Back in November we shared the news that Aaron Lyons left Austin's competitive restaurant market to open Dish Society in Houston with director of operations, Trent Patterson and executive chef Johnny Romo--the former executive chef at Apothecary. Romo has 20 years of experience working at Austin's most popular restaurants, and a few months ago Lyons told Eater that poaching Romo was like "drafting Tom Brady in the seventh round." At Dish Society, Romo has crafted a contemporary Americana menu; take a look at the dinner offerings here. A citrus glazed salmon with avocado quinoa citrus relish, shrimp tacos with sriracha aioli and a coffee-crusted pork tenderloin with port cherry reduction are all entree highlights. For the breakfast menu, Greenway Coffee and Blacksmith's own Houston coffee guru David Buehrer has been helping them set up a good coffee program. They'll have a wine program with a fully trained staff, and a few beer taps (we spotted a Southern Star tap, so there's at least one local brewery on tap).
While Lyons' plans for a December debut fell through, they're now beginning soft lunches, and will officially open to the public on Jan. 20. The sleek, modern design was created by Collaborative Projects, which also worked on Hay Merchant and Underbelly.