Food News: Downtown Steakhouse Guard and Grace to Open Soon

Plus, there's a third Mendocino Farms now open in Houston.

By Timothy Malcolm November 11, 2019

Where's the beef? At Guard and Grace, opening next week.

One of the most anticipated restaurants in Houston will be opening very soon. Guard and Grace, an outpost of the popular steakhouse helmed by Denver-based restaurateur Troy Guard, will open for business Nov. 19 at One Allen Center (500 Dallas St.). The kitchen at the modern steakhouse will be run by Daniel Virola, and the space—at 15,000 square feet—is dramatic and impressive. 

Tennessee-based J. Alexander's Holding has opened a Menus Grill at Uptown Park. The 7,900-square-foot American restaurant, located at 1180 Uptown Park Blvd., is serving up entrées like Tuscan steak, Block Island swordfish with mango papaya salsa, and chicken Milanese. Ulises Chavez is executive chef, and Will Reiser is running front of house as general manager. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Click Virtual Food Hall, which cooks food out for delivery and take-out only, has launched Filipino concept 7000 Islands through its website and app. Yup, that's right: Click now also has an iOS and Android app that includes free delivery on all orders, a rewards program, and referral bonuses. Other concepts at Click include a Japanese restaurant (Bowling Club), sandwich spot (Sandwich Legend), comfort food bistro (A&J Provisions), tacos (Tacos Vasquez), and health-forward bowls (Macro Bowls), plus a catering service.

The new Mendocino Farms is now open at 609 Main St. in Downtown Houston, joining the Rice Village and Uptown Park locations. A Heights location of the popular sandwich and salad chain is next.

Goode Company Seafood in Memorial recently relocated. On Nov. 4, the popular seafood restaurant up and moved to 10201 Katy Fwy., also in Memorial. Gin Design Group and Studio Red Architects designed the 8,378-square-foot space with a centrally located oyster bar and seating for 200. An outdoor patio can seat 40, and upstairs is a private space. Levi Goode, president of Goode Company Restaurants, helped redesign the menu, adding dishes like fried oyster BLT sliders and jumbo lump crab au gratin, along with seafood towers. It's open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday.-Saturday.

Dumpling Haus will be opening a brick-and-mortar spot at Sawyer Yards. The concept from Elaine Won and daughters Ashley and Amiley Lai focuses on pork dumplings, vegan dumplings, and glass noodles, which have been served at places like A 2nd Cup, Axelrad Beer Garden, Grand Prize Bar, and Johnny's Gold Brick. The new spot, located at 2313 Edwards St., #180, will also have beef noodle soup, vegan noodle soup, and the cold salad dishes called liang ban. Look for it starting early 2020. 

The third annual HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown is set for 1-4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the beer hall at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Pitmasters from both cities will compete—we're talking locals like Tejas Chocolate + BBQ, The Pit Room, and Daddy Duncan's BBQ, along with Austinites Interstellar BBQ and Micklethwait Craft Meats. Tickets start at $70 and are available here.

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