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Studewood Grill Heats up Heights with Steak and Seafood

A busy restaurant group hopes to attract all kinds of diners.

By Timothy Malcolm May 11, 2021

The cold bar mid-rise at Studewood Grill.

Is Houston's hot, new foodie area ... Studewood Street?

While ramen comes to the old BCK spot and folks check out the brand-new Fegen's, here comes Studewood Grill. The folks of Studewood Hospitality, who in 2019 opened behind Studewood Cantine at 1111 Studewood St. (yes, we're saying Studewood a lot here), are ready to fully unveil an intriguing steak- and seafood-focused restaurant in the same complex.

Studewood Grill, which has been open only on weekends with a limited menu, will expand with full service starting May 22. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant with a 22-seat bar area and a 22-top outdoor covered patio aims to be a comfortable place, fit for families, friends, solo diners, daters, and groups alike.

"There isn’t a spot in the Heights where you feel equally comfortable dropping in for a bar-side steak and a Manhattan as you do going in for an anniversary dinner complete with crab cakes and champagne," said Micah Dene, Studewood Hospitality partner and culinary director, in a statement. He runs the hospitality group with developer Mike Davis and Davis's wife, Rachel. "So we looked to our own kitchens for inspiration and returned, again and again, to high quality ingredients prepared without a lot of fuss, but that’s just consistent and good every time."

Dene developed the menu with Tim Williams, who has been working as executive sous chef for the hospitality group. Their goal: Grill up some serious steak.

Offerings will include prime filet mignon for $48, a 28-ounce tomahawk ribeye for $95, and an 18-ounce bone-in prime ribeye for $60. Also look for double lamb chops and airline chicken; a good list of hearty burgers like the hickory (Canadian bacon, sharp cheddar), pimiento (pimiento cheese, thick-cut bacon, slaw), and lamb burger (cucumber relish, feta, cilantro-mint salsa verde); and a classic cheeseburger using prime beef. 

Along with the entrées—available both à la carte and family-style on a board—are starters like crab cakes and grilled oysters; smoked boudin; a meat and cheese board with selections from Houston Dairymaids; and a cold bar mid-rise with fresh shrimp, oysters, and crab.

The bar will focus on classic cocktails like old fashioneds, Manhattans, and negronis. A deep bourbon, whiskey, and scotch selection will also be offered—look for selections from Basil Hayden's, WhistlePig, Balvenie, and Hakushu, among others. 

Studewood Grill will be open from 4–6 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday for happy hour, then from 5–9 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday and from 5–10 p.m. Friday–Saturday.

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