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…

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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…

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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

Directions

Wooster’s Garden. The Premier bar of Houston.

Wooster's Handcrafted

I was introduced to Wooster’s by a surprised birthday party for a friend. And I have been once a week, every week for two consecutive months! Wooster’s is the type of place that when you walk in, you’re glad you didn’t go straight home type of place. This place makes a plethora of drinks that are handcrafted to the delight of the customer and their specific flavors and palette. The ambience is something straight out of store front. But one of the biggest draw I have to this place is the daily happy hour specials. Two hours of drinking bliss is all you will have while sitting in this place. I usually leave the spirit blogging to my buddies at The Libation Guild. But I was so impressed by Wooster’s, that I had to let the masses know about this place.

Let’s Drink!

Wooster's Island Hopper
Wooster’s Island Hopper

First drink on this list is the Island Hopper. This drink is vibrant combination of Rum, Clement Coconut, “Rabbits” blood and bitters. As you can see from the pictures, the drink is the perfect hue for picture taking. It’s almost too perfect to drink. From the fuschia color (I had help with this) to the flaming lime as a garnish!

 

Sex in the boiler Room
Sex in the boiler Room

The next drink I tried was the Sex in the Boiler Room. With subtle hints of mellow creme type of dessert, this drink will make you order two at a time. It has Bourbon, St. Arnold Boiler room beer, lemon, peach cordial and vanilla benedictine tincture. (If some of the ingredients seem foreign, dont worry, the bartenders love to explain their craft in detail). One my favorite things about their drinks, is how nothing is sitting in a big pre-made jug, awaiting to be poured in your glass. Their cocktails are hand made 100 percent of time.

 

Wooster's - Muscle Relaxer
Wooster’s – Muscle Relaxer

The next drink and possibly my favorite drink, is the Muscle relaxer. This drink is served in a highball glass with Cachaca, Jamaican rum, muddled kiwi, lime and Jamaican bitters. This is the type of drink that you order just once and then sit back and relax for a while. Most of Wooster’s drinks will get you “there” in very pleasant way.

 

Wooster's - Five o'clock shadow
Wooster’s – Five o’clock shadow

The Five O’clock shadow was the first drink I have ever tried at Wooster’s. The first drink that made me say “wow”. The first drink that made me think, ” this is the smoothest drink I have had in awhile”.

Do you see that ice cube? And I mean it’s really cubed! It has Bourbon, Rye, Cynar,Cocchi tornino, orange bitters, angostura and finished with a flamed orange zest.

Food + Wooster’s = No need to leave.

Like most establishments that have good things about them, there’s always a weak spot. Well, I can’t say that for Wooster’s! Their food selection pairs perfectly with every single solitary type of drink they serve to the public. I am burger aficionado, no matter where I am at, I will look for a burger first on the menu. Since I wasn’t planning on having such a broad range of drinks over a 6 week span, I needed to have something to soak up my alcohol intake. I went ahead and ordered their cheeseburger as good burger lover would do.

Woosters - Cheeseburger
Wooster’s – Cheeseburger

The Wooster’s cheeseburger is a grilled burger, served with redneck cheddar, Texas dressing, tomatoes and lettuce. And for two dollars more, you can get their herbed and battered french fries. The burger was served hot, perfectly cooked to a  “medium well” and is very plentiful for satisfying two huge appetites. Their fries have a subtle but flavorful buttery taste to them.

Beers + friends = Leisure time at its best

I didn’t want to leave this part out of my review. But Wooster’s has a great beer selection that I have been meaning to try every week I have came to visit. Once again, this is where the bartender shines. They know their liquors and their beers as well. When I try a new place, I tend to try the menu strategically. Right now, I am only concentrating on the their great cocktails. Then I am going to flip the menu over and go for their beers. I can’t wait! I will keep you guys updated.

Overall, the love of food and spirits will always draw me to places like Wooster’s. One of the best parts  about Wooster’s, is how comfortable the atmosphere is to everyone. The bartenders at Wooster’s are friendly and never slack up or cut corners to make a complete drink for their customers. The drinks have precision and accuracy across the board in terms of flavors and presentation. If you want to bring friends and have a happy hour or have a birthday party, or just don’t want to go home, this is definitely the place to consider sitting in traffic.

