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Houston’s Most Anticipated New Restaurants, Fall 2019

A new food hall, chic Italian restaurant, and more exciting eateries are in the works

Chef Troy Guard’s Guard and Grace
| Guard and Grace [Official Photo]
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It’s been a busy summer for Houston’s bustling restaurant scene, and it’s unlikely that the clip of exciting openings will slow down anytime soon, especially not this fall. In the coming months, Houstonians can expect a slew of exciting new dining options.

Ranging from a chic new Italian restaurant planned for Downtown Houston’s C. Baldwin Hotel from superstar chef Chris Cosentino to much-anticipated Rice Village food hall Politan Row, get excited for these much-anticipated restaurant openings as the weather (finally) begins to get a little bit cooler and we head into yet another glorious Texas fall.


A rendering of Rosalie ROHE Creative
ROHE Creative
  • Who: Much-lauded San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino, known for his restaurant Cockscomb and appearances on food TV shows like Iron Chef America.
  • What: Named for Cosentino’s grandmother, Rosalie will serve midcentury Italian fare in a stunning space decked out with Murano glass chandeliers, tons of greenery, and vintage fixtures. Look forward to handmade manicotti stuffed with blue crab, Gulf shrimp fra diavolo, and a list of more than 100 wines. Sasha Grumman, known for her time at Cosentino’s Cockscomb in San Francisco and, most recently, executive chef at Launderette in Austin, will lead the kitchen.
  • Where: Inside the C. Baldwin Hotel at 400 Dallas Street in Downtown Houston
  • When: mid-September 2019

Politan Row

A rendering of Politan Row’s exterior
Politan Row’s exterior
Bell Butler Design and Architecture
  • Who: Politan Group, the minds behind New Orleans’s famed St. Roch Market, credited with kicking off America’s food hall trend, and the recently debuted Politan Row in Chicago.
  • What: A 7,350 square foot food hall that will house 10 distinct restaurants, including a permanent outpost of steam bun slinger Breaking Bao and new taco destination Cochinita & Co. Politan Row will also house a cocktail bar helmed by beverage director Sophie Burton, and an “all-day coffeehouse” from Houston’s own Greenway Coffee that will serve boba teas and Indonesian soft-serve. Expect more vendors to be announced ahead of Politan Row’s debut.
  • Where: 2445 New Times Boulevard in Rice Village
  • When: October 2019

Traveler’s Table

A wooden board piled with vegetables like purple cauliflower, grilled shishito peppers, hummus, watermelon radish, and sweet potato.
The “vegetable board”
Debora Smail for Traveler’s Table
Chicken leg khao soi served in a blue stoneware bowl
Chicken khao soi
Debora Smail for Traveler’s Table


hot cheetos crusted croissant
A croissant crusted with Hot Cheetos

Guard and Grace

A exterior rendering of Guard and Grace Guard and Grace [Official Photo]
Guard and Grace’s dining room Guard and Grace [Official Photo]
A bone-in ribeye steak with butter and a baby carrot on top, served on white plate Guard and Grace [Official Photo]

The dining room

  • Who: Denver chef and restaurateur Troy Guard’s TAG Restaurant Group
  • What: In the works for more than a year and a half, the Houston outpost of Guard and Grace will occupy a sprawling 15,000 square foot space that boasts complete with a giant dining room, private dining space, and private wine lockers for moneyed regulars. Expect Prime, Angus, dry-aged, and grass-fed steaks, along with a fully stocked raw bar and freshly made charcuterie.
  • Where: 500 Dallas Street, inside One Allen Center in Downtown Houston
  • When: November 2019


A rendering of Musaafer’s dining room
A rendering of Musaafer
The Spice Route Company [Official Photo]
  • Who: Shammi and Mithu Malik, the minds behind Dubai’s the Spice Route Company, and chefs Mayank Istwal and Shivek Suri
  • What: An extensively researched Indian restaurant — Istawal and Suri traveled through the country for 100 days to learn from chefs and home cooks — that boasts that it will serve dishes and ingredients used for the first time outside of India in Houston.
  • Where: The Galleria’s ritzy VI Wing, which also houses Nobu, Shake Shack, and Fig & Olive.
  • When: Hopefully sometime this fall! The restaurant was originally expected to debut in 2018, but construction delays have pushed that debut back for nearly a year.

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