Locally sourced food, like WiFi, can be found either at a café or stolen from the neighbors. Avoid bandwidth banditry with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet fare at The Tasting Room's Uptown Park location.
The Tasting Room chef Steve Marques crafts upscale artisanal food from locally sourced ingredients, earning the restaurant a feature in the Houston Press. Sandwiches and salads crisscross the lunch and dinner menu, from a pulled-pork feast slathered in carolina barbecue sauce ($14) to a tuna niçoise salad ($14) with grilled rare tuna, olives, and white anchovies that lost their color upon learning the truth about the emperor’s new clothes. One of a brood of seven pies, the bianco pizza ($16) tosses together garlic confit, fontina cheese, and pistachios. Brunch presents the unstoppable frito pie and fried egg collaboration that is the Redneck benny ($12.50), what 29-95 deemed a memorable bite of 2011.
Before or after their meals, guests can recline on the reserve room’s leather sofas or browse through the wine wall, a collection of 200 sips arranged according to vintage and body. Daily live music massages eardrums in the dining room, and outdoor seating exposes diners to the joys of watching a weeping willow laugh through its tears.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning The Tasting Room a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.
The Tasting Room
Since opening in 2003, The Tasting Room has morphed from a wine bar to a full-service restaurant with four locations—all while retaining its wine-bar charm and racking up numerous awards and accolades. Diners can select libations from a list that boasts more than 200 wines, pairing them with contemporary dishes whipped up by executive chef Jonathan LeBlanc. TTR offerings run the gamut from small plates of mini grilled sandwiches and classic bruschetta to entrees including creole-spiced quail and Jamaican jerk chicken breast, which diners can savor at windowside tables or on the plant-ensconced patio and garden area.
The eatery doesn't just sate hunger for eclectic classics and thirst for fermented grapes. It also hosts live music, meetings, and events such as 2011's Grapes vs. Grains, which pitted beer against wine in a liquid wrestling match. The owners have their hands in other culinary enterprises, too. There's the Houston Cellar Classic, for example, an annual celebration of food and wine. Also popular is MAX's Wine Dive, a destination for gourmet comfort food best defined by its slogan—"Fried chicken and champagne? ... Why the hell not?"
1101 Uptown Park Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056