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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Flip ‘n Patties opened its first brick-and-mortar in the Briar Forest area near Energy Corridor. Houstonians welcomed the new concept, which started out as a Filipino food truck and foodie-favorite for locals.
In line with the recent demand for poke shops in Houston, Green Ceviche is bringing the flavor and freshness of South America to Westheimer Road near Dairy Ashford.
Golden Bagels & Coffee
Move over store-bought bagels! Katz Coffee is expanding its’ Houston brand to offer a bagel shop that caters to bagel lovers everywhere at Golden Bagels & Coffee. Centered in the Heights, the coffee shop and bagel-lovers market offers several options for guests thanks to their cosmopolitan meets old-world approach to bagels.
Harlem Road BBQ
On the outskirts of town – just inside Highway 99 in southwest Houston – you'll find a small, rustic building on the side of Harlem Road. Here hungry patrons can be found lined up for some of the city's biggest BBQ flavor at Harlem Road Texas BBQ.
Holman Draft Hall
Midtown welcomes its newest watering hole in the long-waited Holman Draft Hall. Armed with industrial chic décor, seating for large and small parties alike, and over 100 selections of beer and wine on tap, get ready to settle in to your new favorite neighborhood spot.
Italian American Grocery Co.
Italian American Grocery Co. brings visitors grocery authentic food, frozen treats, beer and spirits. Located in the Heights neighborhood, the interior has an industrial feel, with natural light, wide aisles, and the wafting aromas of freshly-baked goods made daily.
If you think you know what to expect from Willie G’s, think again. Houston Rockets owner and famed restaurateur, Tillman Fertitta, has a revamped take on his longstanding seafood restaurant.
Snooze: An AM Eatery - Heights
Denver-based breakfast joint, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, opened in the Heights and locals can’t get enough of the company’s creative spin on breakfast tacos, sandwiches and pancakes.
The River Oaks District just received a jolt of energy with the opening of Cavo Coffee. Cavo Coffee is a project of Siphon Coffee co-founder Michael Caplan, and uses the same beans sourced from Houston’s own Amaya Roasters and Portland’s Heart Roasters, and made by using the siphon method that gives Caplan’s first coffee shop its name.
Doris Metropolitan (formerly Triniti)
It’s not hard to find an amazing steakhouse in Houston, but Doris Metropolitan is not your traditional steakhouse. Founded by three business partners who share a Middle Eastern heritage, the menu pulls inspiration from their ancestry through the restaurant’s robust meat seasonings and vegetable-forward appetizers.
El Tiempo Cantina (Webster/Clear Lake)
The eighth El Tiempo location is bringing its Tex-Mex empire to the Webster/Clear Lake area. Sizzling fajitas provide delicious background noise in the authentic border town Cantina.
Part bistro, part bar, part lounge, Emmaline is the new neighbor hotspot in the Montrose area. Inspired by iconic places like The Ivy in West Hollywood, designer Ashley Putnam created a welcoming space with floor to ceiling windows with Instagram-worthy views of the Houston skyline, a garden room and an upstairs deck perfect for enjoying specialty cocktails.
Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina
Houstonians dining out in the Memorial neighborhood are in for a very Goode experience! After 40 years of serving some of our city's best comfort food, the Goode Company family of restaurants has opened an exciting new westside spot offering delicious Tex-Mex cuisine at Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina.
Goodnight Charlie’s is a good ‘ole fashioned combination of comfort food, countless libations, and honky-tonk with a modern twist. The motto sums it up perfectly: “Our Houston honky-tonk welcomes all with the Texas spirit.”
EaDog Park is the newest green space designed to let your dogs run and play, all while you enjoy a nice view of the Houston skyline.
Hotel ZaZa - Memorial City
After the success of Hotel ZaZa Museum District, another Hotel ZaZa location is open in Memorial City.
Le Peep (relocated)
LePeep, a local breakfast and lunch institution, opened its new Galleria-area location at 4340 Westheimer Rd., in the Westheimer Oaks development.
Legendary restaurant Mastro’s opened up its first Texas location in Houston. The restaurant chain, owned by Tillman Fertitta’s Landry’s Inc., is a favorite of celebrities and food critics from coast to coast. Mastro’s Houston is located at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.
This new wine bar and bistro will be having you do the hustle. Located in the ultra-trendy EaDo district, Nancy’s Hustle is joining other bars and restaurants that is making the East End the place to see and be seen. Nancy’s Hustle diner vibe brings a cozy atmosphere to the growing neighborhood.
