A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant, and not around the neighbor’s emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today’s Groupon: for $30, you’ll get a three-course prix fixe dinner at Gravitas, located on Taft Street (up to a $60 value). This Groupon is only valid for dine-in.
The artfully designed eatery has garnered plenty of media buzz with mentions in Texas Monthly and Houston Modern Luxury, and boasts a renowned founder and chef (Scott Tycer, of Benjy’s, Spago Palo Alto, and Aries Restaurant fame). For your prix fixe dinner, choose one item from each of the following sumptuous course selections inspired by land, earth and sea:
- Salad Lyonnais with wilted frisee, lardons, balsamic vinegar, and poached egg
- Blue crab cake with jalapeno hollandaise, arugula and wild vegetable salad, chili sauce
- Raw vegetable salad with buttermilk dressing and desiccated vegetables
Entrees * Beef Bourgogne with pomme puree, asparagus, foraged mushroom and pearl onions * Oven-roasted Market Catch with foraged mushrooms, foie gras, white wine * Three-onion bread pudding with oven-baked tomatoes and artichokes
- Butterscotch bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel
- Pecan chocolate tart with black pepper ice cream
- Lemon tart with pistachio cream and brittle
The restaurant’s open kitchen allows enticing aromas to pique appetites as they gently waft through the dining room’s cool yet approachably modern décor, featuring exposed brick walls and sleek concrete floors. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead or send word by Saint Bernard to secure your spot. Click here for a more intimate glance into the Gravitas galley.
Not valid on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, Valentines Day, or Easter.
The Houston Chronicle named Gravitas’ chicken ‘n’ dressing a 2005 ultimate food and drink pick. OpenTable reviewers named Gravitas a Diners’ Choice Winner for its American cuisine that’s “Fit for Foodies.” Citysearchers gave the restaurant 2007 Best of Citysearch awards for its bar menu and bartenders. Gayot gives it a 14/20 rating and the Houston Press reviewed it: > * Poise half a moist, crisp-skinned bird on a slab of pan-fried cornbread - sweetened with kernels of corn and made savory by caramelized shallots - and you’ve got a constellation of flavors and textures that’s deeply familiar, yet surprising. A glass of white Chateauneuf-du-Pape, plus the cutting-edge people-watching, makes this meal a party. – Houston Chronicle > * I hadn’t had beef Burgundy since my mom made it when I was in high school. The version served at Gravitas reminds me of how good the original dish was before Mom’s recipe…The slow-cooked beef in wine sauce and comfortingly creamy mashed potatoes were so good, I had to remind myself to eat slowly so I could savor each bite with a sip of Pinot Noir. – Robb Walsh, Houston Press