Every issue we round up the best brunches, bars, happy hours and bites from around the city! If you haven’t had a chance to flip through our winter issue, we highly suggest it and hope you get to check out all of these amazing spots this season!
The Napa Valley–inspired restaurant based in Plano, Texas (outside Dallas) is often referred to as “the winemaker’s restaurant.” Featuring 51 wines on tap, 100 wines by the glass, and an additional 7 beers with cider and cold brew on tap, there’s something for everyone. The Sonoma Room – a wine cellar-inspired room unique to Houston – will offer a menu of shared plates, specialty cheeses, sandwiches and desserts in an intimate setting on the first floor. In the main dining room, you’ll be able to dine with a view of the open kitchen and charcuterie bar. The space is full of raw wood, live greenery and modern furniture. “Tappy Hour” occurs Monday through Friday, 3-6 pm and includes a selection of four wines, $6 beers, $5 bites and more.
Riel, the Montrose modern American restaurant, opened in 2017 and continues to be one of the best restaurants in the city. Originally from Canada, Chef Ryan Lachaine has created a menu that features a mix of Gulf Coast, French-Canadian and classic Ukrainian influences. The ever-changing menu is designed to be shared and encourage you to try new things. Happy Hour at Riel occurs all night on Mondays as well as Tuesday through Friday, 5–6:30 pm. Enjoy Tempura Cauliflower, Bone Marrow, Boudin Eggrolls and other tasty bites for $10 or less. Drink specials include $9 signature cocktails, $7 select wines and $4 select beers. Popular signature cocktails include the Rhump Shaker (house rhum blend, ginger, bonal, lime) and Ain’t Nothing But A G Thing (gin, la hargue, orange bitters).
Mendocino Farms, the cult favorite elevated fast-casual restaurant out of California, recently opened three locations in Houston. The husband and wife duo, Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, originally opened their first sandwich shop in downtown Los Angeles in 2005. “There is so much about Houston that resonates with our passions and our values and reminds us of home—the hospitality, the diversity, the respect for time-honored traditions like you see in BBQ,” said Del Pero. This connection to the city is what drove them to open their first location outside of California in Houston. You can now enjoy sandwiches featuring premium and locally sourced ingredients in the Rice Village, Uptown Park and Downtown.
Denver restaurant group TAG has spread its wings to Texas with the downtown steakhouse, Guard and Grace. The two-story, 15,000–square foot place is modern, welcoming and flooded with natural light. Whether you want a space for date night, a business lunch, a private event or anything in-between, there’s a spot for you. The menu includes classic steakhouse items along with some of Chef Troy Guard’s signature dishes that pull from his worldly travels and Hawaiian background. Highlights include Black Truffle Mac & Cheese, Mushroom Ricotta Agnolottii and over ten mouth-watering steak options, all of which are cooked with their in-house seasoning on an oak fired grill. To elevate your experience even more, ask for a table near the kitchen for an unbeatable view of the massive open kitchen concept.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar began as a small diner in Calgary, Alberta in 1986 and has since blossomed into an upscale dining experience with locations across Canada and Texas. The Houston location is just a few steps away from The Galleria, making it the perfect place to visit after a day of shopping. Their menu is a culmination of delicious, globally inspired dishes, including the Chipotle Mango Chicken, the Prime Steak, and their famous White Chocolate Brownie—a delectable treat that will never disappoint. Moxie’s also boasts one of the best burgers in town with its top-shelf, locally sourced beef. Happy Hour occurs Monday through Friday, 3-6 pm, so you can enjoy a reduced price on drinks or sharing plates like Potstickers or Fresh Guacamole.
Feature Photo Courtesy of Guard and Grace