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Food News: Shake Shack is Coming Downtown

Plus, get $1 items at Malaysian street food hang Phat Eatery in Katy.

By Timothy Malcolm June 24, 2019

America, the beautiful.

Image: Evan Sung

UPDATE 3: Hold the phone; a last-minute pipe burst delayed opening once again. Shake Shack will be open to the public 11 a.m. Saturday (June 29), per a representative.


UPDATE 2: Shake Shack will open 11 a.m. Friday (June 28), per a representative.


UPDATE: Shake Shack will not, in fact, have its grand opening on Tuesday, per a representative, as the location is undergoing some slight delays due to "construction and operation." We will update with more information when we get it.


Shake Shack, the popular New York-based burger chain with four Houston-area locations (Rice Village, Montrose, Galleria, Minute Maid Park), is opening its fifth Tuesday at 702 Main St. downtown. We're psyched for those famous shack burgers that seem just big and packed enough—plus the chain's milkshakes and concretes.

As for those concretes, look for Mix-In Control (vanilla custard, marshmallow sauce, a Fluff Bake Bar milk chocolate oatmeal cookie, malt powder), Shack Attack (chocolate custard with fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough, Mast Brothers chocolate, and sprinkles), and Pie Oh My (vanilla custard with pieces of Fluff Bake Bar pie). Five percent of all Pie Oh My sales will go toward the Houston Humane Society, and starting 11 a.m. Tuesday, the first 100 people in line will get a free Pie Oh My.

Dish Society is now doing breakfast all day. “The demand has been there since day one,” said Aaron Lyons, owner of Dish Society. “To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in myself for taking so long to do this and owe Houston an apology." No apology needed, Aaron. With the breakfast-all-day addition (at all locations) comes a new item: avocado toast. It's with lemony mascarpone, an egg, and everything bagel seasoning.

More Pride Month news: EggHaus Gourmet has a rainbow croissant (dipped in white chocolate, topped with Fruity Pebbles, and stuffed with Bavarian cream filling), with a dollar from each sale ($6) going to The Trevor Project.

Gringo's Mexican Kitchen and Jimmy Changas will host a fundraiser for Camp Hope of the PTSD Foundation of America, which provides interim housing for veterans and families, along with PTSD recovery program. Called Every Queso Counts, the fundraiser will ensure all queso sales on June 27 at all Gringo's and Jimmy Changas locations go toward Camp Hope.

Through June 30, Malaysian street food spot Phat Eatery at Katy Asian Town is celebrating its one-year anniversary with $1 specials. For just $1 each you can get roti canai, kerabu prawn, a glass of sparkling wine, and a pint of Karbach's Love Street.

On Sept. 19, a fundraiser dinner called Come to the Table will benefit The Beacon, a nonprofit that serves the homeless through meals and programs. Chefs from across the city (including Hugo Ortega, Manabu Horiuchi, Brandi Key, Bobby Matos, and Ryan Lachaine) will cook a full dinner at The Beacon. Tickets start at $500 and are available here

The Roastery Coffee Kitchen at San Felipe now has weekend brunch service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dishes include bread pudding French toast, a specialty eggs Benedict with crawfish hollandaise, and a pastry plate.

Bisou in River Oaks now has a sushi menu with items like lobster maki with radish, fine herbs, and tempura lobster claw, and foie gras nigiri with plum, shisho, and honey. And the restaurant also has a Sunday Chef's Special dinner—for $30 get a three-course meal (appetizer, entrée, dessert) from Chef Frederic Perrier, along with half-off select wines.

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