One Fifth Southern Comfort, 1658 Westheimer, begins December 8. Owner/chef Chris Shepherd is constantly innovating and experimenting with his One Fifth concept and he has Matt Staph, chef de cuisine, in charge of this holiday pop up menu. Shepherd's One Fifth restaurant has seen many iterations and the pandemic has spurred some creativity among the Underbelly Hospitality team in keeping patrons coming back for new and inspiring cuisine. Shepherd says that they loved One Fifth Mediterranean but "Southern food feels right for right now."
Staph himself said, " I want the food on this menu to remind our guests of being with their families at a time when that may not be possible."
Bar Director Westin Galleymore is currently working on an in-house version of Southern Comfort while creating Southern-inspired cocktails such as Crescent City and his own twist on juleps, milk punches and Daisys.
Besides bao, the casual cafe also offers dishes like Panko Shrimp, Sopha's Sticky Ribs, Asian Salmon Salad and potstickers. Beverages include a selection of local and imported beers, fruit and milk teas plus a variety of Slush, its version of smoothies.
Thirteen, a restaurant from Rockets superstar James Harden, is in the works for Houston. Currently, the potential restaurant is looking for staff, as reported by khou.com. The job fair is open December 3 and 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1923 Washington Avenue. Positions available include managers, servers, mixologists, kitchen staff, bussers, barbacks and hostesses. It is also seeking staff for valet and security.
The restaurant's location isn't being announced as of yet, but it's rumored to be taking over the spot that once housed the long-shuttered steakhouse, Mr. Peeples, at 1911 Bagby, according to EaterHouston..
The announcement to open the Katy location was made back in March 2019. Heather McKeon, Chief Marketing Officer of Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen, said in a press release, “To be able to open a new restaurant during a pandemic has been quite an adventure! Through it all, we’ve stayed focused on making progress and moving the project along. Our GC, Kevin Thomas, has been extraordinary and we look forward to future locations with him. Katy, it’s time! We have hired a talented team from the community and are ready to serve up some fajitas & margaritas."
The full bar menu is available including its guest favorite, The Cadillac Margarita. The restaurant also offers curbside pick up, some delivery options and catering. There are family meals and margaritas to go including its Mangonada Ritas.
Crumbl Cookies, 9915 Barker Cypress, opened its doors at the Boardwalk at Towne Lake November 12. The cookie and ice cream company was founded in 2017 by two cousins Jason McGowan and Sawyer Hemsley in Logan, Utah and has now expanded to numerous locations across the country with successful franchising.
The cookies come in flavors such as Red Velvet Cream Cheese, Biscoff Lava, Peppermint Bark and Chilled Cookies and Cream Milkshake. Some cookies are served warm while others are served chilled. Customers can also try the Crumbl Cream which is its signature ice cream with crumbled cookies mixed in.
The cookies are sold singly (in-store only) or by the box (4) or party box (12). The cookies and Crumbl Creams are available for delivery and curbside pick-up. There are shipping options as well. Due to the COVID crisis, the stores are no longer allowing in-store seating.
First Watch, 9915 Barker Cypress, opened at Towne Lake as well, November 16. The day-only restaurant has numerous locations across the United States and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast items include omelets, frittatas, pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict and more. The Healthier Side of the menu offers options like Avocado Toast and the A.M. Superfoods Bowl. For lunch there are soups, salads and sandwiches. Besides its Project Sunrise coffee, there is also a juice bar and day-friendly cocktails like mimosas, the Million Dollar Bloody Mary and the Pomegranate Sunrise.
Nekter Juice Bar, 9915 Barker Cypress, opened November 21. It will host a grand opening December 5 with $3 juices and smoothies (16 ounces) all day, plus giveaways and prizes. The Southern California-based juice chain offers fresh cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and acai bowls. It also has a dairy-free frozen treat, Skoop, made from cashew milk. Many of its customers like its cleanse and detox plans but it also offers a healthy break from holiday overindulgence.
Customers who make it out to Towne Lake on December 5 will also find the Heart to Market Pop Up happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. which features local vendors and brands. The Boulevard at Towne Lake is decked with holiday decorations so it's a great day out with the family or pandemic pod friends.
