Despite Its ATX Origins, Uchi Sibling Loro Embodies the Flavors of Houston

Despite Its ATX Origins, Uchi Sibling Loro Embodies the Flavors of Houston

Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole

ONE FIFTH AND, previously, Mark’s American Cuisine were famously housed inside a rehabbed church, complete with soaring ceilings and artful stained glass. The eateries, both iconic in their own right, are also now both closed. But, in a former church on 11th Street in the Heights, Loro has gloriously opened.


Loro melds the flavors of Japanese, Southeast Asian and Texas-barbecue cuisines, courtesy of Austin-based Tyson Cole (of Uchi fame) and Aaron Franklin, the nationally acclaimed pitmaster who operates the cult-followed Franklin Barbecue. Like the original on Austin’s South Lamar, Houston’s Loro touts an elevated-country-dancehall vibe, taken even higher by architectural details courtesy of the church’s bones — and by architect-designer Michael Hsu, who made the most of the beams and lofted ceilings.

As for the goods? They’re good, that’s for sure. The order-at-the-bar system can be a little unwieldy if the place is packed, but any of that potential stress is alleviated by the immediate delivery of a perfectly mixed batch cocktail or frozen spiked slushee. It’s best to order several small plates, and grab enough utensils to share. Simply seasoned veggies, like the wood-smoked snap peas, served with a kimchee dipping sauce, are a nice way to kick things off — the oaky flavor prepares the palate for what’s to come.

The smoked meats, ranging from salmon to pork belly and brisket, are all excellent, and served in a variety of ways — atop coconut rice, in a sandwich, on their own, drenched in various Asian condiments, with seasonal veggies that have been pickled. Plates are brought out as they’re ready; in the meantime, guests are vibing to a kickass soundtrack that ranges from Nas to obscure psych-rock.

And while all that might sound very Austin, Loro is arguably more apropos for Houston, a dynamic international food city. With plans to open Uchiko on Post Oak later this spring, Loro’s parent company Hai Hospitality doesn’t disagree.

Loro Burger

Pale Ale Battered Cod

Table Spread at Loro

Food
Duos, Trios and Teams: ‘Next-Generation’ Mother-Daughter Leppert Duo Debuts

Clare Leppert and Clementine, the Cavachon. Leigh Leppert and Benny, the Bernedoodle.

HOW DID YOU come together as a team? This fall, we are celebrating the introduction of an exciting real estate collaboration between Clare Leppert, longtime Houston Realtor®, and daughter Leigh Leppert. Clare shared a 20+ year real estate partnership with her mother, Bette Carpenter, until Bette’s death in 2016. Having worked solo for several years, Clare in 2021 was awarded Houston Business Journal’s No. 2 Luxury Realtor® in Houston. Leigh, who has been working in marketing for the past decade, has always shared a passion for real estate and watched Clare successfully balance family and career. We are excited to re-create the next generation of a mother-daughter duo at Compass!

Keep ReadingShow less

Ben Berg (photo by Douglas Burns)

THE NEW YEAR has already yielded its fair share of tastebud-tingling headlines — and here's a few more! From a prolific restaurateur's big announcement to a Houston institution's ambitious expansion, catch up on all the latest below.

Keep ReadingShow less
Food

Wiley's 'Judith and Holofernes'

THE ENERGY IN the foyer of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Caroline Wiess Law Building is quite lively, thanks to the installation of two provocative paintings, painted 400 years apart — one by Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian 17th-century female artist, the other by Kehinde Wiley, a contemporary, Nigerian-born queer Black artist. Each depicts the grisly climax in the Old Testament Book of Judith, in which the widow Judith decapitates the Assyrian general Holofernes, thus saving her besieged Jewish city of Betulia.

Keep ReadingShow less
Art + Entertainment