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Much-anticipated Taco Milagro restaurant replacement is set to open: It's sandwich mania on Kirby

Local Foods truffled egg salad
Dishes like this truffled egg salad sandwich will be joined by new rotisserie items at the new Local Foods.  Photo by Marene Gustin
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Chef Dylan Murray, seen here at last year's Plant It Forward farm dinner, will head up the kitchen. Photo by Eric Sandler
Local Foods neon sign interior
Design details will be similar to the original location in Rice Village.  Photo by Cody Lee/Google Plus
Local Foods truffled egg salad
3 Plant it Forward Farm Dinner November 2013
Local Foods neon sign interior

The sandwich wait is over.

Local Foods will open its second location in the former Taco Milago space at Kirby and Westheimer on Thursday. As CultureMap first reported back in August, the Rice Village restaurant that's known for its sandwiches and salads made with super fresh ingredients has expanded to River Oaks. The restaurant is a partnership between Houston restaurateur Benjy Levit and chef/partner Dylan Murray.

 An expanded selection of vegan and vegetarian items will make the menu approximately 30-percent different than the original. 

The new location brings a new dinner menu thanks to an eight-spit Rotisol rotisserie that will feature chicken and a rotating selection of other spit roasted entrees such as beef, duck and whole fish. Other new offerings include a full bar with cocktails and an expanded selection of vegan and vegetarian items that make the menu approximately 30-percent different than the original.

Murray will lead the kitchen, where he's joined by former Benjy's sous chef Daniel Nossa and former Pistolero's executive chef Brandon Shillings. Murray is a fixture at the Saturday morning Urban Harvest farmers market, and his commitment to procuring locally grown fruit and vegetables has always been an important part of the menu at Local Foods. 

The interior, designed by Aaron Rambo of local decor firm Found for the Home, features seating for 100 and a similar retro-feel to the original with custom built furniture. The still under construction, smoke-free patio will seat another 100 people.  

Local Foods will open for lunch for two weeks and begin dinner service thereafter. Once it's fully operational, the hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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