Formerly a popular food truck, Pi Pizza has successfully made the jump to brick and mortar success. The increased space offered by a real kitchen has allowed them to expand the menu to include sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, as well as a greater selection of pizza. Whether you prefer plain pepperoni or more creative toppings (mac & cheese, anyone?) the pies are to-die-for. Some of the more unusual topping options include venison sausage and cherries in port wine syrup, fennel pollen, lemon roasted cauliflower, and blackberries. Pi Pizza is located at 181 Heights Blvd.
Part cafe, part donut shop, Morningstar is all delicious. The menu has an Asian flare, with offerings such as sambal chile honey butter chicken biscuits, rice bowls, Vietnamese inspired dishes. Their roasted pineapple fritter is a unique and awesome riff on a traditional donut shop apple fritter, and it is 1000% worth the calories. Morningstar is located at 4721 N Main.
Taking its name from the epicenter of New York’s Little Italy, Arthur Ave specializes in Italian-American traditional comfort food. Exposed brick walls and cozy banquettes lend a homey feel and make the space seem less shiny and new than it is. They make a killer chicken farm as big as your head, alongside a roster of old-school red sauce favorites like lasagna, ravioli, and good ol’ fashioned spaghetti. Save room for an indulgent slice of tiramisu or a homemade cannoli. Arthur Ave is located at 1111 Studewood.
Ken Bridge has finally made a winner of the seemingly-doomed The El Cantina space at Studewood and White Oak. A revolving door of chefs and management groups couldn’t save the beleaguered Tex Mex joint, but Ritual is quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite. Diners at this meat-centric eatery can watch their steaks being cut fresh in an on-site butcher shop, where entrees are sourced from local supplier Black Hill Ranch. In addition to delicious steaks, Ritual features non-beef options like quail trout, and salads, as well as one of the best craft beer menus in the city. Ritual is located at 602 Studewood.
Image: Texas Picnic Board at Ritual
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Source: CultureMap Houston