Where Did We Go?
Black & White
1001 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008
What’s The Skinny?
Is there such a thing as too many choices? When it comes to dining out and seeking that perfect (or close to perfect) experience, we would argue the more options the better. But honestly and more than likely, you will find the ideal choice somewhere in the middle. We were pleased to find that happy medium at Black & White, a dual concept restaurant located in the Heights.
So what exactly do you get when visiting a “dual concept” restaurant? Well, for one, you get your choice between two physical dining rooms. Both digs are quite swanky so choosing where you’ll sit for the evening may simply align with your choice of cuisine. Well maybe. The “Black” side of the house offers an upscale feel with a modern take on Mediterranean while the “White” side is reminiscent of a casual seafood grill. Even though the establishment is basically two restaurants in one, guests can still order from either menu regardless of where they land. This makes it easier for those who can’t make a decision but may take the fun out of the process for those who really want to feel like their decision really matters (which is really, really important :)).
Beyond the main areas, Black & White continues to prove that it is the spot where the cool kids hang. The bar that hits you immediately as you enter screams happy hour (there are two additional bars as well), the open and brightly lit kitchen makes waiting for your food a part of the experience, and the terrace will be the place to be in just a few months (or sooner with this unpredictable Houston weather).
Black & White offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-7pm and they have recently kicked off Sunday brunch. We heard first hand from General Manager Paul Celis that the Serrano and Cheddar Cheese Waffles & Fried Chicken is crazy good. Looks like a follow up visit needs to be added to the calendar pronto.
What Did We Love?
In true Urban Swank style we had to try dishes from both menus and several cocktails to really decide how we felt about the place, because let’s face it food is never just black or white! Sorry we had to go there-LOL! We really enjoyed most of the dishes we sampled but here are our LOVED IT items:
“Ensenada” Fish Tacos (Battered fish cuts on a flour tortilla, with pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, refried beans, mixed cabbage and avocado): Forget what you think you know about fish tacos! We mean seriously – if you like them and think they are great these will top great, and if you are not a fan because they always seem underwhelming get ready to be impressed! The freshness of the fish with the giant burst of flavors hit our palettes in all the right ways. The game changer is definitely the refried beans and how well it plays with the pico, avocado and chipotle mayo.
Elderflower Cosmo: They’ve added a subtle more sophisticated twist to the traditional cosmopolitan martini by adding Elderflower. This would also be a great cocktail for someone that is wanting to try out or is new to martinis.
White Brownie (White brownie, red berries, lemon, Maracuyá): We love that something so simple can be so freakin’ good! Think lemon pound cake; only one hundred times better.