Craft Pita

1920 Fountain View Dr. Houston 77057 832.804.9056 craftpita.com

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Busy since the day it opened, Craft Pita specializes in super-fresh high-quality ingredients such as Kobe beef in their beef pita sandwich. Bright fresh décor attracts office workers from neighboring high-rises at noon and families in the evening. Counter/ self-service speeds up the dining process, so if you see a line, don’t worry: it moves very quickly. After ordering, your order will be brought to your table. Affordable prices and generous portions. Starters / Shared plates: Hummus spread; Yogurt spread; Lebanese flatbread-Zataar & cheese. Salads: Tabbouleh, parsley, tomato, cucumber, bulgur wheat; Fattoush, organic greens, carrots, radish, tomato, cucumber, red onion, mint, parsley, baked pita chips, sumac, tossed in pomegranate vinaigrette. Pita sandwiches: Chicken, rotisserie chicken, garlic aioli, roasted potatoes, red cabbage, tomato, pickles, lettuce, parsley; Beef, kafta patties, spicy garlic aioli, roasted potatoes, red cabbage, tomato, pickles, lettuce, parsley; Falafel, chickpea fritter, tahini sauce, mint, red cabbage, tomato, pickled turnips, lettuce, parsley; Veggie, lentils, hummus, red cabbage, pickled turnips, lettuce, tabbouleh. Bowls: Chicken bowl, rotisserie chicken, garlic aioli, roasted nuts, tabbouleh, red cabbage, parsley; Beef bowl, kafta patties, cucumber, yogurt, tabbouleh, pickled turnips, red cabbage, parsley, red onion; Falafel & Veggie bowls…bowls are basically the pita filling without the pita bread. Rotisserie chicken: Served w fries, garlic aioli, and pita bread..1/4, ½, or whole bird. Desserts: Baklava ice cream w baklava crumble & pistachio; Tahini blondie w chocolate chunks; Pistachio shortbread cookie.
Drinks: Beer, wine, coffee (Turkish), Orange blossom tea, rose water, & pink lemonade.

Source: https://www.craftpita.com/

Hu's Cooking

2502 W. Holcombe Blvd. Houston 77030 713.660.0020 huscooking.com

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Couldn’t help thinking back to the Abbott & Costello’s YouTube “Who’s on First?” when I first heard of this popular new Chinese restaurant. Hu’s cooking has generated enormous buzz and enormous waiting lines out the door at certain times. Located near the Medical Center and not in Houston’s Asia Town, Hu’s nonetheless has a predominantly Chinese clientele-a good thing. So whether for lunch or dinner, try to be there near 11:30 or 5:00 to be seated without a wait…or, call ahead for takeout. Noodles, dumplings, & snack: Thousand layer pancakes; Braised beef noodles; Stewed chicken noodle soup; Red chili oil wontons; Homemade chicken or pork dumplings, fried or steamed. Appetizer & Salad: Cucumber w sweet sauce; Pagoda radish; Sweet 7 sour short ribs. Chef Specials: Fish head with eight treasures; Spicy bass w pickled cabbage; Duck soup w bamboo shoots; braised pork w fried shredded potato; Beef in garlic sauce served w buns; Sweet skinned duck (half); Pork roast w red pepper; Hu’s seafood hot pot. Chicken: General Tao’s; Orange; Sesame; Spicy; Kung Pao; Mongolian; Sauteed w green pepper. Pork: With Szechuan sauce; Shredded w green pepper; Sauteed w red pepper or in garlic sauce; Sliced w oyster mushrooms; Braised w Szechuan pickles. Lamb: Sauteed w cumin; Szechuan style; Spicy shabu-shabu w spearmint. Beef: Orange; Bell pepper; Sizzling w spearmint; Szechuan sautéed; Sliced in golden hot pot. Shrimp: W broccoli; Garlic sauce; General Tso; Sauteed in hot spicy sauce; Thai curry style; Fava bean & egg; Salted pepper shrimp; Sizzling w egg. Fish: Black bean sauce; Tofu; Poached w Szechuan sauce; Boneless sweet & sour. Fried rice / noodles: Chicken, beef, vegetable, shrimp, or combination fried rice. Dry pot specials: Pork ribs & shrimp pot; Squid pot; Cauliflower pot. Vegetables: Stir fried bok choy w garlic; Green pepper 7 shredded potato; Stir fried cabbage; Eggplants in garlic sauce w ground pork; Stir fried pea shoots w garlic. Soup: Kung Fu w pork & bamboo shoots; Tofu w pickled mustard leaves; Seaweed egg drop. Tofu: Sizzling w salted egg; Home style. Whew! Prices: Very reasonable. Portions: Very large. You are almost guaranteed to leave with a doggy bag.

