Killen's, 101 Heights Boulevard, will open late summer 2019 in the spot that formerly housed longtime Houston barbecue joint, Hickory Hollow, which closed this past January. The Fallbrook location of Hickory Hollow remains open.
Ronnie Killen, a James Beard nominee and restaurant king of Pearland, is already set to open his second Killen's Steakhouse any day now, which will be north of Houston in The Woodlands. Killen's will be the seventh restaurant for the chef and restaurateur and the first within the 610 Loop.
Loyal patrons of the former Hickory Hollow may see a few of their familiar favorites with the added flare of Killen's culinary expertise. Comfort food will be a definite part of the menu, with Killen's chicken fried steak, beef ribs, creamed corn and bread pudding just a part of the stick to your ribs fare, along with some Tex Mex dishes like smoked brisket enchiladas and nostalgic additions such as a smoked meatloaf based on his mother's recipe.
Beer and wine will be available, with the possible addition of a mixed drinks bar, if it will fit the space. Killen's renovations will be sensitive to the history of the building, but the floors, paint and restrooms will be updated while the kitchen will be opened up with a new barbecue pit and a wood burning grill, both by J&R Manufacturing.
This will be the fourth Houston area location and the first in the Galleria. This franchise comes from brothers Christopher and Henry Lav whose family immigrated from Cambodia in 1988 to escape the genocide. Inspired by their parents, they went on to operate six Hartz Chicken Buffets, beginning in 2009, and are now jumping into the Pokeworks franchise, planning further expansions to Katy and Sugar Land.
For spring 2019, Top Chef alumnus Sheldon Simeon has drawn on his Hawaiian heritage to create The Lava Bowl. With ghost peppers, sriracha and a choice of spicy sauces, this poke may make you erupt.
There will be small diverse plates ranging from chicken karrage to crawfish souffle. The entree menu will have a strong focus on simply grilled seafood, but also offer dishes like tom yum hot pot and dark roux gumbo. For non-seafood lovers, a Niman Ranch prime ribeye is on the menu.
General Manager Adrian Cuneo has curated a competitively priced wine list, though there are plenty of reserve wines for special moments and deep pockets.
1/2 the Guilt, 2721 Chimney Rock, began its soft opening March 15 with a friends and family event and the restaurant is shooting for an April 15 grand opening, though details are still in the works.
The meat burgers are made with grass-fed beef and cafe-free chicken from a farm in Waller and the meat is Halal. The restaurant also offers burgers for vegetarians and vegans including the vegetarian eggplant, falafel and Beyond Vegan burgers. The grass-fed burger starts at $5.99 for the original with the L.A. Burger at the other end of the list at $7.99 and the vegetarian burgers in between. That leaves plenty of wiggle room to add on french fries for $2.99. To wash it down with half the guilt, there is organic milk, Honest Tea and IBC Root Beer. There are also homemade pickle relishes available for purchase.
Bombshells, 24628 Texas 249, opened March 27. This makes the sixth Houston area location for the military-themed sports bar and restaurant. It's in a prime spot next to the Regal Lone Star Cinemas 19, so you might want to grab a burger, pizza or cheese steak at Bombshells before or after the movie rather than spend $15 on popcorn and a drink. There's an extensive menu of entrees, barbecue, sandwiches and appetizers including the Uncle Spam, a triple-decker Spam and cheese sandwich.
In keeping with its mission to honor military service, veterans and active service members of the U.S. Armed Forces get 20 percent off meals and soft drinks every day. They also eat free on Veteran's Day.
There are plans to open two additional locations, one at Katy Freeway and another at US-59 later this spring.
as reported here in the Press. The new concepts will open with an updated facade, a remodeled dining room, renovated private event spaces and new restrooms. There will also be a large horseshoe bar and an outdoor patio.
B.B. Italia will offer a fresh take on Italian cuisine and there are plans to offer brunch service within a month of opening. Inside the restaurant will be B.B. Pizza. serving New York-style pizza, subs and calzones for pick-up and delivery.
Magical Dessert Bar, 907 Westheimer, opened March 4 in the spot that was originally Chills360. It is pink and filled with unicorns. There are cake pops, milkshakes, rainbow cake slices and unicorn cookies all in colors that prove you don't need drugs to hallucinate. However, you will need that sugar high when you see the prices. Resist the urge to tell little Betsy and Billy that unicorns aren't real and that money isn't magical. Just suck it up, Buttercup. Pretend you're at Disney World.
