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3 Houston Restaurant Openings Diners Need to Know

Find ramen, sandwiches, and saucy chicken wings at these newcomers

Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

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.

Jinya Ramen Bar

A bowl of ramen
Creamy tonkotsu broth at Jinya Ramen Bar
Jinya Ramen Bar/Facebook

Japan-born noodle chain Jinya Ramen Bar has debuted its newest location in the Heights. The restaurant at the Heights Waterworks development officially kicked open its doors at the end of last week, bringing a legit ramen destination to the growing development, according to a press release. This makes for the chain’s seventh outpost in Space City, and bowls of spicy chicken ramen, creamy vegan ramen, and more noodle options are on offer.

Wings of Houston

This “elevated” chicken wing chain from the minds behind Houston’s own Jus Mac opened over the weekend, bringing saucy (and dry-rubbed) chicken wings in flavors like maple-bacon and tikka masala to its new home at 403 Westheimer Road. Also on the menu: a crispy chicken sandwich, seasoned fries, and rice bowls that can be doused in wing seasoning or sauce. Oh, and plenty of beer on tap.

Mendocino Farms

A pressed Cuban sandwich on a wood board
The cubano sandwich from Mendocino Farms’s fall menu
Courtesy Mendocino Farms

This buzzy chain from California will open its second Houston-area outpost on October 3 at 1111-05 Uptown Park Boulevard in Uptown Park, per a press release. When it arrives, score salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches made with ingredients sourced from Houston farms.