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Delicious dishes, fun cocktails, warm spaces premiere at new Houston restaurants

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A diverse, growing population in Houston has restaurants meeting the demands from downtown into the suburbs with fresh, varied menus, creative cocktails and warm environments geared toward all tastes.

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RECENTLY OPENED:

COOK & COLLINS: The team at Cook & Collins, Jared Estes, Donny Salvato, Joshua Shoe and Chris Payne, have launched their “fun American fare” set in “modern classic” design at 2416 Brazos Street in downtown Houston serving dinner with plans to add lunch and brunch soon.

This serious neighborhood eatery welcoming interior features blonde woods, plush velvet banquets, subway tiles and a wall of mirrors in an assortment of whimsical frames. The dining room, upstairs dining terrace and patio are the perfect settings for a night on the town, a leisurely lunch or a fun brunch.

Chef Estes has a fresh, local and trendy approach to American Comfort Food, skillfully prepared by executive chef Shobe and his expertly trained culinary staff in the scratch kitchen. All of this paired with a full bar, classically edited wine list, local Craft Beers on draft, bottled beers, espresso and coffee beverages, as well as hand-made cocktails, all served by an attentive and knowledgeable wait staff.

“People often ask, ‘where did the name Cook & Collins come from,’ ” stated Estes. “Well, the ‘Cook’ in the name pays homage to my grandparents; their last name was Cook. I got my passion for food from my grandmother, and my grandfather was my biggest supporter and fan.” And ‘Collins’? “It comes from my favorite drink, ‘Tom Collins,’ laughed Estes.

For more information on Cook & Collins, please visit www.CookAndCollins.com, or call 832-701-1973

DISH SOCIETY: The Galleria area in Houston has a new Farm to Table restaurant serving up some of the best local ingredients with chef driven options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends at Dish Society, located at 5740 San Felipe near Bering Drive, in the ground floor of the new Gables Tanglewood mid-rise apartments.

Dish Society’s team, Aaron Lyons, Trent Patterson and executive chef, Johnny Romo a menu described as a modern twist on traditional favorites with a southern influence, which will change seasonally. Chef Romo’s twenty years of industry experience includes tenures with Apothecary, Sampaio’s, North, and Eddie V’s, among several others.

Service at Dish Society offers counter breakfast and lunch and shift to table service during dinner. There is separate service station to support the area’s high demand for take-out orders. In addition to great food, Dish Society offers a robust coffee program by Greenway Coffee, fresh squeezed juices, a rotating selection of local craft beers and wine list.

Dish Society’s 3,100 square foot space has a 90 seat dining room with an additional 70 seats split between two outdoor patios, one facing San Felipe, and one in the courtyard of the building. Lyons hired coveted Houston design team Collaborative Projects to complete the design and build out the restaurant, which he describes as modern industrial, with an energy that will focus on complimenting Chef Romo’s food offerings.

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7am-10pm; Social Hour: 3pm-6pm. Brunch: Sat-Sun, 7am – 3pm. For more information on Dish Society, please visit www.DishSociety.com or call 832-538-1060.

BAKER ST. PUB & GRILL: Baker St. Pub & Grill launched their latest location in Cypress, Texas off Barker-Cypress Road at 25618 Northwest Freeway. This is the sixth Baker St. Pub in the Greater Houston area dn the 14th Baker St. overall for the Houston-based HUSA Management, Inc., the largest British pub operator in North America.

The new Cypress location is a traditional Baker St. pub with a contemporary flair and feel – including a distressed Union Jack flag, subway tiles on the walls and an open setting that opens up to a large patio. The 5,700-square-foot pub seats 185, including 85 outdoors on the patio and 100 inside at table seating, bar seats and couches. Baker St. Pub & Grill serves lunch to late night with a full food and drink menu, including British signature dishes and American fare along with a large variety of British and local craft beers.

“We’re following the British pub trend that you now see in the UK of simplifying the look,” HUSA co-founders and owners Edgar Carlson and Larry Martin said. “It’s a new ambiance – more tavern, less décor. It’s a new twist on a great concept, one that we’re so excited to bring to an area that we feel has been needing a place like this.”

The new Baker St. offers 100 beers, including 36 on tap. Weekly specials will include Happy Hour every day from 2-9 p.m., along with live entertainment with bands playing every weekend. The new pub will be open every day from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.

COMING SOON:

Crest Restaurant Company announced that its new concept, TABLE, will open mid-March in the heart of Houston’s vibrant Uptown District. With a premier location on Post Oak Boulevard in the new BLVD Place development, TABLE will enjoy one of the most enviable locations in the city.

The new globetrotting menu will feature flavors inspired by travel and fresh tastes of the seasons. The restaurant’s laid-back yet high-style design will provide the perfect setting for lunch, dinner, a hand-crafted cocktail or leisurely night on the generous patio.

“TABLE will craft plates with food that’s enjoyable, tastes good and designed to inspire conversation and lively dialogue around the table,” said General Manager Dallas Easterly. “We are creating a menu and ambiance that is unlike any other in the area. TABLE’s dining experiences will cater to business professionals, our neighbors in the Tanglewood and Uptown areas, and travelers visiting our dynamic city.”

TABLE’S menu is under the hands of Chef Manuel Pucha, who honed his skills using classical French techniques. The menu will reflect Pucha’s free rein in the kitchen, 20 years of top kitchen experience in New York and Houston and his love of travel. Menus will change frequently to showcase seasonal ingredients and new twists on American favorites.

Cocktail chemistry will be seen in generous, handcrafted cocktails and craft beers on tap. From Germany to South Africa to the California wine country, the TABLE’s wine list will reflect some of the most contemporary and inspiring wine-producing regions today. The new bar will be expanded more than double the original size and serve a special bar menu and from the regular menu at lunch and dinner.

Table on Post Oak is located at 1800 Post Oak Blvd in Houston.

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