Slowpokes will open in the West U, and Urban Bird will expand into the spring


Slowbox coffee, 6725 Stella Link, will open November 28 at West University Place. It is the fourth location of the café which opened its first location in ? in 2016. The other three stores are located in Kirby Grove, Garden Oaks/Oak Forest, and Spring Branch, which is the main location where all the beans are roasted in-house and the brews are cold brewed. The brand is owned and operated by Houstonian Mazen Beltagy who is also involved in other restaurant related business ventures in the city.

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Sloths are the mascot of Slowpokes.

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In addition to its coffee shop, it serves tea specialties, local beers, and a selection of American wines. It also has a menu of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and lunch items such as flatbread “Paninos” and salads. For snacks, there are meat and cheese bars, churro donuts, and pretzels from Slow Dough Bakery. With a mission to support other local businesses, they feature products from other local vendors like Michael’s Cookie Jar and Walking Stick Brewing Co.

For the coffee bar, Slowpokes offers espresso, latte, macchiato, flat white, Americano and house brews. With the holiday season upon us, they’re serving up seasonal desserts like the Punkin’ Pie Latte, Snickerdoodle Latte, and delicious Caramel Apple Cider. Upcoming holiday drinks include Peppermint Mocha Latte and Campfire Latte.

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Slowpokes offers a great happy hour.

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Patrons looking for a relaxed happy hour with friends will find $4 drafts, $5 glasses of wine, $10 flatbreads, $15 meat and cheese boards, and $4 pretzels with dip, Monday through Friday from 4pm until closing. The rotating draft list includes local beers from Saint Arnold, Eureka Heights, 8th Wonder, and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and other Houston breweries.

The West U location is a cozy 50-seat coffee shop with over 2,000 square feet of space. It also offers dog lovers a dog-friendly patio.

In a press release, Baltagi said, “We are truly grateful to the communities that have embraced us. We hope to be able to improve the lives of our regulars as much as they have, and we look forward to expanding our reach into Houston.”

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The Urban Fries are a guilty pleasure.

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Urban bird hot chicken, 2162 Spring Stuebner, scheduled to open January 2023 at The Market within City Place. The fast-growing brand opens its fourth location in Fulshear November 10th. The upcoming location in Spring will be 2,169 square feet and will join many other restaurants in the lifestyle destination including Kroger Grocery. The team at Urban Bird was drawn to City Place, formerly Springwoods Village, due to the high volume of traffic given its proximity to the Grand Parkway, Hardy Toll Road, and Interstate 45.

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Urban Bird uses 100 percent maple syrup in their homemade slaw.

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The menu at Urban Bird centers around jumbo chicken tenders and customers can choose their spice level from No Spice to Nashville Hot or take it to the next level with Fire in the Hole. Tenders are available by piece and basket. There is also the Tender Sando which is a tender chicken sandwich topped with kale salad. It has its own version of Chicken & Waffles, too. There are cut fries, sweet potato fries and seasoned corn for the side dishes. Urban Fries is a light snack of French fries with tender chicken pieces, mac and cheese, Beard’s signature sauce and pickles. Diners can add bacon and jalapenos, too.

The restaurant offers children’s selections as well as shakes and frozen custards.

The ultimate seafood platter at Captain D’s has it all.

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Captain D8408 FM 1960 Bypass, opening November 22 on Humble. The new franchise location is owned and operated by our partners Salman Iqbal and Irfan Ibrahim of Checkout Food Stores with Uzair Ibrahim as Head of Development and Furqan Ibrahim as Director of Operations. The group currently owns 41 convenience stores throughout southern Texas and western Louisiana. The new Captain D’s is the group’s first foray into casual seafood with an agreement signed to bring nine more to the greater Houston area including Katy’s location over the next six months.

The humble site is only the third site to feature the dual drive feature. Decorated in a vibrant coastal design, the dining room seats 44 guests. There are also carry out and pre-delivery options.

Captain D’s was founded in 1969 and has more than 530 restaurants in 23 states.

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Savoir builds a team with new projects in mind.

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to knowInc., 1344 Yale, has made some major changes to its executive team. Owners Haig and Hien Papaian of The Papaian Group have named Chef Eric Johnson as Culinary Director, Lexey Davis Johnson as Operations Director and Toby Schwebel as General Manager.

Eric Johnson has been with Savoir for three years, spearheading its culinary concepts as executive chef for both Savoir and renowned steakhouse Patton’s. During that time, he introduced over a hundred new menu items inspired by his travels. As Culinary Director, The Papaian Group will draw on his talents for some of the upcoming projects planned in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest highlands and regions.

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Baton Steakhouse is a jazzy restaurant.

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Davis Johnson brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry including stints as Wine Director and Sommelier at acclaimed Houston restaurants such as Doris Metropolitan and Berg Hospitalty’s B&B Butchers. Schwebel joined Savoir in January 2022 to lead the launch of Patton’s in March. Over the past decade, he has gained experience as a wine buyer, restaurant designer, and operations leader.

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Chefs Don Burrell and Joseph Boudreau feature “The Leftovers”.

