Restaurant Buzz

Houston Dining News for July 2012

Laurann Claridge
July 01, 2012

After more than three years of searching for the right location and team, Tony’s alum chef Olivier Ciesielski has opened L’Olivier Restaurant & Bar in the Montrose with co-owner Mary Clarkson. The French-born chef’s bustling eatery features subtle odes to his namesake olive tree, with branches woven into the design of globe lights and wine racks. His fare is reasonably priced (we love the homemade chicken liver pate, $11), with entrees tapping out (save for specials) at $22. We recommend  sitting outside by the container herb garden … The tart frozen yogurt chain that has people lining up has come to Houston. Last month, Pinkberry opened in the Woodlands Mall; later this month, a new location debuts inside the loop at Highland Village Shopping Center. If you recall, we reported that developers Meredith Moody Emory and husband Matthew Emory opened their first Pinkberry locale last fall in Clear Lake … Chef German Mosquera and owner/partner Ash Shah have opened Roots Bistro in the former space of So Vino on lower Montrose. An alum of Ruggles Green, Mosquera’s fare is farm-to-table focused. He, Shah and general manager Greg Spire forage for organic produce and heritage-breed meats for their full-service 100-seat eatery, which prides itself on being approachably priced … Morton’s Steakhouse, the old-school steak place across from the Galleria, has just undergone a total renovation, from the menu to the dining room, bar, wine and board room.