Latest Dish: October 2019

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B.B. Lemon Montrose has launched weekend brunch, available Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. Dine on brûléed grapefruit, banana-pudding-French-toast, and B.B. Lemon’s famous blue crab beignets in the buzzy dining room or on the shaded patio bedecked with lemon trees and twinkling lights. 4319 Montrose Blvd., 713.554.1809


Having just toasted its 10-year anniversary, Peli Peli has expanded with a fourth location at The Woodlands Mall. Also expect a revamp of the menu introducing health-minded offerings and more veggie and seafood options. 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., 281.257.9500

Also celebrating a milestone 25-year anniversary, Benjy’s will briefly close and debut a new look and menu at its iconic Rice Village space on Oct. 3. Expect pops of teal and birch wood, while chef Seth Siegel-Gardner, formerly of Pass & Provisions, will serve as consulting chef on a new menu. 2424 Dunstan Rd., 713.522.7602

Houston’s nightlife scene heats up as Pour Behavior makes its debut in Midtown. The 12,000-square-foot entertainment venue boasts an open-air setting where guests can indulge in traditional bar fare and 42 beers on tap — or, better yet, grandiose bottle-service parades, with themes including large-format bottles and Champagne showers. 2211 Travis St., 832.767.2111

Politan Row Houston makes its debut in Rice Village this fall. The mid-century-inspired food hall, which has its original location in Chicago, will showcase craft cocktail bar Bar Politan; bao-bun food-truck fave Breaking Bao; progressive Mexican tacos and ceviche concept Cochinita & Co; and an all-day coffeehouse with boba tea and Indonesian-inspired soft-serve called Susu Kopi & Boba. Be prepared to feast! 2445 Times Blvd.

Montrose hideaway Night Heron — originally launched as a bar-restaurant hybrid — will evolve into more of a neighborhood bistro, adding dishes from its sister restaurant Coltivare and promoting Jonathan Pittman to chef de cuisine. In the coming months, anticipate an expanded wine list, the lounge furniture to be swapped out for additional dining tables, and lunch service.1601 W. Main St., 713.527.8010

Now open: Los Tios has bowed on San Felipe in the space that formerly housed Ciao Bello. As the family-owned restaurant approaches its 50th anny, the new location designed by Aaron Rambo will continue to share its classic Tex Mex fare, plus an expanded menu and tequila program. Build-your-own queso puff anyone? 5161 San Felipe St., Ste. 100, 713.623.6103

Cheers to CBD! Present Company has introduced Houston’s first CBD cocktail, the Under the SeaBD, crafted with pineapple rum, kiwi syrup, lime, blue caracao, lemon CBD, eucalyptus tincture and Topo Chico. Get extra-relaxed with a double dose of CBD for $3 more. 1318 Westheimer Rd., 281.974.4752

AT TOP: New Night Heron chef Jonathan Pittman

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