By the way… Happy Hour is 7 days a week. It’s 4-6p except on Sundays where it begins a little early. 2-4p.

Here is their incredible menu. Oh… Their cocktail menu changes seasonally as well. The bartenders make their own respective cocktail and have it added to the menu.

Their incredible Menu

Need directions right now?

Directions to relaxation

Happy Holidays!!

Sunday Brunch : Bradley’s Fine Dining

French toast

Hello Foodies!

Brunch on a Sunday is starting to become a weekly routine. It’s also the best and cheapest way to try some really good food. Besides, this is the last day to enjoy yourself before the work week starts!

So today we settled on Bradley’s Fine Diner or BFD.

Store front

The atmosphere was very comfortable, big windows and soft seats that make for a comfortable and relaxed food outing.

Reviewing the menu we saw a lot to choose from but only a couple menu items that stood out to us. This wasn’t a bad thing, but we usually reserve these types of outings for trying something brand new or different.

Well let’s get to the reason why you’re here!

The Brunch Food

Steak and eggs

She ordered the Steak and Eggs. It comes with a grilled ribeye steak, three scrambled eggs, home fries ( Hash Browns). I am sure you can get your eggs anyway you want them.

When it comes to brunch I usually want something good, different or I will end up settling for just getting the simpler items like french toast or maybe an omelette or maybe steak and eggs myself. NOPE! I went for…

The good old burger.

burger

The Wood fired Chuck burger comes with white cheddar cheese, fancy sauce (Secret) ,bacon, pickles, tomatoes and hand cut house fries.

At this point we were very full from both of our meals. We asked for our check anticipating the two hour nap ahead of us. We paid the bill and proceeded to “wobble” out the booth just to see another server come by and dropped this beauty off at our table :

French toast from brunch

The French toast sticks with apple pie dipping sauce was compliments of the chef. And the best thing about this particular item, it was something different. So we fulfilled our goal of trying something different thanks to the chef.

Again, we were so full, but couldn’t let this free dessert go to waste! This was definitely the cherry on top for our brunch outing.

We can’t wait to go back and try their regular dinner menu and hopefully get another surprise from the chef! So definitely add this place on your list and take a quick visit and enjoy!

The Location

Direction/Location

The Menu

Menu

Harold’s – HRW2015 – Burger love!

Burger

Welcome back fellow foodies!

Harolds

This is one of the three places that was visited by us during HRW2015. It’s located in Heights area right next to the Torchy Tacos of West 19th street.

The restaurant it’s connected to Alli Pizza. You either have to walk up the stairs or take the elevator to get to the top floor where the restaurant is located.

As you walk into the place, the first thing you will notice are the windows that overlook the street. It’s pretty dang nice!! It lets in a lot of light into the whole restaurant from the outside.

This is the last week for Houston Restaurant Week and you must try this place or wait until next year! So…

Let’s start with the FOOD!

Beignets

First on the list was the New Orleans style beignets with café au lait Anglais sauce.

Cheese burger

The Harolds Double cheeseburger with 10.oz freshly ground beef from Finck cattle company, cheddar cheese, bacon jam, with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. It tasted very fresh! Very well cooked as well. If you plan on getting this burger, you definitely should wear dark clothing. And don’t forget to bring a bath towel to wipe your hands with after eating this thing. It’s that juicy!

Cake

And Grandmas cake with coconut cream and topped with whipped cream.

My food

I ordered the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Holy trinity, chicken, andouille sausage in a dark roux.

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And you know I also had to have the burger. Look at this thing! 🙂

Burger

I also had the Grandmas cake for dessert as well.  It honestly reminded me of Tres Leches cake vs. a regular coconut cake.

