Costa Brava Bistro
5115 Bellaire Blvd. www.costabravabistro.com
Bellaire residents welcomed a new restaurant to the neighborhood in August 2012 with the opening of Costa Brava Bistro. Created by Madrid-native Angeles Dueñas and Houstonian Kitty Bailey, the intimate venture fuses Spanish and French cuisine in a warmly-inviting setting.
Inside, sleek banquettes, rich wood floors and wine displays come together, enhanced by artwork imported from Spain. On the menu, creamy gazpacho shines, as does Costa Brava’s seafood selections.
Some of the crowd favorites include the seared snapper with crab-stuffed piquillo peppers and patatas bravas, as well as the savory paella and salmon. The roasted duck with wild mushrooms is also a safe bet.
The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, for lunch and dinner, and Saturday for dinner-only.
5161 San Felipe www.adairkitchen.com
As children of the founders of Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill and Los Tios Mexican Restaurants, siblings Nick Adair and Katie Adair Barnhart have long dreamt of the day they would open their own restaurant concept and in September 2012, their vision came to fruition with Adair Kitchen.
The restaurant’s playful interior design adds to the charm, marked by chalkboard menus, mint-green shelving and a 10-foot sheet metal pig that stretches between Adair’s two-levels. On the menu, classic plates like omelets, French toast and breakfast tacos shine, along with unique options including the Veggie quinoa burger, prosciutto breakfast pita and the Asian basil and mint salad.
The restaurant is open daily with counter service, offered during breakfast and lunch, and table service at dinner.
2015 C West Gray St. www.kbkasuals.com
After successfully launching her River Oaks-Native Houstonian, Krista Burks, fills her River Oaks-set KB Kasuals with stylish fashion finds from a mix of well-known and rising-star designers. The boutique, which is located in the River Oaks Shopping Center, stocks everything from pajamas and accessories to premium denim and cocktail dresses.
Inside, the bold red, white and black shop, Donni Charm scarves and Seasonal Whispers’ accessories mix with billowy tops, maxi dresses and comfy tanks from brands like Lovers + Friends, Peace Love World and Elle Lauri. Fashionable clients will also find Paige Denim and the exclusive Black Orchid Denim on Kasuals’ racks.
The boutique is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10868 Kuykendahl Road. www.traderjoes.com
Shortly after making its debut in The Woodlands, the West Coast-based specialty grocer has opened another location inside the Loop.
Set in Houston’s former West Alabama Theater, the retailer brings the area its ethnic foods, wallet-friendly wine and hard-to-find products.
The company will open a second Houston location in the Memorial area, later this year.
Alma Cebiche & Bar
1275 Eldridge Pkwy #100 www.almahouston.com
Shortly after Downtown’s award-winning Samba Grille closed in July 2012, the restaurant’s talented chef David Guerrero reemerged on Houston’s dining scene with the first of two eatery concepts. In September 2012, Guerrero launched Alma Cebiche & Bar, a Peruvian-style restaurant highlighting the cuisine of his native South America.
Named after the Spanish word for soul, Alma focuses on classic dishes, incorporating seasonal and exotic South American ingredients, served in a contemporary space that is both warm and inviting. Peruvian artifacts, souvenirs and rotating artwork by Bolivian-born, Houston-based artist Javier Duran dot the 2,200-square-foot restaurant. The spot also features an open kitchen, which gives diners a peak at Guerrero busily preparing his famous beef heart anticucho, scallop tiradito and arroz con pato.
Alma is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday, and lunch-only, Sunday.