Rockin’ New Restaurants in the Heights

We’ve got exciting news for those who’d like to add a new restaurant to their lineup of Heights favorites! Several new establishments have opened in the area despite a rash of business closures in Houston. The next time you’re craving some good food or drink, consider supporting one of these new local eateries, and let us know what you think!


Can we get an “Oh yeah”? Katz’ third location in the Houston area opened on September 15th at 2200 North Shepherd Drive. Expect the same delicious deli-style eats you know and love, like Reuben sandwiches, Kosher-style hot dogs, and buffalo chicken. As the slogan says, “Katz’ Never Kloses,” and either will this 24-hour restaurant, so you can lick that tasty buffalo off your fingers at any time of day or night!

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Kat’z new location in the Heights.
Photo: Instagram @katzdelihou

Crawfish Cafe

The Viet-Cajun restaurant opened its doors at 1026 North Shepherd Drive on September 19th. Although it’s not quite crawfish season, the restaurant is serving up garlicky mudbugs from California at both its Heights and Chinatown locations. Yum!

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Amsterdam Co. Coffeehouse

On September 21st, owners Michael Migl and Drew Bailey opened Amsterdam Co. Coffeehouse, Houston’s long-awaited cafe for coffee spiked with CBD oil. With its soft opening, the location at 807 West 19th Street will use customer feedback to perfect its menu of coffees, juices, and snacks. Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound derived from cannabis, has been reported to ease chronic pain, reduce anxiety, and help you catch some Zs. If you’re a traditionalist, don’t worry: the CBD is optional for a good deal of what’s offered on the menu. The business will also carry CBD products like lotions and candies, in case you’re interested.

Robot Noodle

Robot Noodle opened on September 19th, replacing the beloved Blackbird Izakaya. The restaurant offers build-your-own-bowls with ingredients like tofu, chicken, seafood, and beef, along with a variety of noodle styles like udon, rice, and ramen. You can also order awesome sides like edamame and egg rolls!

Permission Whiskey

350 spirits options and a secret menu? It doesn’t get cooler than that, and after a year like 2020, we all deserve a stiff drink. Permission Whiskey’s plush bar located at 2920 White Oak Drive offers a huge variety of non-whiskey drinks too, including mixed cocktails – light on the syrup and heavy on the booze. Drink some champagne while popping delicious raw oysters, and then follow up with dessert. The vibe at Permission Whiskey is very “roaring 20s,” and we think that’s fitting, don’t you?

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Photo: Instagram @PermissionWhiskey

If you enjoy a new restaurant, consider giving it your support by telling your friends and family and by rating it on a website like Yelp. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ll be busy stuffing our faces with all the food and drink.