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Food News: Welcome a New Kolache Shoppe, Blanco Tacos + Tequila

Plus, even more Thanksgiving menus and takeout ideas from local eateries.

By Timothy Malcolm November 12, 2018

All of the goodies coming to the Heights in December. Thanks, Kolache Shoppe.

Image: Carla Gomez

It's Monday. Let’s start the week by cleaning out the inbox and scouring the Houston food and drink scene. Here is your weekly news update.

Heights residents: Say goodbye to your typical morning breakfast. The Kolache Shoppe announced this week that it'll be opening its 1031 Heights Boulevard location in early December. The long-standing Houston bakery's second location is part of the mixed-use Heights Central Station. The menu includes Pinkerton's Barbecue brisket, egg and cheddar, and a full-service Boomtown Coffee bar. Also, a drive-thru. Again, goodbye yogurt and banana.

Sam Fox, who recently brought Flower Child to Uptown Park, is now bringing Blanco Tacos + Tequila to the Galleria area. Opening December 17, Blanco focuses on Tex-Mex highlights like tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas, plus hamachi and watermelon ceviche and short rib machaca. 

We have more Thanksgiving news to report. A bunch of restaurants are opening their doors for the holiday, while others are cooking food for your own family feast.

B&B Butchers is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, offering a prix-fixe menu ($59 adults, $25 ages 12 and younger) that includes turkey or prime rib, a whole bunch of sides, squash soup or salad, and either pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or apple crisp. But here's the best thing: Every guest gets a take-home gift: leftover turkey sandwiches made that morning in the butcher shop. Heck yeah.

If you want to stay home, B&B is offering a to-go menu. Twelve pounds of turkey, all the sides for six, and two pies will cost about $300. Visit bbbutchers.com to order.

Also in the Berg Hospitality Group, Carmelo's Cucina Italiana is doing a $45 ($20 for ages 11 and younger) feast, plus its full dinner menu, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Thursday.

Want a very Hugo Ortega Thanksgiving? Backstreet Cafe is taking orders for soups, sides (corn pudding, anyone?), sweet pies (eggnog cheesecake with cranberry jam among them) and crisps, as well as the famous wine-poached pears, which are stuffed with blue cheese and dry fruit. Sides range from $25-$40 each, soups are $35, and pies and crisps range from $30-$38. The pears are $30 for six, $60 for a dozen. Visit backstreetcafe.net to order.

Caracol and Hugo's are giving you an entire feast, including pineapple and habanero spiral ham, coal-roasted sweet potato, and Tamal Azteca tortilla casserole. There's a lot more, too. The family feast (10-12 people) is $225, while the couple's feast is $95. A la carte also available, plus tamales ($24 per dozen). Visit caracol.net or hugosrestaurant.net.

Jonathan's The Rub is splitting up the duties this year. The original Jonathan's is handling takeout orders. Get a fried turkey (yup, you heard right), a half-pan of three sides like candied yams, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce (feeds 12-15), and two desserts like Nutella cheesecake and Snickers pie (feeds 8-12) for $300. More options available. Email [email protected] by Thursday.

Want dinner out? The new Memorial location of Jonathan's The Rub is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, serving a three-course dinner ($45 per person with fried turkey, $65 per person with beef tenderloin; $25 for children ages 12 and younger). Sides include Jonathan's mac 'n' cheese and sweet potato casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, and cornbread stuffing, while desserts include pecan pie, Snickers pie and pumpkin cheesecake.

Ah, the chateaubriand.

Want a Mastro's Thanksgiving? It's open 1 to 9 p.m., rolling out a chateaubriand (beef tenderloin center-cut roast) for $115. It'll be served tableside with béarnaise sauce and peppercorn sauce. Dessert includes pumpkin spice warm butter cake for $17.

Bloom & Bee at the Post Oak Hotel, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., is offering a four-course Thanksgiving meal for $65, which includes butternut squash bisque, fall salad, turkey, and desserts. Full menu also available.

The côte de boeuf (a standing rib roast popular in France) will be on offer at both Morton's Steakhouse locations. It'll be open 1 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Get a traditional Thanksgiving feast at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. For $39, you'll be served turkey roulade stuffed with sage cranberry stuffing, plus mashed potatoes, cranberry chutney, and a seasonal vegetable. Full menu also available.

And over in Galveston, the San Luis Hotel will host a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring breakfast foods, a carving station, soups, salads, desserts, mimosas, and more. It's $65 for adults, $60 for seniors, $30 for children. Visit sanluisresort.com.

Need Friendsiving plans? Fig & Olive is hosting a prix-fixe feast November 19, 20, and 21. Pay $89 for a nine-dish menu including organic lemon chicken, marinated lamb cjops, burrata with squash, and pumpkin and chestnut risotto. 

Okay! Onto a few other things:

Brunch is being served now at Goodnight Charlie's. Called Brunch at High Noon, the service on Saturdays and Sundays (noon to 4 p.m.) includes a menu inspired by Mexican cuisine. That means chilaquiles, tacos, and Veracruz-style tamales. Obviously you'll get drinks (mimosas, bloody marys, Irish coffees) and live music from 1 to 3 p.m. via Eric Woodring.

Friday brunch is being served now at The Union Kitchen on Washington. That means you can get your "Elvis" Belgian waffle and $12.99 mimosas (with penny refills) three days a week. Brunch starts at 11 a.m.

I-hi-I-hi-I'll have a bluuuue Chhhhhristmas, a-without yoooou.

Image: Randy Schmidt

The 11th annual Zest In The West, which on October 17 featured wine from more than 150 wineries and food from 25 local chefs, raised more than $35,000 for West Houston nonprofits, including West Houston Leadership Institute and the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. Latin Bites won Best of the Zest for flavor and presentation of its featured dish, with Bielina's Catering and Peli Peli coming in second and third, respectively.

Lei Low will be popping up "Sippin' Santa at Lei Low" starting November 25. What is this, you ask? In years past, Galveston's Daiquiri Time Out has become Miracle on the Island over the holidays, featuring seasonal signature cocktails and festive décor. This year, while Miracle on the Island continues by the Gulf, Lei Low is getting in on the action up in Houston with fun cocktails (Kris Kringle Colada, Mele Kalikimaka) plus live performances and nostalgic holiday decorations. 

Yes, now let's move onto Christmas.

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