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The Hit List: The Eat Is On!

It’s fall, time to add to your wardrobe with fashionable new clothes—and take in the season’s new cultural offerings. It’s also a good time to shake up your restaurant routine! Here are five new eateries to try now.

True Food Kitchen

1. Calhoun’s Rooftop Bar & Grill (4701 Calhoun Rd., Ste. 200, 713.456.7891) is new to the University of Houston campus. The second-story eatery with a 3,600-square-foot rooftop patio features gentle pricing on all Texas spirits, personal mini pitchers, ice cold beers on tap, and bar grub including several stuffed burgers, wings, nachos, and salads. Expect live music and broadcasts of all UH sporting events.

2. Holley’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar (3201 Louisiana St., 832.426.4303) recently bowed in Midtown by veteran chef Mark Holley, formerly with Pesce. Dine in either the lofty restaurant bathed in blue or the more casual raw oyster bar. Menu favorites so far include Texas barbecue shrimp, Holley’s gumbo, Thai-style whole fried snapper for two, or one of the many seafood ceviches.

3. Restaurateur John Moore has opened Moderno Taco + Tex Mex (10455 Briar Forest Dr., 713.784.4600) on the I-10 energy corridor near his Palazzo’s Italian joint. The stylish space designed by architect Issac Preminger features handmade pine tables and imported Mexican tiles. The food is equally fine: Think seafood campechana; gooey Mexican queso fundido with chorizo and poblano, and several taco plates including a fried chicken variation.

4. Restaurateur-wine guy Shepard Ross and co-chefs Plinio Sandalio and Adam Dorris recently rolled out Pax Americana (4319 Montrose Blvd., 713.239.0228). Expect an affordable small plates menu of modernized American offerings including house-cured charcuterie and cheeses, and seasonal, locally sourced foods like “Huge Gulf Shrimp” with 1015 onions, or a savory butternut squash tart with taleggio cheese and roasted pear. Pax’s dry-aging program proffers a robust porterhouse for two, Asian nine-spice brisket, or rib chops.

5. True Food Kitchen (1700 Post Oak Blvd., 281.605.2505) is new to BLVD place near the Galleria. The Kitchen’s menu concept closely adheres to the principles of celebrity doc Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet. Anticipate a modern menu of healthy food influenced by Mediterranean, Asian and Californian cuisines, like Thai green papaya salad with kelp noodle and mint; grilled steelhead salmon with watercress and lemon vinaigrette, and a grass-fed bison burger.