Culture / Restaurants

Countdown to Fluff Bake Bar • New Restaurants on the Horizon • Boozy Treats At Dessert Gallery

BY // 05.12.15

Light Up the Night at Tarakaan
Luxe Asian bistros are lighting up the nightlife across the globe. Powerhouses such as London-based Hakkasan, Buddakan in New York City and Tao in Las Vegas reign with culinary fervor — and soon Houston will have a piece of the action with Tarakaan, a high-energy pan-Asian restaurant and lounge in the heart of Midtown. Read more.

Food Trucks Go Brick-And-Mortar
Tired of chasing food trucks? You’re in luck! Two local favorites, Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Bus and The Rice Box Truck, are setting up shop in brick-and-mortar locations. Read more.

Anything But Fluff
After months of anticipation, Rebecca Masson‘s Fluff Bake Bar opens this month. The dual bakery and bar can be found in the heart of Midtown at 314 Gray Street, just steps away from newly renovated Midtown Park. Read more.

Cupcake Withdrawal
Gone are the days of the mundane bank ATM. Soon Houstonians will be able to make an even sweeter withdrawal at Sprinkle Cupcakes’ long-awaited cupcake ATM. The ninth such location for Sprinkles, the ATM will dispense cupcakes 24/7/365. Translation: You’ll never go a second without access to Sprinkles’ addictive confections. Read more.

Liberty Kitchen Makes Austin Debut
Local favorite Liberty Kitchen (F.E.E.D TX Restaurant Group) is bringing coastal cuisine to the good ole city of Austin. Stationed at 507 Pressler (entrance on 5th Street), the new outpost — located in the thriving Clarksville neighborhood — will be the first venture outside Houston for partners Lee Elis and Carl Eaves. Read more.

Tootsy Maki at RA Sushi, which will appear on their Nicky's Week Menu
Tootsy Maki at RA Sushi, which will appear on their Nicky’s Week Menu

Sushi for St. Jude
RA Sushi hosts its largest annual fund-raiser, Nicky’s Week, Monday through Sunday, May 25 through 31. Named for the nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders who lost a long battle with brain cancer, 100 percent of the proceeds raised from the Nick’s Week menu are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Both RA Sushi locations in Highland Village and CityCentre offer the special menu, which will include edamame, the tootsy maki roll, shrimp nigiri, pork gyoza, sesame garlic chicken, garlic citrus yellowtail and select beverages. Since its inception in 2004, Nicky’s Week has raised more than $1.5 million.

Sud Italia Ristorante, the Italian concept from former Arturo’s GM Shanon Scott, is now open at 2347 University in Rice Village. The bungalow-style restaurant highlights authentic Italian fare inspired by the southern coast and serves only Italian wines … The award-winning modern Korean-style restaurant Dosi launches new menu items Friday, May 15, as owner An Vo moves away from a chef-driven menu and adds more approachable, familiar dishes. But never fear: Favorites such as lamb collar, street dumplings and the signature Bo Ssam will still be served. Vo also plans to revamp and expand Dosi’s soju bar program.

On the Lookout
Ogden Hospitality‘s newest concept is Pour Society, a swanky gastropub in Gateway at 947 North Gessner, Suite B190. Set to open in July, the 7,500-square-foot space designed by Davis Ink will showcase more than 20 flat-screen TVs, an extensive beer and cocktail program including boutique spirits from around the country, and classic American fare. Chef Greg Lowry (Bradley’s Fine Diner) will lead the kitchen along with his former sous chef Matthew Lovelace (Triniti) … F.E.E.D TX Restaurant Group adds Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts to its fleet of successful eateries this summer. The restaurant will open at 601 Heights Boulevard and serve fried chicken, biscuits and eight donut flavors daily.

Boozy Treats Land at Dessert Gallery
Just a few weeks after unveiling her redesigned storefront, Dessert Gallery owner Sara Brook has partnered with local breweries to create boozy desserts of the month for 2015. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, 8th Wonder Brewery, Karbach Brewing Company, No Label Brewing Company and St. Arnold’s Brewing Company are all lending their brews to Dessert Gallery’s made-from-scratch recipes. Lighter brews will be paired with lighter desserts such as lemon tarts, while darker brews will marry with richer, chocolaty desserts. Other creations include cherry vanilla red velvet stout sheet cake, Elissa IPA apple cake with caramel butter cream frosting and Yule Shoot Your Eye Out bread pudding with Karbach Brewing Company spiked raisins. Head to 3600 Kirby Friday, May 8, 5 to 7 pm, for Dessert Gallery’s craft-beer desserts kickoff.


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