If you’re a good Houstonian, you’ve been pigging out on Houston Restaurant Weeks deals all month. It might be time to try something new or at least start planning for future, post Labor Day meals.
Here are a couple of new or new-to-me menus that I’m pumped about.
1. Bosscat Kitchen’s Lunch Menu
If you know Bosscat for dinner or for brunch, the lunch menu might pleasantly surprise you. Whereas dinner is heavy and brunch is boozy, lunch is lighter and at a better price point and less of a splurge. There are soups, salads, sandwiches and bowls, but all done the Bosscat way: with a twist. The power spinach salad will fuel the rest of your day and the Vietnamese chicken wrap on this buttery tortilla-like thing will not be put down until finished. Also a nice surprise, but maybe something to wait to try until the fall, was the chile verde soup. It’s more of a stew than a soup but super yum, and not too spicy. I also love Bosscat’s flatbreads, so the short rib flatbread, though not as light as some of the other dishes, was my absolute favorite. There are three bowls to choose from, and they are all delicious. Fun fact: the concept came from the owner, who would head to the kitchen to fix his own lunch every day and just throw different foods in a bowl and chow down. These dishes are a little more planned out than his DIY lunch, but the concept’s the same: put it all in a bowl and grab a fork!
2. Midici’s Neapolitan Pizza
OK, not sure if you can tell from all the pictures, but I’m low-key obsessed with the new Midici in Greenway Plaza in the new Kirby Grove. The concept is: upscale restaurant vibes with fast casual bites. Can confirm that, no matter how weird and dichotic a goal for a restaurant, Midici pulls it off.
You basically order your neapolitan pizza Chipotle style. You pick a pizza base (margherita, pesto, blanco sauce) and then add whatever toppings you want. It gets cooked, and you dive in. They also have yum salads and meat/cheese plates too. Oh, and wine, beer and coffee.
I got to taste the margarita pizza, pesto pizza, nutella calzone and buratta with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and melon. I honestly LOVED the meat and cheese plates, and might soon return for that and some wine. Also to take more mirror selfies in the ADORABLE bathroom. I AM the best thing that can happen to anyone. thanks for reminding me, Midici mirror.
3. Ruggles Green’s Seasonal Summer Menu
Summer dishes are just different, right? You want to eat light, but TBH, you can only eat so many salads. I’ve been eating a LOT of salads, so to mix it up, Ruggles Green’s seasonal menu checks all my boxes for summer dishes: light, full of veggies, perfect portions and bonus: creative! The menu has a couple salads (an ahi tuna salad and a roasted beet salad) on it too, but we tried the other two items: lemon herb chicken and the herb crusted haddock. Both were so so good, but i think the haddock, which came served on quinoa with asparagus and carrots and a lemon caper aioli sauce was the real winner. All items on the specials menu are gluten-free, crafted with natural ingredients and made-to-order in a scratch kitchen.