Bellagreen at Vintage Marketplace
Rebranded from the former Ruggles Green, Bellagreen at Vintage Marketplace is the six location across Houston, serving up more healthy fare in a fast casual setting.
Bespoke HTX is an outpost for the craftsman and creative. Founded on the idea that the story and people behind every piece of art is as significant as the craft itself, Bespoke HTX provides a platform for the artist to tell their story and connect with the consumer.
Delta Blue Smokehouse
Check into an upscale barbecue experience when you visit Pappa's Delta Blues Smokehouse, the latest concept in the Pappas Restaurants portfolio.
The Gypsy Wagon
The Rice Village/Medical Center area now has its own slice of Paris in the newly opened Éclair Paris.
Jin Korean BBQ
Bring an appetite to Jin Korean BBQ, the all-you-can-eat joint near Chinatown. Choose from a variety of beef, poultry and seafood including Galbi, Bulgogi, Samgyupsal (pork belly), spicy chicken, tilapia and more.
MFA @ Heights Mercantile
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston teamed up with Heights Mercantile to open MFA Contemporary @ Heights Mercantile.
Momentum Indoor Climbing Gym
Momentum Silver Street is a 43,000 sq. ft. full-service bouldering gym and training facility, considered one of the largest bouldering gyms in the world.
Moxie Grill and Bar
Moxie's Grill and Bar , the popular Canadian restaurant, opened its second U.S. location in Houston in November 2017 and brings with it a globally inspired menu.
Pho Hung has reopened their outpost on Bellaire following a brief closure.
Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden
Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden, a neighborhood bar in Houston’s First Ward, is the perfect spot for an after-work drink, watching the big game or just patio sitting on a nice afternoon.
Union Kitchen- Washington
Armed with 15 years in the restaurant biz, Paul Miller introduced his globally- inspired Union Kitchen to the Houston market in late-summer 2010. In the years since, Miller has expanded the venture to Kingwood, Memorial and now the Heights.
Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill
Fresh, organic, healthy and gluten-free are words that describe the menu at Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill. With a brand-new restaurant in CityCentre, Zayed’s provides varied dining options focusing on the best of the Mediterranean.
In a city that has long buoyed the bigger is better mantra, Houston’s Hotel Alessandra aims to reverse tradition with intimate intrigue. The twenty-story, 223-room building, which occupies a prime site in downtown Houston’s pedestrian-oriented GreenStreet development, opened fall 2017.
Fabergé, one of the world's most iconic artist jewellers, opened their first retail boutique in Texas in fall 2017. Located in The Galleria, the boutique features distinctive design elements and motifs that illustrate the story of Fabergé's illustrious heritage.
A seat at the chef’s table? At James Beard Award winner Justin Yu’s new restaurant, the answer is always yes! One of Houston’s hottest new restaurants, Theodore Rex, will keep several tables and seats at the bar open for walk-in diners at this modern bistro.
Whether you're in the mood for tea or something sweet to drink, Zero Degrees offers yummy and whimsical beverage options for everyone.
Cloud 10 Creamery – Heights
Touted as one of Houston’s best dessert spots, Cloud 10 Creamery’s second location in the Heights may surprise even the most discerning frozen treat connoisseur.
Melange Creperie has been cooking its way into Houstonian hearts for a while now, starting with street-style crepes in Montrose, then farmers markets, parties and festivals. Last year, they caught a following at downtown’s beloved food hall, Conservatory. Today, guests can count on crepes daily at their first brick and mortar spot in the historic Heights neighborhood.
With a wide selection of sweet, gluten-free and even jumbo savory muffins, Merry Muffins is making everyone’s favorite breakfast snack an all-day event.
One Fifth: Romance Languages
Chef Chris Shepherd, along with business partners, Kevin Floyd, Whitney Mercilus and Steve Flippo launched their One Fifth restaurant in January 2017—a five-year project that will feature five different restaurant concepts. In its latest iteration, Romance Languages, Shepherd offers his take on French, Italian and Spanish cuisine.
Raven Tower (re-opening)
Situated right next to White Oak Music Hall, The Raven Tower is the perfect sidekick to one of Houston’s hottest hot spots for live music
Snappy Salads offers fast, casual and healthy salad mixes in the Houston area. The Dallas-based restaurant chain provides fresh, leafy greens, fish and vegetables to keep its guests feeling light and energized.
