There's been a slight detour in Chris Shepherd's deliciously groundbreaking One Fifth journey: One Fifth Southern Comfort, which makes its debut on Dec. 8, is Shepherd's prescription for what Houston needs during this challenging holiday season.
For the month of December, the One Fifth team is cooking up comfort-food classics that are reminiscent of the holidays. "I want the food on this menu to remind our guests of being with their families at a time when that may not be possible," says chef de cuisine Matt Staph. Expect plates like boudin with house pickles and mustard, and, per Shepherd's personal request, crab-stuffed jalapenos. The team has drawn inspo from former One Fifth concepts, as in housemade pasta from One Fifth Romance Language, and flavors and experiences from One Fifth Gulf Coast. Speaking of: One Fifth Gulf Coast's Galatoire's-inspired brunch returns on Christmas Eve (more details to come).
The cocktail list will include bar director Westin Galleymore's takes on Juleps and milk punches — and a housemade version of Southern Comfort liqueur.
"We love One Fifth Mediterranean," says Shepherd, "but Southern food feels right for right now. The beauty of One Fifth is that it's a concept based on change, so it gives us the freedom to cook and serve the food that fits the moment."