In the last two days, a trickle started. Many businesses that opened after Hurricane Harvey did so only briefly when desperate hoards cleared them of food. But today, as waters recede in some parts of the city, more and more businesses are opening up.
Because of the tenuous nature of each of these businesses being able to serve at a given moment, we've chosen not to list them here. Instead, please follow the Facebook group, Hurricane Harvey Houston Restaurant and Bar Updates. In our own travels, White Oak Avenue in the Heights seems to be especially open to diners. Lights were on everywhere from Juice Land to Ritual.
But please exercise caution when trying to make it to a favorite restaurant that's open. Use this map to confirm that your route is safe. And call before you try heading anywhere—there's a chance that your favorite restaurant will run out of provisions before you get there. And because deliveries are all but impossible, once they run out, chances are they'll close again for a while.
The "Come Hell or High Water" crew. These guys (and amazing girl) right here behind me are amazing, determined and happy to serve. They were determined to stop at nothing to have food for everyone today after all the flooding and tornados. They served several hundred people and worked all night with nothing but the highest spirits. Give them a round of applause. This crew is incredible!! #bbq #texas #harvey #htown #houston #txbbq #tmbbq #brisket
Other restaurants are devoted to helping first responders and refugees. They're banding together via the Facebook group Houston Service Industry for Harvey Relief, started just yesterday by Carrie Jean Knight, wife of chef Richard, who has also been active in the effort. Chefs are still looking for groups to feed, so if you're in need, please reach out.