Elevated Bayou Cuisine. That’s how celebrity chef and James Beard Award nominee Bryan Caswell describes the food at his new restaurant, Oxbow 7, located in downtown Houston’s central business district.
Milk and Cream
What happens when you take a warm, milky, slightly-sweet bun, add in a few scoops of ice cream and then roll it around in a sweet topping? The answer is one of Houston’s newest, hippest dessert spots – Milk & Cream.
The former managing partner of River Oak’s Brasserie 19, Shawn Virene, returned with more sparkle and bubbly for H-Town. Virene brings the best of France’s Champagne region and Bouzy village with the opening of champagne-fueled concept restaurant, a’Bouzy.
“Top Chef” champ and James Beard Award winner Chef Paul Qui is bringing his winning recipes to H-town. The Austin-based chef is expanding his culinary portfolio with Aqui and inviting all Houstonians to come experience his Southeast Asian cuisine.
For the sweets lover in need of an allergy-free option, welcome ENDless Bakery to the Spring area.
Hughie's Tavern & Vietnamese Grill
With another location now open in one of Houston’s hottest dining neighborhoods, Hughie’s Tavern & Vietnamese Grill serves fan favorite dishes that keep customers coming back for more.
The occasional California roll hits the spot, especially for a last minute craving for sushi. However, one might want to make time for an amazing sushi experience at one of Houston’s latest hot spot, Kukuri in the Heights.
Experience a true taste of the Caribbean at this family-owned Jamaican restaurant in Sugar Land. Located in a shopping plaza, Love Bird is a no-frills, counter service restaurant, but its simplicity doesn’t take away from the bold flavors of its food, which are sure to have you coming back for more.
Over the Moon
From the creator of Juice Girl, a popular Houston shop for cold-pressed healthy drinks, comes Houston’s first vegan ice cream shop.
A new fast-casual pizza chain has arrived near Houston. Pizza Cucinova opened its first Texas location in Cypress, bringing with it its Neapolitan-style hand-stretched pizzas, fresh salads and pastas.
Red Circle Ice Cream
If aiming for a dessert that hits the sweet spot, Red Circle Ice Cream in Chinatown is a bulls-eye, delivering handcrafted scoops, topped to perfection and served inside donuts, macarons or Hong Kong-style waffle cones.
White Oak Biergarten (previously Lucky's Pub)
The watering hole formerly known as Lucky’s Pub in the Heights is making a comeback under the moniker White Oak Biergarten. With a wide selection of local and import beers, indoor and outdoor patio seating, and new menu, this new hot spot should be on everyone’s ‘must try’ list.
85C Bakery Cafe
Deemed the “Starbucks of Taiwan”, pastry chain 85C Bakery Café opened its first Houston location on Bellaire Boulevard to an excited crowd.
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 second brick and mortar location in the Heights, which means there’s no need to chase down the bright yellow bus to sink your teeth into a juicy burger.
Mother and daughter duo Toni and Lisa loved spending quality time together in the kitchen. That passion turned into business when Blonde Biscotti was born.
Chengdu Taste, ranked nationally by food critics as one of the best Sichuan restaurants in America, has landed in Houston’s Chinatown.
East End Hardware
East End Hardware used to sell tools, and now it sells booze. The recently renovated hardware store now offers thirsty patrons a selection of 20 brews on tap, cocktails and New Orleans-style boozy-sno-balls.
At its spacious Heights location, King’s BierHaus offers an elevated take on German-American food, a full bar and an expansive Biergarten where you and your friends can enjoy good food, beer, games and a fun vibe.
Momentum Climbing Katy
Momentum Climbing Katy offers an array of adventurous activities within its 36,000-square-foot facility. With a focus on indoor-climbing, guests will find a variety of top rope walls and bouldering sections, as well as yoga and weight-lifting rooms.
After the success of its locations in Montrose and River Oaks, Pepper Twins now has a third Houston location in Upper Kirby. The newest outpost of this Chinese eatery by Yunan Yang brings the same country-style Chinese food that made its sister restaurants a hit among locals.
Pho Hoa Noodle Soup
Founded in California in the early 80s, Pho Hoa set out to make a healthier version of pho without sacrificing its robust flavors. How? By using quality lean meats to make the pho broth instead of the customary bone marrow. And Houstonians can get a taste of the global chain’s Vietnamese rice noodle soups and dishes in the city.
Red Salsa Tacos and More
Tucked away in a strip mall halfway between Spring and The Woodlands, Red Salsa Tacos and More is a neighborhood joint with a solid menu of homemade Tex Mex specialties.
