HOUSTON, Tx. -- In Houston, you can find just about any cuisine on the planet. The best ones, though, are the ones that come from the heart and have traveled an ocean to get here. And when someone has put their heart into making it, you can always tell.
Welcome to Springbok.
"Springbok is an antelope," owner Peter Walker explained when we stopped by the restaurant on Main Street downtown. "It's a tiny little antelope, they jump about fifteen, twenty feet into the air and they run. A beautiful little animal."
It's also the national animal of South Africa. Which is why it was the perfect name when Walker decided to bring his childhood cuisine to America.
"Before I started the restaurant I would have people over at my house every weekend and I would make them my cuisine, I'd make the the sosaties, I'd make them the boerewors and the steaks and all these things."
It's traditional South African fare all dressed up for American palattes. And it's been a hit in Los Angeles for years. But Chew on This: when it came time to expand the restaurant into new cities, there was only one place that fit the bill: Houston.
"Houstonians are rather open minded when it comes to eating," says Executive Chef Seth Greenburg, "they eat out a lot."
"I think Texas is even more suited to our cuisine than California," Walker adds.
Because here, bold flavors is what we're all about. That and wanting to share what we have with the world around us.