Restaurant News

Openings and Closings: Los Tios and Adair Kitchen Will Expand, 5Kinokawa Opens

Los Tios has blue margaritas on the rocks or frozen.
Los Tios has blue margaritas on the rocks or frozen. Photo by Kerry Kirk
Plaza in the Park, 5110 Buffalo Speedway, announced that it is adding two new restaurants to its line up at the development from EDENS, a real estate owner, operator and developer with more than 110 places nationwide. The outdoor destination, located near the intersection of Buffalo Speedway and Bissonet currently has retail businesses such as Custom Ink, Diesel Barbershop and Massage Envy open at the site plus a Kroger grocery store, Fellini Caffe and a Subway location.
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Los Tios has all the Tex-Mex favorites.
Photo by Kerry Kirk

The new restaurants come from Adair Concepts. The first, Los Tios Mexican Restaurant, has been a Tex-Mex staple in Houston for nearly 50 years. Besides its fajitas, enchiladas and combo plates, it's known for its puffy quesos. It also claims to have introduced Houston to the frozen margarita for the first time in 1975. The new location will be the sixth for Houston and will occupy 7,573 square feet of space that will be designed by Aaron Rambo as a tribute to the heritage of the Los Tios brand while offering a welcoming decor and vibrancy befitting the West University neighborhood.
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Adair Kitchen has healthy bowls and indulgent burgers.
Photo by Kerry Kirk

The second concept, Adair Kitchen, is a from-scratch restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its recipes go back generations in the Adair family and is the second location for the concept. Besides its all day menu, there will be signature cocktails, a full bar menu, a modern wine list and beers on tap. 

The debut of two of its restaurants at Plaza in the Park is a sort of homecoming for Adair Concepts which first opened its Skeeters Mesquite Grill in the neighborhood in 1988. President Nick Adair, a West U resident himself, says " The neighborhood means so much to us and we're thrilled to have partnered with EDENS to expand two of our concepts to Plaza in the Park. We can’t wait to provide additional welcoming neighborhood gathering places for local foodies and families."
The Chicken Thunder Fries are not what the doctor ordered.
Photo by marissa@houstonhotspots
The Waffle Bus, 1540 W. Alabama, celebrated its grand opening weekend beginning December 17. This is the second brick and mortar location for the popular food truck which was founded by Phi Nguyen in 2012. It became a food truck favorite with its loaded fries and fried chicken concoctions and opened its first brick and mortar in October 2019 at 1835 N. Shepherd. The Waffle Bus also operates at TDECU Stadium for the football games.

This isn't health food, it's joy food. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken shows up in various guises on the menu. The Chicken and Waffles is a standard but it also offers Hot Chicken and Nashville Hot Chicken as well. One of its best sellers is the Chicken Thunder Fries, a mess of waffle fries topped with buttermilk fried chicken bites, spicy mayo, ancho chile honey butter and sriracha. Speaking of a mess, the Hot Mess Fries takes it a step further and adds white cheddar mac & cheese to the already loaded Chicken Thunder Fries. There are also wings and burgers, including the Big Cheezy, a Black Angus smashburger  oozing with white cheddar mac & cheese, bacon, American cheese and stormy sauce. It will use up all your cheat days for the month.

The new Montrose location also has a wide selection of milkshakes, Milk and Cereal shakes (think Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles) plus it has Dole soft serve in the original pineapple version and a black cherry one as well.

The Waffle Bus has a full liquor license and beers on tap, too.

5Kinokawa, 3119 White Oak, opened this week from chef and owner Billy Kin and chef Brandon Silva. The new restaurant is named for a city in the Wakayama Prefecture in Japan and its tasting menu will reflect the uniqueness of its name. It's also a tribute to Kin's father who owned a restaurant, Kinokawa, in Japan.

Kin is known for his work at Blackbird Izakaya and Hidden Omakase and the new tasting concept offers him the chance to focus on individualized service in an intimate 14-seat restaurant. It's intended to be an immersive experience where guests will be treated to a culinary experience that features the finest foods,  from Japanese A5 Wagyu to the freshest seafood with internationally-sourced ingredients flow in weekly.

Silva departed his tasting restaurant Degust this past September. His culinary background, however, includes a stint as sous chef at renowned sushi restaurant, Uchi, so he is no stranger to the world of Japanese cuisine. He and Kin also plan to debut Tesseract, an izakaya concept, at the location sometime in 2022, as reported by CultureMap Houston.