South Bank Seafood bar
South Bank Seafood Bar opened just outside downtown in the space formerly occupied by The Refinery Burgers and Whiskey, bringing a little seaside to the city.
Stacked- Sugar Land
This Katy-based ice cream shop is now serving Instagram worthy ice cream sandwiches and scoops at a second location in Sugar Land. The brainchild of Zaid Mohabbat and Marouf Suleiman, Stacked Ice Cream is known for its creative and colorful takes on the ice cream sandwich.
Chapman & Kirby
Chapman & Kirby, an upscale “gastrolounge”, is the latest addition to EaDo’s rapidly growing dining and entertainment scene. Described as “steampunk industrial,” the large 9,000 square foot space offers a sophisticated yet cool vibe with unique touches like antique mirrors, dark leather, gold accents, brick, and Edison light bulbs.
Hawaii has come to Houston with delicious food at Seaside Poke in EaDo.The fish at Seaside is locally sourced from nearby Texas farms to ensure its fresh and tasty.
Retrospective Coffee Bar
The city’s first neighborhood gas station is now bringing you coffee, crepes, and custard. Retrospective Coffee Bar opened in 2017 after the historic 40 year old oil filling station was renovated.
Roka Akor Steak, Seafood & Sushi, a nationally recognized Japanese sushi and steak concept, has opened its first location in Texas right here in Houston’s River Oaks District.
Tarka Indian Kitchen
Tarka Indian Kitchen is a fast and affordable Indian food based restaurant which started in 2009 and has now expanded to Houston's historic Heights neighborhood.
Balls Out Burger
Opened in summer 2017, Balls Out serves a variety burgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, sweet potato fries and of course great milkshakes.
Better Luck Tomorrow
Better Luck Tomorrow, the “neighborhood bar with food” concept recently opened by acclaimed chef Justin Yu and prolific bar operator Bobby Heugel, features a series of easygoing cocktails and a smart selection of dishes far above typical bar fare.
El Gato Coffeehouse
A coffee shop aimed at feline fans? That’s what you’ll find at El Gato Coffeehouse in the Woodland Heights neighborhood. The café offers a wide selection of coffees, teas and edible treats. But what makes this place different are the resident kitties, all rescued and available for adoption to loving homes.
Island Grill-Rice Village
Island Grill in Rice Village is a Mediterranean American fast-casual concept open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Syrian-inspired menu offers healthy and fresh cuisine as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The Ivy & James
Ivy & James restaurant debuted in May 2017 in collaboration with Evelyn’s Park Conservancy to bring home-grown fresh food to Bellaire’s new favorite picnic spot. The restaurant, situated in the “little yellow house”, offers a homey, neighborhood vibe surrounded by large trees and a covered pavilion.
Ohn Korean Eatery
Step into the streets of Seoul without the long flight. Ohn Korean Eatery, Mike Tran’s latest of many Chinatown hotspots (like Tiger Den, Night + Market and Mein Chinese Restaurant), offers Korean bar food and soju cocktails perfect for a night out with friends.
Piggy's Kitchen & Bar
Piggy’s, the latest concept from the Creek Group which owns Houston staples like Onion Creek and Cedar Creek, continues its tradition of creating a communal neighborhood space with great patios, classic food, and plenty of Houston-brewed beers on tap.
160ft Beerworks is downtown’s first nano brewery. The 2,000 square foot brewery offers 4 beers on tap at a time including a stout, blonde, hefeweizen, and imperial IPA. Throughout each year, 160ft will offer 10-12 new styles, always keeping experimental batches on hand.
Beaver's Houston - Westheimer
Longtime fans of Washington Avenue’s Beaver’s Ice House were treated to a second location in early 2017, when owners Jon Deal and Todd Johnson took over Westheimer’s shuttered Texadelphia space. The expanded footprint, which is more than three times the size of the original spot, makes room for a large dining room, special events space and expansive patio.
Cabo Baja Tacos & Burritos
Locals craving authentic Baja tacos will be well served at Washington Avenue’s Cabo Baja Tacos & Burritos. Inspired by Mexico’s coastal community, the restaurant promises fresh, made from scratch fare in everything from tacos and tostadas to burritos and even carne asada fries.
Cafe Ginger Uptown
After operating in Houston’s River Oaks area for years, Café Ginger added on a second, Uptown -area location in spring 2017. Set in BBVA Compass Plaza, the restaurant unfolds in the space that was most recently home to Oka Sushi.
