Spring is here, and with it has come a blossoming of tasty new menus from Houston’s hottest eateries. From brand-new brunches to springtime favorites, here’s a look at what’s new this season:
Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park, 114 Vintage Park
The Vintage Park location has stepped up its patio game with a new lunch (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and happy hour menu (weekdays 3 to 6 p.m). At lunch, get favorites including the royale with cheese burger, Mexican salad and carnivore pizza at discounted rates alongside a selection of $3 local draft beers and $4 glasses of wine. Bonus: Every guest who orders a pizza, salad or sandwich from the lunch menu gets a FREE MOVIE TICKET to enjoy on a return visit. Happy hour features snacks like $3 chips and salsa and $4 fried pickles in addition to brand-new treats, including street tacos and loaded tater tots. There's also a selection of local craft beer for $3, any glass of wine for $4 and a slew of Alamo's most popular cocktails for $5, plus specials like half off any bottle of wine on Wednesdays.
The Burger Joint, 2703 Montrose
Starting Monday, April 4, this Montrose hot spot is introducing Monday brunch. Perfect for industry folks who are working during the weekend or anyone who needs a little pick-me-up to start the week, the menu features fresh takes on staples like French toast with berry compote, smoked bacon and candied walnuts; or chicken-fried chicken with fried eggs and cheddar biscuits. The menu will be served Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 5061 Westheimer
Perfectly timed with the start of spring, new menu offerings range from lighter fare and a revamped business lunch, to exceptional new entrée selections, seasonal cocktails and a fabulous new dessert menu. Highlights include the lunch avocado chicken salad wrap with chilled quinoa; a seared rare Wagyu beef carpaccio starter; a Bay of Fundy salmon with crab hash and lobster tomato jus dinner option; and new cocktails like The Smoky Paloma. Patrons can also opt for a $25 fixed-price business lunch, with a choice of soup or salad followed by the choice of entrées. A slice of Del Frisco’s irresistible butter cake provides the perfect ending to a memorable meal.
Izakaya, 318 Gray
This Japanese tavern is marching toward spring with the opening of its courtyard patio, as well as the addition of Sunday brunch, a special raw bar tasting menu on Wednesday and Thursday nights, oyster specials during happy hour, afternoon tea service and on Mondays, half off all bottles of wine. Chef Philippe has also debuted his favorite comfort food, a menudo and ramen concoction he's dubbed “MeNoodles.”
The Manor House at The Houstonian, 111 North Post Oak
This elegant and historic restaurant recently opened to the public, and since then, the estate’s dining room has been hopping with a lunch set eager to try executive chef Neal Cox’s new spring menu. Highlights include Texas jumbo lump crab cake with maque choux and pickled okra, crawfish bisque, and veal short rib with fava bean risotto and porcini mushroom sorrel. Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mark’s American Cuisine, 1658 Westheimer
Chef and owner Mark Cox has debuted a show-stopping, seasonal prix-fixe brunch menu, available Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sample dishes include asparagus and egg, made with a sunny egg over spring vegetables and butterscotch mushrooms; lobster salad with spring citrus and ginger-lime vinaigrette; and French toast and pork, with spiced peaches and bourbon syrup. The cost for the three-course Sunday brunch is $65 per adult and $19 per child, plus tax and gratuity.
Mia Bella Trattoria, 1201 San Jacinto (GreenStreet); 16535 Southwest Freeway (Sugar Land); 110 Vintage Park (Vintage Park)
End your winter blues with a light and refreshing ahi tuna bruschetta. Fused with Italian ingredients, this dish provides big, bold, beautiful flavors with lemon-cured Tuna tartare. Pair it with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, whose fruit driven notes perfectly compliment delicacies of the sea.
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Milano Bar at Radio Milano, 800 Sorella
Radio Milano’s Milano Bar welcomes the warmer weather with the introduction of its new spring cocktail menu, spotlighting an array of cocktails with unique and refreshing flavors ranging from Chile pisco with grapefruit to tobacco sloe gin with raspberries. Sip the Spicy Breeze, with Irish whiskey, elderflower, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, cucumber, jalapeño, habanero, lemon and a chipotle rim; or the Chartreuse Swizzle, with rum, elderflower, Chartreuse, pineapple, lime and cucumber. Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m., with $2 off all cocktails, beer and wine.
Monarch Bistro at Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main
Chef de cuisine Jonathan Wicks and his team have honed in on clean flavors, locally sourced ingredients from Texas farmers and top seasonal items like rhubarb, asparagus and morel mushrooms to come up with a seasonal menu that's best enjoyed on Monarch’s scenic outdoor terrace. Featured dishes include duck fat seared scallops with lemon potato puree, English pea puree, Benton’s smoked ham and morel mushrooms; and English pea and farmer cheese agnolotti with carrot beurre fondue.
Prohibition Supperclub, 1008 Prairie
This mouthwatering new spring dinner menu includes dishes like English pea salad with chilled soft egg and escargot à la Bourgogne.
Sud Italia Ristorante, 2347 University
The fresh coastal Italian eatery has prepared a light, healthy menu for the season, featuring dishes such as cozze al vino bianco (mussels in white wine), paccheri al pesto di rugoli (pasta in a light arugula pesto), and trotta arcobaleno al ferri (grilled rainbow trout with white wine and fresh herbs).