POST Houston’s new food hall brings acclaimed chefs, dozens of new players to city’s food scene

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The long-awaited Post Houston complex opens to the public Saturday morning, Nov. 13, bringing with it Houston’s most exciting new lineup of culinary concepts. The mega mixed-use development (401 Franklin, the former Barbara Jordan Post Office) from Lovett Commercial will include the Post Market food hall featuring more than 30 […]

The long-awaited Post Houston complex opens to the public Saturday morning, Nov. 13, bringing with it Houston’s most exciting new lineup of culinary concepts.

The mega mixed-use development (401 Franklin, the former Barbara Jordan Post Office) from Lovett Commercial will include the Post Market food hall featuring more than 30 vendors, many new to the Houston food scene. About two dozen of the concepts will be open to the public beginning at 11 a.m., with a handful still to come. 

GO INSIDE: What’s in store at the new Post Houston complex

Here are the new food hall players:

Golfstrommen Seafood Market: The first American concept from chef Christopher Haatuft of the acclaimed Lysverket restaurant in Norway will offer high-quality Gulf seafood and seasonal farmers market produce as well as a menu highlighting Nordic food in collaboration with Paul Qui, formerly of Houston’s Aqui restaurant (Qui will have East Side King and Soy Pinoy in Post Market; he’s also a partner in Thai Kun and Golfstrommen).

Chef Christopher Haatuft, of Norway, talks about his Gulfstrømmen Seafood Market, his first restaurant in the U.S., located in the Post Market Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Houston. POST Houston is set to have its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

 

Andes Café: Chef David Guerrero resurrects his Andes concept with a menu drawn from South American countries. Guerrero, who also recently opened Mykuna, a Latin-Asian concept in Railway Heights Market, has built a loyal fan base with his original Andes menu.

Andes Cafe from chef David Guerrero is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Andes Cafe from chef David Guerrero is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

Andes Cafe from chef David Guerrero is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Andes Cafe from chef David Guerrero is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

East Side King: Chef Paul Qui’s Austin Japanese street food concept now has a home in Post Market with dishes such as Thai chicken karaage, pork belly buns, and rice dishes. 

East Side King, from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
East Side King, from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

East Side King, from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
East Side King, from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

ChopnBlok: Chef Ope Amosu’s first brick-and-mortar location will offer fare with an emphasis on freshness, vegetables, and boldly spiced dishes drawn from the West African diaspora. Chef Marcus Samuelsson has already praised the Amosu’s pop-up dinners on his “No Passport Required” series.

ChopnBlok, featuring West African fare from Houston chef Oope Amosu, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
ChopnBlok, featuring West African fare from Houston chef Oope Amosu, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

ChopnBlok, featuring West African fare from Houston chef Oope Amosu, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
ChopnBlok, featuring West African fare from Houston chef Oope Amosu, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

Soy Pinoy: Another Paul Qui concept (Soy Pinoy translates to “I’m Filipino”) offers Filipino fare including lumpia, lechon, kinilaw, and fried chicken adobo.

 

Thai Kun: Chef Thai Chanthong brings his Austin restaurant concept (named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants in America in 2014) to Houston with a menu of Thai street food that includes dishes such as pad Thai, crab rice, black noodles, som tum and khao man gai.

 

Hawker Street Food Bar: The first American outpost of chef Laila Bazahm’s Barcelona-based Hawker 45 restaurant will offer Southeast Asian and Latin American hybrid street cuisine.

Hawker Street Food Bar, from Chef Laila Bazahm, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Hawker Street Food Bar, from Chef Laila Bazahm, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

Hawker Street Food Bar, from Chef Laila Bazahm, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Hawker Street Food Bar, from Chef Laila Bazahm, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

Salt & Time Butcher Shop: A new location from the Austin butcher shop and boutique grocery store from Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler. Offering locally raised meats, house-made sausage, charcuterie, and gourmet groceries.

Salt & Time Butcher Shop, an Austin-based butcher shop and boutique grocery concept, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Salt & Time Butcher Shop, an Austin-based butcher shop and boutique grocery concept, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

Butcher’s Burger: Salt & Time’s burger concept offers a menu of burgers made with meats sourced directly from ranchers.

Butcher's Burger, a burger concept from the owners of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Butcher’s Burger, a burger concept from the owners of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

Butcher's Burger, a burger concept from the owners of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Butcher’s Burger, a burger concept from the owners of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

Butcher's Burger, a burger concept from the owners of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Butcher’s Burger, a burger concept from the owners of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

Thrive Juices: This cold-pressed juice bar, a Black-owned business founded by James Kelso, offers fresh juices, smoothies, matcha drinks, and acai bowls.

Thrive Juices is one of the food venues at the food hall of Post Market Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Houston. POST Houston is set to have its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Thrive Juices is one of the food venues at the food hall of Post Market Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Houston. POST Houston is set to have its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

 

Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken: Southern-inspired hot chicken and other southern staples will be offered by chef Nick Graves whose concept is already up and running in Denver’s Avanti Food Hall.

Lea Jane's Hot Chicken from chef Nick Graves is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken from chef Nick Graves is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

Lea Jane's Hot Chicken from chef Nick Graves is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken from chef Nick Graves is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

Motto Ramen: Asiatown restaurateur Mike Tran (Tiger Den, Mein, Toukei) will open his newest ramen concept serving authentic Japanese ramen with scratch-made noodles and homemade broth.

 

SOUPreme: Vietnamese pho concept from Tuan and Thy Tran also specializes in bun bo hue using family recipes passed down through generations.

 

Lucy Pearl’s: This is the first brick-and-mortar location for owners Nicole and Ronald Morris, offering signature desserts such as red velvet cake, banana pudding cake, blackout cake, and sweet potato pie.

 

Taco Fuego: The Halal food truck concept will now have its first kitchen specializing in charcoal grilling with dishes such as halal quesabirrias.

 

Sweets with L&L: If cotton candy’s your thing, this is your place. Tameia Frank Jones’ stall will serve towering clouds of cotton candy in  more than 20 flavors.

Sweets with L&L is one of the food venues at the food hall of Post Market Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Houston. POST Houston is set to have its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Sweets with L&L is one of the food venues at the food hall of Post Market Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Houston. POST Houston is set to have its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

 

GELU Italian Ice: With more than 30 ice flavors, this concept founded in Colorado is expanding in Houston.
Earth and Roots CBD: Organic hemp and vegan products manufactured in Texas.

 

Flower & Cream: The artisan ice cream purveyor, with a shop at 2617 W. Holcombe, now has a new store in Post Market with a rotating selection of high-end ice cream made with premium and locally sourced ingredients.

Flower & Cream, an artisan ice cream purveyor, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Flower & Cream, an artisan ice cream purveyor, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

Flower & Cream, an artisan ice cream purveyor, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston's Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.
Flower & Cream, an artisan ice cream purveyor, is among the culinary vendors at Post Houston’s Post Market food hall, 401 Franklin in downtown.Post Houston

 

Return to Sender & Address Unknown: Twin postal-themed bars anchor the Post Market’s beverage program with craft cocktails.

 

Arabella: formerly announced as Abu Omar Halal, this Mediterranean brand will offer casual eats including sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, kebab and falafel.

 

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at [email protected] Hear him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn about Houston and Texas barbecue culture.

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