Yeah, I know, I am busy at work....like a three-legged cat with a weak constitution, busy. Writing breaks are necessary, now that I'm getting a routine, or have honed my juggling act to optimize my time and not bust my company dreadlines. So, now I hope to be more regular at posting, hope. I make no promises. Here's who's out and who's on the horizon in the world of Houston food:
The Joe's Crab Shack at Pier 19, which Hurricane Ike had his way with, has reopened as of Monday. News? Yes. Exciting? No. I call this chain, "Joe's Crap Shack", not worth the time, nor the money. I think I'd hit Red Lobster first, if I just couldn't find a local seafood slinging joint, to save my soul.
King Biscuit, the Heights icon on White Oak @ Beauchamp was rumoured to be a new venture for Ms. Fitzgerald, prior owner of Fitzgerald's. Now, Swamplot says it's listed as "For Sale or Lease".
The 11th Street Cafe (which I found mediocre, homestyle, but, mediocre) has shut and will re-open on Saturday as Ruggles 11th Street Cafe. Ruggles. Now that is some exciting news. I have loved Ruggles and everything they stand for, since, forever. I also love that the new locations are not just a rote reiteration of an existing location - they are a new food concept or have a "twist".
Hogg's n' Chicks now has two locations in Missouri City. They serve up fare that's "Southern Fried with a French Twist". Folks, this is a serious restaurant, even if the name almost implies "titties", perhaps that's just what sprang to my mind. I have an aversion to bad food that draws a crowd solely for the half nekkid women. Hell, I have an aversion to bad food, period.
Headed to San Leon? The waterfront spot that was Judges Bar & Grill is, as of last Friday, Bubba's Shrimp Palace. I have no opinion, I normally make that drive to hit Topwater Grill or Gilhooley's. I smell road trip.
The Heights has a flurry of activity going on - Christian's Tailgate opened last weekend and is pitching a Grand Opening this Friday. New location location is found at 2820 White Oak. I seem to recall they are in the same spot as a very sorely missed barbecue joint. I could be incorrect.
Casa Dominguez, one of my regular Sunday Tex-Mex haunts should be open or opening soon in the old Tio Pepe on Cedar. I miss Tio Pepe, best lamb shank and sangria anywhere. I am looking forward to CD opening, I really like their queso and that you can substitute white cheese for american cheese. The Rollitos are delicious too.
You have some food news I missed? Hit me up in the comments or fire off an e-mail.