November is here, so let the Eating Season begin. Need a lunch or dinner recommendation? Here’s where you should eat right now in Houston.
Haven is the latest place in town to unveil the restaurant-within-a-restaurant idea with Cove, a new seafood concept helmed by chef de cuisine Jean Philippe Gaston. The 35-seat bar area features a menu almost entirely of seafood, where nothing is cooked.
Think of it as a raw bar with an international flair: crudos, cebiches, carpaccios, tiraditos and more.
I hate the term gastropub, but I do enjoy me some Cottonwood. The new Garden Oaks go-to spot has a little something for everyone: A fantastic list of beers on tap, live music, a gaming patio, the coveted casual-yet-polished atmosphere and an enticing menu of gourmet comfort food.
Pork belly corndogs? Yes, please.
Burger Guys Downtown
Next time you’re jonesin’ for one of those brilliant burgers from beyond the beltway, stop by the Burger Guys' new outpost downtown, which replaced Korma Sutra on Main Street. These giant two-handers feature juicy patties, rich with flavor and crowned creatively with fresh toppings.
To meld with the downtown vibe, the new place also offers super salads and homemade ice cream.
Breakfast Burritos Anonymous
It was only a matter of time before a mobile breakfast unit popped up, and here it is. You’ll find Breakfast Burritos Anonymous at Inversion on Montrose on weekday mornings.
While the build-your-own tacos and burritos are the most popular items, we sure liked the breakfast egg sandwich with sausage and caramelized onions on Texas toast. Mmmmm, Texas toast.
Choosing a favorite coffee destination is even harder these days thanks to Southside Espresso. Look for it next door to Uchi on Westheimer (though the store faces Grant Street), and stop by for a dy-no-mite cortado and a pastry.
Southside is open from 7 a.m. to midnight daily and offers free Wi-Fi. Beer and wine will be added to the menu when the permits are finalized in a week or two.
I love the recent landslide of health-conscious eateries in Houston. Included among them is Doshi House, a wholesome new vegetarian restaurant and gallery space in the Third Ward.
It’s an ideal spot for a coffee and a blueberry muffin, both of which are top notch. Or opt for the delicious lentil soup, worth-a-try samosa panini, and wonderfully Zen hibiscus agua fresca.
Gratifi Kitchen + Bar
While one healthy grill opens, another drops the moniker. Ziggy’s Healthy Grill (on Fairview) has changed its name to Gratifi.
While the American bistro menu hasn’t changed much, the revamped brand is a reminder that meals there are satisfying and serene. Look for beer tastings coming soon, plus two special dinners with chef Randy Rucker for Houston Beer Week.
Esquire Magazine’s John Mariani lists Triniti’s Ryan Hildebrand as one of five national chefs to watch, praising his “breakfast” dish of fried egg, waffles and duck liver. We’re thrilled to see Hildebrand getting some well deserved national attention.
Perhaps you’d like to treat yourself to the new $24 three-course lunch menu this month to see what the fuss is about.
Provisions is still the hot spot in town. If you haven’t been able to snag a seat at dinner, drop in for the newly minted lunch menu. Or if that’s not an option, the back patio is quite possibly the city’s loveliest happy hour destination.
Try the ever-impressive ham-of-the-day— on its own or atop a crusty pizza with ricotta and arugula.
Somewhere with a fabulous pumpkin dish
Along with sparkling weather, Fall brings a landslide of great pumpkin dishes. Take this month to sample your favorites (and be sure to report back).
Start with the shockingly good Pumpkin Burger at Hubcap Grill. Follow it up with Fat Cat Creamery's pumpkin spice ice cream, a pumpkin whoopie pie from Fluff Bake Bar and the pumpkin spice martini at Kiran’s.
Need more recs? Try our Where to Eat Right Now lists from previous months: