Of course the Hawaiian poke will be the star and Pokeology has received plenty of warm praise for its renditions ever since it hit the poke scene with its pop-ups a couple of years ago. With the new Heights area location, diners will be able to enjoy their "sushi in a bowl" with sake or a cold beer.
Poke pros don't have to wait until November 18, however, to get your luau wow. Pokeology is beginning a week- long soft opening November 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2840 at Dukessa, 2840 Chimney Rock, opened for lunch October 29. The event space at Dukessa is known primarily as a wedding venue, but also hosts corporate events and quinceaneras. With its bounty of wrought iron, floor to ceiling windows and luscious courtyard, the Spanish style mansion makes for beautiful bride photos, especially with the grand staircase.
For those who would like to taste a little luxury outside of a major event, the venue has opened its restaurant to the public for lunch, with chef Adrian De La Cerda, formerly of Weights + Measures and Cavo, at the kitchen helm. The food is described as classic American fare with an on trend twist, using local and seasonal ingredients. Dishes like shrimp remoulade over fried green tomatoes and baked goat cheese salad should please the luncheon crowd, while the more substantial 2840 Burger made with grass-fed beef and served with hand-cut french fries will satisfy heartier appetites.
Owner Sara Bhatty, who also owns another event space, Citadel, saw an opportunity to use the venue's space when it is not being used for parties and special events. She has brought in another Weights + Measure alumni, Shannon Svetlik as General Manager.
Lunch will be served at Dukessa Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From the looks of the place, you might want to doll yourself up a little and wear your fancy pants.
as reported here in the Houston Press. Voros named the tiki lounge after his grandfather, but many customers just assumed Voros was the "Howie" himself and the name sort of stuck.
Voros claimed that Howie's was the only tiki bar in a U.S. suburb that he knew of when it first opened. With tiki bowls and drinks like Thunderstruck, which was served in a volcano-shaped ceramic mug and lit on fire, Howie's appealed to folks on the Northside who didn't want to make the drive downtown for creative cocktails and fun. Also a heavy metal fan, Voros hosted Heavy Metal Sundays at the bar, mingling two disparate genres together.
Unfortunately, the tiki fun has ended. Voros has sold the business to husband and wife Warren Broderick and Chanda Chaney, according to Houston Food Finder. The space will be remodeled and opened up as The Wet Leprechaun Tavern, a traditional Irish Pub. We'll keep you posted.
SwitcHouse Plates & Pours, 1200 Lake Plaza, will celebrate its grand opening November 15 in a new luxury hotel, Houston City Place Marriott at Springwoods Village. The new hotel and restaurant are located in Spring, just four miles from The Woodlands.
The new restaurant features an upscale rustic decor (this decade's shabby chic) and its menu is tailored to a Texas clientele who like their meat "smoky and oaky". However, it's not just the food that gets an infusion of flavor from smoke, but the cocktail program also includes a smoke box for infusing artisanal whiskeys, a trend that we are starting to see around town. The cocktail program includes railroad-themed drinks like the Amtrak old-fashioned and the rail car margarita. There is also a focus on small batch bourbons and local craft beers.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Twisted Acre Brewery, 16103 Grant, is hoping to open its taproom before Thanksgiving, but it is still waiting on certain permits. The family-owned brewery made an appearance at Blackwood Educational Land Institute's Harvest Hoedown, where this lucky writer got an opportunity to sample (okay, drink a pint) of its coffee stout. We will be keeping a close eye on its opening, especially since it's down the road from my house. That makes brewery number two in my neighborhood. After the stress of the mid-term elections, that's a good thing.
Vitality Bowls, 24120 Northwest Freeway, celebrated its grand opening October 25. Customers are finding this California-based chain of acai bowls and other healthy offerings a welcome addition to Cypress. Besides the acai bowls, there are other superfruits that can be used as a base, including pitaya, graviola, and acerola.
There are smoothies, fresh juices as well as panini, salads and soups.
Look for tasty favorites like hot chicken and waffles, a dish of habanero fried chicken over blue cornmeal waffles. Or try the Tajin Redfish on the half shell, served with tortillas. There are also more standard taco offerings like scrambled eggs and pork belly. And since it's always high noon somewhere, there are brunch beverages like mimosas, bloody Marias (with tequila) and the Cowboy Punch, which sounds like a nostalgic Saturday night at the old Gilley's.
There will be music from singer/songwriter Eric Woodring from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Woodring plays a mix of original material and country standards. He also plays gigs at the elevated honky-tonk with The Recollection.
Five new booths have been added to the space for additional seating, with views of the dance floor. After a couple of brunch cocktails and pork belly tacos, you might find yourself saying, " Goodnight, Charlie" and taking a nap on one of the new booths.
A video was posted to Facebook by a witness with the caption, "Jax on fire yall." Fortunately, Jax Grill was never on fire, y'all. The metro bike, however, was lit.