Say hello to The Post Beer & Wine Garden, a new concept announcing itself with a unique wine list and big-ticket, beefy entrées in the former Oriente Bar at 6417 N. Main St. in The Heights.
The Post comes from Tashi Garcia—who ran Chapman House Smoked Meats, did pop-ups throughout the city, and was a sommelier and wine buyer at Smith & Wollensky's—and his fiancée, Rebecca Rodriguez. The couple is offering mostly old-world wines and craft beer, plus a food menu that includes massive, wet-aged steak dishes like a 40-ounce tomahawk, 20-ounce bone-in ribeye, and New York strip. Garcia prepares each steak over a wood-fire grill, then serves them with sides like brussel sprouts and macaroni and cheese in béchamel.
Steak is offered nightly, but they're sold at a discount on Tuesday steak nights. On Wednesdays, The Post hosts a pasta night with dishes like penne diavolo and bolognese bucatini.
The 1,700-square-foot bar has been completely renovated and seats up to 44 people. There's also a dog-friendly patio.
"When I first saw the space, I immediately saw potential," said owner Rebecca Rodriguez, in a press release. "We took a dilapidated bar and restored it to match the changes occurring in the Heights, without getting rid of the building’s old school charm."
The Post is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, from 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesday-Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, from noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, and from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Latin Restaurant Weeks has returned for 2021. This year, more than 45 area restaurants are involved, offering prix-fixe menus and specialty items for less than $50 from June 1 to 14. Those restaurants include spots like Cafe Piquet, La Fisheria, Tony's Tex-Mex, and Harris County General Store BBQ. For more information, or to register your restaurant for free through May 24, visit latinrestaurantweeks.com.
Congratulations to Alfreda's Soul Food, which was named one of 25 recipients of the Backing Historic Small Restaurants grand program from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 57-year-old soul food restaurant on Almeda Road in the Museum District won $40,000 in funding, along with technical assistance to support the use of the funds.
"Alfreda's Soul Food has been a staple in the Houston community for decades, and we're excited to be a recipient of the Backing Historic Small Restaurants grant by American Express. It is our goal to not only provide delicious food for local residents, but to offer a place of refuge where people can gather and get a taste of home," said co-owner Troy Williams, in a press release.
Saigon House is no more. "We are officially closed," read an Instagram post last week by restaurant owner Tony Nguyen. Known primarily for its crawfish boils, Saigon House was a popular Midtown spot that expanded last year to FM 1960 and TC Jester, but as that location was rolling out, the original closed. During all of that, Nguyen opened Xin Chao, a modern Vietnamese-American restaurant with chef Christine Ha. While Saigon House is no more, you can still get Nguyen's crawfish on Monday nights at Xin Chao.