Black Walnut Cafe exemplifies the word eclectic. At five locations sprinkled around the Houston area, the contemporary American restaurant offers diners more than 100 freshly prepared, cooked-to-order dishes. The menu covers every meal of the day, starting with philly-cheesesteak omelets and brioche french toast for breakfast. Later in the day, visitors can choose from a range of dishes that include asian barbecue salmon, lobster tacos, and Black Walnut's signature pot roast—complete with brown gravy, house potatoes, and roasted veggies. The café satisfies sweet teeth as well, with housemade gelato and a rotating selection of baked goods.
"Gogi" means "meat" in Korean, but the Oh My Gogi! food truck doesn't cater to carnivores only—when ordering a kimchi quesadilla, you can fill the tortilla with short ribs, chicken, Spanish pork, or veggies. Indeed, the truck is more concerned with playing with your food than limiting your options. Its menu combines Mexican street food with Korean barbecue, complete with homemade marinades and secret sauces. Add-ons such as a fried egg to fries and caramelized kimchi make meals out of barbecue tacos, which come with meat, double meat, or doubledouble meat. To find the truck at any given hour, fans can check Twitter and Facebook or commit to sleeping on top of it.
Chocolate-chip cookies and almond croissants fly off the shelves at Croissant-Brioche. But don’t overlook its other pastries, such as éclairs and savory quiches. Eat one at a cozy marble table and let it transport you to the street cafés of Paris.
The Chocolate Bar is a gooey, creamy, cocoa paradise, a chocolate-lover’s dream that offers the cure for any sweet tooth. Its two hot locations serve chocolate everything: chocolate-dipped fruit, chocolate cake, more than 20 flavors of homemade ice cream, chocolate pizza, frozen hot chocolate, chocolate cookies, chocolate brownies, and more. For your pup, there are fresh-baked dog treats. For the South Beach health nut, there is sugar-free chocolate goodness. With today’s Groupon, $5 gets you $10 worth of chocolate delights at The Chocolate Bar.
Transparency is the name of the game at Local Foods. From the viewable list of local farms, cheese makers, and bakers the chefs source their food from to the open kitchen, this upscale deli keeps its customers engaged, informed, and well fed. The hard work yields delicious results: “Nearly anything is worth going through to get at that Gulf shrimp and blue crab sandwich,” said the Houston Press. The duck confit sandwich is another hit, and arrived to the table dressed in cranberry preserve and melted brie. Every sandwich comes with a choice of sides such crispy tuscan kale or edamame and bean-sprout-based cabbage slaw. And, of course, there's a heaping helping of eye candy, thanks to the deli's rustic modern aesthetic, which includes bright colored chairs, rough wooden tables, and daily performances from overall-clad mimes.