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New ZZ Top-Inspired Whiskey and 4 Other Things Happening in Houston’s Foodie Scene

Balcones Distilling has teamed up with ZZ Top to create the new Tres Hombres whisky. Photo: Balcones Distillation

ZZ Top Inspired Tres Hombres Whiskey Rolls Out In Texas

A new ZZ Top-inspired whiskey hits the market from one of Texas’ finest distilleries. The award-winning Balcones Distillery in Waco created Tres Hombres, a collaboration with the Houston Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. Named after the title of the band’s 1973 debut album, the new whiskey is made from three grains, including roasted blue corn, barley and rye.

Priced at around $60, the whiskey is described as having aromas of crisp apples, buttery pastry and white flower honey, with flavors of brown sugar, red grapes and a bit of fresh ginger and sage.
Tres Hombres can be pre-ordered at balconesdistilling.com/treshombres and will be available at select Texas retailers starting mid-November.

Uptown Sushi brings a new sushi concept to spring

sushi rebela new concept from the owners of Uptown Sushi, opened at City Place, 1700 City Plaza Dr., in the spring.
With a menu that closely mirrors Uptown Sushi, a Houston staple for 15 years, Sushi Rebel brings upscale Japanese cuisine and North Side favorite sushi.

Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers hot starters (shrimp tempura, lobster and shrimp rolls, kobe cubes with black pepper soy glaze, Akaushi beef on hot rock, chicken gyoza and chicken katsu), cold starters ( truffled tuna, spicy tuna on wonton chips, hamachi sashimi, beef tataki, ceviche and hamachi coconut yuzu sashimi), as well as miso soup and seaweed salad. A variety of nigiri and sashimi offerings are on the sushi menu, including specialty rolls such as Godzilla (salmon, jalapeno, green Tabasco and ponzu), Lickety Split (soft-shell crab, spicy tuna, tuna, dab with yellow tail, salmon and avocado), Shaggy Dog (shrimp tempura, avocado and spicy mayo) and Dragon Roll (crabstick, alder, cucumber, avocado, shrimp tempura and eel sauce).

The 3,800 square foot restaurant and bar offers 125 indoor seating (including a 15-seater sushi bar and a 7-seater cocktail bar) with plans for an additional 20 seats on the terrace.

Rebel Sushi by Daniel and Peggy Chang, is open Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m.

Opening of a new Aussie-inspired cafe in Heights

bluestone pathway, a New York-based Australian-inspired coffee roaster, cafe and lifestyle brand, will open in early 2022 at 115 W. 19th in the Heights. This is Bluestone Lane’s first location in Texas. The 4,400 square foot property is a two story space with ample outdoor seating was recently announced by Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions.

“We are extremely excited about expanding into Texas through the partnership with AMPS. Houston is a market with tremendous growth potential as it offers a great mix of local residents and urban professionals,” said Nick Stone, Founder and CEO of Bluestone Lane. “Our first adventure in Texas, this location will provide our signature premium coffee as well as our entire coffee menu of deliciously healthy fare all day.”

Arabella Mediterranean expands with two new sites

Arabella Mediterranean Cuisine + Grill expands with the opening of two new restaurants in Houston. Chef/owner Mohammad Altawaha’s concept, which specializes in wraps and gyros, recently opened a new location (following the original at 10228 Broadway in Pearland) in the Galleria district at 6377 Westheimer. A third location, at 401 Franklin in the new Post Market food hall, is scheduled to open November 16 with a soft opening scheduled for November 5.

Fantastic New Nightclub Zenaku Will Open Downtown

Zenakua new nightclub and dance club, is set to open downtown at 410 Main on November 12. .

“We knew we wanted to create a fantastic experience and we knew we wanted to push the boundaries of projection mapping technology to create an insane visual experience and I truly believe we’ve done that. It’s been a tremendous amount of work between many talented people, but the end result was worth it,” owner Carson Hager said. “Zenaku has to be experienced in person. Words don’t do it justice. Neither do pictures. share it with the city.

The two-level space features a full-length bar and six large private seating areas spread across two VIP rooms. The club will initially be open on Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; the cover charge is $10.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him topical tips at greg.morago@chron.com. Listen to him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn more about barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.




  • Greg Morago

    Greg Morago was editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes about food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty . He is a native of Arizona and a member of the Pima Tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.