Friday, February 6, 2015

Houston Eating Adventures

Last weekend my parents came to town to visit, celebrate our second anniversary, and join our (now annual) Super Bowl party. Of course, while they were here, we had to visit a few delicious Houston restaurants. My parents are definite foodies and we always try to explore some new places or introduce them to our old favorites when they visit.

Friday night we went to Oxheart for our official anniversary dinner. Oxheart consistently tops the Top 100 list, and I've been dying to go. However, they only have 30 seats in their tiny dining room and book up weeks in advance. Finally, I checked about a month ago and managed to get a reservation. And... it was fabulous!

I didn't take any pictures of the food, because I tried to enjoy. They do a 7-course prix fixe menu, and you can choose either regular or vegetarian (5 of the 7 dishes were the same, with the regular menu having a meat and fish course). The main course for the regular menu was wild boar (which everyone else loved) so I ordered the vegetarian. Each course was small, but every bite was delicious. Each element was composed, and the whole meal worked together. While we did not leave stuffed, we did leave satisfied. I would love to go back 1000 times, but my wallet would protest. As a note, while my family are avowed meat eaters, I think we all agreed that the best thing we ate was the smoked butternut squash that I had in place of the fish course. So... don't discount the vegetarian menu. Definitely worth it!

Saturday night we went to El Big Bad, a Mexican bar/restaurant in downtown. Dan and I had been there before with his parents, and another time at a pub crawl. I knew I had to take my tequila loving dad there for some infused tequila. We ordered a salsa trio and some tacos, and drank a couple margaritas. Yum! If you go here, my favorite is the hibiscus tequila, and whatever salsa has pumpkin seeds in it. And... there's also fried chicken skins. A-MA-ZING.

Sunday morning we had brunch at the HEB Niko Niko's. I know its a food counter in a grocery store, but its freaking delicious! And we rounded off the weekend with a big pile of meat from Killen's BBQ on Tuesday before they had to leave. All in all, a weekend of delicious eats. And I haven't even gotten to the Super Bowl party yet...


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