a long day of shopping, this farm-to-table Italian restaurant focuses on rustic Italian dishes made with seasonal ingredients.
The Galleria (Updates)
The largest shopping center in Texas continues to evolve with the recent arrival of the Peloton Cycle showroom. The tech-savvy bike is the only of its kind to stream indoor cycling classes to your home. Other newcomers include the British fashion label, AllSaints, and the denim-minded Garage boutique.
Bay area Houston residents can all agree on one thing – Tookies is the best place south of downtown to grab a burger. But now diners can enjoy Tookies’ take on seafood. Tookies Seafood offers freshly caught local seafood and other gulf favorites. The stilted restaurant sits along the road to the Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston and is sure to be just as much a culinary landmark as its burger-counterpart.
Tout Suite - Memorial
Tout Suite quickly became a Houston staple after becoming an EaDo hotspot. The urban-chic restaurant opened its second location inside Memorial City Mall and offers a condensed version of the EaDo locations menu. Tout Suite-Memorial is the perfect place to grab a treat or bite to eat while shopping at Memorial.
Buffalo Bayou Cistern
Built in 1926, an underground cistern was used for decades to hold a large portion of Houston’s public drinking water. After it sprang an irreparable leak, the 85,000 square-foot public reservoir was drained and sat unused and practically forgotten about. The hypnotic beauty of the chamber is reminiscent of Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern but with thin rays of light from open hatches above that illuminate the wide expanse.
Ricky Craig of Houstons’ popular Hubcap Grill recently teamed up with former Chicken Ranch owner Joshua Martinez on the Southern coastal concept. Located in Galveston’s downtown shopping district, across the street from Hendley Green, the restaurant serves homestyle o’boys, muffuletta sandwiches and seafood platters.
Harold's Tap Room
The Heights' multi-part deli, kitchen and restaurant combo recently unveiled its bar component. The 1,300-square-foot beer and wine taproom is located downstairs, adjacent to Alli's Pizzaria. There, guests will find indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for sipping wine, craft beer and cocktails.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Houston’s burger-loving community welcomed Austin-born burger joint Hopdoddy Burger Bar to the River Oaks District in May 2016. Deemed one of the “Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine, Hopdoddy’s fresh approach includes an in-house bakery and butchery, and sources all-natural produce and humanely-raised beef.
Jerry Built Burgers Memorial City
Nestled between CityCentre and Memorial City Mall, the second location of the Houston concept continues to deliver hormone-free burgers, chicken sandwiches and chili dogs, topped with locally-grown and organic vegetables and specialty condiments.
Kenny & Ziggy's - Buffalo Speedway
When homesick New Yorkers venture out in search of a classic Big Apple-style delicatessen, they head to Kenny & Ziggy’s. The second outpost of the H-Town staple takes a bigger-is-better approach to sandwich-making, which has earned the deli shout outs on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, as well as in Maxim magazine.
Chef Ronnie Killen has long been known as one of Houston’s best BBQ pitmasters and steakhouse chefs. But now the Houston native has branched out into custom burgers. Killen’s Burgers maintains the look of a 1950s-style diner and specializes in expertly cooked burgers and sandwiches.
Maison Crepes French Cafe
An authentic French creperie has crept its way into the heart of Houston. Maison Crepes French Café is conveniently located on Main Street between downtown and the Museum District. Open every day until 4 p.m., the menu showcases both savory and sweet crepes.
After operating a successful crepe stand in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood, Melange Creperie made the leap to a brick and mortar store in spring 2016. Located in Downtown’s Conservatory, the spot turns out French crepes in both sweet and savory varieties.
What do you get when you combine two acclaimed local coffeehouses and a donut expert? The folks behind Blacksmith, Greenway Coffee, and Donald’s Donuts created Morningstar, all-day brunch spot in the Heights.
Forget the run-of-the-mill bomb pops and high-fructose corn syrup desserts from childhood, Popfancy Pops takes a grown up approach to treats using exotic flavors and market-fresh ingredients. Find the handcrafted treats in the food court of Memorial City Mall.
Located in Katy’s LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, Restless Palate offers a fresh and flavorful menu with a wide variety of craft beer, wine and premium spirits. Created by the brains behind Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub and Watson’s House of Ales, the 5,000-square-foot spot serves up a full-range menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers and desserts.
In May 2016, Cherry Pie Hospitality Group (of Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts and Petite Sweets fame) put down roots in West Houston in the form of State Fare—a casual, made-from-scratch concept that touts Texas food in a laid-back atmosphere.
The Brisket House-Cypress Creek
In a town full of quality BBQ on just about every street corner, The Brisket House stands out. The restaurant has been recognized as one of the best in the city by The Houston Press and Houston Chronicle in their top city barbecue lists.
White Oak Music Hall
White Oak Music Hall is one of the premiere live music venues in Houston. Just minutes from downtown, The 8,000 square foot live music entertainment complex features multiple indoor and outdoor stages along with the Raven Tower ice house. The Lawn stage regularly hosts big name concerts each weekend like The Lumineers, The Flaming Lips, Shovels & Rope, and Okkervil River.
Style-savvy shoppers have a fresh place to relax between sales at Saks Fifth Avenue. 51Fifteen, the globally inspired, locally-minded restaurant situated inside the luxury department store, recently moved to a new, space at The Galleria.
Biskit Junkie (Moved)
The comfort food joint recently moved from The Heights to a new, permanent home in the Montrose area. There, fans will find a mix of breakfast and lunch options, many of which showcase the brand's signature biscuits.
Conservatory Beer Garden & Food Hall
Walk into Conservatory Beer Garden & Food Hall in downtown Houston during weekday lunch and you’ll find a little bit of everything. Families with kids slurping noodles from their ramen bowls, groups drinking pints of beer, office workers in for a plate of Texas barbecue, a casual lunch date enjoying crepes.
Fajitas A Go Go
Sharon Haynes, the brains behind the long-loved Tacos A Go Go, teamed up with Houston-native and Washington, D.C. restaurateur Jeff Black on a new venture that offers premium beef, chicken and grilled veggie fajitas for patrons to enjoy at home or on the go.
Invasion Ice House
After years falling into disrepair, the Ramos family turned a decrepit East End cantina to treasure with their new neighborhood ice house. Set on the corner of Dumble Street and McKinney Street, the bar offers locals a casual place to unwind over a cold beer and often, there's a taco truck turning out fajitas in the parking lot.
Kirby Ice House
The owners of Little Woodrows, a favorite hangout spot for Houstonians, recently introduced Kirby Ice House to the Upper Kirby neighborhood. This new hangout boasts a much more expansive gathering area with 6,500-square feet inside and a one-acre backyard. The ranch-style house, with reclaimed wood finishes and ‘60s-inspired décor, is an inviting retreat to socialize with friends. The extensive bar features a diverse selection of drinks including 50 beer taps, eight draft cocktails and a diverse wine selection.
Local Table brings fresh ingredients and home-style meals to the popular Villagio Town Center in Katy. The team behind the popular Hungry’s Café and Bistro in Rice Village decided to convert the 4,500 square feet of space into a local neighborhood bistro and hangout.
Luisa’s Pasta started off simply as a mother striving to feed her family the very best meals with fresh organic ingredients. After 3 years of selling her homemade pastas and sauces at farmers markets, Luisa opened a brick and mortar fast casual pasta bar at downtown’s 4 Houston Center.
Two Houston restauranteurs have teamed up to bring Midtown an eclectic BBQ hangout spot. Veteran chef Eric Aldis of The Marque and Corner Table and pitmaster Brett Jackson of Taylor, TX’s Louie Mueller Barbecue aim to bring the best locally sourced meats to their custom smokers with Midtown Barbecue.
West Houston residents are getting in on the national ramen craze. Situated in an unsuspecting location along the Katy Freeway, the spacious restaurant aims to introduce the classic Japanese soul food to area patrons, while also offering sushi, sashimi and other signature Japanese dishes.
Onyx Artifacts channels all the charm of the historic Heights neighborhood and crams it into a quaint bookstore and local market. Onyx offers a unique collection of locally made art, handmade clothing, lotions, candles, and other crafts. Relax with a good book and some freshly brewed coffee and tea in their location at Heights Common Market.
Situated right next to White Oak Music Hall, Raven Tower adds to what is quickly becoming one of Houston’s hottest areas to hangout. Like White Oak, Raven Tower promises great live music and nightlife but plans on featuring more local acts than the headliners next door. The ice house features an expansive picnic table patio with cornhole equipment and TVs for viewing all the big games.
