New door: Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse

Set inside the eco-friendly MetroNational office called the Treehouse in Memorial City, the double-height restaurant has an open dining area backed by a long counter where guests can sit and watch the kitchen staff.

[…] there are also fresh ideas and a new plaything in the kitchen: a 14-foot-long wood-burning grill for expanded fish and meat offerings, as well as grilled oysters.

Other new dishes: loaded hush puppies with chopped brats, cherry peppers, queso, bacon jam and hot sauce; fried shrimp and pork belly carnitas served with tortillas and fries; chicken cacciatore; coq au vin; a lamb cheeseburger; an $18.50 pork belly BLT featuring a half pound of dry-cured heritage bacon; and Dutch oven dishes cooked over coals, including cazuela of pork shoulder, chorizo and octopus.

The cocktail menu includes drinks such as the Liberty Mule made with pineapple-infused vodka and ginger beer; the Bunker Hill Bloody Mary (pepper-infused vodka with house-made Bloody mix); and the Treehouse Toreado (anejo tequila, chile liqueur and St-Germain elderflower liqueur).

[…] the MetroNational Treehouse has the distinction of being a LEED Platinum-certified building; it boasts geothermal cooling and heating; a green roof with solar panels; rainwater collection; and a wind turbine and rooftop garden.

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Recipe: Sweet onion enhances cornbread baked in cast-iron skillet

[…] it was a Vidalia onion cornbread made by Ashley Pado, chef of the education and culinary center at Certified Angus Beef headquarters.

Pado headed up a team of chefs preparing that day’s feast, which included a table of smoked beef, numerous side dishes, home-baked breads, pickled vegetables and that cornbread that sparkled with a pave of caramelized Vidalia onion rings set in the bottom of the cornbread.

When Pado served the cornbread, she inverted it in the cast-iron pan so you could see the concentric circles of onion baked into the bottom.

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Calendar of wine events, Oct. 19-25

Nice Winery winemaker dinner: CRISP Heights, 2220 Bevis. 6:30-9 p.m. Monday. $95.

Carte Blanche & Keplinger wine dinner: BRIX Wine Cellars & Restaurant, 110 Vintage Park, Suite T. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27. $105.

The Brookwood Cafe, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire. 7-11 p.m. Nov. 4. $25-$150.

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Open Table singles out Houston restaurant Costa Brava Bistro as a foodie haven on national list

“A deft mesh of Spanish ideas and French twists makes this well-mannered Bellaire spot a rare fine-dining oasis in its underserved suburb — and a destination for Houstonians in search of a low-key, old-school vibe,” food critic Alison Cook wrote of Costa Brava Bistro in 2015.

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