Rosati's Pizza and Sports Pub, 9814 Fry, had its grand opening November 2. It has numerous franchises across the country offering authentic Chicago pizza, including thin crust and deep dish. It also has its signature double dough crust which is somewhere in between.
The thin and double dough pizzas come in twelve inch to sixteen inch sizes while the deep dish is available in ten and fourteen inch. Guests who order the deep dish should expect a few extra minutes for cooking time. It must be worth it because the restaurant's Facebook page is lit up with ecstatic Chicagoan transplants expressing their joy over its Cypress arrival.
Besides pizza, there are appetizers such as fried cheese and breaded mushrooms plus its Dough Nuggets which are basically mini bites of pizza dough for those who can't get enough carbs. It also offers a small selection of pastas, boneless or bone-in wings and sandwiches such as Philly Cheesesteak, Italian Sausage and Gyro. There's an antipasto plate to start or salads for those wanting less bread. For dessert, Rosati's offers cannoli and zeppole.
The prices are reasonable unless one opts for the Rosati Monster, the kitchen sink of Chicago pizza. It is loaded with various meats and veggies and tips the scale at $29 for the large size.
Pling, 223 Westheimer, opened in early November. The Korean restaurant serves dumplings and bao with a focus on Korean flavors vs. traditional Chinese dumplings. The restaurant was originally slated to open at the end of 2019 but construction delays kept that from happening, according to EaterHouston.
The upscale steakhouse's new winter cocktail menu offers drinks like the South for the Winter and the Spiced Nogg made with house-made nogg, Bacardi Spiced and cinnamon. Its winter happy hour runs Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is available in the bar and on the patio.
Restaurants Reported Open for November 2020:
Antone’s Famous Po’Boy, 6618 Fannin, reopened November 2
The Bearded Baker, 518 W. 11th, opened November 21
Casa Do Brasil, 2800 Sage, opened October 22
The Catch, 7608 FM 1960, opened October 19
Cheerz Daiquirs-to-Go and Cajun Kitchen, 12925 FM 1960, opened November 7
Cinnaholic, 28920 Highway 290, opened November 20
Cowboy Surfer, 827 Frostwood, opened November 24
Dog Haus, 8422 Highway 6 N., opened November 21
Fatburger, 2616 Blodgett, opened November 23
Fat Cat Creamery, 1225 W. 34th, opened late October
Ginger Kale, 6104 Hermann Park Drive, opened October 30
Indianola, 1201 St. Emanuel, reopened November 5
Jersey Mike's Subs, 30129 Rock Creek, opened November 13
JLB Eatery, 8806 Stella Link, opened October 23
Jolene's Wings and Beer, 20030 Northwest Freeway, opened November 11
King Ranch Texas Kitchen, 1605 Post Oak, opened November 17
La Table, 1800 Post Oak, reopened November 18
The Lounge at MARCH, opened November 19
Masraff's, 9566 Katy freeway, opened November 12
Phat Kitchen, 2616 Blodgett, launched early November
Pier 6 Seafood and Oyster house, 113 6th Street, opened November 5
Radio Milano, 800 Sorella Court, reopened November 16
Senate Avenue Brewing Company, 16000 Dillard, softly opened September 25
Shake Shack, 1201 Lake Robbins, opened November 19
Tacos A Go Go, 910 Louisiana, reopened in November
Twisted Grilled Cheese, 5555 Washington, opened November 21
The Union Kitchen, 6011 Washington, reopened November 18
Upstairs Bar and lounge, 2356 Rice Boulevard, reopened November 2
Valencia’s Tex-Mex garage, 2009 W. 34th, opened October 29
Wing Snob, 3902 N. Fry, opened October 10
Yi Peng Thai Dining, 798 Sorella Court, opened October 28
Restaurants Reported Closed for November 2020:
Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest freeway, closed November 2
Good Dog, 1312 W. Alabama, closed November 22
King's Biergarten, 1329 E. Broadway, closed November 29
Politan Row, 2445 Times Boulevard, closed November 17
Public Services Wine and Whisky, 202 Travis, closed mid-November
The Sugar Shop, 215 5th, closed in November
Wholesome Kitchen, 250 Assay, closed late November
Wholesome Pies, 250 Assay, closed late November