The Food Network published a list of the 51 best delis in the United States, naming the top one from each state and Washington D.C.
Taking the crown in Texas is Houston’s own Ploughman’s Deli & Café, located at 965 Pinemont Dr., for its well-sourced dishes and selection of craft beer.
Residents are no stranger to the deli as it won Best Sandwich Shop in The Leader’s Readers’ Choice awards in 2018 and Best Sandwich Shop and Best Lunch in 2019.
Jeni’s grand opening celebration
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, 375 W. 19th St., is offerings free scoops from 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 during its grand opening celebration. All attendees will get free ice cream, with the first 50 in line also getting a swag bag.
The menu will consist of fan favorites like Brambleberry Crisp and Brown Butter Almond Brittle, dairy-free flavors like Texas Sheet Cake and Roasted Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam and seasonal flavors.
Creole food experiment event
Poitin Bar & Kitchen, 2313 Edwards St., is hosting The Creole Food Experiment to showcase the cuisine of New Orleans with a progressive creole touch.
The dinners are meant to bring out a new concept of food while teaching attendees about the cuisine of New Orleans. The experiment has two different menus depending on the day.
The first tasting menu will be available Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 and will include vegetarian options. The second menu will be available Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Feb. 28 and Feb. 29.
The dinner is $75, with tax and gratuity not included. Cocktail and wine pairings can be bought separately.
Russo’s pizza to hit Heights
Russo’s New York Pizzeria, an Italian franchise concept, announced an upcoming Heights location to open early this year.
“We are so excited to be part of the Heights community,” founder and CEO Anthony Russo said in a news release. “The Heights boasts rich history and is one of the hottest inner loop neighborhoods. Now with Houston being one of the food capitals of the country, it’s no surprise it would make a perfect home for our newest location.”
Russo’s offers ingredients sourced directly from dairy farmers, tomato growers and olive oil producers. The restaurant prepares its own sauces, salad dressings, pizza dough, fresh pasta and much more. New menu items include Truffle Tortelloni, Pappardelle Carbonara, Shrimp Alfredo Pizza, Tuscan Vegan Pizza and Spicy Fennel Sausage Pizza.
Now open in the neighborhood
The Heights recently gained Hando, a concept featuring sushi hand rolls, at 518 W. 11th St.
Surrounding a central counter are only 22 seats where diners can watch the rolls being prepared. The menu consists of 12 types of hand rolls, including salmon, yellowtail, toro, scallop, blue crab, spicy tuna, musubi, lobster, shrimp katsu, tofu, cucumber and mushroom.
Moku Bar, 2914 White Oak Dr., has also opened in the Heights and is serving poke, tempura, udon and musubi.
At 3008 Ella Blvd., The Halal Guys opened its newest location in the former space of a pawn shop. The Halal Guys are known for their chicken and beef gyro that is served with rice or served in a sandwich.