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Restaurant Round Up: Houston’s Top New Eateries of 2018

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With 2018 about to come to a close we are going back into the archives to share with you the top restaurants that opened this year! Whether you are in town visiting family or need a refresher this list will keep you full until 2019 comes! 

1. BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures

BCK opened in February right in the heart of the Heights as a go-to neighborhood spot. The menu revolves around the chef’s childhood favorites, tuna melts on thick Texas toast, burgers and a corn dip that will keep you coming back. Their hours are Monday – Thursday 11am – 11pm, Friday 11am – 12am, Saturday: 10am – 3pm (Brunch Only) – 4pm – 12am and Sunday 10am – 3pm  (Brunch Only) – 4pm – 9pm.

Courtesy of Kirsten Gilliam

2. Vibrant

Vibrant opened its doors in Montrose not too long ago and has Houstonians raving about it’s, new to Houston, menu concept. Everything at Vibrant is dairy free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free and delicious. It is the perfect place to hit the refresh button after an indulgent holiday! Open every day, breakfast is served  7am – 4pm, lunch 11am – 4pm, dinner 5pm – 10pm and happy hour 5-6 in the bar.

Photo Courtesy of Amanda Calderon

3. The Classic All Day

The masterminds behind Benjy’s brought the greater Washington area The Classic All Day this past August. The menu and interiors are just as the name describes, classic…with a hint of retro. Menu items include matza ball soup, pork chops, steak and eggs and more! Their hours are Monday—Thursday 10am—9pm, Friday 10am—10pm, Saturday 8am—10pm and Sunday 8am—9pm.

Photo Courtesy of Bisou

4. Bisou

Bisou is the newest restaurant in the River Oaks District and the place to be social. Bottles arrive with sparklers and a French-inspired menu that will have you feeling indulgent in the best way possible. Their hours are Monday – Tuesday 11am – 10pm, Wednesday -Friday 11am-12am, Saturday 10am-12am  and Sunday 10am-5pm. Saturday brunch is from 10am – 3pm and on Sundays 10am – 12pm.

Photo Courtesy of Kristen Gilliam

5. Eunice

Eunice Restaurant & Raw Bar is a contemporary cajun-creole brasserie in Upper Kirby. The restaurant was opened to bring good ole Louisiana cooking to Houston’s backyard. The menu includes fresh seafood pickings such as an oyster bar, ceviches, gumbo, and roasted gulf grouper. Their hours are Monday – Friday from 11am – 10pm. Saturday dinner is from 3-10 pm and Sunday brunch is from 10am – 4pm and dinner 4- 9pm.
Courtesy of Nobu & Henry Hargreaves

6. Nobu

Houston we got a Nobu! We are excited to finally be on the extensive (over 30) list of Nobu’s across the globe. Ours is two-stories, where guests are greeted by an expansive open-concept dining room, bar lounge, and sushi bar. Highlights from the menu include Sakura Smoking Pot with Cherry Blossom-smoked Wagyu and Honey Yakitori, Whole King Crab Leg with Black Truffle Panko Crust and much more! Their hours are Sunday–Thursday 6pm–10pm,  Friday & Saturday 6pm–11pm – Bar & Lounge: Sunday–Thursday 5pm–10pm,  Friday & Saturday 5pm–11pm.
Photo Courtesy of Ralph Smith

7. La Lucha

Opened by State of Graces’ Ford Fry a few months ago, La Lucha is an ode to Fry and Houstonians beloved San Jacinto Inn- known for Gulf seafood and fried goodness. Shown above is one of our favorite items, chowder fries that will leave you are your party fighting over the last bite. Their hours are Monday – Thursday 5pm — 10pm, Friday 5 pm – late, Saturday 12pm-late and Sunday 12pm – 10am.

8. Bloom & Bee

It is always cheery and bright at Bloom & Bee even if it isn’t so outside. The modern feminine oasis located in the grand Post Oak Hotel. The menu is locally inspired, with fresh healthy items but inclusive to all hunger levels! Everything on the menu (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner) is bound to make you want to convince your table to order one too many items and share. Their hours are Monday – Friday 6:30am – 10:30pm, Saturday 7am – 10:30pm and Sunday 7am – 10pm.


Feature Image Courtesy of Ralph Smith of La Lucha.

Local Houstonian and Editor + Digital Director of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures, @emilylunstroth.

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