Lucille’s – Houston, TX

Lucille’s is located in the 3rd ward of Houston in what seems to be a remodeled house turned into a restaurant. How is that possible you ask? Well, Houston doesn’t have zoning laws so anything goes. I love the concept of it. 

Lucille’s has a very small and intimate setting with a bar to sit at if you show up before your party. They are closed on Mondays but open every other day of the week, with brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays.


Food

Their brunch menu is small but effective. They have a down home comfort food approach to brunch which I can appreciate. 

I ordered the Green Eggs and Ham as well the fish and grits. The green eggs and ham was delicious. I like eccentric takes on meals and this definitely fills that category. They give you an herb seasoned omelette (green eggs) and sous vide pork belly (ham); the omelette was very tasty and fresh. Cooked perfectly. It also came with goat cheese and hollandaise. The goat cheese combined with the hollandaise gave a perfect balance to the pork belly and omelette. I will definitely be back for this meal.


The second offering was the fish and grits — a fried catfish fillet with grits and eggs. The batter on the catfish had really good flavor but was too much in my opinion. Slicing into the fish was more of a hassle with having to fight through the thick crust. The eggs were not seasoned at all but were cooked very well. The grits were creamy which I liked. I believe Lucille’s knows that some people like the option of either having their grits seasoned or sweetened with sugar, but the creamy balance they achieved was good on its own. If you added anything to the grits it would just enhance the experience.


Libations

Lucille’s offers mimosas and sangria for their brunch beverages. Unfortunately, there is no bottomless or carafe option, but the mimosas were decent. However, for $6 per glass you would think they would use more of an upscale champagne rather than Wycliffe. Don’t get me wrong, Wycliffe is pretty good, but at $6 a glass I may as well go to the store and buy my own champagne and orange  juice.


All in all I enjoyed Lucille’s and will be back to try more menu options. If you are looking for a quiet, calm setting with good food then this is the place. Just make sure you get there before noon. I went on a Sunday and the after church crowd fills the place up!

Lucille’s receives a 4 out of 5.
Brunchaholics Out!!!

Cook & Collins Brunch Review

Ladies and Gentlemen! I’M BACKKKKK!!!

From the bottom of my heart I apologize for such a huge time inbetween posts. Life has taken me through some ups and downs in recent months, but it’s safe to say I’m back and ready to give you brunch inception lol.

The place you need to check out next is Cook & Collins located in the heart of Midtown in Houston, TX.

 

 

Cook & Collins - Houston, TX, United States

First, let’s talk about location. Cook & Collins is located in the heart of Midtown by all of the bars. You may have heard about Gas Lamp recently in the news, but Cook & Collins isn’t on that BS so no worries. Plus, it’s more of a restaurant than a bar and club. It’s m0re 0f a respectable place with a nice intimate setting where you could definitely bring a date.

Now, on to the greatness this place is known for: the food.

Cook & Collins’ menu is lovely.(http://cookandcollins.com/menu/index.php)
It’s creative, eccentric, and daring. If you are a true foodie like me, you will salivate at the amazing options this place has to offer. I have eaten here quite a few times but ironically, I always seem to get the same thing.

Why you ask?

Well, let’s just say what I get is fucking amazing and I have to get off of the tit before I can try anything else.
The illustrious item that I am speaking of is the “Smothered Brazos Burrito” : slow braised beef, scrambled cage-free eggs, potato, BEP relish, two salsas, smokey queso, and crema. As you can see in the photos below, it’s a very simple yet beautiful dish. In my opinion the smoky queso and the braised beef make the burrito, but all of the components work together nicely. Don’t let the size of the burrito or lack of sides discourage you; its worth it, believe me.

The next time I attend Cook and Collins I will be trying the “Fat Elvis Pancakes”. I’m not much of a sweets guy which I why I usually stick to the burrito, but for you guys I’d try it out. Plus the description really makes it sound good, so hey… why not?

