At this point, it is nigh impossible to keep track of every single restaurant that has opened in Houston over the past few months. Even over the last month, dozens of spots across the greater Houston area kicked open their doors, and that’s excellent news if you like to eat great food.
By no means a comprehensive round-up of the openings across Houston over the last month(ish), these 11 recently-opened restaurants should absolutely be added to your "must try" list.
Freshly opened at 4315 Montrose, restaurateur Sidney Degaine brings a taste of the French Riviera to Space City. Classic French plates with decadent indulgences (think foie gras and truffles) are paired with a predominantly French menu of wines (especially rosé) in a Mediterranean-inspired environment.
Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors
The latest concept from the minds behind Adair's Kitchen, Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors is, arguably, Houston's hottest new restaurant. Southern fare gets a heavy dose of cheffy technique, like chicken confit served with dumplings. Not to mention, the setting is a little more chic than Grandma's house.
Relish Restaurant & Bar
Technically set to officially open the doors next week, our sources tell us that Relish Restaurant & Bar is already serving lunch. Dinner service will be added in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, stop by and check out the new offerings before the crowds descend.
Sigma Brewing Company
EaDo's newest brewpub made its official debut on September 30. A stone's throw from BBVA Compass Stadium, it's the perfect spot to grab a small-batch beer before (or after) catching a soccer match.
This new concept brings Mexico City style tacos and tortas to Downtown Houston. A project of D.F. native Ramon Soriano Tomka, watch telenovelas on the TV while you enjoy tortas, aguas fresca, and (of course) tacos.
Good Dog Montrose
This much-anticipated export from the Heights started slinging dogs in Montrose earlier this month. Gourmet hot dogs may not have the trend appeal of, say, avocado toast, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t love diving head-first into a Guac-A-Dog paired with a locally-brewed beer.
The combo of Greenway Coffee and gourmet pastries is pretty much a winner every time, but the folks at Dandelion Cafe have somehow improved on that formula. Once breakfast is over, hit this spot on Bellaire Boulevard for lunch — quinoa salad, paninis, and freshly pressed juices are on offer.
After a few delays, this collaboration between restaurateur Lee Ellis and pizza enthusiast Anthony Calleo is finally serving up some of Houston’s favorite pies in the Heights. In addition to the pizzas, you’ll also find grown-up ice cream infused with beer or bar director Laurie Harvey’s own recipe for the Old Fashioned.
An arrival from Denver, Colorado, Taja Indian brings fast & healthy fare that won’t cost you more than about $10. Vegetarians and vegans also have plenty to be stoked about, as quick & easy meat-free options abound.
Hops Meet Barley
Reserve 101’s Stephen Long brings Upper Kirby’s first "proper neighborhood bar." Timing its arrival with football season was a pretty solid choice, as the selection of 150 beers and bar snacks like fried cheese curds is a perfect place to spend your fall weekends. Scope out the full menu of eats & booze here.
Instagram enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice. There’s pretty much nothing more suited for the ‘gram than perfectly formed petals of ice cream arranged into a "rose cone," and that’s only partly why the arrival of Amorino Gelato is so exciting. These cones are so pretty that you might forget that the gelato is as good as it looks.
As always, if you have intel on an exciting opening that’s in the works, drop a note to your friendly Eater Houston editor via the tipline. For more hot Houston restaurants, scope out the Eater Houston Heatmap.