In our dining escapades over the past few months, we've revisited a decked out hunting lodge where food is king, a whiskey lover's paradise featuring upgraded bar bites, and a neighborhood joint that will quickly become your home away from home. From fast casual to fine dining, here are the spots and dishes we've been digging around town.
If you’re driving down Westheimer, Beaver’s is one destination you can’t miss! The larger-than-life beaver situated right at the entrance is your official welcome to the second outpost of the popular eatery. They’ve only been open for a few months, and we’ve already racked up a few favorites including the food, the ah-mazing outdoor space fitted with a fire pit and an old school Spartan trailer, and the Beaver Den (a “no kiddos allowed” whiskey bar hidden away in the back).
With Executive Chef Arash in the kitchen (we’ve been following him by way of his popular Houston pop-ups for some time now), we knew we would be in for a treat. Adding to Beaver’s already eclectic menu, Kharat is bringing a bit more Gulf coast flare and BBQ into the mix. Along with the Smoky Queso “Knocked Up” style (don’t ask) and Mac and Cheese that you can enjoy SIX different ways, the Drunken Texas Chili is a must for your meal. The generous chunks of beef, robust spices, fried onion strings, and dollop of sour cream are all having a party, and you’re invited. Another Beaver’s creation, the CFBS (Chicken Fried Steak), gets its love by way of bacon and mushroom gravy. And it pours on thick, just the way we like it. Last but not least, can we get an amen for the Croissant Bread Pudding?
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
Hailing from Newport Beach, CA., Bosscat Kitchen & Libations officially opened its doors just a few weeks back. The new River Oaks spot is serving up whiskey more than 300 ways with a side of comfort food. The Whiskey Room is the focal point at Bosscat where you can not only peruse their massive selection of local, international, and rare whiskeys, but you can also enjoy a private dinner or private whiskey tasting with 11 of your besties or buds. Sounds like a great birthday dinner idea (hint, hint).
The support of local purveyors continues into the menu, where Bosscat has teamed up with the likes of 44 Farms, Black Hill Meats, and Kraftsmen Baking, just to name a few. The Pork Belly Poutine will have you speaking in yums as you dig into the multi-layer dish comprised of crispy fries, partially melted cheese curds, Andouille sausage gravy, pork belly and an optional duck fat fried egg just because its the right thing to do.
Many know and love Tennessee hot chicken, and in recent years there have been lots of spots in the city and state that have created their own version of it. So when we saw that Bosscat was doing a “Hot chicken” inspired dish we were extremely excited. Instead of chicken, they decided to do frog legs, which people often say taste like chicken anyways. The Nashville Hot Frog’s Legs (crispy buttermilk fried, spicy+sweet cayenne butter) are a lovely addition to the menu. There is a nice balance between the sweet and spicy, and with the right smoky whiskey you’ve got yourself a trifecta!
Housed in a fantastic old school bungalow, Nobie’s is serving up traditional and contemporary fare! The feel and vibe are casual with a laid-back kind of swag.
At the helm of this swanky little neighborhood spot is Executive Chef Martin Stayer. Strayer and his dream team bring years of culinary experience, that benefits diners as they keep the menu offerings current and innovative. The menu features up to 25 daily dishes that are comprised of seasonal ingredients.
During our visit, we found ourselves quite impressed starting with the cocktails. They change the cocktail menu weekly and keep the cocktails as creative as the food. For example, they recently featured a cocktail called Okie Dokie Artichokie (Rittenhouse Rye, Cynar, Cocchi Torino, Benedictine, Kubler, Absinthe, Peychaud’s); doesn’t that make you want to see the rest of the cocktails they offer? Next up we made our belly’s happy with their tasty Nonna’s Pasta, which is traditional tagliatelle, bolognese, and Parmesan. Something simple and familiar is all one needs when a dish is executed to perfection.
What spots have you been diggin’ around town lately?