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5 Houston Restaurant Openings Diners Need to Know Right Now

New picks for doughnuts, schnitzel, and more

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Houston’s dining scene moves at a lightning-fast pace, and it’s tough to keep up with every new restaurant that opens in this sprawling city every week. To make it a little easier, scope out this roundup of brand new eateries that Houston diners need to know about right now.

January 22

Sit Lo Sugar Land

Sit Lo Restaurant, serving up Vietnamese street food, opened up a second location this month in Sugar Land. Find it at 3412 Hwy 6, Suite R. inside the Jusgo Supermarket. Sit Lo is known for its pho, banh mi, and dishes like shaking beef.


What was once Owl Bar is now Eighteen36, a bar named after the year Houston was founded with equally historic decor. Upstairs, find the new location of Roadster Grill from chef Nick Semoudiaris, who specializes in Greek-American fare. A soft opening is planned for tomorrow, January 23, for Eighteen36 at 2221 W. Alabama Street.

Mediterranean Pearl Seafood Grill

There’s a new seafood destination in Katy: Community Impact Newspaper reports that Mediterranean Pearl Seafood Grill opened at 450 S. Mason Road in December. The restaurant serves up paella, seafood pasta, salmon kabobs, and dishes for folks who don’t like fish too.

The Sauer Kraut Grill

A former truck known for its schnitzel and currywurst put down permanent roots in Richmond. The Sauer Kraut Grill is now open for lunch and dinner at 734 Crabb River Road. German fare includes schnitzel, spaetzle, and bratwursts, along with burgers and snacks like spicy fries with mayo and curry sauce or fried pretzels.

Voodoo Doughnuts

Voodoo Doughnuts just celebrated its grand opening week in Houston, complete with a ribbon-cutting with giant pink scissors. The Portland-based chain’s inaugural area location opened on 3715 Washington Avenue on January 15, open 24 hours a day. Get there for doughnuts in wild flavors like bubble gum or bacon maple. Just don’t park in the Bank of America parking lot, per Voodoo Doughnuts’ Facebook. Luckily, there is a 24/7 drive-thru, which is a first for the brand.