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Montrose Restaurant Reborn

Owners of closed Montrose restaurant open a different place in a new, emerging Houston neighborhood

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4 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 dining room
Local graffiti artist Wylie painted this mural.  Photo by Eric Sandler
9 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 owners against painted wall
Lily Hernandez, left, and Terry Flores stand in front of a wall decorated with reclaimed wood at Red Ox Bar & Grill.  Photo by Eric Sandler
9 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 guacamole and chips
Who can say no to guacamole? Photo by Eric Sandler
1 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 wall and tables
Another look at the dining room.  Photo by Eric Sandler
3 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 bar
The inside is clean and comfortable.  Photo by Eric Sandler
5 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 fajitas
The fajitas are still delicious.  Photo by Eric Sandler
6 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 hamburger and french fries
The chorizo burger is one of the new menu items.  Photo by Eric Sandler
7 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 cake
Tres leches is a new menu item.  Photo by Eric Sandler
4 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 dining room
9 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 owners against painted wall
9 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 guacamole and chips
1 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 wall and tables
3 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 bar
5 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 fajitas
6 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 hamburger and french fries
7 Red Ox Bar & Grill May 2014 cake

A year after closing their beloved Montrose Tex-Mex restaurant Bocados, owners Terry Flores and Lily Hernandez have returned with Red Ox Bar & Grill. Located in the near Northside neighborhood between downtown and the Loop, Red Ox features a mix of Bocados favorites as well as some new creations from Flores.

Hernandez tells CultureMap that with the restaurant's construction now complete, they're "ready to serve good food." The menu supplements the Bocados Tex-Mex classics with sandwiches, burgers and salads. Of course, the fajitas, guacamole and other favorites are still available.

 Former Bocados customers are making the trek from Montrose, too. "They love it . . . It's the next best thing to the original," Flores jokes. 

"The neighbors have been very receptive," Flores adds. "They've been waiting for a new venue." She says they're coming by foot, bike, and the recently expanded METRORail line. Former Bocados customers are making the trek from Montrose, too.

"They love it . . . It's the next best thing to the original," Flores jokes.

Inside, Flores describes the design as rustic and eclectic. "Everything has a story," she says. That includes everything from the mural designed by local graffiti artist Wylie to small details like patio planter boxes made from wood reclaimed from a house Hernandez owns. 

Of the new menu items, the chorizo burger is particularly tasty. The slightly spicy chorizo and pickled jalapenos provide a little zing to the thin patty and standard toppings. The fajitas and guacamole are still both solid, thankfully. 

All in all Red Ox seems poised to establish itself as a pleasant destination for its up and coming neighborhood. Just like Bocados was once upon a time. 

Red Ox Bar & Grill will celebrate its Grand Opening June 21 with a fundraiser to benefit Barrio Dogs, Inc.

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