The conversations about pizza in our Pick Your Pizza article led to a wish list of what people say they still want in the area. “More chef owned places,” said Jennifer Scogin.
Brie Kelman is looking for a restaurant with a good outdoor place where kids can play. She’s excited to see what will happen at Jimmy’s Ice House on White Oak which was recently purchased by Braun Enterprises.
“Hoping for the best at the Jimmy’s location since Braun typically does good stuff and it is one of the few places remaining with so much land,” Kelman said.
Tarka, a casual Indian restaurant, is opening at Bryan Danna’s 19th & Shepherd development but people still want more.
“I’d love Indian or Mediterranean food around here,” said Candice Croker. Danyel Ramelow adds Pakistani, Persian, Turkish, Greek, Vietnamese, Caribbean, Japanese type of restaurants to that list.
For those who can’t wait for Tarka to open, Kelman suggests a new spot just south of I-10 on Shepherd – Surya Indian.
Sushi still gets numerous votes as do restaurants that serve food with fresh ingredients and salads for takeout. People want more good delis although they are torn on chain vs no chain.
Another thing that was a constant – some more truly kid friendly, budget friendly options. “Something like Little Matt’s in Bellaire would be awesome!” said one.
“One that has a wait staff, family friendly and affordable,” said another. “I’m glad to see the new ones: Union Kitchen and Liberty Kitchen, but not necessarily good for family budgets.”
Other votes were for German, Israeli and French food – “just more elevated food. We have a few nice restaurants, but for the most part, the food is unimaginative.” Elizabeth Villarreal says she has a dream of opening a family style pub styled after an English pub in Oak Forest – “Lunch, dinner with pub fare… pints and a wee dram for everybody!”
Best quote of the discussion is courtesy of Stella Stevens: “For me, I’m done for the most part with yuppie food. I am Doyle’s, BBQ Inn and Mi Sombrero all the way. If it’s not north of 610, I don’t need to go.” Asked to elaborate? “Any place where there is kale on the menu,” she said.