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Equal parts brewing3118 Harrisburg, hosting a post-Thanksgiving pop-up November 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Bravo’s Top Boss Finalists were Dawn Burrell and Joseph Boudreau, co-owner of The Tipping Point and founder of the Boo’s Burger spin-off. The duo headlined the Thanksgiving event, “The Leftovers”. The pop-up will offer a number of menu items inspired by holiday leftovers.

Burrell’s stamp on the pop-up includes her pocket “Leftovers” ($16), stuffed with mac and cheese, braised kale, fried turkey, sweet potato wedges, and turkey skin. Paired with cranberry sauce and my mom’s broth. There is a vegetarian version as well. Burrell will also have the Sweet Potato Mochi Donut with Spiced Yam Caramel ($9).

On Boudreaux’s side, there will be Cornbread Dressing Fritters ($12) served with mushroom gravy, and, as a tribute to his Louisiana roots, Gumbo Z’Herbs ($16) made with braised vegetables, smoked turkey, pail oil roux, dried shrimp and rice. white .

The chefs collaborated on the final menu item, the Thanksgiving Hangover Burger, as a nod to Boo’s Burgers. The $20 burger is made with Boo’s signature shredded beef patty and topped with mac and cheese, ham and cranberry sauce.

Maderas Cantina Kitchen120 Westheimer, had its grand opening on November 5. The Mexican restaurant serves dishes such as fajitas and chicken black mole;And the Stew meatAnd the Pork marinate (pork ribs) and enchiladas for lunch and dinner. There is a selection of tacos incl Octopus top (Octopus), Barbacoa Berea and chicken Tinga. There’s also Pozole Verde and Caldo de Pescado as well as sides like corn and Nopales salad. Desserts include churros and sweet rice pudding.

The restaurant also serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm and guests will find breakfast dishes such as chilaquiles and Absolute eggs Plus flautas, menudo, and shrimp ceviche. They also have a version of their famous fusion dish, Birria Barbocoa Ramen.

There is a full bar with beer and wine as well as a selection of margaritas and signature cocktails.

Chef and cookbook author Sarah Gruenberg will collaborate with Chris Shepherd at Brennan’s Restaurant.

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Brennan in Houston, 3300 Smith, is hosting a two-night special event with James Beard Award winners Sarah Gruenberg and Chris Shepard on November 29 and November 30 as part of its Home & Away dinner series. It’s a kind of homecoming for the super-chefs, both of whom spent stints at the restaurant in their early years under Chef Carl Walker, who will be on hand with Chef Jose Arevalo, sharing stories about their adventures in the kitchen.

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Chefs Carl Walker and Jose Arevalo will share stories from Brennan’s kitchen.

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The four-course dinner coincides with the release of Grueneberg’s first cookbook Listen to your vegetables With Kate Heddings, contributing editor Food and wine magazine. There will be a welcome reception at 6:30pm, followed by a four-course dinner at 7pm. Shepherd, one of Houston’s most celebrated chefs/restaurateurs, left Underbelly Hospitality and his restaurant empire this past July to focus on his nonprofit Southern Smoke Foundation. He recently took on the role of wine columnist with Houston culture map. His expertise will be matched by Brennan’s Wine Guy Rich Carter for the dinner’s wine pairings.

In addition to dinner and wine, guests will receive a signed copy of Grueneberg’s new book and guests are welcome to bring their own personal copies of Shepherd’s. Cook like the locals to sign. Tickets are $200, plus taxes and tip.

Flip N Dip Burger13203 Fry, opened November 8. Halal Burger and Chicken uses high quality ingredients which is why customers have taken to social media to express their praises. It has a number of burgers on the menu including the Cheeseburger, Mushroom Burger, F&D BBQ and Fire me Up Burger garnished with pepper jack cheese, iceberg lettuce, red onion, spiced butter, tomato and sautéed jalapenos. They also sell sliders in four packs served on Portuguese sweet bread.

The chicken side of the menu offers wings in flavors like Garlic Parmesan, Buffalo, BBQ, Mango Habanero and Lime Pepper. An order of 5 pieces of tender bites with a choice of secret sauce, buffalo, bbq or honey mustard sauce. Other chicken options include the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich or the F&D Chicken Sandwich. There is a children’s menu and a small selection of loaded fries.

A daiquiri bargain awaits Black Friday customers at Daiquiri Land.

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OMG Seafood To-Go, 2528 Calumet, offers Black Friday deals on delicious seafood in partnership with Daiquiri Land right next door. Holiday shoppers and die-hard Thanksgiving cooks can take advantage of the November 25 special from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with deals like Blue Crab for $2.99 ​​and Catfish Nugget Baskets for $6.99. There is a choice of Boudin Balls or Chicken Wings/Tenders Baskets for $5.99 or customers can take advantage of the Seafood Lovers Giant Platter for $29.99.

After getting some seafood good at OMG, customers can hop next door to sister company, Daiquiri Land, and get a small daiquiri for just 99 cents. Medium is $3, large is $5, and extra large is $10. Why such great deals? Well, says co-owner Crystal Solomon, “The Black Friday specials are our way of saying thank you to our customers and this community, and we’re so grateful to be a part of it.”

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