There will be two seatings each night and possibly, rumor has it, a private chef's table will be available. Reservations can be made on Resy.
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Eclairs line up in a pretty row at Le Macaron.
Photo by Angel Santiago
Le Macaron, 130 Vintage Park, softly opened December 22 and will have a grand opening January 8 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The French pastry shop is offering its customers a Buy Three, Get One Free deal on its macarons for the grand opening. It will also announce the five winners of its Free Macarons for a Year that day. Entries can be submitted here for a chance to win a box of six macarons each month for a year.

The new franchised location is operated by husband and wife Moni Mau and Angelica Covarrubias. It is the third Houston area location with one on Fry Road and another at The Galleria. The shop sells gluten-free macarons with no artificial preservatives. Besides macarons, there are Napoleons, eclairs, croissants, French gelato, French chocolates and cakes.
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Reuben the Great is a mighty sandwich at Jason's Deli.
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Jason's Deli, 28050 Highway 290, opened December 22 in Cypress. The new location offers the full menu of sandwiches, original-recipe soups, pasta and vegetarian items plus a kids' menu. It also features a self-service salad bar. Customers appreciate its free ice cream as well.

The family-owned deli chain began in Beaumont, Texas in 1976 by founder Joe Tortorice Jr. It now has over 250 locations in 28 states. The company was also the first major American restaurant concept to ban artificial trans fats and also high-fructose corn syrup.

, 3201 Allen Parkway, softly and quietly opened this past week at the beautiful River Oaks 1930 building being restored and developed by Radom Capital as a dining and office complex. Clarkwood, a cocktail and wine bar, joins BlendIn Coffee at the site and will eventually share an outdoor seating area with the upcoming live-fire steakhouse, Andiron, from Sambrooks Management Company, according to CultureMap Houston.

Clarkwood currently has nine signature cocktails and a dozen wines by the glass and will be introducing cheese and charcuterie in the future.

Temporary Openings and Closings:

Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, announced that it is temporarily closed due to staff shortages and is cancelling most of its end of the year celebrations, with only pre-booked private events being held at the restaurant. It will reopen for business January 4.

Davis St. at Hermann Park, 5925 Almeda, reopened December 29 after a brief closure.

Restaurants Reported Open December 2021:

Amore Italian Restaurant, 3310 S. Shepherd, opened early December
Aurelian Culinary Co., 32127 TX 249, reopened early December
Burger Joint, 1350 W. Bay Area Boulevard, opened December 1
Clean Juice, 2811 Grand Parkway, opened December 6
Common Bond On-The-Go, 2850 Fannin, opened December 18
Common Bond On-The-Go 2229 San Felipe, opened December 20
Freebirds World Burrito, 2825 Riley Fuzzell, opened December 15
Grace market, 9415 Broadway, opened November 23
The Great Greek, 700 Baybrook Mall, opened November 22
Highline Park, 600 N. Shepherd, opened December 3
Local Table, 2003 W. 34th, opened December 15
Maize, 14795 Memorial, opened December 1
Mastro's Ocean Club, 9595 Six Pines, opened December 8
Mendocino Frams, 600 N. Shepherd, opened December 14
Miri's Kitchen Persian, 5801 Memorial, opened late December
Postino, 1151 Uptown Park, opened December 6
R-C Ranch Butcher Shop, 2520 Airline, opened December 17
Ruggles Black, 2245 W. Alabama, opened December 2
Salata, 5015 Westheimer, opened December 7
Zalat Pizza, 510 W. Gray, opened December 6

Restaurants Reported Closed December 2021:

Cane Rosso, 1835 N. Shepherd, closed November 15
Eatsie Boys, 2202 Dallas, closed December 31
Fajitas A Go Go, 5404 Kirby, closed December 24
Kanomwan, 736 1/2 Telephone, closed September 7
Mozambik, 5085 Westheimer, closed November 21
The Texas BBQ Lab, 13251 Jones, closed mid-December
UB Preserv, 1609 Westheimer, closed December 21
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Lorretta Ruggiero is a Houston Press freelance writer based in Cypress, Texas. She loves entertaining her family and friends with her food and sparkling wit. She is married to Classic Rock Bob and they have two exceptionally smart-aleck children.