What a Steak Night :The Harp Pub

Steak

Lately, I have been on a tangent in which I just want a good ole delicious and “nutritious” steak. There are plenty steak restaurants all over Houston, but finding the right one can be hit or miss. This is especially true for steaks that varies in quality, price, flavor, beef cut (s) and cooking method. I usually prefer a nice New York Strip, grilled on a very hot grill, to a medium temperature with a little bit of butter on top. The Houston steak night website gives a great summary of most of the steak nights in and around town. One of the best features of the website is that they have a rating system for each one of those steak nights at those restaurants. You should definitely be able to drill down to the right choice. I usually find the spot I want to go to and then check Google, the Houston Press reviews, Eater Houston, and Yelp.com for additional assurance of my choice.

This leads me to the Harp Pub steak night. The Harp is located in the Montrose area off Richmond Ave and Montrose. 90 percent of time is just a pub bar, but on Mondays and Thursdays it has a hell of steak night that is lead by Chef Bryan Hawes. He was the old chef who provided steak nights for 55 Restaurant and Bar in the Rice Village area. People, when I tell you this is one great steak night that has loads of varieties and combinations, it will be true to every word.

Unfortunately, the Harp is closing Feb 2018. But on a positive note Chef Hawes has multiple locations where you can sample his grilling deliciousness. Check the link at the end for more information. 

This is Steak Heaven

I found out about their steak night one day and fell in love with the options that rivals other restaurants steak nights. Most places lock you into the typical steak, baked/mashed potatoes and maybe some vegetables type of meal. But the Harp has so many more combinations such as rib-eyes, pork chops and lamb chops, and sausages that can be complimented with garlic mashed potatoes or a pasta salad. Oh… And you don’t have to order just one thing at a time. They all have a variety of names to represent the combination of food you can get from their menu.

For example, you can order a rib-eye steak with a nice grilled pork chop. Or you can get a pork chop and a half of rack of lamb. Or you can get all of them at once! I definitely recommend the combo meals if you’re on a date night and your significant other loves to share and eat off your plate. When you want multiple items on the menu, they call them Fatboys. I did have a picture of the menu, but its too blurry for my liking to show you guys. So here is the list of mouthwatering combinations:

Steak Fatboy – A 12.oz Rib-eye with a grilled pork chop.

Steak Fatboy

The Big Fatboy – A 12.oz Ribeye with a half a rack of lamb.

Unfortunately, I haven’t ordered this combination… Yet!

The Lamb Fatboy – A half of rack of lamb with a grilled pork chop (sausage added)

Lamb fatboy

The Lard Ass – A 12.oz Ribeye…. Anndddd a half a rack of lamb… Annddd a pork chop

Lard ass
Lard ass

My favorite Fatboy combo is the Steak Fatboy and it comes with 12.oz Rib-eye steak, a grilled pork chop and I always like to add one grilled jalapeno sausage link to make it the perfect steak dinner in my opinion. They should call it the Lard Ass Junior.

My steak
My favorite

About the Chef

Chef Hawes put what he calls “Meat Mojo” as a seasoning on the food that he grills on steak nights. It’s so flavorful on each and every bite. The meals also comes with dipping sauces that varies in sweetness and spiciness that he has created to compliment the meals. I suggest trying all of them at once.

You can check out his website here.

You will also find his seasonings he uses and his locations for other steaks nights

Here is the location for The Harp :

Google Maps location

For more steak nights in Houston. Check out HoustonSteaknight.com

Go ahead and head to the Harp this week, let me know how much you loved it!

 

Kirby and Chapman : A Retro GastroPub

Cheese burger

I travel around Houston a lot looking for three things : Food, food variety and a good atmosphere to eat my food. My friends at Libations Guild invited me to a new place located in EaDO (East Downtown Houston ) called Chapman and Kirby. It’s named after the founders of the City of Houston , John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen. And the atmosphere reflects this type of era. With its big open spaces and solid infrastructure, you get the vibe that you went back in time.  All of this is put in a neat package as a bar and  kitchen that serves some really great eats.