Anne and Wes Goyer opened their first Dallas-based Saint Bernard store in 1978, selling skiwear to jet-setting Texans. Nearly 40 years (and a few stores later), the retailer has since expanded its merchandise line-up beyond mountain gear and added another brick and mortar location in Houston’s luxury River Oaks District.
Texas Tacos & BBQ
A marriage between two Houston favorites, Texas Tacos and Barbecue joins the legendary Villa Arcos tacos with EaDo’s former Oak Leaf Smokehouse. Don’t leave without loading up on their famous breakfast tacos or loaded 3-meat BBQ plate.
Toulouse Cafe and Bar
Toulouse Café and Bar offers classic French-influenced Belgian cuisine with a slightly modern twist. Cozy tables make Toulouse a perfect place for an intimate date to enjoy a well-made meal. The seasonal menu is lined with specialties a la Francaise including entrees like Short Rib Bourguignon, Seared Diver Scallops or the Crispy Duck Breast and Leg Confit. Shared plates also bring in a hungry brunch crowd, where groups of friends can share a basket of French cheese pastries, cheese platters or a charcuterie plate.
Located in the heart of the Central Business District, The Whitehall Hotel is a classic revival hotel, designed by Welton Becket and Associates, having first opened its doors in 1963. In 2016, the property unveiled a $5 million renovation, as it rebranded from The Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown to The Whitehall. In addition to updating the hotel’s Brazos restaurant, the property renovations included updates to the 259 rooms, meeting spaces and common areas.
Campesino Coffee House
Montrose has long been a bastion of great restaurants and cafes. Campesino Coffee House offers a unique Latino-bohemian atmosphere that fits in perfectly with the charm of the neighborhood. This cozy café features ample seating with vintage furniture and an outdoor patio.
Canard, a high-end, cocktail house in the Historic Heights neighborhood is one of the restaurant group Treadsack's most recent bar concepts.
Ginger & Fork
Ginger & Fork aims to bring authentic Cantonese-style Chinese food to Houston’s already diverse culinary scene. Owner Mary Li has been perfecting her extensive menu since she was cooking alongside her mother in her native Hong Kong.
Irish Cowboy Backyard Patio & Bar
When Midtown's popular Celtic Gardens closed in February, fans didn't have to wait long for a new concept to open in its place. The western-themed bar combines two concept under one roof—an Irish pub blended with a Texas Hill Country ice house.
Looking for a fun neighborhood bar with a great patio and good company? Look no further than Johnny McElroy’s Irish Pub. The pub takes its cue from Ireland’s many pubs that act as a meeting place and hangout for locals.
La Table (formerly Table on Post Oak) offers a globetrotting menu in the trendy BLVD Place development near the Galleria. With a culinary team led by Chef Manuel Pucha, the menu reflects his own contemporary style and love of bold flavors
Nam Eatery Vietnamese Cafe
Nam offers straight-forward, from-scratch Vietnamese classics in a diner setting. The restaurant is minimal yet modern in the Historic Heights neighborhood. But don't let the casual design fool you. The attention to detail is behind the scenes, in the kitchen, where dishes like zucchini noodle pho turn customers into regulars.
Ruggles Green River Oaks
After outgrowing its original River Oaks digs, the Certified Green Restaurant made the leap to a larger space in the nearby Gables mid-rise. There, guests will find locally-driven, organic and gluten free options in the form of burgers, salads and pizzas.
Skinny Rita's Cantina
Enjoy Mexican and Latin flavors in a healthier way. The second of the company’s Houston locations continues the commitment to offering lighter fare in the form of cactus tortillas, which are made fresh daily, are high in fiber and also gluten free.
Boot 'n Shoots
Boots 'n Shoots is a fun addition to Houston's downtown bar scene. The Texas-inspired whiskey joint will soon be joined by a nightclub honky tonk upstairs to compliment it's western-themed downstairs bar.
Burke Baker Planetarium (Re-Opening)
Only astronauts will have a better seat to majestic views of distant galaxies, neighboring planets and more. The Burke Baker Planetarium and Friedkin Theater will re-open Friday, March 11 with a top-of-the-line digital laser projection system never before seen on Earth.
Located in the Bellaire neighborhood of Houston, Enoteca Rossa offers Italian tradition on a plate. The eatery keeps things casual during the day, offering European style breakfast and grab-n-go lunch. But for dinner, the restaurant comes alive with fine dining options and a curated wine collection from Italy and surrounding areas.
La Table (formerly Table on Post Oak) offers a globetrotting menu in the trendy BLVD Place development near the Galleria. The restaurant recently reopened with a new name, menu, and look. Multiple dining rooms with Mediterranean themes make this beautiful restaurant interior a special place for all occasions.
Nara Noodles & Grill
Midtown residents craving authentic Thai fare were excited for a new addition to the neighborhood in late 2015. Set alongside a nondescript Texaco station, the low-key spot promises build-your-own plates and signature Thai street food.
The talent behind Café Ginger and Qin Dynasty have teamed up on Oka Uptown—an upscale, sushi-centric spot that turns out specialty sake and fusion dishes, in the heart of the Galleria area.
Located inside Holiday Inn Houston Downtown, Burger Theory offers visitors more than just beer and signature burgers, the casual, come-as-you-are restaurant is also a convenient spot to grab breakfast any day of the week.
Caffe Bene (Greenstreet)
Modeled after traditional European coffee houses, but with a Korean flair, Caffe Bene offers a variety of carefully-crafted coffees, refreshing drinks, sandwiches and sweets.
Famed Latin America Chef Aquiles Chavez debuted his first U.S. restaurant in February 2012 in Houston’s Heights area, though he's recently relocated the venture in favor of a larger Downtown space. The personality-filled concept is upscale Mexican with a clear emphasis on seafood.
What happens when a Texas gulf-inspired menu meets the best of east and west coast seafood? Little Liberty brings fresh seafood creations to the highly popular Rice Village. The trendy restaurant is actually a paired down version of it’s popular counterparts, Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar and Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette.
The Barking Pig
The Barking Pig is a family-friendly neighborhood patio offering themed weekly specials and an extensive local draft beer selection. Chef and Sommelier Kristen Powell hopes the local hangout becomes as successful as her last venture, the former Simone on Sunset, which was known as one of the city’s best wine dives.
The Del’s fine casual menu of upscale bar food and full service beers, wines, and cocktails is a new Galleria/Uptown hotspot. The restaurant even features a “RecDeck” outside in a covered patio that boasts a putting green, ping pong tables, bean bags, and large flat screen TVs to catch big sports games.
Downtown dwellers, the professional set and visitors welcomed a new lunch and dinner outpost to the central business district in late fall 2015 with the opening of The District. Located along the METRORail, the spot serves buttoned-up American fare in the form of salads, burgers and pasta dishes.
The Kitchen at The Dunlavy
Clark Cooper Concepts—the brains behind Houston’s Ibiza Food & Wine, Brasserie 19 and Punk’s Simple Southern Food—added another venture to its award-winning portfolio in late 2015. The Dunlavy at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Lost Lake Visitor Center offers casual dining service by day and private events at night.
The Tipsy Dessert Bar
Spirits and sweets collide at Rice Village’s Tipsy Dessert Bar. The adult-only ice cream shop is non-dairy, offering frozen, creamy alcoholic, yet creamy desserts for a euphoric buzz.
Laure Heriard Dubreuil's curated, fashion-forward store debuted in early 2016, settling into The Galleria’s exclusive Jewel Box, where clients can peruse 5,000 square feet of contemporary fashion and fine art.
Looking for an alternative to coffeehouse chains? Toasted offers a personal touch to the breakfast experience. With 16 different house-made bagel flavors and styles, the neighborhood café promises something for everyone.
OPENINGS: DECEMBER 2015
Axelrad Beer Garden
Houston has no shortage of craft beer, with 16 breweries across the city and more popping up almost monthly. And it’s the mission of the new Axelrad Beer Garden to shine a spotlight on Houston’s brew scene, from the oldest brewery in Texas, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., to newer brew spots like Karbach and Buffalo Bayou breweries.
Bernadine’s menu reads like a love letter to the gulf coast. From fried oyster salad to New Orleans style BBQ shrimp toast, diners can sample seafood of the south without the road trip.
Eight Row Flint
Fuel up at the former Citgo gas station now known as Eight Row Flint, a Heights hangout for patrons seeking a casual yet modern icehouse.
Taking its cue from the lavish parties of the King Louis XIV from his Versailles palace in France, Vrsi Nightclub in Midtown strives to treat its guests like royalty without the need for a passport.
