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Pacha Nikkei Opens for Lunch and Dinner in Carillon

Pacha Nikkei Opens for Lunch and Dinner in Carillon

Pacha Nikkei Merges Two International Cuisines with New Restaurant What do you get when two great culinary traditions intersect? Serving Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine, Pacha Nikkei recently opened in Carillon Shopping Center next to Marble Slab Creamery. Chef-owner Masaru Fukuda curates and creates the recipes influenced by his Japanese-Peruvian ancestry. Fukuda's concept centers around Nikkei food which comes from Peruvian ingredients - tropical fish, quinoa, Amarillo peppers - molded by techniques perfected in Japan. Ceviche is…..Read More

Fine Dining Served Fast and Friendly

Fine Dining Served Fast and Friendly

Zafar Anvarov wanted soccer cleats and his own bicycle when he was a young boy. Anvarov eventually got both by earning money working in his dad’s restaurant at the age of 7. In 2005, Anvarov arrived in the U.S. from Tajikistan, a mountainous country in Central Asia that was once part of the Soviet Union. He came for college but needed to pay for his tuition. “My life was to work in restaurants while studying…..Read More

Husband and Wife Team Make Vegan Mexican Restaurant Essential Eats Spot

Husband and Wife Team Make Vegan Mexican Restaurant Essential Eats Spot

Changing hearts one taco at a time The Mexican culture is steeped in rich tradition, and one of the most celebrated elements of the tradition is food. Uno problemo: once Jesse and Denise Hernandez learned the specific details of how meat gets to market, they knew animal products could no longer be a part of their lives. A unique opportunity was staring Jesse in the face, but he knew it wouldn’t be easy. How does…..Read More

Neighborhood News: Zoes Kitchen Becomes Cava, Woodchase Park Mural Wows

Neighborhood News: Zoes Kitchen Becomes Cava, Woodchase Park Mural Wows

New Adams' Mural Animates Park A new mural at Woodchase Park is adding vibrancy to the park’s performance pavilion. Renowned public artist Reginald Adams completed his latest public mural on the pavilion wall facing the performance lawn. The mural features a medley of flower blooms and leaves in spring colors. Adams’ park mural joins his other creations in the District including the east wall of Westchase Auto Repair Center, a mosaic seat bench on the…..Read More

Baking Business Inspired by Young Daughter Flourishes

Baking Business Inspired by Young Daughter Flourishes

Roderick Walker and his daughter Kai began baking for fun. Baking in the kitchen together was a way to share quality time. After perfecting recipes and receiving rave reviews from friends and family, the father and daughter baking duo decided to convert their cooking talents into a full-fledged business. “We began focusing on keto/low carb with no added sugar, gluten free, and vegan cookies after doing lots of research,” said Walker. “There were many products…..Read More

Torchy’s Tacos Heats Up Dining Options in the District

Torchy’s Tacos Heats Up Dining Options in the District

A restaurant concept born in a food trailer in Austin, Texas 15 years ago has heated up the Westchase District dining scene while growing to become a regional favorite in 11 states. Torchy’s Tacos founder Mike Rypka set out to elevate the traditional street taco with unique flavor combinations. Rypka hit the sweet spot with taco lovers, building a menu out of experimental tacos that were coined by early fans as “damn good,” which continues…..Read More

Greenspace for Westchase Campaign Hits Goal

Greenspace for Westchase Campaign Hits Goal

Woodchase Park’s opening in October represents the first of two planned parks in Westchase District. While Woodchase Park is designed to be a neighborhood park, Wilcrest Park will be more of a destination for all of west Houston. With a bigger park comes a bigger price tag. Wilcrest Park will feature a children’s play area, performance pavilion, dog park, botanical garden, exercise stations, public art, an area for table games, a dining facility, parking for…..Read More

Breakfast Just Got Better

Breakfast Just Got Better

It’s said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If so, a relatively new restaurant in Westchase District has got your mornings covered. With a thoughtfully prepared menu seven days a week, Eggcellence Bakery & Café caters to early morning and late morning appetites. Eggcellence opened two years ago at 10001 Westheimer Road in the Carillon Shopping Center. One step inside and the baked aroma emanating around you gives one impression: don’t…..Read More

Vargas Brings Back Cantina Laredo

Vargas Brings Back Cantina Laredo

John Vargas has been in the Cantina Laredo family for almost two decades. He began with the Dallas-based restaurant company when it had only four locations. In December 2003, it was looking to expand into a new market which brought Vargas to open its first Houston restaurant. The growing company selected the former site of Good Eats in Westchase District. While Vargas and his partners were not thinking long-term, the restaurant’s reception dictated other plans.…..Read More

Ramen Revival: Local Couple Introduce Ramen to Houston

Ramen Revival: Local Couple Introduce Ramen to Houston

As those living on shoe-string budgets during college can attest, instant ramen is a common staple in every dorm room mini-refrigerator. Easy to cook with boiling water or a microwave, mass production makes ramen even cheaper to buy. With his restaurant Ramen Jin, restaurateur and chef Brian Chen is changing how we think about ramen noodles. Ramen Jin isn’t serving your coed’s noodles. Chen’s ramen is notched up, Japanese style made with hand-pulled wheat noodles…..Read More

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