Service and Staff

The staff is really nice and knowledgeable about everything including the food and cocktails. Knowledge is the trigger word for me to look at the menu and ask a million questions and their ask the staff their opinion on what to get. My main rule is to always try three things on the menu. This supports my rule very well.

Atmosphere and Ambiance

The one thing I like about the establishment is the cool, retro 1930’s train station/restaurant/speakeasy look. It was pouring rain outside and I felt completely comfortable on the inside. It wasn’t loud and it was wide enough that your conversations did not interrupt the next person.

The Food

Ahi Poke

Ahi Poke
So fresh and clean!

The first thing I tried was the Ahi Poke. It was incredibly fresh and refreshing. It had fresh tuna, mixed with ginger, cilantro, red cabbage, lettuce and served with Chapman chips. Its plenty for the table to enjoy.  The presentation was incredible as well. It was the perfect balance between function over form.

The Chapman and Kirby burger.

Cheese burger
Burger and fries

The next and best thing I devoured, was the Chapman and Kirby burger. Man oh man! This is what sold me on the food at this restaurant. The burger was cooked to perfection and topped with american cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions pickles, garlic aioli and the best part of the entire burger  was the candied bacon! The balance of sweet, salty and savory was all on target!

The Bacon and Shrimp flatbread.

Shrimp and bacon
Shrimp and bacon

The last item on the menu was their Bacon and Shrimp flatbread. It was made with fresh mozzarella, spinach, artichokes and shrimp. The concept is great , but there was a slight “twang” with the spinach that may have ruined the taste profile of the pizza. It wasn’t a bad, but its potential was hindered by that taste. I believe it was a strong taste of olive oil that may have led to the taste being off. But I think it was ultimately well put together as a meal.

Last drink - Chapman and Kirby

Chapman and Kirby just doesn’t serve food. A matter of fact, they served all kinds of cocktails and beers to compliment their food selection. Their bartenders are very knowledgable on what flavors and spirits go well together. If you’re interesting in experimenting in something new, I would highly suggest that you try one of the two bars that are located in the establishment. The Libations Guild has a great write-up on the cocktails themselves. Check it out at : Libations Guild

Menu and Location

Check out their website :The balance between retro and food

Location : Chapman and Kirby

The Perfect Date Night : Foodie Edition

A good foodie typically has a multitude of food places they would love to visit in their area. Mostly, places that have good prices, customer service, ambience, location and most importantly good food to match. In this case, this is MY version of a perfect date night for foodies. Most people go for reasonably priced food, but I wanted to show the the broad range of places from $$$$ to $. Of course all of these things can be mix-matched and utilized for a lot more than just a date night. A perfect date also means you need the perfect significant other to join you. Hopefully they’re not a picky eater, but if they are, make sure you choose a place with plenty options. Options is the keyword in defining the “perfect” date night.

Now lets get into the best parts!

Movietime!

Going to the movies is the best way to snuggle up with a love one and enjoy a temporary care free life away from the real world for a couple hours. The average movie theater are set up as large theaters made for large crowds, basic food options with people who can be typically in an awkward place sitting next to a complete stranger. As of late, movies theaters have moved towards being the jack-of-all trades of date nights. They’ve are added better food and drink options, better sitting arrangements that are more personal and comfortable and they’ve also have added waiters to serve you directly in your seat, so that you don’t have to walk a single step to get get any of your food and drink items.

Here are a couple of my choices for movie theaters.

Show off!

Comfortable seats!

Ipic theater ($$$$) has some the best qualities for the best movie experience possible. You will have your own two seats that is walled off from other the movie goers. You have blankets if its too cold in the theatre, a small pillow to get extra comfortable and an electronically controlled reclining chair. Their (menu) is full of “Luxury” food options such as a Wagyu Beast burgers, lobster rolls or loaded tater tots. They have a full restaurant and bars outside the theatre to relax and socialize before and/or after the movie. Of course all of these amenities come with a price. But it worth it in my opinion when you just want to have a great time!

