A few months ago we reported that Aaron Webster, the man who opened Tasti D-Lite in Highland Village, would be closing that shop down to open a new restaurant in its place. That new restaurant is called Drexel House and will be opening later this week. It will offer guests a modern, upscale menu of pizza, soup, salad, panini and customizable charcuterie boards. The small plates selection features tamarind-spiked calamari, braised lamb shank with spicy harissa, sliced ribeye and five-spice scallops. The wine menu is extensive, since the new place also bills itself as a wine bar. There are plenty of by-the-glass options as well as carefully sourced bottles. The beer list will focus primarily on local options. Breakfast will start early here, with the restaurant serving up breakfast wraps, quiche, pancakes and an assortment of pastries from 7 a.m. to 10:45 every weekday morning.
Another notable element of the restaurant is its casual but sleek, contemporary décor. The space was designed by Julie McGarr, who also designed both Coppa restaurants, Brasserie 19 and is currently working on Punk's Southern.