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Houston’s Hottest Restaurant News: The Top Spots You’ll Be Eating at Tomorrow

BY // 06.21.16

Editor’s note: The Houston restaurant scene is constantly changing, with new hotspots, must-try places and major culinary events coming along on a daily basis. Even the most dedicated eater can have trouble keeping up, but don’t worry, PaperCity has you covered.

Famed Memphis-based restaurant Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken debuts its first Houston location at 1815 Washington Avenue (across from B&B Butchers). Pair the beloved hot and spicy fried chicken with baked beans, fried okra, potato salad and cole slaw. The opening date has yet to be announced, but brace yourself: There’s sure to be a line.

This fall, the team behind Uptown Park French eatery Etoile Cuisine et Bar — chef Philippe Verpiand and his wife, Monica Bui — expands its reach downtown with the opening of Brasserie du Parc in the One Park Place high-rise at 1400 McKinney Street. The eatery, designed by Bui and partner Kathy Heard Design, will serve traditional brasserie fare, including charcuterie, steak frites and mussels. A 360-degree bar will offer cocktails, beer and bar bites, while an in-house crêperie brings sweet and savory crêpes from a walk-up window

French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial debuts in River Oaks District in August. Helmed by executive chef Dan Nguyen and culinary director Nicole Routhier, the Houston location will transport patrons to 1920s French Colonial Indochina via traditional Vietnamese recipes including Ca Chien Saigon (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).

New Orleans-based celebrity chef and James Beard award winner John Besh is heading West for his first-ever Houston concept, Eunice. The Cajun and Creole brasserie opens in the Greenway Plaza area at 3737 Buffalo Speedway in the fall of 2017.

The much-loved Dallas-based bistro Rise No. 1 opens Rise No. 2, a salon de soufflé and wine bar, in Houston July 1 at Blvd Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard.

Antone’s Famous Po-Boys preps for expansion with two new locations — the first of which is a grab-and-go kiosk in the Greenway Plaza food court, opening this July. The other new location opens in 2017 at 18006 Park Row Drive.

Zelko Bistro closes its Heights eatery at 705 East 11th Street for new digs at Evelyn’s Park. Owned by Jamie and Dalia Zelko, the park café’s new menu focuses on local organic ingredients. The eatery’s name will be determined through Evelyn’s Park’s Name On! contest, which allowed local residents to submit name suggestions for the restaurant.

Heights eatery Zelko Bistro will reopen in Evelyn’s Park later this year. (Courtesy photo)

Bar Bleu debuts this July in the former Hudson Lounge space at 2506 Robinhood Street, adjacent to Rice Village. Owners Adam Kliebert and Kellie Letsos completed a $1 million renovation of the space, which now includes an LED dance floor, lacquered walls and space for as many as 500 guests. Bar Bleu hosts a soft-opening fête June 24-25, before its official Red, White and Bleu launch party on Friday, July 1.

Denver-based brunch concept Snooze: An AM Eatery brings seasonal comfort food to the Westmont Building at 2317 Montrose Boulevard this July. The menu offers a twist on breakfast classics, including pineapple-upside-down pancakes, OMG French toast, six eggs Benedict variations and brunch cocktails.

The Austin influx continues as popular taqueria Tacodeli set to open its first Houston location this fall at 1902 Washington Avenue. The brand has made a name for itself across Austin for its high-caliber ingredients and sprawling menu of nearly 50 offerings.

Italian eatery Taverna is the second restaurant from Lombardi Family Concepts to open in River Oaks DistrictToulouse French Café opened in May. Taverna dishes out rustic Italian fare such as whole-wheat spaghetti primavera, wood-stone-oven focaccia and veal marsala.

Dallas-based pizzeria Cane Rosso debuted its first Houston location at 1835 North Shepherd Drive. The restaurant specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza, with nearly 30 pies on its sprawling menu.

Steakhouse and butcher-shop concept Ritual has opened at 602 Studewood Street. Delicious Concepts proprietor Ken Bridge and Black Hill Ranch’s Felix Florez partner on the project, which features dishes prepared with game that is suspended from the restaurant’s ceiling.

Liberty Kitchen Garden Oaks is now open. (Photo by Jack Thompson)

Liberty Kitchens fourth outpost debuted in the Garden Oaks neighborhood at 3715 Alba Road. A fifth location opens in September at 936 Bunker Hill Road in the Treehouse development.

Local Foods adds a third location to its budding empire, this one at 5740 San Felipe in Tanglewood. The new outpost joins the brand’s Upper Kirby and Rice Village restaurants.

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