After nearly 10 years operating one of Saltillo, Mexico’s most popular steakhouses, restaurateur Carlos Abedrop has expanded his La Casa del Caballo with a second location in Houston’s Montrose area.
Set in La Strada’s former space, the fine dining concept specializes in prime and certified Angus beef, prepared in authentic Saltillo-style. Though the restaurant’s menu spotlights everything from veal chop and chicken to seafood and lamb dishes, beef remains the star at the fine dining venture. Fans of traditional Mexican fare will find plenty to choose from in items like the stewed pork tacos, enchiladas and Coctel de Camaron—a colossal wild shrimp dish from Mexico, served in a spicy Mexican-style cocktail sauce. La Casa del Caballo is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
Fusion Dive Bar and Grill 5317 Washington Ave., Ste B, Houston TX 77007 www.fusiondive.com
Booze, billiards, games and grub. That’s the tag line of Washington Avenue’s new Fusion Dive Bar and Grill. The name comes from the selection of hand-crafted, infused liquors offered here, but it could also represent the eclectic crowd that is gathering at this watering hole. Multiple pool tables, darts and video games offer patrons a way to be competitive. A wide range of mostly Texas beers and an above-par food menu are keeping them coming back. Smoked gouda fried cheese and pickle spears are musts on the appetizer menu and a selection of quarter-pound hot dogs offer something for every taste.
El Tiempo Cantina - Navigation 2814 Navigation Blvd. Houston TX 77003 www.eltiempocantina.com
El Tiempo Cantina locations, as well as a specialty market, the team behind one of Houston’s Tex-Mex empires has returned to its roots, adding a fifth location in the family’s Old Neighborhood. Dusky lighting, chummy servers and enjoyable salsa tunes make patrons feel like they just landed in a classy, crowded border-town cantina. El Tiempo attracts a brisk, discriminating happy-hour crowd for good reason: Stout, limey margaritas paired with chips and the legendary tomatillo sauce inherited from Mama Ninfa. Witchcraft is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Macaron by Patisse 2033 W. Gray, Houston TX 77019 www.macaronbypatisse.com
Enjoy macarons? You won’t want to miss this European-style bakery in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Macaron by Patisse creates beautiful versions of the classic French pastry. The colorful, light-filled shop shop also serves mini pies, cake balls, mini cupcakes, profiteroles, and mini éclairs. Loose leaf teas and other drinks help make this a perfect after-dinner stop, particularly those looking for a romantic setting. Macaron by Patisse offers catering services if you’re looking for a sweet addition to your next event.
Oak Leaf Smokehouse 1000 Telephone Rd. Houston TX 77023 www.oakleafsmokehouse.com
Just two miles east of Downtown, nestled in Houston’s historic Eastwood neighborhood, Oak Leaf Smokehouse opened in February 2013, promising locals delicious and tender barbecue, served with sides tasty enough to stand on their own. Created by Houstonians and husband-wife team Lisa Kuhfeldt and Brian Lewis, Oak Leaf Smokehouse aims to raise the bar of barbecue in the nation’s fourth-largest city. As every barbecue enthusiast knows, region plays a big part in style of sauce and preparation—elements the restaurateurs plans to highlight in their diverse menu approach. Diners will find a line-up touting everything from Carolina-style renditions to Memphis BBQ and Kansas City-iterations, though the Texas variety will remain the main emphasis. Oak Leaf Smokehouse is now open daily for lunch service.