Just after the closure of his first restaurant Triniti, Chef Ryan Hildebrand is throwing all his focus to FM Kitchen + Bar, his brand new venture that is set to debut later this week.
Designed in conjunction with Jim Herd and Collaborative Projects, the space offers a laid-back and comfortable vibe that’s inspired by a road trip. Antique and vintage pieces decorate the space, anchored by metal fixtures in cheery reds and blues. Huge windows slide open to bring the outdoors inside, and an in-progress wall of living ivy will eventually provide a natural visual barrier between diners and the busy neighborhood of Rice Military.
Outside, an expansive patio offers yard games, plenty of picnic tables, a cushioned lounging area and a stage for regular live music in collaboration with Wonky Power. Don’t miss the custom mural from graffiti artist Daniel Anguilu right next to a walk-up order window for carry-out dinners.
Named for the farm to market roads that are ubiquitous in Texas, the concept was originally supposed to serve burgers, shakes, and other roadside fare, but once the chef and his crew got into the kitchen, they realized it was meant to accommodate a broader menu. In addition to the FM Burger that inspired the spot, diners will also be able to dig into old-school favorites like fried chicken, ribs, and wings.
Also on offer is a selection of lighter dishes, like shrimp campechana and generously sized salads that make for a hearty entree. Drinks range from local craft brews, cocktails like the crisp watermelon mule on tap or pineapple-based FM Punch, and rich strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla milkshakes available with or without booze.
FM Kitchen + Bar is set to open on May 19. In the meantime, step inside courtesy of Eater photographer Ellie Sharp.