Even if the food wasn’t delicious – which it is, but I’ll get to that – I’d pay money just to visit with Ginger & Fork owner Mary Li. I watched her make the rounds of her restaurant, which is getting ready to celebrate its two-year anniversary, and realized that the friendliness and good cheer wasn’t just for me. Good food without good service is a deal breaker in a market as competitive as Houston and Li knows it. Born in Hong Kong, Li was a resident of Los Angeles and Chicago – where she was in the restaurant business – before moving with her mother to Houston 24 years ago. Li first got a job at the Houlihan’s on Westheimer before quickly being promoted to bartender. For more than 20 years, Li was the face of Tony Mandola’s bar program which explained her desire to have “a restaurant … [Read more...] about A Cantonese classic is a new kind of comfort food
Fun fact about the Caesar Salad: it’s not Italian rooted. The salad was created by restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who was an Italian immigrant who operated restaurants in Mexico and here in the U.S., according to Wiki. The recipe was adapted with Italian tastes – garlic, anchovies and the occasional egg – and perfected on Ella Boulevard, owner of Cavatore Italian Restaurant Federico Cavatore jokes. Featured dish: Tableside Caesar Salad Cavatore Italian Restaurant has been open for business since 1983 – that’s 34 years of family service. Through the years, the restaurant has printed a few different menus to adapt to customer wants or needs and seasonal trends. One menu item that has stayed the same is the Tableside Caesar Salad, or Insalata di Cesare. “Tableside service shows the … [Read more...] about Tableside tradition continues at Italian cuisine classic
While bourbon, beer and tacos have been staples at Eight Row Flint since it opened in early 2016, there has been another mainstay for nearly that long – their Tuesday night cooking series. “We’ve been doing the cooking series almost since we opened,” said General Manager Christina Ramey. The brainchild of Chef Ryan Pera and the team at Agricole Hospitality, which includes Coltivare and Revival Market in its roster, the Tuesday night series was intended to shine a spotlight not just on chefs from Agricole’s restaurants, but from other Houston eateries. The series took a break from November through February of this year but came back in the spring, just in time for patio weather with such fare as the Juicy Lucy, where the cheese is actually inside the patty. While culinary … [Read more...] about What’s cooking on the patio at Eight Row Flint?
When Johann “Hans” and Philipp Sitter started their first business venture, they had no idea what they were doing - mostly. They opened up a hand-wash car wash, and passed out free beer and bratwurst to customers, even without permits - because they didn’t know any better. Today, however, they do know better - with their second bier garden concept opening this month in Shady Acres, King’s BierHaus. The father-and-son duo are from Vienna, Austria – transplanting to the states in 1996. The two came over with restaurant, butchery, and vineyard knowledge – all crafts for their family name. The two came over with an idea to share their culture and make a buck, the Houston permit system just welcomed them with (probably) a couple of fines. Lessons learned, the Sitters went to … [Read more...] about King’s BierHaus shares modern twist on tradition, culture
Glenn Clements, Jr. of MFT Interests who is developing Heights Central Station, formerly the Heights post office on 11th Street, says that Dish Society has leased the restaurant space in the building. “We are very excited to be working with this great local operator that is truly concerned with quality and local sourcing,” Clements said. Dish Society, which currently has locations in the Galleria/Tanglewood and Katy/Cinco Ranch areas, is described on its website as an “all-day diner [which] turns out a seasonally changing menu with healthful modern twists on traditional favorites.” They also offer Greenway Coffee, as well as juices, and beer and wine. Clements said that they are currently in negotiations with a local coffee user for the coffee space which would be on the on the … [Read more...] about Dish Society, first tenant for Heights Central Station