BBBB for the week of September 2nd!in Becky's Best Bungalow Bets, Heights
Hello BBBB Friends,I love September! We are going to have a rash of yummy new properties hit the market starting next week and I can’t wait to share them with you. For this week, however, I am going to share my top five places to eat and drink your way through the Heights this Labor Day Weekend!
Arthur Ave (1111 Studewood) is the hottest new restaurant in Houston and it’s brought to us by the same folks that created Helen Greek Food and Wine in Rice Village, one of Southern Living’s Best New Restaurants in the South. Arthur Ave features rustic Italian fare. So the chicken parmesan is awesome but my favorite thing on the menu: White Russian soft-serve ice cream.
Steel City Pops
Steel City Pops (420 E 20th St), who doesn’t love popsicles and these are the best! Choose creamy (I like the buttermilk but it’s very rich) or fruity. They use only organic ingredients including organic cane sugar and no preservatives. (They have vegan friendly choices and all are gluten-free and vegetarian.) Flavors on my list to try: blueberry basil, hibiscus, and avocado. If you like spicy things, the horchata and pineapple jalapeno should be on your list.
Ritual (602 Studewood), another summer entry to the Houston restaurant scene, is offering traditional Texas fare from the Gulf and the farm. Ritual is on the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu and this is the last weekend to avail yourself of a 3-course dinner for $35 including a choice of chicken lollipops with creamed dirty rice, smoked black hill hocks with dressing and pan gravy or wild catfish with gulf shrimp hash and collard greens. Ritual is also a good choice for brunch but WARNING, the cayenne pepper rub on the chicken & waffles will light your fire!
Pi Pizza (181 Heights) is finally open! No more chasing down the food truck! Lee Ellis’ new hotspot is located in the former home of Funky Chicken (RIP!). FYI Lee Ellis also owns Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts in the Heights and State Fare in Memorial. With original combinations such as the Outdoorsman (wild venison sausage, provolone, and cherries in port wine syrup) or the Drunken Peach (peaches & blueberries in whiskey syrup, diced habanero peppers, TX goat cheese and mozz) you are only embarrassing yourself if you order pepperoni.
Eight Row Flint
Eight Row Flint (1039 Yale St) was just named a finalist for Playboy’s Best Bars of 2016. Congrats to owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber (who also own Revival Market and Coltivare). I confess when I saw the sign go up on the renovated gas station at the corner of 11th and Yale I was baffled by the name. Now I know that Eight Row Flint refers to a variety of North American corn used in making whiskey mash and corn masa for tortillas, so it makes sense that Eight Row Flint is a whiskey bar with an onsite taco truck. I’m partial to the roasted chicken taco with snow peas.