Benjy Levit—the mastermind behind both of Houston's forward-thinking benjy's restaurant locations—has expanded his popular Local Foods concept with a second location in River Oaks. The scratch gourmet sandwich shop features locally-sourced items served in a bright and cheerfully-designed interior.
Local Foods offers Houstonians an ever-changing menu of grab-and-go items and made-to-order sandwiches, salads and sides. Almost every ingredient used in the restaurant's menu is available for sale, including local produce, homemade artisan snacks, as well as other Texas-derived products.
The sandwich and salads menu features house smoked salmon, with local greens, red onion jam and poppy seed bagel; housemade pastrami, with caraway sauerkraut, smoked provolone and whole grain beer mustard; duck confit panini, with melted brie, arugula and cranberry preserve; pepper-crusted sirloin salad, with broccoli, sesame sprouts, mint-kefir lime vinaigrette and black rice crumble. And that's just the start.
The store also offers retail items resulting from local collaborations, including custom root beer brewed by Houston food truck favorite, The Eatsie Boys. Other Texas vendors showcased include Animal Farm Greens, Texas Hill Country Olive Oil, Bee Wilde Local Honey, Pam Greer's Texas Jurassic Salt and Black Hill Farm's Pork.