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The Best Places to Eat in Houston's New Grocery Stores

Grocery shopping has never tasted so good.

By Timothy Malcolm January 28, 2019 Published in the February 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Each week seems to bring a grocery-store opening in Houston, complete with new food courts and attached restaurants. Wondering which one to hit this weekend? Look no further than this, our guide to H-Town’s latest—and best—grocery-eating experiences. Shopping never tasted so good!

Whole Foods 365, Independence Heights

  • Open Since: August 2018
  • Selection Quality: Attached eateries include Peli Peli Kitchen and Juice Society—both quality proven concepts. Plus, beer and wine!
  • Date-Night Potential: A seating area at the store’s entrance, plus a covered parking-lot patio with twinkle lights. And, again: beer and wine!
  • Inexpensive Find: PPK’s tasty sautéed mushrooms and mac ‘n’ cheese, both $3.99, get two thumbs up.  
  • Hipster Factor: Austin-based Whole Foods has cred to spare and a price tag to match; we’re loving its (more) affordable 365 concept.

Image: Alice Levitt

Super H-Mart, Katy

  • Open Since: September 2018
  • Selection Quality: There’s a food court offering bibimbap, gyoza, crawfish, and poke, plus a Tous Les Jours Bakery enticing shoppers at the entrance. Come to papa.
  • Date-Night Potential: The dining area is clean and tucked away from the produce. Share an order of Singapore noodles and slurp your vermicelli Lady and the Tramp–style.
  • Inexpensive Find: The $2.50 deep-fried frank roll at Tous Les Jours is the buttery hot dog pastry you can’t live without.
  • Hipster Factor: Most people now know H-Mart is glorious, so you’re not quite ahead of the curve. Still, go now.

H-E-B, Bellaire

  • Open Since: June 2018
  • Selection Quality: The Roastery, the store’s celebrity-chef-driven coffee café (the team behind it includes NYC’s Jonathan Waxman, a James Beard Award winner), sells globally sourced coffee, sandwiches, and salads
  • Date-Night Potential: The café offers both rooftop seating and a contemporary indoor dining area—très supermarket-chic.
  • Inexpensive Find: Doughnuts! Get three powdered sugar treats for $2 or a dozen for $8.
  • Hipster Factor: The chain is quickly growing. Bellaire's was the first two-story market with a Roastery, but as of January the Heights has one too.

El Rancho Supermercado, the GOOF

  • Open Since: June 2018
  • Selection Quality: The bustling in-store eatery, Cocina, offers small plates and family dinners, including $14.99 chicken dinners. A refresquería and tortillería round out the experience
  • Date-Night Potential: There’s an extensive seating area, decorated in fun pastels.
  • Inexpensive Find: Cocina’s $1.99 pupusasare delightfully soft, lightly charred, and stuffed with spicy peppers—perfect street food
  • Hipster Factor: Be among the first cool kids to try the $6.99 caldo de res, a fragrant beef soup with corn, rice, and tortillas. 
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