Friday, December 23, 2016

State Fare Kitchen and Bar

IMG_8876 (800x600)

We heading in town to meet friends for dinner at the State Fare Kitchen and Bar. They had been several times before and raved about this place, and I had also read some good reviews on the place.

IMG_8877 (800x600)

The inside is trendy and modern with a nice clean feel to it.

IMG_8878 (800x600)IMG_8894 (800x600)

We ordered some appetizers for the table to share. Crabmeat and Creamed Corn Hushpuppies (5) with Creole Remoulade $9. These little bites where amazing good with lots of good flavor packed in. The sauce was nicely balanced and complimented the balls. I just wish you got more with the order. Queso Balnco with Green chilies and Warm Tortilla Chips $9. Ehh this was ok. The queso was a little loose and the salsa they also served with it wasn’t that great. Onion Rings with Lee’s Burger Sauce $7. No complaints with this one. The onions where cooked nicely through and the sauce was tasty.

IMG_8880 (800x600)IMG_8881 (800x600)IMG_8882 (800x600)IMG_8887 (800x600)

Hubby ordered the Mac Daddy $20 (short ribs & roasted shallots. The meat is really tender and the mac and cheese is creamy, BUT there is NO FLAVOR! I had asked the waiter to bring some sort of seasoning and they brought be Sriracha. The dish has major potential, but I’ve never had a whole dish taste so bland in my life! 

IMG_8891 (800x600)

I ordered the Ahi Tuna Steak with crab fried rice, stir fried broccolini and jalapeno ponzu $32. Little overpriced to me, but a solid dish that tasted really good. Hubby said it’s a little on the salty side which I agree. I think they used a coarse salt on the brocollini which they didn’t use sparingly.

IMG_8885 (800x600)

I had to take some pics of my friends Oaxancan Tortilla Soup with smoked chicken, rich broth, avocado, tortilla strips & cheese crema $8. I got to taste a bite and the flavor packed in the chicken is so good. The whole soup was amazing!

IMG_8888 (800x600)IMG_8889 (800x600)IMG_8890 (800x600)

I think I would come back one more time to give it another try, but I’m really not itching to go. Their beer selection is fantastic and they also have a good variety on their menu so maybe we just got the wrong things.It seems they still have some balancing out to do when it comes to their dishes.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Restless Palate

IMG_8658 (600x800)

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things food wise at Restless Palate. I honestly can’t wait to go back and try some of their other dishes after our wonderful lunch today. I will say the prices are a little high, but understandably so due to the rent in the location they are at.

The inside was not what I expected. I visioned a rustic country feel, but to my surprise it was bright and modern. 

IMG_8659 (800x600)IMG_8663 (800x600)

We started out with an order of White Cheddar Cheese Curds $10.99 (oregano marinated, spinach garden sauce). Very tasty starter which I recommend trying. The sauce was really good rather than having a marinara or ranch.

IMG_8665 (800x600)

For my son we ordered a pizza from their kids menu which comes with a drink.

IMG_8664 (800x600)

D ordered The RP Burger $13.99 (8oz choice short rib & ground chuck patty, blue cheese, caramelized onions, toasted kaiser roll). This burger is messy, but good. He said it’s not the best burger he’s ever had. Although it’s not like he wouldn’t order it again.

IMG_8666 (800x600)

I went with the Asiago Baked Chicken $17.99 (chicken breast stuffed with asiago cheese and spinach, bread crumbs, mushroom cream lemon butter, vegetable medley). This dish came out piping hot, but once it cooled it was so yummy! The veggies where also cooked nicely instead of being like most restaurants and barely cooked at all. The sauce was out of this world good and I’m so glad they chose to plate this in a bowl instead of a plate. The flavors all paired well together.

IMG_8668 (800x600)IMG_8669 (800x600)

I look forward to coming back and trying some of their other dishes.

Friday, October 7, 2016


IMG_4003 (800x600)

For our Friday playdates I’m happy to have a friend that loves to try new places and also let our kids play. Today we checked out Bonchon. As you walk in I love the vibrant red, black and silver colors. They really stand out and make it look modern and clean.

IMG_4006 (800x600) IMG_4005 (800x600)

There’s a full bar so you can have cocktails, beer and wine. We where promptly greeted by our waiter and I have to give him credit for dealing with our crew. He got down on the kids levels and chatted with them and made sure they where comfortable and taken care of. Service was quick even though we where the first ones in the space quickly filled with business men on lunch break.

For the kids we ordered POPCORN CHICKEN $9.95 (Juicy chicken bites, marinated and breaded in panko bread crumbs for the perfect crunch. Drizzled with honey and molasses and served with our house made kimchi mayo for dipping.) They where able to send the sauces on the side for the mommas to try and the kids gobbled up the chicken. My only complaint was with them using panko coating it got easily overcooked and was a little burnt. Not enough to taste, but just for looks.

