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The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

Get excited for chef Justin Turner's first brick and mortar restaurant!
Get excited for chef Justin Turner's first brick and mortar restaurant!
Photo courtesy Bernie's Burger Bus

Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town dining scene in a great way.

Get ready for new ways to satisfy your hunger after strolling through museums, new spots to get your drink on and lots and lots of doughnuts. From food trucks going brick and mortar to chefs and restaurants imported from across the country, the Houston restaurant scene will be positively hopping now through August.

This list isn't everything set to open soon, of course--just the places we're most excited to try. As is always the case with restaurant openings, some of these may get pushed back to the fall (or later). But for now, these are the projected blockbuster hits of the summer season.

Azuma Group Restaurant It's so new, it still doesn't have a name! At least, we're told that as of last week a name had not been chosen and the menu is still being developed. We're not sure if that's on schedule for the upcoming restaurant, but back when it was announced to the Houston Chronicle in late March, the projected opening date was mid to late summer. The Azuma group, who owns Kata Robata, Soma Sushi and Azuma Sushi are opening a Japanese izakaya in the Midtown space that used to house Farrago World Cuisine. Kata Robata chef Manabu Horiuchi, affectionately known as Hori-san, will be involved in the menu creation, as his experiences frequenting izakayas in Japan after a long day's work were the inspiration behind the new spot.

Bernie's Burger Bus Stop We've been hearing about it for months, and it's finally (almost) here! Bernie's Burger Bus Stop will be opening soon at its new brick and mortar location in Bellaire. First there was the truck, then there were more trucks, then a spot in Reliant Stadium (but only if you had a ticket of course), and now, after waiting for years for a spot where you could sit down and order a burger like a civilized human being, our prayers have been answered. And by civilized human being, of course, we mean crazed burger fiend with that delicious homemade ketchup dripping down your chin. It's impossible to eat a Bernie's Burger and stay clean. At least beginning in June there will be a table to catch the mess.

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