Have you ever been to Houston, Texas? Well I’m about to tell you about one of the most incredible food scenes in the United States. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Houston, Texas for work. We all know that everything in Texas is big, that includes the food. Being a former Chef trained in NYC, I was anxious to get the taste of the BIG H!
Heading to Houston in the middle of the summer may not be the most desirable time to go, but I’m telling you, don’t let that stop you if you are a foodie. Our first stop of the trip for an afternoon lunch, was Café Annie, in the heart of the Houston Design District. Decorated with a transitional eye, the restaurant was cozy, comfortable and well appointed with medium walnut woods, creamy linens and lovely satin nickel finishes on most of the furniture. The food was incredible; I had Seared Avocado, BBQ Gulf Crab, on top of a grilled Arugula Salad with strawberries, feta cheese and a lovely sweet balsamic reduction. The waiter paired that with a cool, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, it was the perfect marriage of food and wine. Brilliant!!
For an afternoon of wine tasting we then headed over to Cru Wine Bar. A wonderful wine bar, serving the most interesting flights of wine one could possibly imagine. Served with the flights of wine were homemade feta stuffed fried beignet’s, fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomato individual pies, and the most incredible calamari this side of the Mississippi. This was just a teaser to our dinner, keep reading!!!!!!
The evening of eating continued when we had reservations at Ristorante Cavour, located in the Hotel Granduca. Yet again, another amazing meal of Grilled Romaine Leafs, with Herbed Croutons and dressed with the most brilliant lightly spiced Caesar dressing. Following that I had the petit filet mignon, which I always have cooked at medium. The staff at Cavour could not have been more pleasant and hospitable, even writing the members in our party thank you notes for dining with them.
Day began with an amazing breakfast at Tiny Boxwoods, an amazing piece of property that has been transformed from a retail store into the coolest breakfast hotspot in Houston, maintaining its integrity as a retail spot as far as architecture and design are concerned. I had the Eggs Benedict on top of two freshly baked buttermilk biscuits, with apple wood smoked bacon and served with a side of jalapeño cheese grits. To die for!
Later that afternoon, my clients decided we needed a trip to the famous Chocolate Bar. They have every kind of chocolate imaginable, with every kind of food dipped in chocolate.
That evening, we had dinner at one of the Hottest Restaurants in the US. In a single word, UNDERBELLY. Lead by national award winning Chef Chris Shepard, Chris is a fusion cook and likes to use the foods that are freshest to the local area, and also trying to represent the Korean influence in the city. I started with the Roasted Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese, Preserved Lemon and Roasted garlic Puree. I then moved onto the Wagyu Satay, served with a delicious Red Curry Tapioca Crushed Peanut on top as garnish. Last but not least I ordered the Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings, listen I know what you are thinking, it was amazing. You would never know it was goat, if the server hadn’t mentioned it.
Again, an incredible meal served with the most amazing Pinot Noir…
Finally I made it to Sunday morning, and that meant brunch at the world famous Brennan’s. Nationally recognized as of the finest places to dine in Houston, I had the Turtle Soup, yes Turtle. It was and continues to be the specialty dish of the house. Following that, I was able to somehow ingest a wonderful example of Egg’s Benedict, this time with Canadian Bacon and a spiced wilted spinach on top of an English muffin.
The food tour had to come to an end at some point, and this was my last stop on the “bus”….
Hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed eating!!!
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