Sensational Spring Brunch, Piping-Hot Pizza News, and More of This Week's Tastiest Headlines

Sensational Spring Brunch, Piping-Hot Pizza News, and More of This Week's Tastiest Headlines

LOOKING FOR A great cheese pull this weekend? Besides the ones at the Rodeo, there are plenty of mouthwatering new menus to explore. Read on for this week's tastiest food news!


Via 313

The Cadillac

Now open near Memorial City, Via 313 brings authentic Detroit-style pizza to Houston. Named for Detroit's area code, the restaurant offers rectangular pizzas that are delightfully crispy on all four sides, but oh-so-perfectly fluffy in all the right spots. Everything — right down to the cream-cheese drizzle on the cinnamon sticks, which you should probably save room for — is made from scratch in-house. You can build your own, but The Cadillac is one of the signature pizzas that is a must-try: A savory blend of cheeses, including gorgonzola, is topped with thinly sliced prosciutto and fig preserves, and it's all doused in a balsamic glaze. Pizzas take around 20-25 minutes, and are worth the wait.

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Spicy chicken karage (photo by Shawn Chippendale)

The River Oaks dinner-and-a-show hot spot has rolled out new happy-hour and tasting menus. Available Wednesday through Friday, 4:30-7pm, HH offerings include the spicy chicken karage, hamachi tacos and other bites for $10, plus sushi rolls and nigiri for $8-$12. Alternatively, score a whole bunch more sashimi, nigiri and maki for $50 — the Sushi Flight tasting menu is a great deal, and comes with an optional $20 Champagne pairing. There's also a five-course tasting menu for $75 (wine pairing $35), boasting a grande finale of peanut-whipped ganache with milk-chocolate cremeaux and salted-caramel ice cream. Sweet!

Piroshky Piroshky Bakery Pop-Up

The famous Seattle bakery pops up at 8th Wonder Brewery on March 22 (4-6pm). For the uninitiated, a piroshky — not unlike a kolache — is a freshly baked, handheld pie filled with sweet, savory, veggie or vegan options. Also score Seattle-famous goods like Pikes Place chowder! Pre-order here.

Brennan's of Houston

Bananas Foster (photo by Kimberly Park)

To toast its 57th year in business, Brennan's of Houston — which calls a John Staub building, originally built for the Junior League, home — is cooking up some great specials. Featuring food inspired by the 1968 Junior League Cookbook, a three-course brunch is a steal for $33, featuring Hawaiian banana bread pain perdu — and Banana's Foster, of course. The three-course lunch ($57) is also a great deal, made even better with a $0.25 martini. For dinner, three courses are $67 (in celebration of the grand opening in 1967), and include your choice of an entree: How do we choose among Gulf fish almondine, peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin Paillard, and crabmeat Imperial?!

Mandito's Tex-Mex

Some will recognize Mandito's to mean "Little Armando's," which is great news for lovers of Armandos in Upper Kirby: Mandito's has opened its newest outpost in Katy, bringing approachable, family-friendly cantina food to the west side. Like the original in Round Top and its second location in Bellaire, Mandito's Katy serves tried-and-true fajitas, margaritas, and family packs that make dinner a cinch. Bonus for parents: Dine on the patio and watch the kiddos run amok on the Stableside greenspace at Falcon Landing!

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