Welcome to 2013, I’m all settled into my house and the budgets have been tweaked enough to allow me to have somewhat of a social life again. What better way to start of the new year but with old friends? I headed out to Brooklyn Athletic Club (BAC) to meet up Ali and Eric Sandler from eater to go tackle the menu at BAC. Meeting at BAC reunited me with Jeff Axline, the former chef of BRC, before he headed off to Austin to have some fun.
A quick tour of the menu led to a quick tour of the facility that Jeff hoped BAC will become. Outdoor putting and horeshoe greens with accompanying fire for smores, to a full outdoor area for bar service and a separate BAC food truck to entertain the bocce ball players. This should be your new patio hangout, as long as it isnt 30 degrees outside at least. We rushed back in and started looking over the menu for their first day of lunch service.
Bryan Farms Chicken Salad
Sweet Potato Gnocch
Jeff’s Mac and Cheese
PEI Mussels and Fries
Fried Green Tomato BLT
Needless to say, the three of us ordered and finished a lot of damn food. The chicken salad was enough for a few to share as was the PorkOBucco. My ideal lunch meal would probably have to be the Mac and Cheese, Mussels and Fried Green Tomato BLT.
Get your ASS to BAC, it’s time to welcome Jeff back to Houston.
Brooklyn Athletic Club
601 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77006
Welcome to The Pass and Provisions, it’s everything you’ve wanted out of a Houston restaurant. The casual side, Provisions, the fine dining side, The Pass, and a bar that houses all the crazies of the Houston industry.
8 Course Menu
> Snacks: Salmon x Foie Gras Old Fashioned x Nasturtium Soup
> Truffles: Kaeshi Egg
> Raw: Nori Bucatini x Tofu x Uni x Clams
> Beef: Tar Tar x Yolk x Marrow Brioche
> Bread: French Onion Soup Toast x Onion Variations
> Pig: Headcheese x Bread Blood Pudding x Candied Apple
> Vegetables: Squash Cake x White Chocolate x Dippin Dots
> Cheese: Macarons
> Petite Fours
807 Taft Street
Houston, Texas 77019
713 – 628 – 9020
it’s a tasting bitches!
1302 Nance Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Thursday to Monday: 5:30 – 10pm
closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
When I first met David, he was the mastermind behind some of the best dishes I saw and tasted at the now shuttered Samba Grille. I wasn’t worried that David would find his own path with his new restaurant Alma. It’s one of those up and coming neighborhood restaurants that has you coming back for more and more. While it’s a bit outside of my own neighborhood, the Eldridge area has no idea what Alma has in store for them.
I decided to take my mom over to Alma to revisit David’s take on cebiches and other assorted dishes and everything was as I remembered it, fresh and crisp with attention to detail. While I came at the end of lunch time, the tables were dwindling down but the service was top notch. I’ll definitely be back, only next time I’ll have to bring my girlfriend since she got super jealous when I told her where I was headed.
Alma Cebiche and Bar
1275 Eldridge Pkwy #100 Houston, TX 77077
Monday – Friday (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | 5:00PM – 10:00 PM)
Saturday (11:00 AM – 10:00 PM) | Sunday (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
Flying Saucer Tutored Beer Dinner
Hosted By Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb
Food By Randy Rucker, Ben Rabbini and Mark Clayton
Amuse: Popcorn with Sesame w/ Duvel Green Devil Cocktail
One: Carrot, Mirin, Soy Powder and Lime w/ Lindeman’s Cuvee Rene
Two: Clams (Little Neck Clams, Pickled Potato, Mushroom) w/ Jester King Commercial Suicide
Three: Octopus (Charred Octopus, Masa Dumplings, Pistachio, Avocado Leaf) w/ Deschutes Black Butte Porter
Four: Heart Tartare (South Texas Antelope Heart Tartare, Dried Jalapeno and Red Onion) w/ Rodenbach Grand Cru
Five: Pork (Malted Pork Shoulder, Barley Risotto, Pumpkin) w/ Ayinger Celebrator
Six: Cheese (Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Roth Case Buttermilk Blue Cheese) w/ Karbach Rodeo Clown
Seven: Texas Pecan Something w/ Unibroue Don De Dieu
Flying Saucer Draught House
15929 City Walk
Sugar Land TX 77479
Well, let’s get back into the swing of things for a moment. I’ve finally moved into my new house and my finances are somewhat in order which allows me to go out for a nice meal every so often. We’re at provisions to celebrate a post PCAT achievement for my girlfriend. It’s been a while since we both went out and had a nice meal. With Seth and Terrence’s new venture fresh from opening I thought it would be a nice way to encourage Annie to work harder and harder.
Welcome to one part of the epic triple. The Bar x The Pass x Provisions.
I parked across the street since I’m a cheap asian guy, we walked over to the restaurant and were greeted with a warm smile from the host and hostesses, we were then led into the dining room. The room had an awesome brightness and energy to it. Only problem was that our host took us past all the tables, while we waited and looked at the tables before us, it took me a small moment to realize we were going to be sitting at the bar overlooking the kitchen. This also meant i was sitting next to the oven, sweat started to stream down my forehead before I asked Annie to switch spots with me so I wouldn’t look like I took a shower at dinner.
A quick greeting from Terrence, Seth and Alex and we both felt at home. Cocktails were ordered and we looked at the menu with some input from the chefs. We decided to go with the Kimchi Pan Au lait, Salad of Lettuces, Guanciale and Uni Pizza, Pate en Croute, Smoked Salmon and 1/2 Dozen Oysters.
Houston, TX 77019
So I haven’t vanished, I’m in the process of moving into my new place so that’s why this place has been kinda slow. I’m still eating out and taking photos of it all, for constant updates follow me in twitter (@mattchow) or on instagram (mattchow)!
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Austin, TX 78751
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