Torchy's Tacos, 5885 San Felipe, will open December 11 in the Tanglewood Court Shopping Center which is anchored by the H-E-B grocery store. For taco fiends wanting a sneak preview, there will be an Opening Party December 9 with free tacos, chips and queso, drinks and swag. On Opening Day, there will be a chance to win free tacos. Were there ever two more perfects words put together?
Torchy's Tacos was founded in 2006 as a food trailer by Mike Rypka in Austin. It has since grown to more than 60 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Colorado. Home of the Damn Good Tacos, it features a Taco of the Month with a portion going to various charities.
Besides sourcing ingredients sustainably and ethically, Torchy's uses napkins, cups and cutlery from 100 percent renewable resources. It also repurposes its cooking oil as fuel for cars.
Besides the Damn Good Tacos, the restaurant also serves the Airstream Salad, Grande Burrito and chips and dips. While not all Torchy's locations have a full bar, the Tanglewood location will. There will be margaritas.
The new store will also be part of a pilot program to introduce house-made tortillas, according to CultureMap. In a city of abundant taco options, you have to step up your game every once in a while. Freshly made tortillas is a good start.
Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery, 10001 Westheimer opened November 18. The breakfast and lunch restaurant has two other Houston area locations in Katy and Sugar Land with a Tomball location planed for December 16 and a Baybrook store in February 2020.
There are typical breakfast choices such as pancakes, omelettes and biscuits and gravy but diners can go crazy with some of the treats on offer like the Chocolate Lover's Pancakes. It includes three pancakes: the Kit Kat crunchy, buttermilk chocolate chip and chocolate. It's topped with chocolate sauce, powdered sugar and whipped cream, so you'll be flying on a sugar high the rest of the day. Or try the Waffle Benedict with two poached eggs, turkey bacon, American cheese on a Belgian waffle. Topped with hollandaise sauce, it's a nap-inducing meal.
For lunch and brunch, there are plenty of salads, pastas and panini to choose from. For beverages, there is a juice bar, coffee drinks and milkshakes.
Handies Douzo, 3510 White Oak, softly opened December 1, though there had been pop ups and sneak peeks in November. The hand roll restaurant is located in a little house in the Heights. It comes from former Uchi-trained chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee plus co-founders Andrew Lin and C.J. Short. Expect temaki sets of 3 to 5 hand rolls with choices like Ora King salmon, negitoro and spicy tuna. Ora King salmon is considered by many chefs to be "the Wagyu of the sea", according to Food and Wine.
After operating their omakase pop-ups the duo opened thir first brick and mortar, Kokoro, in Bravery Chef Hall in July 2019. It serves traditional Japanese sushi and yakitori.
according to CultureMap Houston. The lively bar/restaurant comes from Mojeed Martins and Jonathan Reitzell, the duo behind Prospect Park, which has two locations in the Galleria and Willowbrook. Party people can expect creative cocktails with a side of fun. Martins told CultureMap " They're going to light up. They're going to smoke. They'll change colors and have edible flowers".
Besides creative cocktails, there will be a full food menu based around international flavors. There is also an expansive dog friendly patio with flat screen televisions.
OMG Burger, 13425 University Boulevard, opened in Sugar Land in late November. It serves some over-the-top burgers, hence the OMG. It also has halal and organic chicken sandwiches and tenders plus hot dogs and ice cream shakes.
The original OMG burger is a fresh, organic beef patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and OMG sauce. From there, diners can add on ingredients and extra patties or choose one of the signature burgers like the Guaca Burger with house-made guacamole or the Shroom Burger with a portobello mushroom. For grass-fed patties, add $2.
The owners saw a need for organic, grass-fed and halal burger options and their passion for providing quality, fresh food began with the Katy location and has further expanded with the Sugar Land store. They hope to expand all over Houston in the future. They told the Houston Press, " The love, support and demand makes it easier and worthwhile to support our dream."
Besides fountain drinks, the restaurant offers seven different fresh juices. It also uses eco-friendly containers. If you're craving a late-night gyro run, it is open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Ten Seconds, 23119 Colonial Parkway, opened mid-November. It serves Cross the Bridge noodles, a dish from the Yunnan province in China that diners can build themselves ($8.99). There are also dishes like Sauerkraut Fish Rice Noodle Soup ($11.99), spicy beef tripe and kimchi beef rice. There are beverages such as coconut juice and plum juice. Starters such as takoyaki (octopus balls) and chicken wings are also available.