A Guide to Eating at Houston’s POST Market
What was once Barbara Jordan’s historic post office, nestled quietly on the outskirts of downtown, is now a thriving center for food and entertainment called POST Houston, developed by local real estate firm Lovett Commercial. While there are plenty of reasons to plan a visit – a live concert venue and the rooftop lawn with a million-dollar view of the city skyline are among them – going to dinner at POST Market ranks at the top of the list.
Anchored by a lighted stairwell in the shape of a double helix, which leads to the 5-acre rooftop park, POST Market occupies a vast space on the first floor of the multi-purpose complex. Adorned with colorful neon lights distinguishing the various food stalls, the market offers communal tables, as well as bar seating at two post office-themed cocktail bars aptly named Return to Sender and Address Unknown.
In deciding exactly which concepts to present to market, Lovett Commercial’s Director of Development, Kirby Liu, turned to celebrity chef Paul Qui to consult on the project and curate the list.
“The process was very collaborative with Kirby and the Lovett team,” explains Qui. “We wanted to create something special for the city of Houston that showed the city’s diversity and featured international outreach.”
Twenty-five vendors, including existing concepts from Qui’s own FAM Hospitality group with Johnny Hoang, fill the space. Diners can choose from fiery Thai plates at Thai Kun, Vietnamese soups and bowls at Soupreme, halal tacos at Taco Fuego, sweet and savory pancakes at Whisk Crepe Café, a steak dinner at Butcher Shop and Salt Restaurant. & Time, Brooklyn-style pizzas at Roberta’s – the list goes on (and goes on).
“I feel like every supplier in the POST market is passionate about what they offer, and you can feel that energy,” exclaims Qui. “You won’t find what we offer anywhere else in the city.”
It can seem daunting to choose from so many different cuisine options, but truth be told, there is no wrong answer. And for a helpful breakdown of what’s what, check out Houstoniaselection of a few flagship products from the POST Market.
Under the umbrella of Qui’s FAM Hospitality Group, Soy Pinoy lets diners sample authentic Filipino street food. Loaded sisig, fried chicken adobo and kiniwalin, a Filipino-style ceviche, are among the dishes on the very accessible menu.
This original concept, focusing on seafood from sustainable sources, is the result of a collaboration between Qui and the famous Norwegian chef Christopher Haatuft. Attention is naturally drawn to glass display cases highlighting the freshest premium on ice, including oysters, crab claws and fish. Expect imaginative dishes like uni cookies, ceviche and the “Snitter”, an open sandwich with buttered lobster and smoked salmon on thick toast.
This original concept, which has won the loyalty of its pop-up series of the same name, now has its permanent quarters at POST Market. Led by Houston chef Ope Amosu, ChòpnBlok uses bold spice blends, fresh proteins, vegetables and grains to create healthy West African-inspired plates. In addition, there are also vegetarian and vegan bowls.
This restaurant, with outposts in Austin and Denver, offers diners a taste of real Thai — and be warned, it’s not lacking in the spice department. The panang beef curry offers peppery bite after bite, while the fried chicken with rice comes with a tongue-tingling “boom” sauce.
Flower & Cream
This Houston-based creamery produces small-batch artisanal ice cream in mouth-watering flavors like grain milk, tiramisu, raspberry tres leches and banana Nutella. Spring for chunky candy mixes and a colorful cone, and enjoy the ultimate Instagram moment.
Houstonians may know G’raj Mahal from visiting Rainey Street in Austin, and now they can get their fill of popular Indian street food from the food truck right here in town. Start with golden fried samosas, then pair fluffy naan with aromatic curries spiced with turmeric and saffron.
king of the east
This destination for Japanese street food was made popular in Austin by Qui, and now it has a home in Houston. While its menu of meat-stuffed buns, stuffed buns and loaded pork belly bowls is the main draw, Eastside King inside the POST Market offers a 45-minute omakase seat, comprising 12 courses for $49.