In these hectic times, restaurants need to be flexible. As both Revival Market and Tout Suite demonstrate, Houstonians like restaurants that also offer a variety of grab and go options.
Levi Rollins understands. In his role as culinary director at Urban Eats, the recently opened bar, restaurant and market on Washington Avenue, Rollins gives diners two options: A first-floor market full of high quality offerings that are either prepared in house or sourced from local vendors or an upstairs bar and restaurant that offers a variety of shareable appetizers, salads, French fries and sliders.
Urban Eats may not be a destination restaurant, but it does offer a crowd-pleasing variety that should make it a neighborhood favorite.
Upstairs, the menu is built around sliders. In addition to a traditional bacon cheeseburger, diners have a variety of options that include the Sunday dinner (pork pot roast topped with gravy, cheese, onions and green beans), the Southern chicks (fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, pickles) and a fried green tomato BLT.
An order of two sliders comes with fries and a salad. Prices run between $11 and $15, which makes them either a slightly spendy lunch or an inexpensive dinner. Those looking to supplement the sliders can add an appetizer like mac and cheese that's topped with bacon, pancetta and ham or vegetables like fried Brussels sprouts and an eggplant Napoleon. Salads and fries with various toppings round out the food offerings. A well-stocked bar serves a variety of cocktails, wine and craft beer.
Urban Eats may not be a destination restaurant, but it does offer a crowd-pleasing variety that should make it a neighborhood favorite. Washington Avenue may have seen a wave of closings in 2014, but newcomers like Urban Eats, Big Eyed Fish and the upcoming Commonwealth have it poised for a revival.