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Ford Fry Opens Side by Side Concepts in The Heights

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Ford Fry, the brain behind State of Grace in River Oaks is at it again with two new concepts, La Lucha and Superica. The two restaurants may be side by side but they are unique in flavors, decor and overall feel. Superica originated in Atlanta as an ode to Fry’s love of Tex-Mex and grew to Charlotte, North Carolina not long after. Where La Lucha is an ode to Fry and Houstonians beloved San Jacinto Inn- known for Gulf seafood and fried goodness. 

Superica’s menu is referred to as the “Tex-Mex Playbook” by Fry and his team because it was designed based on items that first appeared in Texas in the 20’s. Tacos, enchiladas, tamales, fajitas and of course loads of queso and margaritas. Superica is an ideal mix of upscale and easy going tex-mex. Outside of the divine food the interiors make you feel as though you’ve escaped the city and gone to the hill country. With vintage schoolyard chairs, painted brick walls, rough limestone, and picnic tables.

While Superica is bright and colorful, La Lucha is dark and moody. Inspired by a 70’s living room you’ll enjoy “First Things First” made with genepy, gin, kina and club soda presented in a Collins glass with an orange horse neck twist on a worn leather sofa. The atmosphere and friendly service make you want to hang out all night eating their famous made to order fried chicken basket and caviar onion dip served with Pringles.

Visit La Lucha Monday – Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5pm-late,  Saturday 10am-late and Sunday noon-10pm.

Visit Superica for dinner Monday – Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 3-11pm, and Sunday 3-10pm. Lunch is served Monday – Friday 11am-2:30pm and Brunch is Saturday – Sunday 10am-3pm.

Pro Tip: Order a triple stack of the Hot Cakes during Brunch at Superica for the table.  Their homemade buttermilk syrup is to-die-for!  And for an extra pep in your step, add it to your coffee…You’re welcome.

All Photos Courtesy of Ralph Smith. 

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