Best Quality Daughter
Local culinary team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson, chefs and owners of Tenko Ramen, opened an Asian-American concept at Pearl. The menu includes Thai curry babaganoush; crispy fried pig ears; and chorizo, egg and cheese potstickers. Noodles and rice selections include mochi gnocchi with sauce mornay and Chinese sausage, and phat kaphrao pork fried rice. Best Quality Daughter features dishes pulled from Dobbertin’s travels and comfort food from her youth as a first-generation, Chinese-American with heavy Chinese, South Texas and Southeast Asian influences.
Brasserie Mon Chou Chou
Chef Laurent Réa and Southerleigh Hospitality opened this casual take on French comfort food at Pearl in December 2020. The brasserie offers simplified takes on dishes including steak frites, lyonnaise salad, escargot, oysters, domestic and imported cheese plateau, raclette and baguette, braised Texas rabbit in Dijon mustard sauce. The bar offers handcrafted cocktails such as the ‘Pink French Fairy’ gin fizz featuring Citadelle gin, egg white, fresh lemon and wild strawberry liquor. Brasserie Mon Chou Chou was created by Réa and Southerleigh Hospitality Group partners Jerome Serot, Philippe Placé, and Chef Jeff Balfour.
Created by husband-wife duo, Orlando and Susana Aguirre, Chilaquil is a Mexican street food concept inspired by traditional Mexican dishes. Formerly a popular food truck located on Broadway St., Chilaquil is set to open its first brick and mortar location at Pearl’s Bottling Department food hall. Chilaquil’s menu offers traditional Mexican street and comfort food fare, with its focus being chilaquiles, a Mexican comfort food consisting of tortilla chips covered in salsa, cheese, and more. Chilaquil’s more elaborate versions of the traditional dish also includes choices of beans, eggs, avocado, chicken, steak, pork, and nopalitos.
Located in the Government Hill neighborhood near the Pearl district, Hello Paradise is a casual bar with tropically inspired cocktails and authentic Thai food. The noodle-based dishes-focused food menu comes from Thailand natives Dara and Kusol Maknual with cocktails from James Beard-nominated barman Jeret Pena. Hello Paradise features a lineup of inventive frozen cocktails including three frozen drink machines dedicated to making rum, vodka and tequila bases that are customized into a wide range of drinks with fresh juices, herbs and other ingredients.
A new concept has debuted at Pearl’s Bottling Department Food Hall. An eatery by chef and owner Nicola Blaque of the popular San Antonio spot, Jerk Shack, Mi Roti takes inspiration from the West Indies and Caribbean. Mi Roti offers a “build your own” roti menu to include a choice of a protein, rice and an array of toppings. Roti refers to both the flat bread itself as well as the popular street food item, in which the roti is folded around a savory filling in the form of a wrap.