August is here! Need a lunch or dinner recommendation? Here’s where you should eat right now in Houston.
Camerata, the new wine bar from Paul Petronella, has officially opened and is racking up fans by the truckload. Grab a spot at the community table for a glass of wine, or pull up a seat at the bar for a blind tasting. Hungry? No problem. Order up a salumi plate or a selection of cheeses from the Houston Dairymaids, or just run next door for some good eats at Paulie’s.
Houston loves a good taco, and the new Fusion Taco aims to satisfy. Located in downtown’s burgeoning Market Square, Fusion offers a small variety of tacos, each with fabulous meats and creative sauces and slaws. Don’t miss the tempura shrimp taco or the Chinese BBQ pork. There’s also a handful of other options — sandwiches, salads, and quesadillas. We recommend dropping by for Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m.
The owners of Stick It Truck have converted their mobile unit to the new Third Coast Truck, offering fantastically awesome, Houston-inspired steak sandwiches. All sandwiches start with thin-sliced ribeye and Slow Dough bread, and then add culturally inspired toppings. You might try the El Guapo (with chilaquiles, queso fresco, and cilantro) or the Parthenomnom (with Feta, Grecian pico, and tzatziki).
Houston needs an over-the-top sandwich shop, and now we have one in Sandy Witch, now open within Grand Prize Bar. Sandy Witch comes to us from the owners of the well-received Pi Pizza Truck, and the menu is similarly split between classics (like the meatball sub or chicken parm) and creatives (like the chana masala or braised short rib). Or if the sammiches are too daunting, try the smart range of bar snacks.
D&T Drive Inn
Beer lovers are flocking to the new D&T Drive Inn (on Enid and Cavalcade) in the Heights for its fabulous line-up of taps. And just last month they launched a full menu from Down House chef Benjy Mason — sandwiches, snacks, and meat/cheese plates.
Revival Market is the place to be this summer… In addition to a fab line-up of summer meats and dishes (we love the beet sandwich), Revival now offers full breakfast service every day. (Don’t worry—their rotating Saturday breakfasts are still firmly intact.) Grab an iced latte at the coffee counter, check the cooler for some Fat Cat ice cream, or grab a Fluff Bake Bar treat from the pastry counter.
Houston Food Park
Food truck lovers rejoice! The new Houston Food Park is now open on St. Emanuel, just east of downtown. The park brings together multiple vendors — like Pho-Jita, Churrasco to Go, Muiishi Makirritos, Yummy'z Kitchen, Coreanos, and dozens more — for easy access and fun food. The space can accommodate eight or nine food trucks at a time, ensuring a nice variety. Stop by lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We love Bellissimo for its creative Italian food with a Mexican flair — think jalapeno fettuccine, pastas with chorizo, and a sprinkle of cilantro on your pizza. They’ve already outgrown their funky space on Studewood, though, and moved to a larger location on Airline to better accommodate the crowds. Don’t worry — the appealing menu and friendly service are still gloriously in place.
A donut shop old or new
Donuts seem to be Houston’s dessert du jour these days. River Oaks Donuts opened in June to much fanfare, Pena’s Donut Heaven in Pearland made headlines with its mock-cronut “dosant,” and two new Dunkin' Donuts opened last month (with another set to open next week). But can any of them live up to Shipley’s, our hometown golden standard? Perhaps this is the time for a blind taste test.
Somewhere for Houston Restaurant Weeks
This annual meal deal is a nice opportunity to try restaurants that might be too spendy for your usual budget. This year’s list features outstanding names like Eleven XI, Coppa, Kata Robata, and La Casa del Caballo, plus scores of others. Each offers a special menu with a portion of each meal’s cost going to the Houston Food Bank. This year’s prices vary among restaurants, so be sure to check the menus on the official website before you choose.
Need more recs? Try our where to eat right now lists from previous months: