Noah’s Coffee, 2120 Spring Stuebner, opened Jan. 26. We mentioned their soft opening last week, but we have more details about the new restaurant opening at The Market at City Place. It’s the third concept for Wanalee and Adam Gorelick who also operate Noe’s Crepes in Conroe and Charm Thai Bistro in Spring, which is located across from the new Noe’s Cafe.
The Gorelicks first met when Wanalee was working as an au pair. She grew up in Thailand and studied to become a social worker before moving to the United States. Husband Adam recently gave up his career as a high school math and science teacher to focus on the couple’s growing businesses.
Their newest venture is a 3rd wave coffee shop that will serve breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with plans to add dinner service in the future. There will be freshly baked pastries, waffles, French toast, pancakes and omelettes for breakfast as well as burgers, pasta and seafood for lunch and possibly dinner. The restaurant has an outdoor patio and will have licensed beer and wine as well as frozen drinks.
The cafe will also serve locally processed and ethically sourced Geva coffee from North Houston and Purefi Coffee Roasters coffee from Spring, Texas. The shop offers high-end espresso machines from Slayer and Faema.
The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse will open at NRG Park from February 28 to March 20. Debuting at the 2022 Houston Rodeo, this one-of-a-kind concept comes from Berg Hospitality. It will offer rodeo patrons a seated dining experience on the grounds of NRG Park and patrons can opt for the Saloon or Steakhouse experience depending on how relaxed or formal they want their experience to be. In keeping with the fun spirit of rodeo, both will offer full bars.
The Saloon is first-come, first-served, so cowboys just popping in can enjoy a casual upscale menu and a venue with live musical entertainment in the evenings, a large bar and a covered outdoor terrace called The Porch.
Although the Saloon is more casual, it still offers refined fare with entrees such as Blue Crab Cakes ($24), Tuna Tartare ($26) and Always Heartbroken, Oysters ($48). If that’s too rich for your blood, there’s chili ($8/$12), burger ($16), Wagyu hot dog ($12), and pulled BBQ chicken sandwich ($16) On the cheaper side, especially considering how much the Midway fare is anyway. The Saloon also offers entrees like Snake River Farms Pork Chop, Bone-in Chicken Shank, and Mushroom Rigatoni for those trying to escape anything fried or on a stick.
For the Steakhouse side, high-flying patrons can reserve tables in advance. The menu features caviar service, seafood entrees, entree salads as well as a variety of steak cuts ranging from North American Wagyu Filet Mignon to USDA Prime Porterhouse. Most steaks cost between $64 and $92, though it offers a selection of A5 Japanese Wagyu and Kobe from 100% Tajima cattle, the world’s rarest and most exclusive beef, for a little more. .
Morelia Gourmet Palettes, 16155 City Walk, will celebrate its grand opening January 28-29 in Sugar Land. Ideal location for a sweet Mexican popsicle store, the new store will take its place next to Jupiter Pizza and Waffles Co. and the Art Museum TX. It will be the first Texas location for the Miami-based brand, which has nine stores in South Florida and one in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as stores in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
For its opening, the store, also known as Paletas Morelia, will offer free pallets both days while supplies last. That’s over 1,000 frozen treats a day. Dips and toppings will however be extra.
Paletas, or Mexican popsicles, are larger than normal popsicles and at Paletas Morelia they are handmade with 100% natural ingredients. Customers will find fruit flavors like strawberry, mango, pineapple, and passion fruit made with fresh fruit, like Italian gelato and French sorbet. Fruit is a more common base for paletas, but there are also rich and creamy options like Belgian chocolate, Sicilian pistachio and coconut using secondary ingredients such as water, milk and condensed milk to a texture more like that of ice cream. There are also more over-the-top choices, including OREO Cookies & Cream, Reese’s Peanut Butter, and Dulce de Leche.
There are 16 kosher certified popsicles to choose from and that’s before the dips and toppings.
Willie’s Grill & Cooler, 2600 Smith Ranch Road, opened Jan. 17 in Pearland. This is the Texas-based brand’s 19th location in the state. It’s only the second Willie’s to feature an expansive bar, taking it a step above its icehouse roots.
With its expansive outdoor patios, both covered and open, the casual restaurant provides a cozy place for families and friends. Parents with young children can grab a picnic table by the sandbox to keep an eye on their little creatures while those wanting more privacy can usually find a booth inside. The interior still fills out a little on the outside, with the retractable glass garage doors usually open except in bad weather.
Decor is rustic like any place called an icehouse should be, with vintage-style Texas-inspired memorabilia and just enough big flat-screen TVs to watch games, but not intrusively. The menu features hearty dishes like fried pickles, loaded fries, fries, and queso and its famous hand-breaded onion rings. There are burgers, chicken sandwiches and po’boys plus tacos (brick, Baja shrimp or mahi-mahi), sirloin steaks, fried or blackened catfish, ribs and fried steak with chicken.
The giant icy cooler at the entrance offers a wide variety of beer and bottled beverages, as well as frozen cocktails, a selection of wines, and a full bar.
East end backyard, 1105 Sampson, is currently closed for renovations and construction. It is set to reopen in March with a new covered terrace and a “food item”.
Restaurants declared open for January 2022:
BB’s Tex-Orleans, 21411 Tomball Parkway, open January 13
Burger-chan, 5353 W. Alabama, open Jan. 3
Daily Gather, 800 Sorella Court, open January 11
Jersey Mike’s Subs, 5675 Fairmont Parkway, opened Jan. 12
Noe’s Cafe, 2120 Spring Stuebner, open January 21
Old Tom Bar, 3831 Golf, open January 5
Osaka, 515 Westheimer, open January 6
Raising the cane. 13480 Northwest Freeway, open Jan. 11
Solecita Churreria y Taqueria, 413 Travis, open mid-January
Stella’s Wine Bar, 1600 W. Loop S., opened Jan. 8
Tiff’s Treats, 1660 Louetta, open January 22
Tikka Shack, 134 Vintage Park Boulevard, opened January 24
Underbelly Burger, 2520 Airline, opened Jan. 6
Restaurants reported closed for January 2022:
Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, closed January 23
Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak, closed for moving Jan. 16
One Fifth Red Sauce Italian, 1658 Westheimer, closed January 22
Steamboat House, 8045 N. Sam Houston Parkway, closes Jan. 29