Crisp wine. Crisp, refreshing beer. Crisp-crusted pizza.
What’s not to like?
The new restaurant opening in a couple of weeks in The Woodlands has all the bases covered. Sure, Crisp Wine Bar Eatery – the second location of the popular Crisp in the Heights – is ready to serve up an impressive wine list, a daunting selection of beers, and a menu of killer pizza. But the smart, sophisticated restaurant is ready to impress with a contemporary look (it’s in the home of the former Black Walnut) and a menu that encompasses so much for than hot oven-crisped dough.
The “eatery” offerings include starters such as blue crab bisque made with Texas lager; a Houston Dairymaids cheese board; a cured meats board; chilled scallop crudo; baked Texas goat cheese and marinara; saffron arancini; roasted mushroom fondue; and shrimp and polenta.
Yes, there are sandwiches, salads, and a variety of pastas including four cheese ravioli, lasagna with house-made sausage, lamb Bolognese crab macaroni and cheese, and giant meatballs with spaghetti. Signature pizzas? Crisp has plenty, including Shady Acres (roasted mushroom, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, balsamic onion, goat cheese and arugula), and San Fran’s North Beach (pepperoni, rosemary ham, fennel seed sausage, Sicilian olive, tomatoes and chile flakes.
Entrees include beer can chicken with parmesan fries; Surf & Turf Risotto (caramelized scallops and beef short ribs); grilled salmon served cioppino style with gulf shrimp, mussels and calamari in a roasted garlic tomato sauce; beef short ribs with polenta; and grilled beer tenderloin with macaroni and cheese.
It’s pretty much the same menu as the Heights store. And like the Heights, the Woodlands Crisp will have a self-serve Enomatic wine dispensing machine. But the new store will serve alcohol in addition to beer and wine.
And it’s a generously sized store: 150 seats with an additional 55 on the patio.
Like Crisp in the Heights fits its neighborhood in terms of design and vibe, the Woodlands store is ready to appeal to those insatiable, adventurous Woodlands diners who are looking for their next favorite neighborhood restaurant.
Why not Crisp? It is estimating its opening date as Monday, April 20.
Crisp Wine Bar Eatery, 2520 Research Forest Dr., crispwoodlands.com