Bistecca Italian Steakhouse
A new contemporary eatery, Bistecca Italian Steakhouse, has joined the popular Westheimer strip alongside Houston favorites like Underbelly and Uchi. The modern and boldly-designed 100-seat venue provides an intimate space where guests can expect family style Italian cuisine in an upscale atmosphere.
Even before sampling the menu, diners will realize their coup as the barbecue shack exterior reveals a charming, white-tablecloth dining room. A 1,200-bottle wine tower and baby grand piano sit at the center of the main dining room.
Les Ba'get Vietnamese Cafe
Les Ba’get gourmet food truck has been promoted. Thanks to loyal followers of their upscale Vietnamese cuisine, husband and wife team Cat Huynh and Angie Dang have permanently parked their food truck to make way for their first cafe, Les Ba'get Vietnamese Cafe.
A Northern Italian café and coffee bar fits in perfectly with the modern look and feel of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Located in the Beck Building, MFA Café features a European-inspired coffee bar and extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Downtown
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is committed to creating an environment reminiscent of the fine dining style served many generations ago. The iconic steakhouse was recently named by Food Network as the #3 best steak in country.
Scrappy Brown's Neighborhood Eats & Drinks
New to Houston's Museum District, Scrappy Brown’s pays homage to Houston’s local icehouses of the early 20th century. The one-time auto garage has been transformed into a 3,800 square foot space that includes a large indoor bar and covered patio.
Spindle Tap Brewery
Paying homage to the famous Spindletop gusher which brought about the Texas Oil Boom, Spindle Tap Brewery is now open and booming with barrels of craft beer.
The Burger Joint
Head to the Montrose neighborhood and sink your teeth into a hand-crafted, locally-sourced burger at the Burger Joint. From classic to offbeat, the menu offers a wide variety of burgers to satisfy any palate.
The Durham House
Specializing in upscale Cajun, steak, and seafood fresh from the Gulf of Mexico, The Durham House promises a signature Houston-focused culinary experience.
Avesta Persian Grill
West Houston’s Persian food options continue to grow with the fall 2015 addition of Avesta Persian Grill. Located near the intersection of Wilcrest Drive and Westheimer Road, in an eclectic strip center, the restaurant brings together authentic Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine in a clean, contemporary space.
Chef Frank Triola's Cafe
Chef Frank Triola has gained quite the underground following in Houston. Known for his health-conscious, but delicious Italian meals, Triola launched his career by privately catering to Houston-area families as well as the Houston Rockets, Shell Oil, Chevron, BP, and the Aldine School District among others. The chef plans on making his new restaurant Chef Triola’s Café a brick and mortar location for his catering kitchen while also opening to the public for breakfast and lunch.
Churrasca Brazilian Steakhouse
Try a taste of Brazil right here in Houston at Churrasca Brazilian Steakhouse. The steakhouse specializes in traditional Brazilian meat preparation, serving directly at the table with large skewers of meat. Each customer is given a card with one side colored red and the other green. As long as your card is displayed green, servers will bring as much gourmet seasoned and cooked meats and fish as you want!
Houston’s serving up Northern and Northeastern Thai Food thanks to Chef PJ Stoops and his latest venture, Foreign Correspondents. The brainchild of the Treadsack group, this latest eatery is in good company with its other Houston favorites like Down House, D&T Drive Inn and Hunky Dory.
There's something quite inviting about this small Heights barbecue joint. Maybe it's the family atmosphere, with multiple members of the Gatlin family contributing in the kitchen. After all, the motto here is "where the secret ingredient is love."
Higher-end British food can be hard to come by stateside. But leave it to well-known Houston-UK chef Richard Knight to give Htown a premiere British-American culinary adventure in Hunky-Dory Tavern.
Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts
A unique pairing in the Heights has diners lining out the door of Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts. From the group behind Liberty Kitchen Oysterette and Liberty Kitchen, the drive-thru/restaurant proves that dessert doesn’t have to wait.
Pappa Charlies Barbeque
What started as a modest BBQ food truck has now become one of Houston’s most acclaimed barbecue purveyors. Pappa Charlies Barbeque specializes in Central Texas-style barbecue, homemade sausage, and varies side favorites. Pitmaster Wesley Jurena has established a loyal following around town after years of grilling out of his trailer in the Heights and Montrose neighborhoods.
Republic Diner + Sojubang
The Heights neighborhood in north Houston is known for its wide variety of boutique restaurants with lots of character. Republic Diner + Sojubang fits right in offering lunch, dinner, and late night dining options in the spirit of a Korean pub in downtown Seoul. The pub is features Korean pub favorites served in a traditional family-style portion.
Rico's Morning Noon Night
Kick back and relax in Houston’s great (and green) outdoors at late-night outdoor dining spot Rico’s Morning + Noon + Night. Located in Bagby Park in Midtown, the casual dining spot stays open as late as 3 a.m. to dish out breakfast tacos, burgers, hotdogs, fries, late-night snacks, custards and milk shakes.
State of Grace
In October 2015, Atlanta celebrity chef Ford Fry’s highly-anticipated State of Grace made its debut in a bright and airy River Oaks space. In his first Houston venture, Fry, a James Beard-nominated chef, teamed up with executive chef Bobby Matos to create a southern menu inspired by Houston and the Gulf Coast.
The Owl Bar
Nestled between West U and River Oaks, The Owl Bar bills itself as “Houston’s Best Austin Bar.” Armed with a love for Sixth Street, the bar’s owners sought to create a neighborhood spot known for its eclectic clientele, well-made drinks and live music—an approach that’s held strong since 2010, when The Owl first opened on Kirby. It wasn’t until the bar’s original building was demolished that the neighborhood favorite made the leap to a 1920s farmhouse on West Alabama, reopening in fall 2015.
Black & White
Can't decide on dinner? Head to the Height's neighborhood and latest concept Black & White. The two-for-one concept means guests can decide not only on ambiance but on cuisine.
There is a new place in the historic Heights neighborhood to get your sushi fix. Ka Sushi, a project by Fat Bao owner Pak Tsui, offers a variety of hot and cold dishes to satiate any craving.
Contemporary yet casual, Saigon House is a new Vietnamese café with a fusion twist located in Houston's booming Midtown neighborhood.
If you've spent even a few days in Houston, it's likely you've heard of The Breakfast Klub. The legendary Midtown restaurant is so popular weekend mornings that owner Marcus Davis opened Signature Kafe, an expedited version of the Klub.
Tarakaan Restaurant and Lounge aims to bring new spice to Midtown, where French colonial flair and Asian fare arrive in a sophisticated lounge setting.
Brick & Mortar Kitchen
Stop by for brunch, lunch or supper and savor the fresh flavors of Brick & Mortar Kitchen. The upscale diner focuses on locally sourced produce, cooking up pizza pies topped with fresh summer vegetables and herbs, and unique touches like grilled pears and farm fresh eggs. Aside from pies, select from a variety of entrees like fried quail, butter poached grouper, New York strip steak or farm egg ravioli.
Crave Cajun Seafood
Asian meets cajun at the Galleria area's new Crave Cajun Seafood. On the tapas-style menu, items like sweet sriracha calamari and ginger wonton shrimp share space with crabmeat and shrimp-topped fried green tomatoes. Seafood platters, gumbos and daily-changing fish specials are also on offer, along with hand-pressed poboys and oyster varieties.
East Downtown made room for a new Tex-Mex and barbecue concept, set in the space that was most recently home to Mojeaux’s Lousiana Drinkery. The casual, yet refined outpost offers a low-key escape for post-work drinks and bites. Head there for scratch-made margaritas and street tacos.
Fielding's Local Kitchen + Bar
At Fielding's Local Kitchen + Bar the focus is on fresh, local and renewable. This means many of the ingredients used in the kitchen are sourced from local farms, steaks are dry-aged in-house, pasta is made from scratch, and even the building itself is built from energy efficient and/or repurposed materials.
French Cuff Boutique - Town and Country
Kairy-tate Barkley opened the first location of her fashion-forward shop, French Cuff Boutique, back in 2008, in the heart of Bellaire. Today, the venture, which stocks women’s designer labels, has grown to three Houston locations, including the newest in west Houston’s Town and Country area.
Izakaya is an exciting new addition to Midtown, bringing with it an extensive (and novel) menu that challenges guests to explore, discover and come back for more.
Armed with more than 30 years of restaurant experience—from start-ups to large corporations—John Taper brings Houston’s Meyerland area some of his favorite food in a come-as-you-are, neighborhood format. The restaurant, which is a hands-on family operation, offers customers comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As its name suggests, Southern Goods is a celebration of Southern-style cuisine from partners Charles Bishop and Lyle Bento. The Heights-set restaurant on West 19th offers new takes on classics, such as lamb t-bones with creole green beans and beef belly burnt ends with cheese grits.
