Throughout its short history, Grand Prize Bar has almost always had food of one kind or another available. There have always been pop up dinners where chefs such as Adam Dorris, formerly of Stella Sola, or Jonathan Jones, currently of Concepcion, would serve unique items at discount prices to try out ideas and make a little money. For awhile, Feast, the restaurant known for rustic European cooking and locally-sourced ingredients, provided food at Grand Prize. Eventually, a steady stream of food trucks parked in front of the bar, which worked out well for everyone involved, until permitting disputes with the City of Houston led to the destruction of Grand Prize's large, first floor patio and sent the trucks packing.
Recently, Joshua Martinez of food truck The Modular developed a menu that's been served out of the Grand Prize kitchen for the past few months, but it appears that program has also come to an end. Martinez announced today that a rotating cast of chefs from various food trucks will each serve food at Grand Prize one night a week. The chefs will get an opportunity to cook food they normally couldn't on their trucks and use tools, such as real ovens and an immersion circulator, that don't work on a truck.
It all kicks off Monday at 7 p.m. with Martinez himself taking the first turn until Matt Marcus of the Eatsie Boys begins working Mondays. Chefs from HTown StrEATS, Bernie's Burger Bus, Coreanos, Phamily Bites and Stick It Truck have also signed on. It'll certainly make Grand Prize one of the hottest new restaurants in Houston.