For the longest time I have had a list of places I’ve wanted to try that I felt were only suitable to go to with a date (or with a friend willing to spend for a gourmet meal) Since I’m terrible at updating this blog, I have compiled a list of notable Houston restaurants and my opinions on them that I have had the pleasure of trying over the past 3 months.
Mark’s (8/10) – Just about everything was amazing at Mark’s and it should have been, considering the price tag. The service, wine, salmon trio starter – perfecto. I have never had such amazing salmon! Mark’s was in the running for a 10, but I had the pork and – don’t shoot me – it was overcooked and tough. I set high expectations for a place with a reputation like Mark’s so, needless to say I was disappointed. I did have a bite of the boy’s beef tenderloin and it was wonderful…maybe he would give it a 10. Overall, very lovely – I would still recommend it for a special occasion – the ambiance is amazing and interior is beautiful.
1658 Westheimer Rd. Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 523-3800 marks1658.com
La Colombe d’Or (9/10) – The reason La Colombe is getting a 9 is because I believe it is more geared towards weddings or events, not as somewhere to eat for 2. Saturday night – reservations at 8:30, and not another soul to be seen – it was a bit eerie for me but also a bit awesome. I like to pretend it was rented out just for us two. We joked we were in either an 80’s/early 90’s romantic comedy/horror on account of the music, decor and the fact this is also a hotel. This was a meal of firsts for me: first escargot, first time to be the only couple dining in a restaurant and the first time I ever tried Chateaubriand – come to think of it maybe the first time to eat French ever (outside La Madeline of course). The food was amazing. We started with the duck trio – absolutely divine. And the Chateaubriand was amazing paired with the Bearnaise. I had my favorite bottle of wine to date at La Colombe: Chateau Trotanoy 2006. Hopefully if you go, there are others around.
3410 Montrose Boulevard Houston, TX 77006-4329 (713) 524-7999 lacolombedorhouston.com
Glass Wall (7/10) – Oh Glass Wall, how I wanted to love you. The menu is so creative and interesting, but I have to say I left with an overall feeling of “meh.” I decided to go with wine pairings wince they were available and I always like to receive wine suggestions (mainly because I still have a ton to learn) – these were spot on my taste. The best part was the beignets and milk for dessert, which were served warm and gooey. Nothing was exceptionally memorable, but I would definitely like to give the GW another shot. I would say this is better for friends than for a date, but the menu might also be an interesting topic of conversation. Things can get a bit loud so do your best to snag a booth.
933 Studewood Street Houston, TX 77008-7195 (713) 868-7930 glasswalltherestaurant.com
Pappas Bros Steakhouse (12/10) – I’m from Texas and I love me some steak. For a nice long period of time, if steak was available on the menu – I’d order it. At Pappas, I was in another universe from the moment I walked in the front door. If you couldn’t tell already I’m a huge raw salmon fan so the salmon appetizer (another trio) was absolutely breathtaking. I had the filet (prepared a perfect medium rare) and is just melted in my mouth – words can’t describe how happy I was at that moment…. which is actually a bit sad. For sides, we split the Crabmeat Macaroni, Sauteed Mushrooms, Asparagus and mashed potatoes. This meal was a feast – so much so we enjoyed the leftovers the next day, which were just as good as the night before. There was not one thing wrong with this meal except that I couldn’t finish it all at once. If you have the chance to go here: go go go.
5839 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77057-5616 (713) 780-7352 pappasbros.com
Catalan (5/10) – Another one I wanted to love – the Street Food looked awesome. I actually had an item off the Street food menu – I forgot the area but it was braised pork belly, green onions and watermelon – I was not impressed. I feel like I keep missing the mark with pork dishes. I want to love them. Anyway – The tuna appetizer left something to be desired and the calamari was – well, calamari. Overall, I regret not trying the Bone Marrow Service – it seems to be one of the most wonderful items no the menu. If you want to give it a try anyway, reservations are a must. This place is crowded and loud.
5555 Washington Ave, Suite A Houston, TX 77007 (713) 426-4260 catalanfoodandwine.com