CULTUREMAP HOUSTON

This new gastropub may be chef Bradley Ogden's latest Houston venture (joining Bradley's Fine Diner and Funky Chicken), but it has a definite Texas accent thanks to the work of chefs Greg Lowry (ex-Triniti) and Matthew Lovelace (ex-Osteria Mazzantini, Paul's Kitchen). The menu's mix of Southern, Asian and Mexican flavors should appeal to Houstonians' palates, while the wide selection of craft beers and draft cocktails gives the restaurant a beverage selection that sets it apart from the other places in Gateway Memorial City. Overall, the concept works with the same ideas that have made Hay Merchant so successful (with the addition of cocktails); it should be a valuable addition to the area, especially when all 17 TVs are fired up and showing football.

Highlights include the Pour'k Burger made with a custom mix of meat from Black Hill Farms, bacon jam and pimento cheese, the Texas Banh Mi made with chicken and chicken liver mousse and creme brulee banana pudding.