LIVING AND LOVING LOCAL:
Slow Dough Bread Co.
Grab a Picnic-ready Sandwich Made on Artisan Bread and Take it Alfresco
By Robin Barr Sussman
What started out ten years ago as a small Houston artisan bread company by Heath and Marlo Wendell has risen into a booming business that supplies 350 restaurants in Houston with various bread products and delivers fresh breads retail to 22 cities and 12 states. Slow Dough Bread Co. sells breads to large hotels and universities and makes daily deliveries to Austin and San Antonio. That’s a lot of dough!
Its hands-down favorite sandwich is the Crunchy Chicken with provolone, buttermilk ranch and pickles on a buttery pretzel bun. Carnivores go for the BBQ Pork with Asian slaw and house barbecue sauce, while vegetarians pick the Garden Sammie with Brussels sprouts, avocado spread, hummus and pickled onions on irresistible ciabatta bread. Great patios are a bonus!
2555 Kirby, 713-255-4440, as well as locations in the Village, Tanglewood, downtown and the Heights, www.houstonlocalfoods.com
Ladies who lunch and green thumbs hit this garden-happy spot for the Turkey Avocado Club with basil pesto and house aioli on artisan sliced bread. Also popular: the signature French Country starring grilled chicken with sun-dried tomato pesto, goat cheese and greens on a baguette.
3614 West Alabama, 713-622-4224, as well as locations on Rice Boulevard and in Austin, tinybox www.woods.com
THE ROASTERY COFFEE KITCHEN
New to select H-E-B grocery stores is this all-day café specializing in coffee grown with sustainable harvesting practices owned by Four J Foods, a New York-based group of restaurateurs including celeb-chef Jonathan Waxman. Try the smoked salmon and cream cheese on simit (soft, twisted, bagel-like bread); NYC Combo (salami, prosciutto, cherry peppers, red wine vinaigrette) on baguette, or the carved turkey with avocado, sprouts and citrus aioli on multi-grain bun.
2300 North Shepherd, 713-505-1898, as well as locations at Bellaire, San Felipe and coming soon to Buffalo Heights and Meyerland, www.theroastery.com
This bustling café is all about farm-to-table, so you’ll see many local purveyors on the menu. Expect various sandwiches but its grilled pesto chicken sandwich is the house favorite. It’s made with cage-free chicken, Texas pecan basil pesto, Texas goat cheese and greens on pretzel bread. They also serve smoked Gouda queso with Slow Dough pretzel bread.
12525 Memorial, 713-467-3474, as well as locations in The Galleria, Katy, Heights and downtown, www.dishsociety.com
ROOSTAR VIETNAMESE GRILL
Specializing in custom Vietnamese bánh mi sandwiches served on light, freshly baked Slow Dough baguettes, this bright café uses fresh ingredients free of trans fats. Expect eight hearty combinations including chopped ribeye, pork belly, avocado and smoked salmon, each served with jalapeños, pickled carrots, cilantro, garlic aioli, soy and cucumbers.
1411 Gessner, Suite 1, 832-649-8955, 5551 Richmond, 832-767-3319, www.myroostar.com
MONGOOSE VERSUS COBRA
At the end of the day, you might just want a frosty beer and the infamous 13-ounce pretzel. The taps are many with local choices like Great Heights, 8th Wonder and No Label, along with national craft beer. About that soft, puffy pretzel: It’s about the size of your head and served warm with mustard and house pickles. Epic and addicting!
1011 McGowen, 713-650-6872, www.mongooseversuscobra.com
SLOW DOUGH BREADS ALSO ARE SERVED AT:
Carrabba’s – The Original on Kirby, carrabbasoriginal.com
The Four Seasons Hotel, www.fourseasons.com/houston
Mia’s Table, miastable.com
Perry’s Steakhouse (all locations), www.perryssteakhouse.com
WHERE TO SOURCE IT WHOLESALE:
Slow Dough Bread Co.
9330 West Airport, 713-568-5674, www.slowdoughbreadco.com