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Two Soon-to-Open Galleria Eateries You Should Put on Your Radar

Get ready for more rustic Italian and a menu crafted by former Haven chef.

True Food's sister restaurant North will open next month.
True Food's sister restaurant North will open next month.
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The Heights, Montrose, Midtown and Downtown are buzzing with new and anticipated restaurants as of late. But don't count out the Galleria and Uptown neighborhood. The epicenter of Houston's mega shopping destination is home to a number of trendy restaurants that include RDG + Bar Annie, Table on Post Oak, Songkran Thai Kitchen and The Tasting Room. Soon a rustic Italian and chef-driven restaurant in an unexpected location will

Joining Whole Foods Market, Whole Foods Market Brewery, True Food Kitchen and anticipated anticipated PESKA Seafood Culture and Sozu Sushi next month in BLVD Place, long-awaited North Italia reports Houstonia. The Fox Restaurant Concepts eatery at 1700 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 190 (operated by the same group behind True Food Kitchen) will be the second for Texas — the first being in Austin. "The high-end, family-oriented restaurant" prides itself on making nearly "97 to 98 percent" of its offerings from scratch. Small plates, cheese and meat boards, a bevy of hand-made pizza and pasta options are on the menu. Braised beef short ribs with creamy white polenta and prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin are among the heartier options. A cocktail program and a large selection of wines will also be available when North Italia opens March 3.

In the meantime, nearby H-E-B at 5895 San Felipe is opening February 18. The Galleria location will offer the first in-store restaurant in the city within the San Antonio-based grocery chain, according to Houston Chronicle. Table 57 is a chef-driven concept offering upscale fare. Randy Evans of Southern Son Consulting and former Haven chef developed the menu that features lobster rolls, fried oyster tostadas, Korean fried chicken and smoked meats. Salads, sandwiches and soups are on the menu as well, all given a unique spin. Following Whole Food Markets' lead, the restaurant will also include a wine and beer bar.