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New Moon Tower Inn makes foodie hot dogs; Carlos Mencia plots a second Maggie Rita's

Moon Tower Inn
Moon Tower Inn
pink's pizza
Pink's Pizza
Carlos Mencia's Maggie Rita's
Carlos Mencia's original Maggie Rita's in Galveston

- Word has leaked that comedian Carlos Mencia and his partners in the Restaurant Resources Management Group are opening a second Maggie Rita's on Shepherd in the former 1400 Bar & Grill space. Mencia opened his first Maggie Rita's in Galveston over the summer. (Fans of 1400 can always head to 6th St. Bar & Grill, which is owned by the same folks.)

- West U. just got a little bit better. Heights pizza favorite Pink's Pizza continues its march southward with their third location on Bissonnet west of Kirby.

Pink's is known for their ambitious toppings — we like the This Guy, with prosciutto, Italian sausage, rosemary chicken, goat cheese, mozzarella, spinach, mushroom, tomato and roasted garlic. Or try the flavor-rich Santa Monica, with gorgonzola, mozzarella, prosciutto, eggplant, marinated artichoke, sun-dried tomato, cranberry, and garlic-infused olive oil.

Moon Tower Inn in EaDo already has the attention of Houston's hipsters (open land = cheap beer), but we're impressed by the gourmet wild game hot dogs, made from venison, rabbit and the like and served on pretzel buns from Slow Dough Bread Co. Don't try stopping by for lunch. This is a bar, remember?

Moon Tower opens weeknights at 5 p.m. and weekends at 2 p.m. and stays open late.

Swamplot is reporting that the seemingly cursed space on Shepherd that last housed Shuck Daddy's is becoming a Lupe Tortilla. Can the local Mexican chain make the spot work? Richard Head's, Mak Chin's and Shuck Daddy's all tried and failed

- A new Toyama Japanese Restaurant has been flying up on S. Shepherd and it looks about ready to open.

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