Overall, the food was huge, filling and came out very quickly. Nothing was undercooked or overseasoned. Just one great food experience. Our waitress may have had a little trouble hearing us in the restaurant. Not saying that the noise levels was too high, just maybe too high for her to hear our orders. So some of our drink orders were mixed up a bit on the first go around.
We really had no real complaints about anything related to food that we order and service, despite that one hiccup.

Parking

Parking is complimentary valet so definitely bring some cash for a tip.

Houston Restaurant Weeks is coming to a close this very week. Even if you don’t make it to this place before the end of the week, it’s still a great place to have some good food and chat with friends. Our next stop will be trusty and always delicious Torchy Tacos next door!

Their Menu for HRW

Harold’s HRW

Their regular menu

Harold’s Menu 

Stay full my fellow foodies!

Houston’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

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5 Delicious Tacos you will love!

Velvet taco

Hello, fellow Foodies!  We recently found out about a new place to eat in the Heights area of Houston and that means a quick visit by us! This new place serves tacos with ingredients that are supposed to be served on someones’s dinner plate. That new place is called Velvet Taco. It’s situated right off Washington Ave right next to the Jack in the Box. We headed right into the place and the first thing we noticed was that the parking lot was small, but the place was loaded with people. UH OH! Luckily, on our first go around in the parking lot we found a spot.

We quickly walked in and noticed that the place was very spacious and clean. GOOD! The line was long, but it moved at a steady pace. The wait gives you plenty of time to go look over the menu and also spot out where you are going to sit to eat.
Inside

As you can see from the menu, your first question to yourself, “Is how will they pull all of this off? “. It didn’t seem like the kitchen could handle the massive list of tacos on the menu. Once we buckled down on what we wanted to eat, we pseudo-memorized the numbers on the menu, instead of just reading off the titles of the food from the menu. We each got 3 tacos, not knowing if they were going to be huge or small tacos. We also debated if we were going to get any side items. But we ended up just settling on just the tacos to be safe.

velvet menu

Now for the run down! 

She ordered a  #10 Texas Burger, #15 Shrimp and Grits and a #12 Slow Roasted brisket.

I ordered a  #15 Shrimp and Grits, #11 Grilled Flank Steak and a #2 Rotisserie chicken.

The titles of the tacos don’t do justice in describing what’s in the tacos, so let me help you out!

Rotisserie Chicken
It came with white queso, roasted corn pico, cilantro, and smoked poblano salsa in a corn tortilla. It had great flavor and was really simple.
I really didn’t taste the rotisserie flavor, but it was still a good taco!

Rotisserie taco

Texas Burger
It came with a real burger pattie, peppered bacon, American cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, and velvet sauce in a flour tortilla.
She like this one because it tasted like a real bacon cheeseburger without the bun. I enjoyed it for the same exact reason.

cheeseburger taco

Grilled Flank Steak
It came with grilled flank steak portobello mushrooms, white queso, grilled red onion, and mex – oregano in a corn tortilla.

Steak flank taco

Shrimp and grits
It came with creole mayo, blackened shrimp, deep fried crispy pepper jack cheese grits, charred tomato poblano creole, and micro cilantro in a corn tortilla.

Shrimp and grits

The Texas Burger and the Flank Steak tacos were our favorites.  We would have preferred all the tacos on flour tortillas versus the corn. We’ll make sure to ask next time we visit.

All the tacos

The drink selection is pretty nice too! You won’t find any Coca-Cola or Pepsi here. It’s simple, but the flavors were tasty!

Soda options

I had the black cherry soda that tasted like carbonated Kool- Aid (that’s a good thing) and she had the real lemon – lemonade.
They also have beers on tap, fresh margaritas and old school sodas.(not pictured).

Great sodas

If you love Torchy’s Tacos, you will definitely love this place! So you should definitely check it out if you have an urge for some good ole tacos.

Come back and tell us how you like it!

Their location:
Velvet Taco Map 

Their Menu
Velvet Taco Menu

 

Stay full my fellow Foodies!

Hello world!

Delicious burger

We wanted to welcome the world to the start of our blog were we chronicle our food/drinks adventures. Bookmark this page for inspiration to try new things in new places! This is going to be epic! Just wait!