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Best of the City: Food & Nightlife

Ray Dennison and Mellanie Perez | December 28, 2016 | Feature Features National

As Houston celebrates 2017 and prepares for the Super Bowl, the foremost thing on the city's agenda is putting the best boot forward. We're talking arts and culture worthy of standing ovations, style that's always on point, world-class health and beauty, design and realty for bon vivants, and food. We really can't forget the food. It's all right here.
Sibling rivalry Brother-and-sister restaurateurs Nick and Katie Adair at their new Eloise Nichols Grill and Liquors on Mid Lane

The Family Recipe
When brother-sister pair Nick and Katie Adair opened Adair Kitchen in 2012, they set out to create a healthy neighborhood restaurant that would make favorite simple recipes accessible to Houstonians morning, day and night. The concept appealed to casual yet seasoned diners who rolled in from the Uptown and Tanglewood areas. Now, after several years of success, they’re taking their operation to the next level with new concepts.

First up is a move inside the Loop near River Oaks District and Afton Oaks, where they’ve bowed Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors (2400 Mid Ln., Ste. 100, 713.554.0136). The former, a polished 45,000-square-foot vintage-inspired eatery, dishes up modern spins on Southern classics and is named for their grandmother. “We felt a hole for a neighborhood staple that would be approachable every day of the week—whether you wanted to meet someone for cocktails or have a nice meal,” says Katie. “It was important for us to marry the bar vibe and the food vibe, and have a place where you feel comfortable at both.” Under the charge of Executive Chef Joseph Stayshich—formerly of Benjy’s—the weekly rotating menus feature Eloise’s classic recipes and other fresh Gulf Coast delights, including raw oysters.

Farther down Westheimer, sandwiched between Greenway and River Oaks, is Bebidas (2606 Edloe St., 713.554.0003), a quick and casual spot that serves up grab-and-go selections of coffee, juices and small bites. It even features a drive-thru for the superspeedy. “We want the people [who] live around our restaurants to feel like they belong to them,” says Nick. “We want to be the best neighborhood restaurant we can be.”


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