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.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Brennan's of Houston

Ahhhhhhh....Class.  Elegance.  Fantastic Service.  Excellent Food.  Just a few words that consistently describe Brennan's of Houston.

Jazz Band

This trip to Brennan's was for Sunday Brunch.  Different brunch options and combinations are available.  I started with the Coplin Farms Honey Butternut Squash Soup with all spice, creme fraiche, and cayenne pepitas.  (What is a pepita you ask -- otherwise known as a pumpkin seed).  The soup was creamy, rich, delicious.  A bit of sweetness to it, but in the most delectable way. 

Honey Butternut Squash Soup

One of my tablemates ordered the Soup 1-1-1.  In addition to the Butternut Squash Soup, she was able to sample the Pheasant & Venison Gumbo YaYa, and their famous Turtle Soup Au Sherry.  She said each tasting complimented one other.  Excellent variety.  The winner of her taste testing:  The Honey Butternut Squash Soup.

Soup 1-1-1

For my entree, I ordered the Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits.   The creamy goat cheese grits were a great pairing and contrast to the crispy mirlitons (part of the gourd family, used like a squash or potato).   The sweet peppers were crisp tender.  Perfectly wilted arugula on top. 

Gulf Coast Shrimp & Grits

For dessert, I couldn't step away from the comfort of the famous Bananas Foster.  A true classic.  Creamy vanilla ice cream.  Ripe, yummy, warm bananas.  Perfect warm, buttery, sugary, vanillay, rummy sauce.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

The making of Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Another friend ordered the Chocolate Texicana Mousse Cake.  White and dark chocolate layers flavored with Patron XO Cafe Liquer and spiced with chipotle sea salt.  It was a light cake.  And, those were some spicy sea salts!  All of those flavors do make me happy, but we decided this was not our favorite dessert option.  Impressive to look at though, don't you think?

Chocolate Texicana Mousse Cake

Price:  my 3 course brunch was $36, plus my mimosas ($8 each) and valet parking ($5).  Worth every penny.  Brennan's is always spot on perfect. 

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77008

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