Source: https://www.huscooking.com/

Loch Bar

4444 Westheimer Houston 77007 832.430.6601 lochbar.com

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Along with its affiliate Ouzo Bay next door, Loch Bar reaches a high standard of elegance in its décor, as well as in its menu. And yes, dust off that platinum card in your wallet or purse. Like the myriad of high-end steak houses around town which cater to the expense account corporate and the well-heeled local diner, Loch Bar delivers the utmost seafood experience. Live music nightly. Soup and salad: Chicken & sausage gumbo, andouille sausage, applewood smoked bacon, chicken; Maryland crab, mixed vegetable medley, purple potato, aromatic broth; Cream of crab, jumbo lump meat, leeks, cream, sherry; Herbs & lettuce, mesclun mix, basil, celery hearts, chives, tarragon, truffle vinaigrette; Chopped Cobb, romaine, bacon, egg, heirloom tomato, radish, roasted corn, avocado, blue cheese, pumpernickel croutons, buttermilk ranch dressing. Hot appetizers: Cajun cauliflower, battered bites, creole mustard; Fried pickles, bread & butter, buttermilk dressing; Fried oysters, served with old bay remoulade; Oysters Rockefeller, creamed spinach, fennel, Pernod, parmesan cheese; Grilled oysters, maître d’ butter Skirt steak lettuce wraps, iceberg cups, Korean bbq marinade, cucumber, daikon kimchi, samjang dipping sauce; Chesapeake crab dip, blue crab, artichoke, white cheddar, gruyere, smoked gouda, celery, carrots, & baguette; Fried lobster sliders, mango chutney, arugula, crispy pancetta, dijonaise, parker house roll; Moules frites, garlic white wine. Seafood towers, three sizes. Caviar. Cold appetizers: Deviled eggs, bacon, chives, truffle; Gravlax carpaccio, smoked, sour cream & onion crème fraiche, pickled red onion, oreganata bread crumbs; Yellowfin tuna poke, avocado, scallion, soy ginger dressing, radish, chili oil; Leche de tigre scallop ceviche, coconut milk, finger limes, salsa verde granita. The Tank: Saint Arnold’s fish & chips, tartar sauce, English pea puree, cold macaroni salad, boardwalk fried; Maine lobster roll, chives, toasted bun, spring salad or hand-cut fries; Maine diver scallops, pea puree, leeks, chanterelle mushrooms, bacon espuma; Grilled red snapper, Cajun spice, basmati rice; Viet Cajun peel & eat shrimp; Maryland crab cakes, mixed baby greens, old bay remoulade; Live Maine lobster, drawn butter; Eastern shore fried chicken, fries & pasta salad.

Source: https://lochbar.com/houston/

BCK Heights

933 Studewood Houston 77008 832.831.7155 eatatbck.com

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This hip little neighborhood spot is geared to the young population of the Houston Heights. Its big brother in the Galleria area is Bosscat Kitchen on Mid Lane. BCK is anchored by a busy U-shaped bar with lots of high-top chairs and banquette seating on one side, and by a large windowed exhibition cooking scene on the other. Craft cocktails and craft beers attract a buzzing, mingling evening crowd. Snacks: Tomato burrata, cheese, blistered heirloom tomatoes, olive oil, sea salt + toast; Sweet ‘n’ sour meat balls; Asparagus fries, battered, creamy + spicy enchilada dipping sauce; Chef’s nachos, chicken, bourbonyaki sauce, veggies, jalapeno, sriracha, sour cream, cilantro; Crab cakes, pan seared, seasonings, cabbage slaw+ comeback sauce; White bean hummus. Greens + things: Spinach + apple salad, baby spinach, cabbage, carrots, apple, goat cheese, toasted pecans, roasted pepper dressing; Classic wedge, iceberg, tomatoes, onions, blue cheese + bacon; Avocado grove salad, romaine, roasted corn, chili spiced quinoa, onion, avocado, tomato cucumber, smoked jalapeno vinaigrette; French onion soup, caramelized onions, cheesy bread. It’s what’s for dinner: Steak dinner, mushroom gravy, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli; Chile verde pork chop, oven roasted pork chops, green chile sauce, cilantro-lime rice, spiced black beans; Spicy shrimp, Korean style, rice grits; Voodoo salmon, blackened, mushroom rice grits, Cajun cream sauce, asparagus; Lemon butter chicken, spinach stuffed, wild rice, asparagus; Citrus snapper, pan seared, orange butter, chilled asparagus-citrus salad, garlic rice. Between two buns: BCK burger, two beef patties, cheese, pickles, onion mayo, yellow mustard, ketchup; Big BLT, thick cut Texas toast, mayo, lettuce, tomato, crispy bacon; Tex-mex burger, patties, cheddar jack, onions, tomato, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, Fritos, enchilada mayo; Mushroom monster, vegetarian mushroom-quinoa patty, smoked provolone, spinach ,onions, tomato, comeback sauce. Desserts: Warm peanut butter brownie; Fried apple pie; Chocolate chip cookie sandwich.

