Levi Goode’s Culinary Odyssey: Credence and Sidebar to Grace Houston’s Dining Scene in Summer 2024

Houston’s culinary landscape is about to witness a delicious transformation as the renowned chef, restaurateur, and the driving force behind Goode Company Restaurants, Levi Goode, unveils his latest culinary endeavors. Set to open their doors in the summer of 2024, Credence and Sidebar are poised to become the talk of the town, offering a tantalizing blend of South Texas flavors and classic cocktails.

Credence: A Tribute to Texas Culinary Traditions

Situated at 9757 Katy Freeway, Suite 170, in The McKinley at Memorial City, Credence is a culinary love letter to Texas. Levi Goode, a two-time James Beard nominated restaurateur, has drawn inspiration from his Texan heritage, family recipes, hunting expeditions, and his extensive twenty-plus-year journey at the helm of Goode Company Restaurants. Credence promises a unique upscale dining experience rooted in South Texas ranch culture.

The heart of Credence’s menu beats with live-fire cooking, showcasing dishes like the Fire Roasted Seafood Tower, Dry Aged Duck for Two, and Hearth Roasted Swordfish on the Bone, all prepared directly on a custom-made hearth. Levi and his team have meticulously curated the menu, sourcing seasonal ingredients from local purveyors. From Gulf seafood to prime beef and traditional Texas ranch dishes, every plate at Credence will be presented with warmth and elegance. The menu is designed to evoke the spirit of the South, encouraging communal dining and gatherings with friends and family.

Credence doesn’t just excel in its culinary offerings. The cocktail and wine menu has been carefully crafted to complement the dishes. Guests can savor elevated interpretations of classic cocktails, such as seasonal takes on the Paloma and Negroni, as well as unique creations like West Texas Parisa and Hearth Roasted Bone Marrow. The extensive wine selection ensures the perfect pairing for every meal.

Sidebar: A Glimpse into Texas’ Oil Boom Era

Right next door to Credence, Sidebar pays homage to the Texas oil boom of the early 1900s. This exclusive reservation-only restaurant and cocktail bar will transport guests to a bygone era of classic cocktails, big wines, and highly-allocated champagne. Hand-picked garnishes and house-infused spirits will complement the rich ingredients of every drink, making each sip an experience in itself.

The food menu at Sidebar is a nod to classic American fare with a touch of sophistication. Dry-aged steaks, oysters crowned with caviar, and more will grace the tables, ensuring that patrons experience the epitome of fine dining. Exceptional hospitality takes center stage at both Credence and Sidebar, with a focus on traditional tableside service for salads, carved meats, desserts, and more.

Levi Goode’s visionary approach to Credence and Sidebar marks a significant expansion of his culinary empire. “The development of this new brand and its subsequent concepts adds a new dimension to our company that allows for more sustainability and creativity with the goal of bringing Texas together – communally, culturally, and culinarily,” he notes. Levi will continue his role as president of Goode Company Restaurants, while also focusing on building the Levi Goode Brand.

As Levi Goode puts it, “My hope is that both Credence and Sidebar serve as local havens where people can come together and enjoy a good meal, a handmade cocktail, and a good time. We’re excited to continue to serve the Memorial area of Houston, which has been so good to us, in a brand new way.”

For those eagerly anticipating these culinary gems, Levi Goode has enlisted the expertise of the international architecture firm Gensler to bring his vision to life. The anticipation builds as Summer 2024 draws closer.

Eva Rogers

A Texan through and through, her passion for the Lone Star State is evident in every word she writes.Hailing from the vast plains of West Texas, Eva has a deep appreciation for the unique blend of tradition and innovation that defines the Texan spirit. Eva crafts articles that celebrate the diverse tapestry of Texas, from its bustling urban centers to its serene rural landscapes.