We had the good fortune of connecting with Thy & Matt Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thy & Matt, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We wanted to create a business based on something that we loved and believed in – the joy of having people come together and enjoy great food and drinks from around the world!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are a globally-inspired eatery, where we share our passion for exploring the world through food and drink, by serving modern versions of hand-selected dishes from around the world, or what we call, “curated global cuisine.” Here, we believe that food can serve as a gateway for learning about other cultures, for fostering understanding, and for breaking down the barriers that divide us as citizens of the world. After all, no matter how different we are – everyone loves to eat!
At Traveler’s Table, we are fortunate to have a diverse team of talented chefs who have brought their multi-ethnic cooking styles and experiences together to help create unique dishes and drinks that showcase the best flavors and ingredients from all over the world. Through the blending of these backgrounds, we seek to modernize and elevate traditional dishes by making them lighter, brighter and full of flavor. While we may use a bit of creative license from time to time, we still try to stay true to the spirit of the originals.
It feels fulfilling to see something we are passionate about come to life. Many people said it wasn’t possible to have a successful concept with so many different cuisines under one roof, but we knew that if we treated each cuisine with integrity and creativity that our vision of connecting food and travel would resonate with others. The concept surely brings complexity to overall operations, but it is something we have been able to work through.
In our own small way, we want our business to help people celebrate what the world has to offer and to embrace the transformative effect of seeing how other people eat, drink, and live!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Eat – Our Favorite Places in Town (probably missed a few)
• Kata Robata
• Doris Metropolitan
• Hai Cang
• Saigon Pagolac
• Cool Runnings
• Tofu Village
• Pho Binh (trailer)
• Handies Douzo
Drink – We don’t go out to bars as much as we should or want to nowadays.
• Wooster Garden
• The Toasted Coconut
• Secret Garden
• Trellis Spa
• The Museum of Fine Arts
• Houston Zoo/Hermann Park (especially if kids are involved)
• Levy Park
• Rockets Games
• Thy’s mom’s house for some homemade Vietnamese meals!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would like to thank our circle of family and friends that have been nothing but supportive since the beginning. With all the negativity and pushback you get as business owners trying to start something different, it was refreshing and encouraging to feel the love from the people that are the closest to us. Additionally, a major part of our success has been from the support of our wonderful guests. Our loyal guests helped keep us afloat during the pandemic and we couldn’t be more thankful for their support.
Exterior Building Shot – Kirsten Gilliam Food Shots + Patio Evening Shot – Jenn Duncan Interior Shot – TK Images