Chef Monica Pope of T’Afia - Houston, TX

3701 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 524-6922
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5:30pm-10pm; Fri 11:30am-1pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat: 5:30pm-11pm

This restaurant’s slang-hip name is derived from the Cajun word “ratafia,” which comes from a toast equivalent of "to your health." Health certainly is the operative word for Chef Monica Pope, who practically created the locavore scene in this carnivore-centric city. Besides offering a refreshingly vegetarian-friendly menu, the restaurant hosts a weekly farmers’ market, and “The Green Plum Kitchen,” where Chef Pope teaches local foodies how to prepare and preserve fresh produce. Pope’s, t’afia is a movement just as much as it is a restaurant. Even so, the atmosphere is cozy without sacrificing chic, cool without losing comfort, and satisfying without piling on piety.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Medjool Dates with Chorizo, Bacon, and Chermoula
  • Balsamic Vinegar-cured Lamb Cheeks, Peppers and Onions, Coconut, and Gomashio

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