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?

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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…

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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!!

Food travels : Woodlands,Texas

fish

Hello there!

Today’s round of food travels has led us North of Houston in the Woodlands area. We decided to do a staycation and also celebrate her birthday for the weekend. So we chose a nice hotel in the area, that would be only a couple miles of away from the all the planned action. This was a great decision since less driving equals more food and fun everyone!

The Woodlands has everything for all sorts of entertainment, for all sorts of people and families.  Luckily for us this made the decision making on what we wanted to do for the day very simple. We planned ahead and already had the restaurants we wanted to visit on a list before we arrived to the hotel.

The Republic Grille was only 2 miles away, which made for a short trip  and was first on the list of places to visit.

First day!

republic grille

We arrived at the restaurant completely starving! So we couldn’t wait to get to the place and destroy the menu. 🙂

drinks

We needed a good quick drink after the long drive and quickly looked over their drink menu. lol

They were so good.The one of the left was the Texas Tea with Deep Eddy sweet tea Vodka and Lemonade. The one of the right was the Panther Creekrita with Espolon Tequila, Blood orange juice and Ginger ale.

chicken fried chicken

She ordered the Chicken fried chicken. It came in two sizes; small and large. Large is what she ordered and as you can see this thing was a monster of a meal.  She couldn’t decide if she wanted to get the Jalapeno Mac and cheese or Creamed corn or Green beans. She ended up getting the Jalapeno Mac and cheese and Green beans. Buuuuttttttttt…..

creamed corn

…the waitress was so nice(incredibly nice), she decided to bring us the corn for FREE anyways. And it was worth it. It was some of the best Creamed corn I have tasted in a while.

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I ended up getting the Blackened Flounder with Grilled shrimp and Crawfish sauce with Green beans and Jalapeno Mac and cheese.

After the meal, we went to Market Street to check out the area . We found a couple of bars that we wanted to try. But it was too late and the “itis” was setting in,  so we decided to go to just one place called 1252 Tapas Bar.

moscow mule

Moscow Mule

Good drink

Bartenders choice!

The Next Day! 

We went to the mall to get a little exercise in, to prepare ourselves for the rest of the large amounts of food we were going to have for the day.

We then proceeded to go to Market street to pay a visit their shops and catch a movie during the day. By the time the movie was over with, we were pretty hungry and we found a nice New Orleans restaurant in walking distance called Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen.

The first thing we ordered was the Fried calamari and Fried sausage with remoulade sauce.

calamari

When then moved onto the entrees. I ordered the Blackened Tilapia with Jambalaya and Creole sauce. The sauce was packed with Crawfish and Sauteed peppers, Mushrooms, and Onions. SO GOOD!

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She ordered the Pan Seared Tilapia with jambalaya and creole sauce.(not pictured)

So later that same night we arrived back to the Republic Grille. It was that good the first time and again the second, and its right up the street! (convenience wins)

chicken fried steak dinner

This time around I chose the (large) Chicken fried chicken with Creamed corn and Sweet potato medallions.

shrimp and grits

And she chose the Shrimp and Grits (Carolina style). It comes with Stone ground grits, Gulf shrimp, Andouille sausage, Pecan smoked bacon, Chives, and Onions.

chicken fried steak

While eating our meal, the waiter noticed that my large Chicken fried chicken wasn’t “full” size and proceeded to give me a whole new large chicken to make up for the missing space. The wait staff was amazing every single visit to this place. We couldn’t be more satisfied with their customer service.

Final and last day. 🙁

Now it’s Sunday and it’s our last day. Early check-out from the hotel led us to the Hubbell and Hudson kitchen. It was my first time at this restaurant and seem to be a mix of Whole foods and Local foods. It was pack full of different areas to have a meal and/or relax such as a salad bar, coffee bar, and a general grocery store.  But we were there for their breakfast/brunch options. Everyone loves options, right? 😀

salad bar

Their salad bar!

Nice bottles

Steak omelette

She ordered the Steak Omelette with aged Cheddar Cheese, House-Made Pico de Gallo.

hubbell breakfast

I ordered the Texas Breakfast with two free-range Local Eggs, Breakfast sausage, Mini pancakes, Bacon, fire Roasted Salsa and Toast

Lemonade

This meal was complimented with some really good lemonade from their grocery section!

All the places we visited were great. Like seriously, some of the best food I have had in a while. The Woodlands area is full of places to shop, eat and generally enjoy yourself. This is a good place to do any type of “getaway” for yourself or with your significant other or friends or family.

Book a good hotel, find a good movie to watch, make a list of good restaurants, make a list of good places to relax and enjoy the scenery of the Woodlands area.

Check out the menus and locations below!

The Republic Grille 

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Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen

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Hubbell and Hudson kitchen

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1252 Tapas Bar

Menu/Location

Stay full my friends!

 

Korean Fried Chicken. Let’s go!

big huge fries

Hello everyone!  Another day. Another foodie outing.  We wanted something to eat close by the house and there was one place right up the street that fit the bill. We chose Dak & Bop off Almeda  and Binz street .Their main theme is Korean Fried Chicken. You choose from several chicken sauces and then it’s fried, then sauced , then fried one more time and served with your choice of dipping sauce(s). Pretty straightforward, right?

Once we entered the restaurant and smelled the aroma of fresh seasonings, we were definitely ready to eat everything they had to offer. The place is small, but not tiny. We recommend groups no bigger than 6 people. The wait was about 15 to 20 mins for our table, so definitely grab a drink while you wait.

While we waited we checked out the menu to see the damage we were about to do!happy girlfriend

 

They have wings, chicken strips and drumsticks, but they also have a wide variety of other foods to choose from on the menu. They have Baos, which are small sandwiches with meat on a steamed rice bun. They come in Chicken (fried), Carnitas and Philly cheese steak varietiesTheir french fries come in Plain, Parmesan fries, Truffle fries, Truffle-Parmesan fries , Kimchi fries and Kimchi fries with pork or beef. Additionally they have Macaroni and Cheese , Empanadas and salad options. Our next visit will entail getting one of each everything that we didnt try out the first time.

Check out the full Korean inspired menu below to get the full details.

Fries first! 

When it came to which flavor of french fries we wanted, the natural and obvious choice was the Kimchi fries with beef!!! (click the picture to make yourself even more hungry)big huge fries

 

Their Kimchi fries have a four cheese blend, spicy mayo, Dak and Bok (secret) sauce, green onions, caramelized kimchi , cilantro and toasted sesame seeds.

Wings second! 

The wings were cook perfectly and were full of flavor. Recently, we’ve been criticizing the way wings have been cooked at certain places. Especially wings prepared from that very popular place around Texas. But these wings were spot on! They were crispy, sweet, spicy and definitely satisfying.

The flavors! 

Soy Garlic (minus a wing) (Note: We were hungry)

soy garlic korean

 

and the Siracha Honey lime (minus a wing)

honey chicken wings

 

They have a great bar area and have happy hour from Monday through Saturday from 5 to 7pm.  They have a full bar with domestic and imported beer, wine and Sake.  Check out the link to the menu below for the full run down.

If you want some wings that’s Korean inspired or just bored with regular wings, then we can definitely recommend this place for a visit. But remember there may be limited seating , so make sure you have a backup plan.Parking is also limited, so be prepared to park on the street.

Their Menu

Dap & Bok Menu 

Their location 

Dak & Bop

Eat well my friends!