Let the sun shine in: a rendering of POST Houston.

The iconic Barbara Jordan Post Office will become POST Houston, a mixed-use development that will include a rooftop park, concert venue, and both retail and dining concepts. No word yet on exactly who will be at POST Houston, but prepare for Skylawn (a 210,000-square-foot rooftop park of five acres with an organic farm and unobstructed skyline views), co-working spaces, art installations and exhibits, and what Lovett Commercial Realty is calling "monumental" staircases. The architecture firm OMA is collaborating with Houston-based Powers Brown Architecture on the design of POST Houston, whose address will be 401 Franklin St. There's no opening date yet, but feast your eyes on what's bound to be a hot hangout for Houstonians and tourists alike.

If you follow it on Instagram, you might think Turkey Leg Hut is the most popular restaurant in Houston. Well, here's another argument that TLH is the place to be: The concept by Lynn and Nakia Price (built on those big turkey legs, plus large-format drinks and classic brunch fare) is expanding with three new ventures. TLH announced last week the creation of Daiquiri Hut, which will be next to its original restaurant at 4830 Almeda Rd., #B. When it opens in late summer, it'll have more than 50 daiquiris on offer. Second is Savoy Urban Beer Garden, set for a fall opening at 4402 Emancipation Ave. And third is the Breakfast Hut, which will carry popular TLH brunch fare. It'll open at 4902 Almeda Rd. by the end of 2019, per the announcement.

Monkey's Tail will open on Wednesday. The Mexican-American bar at 5802 Fulton St. from partners Sharif Al-Amin, Greg Perez, and Jessie Gonzales will be serving up original cocktails and street food, both Mexican (eloté) and American (wings and New York pizza).

Two honors for Pappas Bros. Steakhouse: The Downtown location has been named one of Wine Enthusiast's top-100 wine restaurants of 2019 (along with One Fifth Mediterranean and Theodore Rex — congratulations to sommeliers Matthew Pridgen and Justin Vann, respectively), while in its annual wine awards, Wine Spectator gave the steakhouse a prized grand award. Also getting a grand award: Mastro's, and for the 10th year in a row, Pappas Bros. Uptown. Twelve more restaurants won Best Award of Excellence titles, including Backstreet Cafe, Caracol, Killen's Steakhouse, and La Table. The full list of winners is here. Congratulations to all those who raise our knowledge of the vine.

Did you see the New York Times on Friday? In a 5 Places feature, Houston power couple Kate Upton and Justin Verlander revealed five places they love in Houston. Now, one of those places is a neighborhood (Montrose), and a second is pretty obvious (Minute Maid Park), but the couple also shouted out the Menil Collection and two restaurants: Tiny Boxwoods and Nancy's Hustle. At Boxwoods, Upton recommended the Southwestern salad, while Verlander approved of the Black and Blue (a filet with blue cheese risott0). As for Nancy's, they can't get enough of the restaurant's burger. The couple has good taste.

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Nancy's Hustle

$$ American/New American 2704 Polk Street

Tiny Boxwoods

$$$ American/New American 3614 W. Alabama St.

With the same owners as the nursery next door, Tiny Boxwood’s benefits from the inclusion of gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and flowering shrubs.  A brunch f...

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La Table

$$$ Bakeries, Café, French 1800 Post Oak Blvd.

Generously spaced tables and swift, sophisticated service add to the appeal of this upstairs oasis, which offers both a charming view of Uptown from its sere...

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Killen’s Steakhouse

$$$$ Steak 6425 W. Broadway St.

For many Houstonians, the best steak in Houston isn’t found inside the Loop or even (gasp!) the Beltway; rather, it’s found about 30 minutes south of Houston...

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$$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 2200 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 160

The cool crudos at Caracol, chef Hugo Ortega’s beguiling Galleria-area restaurant, may be the perfect antidote to the summer heat. Among the offerings: lime-...

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Backstreet Café

$$$ American/New American 1103 S. Shepherd

One of the main attractions at Backstreet Café on Shepherd near West Gray— helmed by chef Ortega of Hugo’s, along with his wife, Tracy Vaught—is the patio se...

Mastro's Steakhouse

$$$$ Steak 1650 W. Loop South

Theodore Rex

$$$ American/New American 1302 Nance St.

One Fifth Mediterranean

$$$ Mediterranean, Middle Eastern 1658 Westheimer Rd

James Beard winning chef Chris Shepherd goes for authentic Turkish, Israeli, and other Middle Eastern flavors at the third of five concepts designed to refle...

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

$$$$ Steak Multiple Locations

If there’s a Platonic ideal of a Houston steakhouse, Pappas Bros. may be it. At both locations, its dark, wood-paneled interior swarming with crisply dressed...