Devouring Houston: Exploring Houston One Bite at a time

Houston has so many incredible food establishments...from sumptuously designed restaurants to fun storefronts selling gourmet cookies. From Mexican Food Carts to the Best BBQ in the World. And...I want to expore it one bite at a time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

I'm not a stranger to Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.  I have always had great experiences at this traditional American Steakhouse.  I walked in the door this time and just inhaled the delish smells of meat and wine.  I always enjoy sitting at the Chef's Counter.  Watching the kitchen place delish looking vittles out to be served, observing the hustle and bustle of the kitchen staff, or watching a plump baked potato be stuffed, piled-high with cheese, sour cream, butter, bacon and chives, are all things that make sitting at the Chef's Counter a treat.

As soon as we were seated, our server, Greg, said hello.  He was outstanding -- very knowledge and friendly.  Then,  THE BEST bread on the planet was set down in front of us.  You know the kind -- crispy crust on the outside, soft and warm on the inside.  The butter is the perfect room temperature softness.  Perfect combination! 

Something new at Pappas Bros:  amuse-bouche for the Counter customers and new clients.  Very nice.  Last night's tasting was a shrimp & lobster mousse on cucumber.  It was super fresh and light.  It definitely cleaned our palettes, amused our mouths, leaving us wanting more....

Our order started with the Pacific Blue Fin Tuna - Two Ways: Spicy Poke (excellent layered salad with corn and avocado on tuna tartar) & Smoked Sashimi (good smokey flavor, but not overpowering.  Tender and fresh). ($13.95)


We also ordered the Shrimp Cocktail ($11.95).  The dish was prepared as you would expect, assuming you have high expectations.  Meaning, the shrimp were outstanding.  Fresh.  Cold.  Tender.

For the main course:  10 oz Prime Strip with Mashed Potatoes.    Potatoes were chunky with cheese, bacon, and chives.  While they were not creamy, they were more like a German potato salad.  The hefty chunks of potato made the side an excellent partner to big piece of meat.  The steak had great flavor and was cooked exactly as ordered.  Also, of note, our Prime Strip was ordered from The Bar Menu, which I love.  One can order a smaller portion of the Prime Strip (10 oz) or Filet Mignon (6 oz). Both $29.95.  They come with a side. 

We didn't order dessert this time.  But, I do highly recommend their sweet endings.  My personal favorite is the Moon Pie! 

I love Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.  And, this trip did not disappoint. 

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
5839 Westheimer
Houston, Texas

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