Restaurant News

Openings and Closings in Houston: Burgers and Steaks Abound

This week, The Burger Joint opened at 2703 Montrose, and the fast-casual eatery is already making a splash. The brick-and-mortar version of the popular food truck is a joint project between Shawn Bermudez of Royal Oak and Matthew Pak of this food truck and several others, including Coreano's and Golden Grill. Check out our First Look to see photos of the welcoming patio, hand-spun milkshakes and, of course, burgers and fries made with fresh, local ingredients.

The second Houston-area Pappas Bros. Steakhouse opened downtown at 1200 McKinney as promised, and we couldn't be happier to know that there's one more excellent steak option in town. The steakhouse's offerings have been lauded as one of the top five steaks in America by the Food Network, and the wine program and service are hard to beat.

The opening of the new-and-improved Killen's Steakhouse has been postponed, according to Craig Hlavaty of the Houston Chronicle. The restaurant was set to open earlier this week, but the dining room furniture is taking longer to arrive than expected. The new hoped-for opening date is Monday, November 16, but Killen says that the steakhouse will open when it's good and ready, without cutting any corners.

Eric Sandler at CultureMap reports that a corporate agent has filed to create a Shake Shack limited liability company in the Galleria area, and the Simon Property Group has included a Shake Shack as one of the tenants for the new Galleria III in online renderings. The chain already has two locations in Austin and one coming next year to Dallas, but it hasn't confirmed any Houston plans yet.

The Barking Pig is now open at 2307 Ella in the former Lillo & Ella spot, and the Yelp reviews are incredibly mixed. You should know going in that it's bar-service only at this point, but don't let that stop you from trying one of their unique dishes, such as The Barking Duck pizza with cherry glaze, bleu cheese walnut pesto, duck breast, pear, bleu cheese and truffle oil.

Luxury dine-in movie heaven iPic Theater is now open at 4444 Westheimer in River Oaks with a menu created by James Beard Award winner Sherry Yard and mixologist Adam Segar helming the cocktail program. As Cory Garcia noted on our arts site, the seats are arranged into pods with two enormous, comfy recliners, a table and dividing walls between each pod. Tickets alone cost $24 for premium seats with waiter service, but this glamorous cinema swears that every penny is well-spent.

Finally, in honor of the holiday season, the tamale stand at Arnaldo Richards' Picos, 3601 Kirby, is open once more through January, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. You'll find the stand in the Picos parking lot, stocked with freshly-made tamales, moles salsas and more. Varieties include pork, beef, chicken, veggie and bean with cheese. Some tamales are $9 per half dozen, while others are $18 per half dozen.

That's all for this week's openings and closings! If you know of something we missed, leave us a comment or send us an email.
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Alexandra Doyle