Town in City Brewing
Located in the Greater Heights, Town in City Brewing is within walking and biking distance of all of the Heights communities. The brewery itself was named after the owner's love of the neighborhood, which is known for its eclectic and quaint feel and is often referred to as the "Small Town in the Big City", hence Town in City Brewing was born.
Attractions with a Spin
Attractions with a Spin offers one of the most dynamic entertainment experiences in the city. The company's top-of-the-line, 15-passenger party bikes are unlike any other, offering comfort and protection. Adjustable seats, seatbacks, personal misters, a six-speaker sound system, karaoke set-up and more make these vehicles the Cadillacs of the party bike set.
Chef Randy Rucker's highly anticipated return to a restaurant of his own, after his James Beard-nominated Bootsie’s, brings Houstonians cuisine executed with a deep love of Third Coast produce and cuisine, balancing Southern classics with modern techniques.
Boca2 Gastro Bar & Bites
Just off the I10 freeway and near Memorial Dr., Boca2 Gastro Bar & Bites offers exotic Spanish tapas meals with a modern twist. The menu offers authentic selections inspired by Spain's traditional favorites.
French expats Florelle and Rabih Salibi brought a little piece of Paris across the pond with the opening of their French bakery and cafe. The Galleria-area space promises authentic traditional baguette sandwiches, crepes and pastries in a casually-industrial-style space.
Just off Washington Avenue, the nightlife newcomer adds plenty of come-as-you-are appeal to the area’s after-dark scene. Fuego’s promises more than just signature cocktails and more than two-dozen craft beers, but also premium bar food and a space to unwind after the work week.
Helen Greek Food and Wine
Helen Greek Food and Wine is Houston's first modern Greek restaurant. The city has featured Greek diners, Gyros, and traditional restaurants, but it's not often that you find a modern Greek taverna outside of NYC or Greece itself. Helen Greek Food and Wine also boasts the second largest all-Greek wine menu in the country.
Sushi fans were relieved when Alex Kinjo, co-owner of MF Sushi and his chef-brother Chris Kinjo reopened their celebrated Houston sushi restaurant in mid-summer 2015. After operating in the Galleria area—and closing in October 2014—the pair has relaunched in a stunning Museum District space.
The Moonshiners Southern Table & Bar
Pull up a seat at The Moonshiners Southern Table & Bar and enjoy small-town southern hospitality in the urban backdrop of downtown Houston. As the name would suggest, patrons can expect southern classics like shrimp and grits and generous portions of fried chicken.
Rice Box started off as a wildly popular food truck serving the Montrose nightlife and University of Houston students for lunch. But owner John Peterson recently created a brick-and-mortar location in Upper Kirby's Greenway Plaza food court to compliment their signature on-the-go meals.
SaltAir Seafood Kitchen
SaltAir Seafood Kitchen is the latest brainchild of the Clark Cooper Concepts team who run such Houston restaurants as Punks Simple Southern Food, Ibiza, Brasserie 19 and Coppa Osteria. The seafood kitchen offers light and fresh fare that will take diners on a journey to the Californian coast -- think caviar, raw oysters, steamed lobster, tartare and more.
Songkran Thai Kitchen - Sugar Land
Songkran Thai Kitchen has quickly become a favorite eatery among regulars in the Galleria area. Now, the eatery has opened its second location in Sugar Land and is dishing up more of its signature dishes. Named after Thailand's most famous festival, SongKran Thai Kitchen offers authentic Thai cuisine with a menu that signifies this auspicious and celebratory festival and Chef Jett's special memories growing up in Bangkok.
The comfort food experts behind Jus’ Mac unveiled their much-anticipated sibling restaurant in June. The casual, Oak Forest spot serves a mix of breakfast and lunch options, showcasing the company’s signature biscuits. The homey, counter service restaurant promises more than a dozen biskit sandwiches, waffles (including a fried chicken-topped option), as well as omelets.
Crescent City Beignets
After closing its River Oaks doors in 2014, Crescent City Beignets relocated and reopened in June, much to the delight of longtime fans. Located on the fringe of The Galleria area, just east of Voss, the Louisiana-inspired eatery turns out New Orleans-style beignets and authentic creole food.
Dripped Nail Salon
If you want to treat your nails, and yourself, to something more than your typical in-and-out assembly line salon, head to the artists at Dripped. The manicurists at this modern salon are sticklers for detail, focusing on hand-painted designs, nail wraps and customer service.
Houston Visitors Center
The city's official visitors center moved to a new, temporary spot on Avenida de las Americas on June 1 before a more permanent home is established in the Convention District.
La Grange features coastal Mexican flavors with an expansive outdoor patio. The restaurant and bar is located in a former horse hospital from the 1930s that later became EJ's, a popular bar from 1974-2014. Sara and Rob Cromie of Cottonwood enlisted the help of head chef Daniel Ajtai to create a menu that exudes a fresh coastal take on Tex-Mex.
Lawless Spirits & Kitchen
The corner of Travis St. and Texas Ave. was the site of the Capitol of the Republic of Texas from 1837-1839. Lawless Spirits & Kitchen now sits in the original space under the historic Rice Hotel and features one of Houston's best patio views.
Lincoln Bar & Kitchen
Washington Ave. offers a booming mix of eclectic bars, laid-back lounges, and acclaimed restaurants. Lincoln Bar + Kitchen takes the best of both worlds and combines a hip fusion restaurant with a lively patio bar.
Mala Sichuan Bistro - Montrose
The much loved staple of Chinatown, Mala Sichuan Bistro, has opened a second location in Montrose. Owner Cory Xiong strived to develop a Chinese restaurant in Houston that would set her apart from the rest, and with rave reviews the newly opened Montrose location offers many of the bistro's signature dishes alongside new Sichuan-style bites.
Pho Binh - White Oak/Heights
Long a staple for Vietnamese families, pho has become popular among American diners looking for true Asian cuisine. And few places in Houston match the flavor you'll find at Pho Binh, which is why more locations continue to pop up around town.
The Ginger Mule Tonics & Meals
The Ginger Mule Tonics & Meals has all of the ingredients for a night out on the town. The American gastropub whips up classic comfort foods from scratch alongside craft cocktails. Though the Ginger Mule is new to the area, the interior exudes a lived-in and welcoming feel. The pub is lined with dark wood, worn in chairs and all of the makings to be a local's regular hangout.
Tod's (The Galleria)
The Italian shoe and accessory brand has opened a location in The Galleria offering its luxury men’s and women’s designs. The 2,000-square-foot shop is located between Tourneau and Mezlan on Level 1.
Dallas-based Velvet Taco expanded its upscale taqueria concept in summer 2015, opening a fourth location along Houston’s Washington Avenue. Situated in the former home of The Rig, the spot turns out globally-inspired tacos in everything from crisp tikka chicken tacos and Annatto shredded pork tacos to a flank steak and shrimp and grits version.
Barnaby's Cafe - Museum District
Museum District residents and patrons were happy to welcome another full-service restaurant to the neighborhood with the May 2015 opening of Barnaby's Café. The popular dog-friendly restaurant has several locations sprinkled throughout central Houston.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
B&B Butchers brings a traditional butcher shop and an upscale steakhouse together under one roof on Washington Avenue. The dual concept is housed in the historic Dittman Bakery built in 1924.
Bollo Woodfired Pizza
Bollo Woodfired Pizza mixes the best imported and domestic ingredients to create authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. Owner and Chef Ray Salti, formerly of Sorrel Urban Bistro, uses imported Caputo "00" Italian flour and DiNapoli San Marzano-style tomatoes to shape his specialty pies.
Bovine and Barley
Downtown welcomes a new gastropub where meat and beer are king. Bovine and Barley might best be known for its appearance before you ever set foot inside. A large wall-sized lit up letters reading "HTX" is spread across the exposed-brick walls.
This is not your ordinary burger joint. Buffburger delivers high quality, natural ingredients from local farmers and bakeries. The makers of these all-natural burgers, Paul "Buff" and Sara Burden, focus on local, natural and sustainable without sacrificing flavor.
The Commoner + The Boulevardier
Downtown Houston has a new bar with a split personality. Conveniently nestled along the light rail on Main Street, The Commoner + The Boulevardier has something for everyone.
Del Frisco's Grille - The Woodlands
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House established itself as the go-to spot around the country for quality steak in a traditional atmosphere. Now, the company behind that chain has brought its newer and slightly more casual concept, Del Frisco's Grille to The Woodlands.
