Mendocino Farms, the cult favorite elevated fast-casual restaurant out of California, recently opened their doors here in Houston. Husband and wife duo Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen opened their first sandwich shop in downtown Los Angeles in 2005. After falling in love with Houston’s food scene, they chose the charming Rice Village shopping district for their first location outside of California.
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
Mario Del Pero
The menu emphasizes premium, locally-sourced ingredients like honey and herb-marinated goat cheese from Pure Luck Dairy (out of Dripping Springs, TX) and artisan loaves from Slow Dough Bread Co. (in Houston). Highlights from the menu include Summer Heirloom BLT (locally grown heirloom tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, and arugula on toasted buckwheat), Mendo’s Original Pork Belly Banh Mi (succulent, slow-braised pork belly, fresh jalapenos, and house-pickled daikon and carrots), Pink Lady Beets & Goat Cheese Salad (roasted chicken breast, Herbes de Provence marinated goat cheese, pink lady beets, green apples, dried cranberries, crushed honey roasted almonds, red onions), along with plenty of vegan options and delicious sides.
The space is lit with a ton of natural light thanks to the large windows that look out to the expansive covered front patio. The patio features foosball, corn hole, and a communal gathering spot for neighboring restaurants. Mendocino Farms’ mascot, a sky-blue cow, makes an appearance throughout the space, adding quirky pops of color and showcasing their sophisticated yet lighthearted style.
Enjoy Mendocino Farms Monday through Sunday 11 am – 9pm.
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