Le Jardinier Brings Elegance & Excellence to Brunch in the Museum District

POSTED: January 8, 2024 AT 3:10 pm   /   Food Finds, French

Thanks to excellent service, artful dishes and a locale at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) with a view of Aristide Maillol’s remarkable “La Rivière” bronze statue, dining at Le Jardinier always feels like a special occasion. In fairness, the prices are somewhat in the “special occasion” realm, too, but it’s a worthwhile experience. […]

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First Bite: French Restaurant by Respected Chef Opens With Culinary Standouts & Misses

POSTED: March 24, 2023 AT 1:05 pm   /   Food Finds, French

Those who have followed Houston’s food scene for the past decade will know executive chef Philippe Schmit from his eponymous restaurant Philippe Restaurant + Lounge and, before that, from his time at Bistro Moderne at Hotel Derek. A longtime Houstonian at this point, he adopted the moniker “The French Cowboy”, a name he also used […]

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Heights Restaurant With Specialty Sandwiches Rebrands to Le Café Joséphine

POSTED: February 11, 2022 AT 9:14 am   /   Food Finds, French, Heights

The Heights is getting a refreshed specialty sandwich shop. Le Cafe Joséphine is replacing Neo Baguette at 201 East 20th, which opened in September 2018. The restaurant is still under the same ownership of the Chaabi family, which hails from Morocco, but is now being managed directly by daughter Noor. Le Café Joséphine’s menu, like […]

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First Bite: Fresh Fare & a Fun Journey Awaits at The Nash in Downtown Houston

POSTED: May 13, 2021 AT 4:36 pm   /   American, Food Finds, French, Italian

The Nash might be Alvin and Dora Murgai’s first restaurant, but they definitely did their homework. It opened in mid-January on the first floor of The Star apartment high-rise (formerly the historic Texaco Building) at 1111 Rusk in downtown Houston. Chef Omar Pereney, best known for his work (while still only in his early 20s) […]

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