El Tiempo 1308 Annex
The second Montrose-area location of El Tiempo Cantina's wildly popular Tex-Mex concept opened along Lower Westheimer in spring 2015. The sibling restaurant is the seventh in the Laurenzo family's culinary empire, which is known for its signature fajitas and margaritas.
Fluff Bake Bar
Fluff Bake Bar has been a long time vision for Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson. The Midtown spot, which marries a bakery and bar concept, opened in late May 2015, making Masson's dream of owning her own sweet shop a reality.
Looking for a new neighborhood café? Try GrindHouse, a coffeehouse/bakery in the Independence Heights neighborhood. From apple fritters and sandwiches to smoothies, frappes, and coffee creations, the small café makes everything fresh with local ingredients.
Texas flavor meets Lousiana creole at Gumbo Jeaux's. The Cajun restaurant, which opened its first Houston location near IAH Airport in 2010, has developed a faithful following among north Houston residents.
The menu at Harwood Grill, formerly 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, is built around generous offerings of hard-to-find akaushi beef, a breed of Japanese cattle that are raised in America. Fritz Gitschner, the former longtime executive chef of Houston Country Club, bills his new restaurant as "ranch to table."
Jackson Street BBQ
The pits are fired up and ready to barbeque at Jackson Street BBQ in downtown Houston near Minute Maid Park. The joint venture is the brainchild of Houston BBQ legends Bryan Caswell, Bill Floyd and Greg Gatlin. Their combined expertise will surely satiate the hunger of any barbecue lover in a laid-back environment with counter service and good vibes.
Le Cakery Boutique
A little piece of Paris found its way to west Houston with the opening of Le Cakery Boutique. Set in a strip center along I-10, the bakery quickly developed a following with Memorial and Spring Valley residents for its picture perfect cookies, cakes, cupcakes and pastries.
Peli Peli - Galleria
Peli Peli (also known as Piri Piri or Peri Peri), which means Bird's-Eye Chili, is a spice that was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th Century on the plains of Southern Africa. Now the South African fusion cuisine at Houston's Peli Peli features delicacies from that region along with American steak, chicken and seafood favorites.
Revival Market (Update)
Beyond its grocery staples, the market has recently expanded its services to provide daily breakfast, lunch and dinner service, more seating for diners, as well as a wine and cocktail menu. Enjoy tasty options like smoked lamb sausage with heirloom grits and mustard green jus, or roasted pastured half-chicken with sweet potato, thyme and caramelized lemon.
Rustic Oak Gastro Pub & Wine Bar
Celebrity chef and Texas native, Wendell Price, has opened his most authentic restaurant concept to date. Rustic Oak Gastro Pub & Wine Bar is a heart-felt tribute to Price's passion and roots. The cozy Montrose restaurant features a "rustic chic" menu of Americana-themed dishes with a French creole twist.
STAG Provisions for Men
STAG Provisions For Men is a modern day general store for every man. The clothing store also sells antiques, accessories, gifts, and other fashion for the modern gentleman.
Located in historic Downtown, the classic, speakeasy-style bar and lounge recently made the move from the old Barringer Norton Tailors building to its new home, a few blocks away. There, owners Robby and Chieko Cook offer up beer and wine with live music.
Houston Watch Company
The Houston Watch Company channels the rich history of Houston into its cool modern feel. Housed in the old Southern Pacific Railroad Building across from the Bayou Lofts, the bar gets its name from the 1912 Houston Watch Company that once called the space home.
Hugs & Donuts
You may just want to hug the creators behind the gourmet donut establishment Hugs & Donuts.Matt Opaleski and Jason Hill are sweetening the pastry game in Houston with unique donut flavors like Crème Brulee, Lemon Meringue Pie and Devils Food Cake (topped with chocolate glaze and pretzels).
Johnny's Gold Brick
Head to your Heights home away from home at Johnny's Gold Brick.Brought to you by the same folks that run Downhouse and D&T Drive Inn, expect the same crafted cocktails and friendly service as its sister shops.
PESKA Seafood Culture
PESKA Seafood Culture, the fish-market-slash-restaurant, blends fine dining and shopping in the Uptown area. Step inside to find display cases of fresh produce and seafood flown in fresh from around the world.
Pizaro's Pizza - Montrose
Hand-tossed dough, San Marzano tomatoes, Bufala mozzarella, imported Italian olive oil and other authentic ingredients go into every pie at Pizaro's Pizza. The pizzas are then cooked in wood-fired brick oven built in Naples, Italy for 90 seconds at 900 degrees.
Love cycling? One of Houston's most popular boutique cycling studios just opened its third location in River Oaks. In addition to offering its signature "Revolution Ride" experiences, the newest outpost will add yoga classes to the mix.
Anvil Bar & Refuge alum Chris Frankel has unveiled his Midtown cocktail emporium. Perched above Cook & Collins, the spot promises a well-edited selection of craft cocktails in an intimate space.
Rice Village offers countless dining options with fare from all over the world. Sud Italia transports diners to the coast of Southern Italy. Owner Shanon Scott and Chef Seles Romero draw inspiration from their many years refining Italian cuisine.
Ula's Mexican is the creation of owner and chef Ulises "Ula" Gonzalez, a native of Chiapas, Mexico. Its famous fajitas and authentic enchiladas have caused the Tex-Mex grill to create a new location off Washington Ave, one of Houston's premiere foodie destinations.
The West Coast transplant recently settled into an art deco space at Fairview and Taft, near Bar Boheme. On the menu, Akamaru skips the Americanized-style offerings in favor of classic sushi, nigiri and sashimi selections.
Beckrew Wine House
At Beckrew Wine House, expect a quality wine list paired with a wide variety of Italian-style bites.
Trained at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, Michael Sanguinetti was previously the executive chef at Artisans in Midtown. Now at the upscale-casual Commonwealth, he's blending Gulf Coast flavors with dishes like chargrilled oysters, fried green tomatoes and seafood gumbo.
Henke & Pillott
Named after the Houston grocery store chain that occupied the space over 150 years ago, downtown's Henke & Pillot's patrons should add to their grocery list craft cocktails and delicious dishes.
Located along the south side of I-10, near the Antoine intersection, the no-frills shop brings the area a much-needed destination for well-made espresso, cappuccino, lattes and teas.
Spring Water Cafe
East Coasters looking for their bagel fix were excited for the opening of Spring Water Cafe in West Houston’s Energy Corridor. The spot, which opened in early 2015, quickly garnered a local following for its New York-style bagels and deli offerings.
Located inside Tanglewood's much-anticipated HEB store, Table 57 is more than a grocery store restaurant. The sit-down outpost is the first of its kind in the company and boasts a full-time executive chef and a menu inspired by one of the city’s most-loved chefs, Randy Evans.
Big Eyed Fish
It’s hard to miss the cerulean colored building near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Henderson Street. Inside, a come-as-you-are crowd digs into comfort food classics, local beer and wine.
The Highland Village-set Capone's Bar & Oven has moved, replanting its roots on Richmond Avenue and bringing with it the same gourmet pizza that's been drawing crowds since 2008.
Fire Station 11
Matt Tabrizi, co-owner of the new Fire Station 11, brings the area a casual, farm-to-table venture that is more than just a pizza joint. Beyond outside-the-box pizzas, guests will also find daily-changing chef specials, gourmet panini options and fresh pastas.
iFly Houston - Memorial
Houston's first indoor skydiving facility is now open in West Houston. Guests from ages 3 and older can book a flight and feel the rush of freefall skydiving without the risk of jumping out of a plane.
Il Mascalzone - Shepherd
Fresh from London, Il Mascalzone has hopped the pond to Houston and opened its second location. Created by former Italian Olympic boxer Andrea Magi’s, the restaurant touts housemade pizzas and pastas, prepared using premium and (mostly) organic ingredients.
Located in the Houston Heights, Ladybird's is a family-owned neighborhood bar featuring craft beers, tasty cocktails and revamped bar food classics. Brothers Taylor and Darin Lee may be first-time bar owners, but they've recruited the help of Houston nightlife veterans Charles Bishop of Liberty Station and Cottonwood, and Lyle Bento, executive chef of the upcoming restaurant and bar concept Southern Goods.
Oporto Fooding House & Wine
From the creators of Oporto Wine Café and Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen, husband and wife team Rick and Shiva Di Virgilio have opened Oporto Fooding House & Wine in the heart of Midtown.
Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe - CityCentre
After successfully launching their crepe business in Rice Village, Allison Young Chavez and Ivan Chavez have expanded with a second area outpost in West Houston's CityCentre. Head there for a mix of sweet and savory crepe options, as well as coffee and wine.
