is it a bird? Is this a plane? No, it’s SuperChef! Yep, Chris Shepherd is making news again with not only a new burger concept but a CBD cocktail collaboration with Bayou City Hemp Company.
Underbelly Burger After much speculation about what would be the new casual underbelly hospitality concept at the Houston Farmers Market, the 2520 airline was announced on May 28. This was previously hinted at in press releases about another upcoming Underbelly restaurant, Wild Oats. Underbelly Burger will open this summer.
Wild Oats will be located at the Houston Farmers Market, next to Underbelly Burgers, and will be the first restaurant for UH’s culinary director, Nick Fine. Currently, it is shooting for a September opening. Georgia James Tavern, a casual branch of Shepherd’s Steakhouse, Georgia James, is slated for a summer opening, while their Live Fire concept, yet to be named, is planned for Regent’s Square in late 2021. as we mentioned here Houston Press.
Two Underbelly Hospitality concepts will open at the Houston Farmers Market.
Photo by Houston Farmers Market
Underbelly Burgers will only seat 12 in its 1,200-square-foot space, but will have a pick-up window where diners can take their orders to enjoy at an outdoor table around the farmers market. The menu itself is also small and includes Hey Merchant’s Struggle and Desi Burger in a slightly updated version. This two-patty, double cheese, would be the standard burger with lettuce, tomato and pickle on a potato bun. There will also be seasonal burgers on the menu. The beef is sourced locally from both RC Ranch, the butcher next door, and 44 Farms, a longtime supplier to Underbelly Hospitality’s restaurant.
In addition to burgers, there will be chicken sandwiches and Chris Shepherd’s famous bacon sausage (so famous that HEB stores are carrying it now) will appear on burgers and as hot dogs. Any good burger joint needs a fry, and underbelly burgers will have sidewinder fries, thick-cut potato wedges that are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
Beer and wine as well as milkshakes will be available from Underbelly Hospitality’s pastry director Victoria Dearmond. We reached for the flavors and were told that chocolate would definitely be there but guests can also expect seasonal options like peach and strawberry.
Chris Shepherd also keeps CBD local.
photo by taylor hall
In addition to all the other ironies he has on fire, Shepherd is collaborating with the Bayou City Hemp Company to launch a range of CBD cocktails on four Underbelly Hospitality concepts. The use of cannabidiol (CBD) in the cocktail is a first for Shepherd and has selected a Texas first and a leader in hemp processing and extraction. Bayou City Hemp Company makes a distillate, the Mixer Elixir, which will be used at four Underbelly restaurants, each with its own signature drink.
Mixer Elixir is extracted and produced in Houston and is a water-based soluble CBD that uses proprietary nano-emulsion technology with superior absorption rates that increase body absorption by up to 90 percent. This means the benefits are realized faster and more effectively.
Citrus cocktails get a lift from the mixer Elixir CBD.
photo by taylor hall
The research on the benefits of CBD can be varied and not everyone is on board with its miracle status, but those who like it and feel it does the body good, can mix elixir with CBD as a cocktail. I can enjoy it. At One Fifth (is it really going to close soon?) there will be a cooler, made with lemon, mixed fruit, and ginger beer. Georgia James Salty Grapefruit Tonic, will offer Grass Snake with lemon, passion fruit and soda. Those who have run out of new pints to try at Hay Merchant can opt for a blend of swashbuckle, lemon, elderflower, hops, prickly pear, and tonic water. The streetcar at UB Preserve has blood orange, lemon, mint and tonic water. In each drink, the mixer nectar helps increase the content by the addition of CBD. All four cocktails can be ordered with or without alcohol.
In a press release, Shepherd said, “As soon as I toured their headquarters facility in Houston, it was an easy decision to partner with Bayou City Hemp. They produce the finest quality ingredients from seed to shelf, Houston are local to, and sourced from, Texas farmers; for all the Underbelly hospitality concepts I am passionate about in those qualities.”
Busy. Busy. Busy.
Photo by Daniel Ortizo
So, here’s Chris Shepherd news for the week. We are sure that there is more to come.
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