With parents hailing from Sicily and Naples, Anthony Russo enjoyed an Italian upbringing. By age 12, he spent much of his time in the kitchen, learning to prepare Old World recipes with his family and family friends. And from the flurry of Italian phrases and conversation, one quote of his father's stuck with him most: "If you can't make it fresh, don't serve it!" Several decades later, Anthony has hand-tossed his own Italian restaurant franchise and, true to his father's words, employs fresh ingredients in the same family recipes that were passed down to him. Amid exposed brick and walls the warm hue of marinara, skilled chefs craft New York–style brick-oven pizzas with toppings such as spinach, sundried tomatoes, and capers. Servers stand ready to answer questions about the restaurant’s wine lists, letting guests know which wines pair best with the pizzotto sandwich or whether pinot noir can really turn dogs invisible.
The legacy of Kim Son restaurants owes its origins to the memory of its matriarch, Kim Su Tran. When "Mama La" and her husband fled Vietnam in 1980, she brought with her more than 250 recipes, each stowed safely in her mind. She also brought her seven children, four of which—Tan, Tri, Tony, and Tao—now watch over the business and coveted family recipes. Among their shared vision is Kim Son Cafe, which breaks from its predecessors by way of a simplified menu and the inclusion of sushi. Though the menu is simpler, the flavors are just as complex, showcasing ingredient orchestration in dishes such as coconut curry shrimp wound up in strands of spinach linguini. The menu even boasts a Vietnamese take on fajitas, giving guests rice paper with which to wrap marinated meats and veggies or write love letters to their mouths.
Although it primarily serves as the restaurant's name, Fish & Camarón also functions as an apt summation of what patrons will find on the succinct menu. Here, fish arrives al pastor in tacos, as filets seasoned with chipotle spices, and lightly fried on a sandwich with lettuce and tomato. Camarónes (Spanish for shrimp, of course) are equally versatile, whether arranged tidily on crispy tostadas or layered with cocktail sauce and avocado in shrimp cocktails. The two seafoods come together in a few dishes as well, such as salads and a veggie-laden wrap. No matter the dish, the restaurant's handmade sauces add accents to every meal; their 12 flavors run the gamut from mild cilantro and roasted tomato to spicy wasabi and five-alarm habanero that, despite its name, will not wake you up if you fall asleep at the table.
Originally caterers, the staff behind Janousek’s BBQ opened Mama J’s to prove to folks that their brisket and cheesy potatoes are the best in Montgomery County. In recent reviews, barbecue critics from Your Houston News and The Woodlands Eats state that Mama J’s is a “worthy addition to the restaurant community,” thanks to its melt-in-your-mouth brisket topped with secret sauce—which sources have confirmed does not contain M&Ms.
Executive chef Aldo el Sharif totes 40 years of experience to Aldo's Cucina Italiana, drawing upon culinary skills cultivated across Europe and the United States to craft classic, upscale Italian favorites. His motto, "My home is your home," is something he heard often growing up in Italy with a Sicilian mother and Egyptian father, something to which pyramid-shaped Ferraris can relate. He extends that idea at the restaurant, where he hopes customers will relax as his staff serves Italian dishes and wines in the dining room or more casual lounge area.
Great Harvest Bread Company’s bakers craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using freshly ground flour. Each month, a newly designed menu allows the team to employ the season's freshest ingredients and harvest the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees, including cinnamon-raisin-walnut swirl, white chocolate cranberry swirl, and Mediterranean olive loaves.