Part family-style restaurant, part sports bar, part music venue?Jackie's Brickhouse aims to be all things to all people by creating an environment where guests can enjoy anything from a quick bite to a spirited night out with friends. This welcoming spirit is readily apparent throughout the menu of classic comfort foods, which features eight-ounce Angus burgers and country fried chicken with cream gravy alongside hand-tossed, thin-crust pizzas. The chefs also seek out fresh crawfish whenever they become available and they demonstrate a willingness to get creative by cooking upscale items such as the bourbon-glazed Alaskan salmon topped with poached pear. With its large collection of picnic tables and high-top wooden tables, the spacious main dining area features more than enough places to settle in and indulge in one of the hearty entr?es.
A fleet of 25 plasma televisions adorn the walls, although the sounds of sports fade away whenever Jackie's Brickhouse hosts live musical performances. These performances are regularly scheduled throughout the week and never include a cover charge, encouraging visitors to hang around and tap their toes to the melodies or dance to the warm-up scales. Jackie's Brickhouse also features a separate game room stuffed with pool tables, dartboards, shuffleboard tables, and arcade games for anyone looking to unwind over a quick face-off.
It was 1984 when Gil Lobreck left Bangkok and re-settled in Seabrook, Texas, introducing his new home to traditional Thai dishes in his restaurant, Bay Thai. Almost two decades later, Gil’s son Andrew decided to continue the family tradition by building his own restaurant—Merlion—where he peppers his dad's recipes with occasional American influences to present a new twist on established Thai staples. In addition to making five different curries flavored with everything from lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves to nutmeg and cloves, Chef Andrew also designs inventive seafood dishes such as wild-caught salmon served with a sake-mushroom cream sauce and wasabi-spiked mashed potatoes. These more creative entrees appear alongside a familiar sounding selection of wok-seared noodle dishes, Thai fried rice, and marinated satay skewers. The terracotta tile floor and apple-red walls of Merlion’s dining room stand out amid the black banquettes and tables draped with crisp white linens. One of the most striking elements, however, is the brick and stone bar, which complements the warm colors and earth tones used throughout the space, and serves as a protective barrier between bartenders and any big bad wolves they refuse to serve.
In true farm-to-table fashion, Chef Coco Hogue of Tabella at Clear Creek Winery sources the majority of her ingredients from onsite gardens, local farmers, ranchers, and other homegrown producers. Each day before dinner service, she strolls through the restaurant’s backyard picking items for the day’s menu such as herbs, baby vegetables, and forks from the silverware tree. As a photographer and painter, Chef Hogue believes in beautiful presentation, which she achieves by delicately plating entrees such as coffee-rubbed pork loin and grilled quail with sides such as potato gratin and brussels-sprout hash. During three- to twelve-course dinners, fresh seafood found within 5 miles of the restaurant is one of four protein choices, and it is prepared to match the evening’s wine selection.
While The Cock & Bull Pub and Restaurant's actual bricks and mortar reside in Seabrook, its interior might as well be 5,000 miles away in a cozy corner of Manchester. The eatery's UK vibe emanates from a menu of British specialties, with chefs preparing classics including bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherds pie. Guests wash down these creation with pints from the generous taps, which house 55 beers suitable for any taste or occasion.
In addition to the authentic food and drinks, the pub also maintains the same communal conviviality of its cross-Atlantic cousins. Throughout the week, musicians fill the space with largely acoustic live music, with styles ranging from Scottish folk to Texas country. The proprietors also maintain an in-pub library, a cozy corner with couches where guests may retire for a light repast and a bit of scandalous rumor-mongering about the poor state of the neighbors' lands.
Landry's, Inc. operates more than 40 restaurant brands with only two main goals: good food and good memories. Thankfully, each of their venues has a signature element that's hard to forget, whether the Oceanaire's fresh seafood?flown in daily?or Rainforest Cafe's animatronic wildlife that's almost as realistic as the Amazon's wind-up monkeys. Steak and seafood spots feature prominently on the list of Landry's locations, including Morton's The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks. But there are standouts in other genres, too, such as the Italian trattoria known as Grotto.
Lauded for its “timeless” feel by Houston Press, Chelsea Wine Bar’s creative menu of old-fashioned comfort food pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s weekly live music offerings and waterfront views. Satisfy sandwich-size cravings with the roast-turkey panini, topped with swiss cheese and basil pesto ($6.50), or the brie, tomato, and spinach panini ($6.50). Herbivores and dairy enthusiasts can skip carnivorous options and munch on the cheese flatbread pizza ($5), baked goat-cheese platter ($10), or warm brie plate ($10.50). Dessert-deigning diners can reminisce on childhoods spent roasting marshmallows over the warm glow of the television with the chocolate-mallow conglomeration of Susie’s s’mores ($6.50), which is complemented by a wide selection of gourmet coffee beverages from delectable white mochas ($3.50) to potent double espressos ($2.75).