May 26, 2022

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5 things to know about The Warwick, the new restaurant inside the old Houston’s

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The Warwick is one of the latest swanky restaurants to open in Houston in recent weeks. Serving Southern and New American cuisine, it opened April 15 just west of Uptown and the Galleria. Here are five reasons why you should care.

Longtime Houstonians may remember Houston’s, the upscale steakhouse chain from the Hillstone Restaurant Group. The location at 5888 Westheimer closed suddenly in 2019 after 40 years of service. The Warwick sprang in its place in April 2022, giving the space a refresher while paying homage to the departed restaurant.

The other local Houston’s, at 4848 Kirby, turned into a Hillstone restaurant. Funnily enough, there are no remaining Houston’s in Houston—they are all in California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee and Georgia.

New Orleans native Chef Antoine Ware is the executive chef of the newly opened The Warwick.

New Orleans native Chef Antoine Ware is the executive chef of the newly opened The Warwick.

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2. The Warwick’s kitchen is led by a star local chef.

Antoine Ware was tapped to be the executive chef of The Warwick. Ware grew up in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina. While in the Big Easy he worked for the Brennan family at Mr. B’s Bistro.

He started his Houston career at two of Chris Shepherd’s now-closed spots, Catalan and Hay Merchant, then moved on to Harold in the Heights and was also a corporate chef at Luby’s. Ware is sprinkling his Cajun and Creole roots into The Warwick’s food.

The Warwick's Thai noodle salad consists of grilled Gulf shrimp, ramen noodles, arugula, chopped peanuts, mango, basil, mint, cherry tomatoes, carrots and housemade peanut vinaigrette.

The Warwick’s Thai noodle salad consists of grilled Gulf shrimp, ramen noodles, arugula, chopped peanuts, mango, basil, mint, cherry tomatoes, carrots and housemade peanut vinaigrette.

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3. Some of The Warwick’s dishes pay homage to Houston’s.

Those nostalgic for Houston’s will be happy to see that Ware has put his spin on some of the restaurant’s staples. The Warwick menu features The Dip—a version of Houston’s spinach-artichoke dip—as well as twists on the Hawaiian ribeye and the Thai noodle salad.

A nod to the city of Houston itself can be found in the Chicken 713 Pasta, a Statler-cut chicken breast that’s brined and served on pasta with garlic cream sauce, roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Ware’s NOLA flare comes forth in the Snapper Orleans served with andouille jambalaya risotto. Other Gulf-inspired dishes include the charbroiled Gulf oysters with a cheese blend, collard greens and garlic butter; and the Gulf shrimp and grits that marries our local jumbo shrimp with pimento cheese grits and sriracha garlic butter.

The Warwick's Desperado cocktail is made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, turbinado, raspberry puree and walnut bitters.

The Warwick’s Desperado cocktail is made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, turbinado, raspberry puree and walnut bitters.

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4. The Warwick’s drinks are just as elevated as the restaurant’s food.

Beverage director Andrew Grala has also revamped the classics for The Warwick’s cocktail program. There are three different kinds of old fashioneds they’re calling “Warwick Old Fashions,” including one with mezcal, raspberry puree and walnut bitters. The Warwick margarita is made with reposado tequila and adds pineapple to the lime. Guests can also look forward to a Pardon My French cocktail with Grey Goose La Poire, Chambord, Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wine.

The charbroiled Gulf oysters at The Warwick, served with a cheese blend, collard greens and garlic butter.

The charbroiled Gulf oysters at The Warwick, served with a cheese blend, collard greens and garlic butter.

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5. The Warwick is also a nod to another piece of Houston’s past.

Not only is the new restaurant paying homage to Houston’s while occupying its space, it’s also named for the Warwick Hotel, a historic landmark in the city that closed in 2005. It has since reopened as the Hotel ZaZa. Today, the name lives on Uptown.

The Warwick's Snapper Orleans is a blackened snapper fillet with andouille jambalaya risotto, lump crab meat and garlic butter sauce.

The Warwick’s Snapper Orleans is a blackened snapper fillet with andouille jambalaya risotto, lump crab meat and garlic butter sauce.

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Find it: 5888 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77057 (713-534-1545)


Hours: Sunday-Thursday 4-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 4-11:30 p.m. (Lunch service will begin in May and brunch in mid-July.)



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