BY Robin Barr Sussman | May 10, 2019 | Food & Drink
Greek Galleria-area fave Yia Yia Mary’s (4747 San Felipe St., 713.840.8665), owned by the Pappas family (Pappas Bros. Steakhouse), recently refreshed its menus for spring. A highlight is the Atlantic branzino, which is flown in from the Mediterranean, served within 24 hours of being caught and grilled on the half shell with roasted beets, feta and hazelnuts.
Get your dose of omega-3s at the newly reopened Uptown Sushi (1131 Uptown Park Blvd., 713.871.1200). The Japanese-fusion house recently completed months of remodeling. The brighter open-concept space houses a mixture of banquettes and intimate dining tables, allowing guests to view sushi chefs behind the bar. The revamped menu includes customer favorites such as the chirashi rice bowl, Kobe beef cubes, truffle tuna and foie gras sushi.
Yia Yia Mary’s beet carpaccio
Named for “love” in Dutch, Liefs (@liefs_vegan_bistro) is scheduled to bow in a yet unnamed Montrose location this August. It will be the first of several vegan bistros by couple Thomas and Fem Massink, who hail from Amsterdam. The menu will prove that anything can be prepared vegan if spiced properly. Anticipate artful veggie-packed power bowls, avocado toasts, tacos, plant-based burgers, hemp brownies, poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes), and other lunch and dinner treats.
The Original Ninfa’s Uptown Houston (1700 Post Oak Blvd., 346.335.2404) is slated to open this month in the space that formerly housed Peska in BLVD Place. Executive chef Jason Gould is dishing out classic Tex-Mex for breakfast, lunch, dinner (with specials) and brunch. Gould will use olive oil instead of lard and cook over wood instead of gas—cooking methods established by Legacy Restaurants’ corporate chef, Alex Padilla, at the restaurant’s original location on Navigation.
The Rice Box (1111 Shepherd Drive) is moving into the former Tila’s spot near tony River Oaks, just a stone’s throw from Backstreet Cafe. The new space has been completely remodeled to reflect a “Chinese takeout from the future” aura, according to owner John Peterson. Healthful stir-fry dishes bolstered with tons of flavor aim to simplify the goal of nutrition on the go.
Mastro’s Japanese whisky pairing
Mastro’s (1650 W. Loop St., 713.993.2500) has a new monthly whisky series throughout the year spotlighting its impressive 300-bottle collection. Guests can sample 1-ounce pours of exceptional whiskies, paired with three courses of chef-curated cuisine—think Japanese whisky with sushi and wagyu.
Killen’s TMX (9330 E. Broadway St., Pearland, 832.664.8696) now serves brunch. A beautifully appointed buffet greets guests with Le Creuset Dutch ovens and handpainted China loaded with a seasonal mix of classic and Tex-Mex dishes—this brunch is Mother’s Day-approved.
Photography Courtesy Of: killen’s TMX photo by dragana harris; beet caRpaccio by julie soefer | Mastro’s photo courtesy of Mastro’s restaurants