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T'Afia

Phone: 713-524-6922
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Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Regional
Neighborhood: Midtown
Price: $ $$ $$$ $$$$ $$$$$
Address/Map: 3701 Travis Street, HOUSTON, TX  77002

Overview

T’Afia, located a short ride from downtown Houston, is a 16 table dining room in an open-concept brick warehouse space proprietor and chef Monica Pope wanted to position as a “center of excellence in local eating”.  No pretention, little flare.  The focus here is on the food, great drinks from the casual bar/lounge that seats 30, and al fresco fun on the oversized garden patio. 

Every Saturday, the restaurant is transformed into a certified local market, The Midtown Farmers’ Market, offering a wide-range of artisan foods, fresh produce, fruits, meats, cheeses and delectable artisan chocolates from Brown Paper Chocolates.  It draws a big crowd and many of the patrons of her restaurant return on Saturdays to grocery shop. 

Those who stay for dinner are greeted with a local and seasonal menu of Alice Waters-esque dishes from seasonal salads to braised meats and local artisan cheeses.  They even carry local Texan wines like the 2006 Inwood Estates Segundo Palomino & Chardonnay  from Yoakum Country and 2005 McPherson Viognier from Lubbock.  Both are wonderful with her chickpea fries with red curry ketchup and the medjool dates stuffed with local chorizo and wrapped in bacon – part of her bites series of starters.  If you want to be creative with your main, you can make your own “local combo” with a choice of a protein, a side, and a sauce.  Grilled scallops with roasted garlic swiss chard and herb aioli one night and perhaps a bacon-wrapped beef filet with beets, saba, and candied walnuts the next?  Make it how you wish!


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