Fans of Austin’s Dolce Neve gelato shop were excited to see the family-owned biz open a location in Houston. Created by a gelato-loving husband-wife team, along with the wife’s brother, Dolce Neve highlights more than a dozen changing flavors of scratch-made gelato and sorbets.
Helen in the Heights
Following the highly successful launch of Rice Village's Helen Greek Food & Wine, Chef William Wright and owner Evan Turner have turned their sights on the Heights, opening a more casual, taverna-style hangout at Helen in the Heights.
Diners looking for a casual and convenient place to satisfy an Indian food craving are in luck since IndiEats set up shop in Houston’s Galleria area. The modern, fast food destination opened in spring 2017, offering a variety of salads, kebabs, kati rolls and even naan pizza.
Houston’s wildly successful Peli Peli brand has added Peli Deli to the mix—a temporary, on-the-go outpost in Downtown Houston. The casual South African concept represents a nine-month pop up (from March to December 2017) offering naan tacos and banh mi selections, along with breakfast items like egg soufflé and parfaits.
In spring 2017, the team behind Houston’s Thai Cottage and Time for Thai expanded with a modern Thai street food concept named Rim Tanon.
Roostar Vietnamese Grill
Blink and you might miss Roostar Vietnamese Grill. Set in Spring Branch, along Gessner Road, the hole in the wall restaurant might not look special from the outside, but inside, the crowd knows better. Previously known as Vietnam Poblano, the wallet-friendly Vietnamese shop has risen to fame among Houston foodies that can’t stop raving about the BBQ pork banh mi, alphabet soup and vermicelli bowls.
Rabih and Florelle Salibi, the talent responsible for launching Houston’s Flo Paris, have created a new seafood-focused French concept in spring 2017. Salmontin caters to the River Oaks’ crowd in a space that was most recently home to the Corner Table.
You don't have to head to the Texas coast for the catch of the day. Just a short drive from downtown, in the historic Heights neighborhood, Star Fish coastal bar and kitchen serves up fresh seafood in an upscale setting.
You can't go wrong with handcrafted tacos made with local and organic ingredients. Tacodeli's award-winning tacos join a wide selection of taco purveyors across Houston.
The local outpost of Hakkasan Group’s Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum concept – recently opened its second location in the U.S. in the heart of The Galleria area, Houston's shopping and dining district.
BB’s Café – Energy Corridor
Brooks Bassler has expanded his Cajun concept, BB’s Café, yet again. Set along Eldridge Parkway in West Houston, the Energy Corridor location continues the company’s legacy of offering Gulf Coast cuisine and New Orleans-inspired fare with a Texas twist.
Buda Juice is the story of Horatio Lonsdale-Hands and Bernard Lucien Nussbaumer, a Brit and Swiss who grew up together in Lausanne, Switzerland. The two re-connected in Texas, trading in Swiss cheese and chocolate for raw veggies and fruits. At Buda Juice, which first launched in Dallas before expanding to Houston, the two deliver raw, organic bottled juices in nearly a dozen distinct flavors.
El Rey – Heights
When El Rey’s Oak Forest lease ended in late 2016, many neighboring fans were left wondering where they would go to satisfy their Cuban cravings. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before the company reopened in a more prominent, two-story location near 28th Street and the 610 Loop.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar-Rice Village
Burger connoisseurs welcomed Austin’s popular Hopdoddy Burger Bar to the River Oaks District in May 2016 and in early 2017, the venture expanded with a location in Rice Village. 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.
Krisp Bird & Batter
After helping launch Downtown’s Batanga in 2013 and later manning the stoves at nearby Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, Ben McPherson struck out on his own in 2017 with a fast-casual chicken concept named Krisp Bird & Batter. The Galleria-area venture spotlights a chef-driven mix of poultry items in everything from crispy sandwiches, chicken strips and salads.
Moody Center for The Arts
Designed by acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan to bring together the Rice community and the Houston public and enable innovative artistic work to flourish, the $30 million, 50,000-square-foot Moody Center for The Arts serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists.
Co-founded by Murray Tate, the NOLA fast-casual Cajun venture launched following Hurricane Katrina, when many of the Louisiana city’s restaurants were unable to reopen following the storm. Tate found himself selling poboys out of a warehouse space using a fryer and plastic card table to kick-start his business. Today, Nola Poboys has expanded its presence and menu and with more than 45 varieties of sandwiches.
