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Adair Concepts – the family-owned-and-operated restaurant group behind concepts Adair Kitchen, Bebidas, Los Tios, Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill, and Betsy’s at Evelyn Park – is putting a fresh spin on the company’s neighborhood concept Eloise Nichols.
Nestled along the leafy enclave of Mid Lane between River Oaks District and Highland Village, Eloise Nichols has evolved into an all-day café featuring a newly merged lunch and dinner menu as well as an interior refresh for the 6-year-old concept.
Named for the paternal grandmother of sibling owners Nick Adair and Katie Barnhart, Eloise Nichols the restaurant concept was inspired by Eloise the family matriarch – a no-nonsense, classic Texas beauty whose unpretentious and refined style can be felt throughout the restaurant.
“Our intention was to be a go-to neighborhood destination with a laid-back atmosphere, high-quality food and classic cocktails,” said Nick Adair, president and co-founder of Adair Concepts in a statement. “The enhanced interior and merged menus are a natural evolution to an All Day Café, which is predicated on great meals and fun times with friends and family in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. We want our customers to feel as comfortable as they would in their own living rooms any time of day and stay as long as they’d like.”
The American bistro is placing a premium on its family roots with inspired new additions to its original menu that will remain firmly intact on the All Day Café menu, which has been consolidated into breakfast, lunch and dinner designed for maximum appeal, including family favorites Split Pea Hummus, Venison Sausage, and the always-in-season Not Jennifer Aniston’s Salad with farro, pistachio,chickpea, parsley, mint, cucumber, olive oil, feta, red onion and lemon. In the spirit of family tradition, the updated menu also showcases dishes freshly brought back from the original Eloise Nichols menu including Betsy’s Favorite Pasta is the recipe from the Adairs siblings’ mother, with linguine, olive oil, sun dried tomato, romano, pine nut, basil and parmesan; in addition to Chicken & Dumplings made from a family recipe that has been passed down through generations. On the beverage side, the team has brought back classic, simple cocktails including the Eloise G+T with gin, tonic and lime; a Negroni with gin, campari. and sweet vermouth, and the Spirit Animal with vodka, pineapple and lime.
Eloise Nichols’ newly minted All Day Café rebrand offers breakfast every morning, with items such as Avocado Toast with mashed avocado, a poached egg, lemon , chili flake and Salmon Hoppin’ John with sautéed rice, a poached egg, crispy chickpea, seared salmon, romesco and scallion Additionally, the neighborhood spot offers a popular weekend brunch menu that features staples like Biscuit Benedict with pulled pork, poached eggs, smoked paprika hollandaise, pickled green tomatoes and hash; Chicken & Waffles with crispy chicken tenders, cane syrup butter, sliced apples, scallions and maple syrup; and Horchata Toast featuring horchata custard, blueberries, cajeta & maple syrup. Coffee varieties on the menu include latte, cappuccino, matcha, and americano options, all created with quality Right Side Beverage coffee beans, a coffee company also co-owned by Nick Adair. Assorted teas and a variety of cold freshly pressed juices remain as menu highlights.
Guests can also experience updates to the interior, where striped wallpaper now lines the rear corner wall to enhance the restaurant’s signature green floral wallpaper. A vintage, buzzy sign displays the word “Liquors” in neon. Staff are dressed in updated uniforms, featuring yellow striped shirts. The outdoor patio has also been covered with a green awning.
The restaurant’s refresh comes as the Adair family continues to bring design renovations and updates to its other Houston concepts, including the recent opening of Adair Kitchen West University, the upcoming opening of the sixth Los Tios also in West University, and updates to Adair Kitchen Downtown and Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill.
Eloise Nichols is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Fridays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast is served every day until 11 a.m., with a weekend Brunch menu served on Saturday and Sundays until 3 p.m. Happy Hour featuring $5 burger, discounted small plates, & cocktail specials if offered every day from 3 to 6 p.m.