LOCAL Houston | The City Guide September 2017 - Page 29

FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE HOUSTON’S WAY-HOT RESTAURANT SCENE IS ALWAYS CHANGING AND SUPER-FRESH. THIS YEAR IS NO DIFFERENT – HERE’S A RUNDOWN ON WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NOW AND WHAT’S ON THE MENU THIS FALL. HAVE YOU EATEN HERE? EAT HERE NOW Better Luck Tomorrow (BLT) & Tongue Cut Sparrow (TCS): Anything from Bobby Heugel usually makes any foodie’s list; this year we’ve got not one, but two contenders. For BLT, Heugel teamed up with James Beard Award winner Justin Yu, and while TCS does not have a food menu, we put it on the list since the cocktails are worth the trip alone. One-Fifth Romance Languages: The 2nd entry in the ambitious plan of launching a new restaurant concept every year in the same space from Chris Shepherd and team welcomes diners on September 1. With a menu heavily influenced by French, Spanish and Italian cuisines, word has it we can expect dishes like cast iron paella, cassoulet and one heck of a carbonara from Shepherd. 85C Bakery Café: Lovingly referred to as the “Starbucks of Taiwan,” Houstonians got their first taste of the popular chain’s sweet breads, cakes and macaroons this summer. If you have a sweet tooth, get yourself over to their Bellaire location. South Bank Seafood: Located on the edge of Downtown with a great view, South Bank opened this July amidst a flurry of happy seafood and craft beer lovers. While their Monday night oyster happy hour is a must, regular menu items like the clam chowder fries and lobster rolls are creating quite a buzz. Emmaline: Debuting in late August, Emmaline is poised to offer Houstonians a blending of American and European cultures in both cuisine and décor. Owner and seasoned restaurant operator Sam Governable has put together an experienced team with backgrounds from New York, Greece, France and Louisiana, with Executive Chef Dimitri Voutsinas and designer Ashley Putman. To accompany the craft beer list, rotating seasonal cocktails and 200+ wine list, diners can look forward to Fontina Fondue and Charbroiled Oysters & Pearls. Hughie’s Heights: Located in the former Foreign Correspondents space, Hughie’s Tavern & Vietnamese Grille just opened their doors this August, offering patrons a dining and bar experience with One Armed Scissor in the old Canard space. In addition to their Vietnamese BBQ wings, we look forward to getting our pho fix at the new Heights location. a’Bouzy: Champagne lovers rejoiced when Shawn Virene’s first solo venture opened this August. With a heavy emphasis on the bubbly, an extensive selection of raw delights and prime meats, a’Bouzy boasts over 250 bottles of champagne (and other sparklings) ranging from $12 to $2k and over 50 wines by the glass. 2nd Locations: Two local favorites – Pepper Twins and Mia Bella – both successful in other locations, just recently opened in the Greenway Plaza area. If you love their original spots, what are you waiting for? And if you haven’t tried them yet, their new spaces are well worth the trip. Plus, don’t miss Mia Bella’s Wednesday night special: $20 for a bottle of wine and two small plates. Lucienne: Currently planned to launch this October inside Hotel Alessandra (from the folks behind the Valencia Group), Lucienne is set to be an upscale 65-seat restaurant helmed by famed Chef Jose Hernandez. The menu will draw on influences from Portugal, Greece, France and Spain, incorporating locally sourced ingredients, in-house butchering and on-site baked goods. Pizza Lovers Rejoice: Based on this list, Houstonians love pizza and thanks to new hot spots MidiCi and Inferno Pizza, we’ve got you covered. MidiCi, with locations in Katy and Pearland, opened their Kirby Grove location this summer with a focus on traditional Neapolitan cuisine. Inferno Pizza, locat- ed on the first floor of SkyHouse over in River Oaks, offers diners a plethora of sauces and cheeses in addition to gelato and Nutella options for dessert. Night Market Thai: After Night Market closed earlier this year to work on their menu, people have been stalking owner Mike Tran’s (Tiger Den, Mein, Ohn Korean Eatery) Instagram to see what’s in store once this popular Indian curry spot reopened. While details are few and far between, word on the street is that as the new name suggests, Night Market will have a new heavily Thai-inspired menu as well as new design when it opens in September. september 17 | L O C A L 29