Salmon Ceviche; Photo by Julie Soefer

Latest Dish – Summer 2019

Houston’s Best Food News, in Small Bites ...

Baltimore-based Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar open side-by-side in River Oaks District, across from sceney Bisou, in mid-June. Expect a modern and airy interior, inspired by Santorini and touting tons of fresh — and lots of live! — seafood, a caviar bar and an extensive selection of whiskey. In River Oaks District

Localebrity chef Nikki Tran has launched a new happy-hour menu at Kau Ba in Montrose. The star chef, who appeared on Netflix’s Street Food series, presents a menu of her favorite street eats, including wings with hot chili sauce and Vietnamese nachos, with discounted drinks from Tuesday through Friday, 5-7pm. 2502 Dunlavy St., Ste. B, 713.497.5300

Coinciding with the launch of a new breakfast and lunch menu, Dandelion Café has transformed its quaint coffee bar into an imaginative, Insta-worthy space. The ceiling and walls of the Secret Garden-inspired dining area are bedecked with oversize wreaths and giant multicolored flowers. 5405 Bellaire Blvd., 832.988.9210

Newly minted cookbook author Ford Fry

Newly minted cookbook author Ford Fry

Read all about it! Ford Fry has released his first cookbook Traditions, Innovations, and Comfort Foods from Both Sides of the Border, showcasing a slew of tasty Tex-Mex eats — many made popular at Superica. Also a first-time author, Chris Shepherd has penned Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change the Way You Cook and See the World, available now for pre-order on Amazon. The book lists recipes and reveals stories of chefs and families who’ve inspired him.

Meanwhile, Alba Huerta, owner and chief mixologist at Julep, earned a coveted spot on the list of best culinary books of 2018 by The International Association of Culinary Professionals for co-authoring Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned. Huerta has also launched a dynamic new food and cocktail menu featuring Southern finds like smoked white fish dip and Kentucky hot brown Frito pie, served directly in the sack. Also check out her new monthly Sunday Supper series! 1919 Washington Ave., 713.869.4383

Mike Tran continues to add to his empire with Toukei, opening in July. The Japanese-style pub, or izakaya, will join his Black Dog Coffee, Mein and Night Market in a nondescript retail strip in Chinatown. 9630 Clarewood Dr.

Just in time for the sweltering summer season, Bebidas has brought back Snowballs X Bebidas, a grab-and-go snowball stand, which features shaved ice using all-organic syrups. 2606 Edloe St., 713.554.0023

Greenway Coffee’s David Buehrer has recruited big names Carlos Ballon and Jillian Bartolome for his brand new all day cafe and bar concept Tropicales, located in Boulevard Oaks. Inspired by Houston’s rich Latin culture, the menu boasts vacay vibes at every turn — from drinks like boozy avocoladas crafted with tequila, to entrees like the hearty Cuban sandwich served with plantain chips, and even the beachy-mod interior. 2132 Bissonnet St., 713.893.8993

Float & Flick is back at Hotel Derek! The boutique hotel opens its Splash pool to the public for classic movies displayed on a three-story wall, including Footloose on June 27, Apollo 13 on July 26 and Goonies on August 29. For $25, guests enjoy admission, gourmet popcorn, a cocktail and access to the pool beginning at 7:30pm. 2525 W. Loop S., 713.961.3000

AT TOP: Salmon ceviche with plantains at Tropicales