Have you driven by the old Houston’s restaurant site on Rockville Pike, across from Office Depot, and seen the big sign saying “Open Agaiin?” And wondered if it was a typo, and Houston’s had risen from the dead?
It hasn’t. But something else has. And it’s not a typo. “Agaiin” (pronounced “ah-gwen”) is Gaelic for “come with us” and this is the brand-new Twinbrook/White Flint outpost of the popular D.C. restaurant.
The Weiss Group kept most of the Houston’s decor, including the gas-burning wall sconces and the brick arches. But the menu is now . . . eclectic, “British-inspired” with a French-trained chef. They’re already on their second menu, as the kinks are being worked out. They are trying to balance patrons’ expectations from the old Houston’s steak-heavy fare with their locavore ideas. Today’s soup, a local corn chowder, was outstanding, as was the chocolate pecan tart (free because it fell below the pastry chef’s standards for visual appeal). Not as purely French as Mosaic Cafe up the street, but still pretty good for a new place.