Here, Eat This

A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.

Pi Pizza Truck

I'm going to get called out for including this in a bar pizza roundup, but I'm willing to read the scathing comments on here because this food truck delivers pizzas to bars all over the Inner Loop — primarily Montrose — that I'd drive out of my way for. It's technically there for you at most bars you frequent, and it doesn't merely "do the job"; this spot impresses even the most discerning pie critics.

For those who complain that the prices are too high for a food truck: Lamb isn't cheap, dudes. And neither is the creativity behind the menu with options like the Herbivoracious for vegetarians, which is topped with roasted garlic oil, almond pieces, lemon zest and chile flakes. My personal favorite is the Arabian Nights with pistachio and mint pesto, spiced lamb, feta and tzatziki sauce. Plus, the humor they inject into their menu and attitudes is hard to beat and makes them the cool "older brother [who] smokes and drives a Camaro."

Regular bibimbap, sans stone bowl.
Katharine Shilcutt
Regular bibimbap, sans stone bowl.
Kimchi cheese fries at Kobecue.
Katharine Shilcutt
Kimchi cheese fries at Kobecue.

Restaurant News

Openings and Closings
Pico's Mex-Mex is moving on up.

Katharine Shilcutt

If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' on Up" from The Jeffersons.

Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke the news last week that owner Arnaldo Richards will open the new-and-­improved Pico's in about eight months.

Richards had long been looking to move his popular Mexican restaurant inside the Loop, but our own tipster tells us that the old Bellaire location won't be abandoned completely; Richards will likely use the space to house the massive Pico's catering ­operations.

Cook also broke the news that Karanchos — the Channelview taco trailer that recently topped our list of Houston's ten best tacos — is opening a second location in Seabrook.

Last week we reported on the news that Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of the newly formed Clumsy Butcher restaurant group would be opening a tequila bar at 310 Main. But if you paid attention to that post, you should have noticed an additional blind item: a dessert and coffee cafe that's slated for the old Cielo space at 300 Main.

Elsewhere downtown, the second location of Korean fusion restaurant Kobecue is now open at 1001 Texas. The old tenant, Napoli Ristorante Italiano, has opened in a swank new spot at Bayou Place next to new wine bar The Wine Cellar — both at 540 Texas. And another downtown watering hole is now open: Bad News Bar at 308 Main, which served its first drinks two weeks ago.

Swamplot reports that beloved south Houston diner Frank's Grill is moving — but not very far from its old Telephone Road digs. The grill is "closing and moving south about a tenth of a mile," says the real estate Web site, into "the recently completed strip center on Telephone and Fairway."

The Web site also reports additional Telephone Road activity closer to town. A new ice cream shop is moving into the Tlaquepaque Market next to Bohemeo's and Kanomwan: Scoops, which is replacing a nail salon at 724 Telephone.

And in a final bit of sweet news, it's been confirmed that the first Inner Loop location of Dunkin' Donuts is headed into the old Arby's spot at Shepherd and Fairview. An additional 15 locations of the chain are planned for the greater Houston area.

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