Are We There Yet? Restaurants We're Excited About for 2013
Two promising but underperforming spaces in Montrose are set to have strong new tenants from proven showrunners -- just what the area needs to continue dominating the rest of the city when it comes to the biggest and brightest new restaurants. Brooklyn Athletic Club plans to use the underused bocce ball court and welcoming outdoor space when it opens inside the former Zimm's Little Deck on Richmond. "It's like a country club where everyone is a member, minus the pretension, or an icehouse spun on its side and made more upscale," owner Shepard Ross -- a partner in Glass Wall and BRC Gastropub -- told CultureMap's Sarah Rufca.
And in the old Nabi space, Pistolero's will be moving in soon. According to Eater Houston editor Eric Sandler, Pistolero's will offer "a menu of Latin and Mexican flavors that will delight and pair well with tequila and lime." It's owner is Shawn Bermudez, who also runs the popular Boondocks and Royal Oak bars just down the street and who is a partner in the equally popular Koagie Hots food truck.
MF Sushi, Houston's newest upscale sushi restaurant, could very well shake things up on the serious sushi scene. Chef Chris Kinjo operated MF Buckhead in Atlanta to much critical acclaim before moving to Houston this year. MF Sushi, located next door to Nazar's at Westheimer and Fountainview, is billing itself as "sushi tapas and lounge" and an "elite escape." And although the menu section of its Web site is still under construction, MF Izakaya says that it plans to offer "flown-in Japanese fish to almost-unattainable sake."
Kinjo told Eater Houston in a long but worth-reading interview: "Every cut of fish, when I make sashimi, it's, literally, everything's aligned. It's like an architectural drawing. When I move, I'm thinking 10 steps ahead. It's a flow. I don't pause when I work. My head doesn't move. It's just my hands and my body. It's speed and accuracy. Trying to perfect everything."
Watch out Uchi. MF Sushi is gunning for you.
Follow Eating Our Words on Facebook and on Twitter @EatingOurWords
903 Westheimer, Houston, TX