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Celebrity Chef Brings His Atlanta-Beloved Tex-Mex Restaurant to Houston

Is It Super Enough?

BY // 08.25.17

Houston native and Atlanta-based restaurateur Ford Fry made major hometown waves nearly two years ago when he debuted his long-awaited, first Houston concept State of Grace.

The restaurant — which opened across from Fry’s alma mater Lamar High School — showcased chic, casual surrounds alongside a diverse collection of food inspired by the Gulf Coast, and quickly became a go-to hangout for River Oaks’ posh style set.

Now, the hometown culinary hero is back with a second restaurant concept, and this time he’s tackling a popular food genre amongst Houstonians — Tex-Mex.

Ford will join the robust dining scene in The Heights, unveiling Superica in the former Bernadine’s space at 1801 North Shepherd Drive in 2018.

“It’s not ‘Su-pear-ica’ and it’s not ‘Sup! Erica!’ it’s ‘Super-ica,'” Ford reveals.

Unlike sister restaurant State of Grace, Superica is a previously established Ford Fry concept with two bustling locations already operating in Atlanta. Of course, bringing Tex-Mex fare to Atlantans may be an easier feat than satisfying a town inundated with Tex-Mex cuisine.

But for Fry and fellow Texas native chef Kevin Maxey, the mission is to just serve Texas’ storied regional food within the confines of the Lone Star State. 

“Kevin and I set out to respect the evolution of Tex-Mex cuisine, not to reinvent the wheel,” Ford says. “With so many versions of each ‘classic’ and popular dish, we picked our favorite versions of each using our non-negotiables of just-made, flour tortillas, warm fresh-to-order chips, various table salsas and cooking over live, Texas mesquite.”

Expect dishes like sopa de tortilla, hard shell tacos, enchiladas, chili relleno, crispy whole fish, braised short rib, and puffy tacos to grace the menu.

Texas-style, locally produced spirits, agave spirits and house-made margaritas will complement the Tex-Mex menu alongside an extensive wine and cocktail list.

Added bonus: Superica will be conjoined with a second Ford Fry restaurant concept, which is inspired by chicken and oyster dinners from the old San Jacinto Inn — a favorite from Fry’s childhood. Brace yourself for everything from fried chicken and wood-roasted Gulf oysters to a pharmacy-style burger.

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