Open Houston Restaurants & More for Thursday, February 18 — Updated

Texas is still grappling with a massive power grid failure and excruciating temperatures. In addition to the cold, many Houstonians are now dealing with busted pipes, falling ceilings and, worst of all, no water. This is true for restaurants and business owners, too. Keeping the doors open is made even more tricky with the boil water notice announced yesterday.

As always — if the roads are still iced over, do not drive unless it’s absolutely necessary. With people in search of a warm place and a hot meal, here are the restaurants expected to be open.

This list will be updated throughout the day. 

Briar Forest

Moderno Tacos & Tex-Mex, 10455 Briar Forest: Open for breakfast tacos only while supplies last.


Plum Coffee Shop, 11688 Barker Cypress: Open for coffee, breakfast sandwiches. Call (281) 256-9400 for more information.


Classic Pork Tamales at Molina’s Cantina. Photo by Debra Smail.

Molina’s Cantina, 6300 FM 463, Fulshear: Only this location of this locally based Tex-Mex restaurant is open, because the Bellaire and Westheimer locations have to surmount water issues.


The Annie, 1800 Post Oak: James Beard-award winning chef Robert Del Grande and Benjamin Berg’s restaurant in the former RDG + Bar Annie space is open until 9 p.m. for dine-in, pickup and delivery. To order in advance, go online or call (713) 804-1800.

Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak Blvd: Tuck into cozy soups, sandwiches, snacks and more available for curbside pickup only. Order at the curb or call (713) 871-8883.

The Original Ninfa’s Uptown, 1700 Post Oak Blvd: The second location of the revered Tex-Mex classic is open until the food’s all gone. There’s no better time to de-stress with a margarita, too.

Garden Oaks

Fat Cat Creamery, 1225 W. 34th Street: Open until 6 p.m. today for retail ice cream, baked goods, gallons of milk and ice cream, sodas, Topo Chico and bottled water.


Rainbow Lodge smoked duck gumbo
The signature smoked duck gumbo at Rainbow Lodge is a fantastic way to start any meal. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: Feast on seafood, wild game and more from this long-running Houston insitution. Icy days practucally beg for the Lodge’s Smoked Duck Gumbo, steaks, pastas and decadent desserts. You can also purchase meats for cooking at home. It is open today for to go orders until 7 p.m. Place orders online or by calling (713) 861-8666.


bowl of beef rendang
Phat Eatery’s award winning beef rendang.

Phat Eatery, 20119 Colonial Parkway: Opens at 11 a.m. The popular eatery in Katy Asian Town center is open for curbside pickup only with a limited menu. Orders can be placed online.

Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Catfish dinners at Orleans Seafood Kitchen
Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Catfish dinners at Orleans Seafood Kitchen in Katy. Photo by Becca Wright.

Orleans Seafood Kitchen, 20940 Katy Freeway: The restaurant is open and serving its full menu for to-go orders only until 5 p.m. Dishes include Cajun classics such as a fried shrimp dinner, catfish and shrimp dinner, fish dinner and gumbo.

Summer Moon Coffee, 19901 Kingsland Blvd: Open today until 6 p.m. will plans to be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The coffee is hot and the croissants are fresh.


Hunan Garden, 4331 Kingwood: Open until 8 p.m. for curbside, pickup and delivery as long as power stays on. The menu is limited based on deliveries that have been able to arrive, but the dining room is open for warmth and guests are invited to charge devices. Orders may take 1.5 hours or more due to demand and resources.


At BuffBurger, quality ingredients and attention to detail shine in burgers, sandwiches and other dishes. Photo courtesy of BuffBurger

BuffBurger, 1014 Wirt: Open for a limited lunch menu; order to pick up now for dinner!


Balanced Foods, 6011 FM 1488: Stop by for a free meal from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. Choose from chili, BBQ chicken and Southwest Chicken Bowl. Visit the Facebook page for current information.


