10 Dishes We're Excited About on Houston Restaurants' New Fall Menus

Roost Bistro is one of the restaurants with an exciting fall menu.

Fall means looking forward to more than just oyster season, chili cook-offs and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. It means that plenty of our favorite restaurants (and, yes, bars too) across the city are issuing new seasonal menus for the autumn months. Here's a list of the 10 we're looking forward to sampling the most, kicking off with one of Reserve 101's new fall cocktails.

10. Thunder Road at Reserve 101

The whiskey bar with the city's best selection has a full fall cocktail menu in store, but we're most excited about the Thunder Road. It comes with Balcones Baby Blue (from Waco), bacon syrup, muddled cherries and orange, and bitters shaken and double strained over ice splash of club soda, garnished with cherry and orange.

This chicken pot pie is big enough for two.
This chicken pot pie is big enough for two.
Photo courtesy of Kenny & Ziggy's

9. Lobster ravioli at Arturo Boada Cuisine

We already love the pastas (and pizzas) at Arturo Boada's Tanglewood-area restaurant, and we're likely to fall equally in love with his housemade ravioli stuffed with lobster and cheeses and topped with a vodka tomato cream sauce.

8. Chicken pot pie for two at Kenny & Ziggy's

Chicken pot pie is one of our favorite fall dishes anyway, and it's always satisfying to see this heavy-hitter come back on the menu each fall. In keeping with Kenny & Ziggy's tradition of serving heaping helpings, this chicken pot pie is large enough to feed two -- so order accordingly.

7. Chiles en nogada at Ninfa's on Navigation

This dish is a fall favorite in Mexico when pomegranates are in season. Chef Alex Padilla's version features a roasted chile stuffed with shredded pork, apples, raisins and almonds and topped with a walnut sauce. Save room for dessert, too, as you'll want to try Ninfa's new molé ice cream with the texture of gelato and intense notes of chocolate, clove and nutmeg balanced with just the right amount of heat.

6. Venison carpaccio at Quattro

Deer season in Texas just opened on September 29, so expect to see venison start making its annual appearance on seasonal menus. At Quattro, you'll find a carpaccio served with Brussels sprouts, chestnuts and a berry dressing. But we're also looking forward to the hearty-sounding tripe ravioli and Gulf shrimp with an heirloom tomato sauce and Pecorino shavings.

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