LORO Asian Smokehouse & Bar
A gorgeously remodeled former church on 11th sets the stage for an epic food production from two of Texas’ biggest industry vets. James Beard Foundation Award-winners Chef Tyson Cole (Uchi) and Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), who’ve joined forces to create an Asian smokehouse that has quickly captured the heart of Houston. Your best bet is to bring a partner (or entire crew) so you can order a little of everything: Candied Kettle Corn with togarashi and brisket burnt ends, Malaysian Chicken Bo Sssam kissed with yellow curry-yuzu, Smoked Beef Brisket lightened up with Thai herbs (and some seasonal House Pickles you should add on), and Coconut Scented Rice. Happy hour is another must-try, mainly because that’s when you’ll find the sweet and smoky brisket jam topped Loro Cheeseburger and Crispy Smoked Chicken Sandwich.
How to book: Stop by to order at the bar and grab first come, first served seating inside and out on the oak tree shaded porch.
When: Monday - Friday, 2 pm - 6 pm
This Uchi x Franklin Barbecue collab is known to draw a crowd, but visit the fast-casual Asian Smokehouse for an off-peak happy hour sesh and you can treat yourself to $4 - 5 drinks from craft brews and tap wines to Yuzu Spritz and Boozy Slushees, special HH bites like Smoked Salmon Dip and Brisket Tostadas, and its must-have Loro Cheeseburger. For bonus points, you’ll also want to check out the Sake Social Hour at sibling establishment Uchi over in Montrose. That’s when you can experience the exceptional sushi and cocktails while simultaneously keeping your wallet in one piece.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via Toast.