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The Woodlands Westin Hotel CURRENT Review
We recently had the opportunity to enjoy the first of two meals at CURRENT, the beautiful restaurant inside The Westin at The Woodlands hotel on The Waterway. Because of the timing of the invitation, Executive Chef Richard Mendoza asked that we return again once the fall menu rolls out. But on this evening, we sat with Chef, learning about his background, how he runs his kitchen, and how he takes the name of the restaurant - CURRENT - fully to heart when applying it to the menus throughout the year.
The concept of CURRENT is simple; to craft menus around the freshest ingredients available as locally as possible for that time of year (or, "currently"). But also one gets a sense of the use of the word in noun form in the flow of the space - from the curves of the interior areas and seating, to the open spaces allowing for free-flowing views across The Waterway and down to the fountains of Waterway Square below.
Chef Richard's background includes training under a Michelin Star Chef, as well as love of fresh seafood as the former owner of a catering and restaurant consulting firm, and as a captain for a commercial fishing company. He, along with his Executive Sous Chef Johana Gomez, have spent a great deal of time researching the types of foods grown here in Texas; developing relationships with farmers and fishing boat captains, and crafting a seasonal menu around high quality products with sustainable harvest practices.
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We recently had the opportunity to dine with a couple of foodie friends at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in Shenandoah. "Where?" You might find yourself asking. Well, through no fault of their own, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse has had a little difficulty letting the world know where exactly they are. We've talked with a number of businesses in the City of Shenandoah over the years, and it seems getting your sign approved is one of the most difficult of many bureaucratic challenges to overcome when opening a restaurant in Shenandoah, Texas. But soon everyone will be in on the best kept secret we're revealing here - which is there's a swanky new steakhouse in town, and you really ought to give it a try before everyone and their cousin is causing the wait times to run long.
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