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.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Little Matt's

Living in a big city, I love that Little Matt's is just like an old time-y neighborhood eatery.  In the heart of the West University town square, neighborhood kids walk or ride their bikes there to hang out or grab a bite with their buddies.   The little restaurant is casual and family friendly.  And, the best part of the venue is their candy bar! 

Candy at Little Matt's

Without a liquor license (not allowed as Little Matt's is across the street from West U Elementary), Little Matt's is BYOB or, even better, they often times are giving away wine and margaritas.  They have a frozen margarita machine on site.  If you buy the margarita sans the tequila, they will gift you a shot of Patron for your Frozen.  Other times you will see the manager or owner walking around with a bottle of wine offering customers a glass of wine, all of course, on the house.  How fabulous!

Back to the family friendly orientation -- in addition to the fanciful candy bar selection, Little Matt's includes an Icee machine.  Yes!  With 4 different flavors, nonetheless.   And, if that isn't great enough, they have a small arcade.  So, while your children play games, munch on candy, and slurp down an Icee, you parents can hang watching the game on the flat screen, sit in the nice patio area while sipping your Rita or wine.  Hello Relaxation!

Inside Little Matt's

The food.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  All American Fare.  We tried the Chili Cheese Fries with house made chili, cheddar, and green onions ($4.99).  Unfortunately, this was the one disappointment of our visit today.  The fries were actually pretty good solo (standard burger fries -- crispy outside, soft inside, with the perfect amount of salt).  But, the fries with the chili and cheese was just, well, very boring.  No flavor.  No pop.  We didn't even eat them.  Sad day for me.

Chili Cheese Fries

But, things looked up.  The hot dog was juicy, plump, and beefy.  And big.  The bun was soft and fresh. ($4.99)

Hot Dog

The Miss California Salad ($11.99) included "barely naked chicken" (which meant lightly breaded), fresh greens, avocado, shaved Parmesan cheese, and a very tasty Artichoke Vinaigrette.  The dressing was acidic and sweet.  A nice pairing with the fresh salad.  The chicken was very tender and easy to cut with my fork. 

Miss California Salad

I like going to Little Matt's.  It is a happy, easy place to dine with a family.  The prices are a little on the high side, but they have so much to offer, including that stellar candy selection. 

Little Matt's
6203 Edloe
West University, Texas  77005

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