Openings & Closings 2011: The Fast & Furious Year In Review

Categories: Restaurant News

This post is not a grand proclamation on the state of Houston's dining scene, nor is it an homage to the now-closed restaurants we'll miss the most.

It's also not a post on the best new restaurants of 2011, nor the biggest disappointments of the year -- we've done all of those things already.

This is just the pure and plain nitty gritty: a completely utilitarian list of every single restaurant that's opened or closed in 2011, grouped by month. Without further ado...



Best Seafood & Steak House, 16824 Stuebner Airline, Spring
Bibas Diner, 607 West Gray
Bistro 829, 22764 Westheimer Parkway, Katy
Cajun Corner Cafe, 13655 Bissonnet
Carl's Jr., 8491 Highway 6 North
Crust Pizza Company, 4775 W Panther Creek, The Woodlands
Hank's Crawfish, 11660 Westheimer
Heights Asian Cafe, 2201 Yale
Judge Roy Bean's Coffee Saloon, 5316 Broadway, Galveston
La Casa de Frida (previously Rico's Luchadores), 4002 Main
Fratelli's Ristorante, 1130 Wirt
The Love Shack, 16602 Cypress Rosehill
Ninfa's on Navigation (new patio bar), 2704 Navigation
Oishii (reopened after yearly break), 3764 Richmond
Pink's Pizza, 3404 North Shepherd
Rib Tickler, 8930 Highway 249, Tomball
Saucyritos (Memorial City Mall food court)
Tony Mandola's (temporary location), 2810 Westheimer


Akashi Sushi Asian Cuisine, 2271 Northpark Drive, Kingwood
Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, 2800 Kirby
The Boneyard, 8150 Washington
Burger Girl, 17117 Highway 249
Char House Bar & Grille, 2268 Texas Drive, Sugar Land
Convey, 801 Congress
ERA, 809 Congress
Fratelli's Ristorante, 1330 Wirt, Suite D
Gridiron Bar & Grill, 4524 Highway 6, Sugar Land
Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar, 1615 FM 646, Suite D, League City
Milano's Pizzeria & Italian Grill, 9135 W. Sam Houston Parkway North
North End Village Bistro, 24179 Highway 249, Tomball
Majorca Island Bistro and Tapas, 207 West Gray
Philippe, 1800 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 6110
Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby
The Whole in the Wall BBQ, 13655 Bissonnet, Suite 103
Vina Cafe, 5553 Highway 6


Aling's Hakka Chinese Cuisine, 15425 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land
Annam Indian Cuisine, 1029 Highway 6 North, Suite 200
The Blue Fish, 550 Texas
Bullritos, 3115 Dixie Farm Road, Pearland
Burger 101, 11460 Fuqua
Cajun Way Crawfish, 900 FM 359, Richmond
Candelari's Pizzeria, 14545 Memorial Drive
Chispas Del Tiempo, 1504 Airline
El Real Tex-Mex, 120 Westheimer
Heights Ashbury Coffee House, 242 West 19th
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 10880 Louetta
Milano's Pizzeria & Italian Grill, 9135 West Sam Houston Parkway N
Paco Joe's Grill & Cantina, 9906 Gulf Freeway
Pecan Creek Grille, 1510 Eldridge
Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby
Red Mango, 801 Town & Country Boulevard (CityCentre)
Revival Market, 550 Heights Boulevard
RockHouse Bar & Grill, 5402 Highway 6 North
Sapori Ristorante Italiano, 12225 Westheimer, Suite B
The Tasting Room, 818 Town & Country Boulevard (CityCentre)
Trattoria Il Mulino, 945 Gessner
Up Restaurant, 3995 Westheimer


Arturo Boada Cuisine, 6510 Del Monte
Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray
Dunn Bros Coffee, 201 S. Friendswood Drive
Golden Chef Super Buffet, 12983 Bellaire
Green Apple Cafe, 3145 Highway 6, Hitchcock
Hot Spot Diner, 20669 West Lake Houston Parkway, Humble
Juan and Lefty's, 1440 Louetta, Spring
Keeper's Japanese, 4654 Highway 6, Sugar Land
Kobecue, 3957 Richmond
Kofa Cafe, 20514 Highway 6, Manvel
Mai's, 3403 Milam
Mi Hacienda, 13726 Highway 249
Molto's Food & Cafe, 306 Main
Peppersoup Cafe, 10010 Bissonnet
Pie Garden, 1325 Broadway, Pearland
Pizzeria Alto, 2800 Kirby
Rich Asian Cuisine, 510 S. Mason, Katy
Saltenas Mediterranean Cafe Grill, 981 S. Mason
Tropical Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, 815 Dixie, Clute


BB's Cajun Cafe, 2701 White Oak,
Bohicky's BBQ, 243 FM 2094, Kemah
Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray
Buffalo Grille (new location), 4080 Bissonnet
Brick House Tavern, 3502 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston
Chatter's, 1275 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 100
Down House, 1801 Yale
Friends Pizzeria, 7952 Westheimer
Greatfull Taco, 2411 South Shepherd
Heights Ashbury Coffeehouse, 242 West 19th Street
Jack's Place, 26710 I-45
Keeper's Japanese, 4654 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land
La Magnolia Trattoria Italiana, 18535 FM 1488, Magnolia
La Mia, 5801 Memorial Drive
Mala Sichuan Bistro, 9348 Bellaire Boulevard
Ray's Real Pit BBQ, 4529 Old Spanish Trail
Saigon Music Restaurant, 11360 Bellaire Boulevard
Stir Crazy, 25 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands
The Core of Texas Grill, 1826 Country Place Parkway, Pearland
Turquoise Grill, 16019 City Walk, Sugar Land


All Stars Family Grill, 26440 FM 1093, Suite 400, Richmond
Bacchus Wine Bar, 2502-B Dunlavy
BB's Cajun Cafe, 2701 White Oak
Bubba's Shrimp Palace, 113 6th Street, San Leon
Chatter's Cafe, 1275 Eldridge
Christian's Tailgate, 2820 White Oak
Cru at West Ave, 2800 Kirby
Epicurean Express, 2018 Rusk
Fajita Ritas Baja Grill & Cantina, 5200 Louetta, Spring
Five Guys, 6619 FM 1488, Magnolia
Goldfish Garden Chinese, 5959 Richmond
H Town Bar & Grill, 5111 Washington Avenue
How Do You Roll, 914 Main, Suite A
Hughes Hangar, 2811 Washington Avenue
King's Biergarten, 1329 East Broadway, Pearland
Luca & Leonardo Ristorante, 20 Waterway, The Woodlands
Prohibition, 5175 Westheimer
Radical Eats, 3903 Fulton
Relish Fine Foods, 3951 San Felipe
Texas Pit Stop BBQ, 2216 Gulf Freeway, La Marque
Thai Wok In & Carry Out, 15917 Highway105 West, Montgomery
The Cajun Spot, 3719 North Fry Road, Katy
The Corkscrew, 1308 West 20th
The Sweet Boutique Bakery, 2270 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land
Tomiko Japanese Restaurant Bar, 29110 Highway 290, Cypress
Treehouse Mexican Baja Grill, 22756 Westheimer Parkway, Katy
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, 1413 South Voss
Zoe's Kitchen, 12850 Memorial Drive, Suite 1120

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I can not believe you still have not mentioned Mer Cheri's closing! I went there based on you glowing review! what happened to the place (besides the slow service?)


Did Phil's Texas Barbecue close in April or May?  I know it was a long, slow gyre .....


Well Antoinette, if you really must know. Katherine has absolutely no palate. She only writes about chefs she knows and likes. 

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