Source: http://eatatbck.com/

The Velvet Taco

4819 Washington at Shepherd Houston 77007 832.834.5908 velvettaco.com

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Popular with two locations in Houston, The Velvet Taco offers mouthwatering tasty, creative concoctions wrapped in that wonderful invention, the tortilla. Small menu, but every item packs a flavor wallop. With just a few trips, you can score them all. Chicken: Buffalo chicken, Danish bleu cheese, ranch crema, carrots ,micro celery, house buffalo sauce; Rotisserie chicken, queso blanco, roasted corn pico, charred tomato poblano salsa, cilantro, corn tortilla; Spick tikka chicken, tikka sauce, buttered cilantro basmati rice, raita crema, Thai basil; Picnic; avocado crema, warm honey Dijon potato salad, crispy chicken skin, cilantro. Veg: Nashville hot tofu, napa slaw, ranch crema, brined pickles; Fried paneer, tomato chutney, tikka sauce, raita crema, Thai basil; Falafel, tahini crema, arugula, tomato, pickled fresnos, avocado ,pickled red onion, peal tendrils, lettuce wrap. Pork: Cuban pig, gruyere cheese, pulled pork, honey ham, peppered bacon, grain mustard, brined pickles; Annato shredded pork, avocado crema, napa slaw, grilled pineapple, pickled onion, queso fresco, cilantro, hibiscus corn; Korea pork, angry crema, kimchee slaw, pickled fresnos, cilantro, Beef: Kobe bacon burger, peppered bacon, smoked cheddar, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, velvet sauce; Grilled flank steak, portobello, queso blanco, grilled red onion, Mexican oregano; Slow roasted Angus brisket, barbacoa style, red chile mayo, avocado relish, queso blanco, micro cilantro, comte cheese. Fish: Shrimp & grits, creole remoulade, blackened shrimp, crispy pepper jack cheese, grits, charred tomato salsa, micro cilantro; Fish & chips, curry mayo, malted fries, napa slaw, beer battered cod, pea tendrils; Ahi poke, sesame soy vinaigrette, arugula, pickled red onions, pickled fresnos, seaweed salad, wasabi crema, pickled ginger, black sesame seeds, lettuce wrap. Brunch: Chicken & waffle w peppered bacon, green apple slaw, maple syrup, red chile aioli, chives; Bacon & eggs w chile butter, smoked cheddar, charred tomato poblano salsa, micro greens. Cake: Red velvet. Drinks: Kick-ass margaritas; Local craft beer. Enjoy!

Source: https://velvettaco.com/

The Flying Fish

 1815 N. Durham (Heights area) Houston 77008 713.377.9919 flyingfishinthe.net

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The first of two affordable and casual small local restaurants serving The Heights, The Flying Fish’s amazingly large menu offers Cajun and creole and just plain American seafood favorites. Self-serve at the counter saves an extra 15% off your bill, which adds up over a year. Patio seating is inviting on a cool day or evening. And then there is the downright homey atmosphere. Eat in, or to go. Starters: Crawfish chowder; Seafood gumbo; Lobstah (I mean lob-ster) stew; Crispy calamari. Cool cocktails: Shrimp; Ceviche; Mexican cocktail. Grilled salads: Salmon salad; Catfish salad; Chicken salad; Shrimp salad. Baskets: Catfish; Oysters; Chicken strips; Frog legs-all baskets served with fries and hush puppies. Southern favorites: Grits and gumbo; Jambalaya. Grilled plates: Catfish; Rainbow trout; Salmon filet; Shrimp ka-bob w beans & rice; Grilled chicken; Grilled veggies. Boiled platters: Snow crab legs w corn & new potatoes; Chilled boiled shrimp; Hot boiled shrimp; Mud bugs in season. Snapper Veracruz: fried whole snapper w rice, veggies, Veracruz sauce. Fish tacos, Poor Boy Loaves, Burgers & Fries…self-explanatory. Additions: Cole slaw; Pickled green tomatoes; Jalapenos; Fried okra basket; Beer battered onion rings; Borracho beans & rice; Green beans; Grilled squash & zucchini. Desserts: Key lime pie; Fried pies; Banana and bread puddings. Drinks: Beer, wine, frozen margaritas.

