Houston is hoppin’ these days! Need a lunch or dinner recommendation? Here are 10 buzz worthy places to try in May.
Some are new restaurants entirely, while others are seasoned venues with new offerings, but all are well worth a visit.
Siegel-Gardner and his business partner Terrence Gallivan look forward to their next endeavor, though official details have not yet been released. And don’t worry, chef Manabu Horiuchi isn’t going anywhere.
Mai's is famous for their bo luc lac (shaking beef), but our new fave is the lotus root salad, a refreshingly light offering of shredded pork, shrimp, cucumber, carrots, celery, and onion, sprinkled with roasted peanuts and a tangy dressing.
Benjy’s on Washington
Mike Potowski, the chef at Benjy’s on Washington, runs his restaurant with precision, cultivating each of his employees with the same meticulous care that he puts into his cooking. His new Spring menu is fantastic, boasting a salmon sashimi with tempura’d garlic, a spring onion soup, and an amazing crab cobb salad.
Try a “mintade” on the side.
Green Seed Vegan
Houston hasn’t always been easy on vegans, but that’s starting to change — especially with Green Seed Vegan, a new food truck serving vegan delicacies like sandwiches, wraps and smoothies. Try the Dirty ‘Burque, a veggie burger topped with New Mexico green chilies and avocado or the Illy cheesesteak, a mess of mushrooms.
It’s all so delicious, you won’t miss the meat.
Chef Michael Dei Maggi (formerly of Max’s Wine Dive, The Rockwood Room, and Ciao Bello) has joined Delicious Concepts as a partner. His first task? Reworking the fast-casual Dragon Bowl Bistro in the Heights.
Look for his substantial changes to roll out by Sunday. That operation includes expanded hours, an updated space and a revamped menu which concentrates on pan-Asian street food.
The much anticipated Brasserie 19 has opened (but just barely!) in the old Tony Mandola’s spot on West Gray. The restaurant is anchored by Charles Clark and Grant Cooper, who also collaborated on Ibiza and Catalan, and they’ve enlisted the services of chef Michael Gaspard.
The menu offers a Gulf coast take on French cooking — lighter than a traditional brasserie, but with an awesome raw bar.
A carry-over from last month’s list, Xuco Xicana continues to impress. The former El Patio space, now rebranded as Xuco Xicana, is upbeat and fun, ideal for date night and groups. We love the queso, the sangria’d margaritas, and the fabulous mushroom enchiladas — but we also hope they update the signage and website soon.
Chef Justin Basye recently announced that he’s leaving Stella Sola to hone his skills through various internships — in Houston and elsewhere. Stepping in is Chef Adam Dorris, whom you might have run into at the Grand Prize bar’s celebrated line of Ghetto Dinners.
We’re excited to see how Dorris incorporates his creativity and panache to his new Heights home.
Moon Tower Inn
Few things are more satisfying on a summer night than a hotdog and a beer. Lucky for you, Moon Tower Inn specializes in both. Stop by for a gamey ‘dawg and a side of chips, then grab your spot on the gloriously dingy patio (there’s no indoor seating).
We like the rabbit sausage and the Piggie Smalls. Be sure to top them with the tasty housemade condiments.
Chef Robert del Grande’s new Mediterranean spot in the ritzy West Ave development is more casual than his other joints — but just as striking. The menu offers lightened up fare, nice for sharing among a few dining companions over a cocktail or two.
Pastas and salads are the norm, but don’t pass up the sausage-stuffed squid.