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Houston Chronicle: Healthy-focused restaurant Picnik opens next week in Montrose

The founder of the Austin-based Picnik restaurant believes in healthy eating that doesn’t sacrifice fun or flavor; better-for-you foods made with the cleanest ingredients.

Naomi Seifter brings that dining commitment to Houston with the arrival April 24 of her first Houston outpost of Picnik, opening at the Montrose Collective, 888 Westheimer. Originally launched as a food trailer in Austin in 2013, Picnik now has two locations in the capital city. And now Houston will get its own taste of the brand’s “real food” menu next week at the local full-service restaurant and bar.

Menu items begin with vegan cashew queso, guacamole (served with corn tortilla chips or almond flour tortilla chips), loaded smashed potatoes, and rice tempura chicken tenders. Entrée salads and bowls include Cobb salad, crispy chicken bowl, fried rice bowl and taco bowl (beef, salmon, chicken or organic tofu can be added), as well bacon jam burger, chicken katsu sandwich, tacos (crispy fish, carne asada, fried chicken), bibimbap, seared wagyu salad, chicken schnitzel, salmon and salad, and spaghetti squash pesto primavera. Brunch items: Spring  hash of vegetables and beef and pork sausage, breakfast tacos, house Benedict, sausage frittata, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and pancake, and French toast. There’s also a beverage menu of signature cocktails, zero-proof cocktails, butter coffee (organic coffee with grass-fed butter and creamy coconut milk or cashew milk), tea, cider, hard kombucha, beer and wine.

Picnik, according to a press release, crafts its dishes with thoughtfully sourced, healthier ingredients prepared without refined sugar, seed oils, gluten and peanuts.

Picnik will serve lunch, dinner, and brunch. The restaurant joins the Montrose Collective’s dining lineup that already includes MarmoGraffiti Raw, La La Land Kind Café, and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.

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