Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vic and Anthony's

I recently was lucky enough to get to dine at Vic and Anthony's with some friends for a lovely dinner. I hadn't been in years and had forgotten just how good the place was.

The last time I dined here, I had not yet been diagnosed with Celiac, so I was able to go hog-wild with the menu. So, I was a bit nervous about whether or not I would have any options. Wow! I must say I was extremely surprised by just how many options I did have. I had already contacted the Concept Executive Chef, Carlos Rodriguez, to let him know about my allergies. He took such wonderful care of me and made sure to let the server, who rocks by the way (Michael Fulmer, ask to sit in his section), know which dishes could be made to work with my allergies and which could not.

The food was outstanding, the service was impeccable and the entire experience gets an A+ from me. We were given a great recommendation for wine by the Sommelier, and Michael Fulmer was incredibly gracious and attentive.

I am a huge lover of redfish, so the fact that they had it available was very exciting to me. The seasoning was so delicious, not overpowering and the sauce complimented it without drowning it. The fish was cooked to perfection, not too flaky, but just flaky enough. It melted in my mouth and made me a happy, happy lady. My dinner companions enjoyed the filet and the prime strip, both of which looked absolutely amazing. Carlos was nice enough to send us some amazing gluten-free appetizers: the tomato and mozzarella, tuna tartare and the seared scallops. That in itself should have been enough for me, but it was so tasty I had to get more. I ended up ordering the lobster bisque (best I've ever had) in addition to my redfish entree, the appetizers and the creme brulee. Needless to say, by the time we left I had gained about 15 pounds, but it was so worth it.

The ambiance of Vic and Anthony's is fantastic. The place is beautiful, the patrons are an eclectic mix of businessmen/women, socialites, baseball fans (it's next to the field), concert goers...anyone and everyone! If you haven't been to Vic and Anthony's, or if it's been awhile, I suggest you high-tail it back there as soon as you can. And, ask to sit in Michael Fulmer's section when you make your reservation. You will be treated like Royalty. Also, be sure to give Carlos Rodriguez a wave as you walk by, he deserves some love for being such an incredible chef.

I can say, without hesitation, this will always be my go-to place to take potential clients, good friends, or anyone that I want to impress with a fabulous dinner.

Houston locations hours:

Sunday through Thursday-
Cocktail Lounge opens at 4pm, Dinner is served from 5pm-10pm

Cocktail Lounge opens at 4pm, Lunch and Dinner served from 11am-11pm

Cocktail Lounge opens at 4pm, Dinner is served from 5pm-11pm

Reservations: 713-228-1111
Located at 1510 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse

So, I decided to go and spend some time with my bff who lives in Austin, TX. for the 4th. We did tons of fun things, but one that really stood out for me was going to the Alamo Drafthouse to see a movie. When I realized that we had one in Houston and that my lame-ass had not yet been, I was excited to go and see what it was all about.

Let me first start out by saying that in no way is this a place I am recommending for the best meal of your life. However, I was very pleased by the menu options and the food that I ordered. Also, they have a huge list of alcoholic beverages to choose from including craft beers, wine, cocktails, etc. That alone is reason enough to go.

What a great date place Alamo Drafthouse would be. You can wine and dine your lady all at once. The best part? If it's a blind date, or first date, or someone you've been with for years, you can still make them feel super special by doing dinner and a movie all at once.

I was surprised to see such great offerings on the menu. Of course popcorn, the staple of every movie, is available. In addition were some interesting meal options such as a fried goat cheese salad, spinach and artichoke dip, rep pepper hummus, burgers, wraps, pizza, you name it! Each location has it's own menu, but they all mostly offer the same items. I was at the location in Austin, on Research Blvd. We have two in Houston: one in Katy, on Mason Rd., and one in West Oaks.

What was the most interesting to me was the ability of the servers to deliver the food throughout the movie without once entering into my frame of sight. It wasn't until I received my meal that I looked around to see a bunch of wait staff crouched down delivering food. How someone can crouch and deliver food in a movie theater is beyond me, but somehow they do it.

Now, if you are looking for some Dolby Surround Sound 3-D goodness, I don't know if this particular cinema would be the best for you. Even so, they have some really neat events that you can attend, like the Justin Timberlake "Sexy Back" sing-a-long (hello! I have to be there), a "Johnny Mnemonic" screening where they will display all your texts about the movie on the big screen as it airs (I must go to this simply because Keanu bugs), and of course, the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (what cinema would be complete without this event?).

If you want to go do something different, have some fun and enjoy a pretty darned decent meal while doing so, I would highly recommend the Alamo Drafthouse. Keep in mind, this is based on my impression of the Austin, Lake Creek, location. If you've had some experience with our Houston locations and would like to share, please feel free to comment.