Dallas-based franchise Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open its latest Houston-area store at 6383 Westheimer Friday. To mark the opening, the first 100 customers will receive a free pulled pork sandwich. Call 713-781-7702. New Dickey’s stores are coming soon to Katy and Spring.
Food trucks coming to Pavilions
Houston Pavilions, the downtown entertainment/retail/office complex, is beefing up its lunch-time offerings by inviting food trucks to serve their fare. The Pavilions will provide tables and seating in front of Forever XXI at the corners of Main and Dallas streets.
The food trucks will be serving 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The food truck rotation will include Monster PBJ, Golden Grill, Ladybird, It’s A Wrap and Refuel.
Kilburn’s opens third location
One of our favorite taverns has opened a third location in northwest Houston. Kilburn’s Tavern has opened at 24110 Northwest Freeway in a space formerly occupied by Salina’s Steakhouse. The casual, attractive dining room offers a full bar and a large menu with favorites such as Shepherd’s Pie, fish and chips and crab cakes. Call 281-256-8755.
Mardi Gras Grill now Woodrows Heights
If you’ve visited Mardi Gras Grill recently — and we have — you’ll have noticed some changes. (When we were there, the bar was in disarray as it underwent a substantial makeover.) The final piece of the puzzle was put in place with new signage. Mardi Gras is now Woodrow Heights.
The beer, wine and liquor program have been revamped, the patio covered and many back-of-house upgrades have been made.
1200 Durham, 713-864-5600
Pizza L’Vino opens on Waugh
We’re only one pizza in to exploring the menu, but Pizza L’Vino already has made quite an impression on us. The week-old take-out-and-delivery-only restaurant offers three styles of pizza, including New York-style hand-tossed, Chicago deep dish and ultra-thin crust, as well as a ridiculous number of customizing options: five types of sauces, a like number of cheeses, a gluten-free crust and toppings such as shaved ham, caramelized onions and hot and spicy giardiniera.
We opted for a deep-dish “Most Ordered” with red sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, black olives, sauteed mushrooms and Wisconsin mozzarella. With it’s golden crust and strikingly colorful sauce, it looked as good as it tasted.
In addition to pies, Pizza L’Vino also delivers wine and craft beers.
544 Waugh, 713-526-1000
Latin Bites’ tasting menus
Latin Bites Cafe kicks off a monthly series of tasting menus on Jan. 15 with a six-course offering available 5:30-9 p.m. Following the January affair, dinners will be held the second Tuesday of each month beginning Feb. 12. Cost is $60 with optional wine ($30) or cocktail ($40) pairings.
5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369
Time for a King Cake
Bistro Provence is offering traditional almond-filled King Cake for those celebrating Epiphany on Sunday. The Christian religion’s feast of Epiphany marks the 12th day after Christmas when the three kings reached the Christ child in Bethlehem. The buttery crown-shaped cake costs $28, plus tax. Order until noon Friday.
13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
Mia Bella’s birthday special
Mia Bella at First Colony Mall in Sugar Land will celebrate its first birthday Jan. 15 by offering one of its most popular dishes — Mushroom Strudel — for 365 pennies. The dish, which generally sells for $8.95, will be available for lunch and dinner.
16535 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land, 281-240-5000