The Pho-ndamentals

A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.

The new tacos-and-tequila joint that replaced Nabi in Montrose is now open, too. Pistolero's — from owner Shawn Bermudez, who also runs the nearby Boondocks, Royal Oak and Koagie Hots — has totally revamped the old Nabi space, turning it into a posh taqueria with an inviting bar and patio. In addition to tacos, look for tortas, burritos, hot dogs and more.

Meanwhile, in the Heights, another renovated spot has opened: D&T Drive Inn, which was recently taken over by the same crew that runs nearby Down House. The craft beer-focused watering hole may look modern and sleek in that wholesome, airy Nordic way now, but it still has the soul (and garage doors) of an icehouse. Check out the bar top and communal table inside: Both were made from a felled tree on the property.

Wondering what would eventually take over the old Billy Blues spot on the Richmond Strip? Wonder no more. B4-U-Eat reports that Diablo Loco Wings y Mas Sports Bar has moved in. It's open every night for dinner, but lunch is served only on the weekends. The giant blue saxophone out front is gone but not forgotten. "The 70-foot sax made of an inverted VW Beetle has been moved to the Orange Show," notes B4-U-Eat.

Cha gio at Phat Ky.
Michael Shum
Cha gio at Phat Ky.
Chargrilled pork banh mi with a fried egg at Ba Mien Bistro.
Joshua Justice
Chargrilled pork banh mi with a fried egg at Ba Mien Bistro.

Montrose residents no longer have to wait with bated breath for a Dunkin Donuts to move into the old Arby's space at Shepherd and Fairview, as it finally opened May 13. But it wasn't the first new Dunkin Donuts in town: Westchase residents got that honor when the donut shop at 10705 Westheimer opened early last week.

The classic Cafe Adobe location at Shepherd and Westheimer is no more. The two-story Tex-Mex joint famous for its patio and party atmosphere closed for good this past Sunday. But on the bright side, Houston will be getting another two-story Tex-Mex party palace soon enough: The second location of El Gran Malo is set to open inside the old Cabo location downtown in just a few months. The king is dead; long live the king.

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