Local Foods, purveyor of some of Houston’s most beloved sandwiches and healthy eats, has opened its newest Houston outpost in the Heights.
The restaurant arrives today at Heights Mercantile on 714 Yale Street, bringing the growing chain’s fifth location to Space City. Local Foods will occupy a 4,500 square foot space that offers table, booth, and bar seating. The focal point of the dining room, a Josper charcoal oven, will give diners a glimpse into the grilling and smoking of proteins like beef, chicken, and fish at the restaurant.
In addition to Local Foods’ classic dishes, diners can look forward to a variety of new dishes in the Heights from executive chef Maria Gonzalez. On the dinner menu, house-smoked salmon is paired with cucumbers marinated in orange blossom water, and glazed pork shoulder can be wrapped in fresh tortillas and topped with sesame-seasoned sprouts for an impromptu taco. On the brunch menu, Gonzalez has added a superfood-packed power bowl topped with goji berries, fruit, and “protein cashew cream,” along with vegan migas and a veggie-packed ricotta kugel.
In the beginning, Local Foods won’t serve booze, but diners can BYOB or score a couple of complimentary glasses of wine in the meantime. Non-alcoholic cocktails are also a focus on the menu, like the Almost Spring, a mix of trendy, alcohol-free spirit Seedlip Garden 108, tonic water, peas, and cucumbers.
Local Foods is now open daily in the Heights from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.