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2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, Texas 77005
MY REVIEW: This new spot next to Benjy's in Rice Village (and related to it) has a hip, urban feel that is refreshing and modern. They are trying to use "local" foodstuffs in preparations and also sell locally produced condiments, herbs, etc. That part of the business is a bit minimal at present, but I sense most diners will go for the food not the Worcestershire sauce produced in Bellaire. At this time Local Foods is open 11-7 with a lunch-centric menu featuring the 4 S: sandwiches, salads, soups and sides. I had a truffled egg salad sandwich on a lightly grilled pretzel roll with greens and tomato. I sense the truffled part came from truffle oil on the roll, but it all worked and was delicious. Sandwiches come with two generous dixie cups of several choices, all creative and unpredictable. I chose a julienned beet salad with wheat berries and Tuscan kale salad with golden raisins and toasted pine nuts. There are sodas, beer, wine and fresh, tart lemonade but no coffee or tea. That's a blip that surely needs fixing. I spied an oddly named "beer nuts cookie ball" at the counter and wanted to know more about it. Intrigued I was planning to pick one up on the way home. After we were seated, the counter person came over with one packaged up as a "treat". THAT was customer service! I think Local Foods will attract a great mixed clientele. Already one could spot families with kids, empty-nesters, Rice U students, assorted singles, etc. I suggested they also open for breakfast as Houston is surely lacking casual/creative breakfast spots. Now that would be customer service beyond the beyond! By the way, the cookie ball is intriguing. It's a chocolate-brownie-fudgy thing that is a little bit crumbly and very addictive.
SUBMITTED: 12/11/2011 LAST VISIT WAS: 12/2011
FREQUENCY: Visited once
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