Been awhile since I made a monthly list of restaurants to visit, but rest assure during that break I was eating and gathering places to feature. If you are new here, this list will include new and old restaurants. Generally places I have visited recently that I thought were great and worth sharing. I make a quick list of my favorites rather than a detailed blog post for each. Here are 10 Houston Restaurants to Visit in May.
This River Oaks District tapas restaurant has been around for a while, it just took me sometime to visit. The price point is high, but I really think it’s worth it. From the atmosphere for the variety to tapas, it makes you really feel like you are in Spain! Be sure to order the iberico ham during your visit.
This new Black owned concept took over the former Houston’s on Westheimer and Fountainview. I’ve gone twice since they opened a few weeks ago and have truly enjoyed each visit. The concept and setup plays on the vibe the former tenant Houston’s had in my opinion (not vibe dining), plus their bar is primed to be a great place to hang out this summer. During your visit order the hawaiian ribeye and their spinach and artichoke dip. Check out my IG Reel from my first visit.
Years ago I was shocked to learn about the number of wineries we had in Houston and since then we have had several new ones open including several Black owned concepts, like Pur Noire. Located in downtown Houston, Pur Noire offers members light bites, an exclusive members only space and tastings. If you are not sure about being a member yet, grab some food at Underground across the street and then head over for wine tasting. My favorite wine from my visit was the Zinfandel. Here is a my IG reel from my visit.
Chunky’s Hot Chicken
KeAndre of My Southern Brand posted Chunky’s Hot Chicken on his IG, a place serving up Nashville hot catfish and I just knew I needed to get their asap, so I went the next day. The catfish was perfection y’all. A reasonable level of heat, yet still some flavor with it too. Grab their catfish plus their strawberry lemonade when you visit. Be sure to check out my IG reel from my visit.
Don’t you love those places that have been everyone’s favorite for years and somehow you never visited? I stopped by Brasil for the first time a few weeks ago and I gotta say their pizzas were amazing. If you have never been be sure to add it to your list.
Houston Botanic Garden
I am actively trying to curate more events for my BGWB followers to attend. I prefer things that are an easy lift on my part and will also be appealing to my audience. So I decided to partner with the Houston Botanic Garden for a cooking class hosted by my friend, resident Chef Keisha Griggs. We had so much fun! For most of the attendees it was their first time at the Houston Botanic Garden, so I want to share with you all in case you are not aware of the garden and their foodie events. It’s a beautiful space that is offering great/fun events. I also made an IG reel with a few highlights of the trip.
Thee Ultimate Kitchen
I stopped over at Patterson Park Houston, a new bar that had all the influencers in a tizzy, a few weeks ago. Honestly, truly, we’ve seen the concept a million times in Houston so no need to run to visit it. BUT the one gem of this visit was a food truck there called Thee Ultimate Kitchen. First of all, they serving RED koolaid so you know I was already for it. Then they had the nerve to serve some of the best homemade burgers I’ve ever eaten out of a food truck. So good! Be sure to follow them on Instagram so you can see where they pop up.
Honeychild Sweet Creams
I’ve been a fan of Honeychild Sweet Creams since they were popping up at local farmers markets. Now, they are officially a brick and mortar at the MKT market in the Heights. There are a lot of great concepts over in MKT and then you can top off your visit with some great ice cream.
An event had me out in Richmond a few weekends ago which y’all know is a rare occasion for me, as I prefer to stay within the loop. Since I was there I decided to visit some of the wineries out that way and made a stop over to Messina Hof which apparently has locations all over Texas. Here I did a small tasting and ordered the charcuterie board. Both were great. I visited during brunch and while I did not order any brunch items, the food that came out looked great. If you are in the area, this is a great spot to visit.
During one of my visits to Toro Toro I got a sneak peek of their speakeasy before it opened. Now a few months later, Bandista is a officially open! The experience is next level and their cocktails are excellent too. Located in the Four Seasons, you are greeted by hosts in the hotel lobby and then escorted through a back elevator and hallway. Next you go through the secret bookcase into the small bar which only seats twenty people. Reservations are required and your time in the bar is limited to about an hour and a half. The drinks are on average $30,but in my opinion one drink was the size of two. I would also recommend that you plan for bites before or after because those drinks are good and strong! And of courseeee there is an IG reel recapping my visit.
If you are looking for fun things to do Memorial Day Weekend, Celebrez en Rose (formerly La Fete de Rose) may be the event for you! Set for May 28th at Buffalo Bayou Park, Celebrez en Rose is an event kind of like Diner en Blanc with less prep work. For this event, guests don their best pink outfits and enjoy rose. Guests will have access to food and wine vendors plus music acts like Mya and Robin Thicke.
Check out a recap of the Atlanta version of the event from this past weekend.
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