Following its success in Webster, Michiru Sushi has expanded, opening a second location in Houston’s Greenway Plaza area. Set in the shadow of Lakewood Church, adjacent to Tiff’s Treats, Michiru debuted in fall 2012, quickly developing a reputation for its extremely fresh fish offerings and artfully-plated creations.
Inside, the ambiance is intimate and inviting, marketing by mahogany accents, rippling, wave-like glass and blue backlighting. A rain curtain hangs between the dining room and bar, creating a soft and soothing divide in the restaurant. On the moderately-priced menu, fans will find Asian fusion entrees and appetizers, as well as unique sashimi and sushi offerings. Dig into one of the specialty rolls like the Waikiki with fresh salmon, avocado and sweet mango or the jalapeno-topped Texas roll.
Michiru is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Moon Tower Inn
3004 Canal St. Houston TX 77003
After a year’s hiatus and major renovation, the classic East End watering hole Moon Tower Inn reopened in early 2013.
Though the space remains true to its previous form with the large patio and beer garden as the centerpiece, there are new elements such as an onsite brewing operation that’s set to open in coming months. More than 60 different craft beers are on tap and the kitchen is still putting out classic hot dogs and newfangled dogs on homemade pretzel rolls that longtime patrons love. We highly recommend the lamb dog.
Also intact is Moon Tower’s status as a haven for hipsters.
Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co.
1221 W. 11th Houston TX 77008
Ken Bridge—the brains behind local haunts like Pink’s Pizza, Lola and Shepherd Park Draught House—unveiled a new Heights-area concept in early 2013 with the opening of Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co. Located on 11th Street, in Bridge’s former Dragon Bowl location, Witchcraft delivers locals a mix of craft beer and sharable comfort food, in a laid-back space.
Dragon Bowl’s interior is no more, replaced by sleek, high-back banquettes and classic rock-influenced elements. A cluster of vintage speakers and Jimi Hendrix prints add visual interest to the space, along with warm wooden paneling and soft lighting. Behind the bar, a chalkboard hangs above nearly two-dozen taps, advertising Witchcraft’s beer and wine offerings, while the nearby semi-open kitchen gives patrons a glimpse at the culinary action. On the globally-minded menu, diners will find everything from lemongrass beef satay and beef marrow small plates to tenderloin champignon and fried chicken.
Witchcraft is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Eatsie Boys Cafe
4100 Montrose, Suite C., Houston TX 77006
Partners Matt Marcus, Ryan Soroka and Alex Vassilakidis—collectively known as the Eatsie Boys—opened their namesake café on Montrose in late 2012.
The trio took over the former Kraftsmen Café space earlier in the year and transformed into the bricks and mortar evolution of their popular food truck. Some of Eatsie’s familiar favorites, such as Frank the Pretzel (homemade chicken poblano sausage, sauteed onions on a Slow Dough pretzel bun) have made the move, and other items have been added to the slate—definitely try the Sabotage, five-hour roasted pork au jus, braised greens and provolone on a Slow Dough baguette.
The Eatsie Boys also continue to work on their East End brewery concept, the 8th Wonder Brewery.
1919 Wine and Mixology
2736 Virginia St. Houston TX 77098
Situated adjacent to Chef Bruce Mozlan’s latest concept the Corner Table, 1919 embodies its prohibition past through its décor and staff serving up the latest cocktails in the prior fashions from the 1920s era.
The speakeasy lounge features three rooms for entertaining. The booth-lined main room dons antique furnishing that creates a vintage inspired atmosphere with a VIP area in the far corner.
1919 Wine and Mixology is open daily at 4 p.m.