Two H-Town stalwarts are now back in business with the opening of La Vista 101 tonight.
The restaurant at 1805 West 18th Street is led by Chef John “J.D.” Woodward, formerly of Southern Goods, which caught fire in 2017, and La Vista founder Greg Gordon, who shuttered the original restaurant last year. “When I came up with the name La Vista 101, I was thinking about the idea of going back to basics, like in school. All my introductory classes were Whatever 101,” Gordon told Houston Food Finder.
Gordon was intent on keeping the Italian vibe of the previous La Vista in tact, but with more Mediterranean influences and a younger focus led by Woodward. The menu details appetizers like grilled Spanish Octopus; a whole section devoted to pizzas; large plates like beef tenderloin on house-made focaccia with bone marrow butter; plus “humongous” plates like a whole fried fish or half roasted chicken. Woodward is implementing more pickled, cured, and smoked preparations that he gathered from his time at Underbelly and Rainbow Lodge.
An extensive list of European wines curated by Jeb Stuart, formerly of Coltivare, will accompany the plentiful cocktail offerings created by Morgan Mansur, most recently of Caracol. “We agreed early on that we would establish very consistent and correct executions of pre-Prohibition cocktails,” Stuart told the publication. “I am so excited to have Morgan in charge of that. He makes a great Sazarac and Old Fashioned, and I think our guests are going to get behind this.”
The doors at La Vista are officially open, and the restaurant is serving up dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lunch and brunch service will be added in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, scope out the menu for La Vista 101 below.