Nibbles & Sips: Tin Drum will open in the Washington Avenue neighborhood | food drink

An Atlanta-based Asian restaurant chain plans to open its first Texas location this year in the Washington Avenue area.

Tin Drum, 1111 Shepherd Dr. Ste. #100, will move into The Vic at the Interpose, a luxury apartment complex, according to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Renovations to the 2,000 square foot space are scheduled to begin Feb. 7 and be completed Feb. 28 at an estimated cost of $150,000, according to a TDLR filing.

The restaurant is a “hip Pan-Asian cafe inspired by the bustle of the streets of Asia,” according to its website, and serves a variety of ramen bowls, wok noodle bowls, stir-fries, and more.

The chef sent an email to the restaurant’s head office and a text and phone call to co-owner Faizan Momin on Tuesday to request additional information about plans for the new location. These messages were not immediately returned.

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Cedar Creek Bar & Grill will host Gumbo Cook Off

Fans of okra, craft beer and live music will be delighted this weekend.

Cedar Creek Cafe Bar & Grill, 1034 W. 20th St., will hold its fourth annual Gumbo Cook Off from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Guests can enjoy gumbo, drinks, games and music from Heights Funk Collective and DJ Dayta, and also have the opportunity to vote for the ‘People’s Choice Winner’.

The jury for the event includes Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, a Heights native, and KPRC 2 meteorologist Justin Stapleton, according to a press release from Sara Jackson.

Entrants will be judged via a blind tasting and evaluated on taste, texture, ingredients, roux (the base of okra), and creativity. The grand prize winner will receive $500.

Several local breweries and distilleries are expected to participate in the competition, including Martin House Brewery, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., Eureka Heights Brew Co., Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Karbach Brewing Co., Austin Eastciders, Illegal Mezcal, Boulevard Brewery and Texas Brewery. Leaguer.

Tickets for the event are $25, and proceeds from the event will benefit Summerhouse Houston, a local nonprofit that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Tamale Joint arrives in Oak Forest

A new restaurant specializing in hand-wrapped tamales, take-out margaritas and Mexican street food is heading to Oak Forest.

The Original Tamale Joint, 3352 ETC Jester Blvd., will be open for dinner this summer, according to its website. The restaurant posted photos of its sign being installed outside its new space on its Instagram Story on Tuesday.

Restaurant hours will be 11am-7pm Tuesday-Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday-Sunday.

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