A rich dining tradition, underpinned by a thriving economy and diverse population, make Houston a natural food capital. An assertion that one neighborhood has the most impressive culinary scene would be difficult to back up, but the vibrant Montrose neighborhood could certainly give most Houston dining quarters a run for their money.
With new restaurants opening all the time, it’s in every foodie’s interest to keep tabs on restaurant industry news. Here’s an overview of five relatively new restaurants worth checking out.
Hailed as Houston’s first modern Spanish restaurante, BCN Taste + Tradition has been impressing diners since it opened in nearly a year ago. Fresh fish, carefully curated meats, and imported herbs and cooking oils enable executive chef Luis Roger to serve mouthwatering dishes that are indisputably authentic.
For a restaurant of its caliber, BCN Taste + Tradition has an extensive menu. The atmosphere is chic, influenced by the modern Spanish style. The only clear downside is this deliciousness doesn’t come cheap. If it’s been a while since you splurged on dinner, make BCN Taste + Tradition a contender for your next special night out. It’s just a five-minute drive from AMLI City Vista.
Before Bistro Menil opened, members of the Menil Collection anxiously awaited its arrival. The reception of the European-inspired, new American restaurant has proven favorable enough to draw countless visitors independent of the museum. The food is delicious and artfully presented, the service fantastic, and the prices reasonable.
Executive Chef Greg Martin worked hard to create a menu that can withstand the test of time, an effort supported by the appealing design and architecture. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner every day. Its brunch, served from 10 am to 3 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, has also helped put Bistro Menil on the map for many serious Houston foodies.
This relatively new Montrose eatery is best known for its scrumptious dessert pastries, but there are plenty of savory gems on the menu as well. Chorizo tortas and duck breast ham tartine are breakfast highlights. Korean barbecue, grilled cheese, and filleted fish entice lunch visitors. And their new Sunda pizza service…let’s just say it’s phenomenal. Rather than simply recycle dishes from breakfast and lunch, the brunch menu features pork belly succotash and shakshuka hash. Just a five-minute drive from AMLI City Vista and a four-minute drive from AMLI River Oaks, Common Bond could revolutionize your dining habits.
The cuisine at Pax Americana is inspired not only by local ingredients, but also by local cooking traditions. Brisket and potatoes, fresh snapper, pork ribs with polenta, and roasted bone marrow are all popular orders at this well-run establishment. The food is top-of-the-line, and matched by the quality of the drinks on the menu. An extensive selection of fine wine and craft beer is complemented by handcrafted cocktails prepared by some of Houston’s best mixologists. Pax America is just a short drive from the midtown Houston apartments at AMLI City Vista and AMLI 2121.
Kevin Naderi’s Roost rounds out this list. A mid-range restaurant with global culinary influences, Roost’s menu includes a Mediterranean barley salad, miso-dressed cauliflower tempura, and Persian-herb frittatas. Naderi uses local, organic produce, meat, and fish whenever possible. If you’e ready for a break from cooking in your kitchen, make the trek to Roost for a delicious meal that requires no prep or cleaning on your behalf.
Houston may be a poster child for urban sprawl, but the spread-out city is packed with impressive restaurants, cafes, and bars. If your interest in the food scene extends beyond what’s available in the Montrose neighborhood, peruse our blog for more of Houston’s culinary offerings.
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