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Nirmanz Food Boutique Has Meal Time Covered!

Nirmanz Food Boutique in Sugar Land is open and ready to serve the Indian comfort food you’re craving! Socially distanced dine-in, delivery and takeout are all available. Try the Indian Dinner Box with samosas, one each of chicken, lamb and vegetable curries, lentils, naan, onion salad and dessert for $30 for two people or $60 for four. Or, enjoy the vegetarian version, which swaps in three vegetable curries instead for $25.99 for two or $50 for four. It's a terrific meal deal and a great way to explore some of our customer favorites. Call (832) 532-0699 to order or visit the website to see all of the dishes. Tell them Houston Food Finder sent you!

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B.B. Italia, which opened in the former Carmelo’s space at 14795 Memorial in May 2019, has temporarily closed as restaurateur Benjamin Berg has decided to move it to a “more suitable space”. (Berg’s other restaurants include B&B Butchers, B.B. Lemon and The Annie Café & Bar.) The new spot — the address of which has not yet been disclosed but it supposed to be just a couple of blocks away — will still be in the Memorial/Energy Corridor area. It is expected to open in a few months.

Ever since Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, the Southern Smoke Foundation has maintained a fund to help food and beverage workers affected by disaster and unemployment. That existing resource proved extremely helpful as restaurants and bars were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Now, following a week when a brutal winter storm caused restaurants and other hospitality businesses to shut down once again — meaning a lost week of revenue for employers and lost wages for employees — Southern Smoke Foundation co-founders Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Brown have launched a specific Texas Winter Storm Relief Fund


Between the pandemic and the recent freeze that shut down businesses, as well as water and electricity service, the Houston Food Bank has faced a year of enormous demand from Houstonians who desperately need support. To raise funds, through the month of March, Rainbow Lodge is serving a special Food Bank Rescue Menu. It includes the very popular Fried Texas Quail Bites, choice of Pan Seared Snapper or Grilled 10-ounce Bison Ribeye and dessert choice of Croissant Bread Pudding or Chocolate Mousse Torte. It also includes a half-bottle of wine. (Selections are limited and subject to change.) Each meal serves one person for $75, and $5 of each order sold will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. Visit the special menu page to order takeout, or make reservations for dine-in. Call (713) 861-8666 for more information.

Grub Kitchen and Bar has reopened its Katy restaurant. Situated directly off I-10 at 19143 Katy Fwy, this location of the Texas-based craft burger chain has been closed for the bulk of the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded in College Station in 2012, the restaurant is known for its well-priced and creative burgers, along with handcrafted and booze-optional milkshakes. In less than a decade of operation, Grub has expanded into five states, including California and Florida. Houston Food Finder was invited to the pre-opening event to get a look at the space and a taste of the menu.

When it opened downtown in April 2016, Conservatory was Houston’s first food hall. After numerous issues with the space, it closed in December 2019, but Anh Mai, who co-owns the business with Lian Nguyen, said it would reopen elsewhere. The nature of that return has changed. Originally, Conservatory was to be relocated to where Chapman & Kirby is east of downtown. That deal fell through, but the food hall now has a forthcoming permanent home in The Crossing at Midtown development.


We’re all seeking a bit of normalcy these days. A return to familiar rituals and experiences. Queue the crawfish. Few things are as ritualistically anticipated on the Gulf Coast as the yearly return of crawfish season, and few things could help bring about a renewed sense of normal like a tray of bright red, steaming mudbugs. Whether dining out, carrying out or boiling at home, we’ve got you covered with this year’s best bets for crawfish in and around Houston.

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