Houston has long been a city that commanded respect before affection; a megalopolis built on oil money and rocket fuel (NASA's Johnson Space Center, aka Mission Control, is outside downtown).
With the NBA All Star weekend upon us, and the three-week-long Livestock Show and Rodeo following right behind, it's time to check in on their host city. The food scene, from mind-bendingly good Vietnamese holes-in-the-wall to reserve-a-month-ahead tasting-menu restaurants, is a growing source of local pride—and calories ...
We tend to view bakers, baristas and shopkeepers as morning people: They head to work when most chefs go to bed (and vice versa). But a few practiced early risers are turning bakeries and grocery stores into hot evening spots...
"This dynamic duo have just announced their next neighborhood endeavor, an authentic Italian restaurant, Coltivare, with an expansive urban garden alongside. Texas Monthly caught up with Pera and Weber for a few more details..."
"He ate 18 pizzas in a day in a half. But it was all for work, said Ryan Pera of a recent business trip to Dallas and Seattle to check out pizza ovens for the new neighborhood restaurant..."
"Revival Market owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber announced today that they have signed a lease for a new restaurant on White Oak in the Heights. Called Coltivare..."
"Coltivare, which is Italian for cultivate, will include a 3,000-square-foot garden that will source fruit, vegetables and herbs for both the restaurant and the market..."
"Coltivare, to open in spring 2013 only three blocks east of Revival Market, is envisioned as a neighborhood trattoria that will feature wine and a menu of wood-fired pizza, Revival salumi and cheese plates, pastas and roasts."
"In this KHOU CultureMap Moment, Rudick heads to Revival Market in the Heights to unravel the secret of his favorite latte..."
"Hands down, Revival makes the best vanilla latte in town — and wait until you have it poured over the coffee bar's perfectly-cracked ice..."
"...The pig roast. So many cultures have their own versions of the whole-hog dining tradition, whether roasted slowly in a pit or rotisseried on a spit, finished..."
"...there was incredible house-made charcuterie and artisanal Texas cheeses at Revival Market in the Heights; it’s a sort of mini-Eataly run by hipsters..."
Listed in Bon Appetit's tastemakers 2012
Review by Houston Chronicle's food critic Alison Cook
Revival Market: More than Just Basics