Source: https://flyingfishinthe.net/index

Sage 400

2800 Sage Road Houston 77056 713.961.9566 sage400.com

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Serving Tanglewood and the Galleria area, AND hotels guests in the myriad of nearby high-rise hostelries, Sage 400 is a quiet quality restaurant which reminds one of Uchi in Montrose. A sculpted cluster of large thick silver bamboo shoots provide a central décor focus, in an otherwise austere but pleasingly contemporary setting. Almost instant service. Appetizer: Shishoto pepper; Spicy edamame; Edamame hummus; Pork belly confit, miso cured; Beef rolls; Chicken yakitori, skewers of grilled chicken; Agedashi tofu Tofu taki, mushrooms; Tempura crawfish; Shrimp katsu; Tuna tartar; Hot rock beef; Hamachi carpaccio; Albacore carpaccio; Seared or baked scallops; Miso Chilean sea bass. Soup: Miso avocado; Asari miso w clams; Sweet shrimp miso. Salad: Cucumber; Sunomono, shrimp, octopus, surf clam, white fish & crab stick over cucumber salad; Sage 4500, diced fresh salmon sashimi, avocado w honey wasabi mayo dressing in rice paper bowl embedded in mixed greens; Tuna tataki salad. Entrée: Miso Chilean sea bass; Shrimp sansel, grilled jumbo w yuzu honey glaze, curry potato croquette; Cuck leg confit, Hijiki seaweed saute & orange ginger glaze; Beef medallions; Yakimono from the Grill: lamb chop, salmon, angus beef NY strip or ribeye; chicken; Stuffed pork katsu w crabstick, asparagus, cream cheese & jalapeno; Tempuras. Sushi: Thirty-one choices. Roll: Twenty-six varieties, many unique and original. Dessert: Almond jello w fresh fruit; Tempura ice cream, vanilla wrapped with pound cake and tempura fried; Mochi ice cream wrapped w fine rice cake; Ice cream, green tea, red bean or vanilla. $$$

Source: http://sage400.com/

Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar

3412 W. Lamar at Dunlavy Houston 77019 281.849.9606 piggyskitchen.com

One of the “creek” restaurant group (Dry-, Onion-, Canyon-, and Cactus Cove) Piggy’s Kitchen is located walking distance from Allen Parkway/Buffalo Bayou Park, and is the perfect place to hang out before or after your visit to the Bayou. A shady, inviting garden setting provides a place to meet friends to enjoy weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, or just some cool libations. Brunch (weekend only): Two egg classic, bacon or sausage, grits or hash, biscuit or whole grain toast, + apple butter; Frittata, oven dried tomato, sorrel, basil, garlic, mozzarella, chipotle crema + arugula salad; Chicken + waffles, confit chicken wings, buttermilk waffle, honeycomb butter; Country fried steak & eggs, 8 ox CFS, two eggs your way, bourbon gravy + tater tot hash; Egg in a hole, seedful bread, cheese, fried egg center, sun dried tomato aioli + tater tot hash-add bacon, sausage, or avocado; Nachos verde, blue corn tortilla chips, salsa verde, black beans, smoky queso, pickled shallots, fresnos, feta, chipotle crema, avocado; Raclette and bacon burger, beef, raclette, applewood bacon, aioli, fried egg on brioche; Everything salmon, smoked salmon on bun, fennel cream cheese, red onion, + side salad. Small Plates: Hummus; Meatballs; Piggy’s fries; Cheese Board; Confit chicken wings; Baked oysters; Calamari. Entrees: Center cut pork chop, rosemary potatoes + haricots verts; Cornish hen, vegetables + rosemary potatoes; Smoky pork ribs; Grilled ribeye, choice of two sides; Fresh catch, seasonal veggies. Sandwiches: Raclette & bacon burger; Chicken sandwich; Smoked turkey. Salads & pizzas: Big choice of each. $