Thursday, August 9, 2012

Where to eat in Houston: Underbelly

For as much as I obsess over love food, I've decided to start talking about places I eat in Houston that I deem worthy of sharing with the public. 

This may or may not stem from the fact that I recently created a FIVE page document of places to eat and drink in Houston to present to people when they ask the age old question, "What should I do when I visit Houston?"

Eat, my friends. Eat.

So if you're a Houstonite looking for new places to chow down or are planning a trip here, I hope you find my reviews helpful! 

1100 Westheimer Rd.


 Do you like fresh, locally sourced ingredients?
A menu that changes and never gets boring?
Tapas-style plates made for sharing?
Are you a wino?

Hooray! Underbelly is your place!

Grab some friends [or a date...I highly recommend for a date situation] and impress each other by trying plate after plate of combinations of goodness that you may not otherwise have considered.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, which impressed me since I expected more of a boujie foodie feel [which, coincidentally, I am not opposed to]. 
The solid wood farm tables make you feel like you're sitting down to a low key meal in someone's country home...then the plates come out, impeccably presented, and impress the bejesus out of you, thus making you want to sing chef Chris Shepherd's praises.

Yeah, it's that good.

Alex recommends: Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings
While the menu does change on a regular basis, these morsels of magic are a standing item. You will eat one plate and then want another...or five.


Mosey right next door to the connected bar, Hay Merchant, for some post-dinner beers. 

We're talking the good stuff, if you're a beer enthusiast [which, I am not], including cask beer.

For those of you who do not enjoy drinking wheat flavored libations, try the Bombshell Blonde Shandy, a refreshing treat made with lemon ginger soda and a splash of beer. 


If not even the Shandy sounds appealing, head down Westheimer a tad and drop in at anvil, otherwise known as my favorite bar on earth.

Not for the faint of heart, anvil is a spirits enthusiast's dream. The menu is limited, so you must rely on your own liquor preferences or word of mouth about favorite drinks.

Unlike Underbelly, anvil is boujie, BUT THAT'S OK! 

Try a Grackle, First Growth, or a French 75, and tell them Alex sent you.

Bon appetit!


Leslie said...

Sounds like I would love this place!! I am always looking for new restaurants in Houston :)
LOVE LOVE LOVE Anvil too!! It is the best!

Whitney said...

I just want you to know, I love you for using the word "boujie" in your post =P

Ashley said...

this is post is totally intriguing yet totally unfair for those of us that dont live in Houston....I will continue to live vicariously through you ;)

Aspiring Kennedy said...

I will definitely have to give this place a try the next time I am in Houston! You should look into being a restaurant critic. Seriously, your commentary had me rolling on the floor laughing.


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