BB’s Cafe - Montrose
I’ve been curious about this place since I moved here in December. I’ve passed the location in The Heights, across from Fitzgeralds many times and it always seemed interesting. I didn’t even realize it was a place geared around po’ boy’s until recently.. Once I discovered this I knew I had to check it out.
BB’s Cafe is a New Orleans themed café with a unique Texas twist. They call it “Tex-Orleans” style cooking.
We visited the original location which is quite small but they make use of what space they have with tables crammed into every square foot of the place. There is also outdoor seating framed by the ornate New Orleans inspired wrought iron fence… Which adds to the New Orleans style cafe ambiance.
Dana and I decided to stop in on a Thursday around lunch time and it was packed but we were able to find a table in the back easily enough.
The menu had an interesting mix of New Orleans and Tex-Mex inspired dishes… most of which appeared to be sandwiches served on fresh French bread. I knew what I was there for so I didn’t spend much time looking the menu over. I’m a Libra so sometimes, when I get too many options in front of me, I take forever to decide.
Dana and I both ordered the “Bedtime in the Bayou" po’ boy.. which is a "dressed", fried gulf prawn sandwich. We decided to share thin cut fries, fried pickles and "Miller’s Red Beans & Rice" with andouille sausage along with our po’ boy’s. We ordered a catfish plate for Dana’s daughter off of the kid’s menu. I also ordered a “Purple Haze” from Abita Brewery which is a micro brewery in Abita Springs, Louisiana. Awesome summer wheat beer with raspberries and, as it turns out, pairs amazingly well with a shrimp po’ boy! Damn… I’m talking about “pairing” beverages to food now? I’m like…one step away from wearing a manacle and getting a respectable hair cut now!
The food arrived quickly and the portions were freakin’ huge. The red beans and rice were awesome but Dana found them to be too spicy for her.. I didn’t find them “spicy” in the least and wished that I had ordered a large bowl instead! The fried pickles were O.K…. what can you really say about deep fried pickles? I’m always a sucker for them for some damned reason. The thin cut fries were more than we could eat for sure. I am a fan of thin cut fries.. very thinly cut fries. I always douse them with Tabasco and pepper. The side was way more than the two of us could imagine eating. The po’ boy’s were quite good. Admittedly I’m not that experienced with REAL po’ boy’s, being from North Carolina and Portland Oregon.. and for some reason I’ve never managed to eat them when I’ve been in NOLA.
The shrimp po’ boy was piled with fried gulf shrimp, lettuce and tomato and some sort of “special” sauce that I can only assume is traditional on a po’ boy… all of which I promptly drowned with Tabasco.. The French bread was very good.. very soft inside with a chewy crust on the outside.. the way French bread should be. I don’t know if they make it on premises or not…but its fresh, none the less.
The catfish on the kids plate was very tasty.. I think I ate more of it than Dana’s daughter did!
Nice comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff, great po’ boy. The sandwiches were $7 which seems to be about the average price for most dishes. I think the “kids menu” is a bit pricey. Two adults and one child were $45.. which seems a bit much for a lunch…but I did have two beers and we did have three sides!
It’s good. Go here.
Houston‚ TX 77006
Multiple locations. Check their site.
I’m always on the lookout for cool bars with dim lights, good food and good beer.. I think I found another one to add to my list.
Brian O’Neill’s dub’s themselves as an Irish Pub… perhaps… It reminds me of my favorite British pub in Portland called The Horse Brass. Dark wood floors, huge wooden booths, giant wooden bar, dim lights.. I love places like this.
We went at an odd time, as we tend to do from time to time when we are out shopping and running errands.. We found ourselves in The Village with lots of interesting looking shops and restaurants. Dana said she knew of some Italian restaurant in the area and we decided to give it a shot. When we go there we found parking in front of this interesting looking place with lots of tables out front with a cool little outdoor bar.. The inside looked dark.. and it was empty. We decided to give this Irish pub a shot instead of the Italian joint.