Paul Revere Rum
Nearly five years in the making, Paul Stephens and his business partners opened the doors to Paul Revere Rum Distillery in 2017. Set in EaDo, the venture is one of the first of its kind in Houston, unfolding in a 2,500 square foot space just a stone’s throw from 8th Wonder Brewery.
West Coast-born Poké Bar has joined Houston’s poke scene, opening an outpost in West Houston. Located at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Dairy Ashford, Poke Bar promises the classic Hawaiian cuisine with a twist.
The unique venue in Downtown Houston offers live performance and arts events most days of the week. Set just steps from Minute Maid Park, Rec Room hosts a range of programming including comedy, concerts, mixed media, plays and variety shows.
The Breakfast Klub – IAH
Travelers looking for a bite to eat at Bush Intercontinental Airport can savor a Houston favorite now that Marcus Davis has opened an express location of his iconic restaurant, The Breakfast Klub, in Terminal A. There, guests dig into wings and waffles, “katfish” and grits and other classic comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bebidas Juice, Coffee & Bites
The Adair Family Restaurants team recently expand its mix of approachable area concepts. Set between Highland Village and River Oaks, Bebidas specializes in coffee, fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and heart-healthy fare.
Bosscat Kitchen and Libations
When Chef Peter Petro looked for a place outside California to open a second location of his Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, Houston was a natural choice. Here, he offers a menu that combines classic American comfort food with contemporary flavors and cooking techniques.
Field & Tides
After five years helping drive the cuisine at Houston’s Liberty Kitchen and Little Liberty, Chef Travis Lenig set out on his own in 2017. Set in The Heights’ former Zelko Bistro space, the restaurant promises locally sourced American fare with a focus on Gulf Coast seafood and local products.
Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel Houston is ready to impress following a major renovation that was completed in early 2017. Award-winning design boutique Meyer Davis was tapped to re-envision the 35-year-old hotel’s new look, which includes the exterior façade and entire lobby area. The new design bathes the ground floor in natural light from the three floors above with a grand central staircase serving as a dramatic centerpiece.
Fusion Taco - The Heights
After years turning out tacos from her Fusion Taco Truck, Julia Sharaby and business partner David Grossman put down brick-and-mortar roots in summer 2013, setting up the first Fusion Taco shop overlooking Downtown’s Market Square Park. Fast forward to February, when the pair added a second location along North Main Street in The Heights.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese - Memorial
Following the success of Gyu-Kaku’s Midtown location, the Japanese barbecue concept added another Houston spot in 2017, this time in West Houston. There, diners will find a unique barbecue style that celebrates shared plates and interaction, thanks to personal charcoal grills built in to each table top.
Hamburger Mary's Houston
Nearly 50 years after launching in San Francisco’s SoMa district, California’s funky Hamburger Mary’s has added on a Houston outpost. Set in Montrose, the LGBT-friendly restaurant offers fabulous family dining while also serving as a bar/entertainment venue at night.
The family-owned, counter service concept is located near the cross roads of Yale Street and 18th Street, offering a wallet-friendly mix of sweet and savory options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
La Fresca Pizza
Houston’s La Fresca Pizza is no newcomer to the pie game. For years, the company has operated two carry-out locations, one in the Meyerland area and another in West U, but 2017 marked La Fresca’s first entry into the sit-in market. At The Heights location, customers can dine-in or grab their customized pizzas to go.
If you thought Houston already had its fill of creative taco joints, it’s probably because you haven’t visited Liberty Taco. The spot unfolds just inside the loop, along Richmond Avenue, where fans find a popular destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pinch Seafood & Bar
At The Heights-area spot, Executive Chef Clinton Page offers up a Southern-inspired menu highlighting sandwiches, soups, salads and creative fish dishes incorporating seasonal seafood that is delivered to the restaurant daily.
The highly anticipated restaurant from Houston Astros’ Owner Jim Crane unfolds across the street from Downtown’s Minute Maid Park. The restaurant promises upscale Italian fare offered in a luxurious and eye-catching setting.
Set along 11th Street, the Texas-inspired restaurant highlights the culinary talent of Chef Adam Dorris (formerly of Pax Americana), who sends out salads, sandwiches and reimagined regional classics. Even before guests enter the restaurant, the modern mix of hanging planters, beds of crushed black granite and succulents alludes to the hip vibe ahead.