Foodies may have met their match at Urban Eats, the multi-purpose food shop offering up a fast-casual eatery, full service bar and gourmand market all in one.
Weights + Measures
Weights + Measures was once a name once given to government agencies that worked to ensure vendors were selling exactly what they were advertising. Now, four like-minded Houstonians have come together at Midtown's newest neighborhood restaurant, bakery and bar to provide hungry and thirsty patrons alike with the promise of quality food and drink.
Christian's Tailgate - Energy Corridor
The latest incarnation of the burger-making empire, which sits in the shadow of TopGolf Houston West, is the largest location to date. The spot continues to deliver a casual atmosphere filled with flat-screen TVs and 45 brews on tap.
Dak & Bop
Head to Dak & Bop for a taste of Korean-style fried chicken, where the made to order wings and drums are double fried for extra crisp and three special sauces ignite the taste buds.
Gino's East - The Woodlands
Deep-dish lovers don’t have to travel to Chicago anymore to satisfy their pizza cravings now that Chi-town’s famous Gino’s East has opened a location in The Woodlands.
Lucchese, the 130-year-old El Paso-based company famed for handcrafted Western boots, opened its fourth store in the nation in Houston's Highland Village in December.
Patagonia Grill & Cafe
Located on the north side of I-10 West, in the same shopping center as Spec’s and Home Depot, the restaurant promises top-notch meats and fish dishes prepared on Patagonia’s genuine Argentinean grill.
Houston modern luxury meets conscious brand clothing at Wardrobe, the Montrose neighborhood boutique which opened December 2014. At this local Houston boutique, fashionistas can find American-made goods, globally conscious brands, and even sourced wares crafted from recycled materials.
Fans of Chef Clair Smith's Canopy and Shade can rejoice as Woodbar plants its roots in the Montrose neighborhood adjacent to Canopy. Start the morning with coffee and house-made pastries then segue into a full bar of craft cocktails and small-bites.
Relax, Imbibe and socialize with the knowledgeable staff at Wooster's Garden. Whether you're a beer novice or craft connoisseur, the friendly bar backs will guide drinkers through hundreds of draft and bottled beers.
Barnaby's - The Heights
Barnaby's has been a staple in Houston for years, serving up large portions at the right price for chow-hounds and healthful eaters alike. Most recently, the canine inspired diner has staked its claim in the historic Heights neighborhood.
The Chicken Ranch
Fried chicken fanatics can now rejoice thanks to the recent opening of The Chicken Ranch. Named after the infamous Texas bordello, guests can enjoy their fried chicken with a side of Houston history.
Gray's Public House
Enjoy cans and cocktails at Gray's Public House, the newest gastropub to hit Midtown. Though you can always expect to catch a game on a flat-screen, don't expect to find your typical sports and beer joint. Gray's interior is modern and elegant, with white tile walls, black concrete floors and a menu of upscale pub food that will attract even the most timid of sports fans.
Little Bigs (Moved)
After six years serving signature sliders at 2703 Montrose, Little Bigs got a little too big for its 20-seat space, forcing the team to make the leap to a bigger property. In November 2014, the retro burger concept reopened in its new home, minutes away, at 4621 Montrose.
Luna y Sol
Located in Midtown, the fast-casual dining restaurant offers guests regional, authentic Mexican food developed by a Le Cordon Bleu Executive Chef. On the menu, guests will find traditional burritos, enchiladas, tortas and flautas, all made with fresh ingredients using recipes straight from Mexico.
Moderno Tacos + Tex Mex
Find an upscale taste of Tex-Mex at Moderno Tacos & Tex Mex, located just outside the Beltway on Briar Forest. This casual, urban eatery is reminiscent of an upscale cantina complete with Oscar, the trophy elk hung center stage in the dining room.
The Nightingale Room
Mike Criss, the opening GM for Downtown’s OKRA Charity Saloon, has teamed up with the Clumsy Butcher group on a new venture. Located along Main Street, the shotgun-style space boasts an impressive 2,200-strong vinyl record collection and a stage to showcase a mix of local and traveling artists.
Prohibition Supperclub & Bar
The burlesque and cabaret concept that built a following in the Galleria area recently made the move to a historic space Downtown in fall 2014. See performances by The Moonlight Dolls, enjoy craft cocktails and dig into chef-driven new American fare.
Whole Foods - Post Oak
Part grocery store, part community gathering place, the new Whole Foods Post Oak (located in the Uptown/Galleria area) is a foodie wonderland. From mountains of fresh, organic produce to the first-ever in-store brewery—the chain’s new Houston store is turning out to be a crowd pleaser.
Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen - West University
Known as one of the more tasteful Tex-Mex restaurants in the city, Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen is now bringing its mix of margarita-fueled fun and upscale casual dining to Houston's West University. The local restaurant chain run by the offspring of the famed wrestler Jesus "Cyclone Anaya" Valencia is bringing more of its traditional tastiness to its fifth location.
Davis Street at Hermann Park
Located inside the Mosaic hi-rises on the edge of historic Hermann Park resides a New American restaurant with Culinary Institute LeNotre grad, and executive chef, Javani King at the helm. Davis Street at Hermann Park brings reimagined flavors to American comfort food favorites.
Hearsay on the Green
Hearsay Gastropub now has a sibling downtown known as Hearsay on the Green. Located within Downtown's Embassy Suites Hotel, the restaurant offers New American fare in an atmosphere similar to its sister restaurant.
Farrish Hall of Texas Wildlife - Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Farish Hall underwent a major renovation, reopening in October. With more than 425 specimens, representing well over 250 species on display, the hall offers the most species-rich assemblage of Texas wildlife anywhere. On display are a diverse array of species that one might encounter here in Texas, both presently and in the past.
Tucked away in the East End is the latest restaurant to pop up in the up and coming EaDo neighborhood. Kitchen 713 offers Southern food with a globally inspired twist. Think fried okra (with pickled chilies and tomato jam), chicken biscuit (with smoked jalapeno brown butter honey drizzle), and chicken & dumplings (with sweet potato gnocchi and crispy chicken skin).
Best known for its impeccable stock of items for the home, Kuhl-Linscomb also draws a loyal clientele with its masterful mix of sought-after items. With a dramatic expansion in fall 2014, the store now offers more than 80,000 square feet of display area, positioning it as the largest privately owned design and lifestyle store in Houston.
Along with the new JW Marriott downtown comes Main Kitchen and its 806 Bar & Lounge. The new eatery is led by executive chef Erin Smith and pastry chef Sharon Gofreed. Foodies are in for a treat with Smith's globally inspired, seasonal menus.
Pappas Meat Co
After taking on Tex Mex, seafood, barbecue, Greek and diner fare, Houston-based Pappas company expanded their restaurant empire again in fall 2014 with Pappas Meat Co. Set in East Houston, the casual spot celebrates traditional American and authentic Southern cuisine.
The brains behind Bellaire and Memorial’s popular Union Kitchen ventures has expanded his Houston offerings with Paul’s Kitchen. Located in the space that was most recently home to Haven, Paul’s Kitchen promises a chef-driven scratch kitchen that maximizes locally-sourced ingredients in a seasonally-changing menu line-up.
Don’t expect peace and quiet at Montrose’s Pax Americana, the recently-opened biz is abuzz with patrons digging into modern American fare in a Craftsman-style space. The restaurant is located in the former Thai Sticks spot.
Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop
Chef Anita Jaisinghani has expanded her sweet offerings at the acclaimed Pondicheri in Upper Kirby. The small counter space for baked goods and a few fresh juices is now a full-scale bake "lab" and shop just upstairs from the main restaurant.
Located inside Hotel Sorella, Radio Milano brings a Modern Italian experience to west Houston. Chef Jose Hernandez sends out Italian selections, made from the finest imported ingredients, with an infusion of Texas ranch and farm-to-table beef, produce and dairy.
The Gorgeous Gael
The legacy of Jack Doyle, aka “The Gorgeous Gael,” continues in Houston’s Rice Village. The nightlife venue aims to bring a new Irish bar concept to America. Located along Morningside Drive, the spot deviates from the traditional Irish bar set up, in favor of a sharper and more modern design, as well as a strong emphasis on food.
BCN Taste & Tradition
Located in a 1920's home in Houston's Museum District, BCN Taste & Tradition brings the taste of modern Spanish cuisine to the Montrose neighborhood.
Chef Greg Martin opened the much-anticipated Bistro Menil in October 2014 on the grounds of the Menil Collection. The menu draws inspiration from Martin's travels across Italy, Spain and France.
