by Marene Gustin
Hungry Houstonians, you’re in luck — you have more dining choices than ever before, as there are many new restaurants worth a visit in Space City.
At the trendy West Ave. multi-use center in Upper Kirby, two new eateries are now open. Nara, a Korean/Japanese restaurant from chef Donald Chang that opened in the old Katsuya space, blends the flavors of Chang’s native country with his experience as a sushi chef in Houston. Over in the next building, Food Network Star Susie Jimenez has opened Trenza in the former Alto space upstairs from Del Frisco’s Grille. The name means “braid” and is a nod to the fusion food she offers: a blend of her native Latin cuisine with Indian and Asian twists.
Just a stone’s throw away near the Highland Village shopping mecca, Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette has opened in the old Vida spot. This new concept from Lance Fegen of Glass Wall, BRC and Liberty Kitchen offers an oyster bar and menu items that are more upscale versions of the regional comfort food served at BRC and Liberty Kitchen. Fegen and team also have two new Houston concepts on the drawing board as well as a Liberty Kitchen second location in Austin, Texas.
Also opened recently, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted in the former Palazzo’s Trattoria spot on Westheimer Road. Certified master chef Fritz Gitschner, the longtime chef for the Houston Country Club, calls the menu ranch-to-table and is offering Akaushi beef from HeartBrand Beef in Harwood, Texas.
Looks like 2014 will be a foodie’s paradise for Houstonians.
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