Crawfish Season Is Off to a Slow Start

But here's where to get your mudbugs.

1.The Grove

The Grove is always packed during the evenings, especially on weekends. But if you don't have a reservation, don't sweat it. Grab a seat at the bar, order something to drink and share a cheese plate with your friends. Each selection of local cheeses costs $5, but the amount is perfect for two. Choose from pasteurized Deep Ellum Blue cheese from Dallas; soft, pasteurized Pure Luck Goat Cheese from Dripping Springs; Birdville Reserve from Granbury; and three types of cheddar: raw Brazos Valley; raw Horseradish Pecan White; and semi-firm, raw Veldhuizen Texas Gold from Dublin, Texas. For a filling plate, choose three cheeses, such as the blue, goat and Brazos Valley Cheddar. The pieces of toast are brushed with olive oil; create a salty-sweet-savory bite by spreading the pear mostarda or honey on the toast, followed by a slice of creamy goat or zippy Cheddar. Ask for more bread to make a meal out of the cheese plate.

Restaurant News

I'll take ten pounds, please. Yes, all for me.
Courtesy of LA Crawfish
I'll take ten pounds, please. Yes, all for me.
Lent never tasted so good.
Troy Fields
Lent never tasted so good.

Openings & Closings
Bradley's Fine Diner is on hold; Michael's Cookie Jar opens downtown.

Molly Dunn

Even though The Fresh Market expanded rapidly throughout Houston last year, one of the locations has already closed, and it's the one across the street from the Central Market at Westheimer and Weslayan — a likely reason for the market's closure. CultureMap reports that this is the only Fresh Market location to close in the Houston area; the other three will remain open.

The sign is up outside the soon-to-open Bradley's Fine Diner on Heights Boulevard, but the restaurant didn't open on March 15 as the owners had originally planned. Eater explains that a damaged water line has forced a postponement. As executive chef Bradley Ogden said in a statement to Eater, you can't cook without water.

Craving Chicago-style food? Then look no further than the newest Chicago food eaterie, Maxwell Street Grill, which opened at 4902 Almeda on March 1. But don't expect to sit down inside because, well, there's no dining room. Drive up to this walk-up-and-order grill and nosh on hot dogs, hamburgers and what Eater describes as the star item on the menu, the Maxwell Street Polish; it's a J.J. Sausage kielbasa with all the fixings (grilled onions, mustard and peppers). Maxwell Street Grill is also open quite late throughout the week — till 3 a.m. Thursday through Sunday and 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Michael's Cookie Jar opened its second location last week in the downtown tunnels at Pennzoil Place. The grand-opening celebration begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m. Be one of the first 50 people at the event and receive a "sweet swag bag" filled with items from various local purveyors and treats from Michael's Cookie Jar. The new location will hold a "Cookie Hour" each afternoon and showcase many local vendors, including Mill-King milk, chocolates from Araya Artisan Chocolate, and coffee from Katz Coffee and Caphin Iced Vietnamese Coffee.

The second Local Foods opened for lunch on March 13 and will add its dinner service in approximately two weeks. This location will use ingredients sourced from area vendors, such as Slow Dough Bread, Atkinson Farms and Black Hill Ranch. Don't expect the same menu items as those at the original Local Foods, though. In fact, 30 percent of the menu includes new items; more vegetarian and vegan dishes; and rotisserie items, such as spit-roasted beef, duck, lamb and half-roasted rotisserie chicken. There's also a full bar featuring liquors from Texas distilleries and a rotating lineup of five local beers on tap.

The Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago reports that Pico's Mex-Mex has opened at the intersection of Kirby and Richmond. After last weekend's grand closing celebration, Pico's has once again moved inside the Loop, to 3601 Kirby.

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