Churrascos - Champions
Twenty-five-year-old Churrascos, a restaurant that played an instrumental role in launching the worldwide Latin food movement, opened its fifth location in the Champions area in September 2014.
El Tiempo Cantina - Gessner
After launching five other successful El Tiempo Cantina locations, as well as a specialty market, the team behind one of Houston’s Tex-Mex empires added a sixth West Houston location in fall 2014.
Locatedin Midtown Houston, GAGE Lounge—which stands for grapes, agave, grain and earth—is an upscale mid-century modern bar and lounge, featuring high-end spirits and wines, and savory food selections.
Gelazzi is the Houston Heights newest answer to beating the heat. The neighborhood gelato purveyor dishes out over 40 flavors of gelato. Still hungry? Gelazzi also offers a variety of pizzas, whole or by the slice.
Moving Sidewalk, inspired by ZZ Top guitarist and Houston native Billy Gibbons' first band, is the latest downtown drinkery. In the building where Goro & Gun once stood the owners have given the space a reboot, focusing on cocktails rather than ramen.
Museum Park Café
Museum Park Café is the first of its kind in the Museum District, and a welcome addition the Menil Collection's campus. The modern, open-air design of the building compliments the architectural gems surrounding it, while the open kitchen design creates a welcoming atmosphere.
Public Services Wine & Whisky Bar
Oxheart’sChef Justin Yu and the restaurant’s former sommelier Justin Vann have collaborated on a new nightlife concept, set in Downtown’s old 1884 Cotton Exchange building. The spot offers a global selection of whisky, wine, an edited cocktail line up and light bites.
Tout Suite Cafe
Thecompany that brought Sweet to CityCentre has expanded with an EaDo-set concept. The urban-chic spot (pronounced “toot sweet”) is quickly gaining a reputation for its brunch, baked goods and ample workspace.
Yellow Rose Distilling
This just-opened, 10,000-square-foot facility with tasting room is located adjacent to Uptown and Memorial Park, just north of Interstate 10. Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose Distilling locally produces four award-winning varieties of whiskey and a recently-launched vodka.
Big Blue Whale
For Big Blue Whale, a good old fashioned toy store is about creating a place for children and their families to come and feel happy. The independent shop stocks toys and other goods for curious kids as well as the adults who love them.
Longtime Pappas restaurant alum, Chris Smith, has set out on his own with a chef-driven Mexican-food concept in west Houston’s CityCentre. The quick-service restaurant is drawing fans with its scratch-made taco and enchilada offerings.
Fresh from London, Il Mascalzone has hopped the pond to Houston. Created by former Italian Olympic boxer Andrea Magi’s, the restaurant promises housemade pizzas and pastas, prepared using premium and (mostly) organic ingredients.
Explore the craft beer scene in Houston one pint at a time at Revelry on Richmond, the upscale sports and craft beer bar in the heart of Montrose neighborhood. The casual drinkery is ideal for grabbing a drink, watching your favorite sports team, and enjoying one of their relaxed outdoor patios.
Revolve Kitchen + Bar
The Galleria-area’s Hotel Derek has revamped its interior and its restaurant lineup with Revolve Kitchen + Bar. The upscale American restaurant, led by executive chef Shannen Tune, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a space that evolves throughout the day.
Ruggles Black Food Bar is a culinary collaboration of Asian cultures with French American cuisine. Led by Chef Bruce Molzan and restaurateur Neera Patidar, the menu also embraces the Paleo lifestyle and local food sourcing from area farmers.
Skinny Rita's Grille
Enjoy Mexican and Latin flavors in a healthier way at Skinny Rita's Grille. Skinny Rita's is the first restaurant in Houston to serve cactus tortillas, which are made fresh daily, are high in fiber and also gluten free.
Entrepreneur Shawn Bermudez continues to expand his reach in the Houston market, one Westheimer Curve spot at a time. His latest nightlife venture is set in a renovated beauty supply store and sends out specialty cocktails, local brew, wine and bubbles.
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen - Eldridge
The Enchilada queen has expanded again. Full-service dining, featuring award-winning Tex-Mex and interior-of-Mexico cuisine, finds a home in the Energy Corridor. Chef and owner Sylvia Casares draws a faithful foodie following for her unique dishes made from homemade recipes and fresh ingredients.
Andiamo Fresh Italian
Located Downtown, steps from the METRORail, Andiamo Fresh Italian offers fast, fresh, homemade Italian food in a casual setting. The restaurant, whose name means “let’s go,” was founded by a longtime Carrabba’s alum and offers dine in, take out, local delivery, and catering services.
Bourbon on Bagby
Bourbon on Bagby is the newest place in Midtown for late night bites, patio hanging and of course, a solid mix of bourbon and scotch. The food-focused bar was developed by Matt Laterza, a former partner of the buildings previous tenant, OTC Midtown. Along with the help of Chef Kevin Campbell, the revamped menu will include items such as pulled pork, hamburgers, all-beef franks, as well as OTC favorites like their pizza, which have been tweaked and carried over to the new menu.
Cacao and Cardamom
Exotic handmade chocolates are what you'll find in Cacao & Cardamom, the sweetest new addition to the Centre at Post Oak. Located near Grand Lux Café and across from the Galleria, this decadent chocolate shop focuses on the art of chocolate with bold and innovative combinations.
Dosi, meaning "city", is a new restaurant and soju bar on Shepherd that puts a spin on classic Korean dishes. The Korean-inspired menu showcases a unique blend of Korean flavors with both chef's Southern roots. Head chef Jordan Asher - formally of Mark's, Pappas Seafood House, the Briar Club, Ibiza- will take the helm with former Just Dinner chef at his side.
Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar (above)
Chef Mark Holley has been a staple in the Houston culinary scene for years, paving his path in restaurants like Pesce and Brennan’s. Finally, with the opening of Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Holley has a place to call his own.
Montrose brew lovers can enjoy their craft beer at home now that Jugs Draft is open. The shop, which offers growler fills, craft beer, kegs, supplies and 50 craft beers on tap specializes in non-packaged, local, hard-to-find and seasonal varieties.
While maintaining a strong emphasis on classic cocktails, Julep -- named after the iconic Southern cocktail -- embraces regional drinking culture.
Riondo's Ristorante Bar & Grill
Riondo's is the latest restaurant to flock to Galveston. The Italian eatery is located on the Strand District in one of the many historical buildings in the area. Classic dishes have been fine tuned here, with Chicken Parmesan, calzones, stromboli and pizzas taking center stage for lunch. Finer fare graces the dinner menu with dishes like grilled filet mignon, gamberi scampi and veal picatta.
Sal y Pimienta Kitchen
West Houston’s CityCentre welcomed a new restaurant tenant in May 2014 with the opening of Sal y Pimienta Kitchen. Delivering South American fare, the spot offers a modern twist on traditional South American recipes using organic selections from land and sea.
Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown (new attractions)
Don’t miss the multimillion-transformation of Houston’s largest waterpark. Beyond increased parking, improved food and beverage offerings and more shaded lounge areas, Wet ’n’ Wild SplashTown unveiled three new exciting rides in 2014.
Bernie's Burger Bus
Burgers so good they had to stop the bus. Bernie's Burger Bus now has a reserved parking space at its new brick and mortar restaurant in Bellaire, which means there's no need to chase down the bright yellow bus to sink your teeth into a juicy burger.
Bosta Coffee & Wine
Located in the heart of the Museum District, Bosta Coffee & Wine offers light-but-delicious eats alongside an extensive list of coffee and wine.
A major piece in the renaissance of the Downtown Historic District has opened at the corner of Main and Congress. The Honeymoon adds coffee, light bites and cocktails to the already bustling area near Market Square Park.
Pappasitos Cantina - Downtown
Pappasito's has opened its Downtown location inside the Hilton Americas hotel, bringing its award-winning menu to visitors in the Convention District.
Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop
Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop is a sweet addition to the historic Heights neighborhood, whipping up classic American treats like cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, brownies, cakes and more.
Modeled after a dive bar you might find on a drive along a Texas highway, Sage County brings all the fun of road-trip excursions to one convenient location in Midtown.
Solaro Urban Winery
It's true, great wines need room to breathe. But at Solaro's winery, packed in the dense urban environment of midtown Houston, a little room goes a long way with these custom wines.
Springbok Bar & Grill
Originally hailing from South Africa, Los Angeles restaurateur Peter Walker and Andrew Segal have launched Springbok Bar & Grill in downtown Houston, an authentic rugby bar showcasing diverse Southern Hemisphere foods.
Bayou City Theatrics
Bayou City Theatrics has opened its doors in a large, ornate space at Main and Capitol streets now dubbed The Kaleidoscope.
