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May 21st, 2018

Fashion Plates! 4 New Restaurants to Try Right Now

If the chew fits... Trend-setting restaurants worth stepping out to.

UB Preserv

MONTROSE // A new-and-evolved version of Underbelly, UB Preserv is in a new location and serving up a menu again showcasing that Houston's the most diverse city in America. (Shepherd is putting Georgia James steakhouse, named for his parents, in the former home of Underbelly.) He's joined forces with Nick Wong from Momofuku Ssam Bar in NYC for UB Preserv dishes we love like Vietnamese short rib fajitas, queso fundido, huaraches with smoked trout roe, and crawfish and noodles (a salute to the local Viet-Cajun crawfish spot). Check out dim sum style brunch on Sundays. Photo: @matthew_america


WASHINGTON HEIGHTS // Hot new Sawyer Yards restaurant Poitin is perched right on the railroad track where floor to ceilings allow you to watch the quiet cars pass by. You'll find a menu celebrating Houston's diversity and local farmers while drawing flavor inspiration from worldwide influences. We're loving the charred shishito and asparagus soup, seafood charcuterie board and mussels a la plancha. Try sides like seasonal ban chan, elote and grilled miso glazed edamame to go alongside pork rib confit or Texas wagyu. Don't miss the 24 carrot cake, innovative cocktail list and pretty herringbone bathroom floors. 

Wanna Bao

MIDTOWN // Soup dumpling fans rejoice - the son of the owners of popular One Dragon has opened Wanna Bao, which offers the same delicious, juicy bites without a drive to Asiatown. The spacious new eatery has a modern, casual interior and accents inspired by tea house designs. The Sichuan and Shanghainese style menu is packed with mouthwatering options like crispy bottom baos, red oil dumplings, jasmine tea smoked duck and green peppercorn fish. Try a bottle of lychee black tea or sweet, sticky rice balls in floral rice wine. Photo: @htxalwayshungry


UPPER KIRBY // Can't tolerate dairy? Here's a coffee bar for you. From the local owners of MALK comes a new plant-based coffee, tea and smoothie concept, MALK BevBar, inside Snap Kitchen on Kirby. The health conscious collab between MALK and Greenway Coffee is the first dairy-free beverage bar to hit town. MALK's plant-based milks have no additives, fillers, binders and gums, making menu items like hazelnut and maple pecan lattes, superfood maca cashew smoothies and a red velvet cashew latte made with Snap Kitchen's cold pressed juices super clean. Photo: @leahcso


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