Austin’s popular noodle shop, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, has expanded to H-Town. Find the soup shop in Montrose, where guests can expect more than a half-dozen authentic ramen bowl varieties, small bites, and sweets.
Find Bobby Heugel and Chef Peter Jahnke’s under-the-radar speakeasy above Downtown’s Pastry War. Inspired by the owner’s Asia travels, the name pays homage to a Japanese fable about greed, jealousy, and friendship.
Chicago-born 5411 Empanadas got its start small back in 2009, when it operated as a delivery-only business venture. Today, the Argentinian concept boasts brick and mortar locations in Chicago, Florida and most recently, Houston. Find the first Texas location nestled in Downtown’s tunnels, offering more than a dozen flavors, all baked fresh, daily.
Bayou and Bottle
The first Texas venture for Richard Sandoval Restaurants is a chic bourbon concept dubbed Bayou & Bottle, set in the lobby of Four Seasons Houston. Created by celebrity chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval, the lively bar serves more than 100 varieties of bourbons and whiskeys, along with a well-edited menu of New American fare.
Brasserie du Parc
The husband-wife team behind Uptown Park’s Etoile Cuisine et Bar expanded their reach in 2017 with a second French concept in Downtown Houston. Located on the ground floor of One Park Place, Brasserie du Parc and its accompanying Creperie du Parc, overlook Discovery Green park and offer classic French fare in an elegant, relaxed setting.
Set on the ground floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center, in the heart of the bustling Avenida Houston district, guests find a warm and inviting upscale trattoria. Grotto serves authentic Southern Italian cuisine, specializing in traditional dishes from the Bay of Naples.
After years serving loyal guests in the Highland Village area, Chef Kiran Verma was forced to relocate her innovative Indian, French and American restaurant in mid-2016. In the new Richmond Avenue location, Chef Verma prepares authentic Mughlai dishes of Northern India that fuse American and French cuisine.
The second location of Executive Chef Domenic’s family built, home-style American restaurant is located in Midtown Houston, close to Downtown and Montrose. The restaurant is a collaboration between the Laurenzo’s and Landmark Houston Hospitality Group and offers an innovative approach to American classics.
Local Foods Downtown
Fans of Benjy Levit’s wildly popular Local Foods were excited when the restaurateur opened a Downtown location in January. Set along the METRORail, the expansive, three-level space unfolds in the historic building that once served as Byrd’s Department Store. The fast-casual, walk-up counter concept features soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as a raw bar and ceviche program.
North Shore Poke Co.
West Coast-based North Shore Poke Co. headed east in 2017, launching its first store outside California in Houston’s Westchase area. Founded in Huntington Beach, the restaurant celebrates the traditional Hawaiian cuisine of poke—a dish consisting of white rice and seasoned, sashimi grade raw fish.
One Fifth Houston
In January, James Beard-winning Chef Chris Shepherd, along with business partners, Kevin Floyd, Whitney Mercilus and Steve Flippo launched One Fifth—a five-year project that will feature five different restaurant concepts, all in one Montrose-set space. In its first year, Shepherd offers his spin on a steakhouse, though there will also be a cold seafood focus.
What Montrose’s Ono Poke lacks in parking, it more than makes up for in customizable poke bowls. Salmon, tuna, yellowtail and shrimp are all on offer, ready to be matched up with avocado, ginger, green onions or other additions. Give your mix oomph with the spicy shoyu sauce or the k-sauce—a savory “flavor bomb” of sweet, spicy and tanginess.
Pappadeux Seafood @ Avenida
Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen opened a Downtown location of its popular Cajun concept in early 2017, settling into a 9,000-square-foot space in the southwest corner of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The two-level location offers patio space, counter seating and a lively open kitchen.
Located inside West U’s Doc Holliday’s, Executive Chef Jason Liao brings eight years of experience to Houston’s sushi scene. On the menu, expect signature selections like the shaggy bowl with snow crab, shallot and honey wasabi and the tuna yuzuviche with tuna, yuzu white soy, pickled red onions and jalapeno.
Sushi lovers in the city were quick to embrace Memorial’s Pokii Eatery thanks, in part, to its hearty list of customizable options. While salmon, tuna, yellowtail and shrimp are on offer, Pokii raises the bar with scallops and octopus, too. Find more than two-dozen mixable additions like chili flakes, kimchi, pickled cucumber and crab meat, along with flavors like Korean pepper and sweet jalapeno.
