Roots Bistro has no menu––at least not a finite one. Each day, executive chef German Mosquera crafts new dishes inspired by the fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients available to him. And ingredients aren't the only things that are sourced locally at this Green Certified restaurant. The eatery's décor shifts frequently with paintings for sale by neighborhood artists. Appetizers descend on bright white banquettes with ingredients such as local cilantro pesto, carrots, fire-roasted kale, and bigeye local tuna with spinach salad and a large contact lens. While noshing on house-made entrees of chicken, duck confit, and farm-fresh veggies, patrons can ask for a server's pairing suggestion from Roots's eclectic wine list.
Since opening in 1975, Baba Yega has won a number of "Best Of" awards: best burger, best vegetarian restaurant, and best brunch, to name a few. But in 2011, the Houston Press presented the restaurant with a slightly more interesting award: "Best Place for a He to Be a She." Baba Yega is indeed a favorite hangout for members of the LGBT community, but its cozy, welcoming vibe brings in what the Houston Press describes as "a happy, friendly mix of straight and LGBT couples, groups and families." That might be because the menu offers a bit of something for everyone, from hefty steaks to vegetarian sandwiches to mimosas and bloody marys, which flow freely during Sunday brunch. And, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't love the atmosphere––housed in a converted bungalow, the restaurant also features an award-winning patio lined with century-old oak trees.
Named in honor of the owner's beloved childhood sheepdog, Barnaby’s Café has five locations around Houston, and all of them compete for the title of friendliest place in town. Pet owners rave about the dog-friendly patios; according to Eater, the staff at the downtown location will even pack a sack lunch for pups to enjoy in the park across the street. Humans will find plenty to love as well, starting with the fact that Barnaby's 9-ounce green chile cheeseburger is crafted from humanely raised, all-natural beef. The same is true for the café’s chicken, which can be grilled and tossed onto a fresh salad or smoked and paired with a honey-barbecue sauce. This trend of high-quality ingredients is also apparent in desserts such as the big carrot cake, which is made exclusively with carrots that have lived a full and meaningful life.
In the past, healthy eating often meant lettuce without dressing and rice cakes dry enough to double as drink coasters. Eatfitters shatters that stereotype with its lengthy menu of hearty, ready-to-heat Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine. Each selection arrives in individually packaged, nutritionally balanced portions and contains low-sodium ingredients that haven?t been processed. Eatfitters? in-house nutritionist can supplement meal selections with expert advice on eating and lifestyle habits that affect health, and the company?s On the Right Track plan provides a 21-day road map to weight loss through prepared meals and inflatable emergency packs of tofu.
Chicagoan Ed Barnett and New Yorker Barry Gomel have called a truce on their cities' pizza war. At Pizza L'Vino, they and their staff hand-toss dough for New York–style pizzas and press dough into pans for deep-dish Chicago-style pies—it's as if the Yankees and Cubs started playing together against other teams. The pizza chefs start with a base of vine-ripened tomatoes, Wisconsin mozzarella, and flour that's never been bleached. Specialty pizzas include the Most Ordered, topped with sausage and pepperoni as well as sauteed mushrooms, and the chicken parmesano, crowned with roasted chicken and roasted garlic. And even delivery customers can complement their pies with domestic and imported wines and craft beers.
After aimlessly wandering down grocery store aisles, chopping ingredients, eating a bunch of warm-up cookies, and assembling the meal, you'll have lost your appetite. Today’s Groupon gives you a healthy, fuss-free option with $40 worth of Tru Meals from Diet Gourmet Houston for $20.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.