Friday, December 11, 2015

The Nymph's Treehouse

The Kitchen at the Dunlavy

For months, my run (or stroll) in the Buffalo Bayou would take me past Lost Lake and a structure being built so beautifully into the surrounding landscape. The much awaited restaurant The Kitchen at the Dunlavy is now open! For all the months of waiting and wondering, the new Houston restaurant did not disappoint. As you walk into the space, you feel as though you've stumbled into the home of a wood nymph.  The floor to ceiling windows bring in light that dances off of the dozens of eclectic crystal chandeliers. It's nickname as "The Glass Treehouse" is well deserved. Along with the bright light, diners are on level with the tree foliage surrounding the structure. There is indoor and outdoor seating available. While I sat inside, the light and greenery made me forget that I was not in fact in the open air. 
Following the path around lost lake from the right

Lost Lost and changing foliage can be viewed from the lower and upper balconies

Every detail of the restaurant is perfect, from the playing card order holders, to the mismatched chairs.
The Kitchen at the Dunlavy is open daily from 7AM- 2PM while lunch starts at 11AM. The menu is a healthy combination of light snacks, smoothies, salads, and sandwiches.  For breakfast, you can indulge in Smoothies, Toasts with toppings, and light options like Yogurt Parfaits and Fruit cups. For lunch, Smoothies, Salads (Kale Salad, Chinese Chicken Salad, Avocado Salad), Sandwiches (Turkey, Apple and Brie, Chicken BLT, Brisket,Veggie, Lamb Gyro), and sides (cheese plate, Red Quinoa, Israeli couscous, Prosciutto and Pate). There are MANY more options than listed so you'll have to go visit for yourself. Be warned: With the gorgeous surroundings and delicious food, you may never want to leave. . .

A View of the back patio from inside
The outdoor patio with whimsical lights and wildflower arrangements
The Kitchen at the Dunlavy is the perfect place to grab a smoothie after a morning run, to enjoy a  long conversation over a leisurely lunch, or to order a meal to take as a picnic in the Park! I'm sure you'll find me there with a sketchbook on many a morning. . . so stop by and say hello!

The Bayou Botanist

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