This week in food & drink: What's for lunch, new Jazzy bar, and a 4th of July special

New lunch options available at La Vista 101 (Photo by Carla Gomez).
La Vista 101 debuts lunch options

At La Vista 101, the Italian and Mediterranean influenced restaurant, you can now grab lunch from Tuesday – Saturday at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the menu options include, ‘Lavistadelphia’ Cheese Steak Sandwich, a Veggie Sandwich, and Grilled Salmon. Many of the menu options also come with house-made condiments and focaccia.  And the best part is that entrée prices range from $9-11! 1805 W 18th St.

Pokéology opening at Sawyer Yards

Jason Liao and co-founder Charlie Chang have gained the funding to open a brand-new storefront of Pokéology at Sawyer Yards in the Heights. This new location will allow for the refinement and expansion of their menu. The new menu will include items like karaage, edamame, skewered meats, new poke bowls, vegetarian, and non-seafood options. This upgrade will also allow for the sell of alcoholic beverages like beer and sake.

Trentino Gelato at H.E.B.

Houston-based Trentino Gelato has been offering its tasty treats at places like Axelrad and Luna Pizzeria for the past 13 years. Now, according to CultureMap, there will be a statewide appearance of its handcrafted goat milk Gelato Pops available at 190 H.E.B stores (including Houston locations). With Trentino’s traditional flavors of Cookies ‘n’ Cream and mint chocolate chip, combos like almond fig, raspberry sorbet, and mango sorbet will also be available.

Ready Room now open

The newest retro bar in the heights just quietly opened next to Ritual. As reported by CultureMap, the bar’s liquor selection includes an extensive collection of bourbon, global whisky, and a variety of other spirits. On Fridays and Saturdays, Ready Room will make room for live musical performances of jazz and blues to keep in tune with the retro vibe. 2626 White Oak St. 

Ready Room is also celebrating with Spirits this 4th of July. The bar will feature four American Cocktails for Independence Day, including; Stone Fence, Mint Julep, Gin Rickey and the Sazerac. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Chic wine in the Heights

In a few months a new wine bar and boutique wine shop will debut in the Heights, according to Eater Houston. The wine bar, La Grande Rue, will be located at 1344 Yale Street in a 20’s or 30’s standalone building. The concept was created by two friends who thought the Heights was in desperate need of a fine wine bar. The shop will have 300 – 400 varieties of wine with a large tasting table in the middle. The debut is set for late October, early November.

Shell Shack in July

A seafood boil restaurant is coming to Houston for the first time. Shell Shack has plans to open up its 2412 Washington location this July. According to HoustonPress, diners will be able to choose from boiled seafood such as crab, shrimp, and crawfish with their choice of spice. For the non-seafood diners there will be hamburger and buffalo chicken available.

Down House celebrates seven years

This Saturday Down House is throwing a party for its seventh birthday from 2 – 7 p.m. at 1801 Yale. Expect a bounce house, face painting, beer tastings, music, and more fun!

The 4th of July at Urban Eats

There will be extended happy hour and rooftop terrace firework watch party at Urban Eats this Independence Day at 3414 Washington. From 3 – 10 p.m. guests will enjoy 50% off craft cocktails and bottled beer, plus a $4 menu including house wine, draft beer, well cocktails, signature sliders and pommes frites.



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