So I skipped October… my bad y’all! But in my defense, I had a lot going on. Between Houston Hosts, some travel and changes in work I could not even think about drafting a new blog post. But I figured between the August and September lists you guys had a lot of option to keep you busy. While I was pretty absent from this platform in October, I was still out trying new restaurants and finding more great places to share. Here are 10 Houston Restaurants to Visit in November 2021.
Cultivated F+B at the Lancaster
I have fond memories of visiting Cultivated F+B before the Boyz II Men concert with the Houston Symphony about three years ago. They recently invited me out to try their brunch menu and I of course could not pass this up! First off, if you have never visited the Lancaster in downtown Houston, add it to your list. This beautiful boutique hotel has a prime spot right in the heart of the theater district making it perfect for staycations.
With their location, Cultivated F+B has become a popular destination for pre/post theater meals. Well their brunch menu is worth arriving a bit earlier. I visited with friends, each of having a different palette or dietary restrictions (including a vegetarian) and we all left pleased. From the bananas foster waffle to the braised ribs benedict, you really cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. The chef also created a wonderful churro dessert which is served with a cup of hot chocolate for dipping. A truly great brunch!
Original Chop Shop
Last month I got to visit the new Houston import at their San Felipe location. The Original Chop Shop is offering Houstonians healthy fast casual options for breakfast lunch and dinner. My favorite item? Surprisingly their smoothies which I am typically not a fan of. They are starting out in the Galleria area, but plan to expand to River Oaks early next year.
Brunch at Fogo de Chão
Visiting Fogo de Chao for the parade of meats is kind of like a right of passage for foodies. I had not visited in years, so when they invited me out to try their brunch I took them up on the offer. Y’all, this brunch is exceptional and you need to add it to your list. For about $40 bucks, guests get access to all of the typical Fogo de Chao fare, plus an omelette bar and waffle bar. There are speciality cocktails and a mimosa cart too (not included in the brunch price). They really had to roll me up out of there!
Chop ‘n Block (grand opening November 13!)
Super proud of the owners and their hard work with bringing this concept from pop up events starting in 2019, to a full on brick and mortar location. Not only will this restaurant bring black excellence into the new mixed used space downtown the Post, but it will also highlight Nigerian culture. Black folks in Houston are not monolithic. We come from many different countries and our connections to this country vary. When you consider the origins of so much African American food (watch High on the Hog on Netflix) connecting to West Africa, exploring this cuisine should be high on your list.
They are currently taking pre-orders for their grand opening weekend. Don’t walk, run to place your order and be in the building November 13th to enjoy all the joloff rice and plantains.
Crumbville (new location!)
Longtime followers of my Instagram already know that I have been a fan of Crumbville and owner Ella for many years. If you have not visited in awhile, now is a good time to stop by. Crumbville has moved to a new location at 3409 Emancipation Avenue. Be sure to support this essential third ward black owned business AND leave my Nicki Minaji cookie alone! I hate when I roll up late in the day and y’all have not left a crumb for me LOL.
I am not a beer drinker, but still find St. Arnold’s to be a great space to visit. Their beautiful beer garden has views of Downtown, excellent food especially their pizzas and pretzels. Best of all, you can catch Astros games there on their big screen. *fingers crossed* we have one more game after Tuesday!
Leeland House Brunch
Finally got a chance to visit Leeland House for my friend’s birthday brunch earlier last month. Located next door to Around the Corner, these concepts share an owner and a deck/patio space allowing guests to order drinks etc from both locations.
In addition to good food and drinks the chill brunch vibe is just what my 30+ heart (and knees!) needs. With sounds from Dj Mike Mogul you are guaranteed to hear a great oldie plus some of your new favorites as well. Sunday Funday in Houston takes on so many forms and I have an appreciation for all of them, truly I do, but Leeland House reminds me of brunch like 5-6 years ago when I fell in LOVE with Houston’s brunch scene. Once you visit let me know if you agree :).
Urban Social Brunch
All the real ones know that Urban Social is currently my absolute favorite bar in Houston. (Check out my full list of black owned bars in Houston here). While I generally visit during the night time, Urban Social is also a great place to visit during the daytime too. It’s quieter and of course brighter so you can catch some football games and other sporting events. Plus they do offer some brunch options for dining as well like lamb chops. In short, Urban Social is still a vibe in the daylight.
Rosalie Italian Soul in the C. Baldwin Hotel
This beautiful space just reopened this fall after closing during 2020. Located in the C. Baldwin Hotel, Rosalie will draw you in with the cute pink retro decor, great service and good food too. Plus, you get to maneuver through C. Baldwin which is a beautifully unique hotel for Houston.
Blanco Taco & Tequila
I am pretty sure I have talked about Blanco Taco & Tequila before (located in the Galleria mall), but I am here to tell you once again that the food is still hitting and the margaritas are still on point! If you have never been, this is my recommendation to give it a try.
Whew! There are 10 places for this month and quite frankly if time permit, you may see me circling back to a few of these myself this month. If you visit and enjoy please circle back and let me know in the comments.