Root Beer on Tap, Paleo Cheesecake & More: Upper Kirby’s Sweet New Arrivals

Root Beer on Tap, Paleo Cheesecake & More: Upper Kirby’s Sweet New Arrivals

Chicken & Waffles at Relish (photo by Julie Soefer)

FOR YEARS, THE Westheimer Curve was the only part of Houston widely acknowledged as a foodie's paradise — rightfully so, of course, as it's been home to several James Beard-winning institutions over the decades. But now, it seems like every neighborhood in H-Town is a delicious district worthy of attention and accolades in its own way. In Upper Kirby, for example, new restaurants and old faves alike are cooking up fab comfort-food fare, delicious desserts and more!


When Covid hit, Relish pivoted to takeout-only for a period of time, pausing its brunch service. But one year later, weekend brunch — available Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm — is back and better than ever!

Husband-wife owners Dustin and Addie Teague have rolled out the new menu, featuring standouts from exec chef Dustin like a smoked-salmon plate served with sourdough toast; buttermilk pancakes with macerated berries and brandied pecans; and classics like eggs Benedict and chicken and waffles.

More music to our ears: Relish has a new seasonal cocktail lineup dubbed "One Hit Wonders," featuring ones like the My Sharona (mezcal, tequila, tomatillo, lime, pamplemousse, agave and orange bitters) and the strawberry-basil-infused Come on Eileen.

Brunch cocktails at Relish (photo by Julie Soefer)

Meanwhile, at Levy Park, three concepts from chef Tim Love just celebrated their grand reopening, having first opened just days before the shutdown. The Woodshed Smokehouse touts smoked, braised, grilled and otherwise mouthwateringly prepared meats, from pig and lamb to antelope. Start with the smoked beer-cheese fondue — and save room for a smoked-fruit cobbler.

Love also opened Love Shack, a take on a burger joint with root beer on tap, hand-squeeze lemonade — and beer and wine to-go!

And for those who have been hanging around Levy Park for a while, that giant red double-decker bus has completed its transformation into Love's Side Dough, with coffee and concessions like protein packs and doughnut holes on weekends.

Nearby, Ruggles Dessert Café has opened at 3411 Kirby Drive, next to Ruggles Black. It of course has a huge selection of pastries, breads and cakes (paleo chocolate cheesecake, anyone?), but also touts paleo- and keto-friendly salads and sandwiches.

Food
Pelican Builders Welcome Residents To First New Upper Kirby Condo Offering In Years;
Boutique Midrise Adds To Pedestrian Appeal Of Sought-After, Inner Loop Neighborhood

WITH ITS INAUGURAL set of residents newly moved in, Pelican Builders’ mid-rise condominium Westmore at 2323 W Main Street in Upper Kirby is already seeing the blossoming of a tight-knit community. Designed by Houston-based Mirador Group the Westmore is the first new condominium product to be introduced to the in-demand, inner loop neighborhood in more than three years. And with remaining two-bedroom homes starting at $895,000, it’s a remarkable value for this increasingly pricey area, where condos can easily climb to several million dollars and more.

Keep ReadingShow less
Home + Real Estate

Rafael Rojas, Ani Kushyan, Dominic Domingo, Navasard Hakobyan

THE SPECTACULAR WORTHAM Center tradition that’s sometimes called the American Idol of the opera world — followed in best-of-Houston form by a gala dinner party in the Grand Foyer — was a rousing and inspiring success last week.

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places

IN HEDWIG VILLAGE sits a newly completed masterpiece, the largest new-construction home to ever go up for sale in the Memorial Villages. At 17,369 square feet, 10950 Beinhorn, listed by Bryan Beene with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty for just shy of $9M, is also the biggest new build currently on the market in all of Houston.

Keep ReadingShow less
Home + Real Estate