Railway Heights

Visitors peruse Railway Heights Market last Thursday. The venue, at 8200 Washington Ave. Suite #100, had its soft opening Aug. 4 and drew visitors from across the Houston area. 

A food hall serving the Timbergrove area began the first phase of its soft opening Aug. 4, drawing locals as well as people from as far away as Baytown or Pearland.

Visitors to Railway Heights Market, 8200 Washington Ave. Suite #100, said Aug. 5 they learned about the venue through social media platforms.

Anh Mai, a partner from Company of Nomads, which operates the market, said people began to show up an hour before the doors opened at the soft opening.

A group of friends and Heights residents who came to the market together said they were impressed with the selection of international cuisine, and ventured outside their comfort zone to try new dishes.

“It’s something different,” Dida Gonzalez said. “We needed it in the area.”

Jose Longoria said he was invited by his sister-in-law and her friends, who discovered Railway Heights through TikTok.

Gonzalez said the group also tried Indian food from Samosa Haus and Polish dumplings from Pierogi Queen.

“We were going to (The Greedy Chicken) for wings because that’s what we’re used to,” Gonzalez said. “But we wanted to expand our taste buds. So we tried the samosas and they were really good.”

Selina Serna said she enjoyed the aguas frescas from Churrazon, which were a refreshing way to cool down from the stifling weather outside.

“Whenever it’s hot in Houston, we’ll just come for some drinks,” Serna said.

Stephanie Garcia, who said she lives 30 minutes away from Railway Heights, said she appreciated the openness of the food hall and the abundance of dining room and patio space.

She said she tagged along with a friend and her child.

“It’s nice, there’s not too many people,” Garcia said. “I would come back.”

She was seated at a barstool and tabletop in the center of the hall, lined with food stands and boutique shops like PopSoap, a vegan soap and bath vendor, and The Pink Swan Shop, a women’s clothing store.

Garcia said she was enjoying a bowl of pho from Drunken Pho, one of the most popular destinations in the food hall during the first week of Railway Heights’ opening.

“We had a very good reception,” said Nelly Dang, who runs Drunken Pho with her husband, Loan Dang. "We did better than we thought we would.”

The market is operating on a limited basis and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. It is open from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

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