IMG_4011 (800x600)

I ordered ordered the Small (10 pcs) wings $11.95 with choice of sauce (Soy Garlic / Spicy / Half & Half) I went went half and half. The soy garlic sauce has a nice sweet flavor to it without being overly sweet. The spicy was spicy, but in a sneak up on you subtle spice. I would love one spicy with a little less heat, but I would totally order it again.

IMG_4016 (800x600)

IMG_4014 (800x600)IMG_4015 (800x600)

My friend ordered the Medium (20 pcs) wings $21.95 with 5 soy garlic and the rest naked. She’s what I like to call an expert on wings and raved about them. The side of pickled daikon radish is really yummy. It cools down the spice and is a perfect palate cleanser.

IMG_4017 (800x600)

Next time when the weather is cooler we’ll hang out outside so the kids can move around more.

IMG_4021 (800x600)

Will I come back ABSOLUTELY! There’s lots to pick from on their menu more than just wings (it’s what we where craving today). I already can’t decided what I want to try next. You won’t be disappointed eating here.

 IMG_4020 (800x600)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Brick & Mortar Kitchen

IMG_2224 (600x800)

While shopping for some new couches at Gallery Furniture we stopped in Brick & Mortar Kitchen to eat off their happy hour menu. We had eaten in their main dining room before, but the prices for the same items are almost twice as much! I don’t mind a smaller bar area to eat in for a quick meal.

IMG_2231 (800x600)

We ordered a SAN MARZANO Pizza $6 ($12 on regular menu) (TOMATO MOZZARELLA, ROASTED GARLIC, BASIL) My son loved this pizza and it was big enough to take half of it home for leftovers.

IMG_2225 (800x600)

CALAMARI $5 ($10 on regular menu) (SALT ROASTED FINGERLINGS, HARISSA, FRIED CHICKPEAS, LEMON AIOLI) This is always a good go to appetizer. The sauces where nicely done with a Cajun flair and a cooling lemon aioli.

IMG_2226 (800x600)

BMK BURGER $7.50 ($15 on regular menu) (TEXAS WHITE CHEDDAR, PICKLED ONION, BUTTER LETTUCE, GARLIC AIOLI, FRIES) Their burgers are HUGE. I took half of mine home to eat for lunch the next day. They also make their own ketchup which is really good.

IMG_2227 (800x600)IMG_2229 (800x600)IMG_2228 (800x600)

I suggest going to their happy hour time to eat. Click HERE for the menu. As you can tell by the prices above it’ll save you a lot of money!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016



We where last at Masraff’s in 2012 (click HERE for post). It’s one of those places we always say wow that was an amazing dinner why has it been so long since we last visited?

Since there was 4 of us we had a little more variety so I have extra pictures to share with you. We started out with the Garlic Seared Calamari ($17 on the menu) oyster mushrooms, shaved onion, cilantro sweet soy reduction. This is always one of our favorite items and I see why it’s been on the menu for so long it’s a winner!

IMG_1574 (753x800)

My brother in law and I both ordered the Summer Ahi Tuna Tartar (closest thing on the menu is the 3 ahi tuna tacos for $12). Served with mango relish and mango vinaigrette. Wow this dish is perfectly paired with the freshness of the fish and the brightness of the mango.

IMG_1573 (640x800)

My sister in law ordered the Baby Spinach Salad $10 (creamed goat cheese, onion confit, roasted walnuts with apple cider garlic vinaigrette). I failed to get a picture of hers so I apologize.

On the main course I ordered the Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut $31 (wild mushroom risotto, buttered asparagus foie gras beurre blanc). I personally really liked this dish. The risotto was cooked perfectly and the sauce was just enough extra to have some on each bite.

IMG_1575 (800x709)

2 others ordered the Filet Mignon A La Plancha $41 (lobster and yukon gold potato puree, sautéed broccoli, horseradish demi glaze). D said he didn’t really taste any lobster in the potato puree, but the steak was really tender.

IMG_1576 (800x800)

My brother in law ordered the Duet of Carmelized Diver Sacallop and Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna $31 (wasabi infused whipped potatoes sunomono salad, sweet soy reduction). Not sure how I missed a picture I think I must have been talking too much!

For dessert I got the Butter Roasted Pear Crème Brulee with whole berry sauce $9. The poached pear is on the bottom and then it’s topped with a scoop of the cream which then has a nice bruleed crust on top. I loved this dish! The warm poached pear was lovely, I need to remember to try doing this next I make creme brulee.

IMG_1577 (800x639)

D and my sister in law ordered the Warm Chocolate Fondant $9 (creme anglaise, vanilla bean ice cream, almond tuile). No complaints about this warm chocolate cake. It’s sweet, but not overly rich and the creme anglaise compliments the cake. I loved the amount of vanilla bean in the ice cream it was delish!

IMG_1578 (800x681)

My brother in law ordered the Summer Sorbet $9 (peach, champagne, and raspberry). He said it was a really nice combo and enjoyed the dessert.

IMG_1579 (800x800)

As if the meal itself isn’t enough I hear every night the owner Tony Masraff comes around and visits every table. I just love this touch! He’s for sure a charmer and I can see why this place has lots of fans, because we are one for sure!

