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Food News: Ooh La La to Close Memorial City Location

Plus, get tickets today for Spring Southern Smoke 2020.

By Timothy Malcolm February 18, 2020

Valentine's Day is over and done, which means the countdown to Rodeo is on. We'll have more info on events for your yeehaw foodie agenda later this week; but until then, here are some newsy food morsels you can digest, partner.

Ooh La La Dessert Boutique in Memorial City is closing.

Image: Kimberly Park

Ooh La La Dessert Boutique is closing its Memorial City location Saturday. According to owner and pastry chef Vanessa O'Donnell, she and husband Mike are shuttering the Town & Country Village store so they can "simplify our lives and have more time to spend with our daughter." That means Ooh La La is now available only in Katy at two locations.

Celebrate black-owned dining establishments by taking a tour of five spots in the Third Ward. Nom Noir, hosted by professional chef and food blogger Chef Vicky V, will run on Saturday afternoons beginning in March. Participating eateries include Davis St. at Hermann Park, Lucille's, Ray's BBQ, Crumbville, and Reggae Hut. To find out more, check out Chef Vicky V's Instagram page.

Southern Smoke Spring 2020 tickets are on sale now. For this second annual event held March 28, all the fun will be had on one night at The Revaire near Memorial Park. Events include A Boy, A Girl, and A Goat, a dinner during which James Beard-winning chef Stephanie Izzard and Southern Smoke founder chef Chris Shepherd will prepare a full meal of—you guessed it—goat ($500 per person); and a Caribbean Carnival after-party starring Colombian band Tribu Baharú, plus whole hog tacos and Shake Shack grub ($200 per person). If you get tickets for A Boy, A Girl, and A Goat, you're automatically in for the after-party. Get tickets here.

Get some fish tacos at Vibrant.

Image: Kelli Durham

Vibrant has changed its dinner menu and lowered its dinner pricing to match daytime costs. Dishes on the new menu include quinoa pesto pasta, cauliflower crust pizza, fish tacos, and chicken enchiladas in almond flour tortillas. 

Some brunches to know about: Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine is now hosting Saturday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Gulf-inspired and common Texas fare like migas; eggs, Texas toast, grits, boudin balls). Also, Relish Restaurant & Bar is serving Sunday brunch with a big ol' punch bowl and bloody Mary. That runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also, Traveler's Table in Montrose is now open for lunch and happy hour. Lunch service, with added fare like vegan roti canai with chickpea-vegetable dal curry and bucatini all'Amatriciana, runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, while happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

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