2016 is underway and that means we can look forward to an entire new crop of restaurants and bars to spring up in Houston. Here are a selection of anticipated restaurants for winter 2016 and a few just beyond for the year to come.
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The pizza at Dallas' Cane Rosso is served Neapolitan style from wood-burning ovens. They are planning their first Houston locations in Montrose and the Heights this year. Our favorite is the Honey Badger - spicey sporessata with a drizzle of honey pairs perfectly with the wood-fired crust and melty cheese.
Hot dog-slingin' food truck, Good Dog Houston, adds a second location this year in the former Brick and Spoon building at 1312 W. Alabama Street, scheduled for a March opening.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Austin's Hopdoddy typically has a line formed wrapping around the corner of South Congress because they are the unrivaled local favorite. Opening in Houston in March, Houstonians can now get in line too for a variety of patties including beef, bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, tuna and black bean, along with countless combinations of toppings and sides like truffle fries.
Kenny & Ziggy's
Kenny & Ziggy's made the news in 2015 by being featured in the film, Deli Man. In 2016 they make headlines again adding a new second location in the heart of West University this year.
With two locations in Houston and a 2015-launched Austin spot, Liberty Kitchen presents it's fourth outpost in Houston's Rice Village area in the next few months occupying a smaller takeaway space with patio seating and aptly dubbed Little Liberty. Not much is known about the menu but we expect sandwiches, salads and seafood - and of course some gumbo.
David Buehrer, the man behind Greenway Coffee and Blacksmith on Westheimer will open his second concept which isn't a far departure from the first two: Morningstar will showcase coffee and donuts. Located at 4721 North Main Street in the Heights next to Foreign Correspondents.
Although there's been a couple of rumored name-changes, Phoenix's Steak 44 is bringing its revamped version, Steak 48, to the River Oaks district this spring. Think steaks, lavish seafood including (pictured) lobster and a raw bar, as well as a few items that are specific to Texas.
With multiple locations in Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta, Thirteen Pies arrives in the River Oaks Shopping District this winter.
The Hakkasan Group brings Yauatcha to the Galleria this year after tasting the success of other global locations.
Update [March 15, 2016]: Portions of the above content have been redacted because they were not properly sourced. We regret the oversight and have updated the piece accordingly.