Oh, mimosa, mimosa, mimosa…sadly, as great as the food is here, the mimosas are lacking. The majority of the beverage was orange juice with just a little fizz, not the fast rising multiple bubbles true mimosas are made of.
I haven’t gotten the nerve up to start trying Bloody Mary’s yet, but my friend in attendance tells me they were some of the best they’d ever tried. This particular friend loves Bloody Mary’s so I’ll take that to the bank.

All in all, Cook & Collins has the atmosphere, food, and selection of a high-class establishment, yet it doesn’t feel snobby while you are eating there. Despite the disappointment of the mimosas, I would highly recommend checking this place out and exploring the menu. I will report back with the Fat Elvis Pancakes review in due time. Until then, Cook & Collins gets a 3.5/5

 

51fifteen Brunch Review

51fifteen was an amazing brunch experience. The service is A1, and they even have a jazz band that comes in to really set the mood. Brunch starts at 11AM and goes all the way to 4PM. Luckily for me, it’s Houston Restaurant Weeks, so all of Houston is bringing out their absolute best.  Below is a picture of the brunch menu for Houston Restaurant Weeks: 3 courses of divine food for only $25. Can’t beat that!

 The Pre-Meal
Since it’s brunch, instead of serving typical bread for the table, there were blueberry muffins and mini biscuits with a star every butter. The muffin itself was moist and delicate with a fresh blueberry taste. Combine that with the strawberry heaven and you’re in butter. I’m not usually one for sweets, but I could have eaten that all day.

The Mimosa
51fifteen has bottomless mimosas for $12. Now, if you remember my older post about Cyclones, you’ll recall that they offer them as well for only $10.50. However, I definitely prefer 51fifteen’s instead; they are fresher with better quality champagne. I didn’t need too many of these to start feeling good, and it helped that the bartender never let my glass get empty.


First Course: Shrimp Pot Pie
The shrimp pot pie was a game changer for me. I love seafood, so as soon as I saw that on the menu I went for it. This wasn’t your typical pot pie. It could have used more veggies and a little more sauce, but the sauce was very tasty…a very good consistency. The shrimp was cooked perfectly– juicy and sizable, although I did wish there would have been more, but I was satisfied either way. The crust was crisp and buttery, but unfortunately a tad too thick for my liking.


Second Course: NY Strip Steak & Eggs
Now this was the Mecca of the meal. The fingerling potatoes were great and a nice side to the steak and eggs. However, the mini salad in the middle could have stayed in the kitchen. I didn’t feel like it added much to the dish. It looked nice as a presentation, but that’s about it. I ordered my eggs soft scrambled with a bit of cheese. They were creamy and seasoned perfectly. (If you’ve never had soft scrambled eggs, you’re missing out!)
The greatest part of the dish, the steak, was amazing! I ordered mine medium and it came with a Béarnaise sauce that I will absolutely practice all week trying to duplicate at home. The steak was so tender that I could have cut it with plastic utensils. [On a side note: let’s all grow up here and stop getting well-done steaks. It’s childish and you’re missing out on a lot of flavor and juiciness. There’s an appreciation for the cut of steak you’re eating and the effort put into aging it. Let’s appreciate it and stick to medium and medium rare steaks. Believe me, it’s worth it!]


Third Course: Domino Valley Cake
As I stated earlier, I’m not one for sweets. The cake was nice and had a good flavor but was packed with a lot of chocolate. Personally, I almost felt overwhelmed with the abundance of chocolate. I was looking for the vanilla ice cream to act as a saving grace of sorts, but it turned out to be nothing more than ice. The fresh fruit did provide a better take on the dessert, but the star of the show (the cake) didn’t shine in my opinion.  (I should have chosen the Butterfinger Trife instead. I’ll just get that next time.)

Overall, this is probably one of the top 3 brunches I’ve ever been to (the other 2 being located in Cali. I will have write ups on them soon). The high quality of food, outstanding service, and fresh mimosas leads me to give this place a 4 out of 5.

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