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 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.
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.
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.
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