A reader has suggested some new additions to the Real Food Restaurants listing, plus I’ve added another that I have long wanted to try; however, it’s on the exact opposite side of Houston from where I live. Although I have not yet visited any of these restaurants, a review of available information indicates that they belong on our list. If you have visited any of these, please comment about your experience. Do they belong on the list and why? Also, do they serve food that tastes good while being nutritious? Eating Real Food should be enjoyable! Local, fresh food should be the best tasting food as well as the best for your health.
Here are the four restaurants added to Real Food Restaurants:
Local Foods advertises a “gourmet selection of sandwiches, salads and prepared meals with local ingredients.” Their website lists these local food sources: Gundermann Farms (organic), Atkinson Farms (no claim to be organic), Animal Farm (organic per Yelp review), Texas Hill Country Olive Oil (organic olives), Texas wild gulf shrimp, and Hatterman Egg Farm (free range and no soy per Urban Harvest review, have high omega 3′s and no soy per HoustonPress review), Pola Cheese (artisan cheese made in the Montrose area per HoustonPress review), and others. Most of those listed seem to be excellent sources of local, Real Food. Local Foods sandwich menu lists Duck Confit, House Smoked Salmon, and “Banh Mi.” Salads include Spring Harvest Salad and Asian Chicken Salad. Sides include Housemade Chips, but there is no information about the fat used for frying. Beverages include kombucha, beer, and wine, but there’s no claim to be organic for any drink.
Roots Bistro: the website says they are “Local. Organic. Green.” They are the second Green-Certified Restaurant in Houston. They claim that “Everything from the animal chef butchers to the salt that flavors it is locally sourced and organically grown.” However, I was unable to find any backup information about their ingredients. Reviews on UrbanSpoon and Yelp varied widely. Many thought it was too expensive.
Season’s Harvest Cafe, in the Cypress/Fairbanks area, (no website, but they have a Facebook page featuring their daily menu which varies according to what is locally available) is a small, family owned, farm-to-table restaurant serving local, organic foods. There are vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free options for some menu items. The Yelp and UrbanSpoon reviews are generally favorable. Season’s Harvest Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Saturday.
Zelko Bistro, owned and operated by Chef Jamie and Dahlia Zelko has New American Fare “prepared with the highest quality and sustainable ingredients.” Chef Jamie Zelko has been named Sustainable Restaurateur by H Magazine. The restaurant claims to be focused on local ingredients, and the website mentions using local, 100% raw honey; however, I could find very little specific information about their food sources. Both owners are beekeepers. The menu lists several fried foods but does not say what fat or oil is used for cooking. Reviews on Yelp are uneven.