The Rice Box - Heights
Rice Box started off as a wildly popular food truck appealing to the Montrose nightlife scene and University of Houston students for lunch. But in recent years, owner John Peterson put down roots with a brick-and-mortar location in Upper Kirby’s Greenway Plaza food court and in 2017, expanded again with a Chinese takeaway bar in The Heights.
Rose Gold Cocktail Den
Set along the METRORail, the Midtown concept is hip, sleek and feminine, promising upscale cocktails, great music, and a lively nightlife scene. Stop in for table service, shareable bites and dramatic cocktails.
Set in Downtown’s Marriott Marquis Houston, Xochi (pronounced so-chee) means to bloom or catch fire and represents another creative endeavor from award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega and the H Town Restaurant Group. There, fans will find a dining experience that celebrates the culinary and indigenous richness of Oaxaca, Mexico and its varied geographic regions.
the Midtown restaurant and bar features a breezy patio and open concept interior that draws locals with southern food, cocktails, and plenty of charm.
A decade after childhood friends Michael Portman and Jayson Rapaport opened their no-fuss Birds Barbershop in Austin, the entrepreneurs have expanded to Houston with a location in The Heights.
Cowboys & Indians Tex-In Kitchen
The once blindingly colorful sandwich shop, at the corner of Taft Street and Webster Street, closed to make room for an Indian-American fusion venture in late 2016.
Craft Beer Cellar
H-Town’s brew scene got an East Coast injection recently when Craft Beer Cellar set up shop in Downtown’s historic Bayou Lofts building. The 5,200-square-foot destination brings together three points of interest—a retail outlet, a taproom, and special event space.
Nestled in Downtown’s historic Sweeney, Coombs and Fredericks Building, Dizzy Kaktus brings a wide assortment of globally-inspired tacos to the bustling Downtown area. Swing by for breakfast, lunch or dinner service.
Flo Paris - Rice Village
French expats Florelle and Rabih Salibi brought a little piece of Paris across the pond with their original Flo Paris location near The Galleria. The concept was a hit with locals and now, fans can find a second outpost in the Rice Village area.
The talent behind west Houston's popular Luchi and Joey's taco shop expanded their reach with a brick and mortar juice bar in winter 2016. The Westchase-set operation turns out 100% cold-pressed juice, acai bowls, yogurt and other health-minded dishes.
Honey Art Cafe
Healthy food and art collide at the Upper Kirby area Honey Art Café. Created by a pair of Rice University grads, the concept combines co-owners Lulu and Lin’s love of food and passion for visual arts.
Hungry's Rice Village
A Rice Village restaurant institution has been reimagined for the next generation. Hungry’s moved from its former, much smaller location to a new 12,000-square-foot building next door.
Faithful fans of Ronnie Killen’s Pearland-set Killen’s Steakhouse and Killen’s Burgers were elated for the 2016 arrival of the talent’s centrally-set Killen’s STQ. The acclaimed chef’s first Houston outpost unfolds along Voss Road, offering a hybrid barbecue-steakhouse concept with a farm-to-table influence.
Marriott Marquis Houston
Downtown's highly anticipated, 1,000-room hotel opened in December 2016, bringing special event space and plenty of dining options to Avenida Houston. The property features a one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped "Sky River," a full-service spa and fitness center, along with six restaurants.
After time spent manning the stoves at Chicago’s L20 and Moto, native Houstonian and fine-dining Chef Martin Stayer returned to Texas to open his new concept, Nobie’s. Named after Stayer’s grandmother, guests will find a menu of light bites, sharable plates, and approachable entrees.
Find the laid-back sports bar operating from The Corkscrew’s old location in the Heights' Shady Acres area. Providence offers a casual place to grab a bite, beer and watch the game.
Chef Ryan Lachaine has unveiled his regional fine dining restaurant in Montrose. The former Underbelly and Reef sous chef are offering a creative selection of local flavors and regionally sourced products that mix Texas Gulf Coast touches with French-Canadian influence.
Ship & Shield
With its ship bar and shield tables, Montrose's new Viking restaurant will never be accused of blending in. Head there for wild game dishes, bocce ball, chess and other bar revelries.
Part retail shop, part wine bar, West U’s Vinology brings oenophiles a prime dining destination for snacking, sampling and shopping, all under one roof.
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 slowly 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 is 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) settled 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.
Eureka Heights Brewing
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 pub grub.
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 the experience she gained growing up around her parents’ Delaware-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 to 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 recently opened at 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 set 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 milk, 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 to 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 po’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's 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.
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.
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