B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar, 14795 MemorialThis home of fresh Italian fare and to-go pizzas is opening from 4 to 8 p.m. for pickup and delivery orders only. The menu is limited; online ordering is available or call (281) 531-0696. The hope is that it will return to regular hours tomorrow.  

Montrose/Museum District

Bludorn, 807 Taft: Chef Aaron Bludorn’s restaurant is serving dinner tonight from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The menu is limited, but some of writer Mai Pham’s favorite dishes include the oyster flight, uni and crab pasta and lobster pot pie.

La Grange, 2517 Ralph, (832) 962-4745:  The restaurant with a cactus-adorned, two-story patio is open until 10 p.m. with a limited menu.

Miss Saigon Café, 1421 Richmond: We received an email from the restaurant stating that it’s open. The normal closing time is 9 p.m.

dancing beef at The Phoenix on Westheimer
Dancing Beef, The Phoenix On Westheimer’s twist on the classic Vietnamese dish, bo luc lac. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

The Phoenix on Westheimer, 1915 Westheimer: Owner Vu Truong says the popular pub is open until 10 p.m.


Bakfish Brewing Company, 1231 Broadway, Pearland: The brewery is open until 9 p.m. — but selling beer and food isn’t the only priority. The owners are giving water to the general public. People should bring their own containers. Normally used in its brewing, the water is treated by reverse osmosis and does not require boiling. In addition, people are welcome to charge their mobile devices.

Boiling Dragon, 11625 W. Broadway: Open with limited menu of “munchies/appetizers, seafood boils, fried rice and baskets“. Staff is limited, please be patient. Available for takeout only and will remain open until sold out.

Iguanas Ranas Cantina, 6200 Broadway: Open for Mexican fare, tea, lemonade, beer and margaritas.

Latino Bites Express, 2251A Country Place Blvd.: Open for Venezuelan fare as long as the power remains on.

Bowl of seafood soup with bread
Chef Steve Haug cooks his beloved family recipe for seafood soup at Magnolia Cajun Comfort in Pearland. Photo courtesy of Steve Haug

Magnolia Cajun Comfort, 1807 Broadway: Open until 8 p.m. for Cajun classics.

Steamboat Bill’s Ice House,1134 N Main : Open until 5 p.m. with a limited menu. To go orders only. Call (832) 243-1506 for more information.

The Teahouse Tapioca and Tea, Multiple locations: Per a user in the Pearland Eats Facebook group, both locations (Pearland Parkway and Shadow Creek) are open and serving popcorn chicken, egg rolls, squid balls, fries and drinks.

Rice Military / Washington Avenue

B.B. Lemon, 1809 Washington (713) 554-1809: The casual, New York-inspired eatery with a noteworthy cocktail list is open until 8 p.m. for pickup and delivery orders only. Other than the lobster roll and oysters, the full menu is available. Call (713) 554-1809 or place your order online.

El Rey Taqueria, 910 Shepherd: We called and confirmed that the dining room is open until 1 a.m. and the drive through until 3 a.m. Stop by and pick up a cheap and tasty meal, such as tacos with fillings such as ropa vieja with Cuban style slow cooked beef, beef or chicken fajita, grilled shrimpfish, or veggies. There are other locations; call the one near you to verify openings and hours.

Henderson & Kane General Store, 715 Henderson : Open today with limited supply of food and water.

Twisted Grilled Cheese, 5555 Washington: The home of over-the-top grilled cheese sandwiches is open “until we run out of food.”

Urban Eats, 3414 Washington: Is open with a “very limited menu and staff.” The downstairs market is open for dine-in and to go orders until about 6 p.m. (call (832) 834-4417 or follow on social media for the latest info). There’s lots of fresh, hot coffee too!

Rice Village/West University

Cleburne Cafeteria, 3606 Bissonnet: This family-owned institution has served Houstonians since 1941 and sources as many local ingredients as possible. It’s open until 7:30 p.m. today.

French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett: Not a restaurant, but you can resupply your wine stash with a special on the current monthly six-pack at this popular wine shop in Rice Village. It is just $103.45 through Saturday, February 20 and includes a link to the virtual wine tasting on YouTube. Use discount code WinterStorm at checkout. Open with limited hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon to 4 p.m.

