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Houston’s 10 Best Restaurants for October

New Spots Worth Eating at Right Now

BY // 10.26.16

A fresh crop of restaurants has sprouted in Houston, but who are they, and what’s on the menu? From French Riviera food and drive-thru banh mi to Houston’s first vegan ice cream shop and South African fast food, here’s where you should eat over the next month or so.

CAFE AZUR
4315 Montrose Boulevard
Côte d’Azur lands on Montrose with the opening of this coastal French eatery. Chef owner Sidney Degaine showcases his French roots with dishes such as seared foie gras with crispy duck confit and cherry sauce; lobster ravioli topped with white truffle oil; whole roasted branzino served with sautéed vegetables and potatoes gratin; and Gulf shrimp fettuccine in armoricaine sauce. 

CANE ROSSO MONTROSE
4306 Yoakum Boulevard 
Dallas-based pizzeria Cane Rosso opened its first Houston location in May to massive crowds in The Heights. Now the brand transports its signature Neapolitan pizza to Montrose with a second outpost at 4306 Yoakum Boulevard.

Expect Cane Rosso’s staple fork-and-knife pizzas. Don’t leave without trying off-the-menu-favorite the Honey Bastard, which is topped with house-made mozzarella, hot soppressata, bacon marmalade, habanero honey, and basil. The restaurant’s strict no-ranch dressing policy, a massive, dog-friendly patio and an expanded cocktail program (lookout for future frozen libations) always make for an interesting meal.

DEACON BALDY’S
5447 FM 1488 Road, Magnolia, Texas
You’ll have to travel outside the Houston city limits for this new food park and bar, but don’t let the drive time deter you — an intriguing, casual culinary experience awaits.

Co-owners Kevin Mims and Joey Muckenthaler debuted Deacon Baldy’s last Sunday showcasing food truck favorites including (Houston’s first-ever Chopped champ) Shannen Tune‘s Craft Burger; chef, cookbook author, and TV personality (MasterChef Season 4 winner) Luca Manfe‘s The Lucky Fig; Shark Tank success story and national favorite Cousin’s Maine Lobster; and the new Southeast Asian barbecue truck Beefy’s.

Cocktails, wine, and 40 draft beers on tap add to the scene.

JUICE GIRL MONTROSE 
214 Fairview Street 
Juice Girl’s newest location is dishing out more than its signature, 100 percent organic juices and acai bowls. Owner Gretchen Todd-Hawkins debuts Houston’s first organic vegan ice cream shop at the brand’s second outpost stationed at 214 Fairview Street.

Enjoy the ice cream with organic toppings, or add it to one of Juice Girl’s sundaes, banana splits, floats, or shakes. 

LE COLONIAL
River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road 
The newest restaurant to join the River Oaks District roster, Le Colonial delivers upscale, French-Vietnamese flair and food. Executive chef Dan Nguyen serves up authentic Vietnamese cuisine with dishes including Ca Chien Saigon (Vietnamese crisp-seared whole red snapper in a light spicy and sour sauce); Chao Tom (grilled shrimp wrapped around sugar cane with angel hair noodles, lettuce, mint and dipping peanut sauce); and Banh Out (grilled sesame beef over flat rice noodles, cucumber and fresh herbs).

Dine in Le Colonial’s expansive main floor dining room, or head upstairs to the bar and lounge. The dance vibes are in full effect after 8 pm.

Ca Chien Saigon
Ca Chien Saigon

OUI BANH MI
1601 Richmond Avenue
Drive-thru banh mi lands on Richmond Avenue with Oui Banh Mi. Taking over the former Lucky Burger space, Oui Banh Mi offers the classic Vietnamese sandwich with fillings including chargrilled, roasted, and steamed pork, chicken, meatballs, tofu, shrimp, and sautéed egg alongside vermicelli, spring rolls, summer rolls, egg rolls, and rice noodle soup.

While banh mi may be the main attraction, the restaurant’s true standout is its addicting Vietnamese coffee.

PELI PELI KITCHEN
9090 Katy Freeway
Fans of South African fine dining establishment Peli Peli can now get the same bold flavor in a fast, casual setting with the new Peli Peli Kitchen in the Gateway at Spring Valley development. Chef Paul Friedman showcases his culinary chops with dishes including prawn and pork belly buns, braised oxtails with yellow rice and the smoked salmon breakfast rosti on house-made naan.

Don’t leave without dessert. The sticky toffee cupcake and red velvet cake churro are not to be missed.

PI PIZZA
181 Heights Boulevard 
Restaurateur Lee Ellis strikes again, adding pizza to his growing restaurant group Cherry Pie Hospitality. This time, Ellis teams up with food truck veteran Anthony Calleo for Pi Pizza in The Heights, giving the beloved Houston pizza staple its first brick-and-mortar location.

On the menu: 20 pizzas (also available for delivery) utilizing everything from cherries and macaroni to lemon roasted cauliflower and crispy brussels sprouts. Guests can now order Pi’s signature pies in a personal 8-inch size for just $10.

A variety of salads and subs are also available alongside a diverse cocktail list. (The boozy ice cream is a must-try.)

RISE Nº2 
BLVD Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard
It’s soufflé all day at BLVD Place’s newest restaurant Rise No. 2. The Dallas-based soufflé restaurant offers both savory and sweet soufflés with options including everything from truffle-infused mushroom and escargot to praline pecan and dark chocolate mint. French staples such as marshmallow soup, salad nicoise, and steak & pomme de Terre also grace the menu.

UNION KITCHEN ELLA
3452 Ella Boulevard 
Union Kitchen debuts its fourth location in the budding Garden Oaks community at 3452 Ella Boulevard. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are available. Certain dishes — lobster grilled cheese stuffed with lobster, avocado, sun dried tomato, and brie; the Elvis waffle topped with peanut butter and bananas fosters sauce served with Texas Pecan bacon; and the signature Union burger served with onion rings and truffle fries — are already becoming favorites.

Home, chic home.

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