Jacqueline Myers said she spent 16 years as a high school educator, often wondering how schools could serve processed, unhealthy food to students. Myers said she also spent 20 years studying autism and the relationship between what she calls “gut health” and brain disorders.

“Putting all those pieces together, it just stirred in me a real desire to say, ‘We have to do something different,’” Myers said. “We have to change the way that we eat.”

That led Myers to start her personal chef business, GF Personal Chef, in 2014, she said. She said she has always had a passion for cooking and wanted to be able to use food as medicine.

However, Myers said she could only work with a limited number of clients at a time, which also came at a high cost to her clients. Thus, Myers opened her gluten-free restaurant, Broth and Brine Dedicated Craft Kitchen, in December.

“I felt tugged in that way to be able to offer something in a brick-and-mortar setting where almost anyone could come in and find something healthy that they can afford,” Myers said.

Although the restaurant does not offer dine-in seating, Myers described Broth and Brine as a “food-as-medicine” restaurant with dishes centering around healthy options promoting digestive health. The food is inspired by a variety of Mediterranean flavors, including Spanish, Italian, French, Greek, Turkish and Indian, she said.

“We should be eating well. A lot of people think healthy food is boring [or] it tastes like a piece of cardboard,” she said. “What I’m trying to communicate with this restaurant is that this is the standard. You can eat this way everyday.”

Broth and Brine is located in Conroe on Loop 336 at the TransMed Complex, which is a collection of businesses all focused on taking a holistic approach to health.

“I chose this location because it’s Conroe’s first functional medicine facility, and it needed to have the food component,” Myers said.

Myers said she hopes to branch out to other cities in the future.

“What drives me is the fact that this is a passion of mine and there are people who need help and there are people who need healing,” she said. “I would like there to be healthy food options everywhere.”

Broth and Brine Dedicated Craft Kitchen

2510 S. Loop 336 W., Conroe



Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.