After acquiring Frank’s Chop House in July 2012, veteran restaurateur Michael Shine and his partner (and son) Chris reimagined one of Houston’s classic restaurants as “Frank’s Americana Revival & White Star Bar,” now beloved by families and foodies for its comforting fare and welcoming atmosphere.
Since then, Frank’s has won multiple awards for items you’ll find on our menu daily and continues serving an even tastier version of the legendary Chicken Fried Steak, along with a wide selection of comforting regional favorites and dishes influenced by classic and modern American cuisine – always perfectly prepared by Chef Albert Estrada and his culinary team.
At Frank’s, the Shine family blends a refined but comfortable atmosphere, mid-century décor, and a service style that is inspired by the great neighborhood dining institutions of the United States. Truly a family-run restaurant, Michael, Chris, and Michael’s youngest son Colin, have put the Shine family mark on Frank’s Americana Revival & White Star Bar. At any service, you’ll find one of the Shine family in this River Oaks neighborhood establishment, located near the corner of Weslayan and Westheimer. Come on by to see us!
Our “Americana” influences play out across the menu with dishes from across the United States, such as South Louisiana Creole Gumbo and Pan-Seared Snapper with Creole Okra & Tomatoes, all the way to crab cakes with roots in the cuisine of Maine & Maryland. Southern classics on the menu include Fried Green Tomatoes, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and legendary, crazy-good Chicken Fried Steak. Other Americana inspirations include our House-smoked Salmon Crostini, Tuna Tartare, and the Italian American Pasta Sugo Rosa.
High quality cuts of meat maintain their place on our menu. Carefully selected and perfectly prepared steaks and chops include USDA Prime Rib-Eye, Maple-Brined Pork Chops, and Beef Tenderloin Filet with Horseradish Cream.
For those seeking lighter fare, Frank's Americana Revival features seven full-sized dinner salads including a classic Chopped Salad and an Avocado-Tomato Salad with a unique and out-of-this-world smoky cumin dressing. The "Sides" list is peppered with vegetarian options such as the Daily Risotto, Israeli Couscous and Creole Stewed Okra & Tomatoes.
Well, actually there are two Franks, both members of the now very large Shine Clan worldwide. The restaurant name and brand are a loving "nod" to both of them -- Michael's great-grandfather Frances (Frank) Shine, the patriarch of the Limerick County, Ireland Clan and Frank ("Father Frank") Shine, a beloved Uncle, a very special personality and a man of the cloth. Frances sent two of his sons, Tom and Michael, to America in the early 19th century, and the American Shines were born -- living, loving and prospering in both the Kansas City and Dallas metro areas. More on all of that later!