But you just want to spend time together… Here’s a cheaper option.

Movies
Comfortable but not so private

If you not into that kind of stuff just yet. Then I definitely recommend going to Studio Movie grill ($$). It’s the same concept but the seating is not as personal and as comfortable. But you can surely get the same customer service experience throughout your movie going experience.

My Favorite part : Food

For the perfect date night, you need to have the perfect steak dinner. Steak is a staple of deliciousness that I like to experience once a week if I could. But my responsibility alarm will go off and will make sure it keeps me in line with what I want to buy. Steaks should barely touched other than the heat of the grill and mild seasoning, a minimum amount of sauces, cooked no further than medium well. After medium-well, it loses its flavor and texture. once you find the sweet spot, the flavor will surprise you!

Keeping showing off!

My pick for food is Capital Grille ($$$$)

But first you have to start off with a great appetizer that compliments the perfect date, that also prepares your palette for the rest of the nights food offerings.

seafood
Nice Appetizer!

I recommend the fried calamari or the lobster and crab cakes!

Next up.The main courses.

Steak is so good!
Yes!!

This is Capital Grille’s encrusted coffee NY strip with shallot butter sauce with sauteed spinach and lobster mac and cheese. $$$$

Going for a little cheaper…

Try Taste of Texas ($$$)

NY Strip steak with garlic butter. 🙂

Just want to spend time with your date?

Try a regular steak night in Houston . I regularly use this (site) to find what I need for steak nights around Houston.  But you have to remember to time your meals with your movietime. I would suggest eating after the movies, because who wants to watch a movie after a huge meal? This also means going a littler early to the movies because most steak nights end early depending on the day.  Pricing, seating and location are all up to you in terms of what you and special need to have a good time.

With all these steaks,you have to have the perfect sides  to enjoy them.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and cheese is must. Sauteed spinach with garlic helps with digestion and the perception of eating”healthy”. lol

Not really a meat eater or just don’t feel like eating beef? Go to Pappadeaux’s.

Blackened Catfish

Try Pappadeaux’s ($$) Mississippi Catfish Opelousas (good luck pronouncing that word)  which is blackened catfish with oysters,shrimp, and crabmeat in a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. This is all served over a delicious dirty rice.

Closing out the perfect date : The Dessert

At this point, you’ve seen a movie, ate really well and probably had a few adult beverages in-between. But you and your date have a sweet tooth.

You’ve may have already visited one steakhouse, but Pappas Bros Steakhouse offers great steaks and also great desserts.

 

This dessert is a milk chocolate mousse with a toasted marshmallow with dark chocolate ganache, toffee pieces & vanilla-malt sauce.

Ice cream is good too!

If you want something different and customizable then I would chose Creamistry ($$). Creamistry uses liquid nitrogen to create your custom mix of ice cream flavors and choices in a matter of seconds. It’s really cool in terms of presentation and flavor choices.

The perfect date is relative to the people who are enjoying the night out. These are just my recommendations of course. You can use as many permutations of this list as possible that will result in your own “perfect” night.  This can also be a great idea when you may want to pop ” the question” one day !  When you have the right one, you probably have a perfect date on every date anyways!

Until next time my friends!. Don’t forget to visit my Instagram and Facebook page for more food porn!

Stay hungry!

 

 

 

BossCat Libations. The love of food and brunch.

You’re taking your usual stroll through Yelp looking for a new spot to entice your palate. When you’re a foodie, you’ve tried a thousands places before and you need something new. You almost gave up but then you notice a name that makes your eyes light up. It’s Bosscat Kitchen + Libations. From the pictures alone, you just knew you had to try this place out. And that was my story on how I ended up going to them several times in a single month. From brunch to dinner, Bosscat will give you everything that you need to have a great dining experience.

