Eating Good at TMC

6 new restaurants transform Medical Center into fast casual dining utopia

6 new restaurants transform Medical Center into casual dining utopia

Medical Towers Westin Hotel rendering
The restaurants will occupy the ground floor of a new Westin hotel being built on the site. Courtesy of Pearl Hospitality

The Texas Medical Center has never been known as a dining destination, but a new development will offer both visitors and employees a bit of relief from hospital cafeterias. Pearl Hospitality, the company behind downtown's luxurious JW Marriott hotel, has revealed a plan to transform the Medical Towers building at Fannin and Dryden into a veritable fast casual utopia.

Already home to staples such as Cliff's Grill, Chipotle, Starbucks, and the Halal Guys, the renovations will add the following establishments to the building's offerings: MOD Pizza, Roti Modern Mediterranean, Poke in the Bowl, Antone’s, JuiceLand, and SusieCakes. These additions are part of Pearl's plans to transform the tower into a new Westin hotel that's scheduled to open in early 2020.

"The Texas Medical Center market brings a unique mixture of visitors, employees, students, physicians, and patients that interact in a concentrated area every single day," Shop Companies landlord representative Christie Amezquita said in a statement. "Pearl Hospitality’s creation of this sophisticated urban street level experience featuring high-quality food and beverage is the perfect amenity to serve such a diverse community and is unlike any other project in the City of Houston.”

While many of the concepts are familiar — for example, Antone's po' boys have made it a Houston institution and SusieCakes' homestyle desserts have been a hit in Rice Village —Roti Modern Mediterranean will be opening its first Houston location in the building. The Chicago-based restaurant with locations in Washington, D.C. and New York features rice bowls, sandwiches, and salads that can be customized with a wide array of proteins, sides, and sauces.

"We are excited that the first Roti Modern Mediterranean in Houston will be part of the redeveloped Medical Towers project in the Texas Medical Center," Roti CEO Carl Segal added. "It's the ideal location for Roti’s bold flavors, wholesome ingredients, and healthy Mediterranean cuisine.”