Fall is upon us, and along with it comes new seasonal fare to tempt your taste buds. Here are eight must-try treats on menus in Houston this autumn.
Bucatini amatriciana at Paulie’s
The bucatini amatriciana at this casual Italian cafe is spicy, smoky and wholly satisfying, thanks to a felicitous combo of bacon, garlic, cherry tomatoes, chile flakes and pecorino cheese ($15).
1834 Westheimer Rd.; 713-807-7271
Cassoulet Toulousain at Ètoile Cuisine et Bar
The menu at Étoile Cuisine et Bar at Uptown Park showcases French/Mediterranean cuisine including this classic bone-warming casserole with pork shoulder, duck confit, sausage, pork belly and white beans ($28).
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd.; 832-668-5808
Pork spareribs at Churrascos
The local mini-chain puts a Latin twist on corn-smoked ribs right in time for football season. Presented with a side of with tamarind-guajillo glaze and cracked fingerling potatoes, the dish comes with salad and soup during lunch ($19.95 at lunch; $20.95 at dinner).
Duck gumbo at Rainbow Lodge
Get cozy beneath the hunting trophies at the upscale American lodge in the Heights, and fill up with a hearty bowl of smoked duck gumbo with andouille sausage and wild rice pilaf ($9).
2011 Ella Blvd.; 713-861-8666
French toast at Benjy’s in Rice Village
The Rice Village branch of the New American restaurant serves up brunch fare seven days a week, including this decadent French toast, made with brioche, vanilla whipped cream and pomegranate chutney ($13).
2424 Dunstan Rd.; 713-522-7602
Lamb shank at Helen Greek Food and Wine
The menu at the quaint Rice Village Greek taverna changes with the days and seasons; now's the time to order the can't-miss lamb shank youvetsi made with warm spices, white wine, pearl onions and oregano ($31). Pair it with a glass of wine from the all-Hellenic wine list.
2429 Rice Blvd.; 832-831-7133
Apple cobbler at Roost
Savor the flavors of fall with a bite (or more!) of apple cobbler. The Montrose-area American dining spot goes all out, adding cheddar crumble, fried peanuts and rosemary ice cream on top ($7).
1972 Fairview St.; 713-523-7667
Pastelon at Fielding's Local Kitchen + Bar
The Woodlands-area New American joint often serves up fare with a Mediterranean accent. Don’t skip the pastelon, which boasts layers of lasagna filled with romesco sauce, clams, sous vide pork belly and zucchini.
26400 Kuykendahl Rd., Building #2; 281-351-2225