The freshly baked baguettes that make up the banh mi sandwiches are back, as well as the duck pate, house aioli and fresh vegetables that make Les Ba'get's sandwiches a favorite in a city spoiled for choice when it comes to Vietnamese restaurants. Besides the baguette sandwiches, there is a variety of pho including the popular lemongrass tofu and vermicelli and zucchini noodles.
The decor is contemporary, with the somewhat industrial furnishings tempered by rustic wood accents and Mason-style jars filled with drink toppings. Besides the comfortable and sleek interior, there is an attractive patio for enjoying the pleasant spring weather and a glass of wine or beer. There is cafe sua da (Vietnamese coffee) as well as shakes and slushes. With the full bar, Les Ba'get is also offering creative cocktails. We would like to know what's in the Pho'loody Mary, so hit us up in the comments if you've got the scoop.
The new location of Les Ba'get already has a fan here at the Houston Press and he's particularly fond of the Hoisin Butter Chicken Baguette.You can read Jeff Balke's review here in the Press.
Raymundo's Mexican Restaurant, 2836 Fulton, opened March 1. There's an extensive menu running from breakfast to dinner sure to please all appetites. For breakfast try the huevos divorciados, eggs that are divorced because one is topped with salsa verde and the other with salsa roja, each alone on its fried tortilla island. They can reconcile in your belly. For $4.75, it's a bargain. Plus, there are a la carte breakfast tacos for $1.50. With lunch specials starting at $6.99, you could spend the day at Raymundo's and not break the bank.
There are the usual tortas and tacos and enchiladas, but for the member of your group who doesn't feel up to Mexican food, there is chicken fried steak, burgers and Cajun catfish dishes.
There's also a cute patio for welcoming spring with a Bourbon Pecan Flip in hand while flipping winter off.
Big City Wings, 3555 Rayford Road, will open pretty, pretty soon. The press release did not give an official date and no one is answering the phones at that location, but it should be any day now. We will keep you posted.
The local wings joint has been on a roll, having just opened a new restaurant in Kingwood in January of this year. The Spring location will make the eighth location. Director of Operations Sam Elsaadi has big plans to expand Big City Wings across our sprawling metropolis so that no wing eating, beer drinking, sports enthusiast will be left behind. And there are plenty of other tasty options on the large menu for dainty eaters who prefer utensils.
Lucky Pot, 9888 Bellaire Boulevard, has been reported closed by Yelp and the phone has been disconnected. Lucky Pot was a Chinatown favorite for its authentic Northern Chinese cuisine.
Openings Reported for March:
Adriatic Cafe, 19380 Interstate 45, opened March 9
Asia Market Thai Lao Food, 3620 N.Main, opened January 27
Astral Brewing, 4816 N. Shepherd, opened March 3
Bernie's Burger Bus, 6324 Highway 6, opened March 15
Boiling Pho, 2705 Broadway, opened February 20
The Blonde Pantry, 2800 Kirby, opened March 2
The Broken Yolk Cafe, 16803 Stuebner Airline, opened February 11
Burgerim, 5623 Garth Road, opened January 31
Cafe Bustelo, 3615 Montrose, opened March 12
Common Bond Cafe and Bakery, 2276 W. Holcombe, opened March 13
Creed Italian Restaurant and Bar, 12126 Westheimer, opened March 1
Crawfish and Beignets, 9600 Bellaire, opened early March
Eight Turn Crepe, 23119 Colonial Parkway, grand opening March 23
Jinya Ramen, 11930 Barker Cypress, opened February 18
KENZ Mediterranean, 5000 Westheimer, opened February 8
Komeya Ramen and Sushi, 1849 El Dorado, opened March 15
Legends Coffee and Cafe, 25707 Westheimer Parkway, opened March 1
Pop Top Burgers, 3122 FM 528, opened early February
The Red Oak Cafe, 1200 Bypass 35 North, grand opening March 1
77 Degrees, 2416 Brazos, grand opening March 7
Sweet Paris Creperie and cafe, 9595 Six Pines, opened February 26
Texadelphia, 126 Vintage Park, opened March 11
Tiger Noodle House, 2424 Rice Boulevard, opened March 10
Tropical's Colombian Restaurant, 212 Westheimer, opened March 1
True Anomaly Brewing Company, 2012 Dallas, opened February 20
Uptown Sushi, 1131 Uptown Park Boulevard, reopened early March
Veegos, 11191 Westheimer, soft opening February 5
Wow, What a Taco, 3005 S. Dairy Ashford, opened January 12
Wula Buhuan, 13346 Briar Forest, grand opening February 20
Closings Reported for March:
Freebirds World Burrito,11770 Westheimer, closed late February
Rhotey Rotisserie, 9296 Westheimer, closed February 16