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Food News: Start Making Reservations Now for Houston Restaurant Weeks

Plus, say hello this week to the city's first Mendocino Farms.

By Timothy Malcolm July 15, 2019

A Tex-Mex-style lunch for Houston Restaurant Weeks at Liberty Kitchen.

Image: Carla Gomez

It's July 15, which means it's time to snap up reservations for Houston Restaurant Weeks (this year taking place from Aug. 1 to Sept. 2). We'll have a larger primer after the website is updated, but for now, here's a preview: Liberty Kitchen's locations will offer a Tex-Mex spin on Southern comfort on its lunch menu during Restaurant Weeks. Look for smoked shrimp enchiladas, plus an Alabama catfish platter with a "Tex-Mess" theme. It includes chile con queso, fries, hushpuppies, jalapenos, and bacon jam.

Get your hands on a dough cone.

The DoughCone is now at the NextSeed Space inside Greenway Plaza's food court. Go there through Aug. 2 for the food truck's Instagram-friendly ice cream inside and atop chimney-cake-style cones made of dough

The first Mendocino Farms in Houston is opening Thursday in Rice Village. The California-based chain known for its sandwiches and salads held a buzzy VIP pre-opening party on Thursday at its 5510 Morningside Drive, #120. Look for a special menu item created by Chris Shepherd, the Charity Sandwich. All proceeds from sales of the sandwich go toward the Southern Smoke Foundation.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Finn Hall's concepts have some lunar-themed items, including the Space City Burger at Craft Burger (with a spicy moonwalk sauce) and K-Pop Moon Rocks at Yong: rice balls with kimchi, bulgogi, and cheese.

There's a new menu at Radio Milano at Hotel Sorella CityCentre, and it comes from the newest leaders of the restaurant's kitchen: Ana Amaya and Adrian Del Angel, the wife and husband team with a deep Houston resume, including, most recently, Max's Wine Dive. Amaya (executive chef) and Del Angel (executive sous chef) are promising classic European fare (lobster ravioli, veal ossobuco) with larger portions. 

Verandah Progressive Indian Cuisine may have white tablecloth and intriguing large-format dishes, but for July and August, it also has Indian street food. Chef Sunil Srivastava is showing off items like jhalmoodi in fried cones, pani poori shots, chicken tikka, and the thickened milk dessert gulab jamun (fried milk balls) with rabri (sweet milk with saffron and cardamom). You can try them all in a special tasting menu at $65 per person.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Antidote Coffee, you can get coconut milk ice cream from Austin-based dairy-free ice cream producer NadaMoo!, which is hosting a pop-up at the Heights coffee shop. On Saturday, NadaMoo! will be at Belle Station at 207 Gray St., from noon to 4 p.m.

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