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Real Food Restaurants? — 8 Comments

  1. Revival Market’s blog has a whole post about Houston area restaurants that would (at least partially) be WAPF approved.


    From the post:
    “In the Times article are fantastic and well-deserved nods to the innovative Gulf Coast fare at celebrated Reef, as well as a close look at the fantastic food that Justin Basye is doing at Bryan Casswell’s new venture, Stella Sola. I do wish that Chef de Cuisine Dax McAnear and Pastry Chef Plinio Sandalio at Textile, and Jonathan Jones at Beaver’s, would have gotten their due for the great food that they’re putting out at their respective posts, but overall, the fact that the rest of the country seems to finally be giving Houston some credit, bodes well for everyone. It is indeed an exciting time for the City”.

    • I read recently that Revival Meats new Market has finally opened. I look forward to trying their specialty Mangalitsa pork. I would like to hear from someone who has already tried it.

      Yes, there is definitely a trend toward more locally grown and carefully prepared food in Houston restaurants.

      • I purchased some of their rendered lard and duck fat the other day and it’s fantastic! They will also sell you raw pigs feet if you call ahead and let them know (the one’s they have on display are pickled or smoked and I like the raw ones for making stock). They also sell wild game meat (when I was there they had antelope, rabbit and boar).

        I found that their prices are quite reasonable – their bulk olive oil is actually cheaper than buying it at the Farmer’s Market.

  2. Oh My Pocket Pies has local, organic empanda style pies that they sell from a gourmet food truck. They usually set up in the Heights. They make their pies with Law Ranch Beef, and locally sourced chicken. They are also affordable. They might even be willing to strike a deal with folks that would like to by bulk pies to freeze. Go to http://www.ohmypocketpies.com for more info. Also Freebird Burritos chain offers grassfed beef and organic choices for their burritos.

  3. Just ate at El Real Tex-Mex at 1201 Westheimer. They use real, non-hydrogenated lard; in fact, they render their own lard. They have a little spiel about lard on the menu and how healthy it is, and also sell T-shirts that say “Praise the Lard”.

    • Hi Heather,

      Using their own rendered lard is a good start. Do you think El Real might qualify to be a Real Food restaurant? Would the management provide answers to the type of questions we asked Revival Market?

      • on the GAPS diet which I’ve been doing for 6 months. a0More splcificaely, I’m working on increasing my probiotics up to a therapeutic level. a0I’m currently just up to 3 Bio-Kult per day and it sounds like I

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