From pond to plate, Boil Houston brings authentic Louisiana crawfish to the Bayou City, tucked away in heart of the historic Heights neighborhood.
Buc-ees in Texas City
What do you call a store that's 60,000 square feet, has a beaver for a mascot, and serves as a sporting goods store, a Texas boutique, toy store, surf shop, deli, and miniature grocery store rolled into one building? Buc-ee's!
Chef Roy Shvartzapel has spent time in the kitchens of elBulli, Pierre Hermé in Paris, Cyrus and Bouchon in Beverly Hills. Now he and partners Brad Sanders and Kathy Sanders, along with a stellar lineup of culinary talent, have come together to create Common Bond in Montrose.
Gyu-Kaku recently made its way into the Houston market, bringing with it a style of barbecue most Texans aren't accustomed to but will surely appreciate.
Heights Candy Bar
Sometimes the door sticks (perhaps from all of the sweet treats inside) but give it a tug and go back to the days of being a kid in a candy shop. Nestled in the Heights, Heights Candy Bar offers an array of sweet treats.
Lillo & Ella
Chef Kevin Naderi, owner of the popular Montrose restaurant Roost, is opening up a new pan-Asian restaurant in the Heights. A departure from Roost, Naderi includes brunch and lunch as well as dinner on Lillo & Ella's menu.
Mio-boutique is a fresh addition to high fashion women's boutiques. Located in lower-Westheimer, this high-end shop carries unique and stylish clothes from casual to cocktail-ready attire.
Don't be alarmed by the bright yellow and blue flames on this truck, the only things Pepe's Grill is firing up are their unique twist on Latin American and American flavors. With a menu that includes BBQ ribs, enchiladas, and shrimp, everyone can find their favorite food for an affordable price at Pepe's Grill.
Red Ox Bar & Grill
From the culinary talents that brought Mexican fare to Montrose residents for nearly 15 years at Bocados, Terry Flores and Lily Hernandez are on to their next venture with Red Ox Bar and Grill. Patrons can still expect handmade salsas, Timothy's Favorite Flautas and fresh, in-shop corn, whole-wheat and regular flour tortillas. But with the opening of Red Ox, the chefs have expanded their culinary offerings to include more eclectic menu options like Chorizo burgers, blackened tilapia, Cuban sandwiches and walnut pear salad.
From a brewing technique perfected over 160 years ago, Siphon Coffee in Montrose brings a slow-brewed cup of joe only found in a handful of places in the U.S.
Table on Post Oak
Table on Post Oak offers a globetrotting menu in the trendy BLVD Place development near the Galleria. With a culinary team led by Chef Manuel Pucha, the menu reflects his own contemporary style and love of bold flavors.
Head to the historic Heights neighborhood and settle in for a few hours at Boulevard Coffee with a cup of coffee, in house pastries and, if you're lucky, a casual concert by any number of talented local musicians. From singer song writers to Irish folk groups, Boulevard Coffee has quickly become a showcase for the quirky and the artsy known to reside in the Heights.
Bradley's Fine Diner
Bradley's Fine Diner was created by two-time, James Beard Award-winner, Chef Bradley Ogden, and his son Chef Bryan Ogden. The family owned diner may sound like a place to grab a quick burger, but don't let the name fool you. With a nod to the diner era, the restaurant is handsomely casual but the Modern American menu is focused.
Kim Etheridge's carefully curated Rice Village boutique is full of “modern goods for happy occasions.” Inside, the cheery space is adorned in celebration-ready banners and pennants, birthday party materials and everything needed to outfit parties and other festivities.
House of Pies - Kirby
Five months after an extensive fire caused the Kirby-set House of Pies to close, the local institution returned in April 2014, boasting a fresh interior and a new patio space. Beyond the dessert-filled pastry cases, guests will still find the vintage menu boards hanging on the wall, as well as the diner-style bar seating and retro wallpaper.
Houston-based Lily Rain recently made the leap from online to brick and mortar with its first U.S. shop in Rice Village. The lifestyle concept, which launched in October 2013, stocks women’s clothing and accessories, as well as home decor from established and rising-star designers.
Piatto Ristorante- Heights
After the success of the first location in Uptown, Piatto has opened a second Italian eatery in the Heights neighborhood. John Marion Carrabba ensures that Piatto plates up colorful, Americanized Italian classics.
TopGolf Houston - North
In April 2014, North Houston welcomed the city’s second TopGolf entertainment complex, set between Downtown and The Woodlands. The tech-savvy entertainment venture boasts 102 hitting bays, an upscale restaurant and bars on all three levels.
Midtown residents have another French-Vietnamese outpost to satisfy their banh mi cravings at now that Cafe Helene has opened along the METROrail. On the menu, customers will find a mix of vermicelli bowls and rice plates, along with pho and banh mi.
Embers American Grille
Tanglewood residents now have a new steakhouse to frequent. Embers American Grille, with its dark and inviting interior, is ideal for a bite after work or a casual date.
Local Foods- River Oaks
The second location of Benjy Levit's scratch gourmet sandwich shop has set up shop in Taco Milagro's old digs in River Oaks. Expect an always changing menu, locally-sourced products and a cheerful interior at his latest spot.
Coffee drinkers and shoppers of fine wine and cheese can rejoice thanks to the recent opening of Max Gonzalez's second Mercantile location. Gonzalez started out with Washington Avenue's popular Catalina Coffee and Amaya Roasting Company, then expanded on the coffee concept into the gourmet grocer realm.
Midtown Mobile Cuisine
Why pick just one restaurant when you can have an assortment of options come straight to you? Midtown Mobile Cuisine's Food Truck Park rolls in new food options daily, bringing with it an assortment of savory culinary provisions from breakfast to dinner.
Pimlico Irish Pub
Named after his family's Dublin-set pub from the 70s, Kevin McElroy's Pimlico unfolds in a two-story expanse that features a traditional bar set up downstairs and killer Downtown views from the second-story patio.
Punk's Simple Southern Food
Located next door to Rice Village's Coppa Osterio, Punks celebrates classic southern dishes pulled from the regions of the Gulf Coast up through the Carolinas. Inside the rustic meets mod space, guests can dig into everything from deviled eggs and pimiento cheese to shrimp and grits and peach cobbler.
Andes Café is the East End's newest spot. The laid-back eatery showcases food from the South American countries that run the span of the Andes mountain range: Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela.
Brooks Family BBQ
Third Ward residents craving smoked ribs, baked beans and brisket found a new place to indulge with the recent opening of Brook’s Family BBQ. Located across the street from the University of Houston, the family-run spot serves wallet-friendly barbecue and traditional southern sides.
Fish & The Knife
Four years after breaking ground, executive chef Bob Iacovone and sushi chef David Kim are turning out fresh catch at the highly anticipated sushi, creole and japanese-influenced concept. The breathtaking space, designed by New York-based architect Tony Chi, was worth the wait.
Flow Juice Bar
Increasing your health and happiness is the number one goal at Flow Juice Bar. Just ask one of the ambassadors on staff who are there to help educate you as you embark on your juice experience.
Johnny Carrabba's newest culinary venture pays tribute to his grandmother, Grace. The striking brick bungalow space sets the scene for family recipes and plenty of southern charm.
The Heights Lodge Gastropub
After closing for a reconception and remodel, Washington Avenue Drinkery has reopened with a new, food-focused vision. Expect locally-sourced "American Revival" fare served in a rustic chic space.
Kate Spade, Highland Village
Fans of Kate Spade's clean-lined bags and accessories no longer have to venture to The Galleria to peruse her punchy products now that the brand has opened a second flagship location in Highland Village.
West Houston continues to welcome new dining options as Kuu recently opened in the Gateway Memorial City Complex. The upscale Asian fusion concept serves artistically plated sushi, as well as hot and cold options.
Luigi's Pizzeria, Bellaire
This family owned and operated pizza joint has been such a fan favorite in Midtown that they recently opened a second location in Bellaire. At Luigi's Pizzeria you get crowd-pleasing New York style pizza from a wood burning oven at a reasonable price.
Upper Kirby has a lot to offer when it comes to fine dining, but a casual pizza joint? Thanks to Luna Pizzeria, a classic slice of pie is now a reality.
OTC Patio Bar
Think patio, games and grill. OTC Patio Bar is the place to be to catch Monday night football or boxing match on TV, play air hockey with a friend or grab happy hour after work.
The Les Givrals Kahve family has expanded their reach with an Upper Kirby set bakery shop. Find daily-made macarons, fruit tarts and cookies, as well as Illy coffees.
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