We were literally the only customers there when we walked in. We were greeted by a nice girl who told us we could sit anywhere we wanted. We chose a big booth in the far back corner. The place seemed cozy with the lighting and the glass cases lining the wall filled with some sort of memorabilia… (not in the cheesy TGI Friday’s kinda way).
Our waitress came by and was very friendly.. tatted up with a cool funky style. Dana and I felt right at home. I ,of course, ordered a pint of Guinness.
When the waitress came back I asked her what she suggested. I told her it seemd to me that it was all about the burger here.. she certainly agreed and suggested the Smokey Backyard Barbecue Burger. I’m normally not a huge fan of burgers with BBQ sauce but our waitress seemed to be a big fan of it.. so, on her suggestion, I ordered it. Dana ordered a Monte Cristo.
Our waitress hung out a bit and talked with us. This is a thing that can often be annoying.. but we welcomed her conversation. It was more like just talking to a new friend we had just met at a bar, which is cool.
She went on to explain specials they have on various days of the week.. like, Kids eat free on Saturday. They are also the only pub in Rice village that pours 20 oz imperial draughts.
Our food arrived in a timely manner and the plates were huge. The burger was damn good… made of angus and cooked just right. I will say.. The BBQ bacon burger made me an instant fan. How can you go wrong with anything with bacon on it anyway.. right?
The Monte Cristo was a thing of beauty. Roasted turkey, honey baked ham, mayonnaise, American & Swiss cheese on sourdough bread, battered, deep fried, dusted with powdered sugar & served with raspberry preserves. Admittedly, I have never had one before.. strangely enough. Sweet lordy.. it was good.
The fries were good and crisp… most likely frozen and from the bag… but hey… who cares. This is a pub! Besides they had HP sauce to dip them in!
I have a feeling this place gets packed. Our waitress says they also have live music from time to time.
Great ambiance, cool and friendly staff. Great menu. My burger was $12.. The Monte Cristo was $9. Check their site for great specials!
It’s good. Go here.
Brian O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
5555 Morningside Drive
Houston, TX 77005
I love Greek food. Adore it. I used to frequent a tiny Greek market/restaurant in my beloved Portland… I don’t think I ever even knew the name.. But I loved their gyros. I used to walk or ride my bike a few blocks down from my house in S.E. to get them.. especially when hungover. Even Satyricon (often touted as the CBGB’s of the west coast) used to sell damn good gyros… They often fed me and my band… and many, MANY others back in the day. I have a very fond place in my heart and mind for the simple, yet delicious, gyro.
Speaking of Portland… I spent much time at my fave Lebanese restaurant to this very day.. "Nicholas" on SE Grand. If you live in Portland or are visiting.. Go visit this amazing, family owned and run, Lebanese restaurant.
Back to Houston.
Once again, on my beautiful girlfriend’s suggestion, we decide to hit up Niko Niko’s today. She is always right.
My first impression of this place was that it was far to “nice looking” to have decent food… Plus the parking lot was always overflowing with what would undoubtedly be annoying people scrambling for a table to swill Bud Light and watch “the game” on a big screen or something…. Right? I guess I shouldn’t always go with what my mind tells me.
I do freak out a bit in large crowds sometimes… and I do hate fighting for a parking space at a restaurant Ive never eaten at… mainly because most restaurants suck and then I’m pissed that I went through so much trouble for such shitty food. But on my girlfriend’s suggestion.. I sucked it up and braved the parking and out the door line.
Niko Niko’s has a great history and family story.. They first opened in 1977 with just a walk up window and extreme hesitation to selling Greek food to cowboys. They made $15 their first day. Learning this bit of history and how the restaurant had grown since then made me see the place differently and it earned my respect.
From what I learned.. they are ever expanding to accommodate their ever growing, loyal customer base. This is something one can only accomplish by making good fucking food. This is not achieved with stupid gimmicks, lame happy hour specials on shit beer or even giant tv screens with American sports being played… No… this is only achieved by making no nonsense, good food…. And that is exactly what they are doing at Niko Niko’s.
For starters we ordered
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