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Houston Restaurants Are Transforming Into Pop-Up Markets for Groceries

Where to find vegan queso, preserves, and paper products too

Photo: Lisa Gochman

Houston restaurants are getting creative in order to sell food to residents during shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. As shoppers at grocery stores face picked-over shelves, here are a few restaurants turned-pop-up markets that can help fill pantries.

Local Foods & Benjy’s Pop Market in Rice Village

In Rice Village, Houston residents can now not only pick up to-go meals from Local Foods and Benjy’s, they can also snag a few essentials. The space now hosts a pop-up market with produce, fresh cut meats, and cheese for sale. Offerings include olive oil, hot sauce, wine, beer, and Katz coffee. The shelves include products from local purveyors like Slow Dough, Blue Horizon, Katz Coffee, Black Hill Ranch, Dairymaids, and 44 Farms.

Local foods is also offering a family pack for $99 that includes a dozen or so items — everything from vegan queso with chips to boiled eggs to local strawberries and hot sauce.

Either shop inside or call 713-521-7800 for curbside delivery.

Address: 2424 Dunstan Road, Houston

Good Dog Houston

In addition to iced coffee and root beer, this Montrose hot dog shop is selling “produce, dry goods & paper products.” Throw in family-size containers of egg salad, chicken salad, or soup to round out a purchase.

Address: 1312 W. Alabama Street, Houston


Hailed as one of the best new restaurants in the country, Chef Jonny Rhodes is about to transition his 13-seat Indigo into a pop-up market to serve the surrounding Trinity Gardens community during coronavirus social-distancing.

Shoppers will find fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy, in addition to preserves that the restaurant usually incorporates into its tasting menu. The plan is to also serve stocks and broths; homemade ice cream; fresh pastas; pre-prepared frozen items like duck confit croquettes; and drinks like juniper and sage soda.

The market will launch next week on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, with hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Per a press release, the market will only allow eight patrons at a time given the limited property space and will operate via cashless transactions.

Address: 512 Berry Road, 77022

Bernie’s Bodega

In addition to burgers for curbside pickup, Bernie’s Burger Bus is adding grocery items like fresh produce, eggs, and meat.

Address: 5407 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire