It comes as no surprise that there are a plethora of steakhouses in Houston. We are not just talking about a sea of many with only a few good ones to choose from, but there are many good ones to choose from that cater to many different types of consumer needs. There are ones that offer specialty beef (think Texas Wagyu and Kobe), ones that are casual steakhouses, others that are more family oriented, and then there are the more traditional steakhouses.
With the countless number of options, you would be astonished that any of them would be known as the “only one of its kind”. Not only is Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar the sole kosher steakhouse in Houston, but it is the first kosher steakhouse in the Southwestern United States! Located in the Bellaire area, Genesis Steakhouse has become synonymous with offering certified Glatt Kosher and Halal dishes abiding by all ethical standards of cleanliness as so required by the Houston Kashruth Association (HKA) and Mehadrin Kashrus of Texas (MKT).
Many of the menu items are gluten free including several of the seafood selections and all of their cuts of beef. The Cowboy cut is one of the signature entrees. With the perfect amount of fattiness and additional rich flavor coming from the bone side of the steak, we only had to add a bit of salt to enjoy all 24 ounces of this Prime Black Angus Ribeye. Note: Just to put it in perspective for you, only 1 out of every 4 FDA certified cows are considered kosher.
Cite De Veau (Veal Chop)
One of our favorites dishes from our visit definitely goes to the herb marinated Veal Chop. Topped with a layer of demi-glace, the veal was very tender and only required a fork to cut through the delicate center. Cooked no more than medium to ensure it is not brought to the table too dry, the fine texture and mildly beefy flavor of this cutlet was something that necessitates a return visit.
Braised Brussels Sprouts & Crispy Pastrami
As much as we enjoyed all the meats and seafood that we tasted that evening, the sides were the complete opposite! We tried several and felt they mainly lacked flavor. The only side that looked visually appealing and had any kind of flavor was the braised brussels sprouts, and the flavor came from the crispy pastrami that was a part of the dish.
Be advised that Genesis Steakhouse is closed to the general public from Friday at 3pm until Saturday at 9 pm to recognize the Sabbath.