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Buzzed-over new restaurant opens in Rice Village, offering comfort food amid chandeliers

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Punk's Simple Southern Food oysters March 2014
Photo by © Debora Smail
23 Grant Cooper, from left, Brandi Key and Charles Clark at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
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Punk's Simple Southern Food deviled eggs March 2014
Photo by © Debora Smail
Punk's Simple Southern Food December 2013 pie
Photo by © Debora Smail
Punk's Simple Southern Food December 2013 biscuits
Photo by © Debora Smail
Punk's Simple Southern Food December 2013 okra
Photo by © Debora Smail
Punk's Simple Southern Food oysters March 2014
23 Grant Cooper, from left, Brandi Key and Charles Clark at Punk's Street Carnival February 2014
Punk's Simple Southern Food deviled eggs March 2014
Punk's Simple Southern Food December 2013 pie
Punk's Simple Southern Food December 2013 biscuits
Punk's Simple Southern Food December 2013 okra
Punk's Simple Southern Food
Get Directions - 5212 Morningside Dr. Houston

Clark/Cooper Concepts opened Punk's Simple Southern Food Monday night at 5 p.m. Located next to Coppa Osteria in the Hanover development in Rice Village, Punk's serves Southern-inspired favorites in a more casual environment than its four other siblings (Coppa Ristorante, Brasserie 19 and Ibiza).

In terms of the menu, expect a biscuit bar (stuffed, smothered or covered), oysters (raw or fried), chicken fried steak and vegetables like fried green tomatoes, collard greens and mac & cheese. Just as Coppa Osteria serves pizza slices from a to-go window, Punk's will serve fried chicken, which can also be ordered by the half or whole bird.

 Don't worry. It isn't too rustic. Chandeliers still hang from the ceiling.  

Sandwich options include pulled pork and po'boys, while entree choices feature staples like shrimp and grits and meatloaf. Executive chef Brandi Key promises some seasonal variations, too. 

The design is more casual than the other Clark/Cooper restaurants, with wood-paneled walls and weathered-looking signs, but don't worry. It isn't too rustic. Chandeliers still hang from the ceiling. 

"I'm excited about the food at Punk's because it reminds me of growing up in the south," Key said in statement. "I grew up standing next to both of my grandparents on a step stool in the kitchen. Watching, learning, helping where I could."

Punk's Simple Southern Food is open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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