Where to Eat at Waterworks

It’s hard to keep up with the new restaurants opening in and around the Heights. The influx of multi-use developments (completed and under construction) are a big factor in the thriving food and drink scene. We are thrilled about the variety and diversity these new eateries are bringing into the neighborhood. Small businesses, large chains, food trucks, small stalls, if the food is good-we’re there! One development currently underway, the Heights Waterworks, has recently announced some of the new tenants.

Image c/o Common Bond

Common Bond

Since 2014, the cafe and bakery Common Bond has been a go-to spot on Westheimer in Montrose. On the weekends, the line to order runs out the front door and never seems to end. The masses congregate for a reason: Common Bond has delicious everything. The cafe recently opened a second, smaller location in the Medical Center, and a third Common Bond will makes its home in the new Heights Waterworks. We are thrilled about the upcoming Heights location especially since the Waterworks is two blocks west of the office. The new Common Bond will have a spacious patio and is projected to open early May. Circa’s choice: Try their signature Kouign Amman pastry (pronounced “Queen Amman”) . Flaky, sweet, and decadent, the perfect partner to a cappuccino.

Jackfruit tacos. Image c/o Verdine


Vegan restaurant Verdine recently set up shop at the Heights Waterworks, joining Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Verdine is the first brick and mortar restaurant from chef-owner Stephan Hoban, best known for Ripe Cuisine food truck. Verdine reflects her philosophy of “truthful, green dining” and will feature entrees like vegan mac and cheese with a nut-free, vegetable based sauce, Beyond Meat burgers, jackfruit carnitas tacos, and quinoa bowls. This restaurant will be the perfect place for Meatless Mondays! Circa’s choice: duh, the Jackfruit carnitas tacos.


Hopdoddy, the infamous burger bar, has been a fixture in the Waterworks since early this year. The Austin-based chain is now up to six location in Houston, and their burgers surpass the hype. The menu includes over 10 different burger options with gourmet toppings, green chile queso fries, and milkshakes like Nutella Chocolate Pretzel and Malted Root Beer! Hopdoddy has a full bar, as well, allowing customers to enjoy a smooth whiskey with their burger. Circa’s choice: The Red-Eyed Stranger burger, a tribute to Texan Willie Nelson, is made up of his favorite foods: country style seasoned pork patty, fried egg, red eye mayo, tobacco onions, and Salsa Verde. Pair the Red-Eyed with Knob Creek on the rocks.

Hopdoddy. Image c/o TK Images
Old Skool Ramen. Image c/o Jinya Ramen Bar

Jinya Ramen Bar

This June, Jinya Ramen Bar is expected to open in the Heights Waterworks development. This will be the sixth Jinya location in Houston. Please do not confuse this ramen with the traditional college fare of instant noodle packets. Authentic Japanese ramen is a labor of love featuring homemade noodles, house-made broths simmered for ten hours, and a variety of meat and vegetable options. Jinya’s menu includes authentic ramen, rice bowls, curry, and small plates like edamame, tempura, and gyoza. Circa’s choice: Old Skool Ramen. Made of chicken broth, pork chashu, egg, bamboo shoots, green onions, with thin noodles.


With so many delicious new neighborhood restaurants, where will you eat this weekend?! We are excited about all of our new neighbors, the Waterworks is just down the street from the Circa Real Estate office. Be sure to walk down and say ‘hello’ after your meal!