Top 8 Seasonal Texas Brews

Get in the fall spirit with one of these beers.

The Refuge Bar and Bistro opened along The Woodlands Waterway on October 2. The new Woodlands bar serves handcrafted cocktails; microbrewed beers; wine; and a variety of flatbreads, sliders, charcuterie and other shareable appetizers, such as curry-spiced mix nuts, blue crab cakes, and blue cheese and smoked-chicken artichoke dip.

Both Fellini Caffè and Cloud 10 Creamery have finished their soft openings and are open for regular business hours. Fellini Caffè held its grand opening on September 30; the cafe serves espresso, cocktails and small dishes — it also has a custom bar imported from Italy to enhance the authentic Italian lifestyle the owners want to showcase.

Cloud 10 Creamery opened for regular ­business hours on October 2; the Rice Village creamery has finally unveiled the complete menu of frozen treats and ice cream flavors. Even though it is technically the fall season, we know it won't be cold anytime soon, so a scoop (or two) of ice cream is perfectly acceptable.

Mummy Dogs can be made with wild boar sausages or regular franks.
Mummy Dogs can be made with wild boar sausages or regular franks.
Spicy wontons come 12 to an order for $4.50 at Xiong's Cafe.
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Spicy wontons come 12 to an order for $4.50 at Xiong's Cafe.

In coming-soon news, the Hughes Hangar team announced that they're working on a new concept, The de Gaulle. The new restaurant will pay homage to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. CultureMap reports that The de Gaulle will be next door to Hughes Hangar and will make guests feel as though they've stepped into a Parisian restaurant from yesteryear. It will be a cafe and bistro during the day and a bar at night; the owners are hoping for a Halloween grand opening with a VIP soft opening the week before.

MAM'S House of Ice Snoballs is going brick-and-mortar. The snoball stand announced on Facebook that they have signed a lease and will begin construction on the new storefront as soon as possible. The new Heights location should open in about four to six weeks. Expect new winter menu items and longer hours, too. MAM's House of Ice Snoballs will be open year-round.

Swamplot reports that Big Eyed Fish will join the bar and club scene of Washington Avenue soon. The restaurant posted pictures on Facebook the weekend of September 29 showing the amount of construction that is going on at the location. The upscale Southern restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, as well as brunch on Sundays.

D'Amico's Italian Market Café opened on October 1 in Katy. Work on the new location had been going on for months.

Thanks to commenter Chic_Chick-Eats in the Openings & Closings report two weeks ago, we know that the original China-based Chuan's Chinese Restaurant opened three weeks ago. This is the first U.S. location for the restaurant. American Deli on Bissonnet and Pho LN Sushi Bar & Grill, located off of the Katy Freeway, joined the Houston restaurant scene two weeks ago as well.

In ramen news, Carl Rosa of the Sushi Club of Houston and the only ramen group in Houston, Ramen in Common, gave us insight into the first ramen-only restaurant in Houston, Ramen Jin. The restaurant is located at 18111 Westheimer and according to owner Brian Chen will serve five ramens: tonkotsu, shoyu, shio, curry-flavor and vegetarian. Chen tells CultureMap that he will not treat ramen merely as a side dish, as other area restaurants do; ramen will be the main focus, and he will make stock for it every day.


Conroe Coffee, 206 N. Main, Conroe, 932-266-7632

Coppa Osteria, 5210 Morningside, 713-522-3535

Cork Cafe Wine & Beer, 12810 Telge, ­Cypress, 281-746-3005

Chuan's Chinese Restaurant, 5901 West­heimer, 713-953-9999

Cloud 10 Creamery, 5216 Morningside, 713-434-6129

D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe, 2643 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, 713-468-1787

Fellini Caffè, 5211 Kelvin, 281-888-6654

Fielding's Wood Grill, 1699 Research Forest, Suite 130, The Woodlands, 832-616-3275

Jollibee Chicken & Burgers, 8001 S. Main, 650-296-9398

Jus' Mac, 106 Westheimer, 713-622-8646

Lagniappe Seafood Sports Lounge, 2395 Highway 6 S.

Mercantile, 5407 Morningside, 832-740-4494

Morton's Grille, 25 Waterway, The Woodlands, 281-362-2860

Noodles & Company, 1555 Lake Woodlands, 281-298-5642

Osteria Mazzantini, 2200 Post Oak Blvd., 713-993-9898

Pho LN Sushi Bar & Grill, 8408 Katy Fwy., 713-973-2003

Ramen Jin, 11181 Westheimer, COMING SOON

SnowBlock Shavery, 2518 Rice, 713-528-2063

The Dosa Factory, 5959 Richmond, 713-781-3672

The Refuge Bar and Bistro, 24 Waterway, The Woodlands, 713-389-5674

Torchy's Tacos, 350 W. 19th, 713-595-8229

Voodoo Queen, 322 Milby, 713-223-0545

Worhals Midtown, 2016 Main 832-804-6110


Candelari's Pizza, 14545 Memorial

CHA Champagne & Wine Bar, 810 Waugh

Hollister Grill, 5555 Washington

Landry's Seafood House, 8816 Westheimer

Lulu Blues: A Creperie, 8121 Castleford

MF Sushi, temporarily closed, 5887 West­heimer

Nosh Bistro, temporarily closed, 3983 Kirby

Pesca World Seafood, 2015 W. Gray

Scott Gertner's Sports Bar Live, 3100 Fountainview

Skeeter's Mesquite Grill, 700 Town & Country

Solea, 1500 Shepherd

Sweet Lola Yogurt Bar, 304 Gray

Tasti D-Lite, 3974 Westheimer

The Burger Guys, 706 Main

The Chili Shak, 9600 Fondren

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