I from Oklahoma City to Houston where I was going to attend the wedding reception for my fried Lora, who I worked with on the Consistency Team. The flight was uneventful, but it was pretty cool flying directly over the Dallas Ft. Worth Airport, that is a massive airport!
The reception was beautiful and a lot of fun, I wish Lora and Eric a great, they make a great couple! From the reception I headed into Houston to try a few more places. After about a 30-minute drive I arrived at "Be More Pacific" which is an Asian and Filipino themed restaurant. They have both indoor and outdoor seating; I chose a small table near the bar inside. I chose the Bacon Fried Rice. On the table was a bottle of the restaurants signature Banana Ketchup, I tried a sample and found it to be a bit too spicy for my taste. After a short my meal came served in a large bowl with a fried egg on top. I am like Guy, I don't care for eggs, either. I was able to move it off, but I did mix the yolk onto the rice which gave it a nice flavor. The saltiness of the bacon mixed well with the mild flavor of the rice. Before I left my server signed my book.
|Be More Pacific in Houston|
|Banana Ketchup - A Sweet and Spicy Condiment|
|Bacon Fried Rice|
I headed out to my next place just a few miles away. "Weights and Measures" is an interesting place. In the morning it's a bakery with light breakfast meals. Later in the day it morphs into a nice restaurant with the center of the dining room being an open kitchen. I decided to just get something light and chose a freshly made baguette with a side of Rosemary Garlic butter and an Iced Toffee Nut Latte. I really liked the open kitchen; it adds a nice ambiance to the restaurant. The baguette was crusty with a soft center, the butter really enhanced the taste. The latte was strong and hit the spot.
|Weights and Measures in Houston|
|Baguette with Rosemary Garlic Butter|
|Toffee Nut Latte|
I was stuffed! It had been a great day, celebrating Lora and Eric and also being able to try some places.
|Traveler's Table in Houston|
|"Guy Ate Here" pan at Traveler's Table|
|Shrimp and Grits|
I headed out and after a 5 minutes' drive I arrived at "The Pit Room". It is what I would consider the classic Texas style Barbecue joint. They have indoor and outdoor seating and a bar area. You order in a cafeteria style line. Although they serve combo meals, most items are sold ala cart. I chose to try Venison Sausage, made in house, and a Brisket Taco. The sausage came with a thick slice of Texas bread and sauce. The sausage was not gamey, as Venison tends to be, but was extremely spicy, as was the sauce, way too spicy for my taste. The taco was really good, beefy brisket in a flavorful tortilla shell. I got there at the right time because there were few people in line when I arrived, by the time I left the line was out the door!
|The Pit Room in Houston|
|The Backroom smoker where the magic happens|
|Venison Sausage and Brisket Taco|
After a short, restful break, I headed back into the city to go to my last Houston place. "Toasted Coconut" is a very unique place that celebrates all things beach and islands. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor patio is very reminiscent of a Tiki Bar. The inside dining area has murals and decor of being on an island, with very cool wicker furnishings. The bar features tropical drinks served in Tiki glasses. There were a few different items that looked interesting, the menu seemed to feature items with Middle Eastern and Island flavors. I decided to try the Lamb Flatbread. The tasty fried flatbread, which reminded me of the fried dough my grandmother used to make, was topped with thin slices lamb topped with spices that added a little heat but a lot of flavor. The side of Cucumber Yogurt sauce helped to cut down the heat. Before I left my server took my book to the owner who signed it. I would have like to meet him, but it was pretty busy.
|Outdoor Tiki Bar style seating|
|Inside Dining area and bar|
|"Guy Ate Here" stencil at The Toasted Coconut|
My journey in Houston had come to an end. I enjoyed all of the places and got to try a lot of different styles of food. If you're in the Houston area any of these places are worth a visit. I headed home with my Triple D count at 870!