Now lets get into the great food, drinks and the joys of good food.

Fried egg and the rest…

burger
Bosscat Burger

I have a close relationship with fried eggs. If the option is on the menu, I will pay the up-charge to have it. This is where I introduce the Bosscat burger, that’s made with in-house ground beef, bacon, cheese and black garlic sauce. Juicy, large as hell and flavorful are the first thoughts that come to mind. But no burger is complete without the fries. The Bosscat fries takes two days to prepare and the recipe is a secret, but they are delicious nevertheless.

Bosscat Sticky Bun burger
Bosscat Sticky Bun burger

Another burger they serve is strictly for the brunch crowd. The Sticky Bun Breakfast burger is made with a sticky bun with sliced smoked ham,in- house ground beef, cheese, duck fat fried egg and pecans on top. You’re thinking to yourself, why in the world would I get this burger?  Well, on the top of their menu their brunch motto says “…because calories don’t count on Sundays”. It’s one whole breakfast in a neat package.

Canadians love cheese too…

egg pountine
Bosscat Poutine

Poutine is a Canadian staple that has been around for the last 60 years. To be considered a poutine, it must have these three delicious ingredients : cheese curds, french fries and gravy. Everything else is just an extra level of enjoyment. Bosscat has  some really good poutine and it’s shareable, it’s fulling, it’s nap inducing and it’s everything.  The Bosscat Poutine is made with their homemade Bosscat fries, pork belly, Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds, and Andouille sausage gravy. Make sure you grab yourself a nice whiskey or cocktail or both. It doesn’t matter at this point, you will be full and sleepy before the drinks comes to the table after eating this meal anyways.  

frog leg
Nashville hot frog legs

Have you ever wanted to go to Nashville and have hot frog legs? You’re in luck! Bosscat has what you need! The Nashville Hot Frog Legs are buttermilk battered frog legs, that’s tossed in a Nashville hot sauce and served on a piece of white bread to soak the juices for you. This was a great appetizer that I refused to share with anyone who asked.

Beef and chicken and potatoes… Am I on a farm?

Beef
Braised Beef short rib

I was lucky the first time I visited Bosscat. The owners were very generous with their time in describing their food on the menu. You can tell that they’ve tasted everything on the menu. This wonderful suggestion by J.T. was one of my favorites. The 12 hour Braised Beef Short Rib that is made with Midwest braised beef short rib, in a black pepper sauce, potato gratin and topped with another fried egg! Sorry for the picture. I was too excited to eat!

For the love of Brunch…

Brunch
Fruity Pebble French Toast

The Fruity Pebble French Toast. The creativity of this meal gives it a 12 on a scale of 1-10.  The bread that was used was perfect. It soaked up the flavors but didn’t get soggy whatsoever. I literally ate half, shared some later, took it home and ate it for breakfast the next day!  Their french toast is infused with condensed milk glaze, chopped bacon, fruity pebbles and fresh berries. Its only on brunch!  🙁 And its very popular. And you might see me there eating it again.

Another favorite of mine…

breakfast brunch
Everything breakfast!

Another candidate for meal of the year goes to the Short Rib Chilaquiles. It’s made with shredded beef short rib, over corn tortillas, cheese, sliced avocado and topped off with a fried egg and sour cream! This was so fulling. You can definitely skip dinner with this combination. It sticks to your bones and doesn’t let go until you wake up again.

Overall, Bosscat has some really good food. The atmosphere is incredible. They have the glass garage doors that open to let sunlight and fresh air in, and you have the vibe of California throughout the restaurant. It makes sense, because there is another Bosscat in Newport, California. The Houston food scene is getting very robust and its getting harder to differentiate yourself from one restaurant to another. But Bosscat had definitely separated themselves from everyone else with their food, atmosphere, drinks and prices. They’ve only been open for a few weeks and they have already made a significant impact to the food scene.

Go check them out!

Bosscat Kitchen+ Libations

Bosscat Yelp Photos

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