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Austin Eateries Are Staging A Takeover Of Houston’s Restaurant Scene

It’s almost impossible to keep track of all the exports

Courtesy Kerbey Lane Café
Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Over the past couple of months, it’s been difficult to tell exactly which city Eater Houston is keeping tabs on, thanks to the massive influx of restaurants from cities across the country, including New York City, Philadelphia, and even Japan. But no city has made bigger moves into Houston than Austin.

In the next few months alone, four Austin-based eateries will open Houston-area locations. Just yesterday, Tacodeli announced via release that it will open near Downtown in early March, joining the arrivals of Ramen Tatsu-Ya early next week and gelateria Dolce Neve, which is also expected to open its doors in March. Adding to the parade is the opening of Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Rice Village location, set to arrive on March 6.

Looking ahead, even more Austin eateries are in the works. Chef Paul Qui’s Aqui is set to arrive before Summer 2017, marking the chef’s first expansion outside of Austin. And the hits just keep on coming, because beloved Austin late-night drunk food spot Kerbey Lane Café has also announced that it is in the very early stages of opening its first restaurant in Houston. Oh, and don’t forget about Chi’Lantro, a Korean fast-casual chain that’s headed here later this year.

If you’re having trouble keeping up, that’s because there’s a hell of a lot of Austin exports that are headed to town. One thing is for certain, though: Houston’s culinary reputation just keeps improving, in Texas and beyond.