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Meat mecca CK's Steakhouse from Killen's owner Ronnie Killen and Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig has hit a few snags in the Heights, reports Alison Cook in 29-95. Although the restaurant originally planned to open this month, Cook writes that the renovation of the old Mr. Shine Car Care building would have to be raised by three feet in order to be approved by the City, since it falls within a 100-year floodplain. Instead of undergoing such an exhaustive redo, Killen and Craig now plan to build a new restaurant from the ground up.

Oak Leaf Smokehouse is now open on Telephone Road in the space that previously housed Pete's BBQ but looks to offer some dishes very different from what you'll find at your typical barbecue joint. CultureMap's Tyler Rudick reports that owners Brian Lewis and Lisa Kuhfeldt plan to make not only Texas barbecue, but also Carolina, Memphis and Kansas City-style 'cue, too. But that's not all.

"In addition to spreading the gospel of BBQ, Oak Leaf is upping the ante in the sides department as well," writes Rudick, by "offering beans, slaw, potato salad and corn pudding that are all vegetarian and gluten-free."

The Tasting Room's patio in Kingwood overlooks a serene Lake Houston.
Courtesy of The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room's patio in Kingwood overlooks a serene Lake Houston.
"I would venture to say that they sell as much crawfish in Houston as they do in Louisiana," says Jim Gossen.
"I would venture to say that they sell as much crawfish in Houston as they do in Louisiana," says Jim Gossen.

In a bit of sad news last week, The Leader reports that Heights-area Cajun restaurant The Big Mamou shut its doors February 28. Owners Rufus and Brenda Estis cited "family commitments" as the reason for closing their four-year-old restaurant.

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