It seems like every time I’m in downtown Houston, I always want to leave when rush hour traffic hits. I have visited BRC Gastropub once before for drinks after thrifting with a friend; this time it was after a food extravaganza with Regina and a day of vinyl shopping. Every time I have spent time there, the staff was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable about their entrees.
Executive Chef Lance Fegen and partner in culinary crime Lee Ellis bring the old school idea on London-based gastropubs; providing a local neighborhood setting with great food, ales, and beer. Having been to many a gastropub while in my travels to London (both in downtown and suburban London), the warm atmosphere and great food make it worth the stop in for a pint and a plate.
During my recent trips (I went two times within a three-day span) to the BRC, I started with the steak tartare and their infamous cheddar biscuits with bacon jam. The steak tartare melted in your mouth and was beautifully topped with caper berry which gave it an even more mouth watering taste. Of course with any tartare it was served with salt and vinegar potato chips; which really rounded out all the flavors for me on the plate. The cheddar biscuits and bacon jam were just to die for; you’re served two healthy sized biscuits as an appetizer. I couldn’t even finish one biscuit because they were so filling. Since I was by myself I decided the dip method for the bacon jam would be the best way to enjoy it and I wasn’t wrong; again I was so glad when I got home and was able to have them later in the day.
For my first recent trip to BRC, I ordered their lamb burger (which the lamb is sourced out of Comstock, Texas). I had it served medium and without cheese (being lactose intolerant and all); this really brought out the flavors of the meat and made the whole burger experience really great. My second trip was during the day and I got their chef’s dog of the week which was topped with sauerkraut and sweet mustard. I probably looked weird eating a hotdog with a fork and knife, but I couldn’t exactly eat it with my hands.
I am a huge fan of key lime pie mostly because I have been to the Florida Keys numerous times in my life, so when I heard they had it I had to taste it for myself. It has a very mellow tangy taste to it which doesn’t overwhelm the palate. I was told by my waiter/bartender they make most of their pies and cakes at Petite Sweets (a sister company to BRC) daily.
I cannot wait to go back (with Regina) and try other items on their menu. I was told both times, Sunday brunch was well worth the wait; they always have a long line to wait for a table. I most looking forward to their Sunday special, Frito Pie Insanity (I’ll make sure to brace myself with all the dairy), their brunch, and their deviled eggs (which are topped with their bacon jam and fried oysters). They are located at 519 Shepard Street; you can’t miss it there is a big, red rooster in front of their establishment.
Check out the Tastemade video I created from my first trip there (pardon the lighting, I was at the bar during happy hour).
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