Out With the Old

Food News: Get Southern Favorites at the New Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

Plus, California sandwich shop Mendocino Farms is ready for customers.

By Timothy Malcolm July 4, 2019

The debris sandwich at Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine.

Image: Leah Wilson

Back in December, Danton's Gulf Coast Kitchen closed its doors after announcing a move and a refreshed name and concept. That name and concept, Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine, is now ready for your appetite. It's opening sometime between late-summer and early-fall at 1985 Welch St.—the old Mockingbird Bistro spot right near Shepherd and San Felipe—according to an announcement.

Eugene's will carry many items that were popular at Danton's, including crab salad, poblano shrimp and grits, and the debris (French dip) sandwich. Look for a full-service wood bar—acquired from the old Joske's department store—and decor straight from the old Sonny Look's Sir-Loin Inn inside a 4,600-square-foot space.

The Charity Sandwich, available for a limited time once Mendocino Farms opens in Rice Village.

The first Mendocino Farms in Houston is opening July 18 in Rice Village. The California-based sandwich market is opening its doors at 5510 Morningside Drive, #120, a 3,185-square-foot space with plenty of natural light and live greenery. The menu includes seasonal sandwiches (like a BLT with heirloom tomatoes and arugula), signatures like a pork belly banh mi, and special for Houston, a sandwich created in collaboration with Chris Shepherd. That dish, called the Charity Sandwich, includes pecan-wood-smoked bacon sausage, slaw, onions, tomatoes, and roasted garlic aioli. It benefits the Southern Smoke Foundation and is available for a limited time.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar, purchased back in September by Culinary Khancepts, has now changed up its kitchen leadership and menu. Justin Yoakum, a native Texan who has worked at Mastro's Steakhouse and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Plano, is the new executive chef. He's keeping State Fare's comfort food fare (even bringing in new items like a pork belly burger) while adding a section of lighter dishes that include a poke bowl, black bean burger, and veggie spaghetti. New belly-busting desserts, too, including Southern-fried Oreos and make-your-own s'mores. Also, a representative for State Fare says the restaurant will be expanding—details to come.

Radunare, the new Italian restaurant in The Woodlands, is marking its grand opening July 17 with a celebrity waiter spaghetti supper to benefit the Montgomery County Food Bank. Tickets are $40, and as is custom with this kind of event, tips are encouraged to waiters who go out of their way to impress and entertain diners.

National Fried Chicken Day is Saturday. What the cluck is going on? Well, Max's Wine Dive is offering a bucket of chicken and bottle of champagne at all locations. And Jonathan's The Rub (both locations) is serving a $22 multi-piece fried chicken dinner, which will come with mashed potatoes and mango coleslaw.

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