Four Casual New Restaurants for the Weekend

Pimento cheese poppers at Field & Tides
Pimento cheese poppers at Field & Tides Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp

The weekend is fast approaching, and that means more time to eat out. Maybe you're hoping to seek out a seat at one of the best new spots in town. Perhaps carve out a new favorite eatery or two? It's definitely hard to keep track of all the new restaurants opening in the Bayou City these days, that's for sure, but these four Houston newcomers all just debuted in the past week and are the hottest tickets in town.

Grab a bowl of ramen right off Westheimer in Montrose. - PHOTO BY GWENDOLYN KNAPP
Grab a bowl of ramen right off Westheimer in Montrose.
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp

Ramen Tatsu-Ya
1722 California,

Prepare to stand in line at this new Montrose location of Austin's beloved noodle spot Ramen Tatsu-Ya. People are already losing their minds, thanks to the cred that chefs/owners/hip-hop DJs  Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya “Tako” Matsumoto bring to the new joint. Aikawa honed his chops at Michelin-starred L.A. restaurant Urasawa, before opening the flagship with Matsumoto in 2012. On top of its signature tonkotsu ramen, the restaurant also offers a vegetarian version and a menu of appetizers as well. Weekend hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Field & Tides does right by Southern-inspired eats. - PHOTO BY GWENDOLYN KNAPP
Field & Tides does right by Southern-inspired eats.
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp
Field & Tides
705 East 11th, reservations at 713-861-6143,

The new Heights eatery is full of locally sourced Southern charm and a menu that evokes lazy days spent on the front porch. Here, chef Travis Lenig (formerly of Liberty Kitchen fame) turns out pimento cheese fritters, juicy racks of venison, a hearty duck confit over corn pudding with smothered greens and much more. On the drinks side, you're looking at a bevy of classic riffs from bar director Monique Hernandez. Try her spicy margarita, the Angel Gunsel, or the smoky, frothy mezcal sipper, the El Vaquero. Outdoor seating is available, and kids are welcome (in fact, they have their own menu). Weekend hours:  Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Presidio brings outdoor dining galore to the Heights. - PHOTO BY GWENDOLYN KNAPP
Presidio brings outdoor dining galore to the Heights.
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp
911 West 11th. 832-740-4574. Online at

Restaurateur Charles Bishop (formerly of Southern Goods) and chef Adam Dorris (formerly of Pax Americana) bring modern Houston cuisine to this casual Heights spot, where dining outside — whether you choose the spacious backyard with live music or the front covered patio with its charming plant life — is the name of the game, with meaty options ranging from braised goat empanadas to a chicken-fried steak, burger and prime rib, all sourced from 44 Farms. On the booze side, you're looking at an impressive tap list, on-trend cocktails and a fairly deep wine selection with great finds from the West Coast and abroad. Weekend hours: Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. (bar open until 2 a.m.) and Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m.

Inside Bosscat
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
4310 Westheimer. Online at

Whiskey-lovers are in for a treat with the opening of this new Westheimer eatery from Newport Beach, California, import Bosscat, opened by recent Houston transplants JT Reed, Leslie Nguyen and Vinnie Capizzi, on February 22. The restaurant features pub grub in the form of pork belly poutine, Cajun brick chicken and more meaty items, plus more than 260 different whiskeys and barrel-aged cocktails served at the 360 degrees center bar. Seating for 260 is available inside or on the patio. Weekend hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday brunch to come.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.