Restaurant Buzz

Houston Dining News for March 2013

Laurann Claridge
March 01, 2013

Looking for some fun Asian street food on the other side of the curb? Check out Houston’s newest bao-centric eatery, Fat Bao, in the center at the corner of Kirby and Richmond. Chang raised bao to new culinary heights, and now new restaurant owner Linh Nyguyen’s concept stuffs all manner of Asian ingredients between a split, steamed Chinese bun. Choose from classic Peking duck bao ($5) to pork belly bao ($3.50) and crab daddy bao ($5) with soft-shell crab, spicy mayo and Asian slaw … Still on an Asian kick, let’s go Japanese with MF Sushi, a Galleria-area spot quietly opened by sushi master Chris Kinjo, who has relocated from Atlanta. Kinjo offers menu items as well as chef’s choice multi-course dinner tastings (omakase, $75 per person) at the sushi bar  … Haute Wheels, The Food Truck Festival is rolling in again March 23 and 24. The two-day, 35-food-truck feast benefits Houston Community College Foundation. For info, go to … What’s made with just tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, Italian herbs and spices? Chef Arturo Boada’s homemade marinara sauce! Available only at his Memorial area eatery Arturo Boada Cuisine, this blend has no preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce … El Tiempo Cantina returns to its roots: Owner Roland Laurenzo is opening another location — the largest El Tiempo yet — on Navigation, near the original tortilla factories (Rio Grande Tortilla Factory) opened by his parents, Domenic Tommy and Ninfa Laurenzo, aka the famed founders of Ninfa’s Taco Al Carbon … Chef/owner David Grossman, who established the critically acclaimed Branch Water Tavern three years ago, has sold it to restaurateur Matt Brice (Bistro des Amis). Grossman will see the transition to steakhouse-inspired fare, with many of his recipes remaining, but he’ll exit later this spring. Watch for Brice to relaunch the Shepherd haunt as The Federal Grill … Over at West Ave, Del Frisco’s Grille is readying for its mid-month debut. As you may recall, DFG is the American-comfort-fare cousin of the Del Frisco brand’s steakhouse concept … Those craving Sunday brunch now have two new options: Triniti and Etoile.