Calamari with Gulf shrimp at ROMA makes a nice starter for any meal. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Roma, 2347 University: Owner Shanon Scott is set up to comply with the boil water notice — and is known for having plenty of great Italian wine on hand, too. Dine-in, takeout, curbside, and delivery are all available. View the menu online and call (713) 664-7581 to reserve or order. Assuming you have power at home, there’s a virtual dinner featuring the wines of Malvirà scheduled for this Friday, too. 

River Oaks

burger with fries and beer
The stacked Bosscat Burger. Photo by Kristen Gilliam

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer: Opens at 3 p.m. for dine-in and to go orders. Call (281) 501-1187 or visit the website for more information. Find nibbles and noshes in the form of elevated pub grub. Pick up starters such as flatbreads, pulled pork hush puppies, salads and soups. Heartier fare includes shrimp & grits, burgers and sandwiches, pasta and more.

San Leon

Pier 6 Seafood, 113 6th Street: Open with a limited menu of shrimp or chicken jambalaya specials. To-go service is encouraged but dine-in is available with disposable plating.

Spring Branch/Bunker Hill

Treebeard’s, 9655 Katy Fwy: This comfort-food favorite is open “until we run out of food.”  Please note that the menu is somewhat limited right now.  To order and for more information, call (713) 228-2622.

Sugar Land

Cilantro Chicken Vindaloo at Nirmanz Food Boutique in Sugar Land
Cilantro Chicken and Chicken Vindaloo with naan and saffron rice at Nirmanz Food Boutique in Sugar Land. Photo by Nirman Shah.

Nirmanz Food Boutique, 16338 Kensington: There’s little better to warm up with on a freezing night than comforting Indian curries. This beloved establishment from chef Nirman Shah serves an extensive menu of curries, Indian street food and other favorites. Try the Chicken Vindaloo with red Chile sauce and potatoes or the Cilantro Chicken with its complex, cilantro-based green sauce.  For more information and the full menu, visit the Nirmanz Food Boutique website.


della casa gnocchi
DellaCasa Pasta makes a variety of pastas and sauces in Tomball. Photo by Natalie Wells

Della Casa Pasta, 1599 Hicks: Contact the restaurant to deliver a free dish to an elder or vulnerable person who needs a hot meal. They will deliver to the Tomball, Cypress, Spring and Northwest Houston areas. Send a message via Facebook or call (713) 498-5928 or (713) 258-5110.

Washington Avenue/Rice Military

B&B Butchers & Restaurant: The steakhouse is  open tonight from 4 to 8 p.m. for pickup and delivery orders only. The menu is slightly limited. Call (713) 862-1814 or place your order online.

Multiple Locations

Those interested in restaurants in the Tomball, Spring, Cypress and The Woodlands might want to check out this list at the Nick’s Local Eats Facebook group.

Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys: The locations at 2724 West T C Jester and 4520 San Felipe are open while food is still available.

Dish Society, Multiple locations: All locations with the exception of Memorial Green are open with limited menu, staff and hours. The Heights location is open for to-go only. Per the restaurant, “We will adjust and adapt as the situation evolves.”

Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen, Multiple locations: Many locations are offering various levels of service. We recommend following the corporate Facebook page for the most current information on curbside and dine-in availability as it continues to change throughout the day.

Palazzo’s, Multiple locations (10455 Briar Forest and 2620 Briar Ridge): Both are open today for takeout and delivery only while power and supplies last. Visit the Facebook page for Palazzo’s Westchase for up-to-date information.

Rich Boy Po’Boy Food Truck: Open with a limited menu for to go plus bottled water for sale. It is parked at 2121 Yale from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tacos A Go Go, Multiple locations: The Downtown Tunnels, Midtown, Heights and Oak Forest locations are open with a limited menu for delivery and takeout only. (Cinco Ranch is closed at this time.)

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