IMG_1571 (800x800)

I would go back in a heart beat. The prices are a little high, but worth every penny. The service it top notch and you will not be disappointed. If you want to save a little go during Houston Restaurant Week and only pay $45 a person for 3 courses. We saved about $51 by doing this.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House


We visited Del Frisco’s back in 2011 during their Restaurant Week (click HERE to see my review). Sadly not much has changed and most of my complaints are still valid today several years later. This is the second chance I’ve given and I won’t be back again.

We had a 6:30pm reservation and was lead upstairs to where we were one of 3 tables seated. Quick prompt service followed by the waitress getting each of our names. We ordered drinks and all of our food choices for the evening and where off to a great start. By 7:15 we just got our salads and the upstairs started to fill up. This was our down hill spiral to the end of the night. Our waitress never really came around and when she did she said I’ll get my team to clear the table. Ok so your team was a bunch of food runners who mainly stood on the side most of the time talking. How come it took so long to get our food? Tables came and left around us all ordering multiple courses. I feel like the only change for the better from our visit in 2011 was we where at least offered the pepper grinder this time!

So onto the food….

For cocktails I had the VIP Martini $14 (Svedka Clementine infused with sweet Hawaiian pineapples). The pineapple is soaked for 2 weeks in vodka then pressed to make this cocktail. I have to say this was a great recommendation from the waitress as it was really tasty.

IMG_1027 (800x600)

The bread was just as good as I remembered. Super soft, warm and fluffy as well as soft whipped butter.

IMG_1024 (800x600)

Fried Calamari $17 (Shanghai Style). Once again by far the best thing we had all night. I highly recommend ordering this. There’s a nice sweet, heat, Asian sauce that goes really well instead of the traditional marinara. I could have eaten several orders of this. It’s a little on the high end for an appetizer, but it’s really good. The priced was $15 in 2011 and has gone up. I really think it should be priced at $10.

IMG_1028 (800x600)

We all ordered the Caesar Salad. (regular menu price $9.50) Nothing to wow about, just a good standard salad. I liked the croutons being lightly baked as apposed to rock hard like some places.

IMG_1029 (800x600)

For the main I ordered the broiled Filet Mignon 8oz with chateau potatoes and thin green beans. I did the entrée enhancement of $10 for Oscar Style. (regular menu price $42 for the steak, plus add on of Oscar and additional sides). The steak was better than I remembered last time, because last time I didn’t care for it. I love Oscar style, again is it worth $10 probably not. I had room temp sauce, minimal shavings of asparagus and just a few hunks of crab meat. For $10 I could make a batch to feed 20 people and they would get more crab and asparagus than what I got. I will stand by my last review and say they have good potatoes. The green beans on the other hand needed to be cooked a lot longer. They where so hard I had trouble cutting them with a steak knife.

IMG_1031 (800x600)

D and T upgraded their steaks to the Prime Ribeye 16oz $18 entrée enhancements plus $6 Black Truffle Compound Butter (regular menu price is $48). Honestly with both guys getting the Prime steak they where not the same. I should have taken a picture. D had a prime, his was juicy, tender and flavorful. T did not his was full of fat, tuff and didn’t look the same.

IMG_1030 (800x600)

K got the Pan Roasted Chicken. I missed on getting a picture. She said it was good and juicy and wouldn’t change anything. Her green beans where under cooked as well.

We also got a side of lobster mac and cheese $17. Not sure I would order again. It was really salty, and the sauce was really loose. 

IMG_1032 (800x600)

I ordered the cheesecake with strawberry and K got the cheesecake with butterscotch. I couldn’t wait for this since they where out last time we visited. Sadly once again it was a disappointment. K ended up with the better topping I would have just ate a bowl of that. The cheesecake tasted like whipped whipping cream with a touch of cream cheese. I see why they laid it down it was so fluffy I don’t think it would have stood up. The taste was just off.

IMG_1033 (800x600)IMG_1034 (800x600)

The guys both got the warm banana bread pudding with caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream. Again glad I didn’t order this. At least the cheesecake was edible. the bread pudding was so dried out and it was room temp so the ice cream didn’t melt except for one little drip on it.

IMG_1035 (800x600)

From start to finish we where there 2 hours. Normally I wouldn’t care, but when it’s this little of food it should not take 2 hours. It took us 45 minutes just to get our salad. Another 30 minutes after that we got our main entrée. By then my food settled and I wasn’t as hungry anymore. On 2 occasions we alerted the manager or whoever the 1 of 6 guys running around in suits where. Their response “I’m sorry let me go check on that”, only never to return to check on us again. Our bill ended up being $400 after all the drinks we ordered to kill the time. I’m not proud of this, but I have NEVER walked out of a restaurant without tipping. This was a first for me. The food was crap, the service was crap and the attention to detail was lacking in a huge way. I guess they figure they have all the business people meeting after work who run up bills, but this was in no way how you treat people who come in for a good meal. Luckily we live in a big city with lots of steak places to pick from, because this is high on my list of DO NOT TRY.