Killen's TMX, 9330 Broadway, is slated to open in Pearland's Silverlake Plaza this November. Social media and various online publications have been floating the rumors for months of chef and restaurateur Ronnie Killen's plans for venturing beyond his steakhouse and barbecue empire and into the already dense Tex-Mex landscape of the Houston area.
Expect smoke to be an integral part of the menu, with a wood-burning grill already fitted into the kitchen. Some of the dishes have been previewed at Killen's Barbecue such as smoked chicken enchiladas and the brisket queso. Housemade moles, salsas and tortillas will round out the authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. There will also be dishes utilizing Gulf Coast seafood.
Killen was a top graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in London and a James Beard nominee for Best Chef: Southwest in 2017. With a number of awards and accolades for his steaks, barbecue and smoked turkey, Tex-Mex aficionados will be lining up for Killen's stamp on the cuisine.
The menu will feature meat skewers, fried and grilled, for easy eating. Sushi and sashimi will also be available, along with rice dishes and udon and soba noodles. Japanese shochu, sake and whiskeys complete the izakaya experience.
The first location of Izakaya WA opened in 2013 in Memorial City. Since then, the izakaya trend has started to take hold in Houston with a couple of other izakaya concepts having opened since then.
Del Frisco's Grille, 2800 Kirby, will close September 16, according to the Houston Chronicle. Until then, the restaurant will offer 1/2 off beer, wine and liquor. The upscale casual brand opened in 2013 as a spin-off of its more glamorous steakhouse, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. Del Frisco's Restaurant group also operates the Sullivan's Steakhouse chain, which closed its Houston Galleria location in May 2017.
The Woodlands location of Del Frisco's Grille is still open. A new Del Frisco's Grille will be built in the space at 300 Colorado in downtown Austin, according to Community Impact Austin. That space was formerly a Sullivan's Steakhouse, which shuttered in January.
Among all this lovely meat, there is also cauliflower. It seems as if we are writing about cauliflower all the time. At Rhotey's, they offer a roasted cauliflower sandwich that will satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike.
The sandwiches range in price from $7 to $11 and can be made into a salad if you want to forego the bun. You can add on a side of house-made Kennebec potato chips or roasted lemon feta cauliflower for $1.50. There are Boylan sodas and Moonshine Tea on offer, as well as a BYOB policy for adult beverages. Memorial Fine Wine and Spirits is two doors down.
Batanga's is introducing a new cocktail menu as well. For party people, there is the Adios Pantalones (we will let you translate that one yourself). It's made with calamansi lime syrup, pineapple, Frangelico and Deep Eddy vodka. Try and keep your pants on in public, please.
Urban Harvest Saturday Farmers Market, 3000 Richmond, is relocating to the St. John's School parking lot at 3401 Westheimer at the corner of Buffalo Speedway and Westheimer on Saturday, September 22. Many patrons know it as the Eastside Farmers Market and it draws not only Houstonians searching for sustainably grown produce and humanely-raised meats to serve to their families, but also chefs like Hugo Ortega and Chris Shepherd.
The new location will allow more space for parking and also increase the market's footprint by 50 percent. Many of the vendors are local farmers and ranchers from within a 180 mile radius of Houston. The market also features small businesses like Oddball Eats and Juice Girl. Augusta Vega's nut-based milk company, MALK, got its start there.
Check out its website for a list of vendors, upcoming programs and events. There will be a fall festival October 27 from 8 a.m. to noon and Citrus Fest on December 15.
Kanaloa, 311 Travis, opened September 5 for its soft opening, as reported by Houston Food Finder. The new tiki bar takes over what was The Market Square Bar and Grill for many years. Gone is the Victorian bar, replaced by tiki heads with glowing eyes and blue-green lighting.
Patrons can expect the usual tiki drinks like mai tais and Blue Hawaiians in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Grab one of the large booths with your pals and drink some rum. Oh My Gogi is in the house, or at least in the kitchen, churning out its Korean fusion dishes plus items like tiki tots, covered in jerk chicken.
Dough Life, Baybrook Mall, opened September 7, according to Eater Houston. The shop offers edible cookie dough, as opposed to the stuff we have all been eating for years, disregarding the warnings of salmonella
There are 12 different flavors to tempt your inner child. Choose from mint, caramel, s'mores, or stick to the classic chocolate chip. Or be naughty and order the Peanut Mother Butter.
There are plans to open two more Houston mall locations at Deerbrook and The Woodlands. We bet there will be even more. Cookie dough soothes a broken heart, menstrual cramps and scraped knees. Everyone knows that.
Marq'e Coffee and Donuts, 7613 Katy Freeway, began its soft opening September 1, according to Eater Houston. Co-owner Sam Phan, also known as Pou Sam (Uncle Sam) has helped to open over twenty Cambodian-owned donut shops. This newest sweet venture is in partnership with Allison Ballon. Phan also co-owns Morningstar Coffee and Donuts with Greenway Coffee founder, David Buehrer.
Buehrer cut his sweet tooth early on working in a doughnut shop owned by Phan's family while in high school. That education came full circle when he and Phan opened Morningstar in 2016. While the doughnut and pastry offerings at Morningstar tend to be more on the trendy side to satisfy hip foodies, Marq'e will feature more traditional doughnuts typically found in Houston's Cambodian-owned stores. They will also have kolaches with sausage and even boudin fillings.
You learn something new everyday, or at least you should. So here's a something new for you: Approximately 95 percent of doughnut shops in Houston are owned by Cambodian immigrants and their families, some of whom escaped the bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge. The doughnut shop world requires early hours and lots of hard work. If you want to learn even more about this subject, check out Robb Walsh's short video featuring Phan and Buehrer.
Neo Baguette, 201 E. 20th, opened this week, as reported by CultureMap Houston. Owner Karim Kasri is a native of Morocco. The cuisine at his new restaurant combines some of his native heritage with his French culinary school experience. There are salads such as the salade de quinoa and salade Nicoise and baguette sandwiches like the merguez sausage and Moroccan meatball. Dinner plates include Moroccan-style dishes like Cornish game hen cooked in a tagine with preserved lemon.
Island Flavorz, 11051 Fuqua, celebrated its grand opening June 29. Sometimes the smaller dining establishments open under our radar, and we miss them for a couple of months, but we like to rectify that by adding them when we spot them.
The restaurant's owner hails from St. Lucia and the menu offers Caribbean favorites like jerk wings, curry stew and oxtails. It is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Diners can opt for an American style breakfast or go for the Caribbean breakfast which includes items like a saltfish cookup, served with cabbage, ground provision ( a side dish of root vegetables), dumpling and fried plantains.
There are also interesting beverage choices like mauby, which is made from the bark of the mauby tree, and peanut punch, which is made from, well, peanuts.
The $5 mini lunch plate specials run Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chicago's Famous Fried Chicken and Fish, 12303 Westheimer, opened September 3, as seen on Fox 26's The Cleverley Show. Owner Chris Smith came to Houston originally from Chicago to attend Texas Southern University. Now, he's bringing Chicago-style fried chicken tenders and whole wings to his adopted city.
One of the main elements of Chicago-style fried chicken is the accompanying mild sauce which is a barbecue sauce blend, often with ketchup and a very little bit of hot sauce.
The restaurant also offers fried catfish and shrimp, fried okra and dessert bars.
Shabu Squared, 5840 Sam Houston Parkway, is still under construction. A spokesperson told the Houston Press that it is expected to open in November or December 2018. We reported last week that Shabu Zone, 11202 Bellaire, opened September 1. The Japanese hot pot trend is expanding in Houston.