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Watch Houston Chef Nikky Tran on Netflix’s New Show ‘Street Food’

The Kau Ba Saigon Kitchen chef

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Nikky Tran shows up on ‘Street Food’

Houston chef Nikky Tran, who owns Kau Ba Saigon Kitchen in Montrose, makes an appearance in an episode of Netflix’s exciting new show Street Food. In the series from the creators of fine dining show Chef’s Table, Tran heads back to Saigon in the series’s seventh episode, offering an inside look at the thriving street food scene in Vietnam. She guides viewers through a truly drool-worthy selection of casual eats, ranging from pho to freshly-grilled pork chops. Tran will host a screening of the episode on May 8 with tons of street food and half-off cocktails. [EaterWire]

Houston’s new pickleball court will also have a restaurant

There’s a new pickleball court/restaurant hybrid headed to Houston. Dubbed the Bumpy Pickle, the new “recreational sports facility” will be home to a bar, and restaurant, and court where people can play sand volleyball or pickleball, which is somehow an actual sport that involves hitting balls over a net with oddly-shaped paddles. The forthcoming spot is currently seeking investors via crowdfunding platform NextSeed. [EaterWire]

Popular seafood spot reopens six weeks after ITC chemical fire

Seafood restaurant Monument Inn has reopened its doors in La Porte six weeks after the ITC chemical fire forced it to shutter temporarily. According to a statement posted to the restaurant’s website, owner Bob Laws was forced to toss $17,000 in seafood and other kitchen staples, and hired an “environmental company” to test the spot’s soil and water for any potential contamination. “We do not, or ever have served fish or shrimp caught from the Houston Ship Channel or Galveston Bay,” Laws wrote. “We use only certified inspected seafood wholesalers in purchasing our seafood.”