Rodeo Goat Ice House, 2118 Lamar, opened March 26. Originally opened in Fort Worth by restaurateur and prominent Dallas native, Shannon Wynne, he and his partners Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson have landed the third location of this uniquely Texas burger joint in a renovated warehouse in EaDo. The second location opened in Dallas in 2015.
Wynne is no stranger to Houston, having opened The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in August 2000 and the now-shuttered 8.0, in the '80s. He has been behind the openings of numerous restaurants and clubs and according to Paper City magazine, he will be bringing his seafood restaurant, Flying Fish, to the Heights in the near future.
Using meat from 44 Farms, the burger patties are ground in-house. The burger options are fun and creative and as with the other two locations, the burger monikers represent each city's personalities. Houstonians well remember the colorful newsman Marvin Zindler ( as does anyone who saw the film or musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and there is a burger named after the man whose " slime in the ice machine!" phrase became a news hour staple.The MZ is a burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, jalapenos, beefsteak tomato, fried onion, cheddar, pickle chutney and homemade BBQ sauce. If you decide to wear a white suit and blue shades as an homage to Marvin while eating his namesake burger, watch out for drippage.
Other recognizable names are on the menu such as the Billy F Gibbons and the Neil Young, both vegetarian burgers. You can also order the goat balls. Don't get excited Andrew Zimmern wannabes, these aren't
The huge patio offers several seating options: bar stools, picnic tables, and if you really want to get comfy, wicker chairs with cushions, just like Granny's house.
There are a couple of entree salads, but by the list of ingredients, they are pretty substantial so probably not a low-calorie option. You might as well blow off the diet and have a fried pecan pie for dessert ($3).
For patrons requiring a cold beverage with their Terlingua (brisket chili burger with corn chips), there are a variety of Texas drafts and American crafts, with happy hour from 4 p.m to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you order a beer bucket, you get 5 beers for the price of 4. Bring a friend.
Postino Wine Cafe, 642 Yale, is opening this Wednesday, April 11. The Phoenix-based company is opening its eighth location in a renovated 1940s warehouse in the Heights.
With a variety of bruschetta, panini, salads, and cheese and charcuterie boards, the stylish cafe is a perfect place for a long afternoon or fun evening with friends, hanging out on the patio and sampling the wine menu, curated by Advanced Sommelier, Brent Karlicek. Beer drinkers will also have a variety of craft brews to choose from.
For those whose bosses frown upon day drinking during the week, Postino opens at 9.a.m. for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, so call up your besties for bellinis and breakfast paninis.
Postino is located right off the bike trail, so cyclists can reward themselves with a drink and a nibble before moseying on home. Make sure you wear a helmet.
Wong, a California native, has been cooking since sixth grade and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007 with a degree in nutritional science, the closest thing to cooking that was available. He then attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City before joining David Chang's Momofuku empire and cooking at both Momofuku Ko and Momofuku Ssam Bar. He hopped over to Gramercy Tavern for a year, then returned to California to work with Chris Cosentino at Incanto in San Francisco. In 2013, he returned to Momofuku Ssam Bar as sous chef and became chef de cuisine a year later.
After a cross-country road trip landed him in Houston three weeks after Hurricane Harvey, he and Shepherd connected and spent a couple of days talking, according to the Houston Chronicle.
After the closing of Underbelly, Houston foodies are waiting to see what will be familiar on Shepherd's new menu at UB
Black Bear Diner, 24600 Katy Freeway, opened March 19, according to
For lunch, there are burgers and sandwiches and dishes such as slow-cooked pot roast and wild Alaskan salmon for dinner. No bear meat, though. That's just for decoration.
Folks also really dig the pepperoni rolls. We like the eggplant parmesan. There are also salads and a couple of pasta dishes available.
Olive Garden, 14231 East Sam Houston Parkway North, opens April 9. Don't be a snob. You know you love those breadsticks.
Fuddruckers, 4360 Kingwood, reopened February 20 after renovations and repairs from, you guessed it, Hurricane Harvey. We aren't sure if they really are the world's greatest hamburgers, but the folks in Kingwood are more excited than one would expect.
BOH Pasta will be opening soon at Bravery Chef Hall, 409 Travis. When is Bravery Chef Hall opening? We don't know for sure, but it is slated for this summer. What we do know is you can get a preview of Ben McPherson's new Italian concept at the pop-up on April 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m, at the Aris Tower rooftop, which will house Bravery Chef Hall. Tickets are $50 and include wines curated by Bravery Chef Hall partner/grape alchemist Shepard Ross and brews from Bearded Fox.
McPherson's food will be the star with multiple chef stations including samples of dishes like artichoke alla Romana, pizza, porchetta and various antipasti and bruschetta. Ben McPherson, formerly executive chef at Batanga and founder of
Joining the chef line-up at Bravery Chef Hall, according to Paper City, will be Christine Ha, known for winning Season 3 of Master Chef despite being blind. Ha's finesse and skill wowed Gordan Ramsay and now she will wow Houston diners with her Vietnamese gastropub, Blind Goat, a nod to her blindness and her Vietnamese zodiac sign.
Carmelo's Cucina Italiana, 14795 Memorial, has seen some major changes since longtime owner and founder Mauro Carmelo closed his eponymous restaurant on December 25, 2017. Carmelo's in Austin had shuttered previously and Houstonians were sad to hear that the original Houston location was following suit. However, in stepped Benjamin Berg of Berg Hospitality Group, the team behind B&B Butchers and Restaurant in Houston and Fort Worth and the upcoming restaurant, Benjamin, which will open in the fall of 2018. Berg buys the much-loved restaurant with the blessing of Mauro Carmelo and all is well with the world.
Berg has also brought in his brother, Daniel Berg, as executive chef and partner.
Daniel Berg graduated from Tulane University in 2004 but found the typical desk job wasn't getting his creative juices flowing, so he enrolled in the French Culinary Institute in his hometown of New York. After graduation, he honed his craft in Michelin starred restaurants in Italy and Sicily and later in New York restaurants Le Bernardin and Daniel, the namesake powerhouse restaurant from Daniel Boulud. More recently he was executive chef and partner at the Tribeca bistro, Yves.
The new menu promises to be authentic Italian with a contemporary twist using fresh ingredients. One look at the photos confirms that promise.
Carmelo's wine list is curated by sommelier Lexey Johnson and will focus on unique Italian wines in the $65 to $95 range.
The Cottonmouth Club, 108 Main, is opening April 13 in the historic Brewster building downtown. Whiskey expert, Mike Raymond of Reserve 101, award-winning bartender Michael Neff, and renowned designer Greg Swanson have collaborated to bring " the least cocktail-y cocktail bar we could come up with". The new hotspot will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and happy hour will be Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Expect cocktails like the Absinthe Frappe, a concoction of blackberry, mint, absinthe and Xtabentun bitters. Whiskey will also be in play with Neff and Raymond creating blends that are aged in bourbon barrels from Houston's Yellow Rose Distillery.
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Blue Onyx Bistro, 4720 Richmond, is celebrating its grand opening April 10 with cocktails and hors-d'oeuvres from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We reported on the soft opening last week of chef David Chang's new restaurant here in the Houston Press.