Local Foods has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike since its first location opened in 2011. Now, the brand debuts its highly-anticipated fifth location, housed in the historic Heights neighborhood’s vibrant new development, Heights Mercantile.
“Local Foods in the Heights fulfills my long-time goal to bring the concept to one of Houston’s historic and most vibrant neighborhoods,” says Benjy Levit, who heads up the concept alongside partner Dylan Murray.
Local Foods Heights will serve its winning menu of gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, and meals, all prepared with locally-sourced ingredients by Executive Chef Maria Gonzalez. The 4,500-square-foot indoor space boasts table, booth, and banquette seating, alongside front row counter dining, which overlooks the exhibition-style kitchen.
Here, such delights as House-smoked Salmon served with orange blossom-marinated cucumbers and Glazed Pork Shoulder with sesame sprouts and warm tortillas will be prepared. For brunch, guests will enjoy an extensive, inclusive menu, featuring plates like Vegan Migas served with tortilla chips and avocado; Vegetable Ricotta Kugel served with a house salad; and a Morning Power Bowl served with goji berries, seasonal fruit, chia sunflower crunch, and protein cashew cream. Making everything even more delicious, each meal served at Local Foods Heights is prepared with locally-sourced ingredients from a host of community purveyors.
The beverage menu will be equally exciting, including craft cocktails, four rotating local beers on tap, and Texas-distilled spirits—all will be available a few weeks after the restaurant’s February 16 launch. For now, Local Foods Heights will operate a BYOB policy and offer guests up to two complimentary glasses of wine or beer, or a choice of two cocktails per guest.
Local Foods in the Heights fulfills my long-time goal to bring the concept to one of Houston’s historic and most vibrant neighborhoods.
Whether you choose to dine inside or on the expansive covered patio, you’ll be enchanted by the restaurant’s décor: Industrial European light fixtures, cool, mint green pops of color, and timeworn, repurposed objects and antiques define the distinct, quirky aesthetic, brought to life by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and designer Aaron Rambo.
Local Foods Heights is located at 714 Yale Street and open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Featured photo by Julie Soefer.