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Food News: Austin Filipino Spot Coming to the Heights

Plus, the Kitchen at the Dunlavy is adding dinner to its repertoire.

By Timothy Malcolm June 17, 2019

The many flavors of Be More Pacific.

Image: Vivian Kim

One of Houston's most popular breakfast and lunch spots is about to expand into a full-day enterprise. That would be the Kitchen at the Dunlavy, which starting in January will be doing dinner, as well as breakfast and lunch. "Since we’ve opened, our customers have been asking for reservations at the Dunlavy. We are constantly receiving requests for dinner service, so we’ve listened and are giving our customers the experience they want," said Clark Cooper Concepts owner Grant Cooper. "Since opening Ibiza in 2001, we’ve always valued our customers opinions and take them into account when developing and changing our concepts. The chandeliers, the food, the wine—we think it is going to be a dinner experience unfound in the city." We're looking forward to seeing what Chef Jane Wild will do with this new service.

Speaking of openings, get ready in mid July for Candente. That's the name of the Tex-Mex spot being opened by Sambrooks Management (The Pit Room, 1751 Sea and Bar, Sam's Fried Chicken and Donuts) at 4306 Yoakum Blvd. Prepare yourself for a combination of Pit Room smoked meat and comfort-level Tex-Mex dishes.

Austin restaurant Be More Pacific Filipino Bar and Kitchen is coming to Houston. The food-truck-turned-restaurant known for its chicken adobo, crispy pork sisig, and its from-scratch spam and banana ketchup, is eyeing the shopping center at 506 Yale St. in the Heights, where they'll have a dining room, full-service bar, patio, and private dining and karaoke room. Look for an opening in the fall.

This month, you can support refugees by patronizing the following eight businesses supporting World Refugee Day: A 2nd Cup, Dandelion Cafe, Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory, Johnny's Gold Brick, Grand Prize Bar, Vietnam Coast, Axelrad, and Off The Vine Bistro. Some of the establishments are dedicating a dish for which the proceeds will be donated. Learn more about the effort by visiting the World Refugee Day website.

A rendering of the upcoming Politan Row in West U.

Image: Politan Row

Check above for a rendering of Politan Row, the new food hall coming to West University (at 2445 Times Boulevard) in the fall. The hall will have 12 vendors, including 10 chef-driven concepts, a coffee shop, and a bar called Bar Politan.

On June 8, Wooster's Garden's Brandon Silva won the Chef of Chefs Award at the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, part of the 2019 Woodlands Wine & Food Week. Silva won $5,000 for his dish, a braised beef short rib with fermented cauliflower and summer black truffles. In second place was Carlos Ramos of Latin Bites, who concocted a dish of ceviche mussels. Third place was Nick's Fish Dive & Oyster Bar's miso-marinated sablefish with daikon radish noodles, shitake mushrooms, and a wasabi ginger beurre blanc sauce.

Finally, the news came out Friday: Chicago-based investment holdings firm BDT Capital Partners purchased a majority stake in Whataburger, ending 69 years of full ownership by the Dobson family. (You know the story: Harmon Dobson started a burger stand in Corpus Christi in 1950; today, there are more than 700 locations of the iconic orange-and-white A-framed fast-food restaurants in Texas and parts of the Southwest and Gulf Coast). Of course, Texans are not happy. What does this mean for your late-night (or any time) burger (or breakfast) cravings? Not sure yet, but we're keeping our eyes peeled. (So is J.J Watt, naturally.)

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