Where To Eat Right Now: 10 love-happy, must-try restaurants for February

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Usually, January sees a slower pace of restaurant openings than the fall, as places recover from the holiday busy season and regroup. That isn’t the case this year, as this month’s Where To Eat Right Now proves. For what its worth, the trend slows no signs of slowing down either.

Papa a la huancaina

Also, after half of January’s Where To Eat Right Now was outside the Loop, this month only two of the restaurants are (and one of those is in tony Tanglewood). For all the speculation that rising rents will drive restaurateurs to farther flung locations, the center of the Houston remains extremely vital.

Without further ado, here are 10 newly opened restaurants to try this month. Give one of them a shot instead of an old favorite for Valentine’s Day.

Andes Cafe

Former Samba Grille and Alma Cebiche + bar chef David Guerrero is back with this highly appealing Second Ward cafe that serves dishes from countries along the Andes Mountains. Peruvian anticuchos, thick, meaty pieces of grilled beef heart, can be found on the menu alongside papa a la huancaina, a Peruvian potato dish covered with creamy aji sauce that was so addictive a Peruvian friend wanted to buy it by the jar.

Sandwiches, such as a sausage-filled choripan, are enormous and offer solid value. Naturally, Guerrero’s signature ceviches are as delicious as they’ve always been. Add to the mix South American coffees (from local roasted Katz), sodas and gelato flavors for a complete experience. Located in an office building, the restaurant is primarily open for breakfast and lunch during the week but serves dinner on Friday and Saturday.

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