American/New American
Price Scale

The house-made tortillas that come with an order of duck tacos at Cook & Collins are the first sign that this new Midtown restaurant is taking its food more seriously than you may expect in the swinging, bar-saturated neighborhood. On top of the thick, griddled tortillas lie shreds of roasted duck topped with black eyed peas and house-made tomatillo salsa, finished with a smoky queso that adds a bit of gravitas to the entire dish: someone really put a lot of effort into balancing the flavors and textures, and it shows.

This is par for the course at the new restaurant, where chef/partner Jared Estes, also of Crisp in the Heights, showcases a menu of modern Houston comfort food in a space that evokes an almost mid-century, retro charm. With its emphasis on local products and its ample wine-and-beer list—which complements plates of fried chicken with braised greens and Cobb salads stacked high with lump crab and Gulf shrimp—this upscale diner is poised to become a neighborhood staple. 

Meal Times
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Good to Know
Parking, Reservations