It’s been a busy week in the news—most of it rather dismal—so we’re here to remind you that there are plenty of ways to eat your feelings in Houston this week as you doomscroll to your heart’s discontent.
We’re continuing our coverage this week by dishing on Georgia James’s sweet new digs in Regent Square, by giving you all the details about the James Beard Foundation’s Houston edition of the Taste America culinary series, and by reminding you that Christopher Haatuft’s pop-up (you absolutely don’t want to miss it) is continuing its run at POST Houston this week. Read on to learn more.
Let There Be Light!
This Friday, July 1, Georgia James, Chris Shepherd’s acclaimed Underbelly Hospitality flagship, is being reborn at its new digs at Regent Square. The restaurant, known for its cast-iron steaks, substantial raw bar, celebrated wine program, and having less natural lighting than the airiest portions of Nosferatu’s castle, performed its final night of service in its old space at 1658 Westheimer, a historic, Gothic-style 1920s building that once housed a church, on Saturday, June 11.
Its new home, a sprawling, 11,000-square-foot structure overlooking Regent Square Park and adjacent to The Sterling apartment midrise, is light, airy, and decidedly less conducive to vampirism than its original home.
“This is our first new-build site, which created a variety of benefits for the resulting design and functionality of the space,” said Shepherd, a James Beard Award–winning chef and cofounder of Houston’s reigning steak and seafood temple, in a statement. “We are so excited to welcome guests into this cosmopolitan, serene and airy dining room that is as much a representation of Houston’s evolution as it is of our own.”
The new Georgia James sports a serpentine floor plan that mimics the undulation of the nearby bayou, in a luxe space that includes nods to Shepherd’s love for midcentury style. Included in Georgia James’s new digs is a 7,000-square-foot, first-floor dining room divided into two distinct dining areas: a western portion featuring semiprivate banquettes upholstered in camel-hued tweed that seats 106, and an eastern portion featuring white tablecloths and Scandinavian-style dining chairs that accommodates 114. The space also features a private dining room on the far eastern end with a capacity of 24 and a cocktail bar with seating for 10. A second-floor lounge, which will include two expansive terraces featuring firepits, skyline views, and more, is anticipated to open in late July.
The restaurant’s reunited all-star team includes executive chef Greg Peters, general manager Raul Lorenzana, managing sommelier Fremmiot Rodriguez, and bar manager Westin Galleymore, who will be dishing out the restaurant’s usual fare of cast-iron steaks, cold seafood, and seasonal side dishes, as well as favorites like Viet-Cajun oysters—all served on tables bathed in light so radiant it would make Edward Cullen sparkle brighter than the Imperial State Crown.
The James Beard Awards have been in the local news a lot recently, due primarily to Alba Huerta’s huge win with Julep two weeks ago. (Yes, that really happened less than a month ago.) If you’re looking to try some James Beard Award–worthy food this week, you’re in luck, because the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America culinary series is throwing down today (June 29) at 6 p.m. at Spring Street Studios, and it will be a great opportunity for you to relieve your national news–induced depression a bit by spending an entire evening munching away at your feelings. Co-hosted by Houston First and Capital One, today’s event is the first in a series of 20 events across America celebrating chefs and local independent restaurants that form the heart of their communities.
The event, called Taste Houston, will highlight the richness of Houston’s food culture, all while showcasing local chefs who are aligned with the foundation’s mission. Local chefs participating in the event include Dawn Burrell of Late August, Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu of Kin HTX, Ruben Ortega of Xochi, and Christine Ha and Tony J. Nguyen of Xin Chào. Sample menu items include squid noodles in a Wagyu sauce; ceviche with lemongrass leche de tigre, chili oil, and a sesame crisp; and lemon-ricotta cake with strawberry consommé, vanilla–orange blossom cream, and lemon verbena gel.
Tickets to the event, which range in price from $175 (general) to $225 (premier), can be purchased here.
Still Popping Off
We don’t usually include a food event on this list two weeks in a row, but Norwegian celebrity chef Christopher Haatuft’s pop-up at his POST Houston–located seafood restaurant Golfstrømmen is still happening, and the word is that it’s one of the best pop-ups the city has seen in quite some time.
Haatuft flew in from Norway last week in order to bring his acclaimed Bergen-based seafood restaurant Lysverket to POST Houston for a gastronomic takeover of Golfstrømmen. Haatuft, who co-founded Golfstrømmen with James Beard Award and Top Chef winner Paul Qui, is considered the godfather of “neo-fjordic” cuisine, a rather ambiguous riff on the New Nordic food movement focused on sustainability and hyper-local sourcing that started out as a joke. He's also quite a personality: he sported a mohawk for much of his youth, he has an affinity for heavy metal music, and he also has one very gold front tooth.
Ranging in price from $75 to $175 per person, the special dining sessions are taking place across eight days. And lucky for you, there are still five more days’ worth of unique dining experiences through the pop-up, which launched on Sunday, June 26. Qui and Biggie Cruz, Golfstrømmen’s chef de cuisine, are supporting Haatuft during his takeover, which will include a 15-course, $150-per-person omakase experience tonight (June 29) as well as a family-style, $75-per-person brunch on Sunday, July 3. Reservations for the pop-up can be made on Resy.