The highly anticipated restaurant, Picnik, is set to open on Monday, April 24 in the Montrose Collective. The beautifully designed and inviting new space is set to be the new go-to among Houstonians – focusing on conscious ingredients and a better-for-you drink program.
The concept originates from a passion project launched by Naomi Seifter in 2013 out of a 150-square-foot trailer in Austin. Founded on the principles of making healthy food approachable and inclusive, the concept has grown and developed into a full-service restaurant and bar.
Guests can dine-in for lunch, brunch or dinner – choosing from Dips + Starters, Salads + Bowls + Marketplaces, and the All Day Brunch menu. Some highlights include the popular Bacon Jam Burger (juicy grass-fed beef patty, always organic raw cheddar, mouthwatering housemade bacon jam, mustard, pickles) on a scratch sesame bun, which has garnered its own following. Taking full advantage of the season, the new Spring Hash combines the freshest ingredients (corn, asparagus, kale, sweet potato and scratch made grass-fed beef and heritage pork sausage). For brunch, guests come back again and again for the Picnik Benedict (no sugar bacon, organic cream cheese and Vital Farms eggs on top of a scratch biscuit and finished with a velvety hollandaise).
Picnik is obsessed with creating delicious foods that don’t compromise on taste – every dish is intentionally crafted with thoughtfully-sourced, healthier ingredients and prepared without refined sugar, seed oils, gluten and peanuts. For additional healthful benefits, guests can add to their meals using functional ingredients, superfoods and adaptogens like CBD, Reishi for relaxation, Sharp for energy or Lion’s Mane for elevated focus.
Guests can choose from a variety of drinks that Picnik has to offer – making it a natural place to grab a glass for happy hour. Standouts on the drink menu include the Pitaya Margarita (a healthier take on a Texas favorite that draws on natural flavors with ingredients like dragon fruit, raw honey, lime and of course, tequila), or the Southern Charm (crafted with bourbon, citrus, banana and spice) for a warm, cozy flavor. Guests can also enjoy their selection of ethically sourced and sustainable wines, gluten-free beers, signature cocktails, zero-proofs, local cider, or hard kombucha.
“At Picnik we strive to make sure our menu is approachable and delicious. We want our guests to feel at home whether they are out with friends, family or having a work meeting,” says Picnik CEO, Dan Mesches. “Even if you don’t live in the neighborhood we want you to feel like this is your place to eat, drink and relax.”
HapstakDemetriou+ Architecture Design created the vibrant space using inspiration from nature, including airy interiors and greenery. The energy of the space is a perfect fit for the walkable Montrose Collective (888 Westheimer Road near Montrose Blvd.), which was created to embrace the energy and inclusiveness of the neighborhood. Guests of Picnik can enjoy free validated underground parking for two hours.