Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pizaro'Pizza



Pizaro's Pizza

napoletana

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Service (staff): 


- Counter service

- Knowledgeable

- Quick

- Detail oriented

- Extremely friendly

- Talkative 

- Owner/Manager visited the tables





Ambiance:


- New (2nd location)

- BYOB

- Bright

- Overpriced (for a counter service establishment) 

- Young crowd

- Casual 

- Low background music

- Visible kitchen

- Wood, industrial and rustic decor

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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•Address• 1000 w gray st | houston tx

•Telf• (832) 742 - 5200

•Web• www.pizarospizza.com

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Campania Pizza

tomato sauce, roasted crimini mushrooms, artichokes, cotto ham, black olives, mozzarella & basil

extra prosciutto 

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- Fresh

- Plenty of veggies

- Strong tart kick 

- Prosciutto: thin, delicious, delicate and plenty of it

- Dough: thin, crunchy

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Cornicione Di Ricotta e Spinaci

margherita pizza, crust stuffed spinach & ricotta 

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- Warm

- Medium size

- Plenty of sauce

- Lack of mozzarella

- Crust: plenty of ricotta and spinach, smooth, creamy, crispy

- Dough: thin, crusty, delectable, fascinating

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Nutella Pizza

hot flatbread, smothered in nutella with a dusting of powdered sugar

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- Warm

- Very large

- Sharable

- Sweet

- Adequate portion of nutella

- Enjoyable

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Dish: 5/5

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Añejo tex-mex restaurant


Añejo

tex-mex restaurant

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Service (staff): 


- Knowledgeable

- Quick

- Detail oriented

- Rushing

- Manager/chef never visited the tables




Ambiance:


- New 

- Bright

- Slightly pricy

- Mixed crowd

- Business Casual 

- Latin background music

- Bar in the middle of the dinning room

- Patio available

- Wood decor

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 3.7/5

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•Address• 1180 uptown park blv | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 963 - 9032

•Web• www.anejotexmex.com

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Añejo Braised Chicken

chicken braised in tortilla soup, black beans, oaxaca cheese, creme, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño pickled carrot

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- Fresh

- Crunchy

- Sharable

- lack of avocado & creme

- Well-seasoned chicken

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Dish: 4/5

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Enchiladas Beef Fajitas

salsa madre, house made corn tortilla, chili con carne gravy, redneck cheddar 

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- Extremely spicy

- Warm

- Large portion

- Plenty of sauce and beef

- Stale tortillas (feeling) 

- Greasy

- Cheesy

- Overbaked 

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Dish: 2.7/5

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Gulf Coast Snapper Tacos 

grilled snapper, cilantro emulsion, avocado relish, pickled cabbage, corn tortillas

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- Well cooked fish

- Simple

- Sharable

- Large portion

- Unimpressive

- Spicy

- Warm

- Stale tortillas (feeling)

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Dish: 3/5

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Peska seafood culture


Peska

seafood culture

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Service (staff): 


- Welcoming

- Knowledgeable

- Lack of a few details

- Unimpressive

- Attentive hosts

- Personable, friendly and amiable chef

- Chef visited the tables




Ambiance:


- New and trendy

- Bright

- Mixed crowd

- Business Casual 

- Clean

- Pleasant

- Open feels

- Glass walls

- Ocean feel

- Modern

- Extremely loud


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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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•Address• 1700 post oak blv | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 961 - 9204

•Web• www.peska.us

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Lobster Cappuccino 

creamy lobster bisque, white truffle foam, lobster, creamy brie crostini 

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- Fresh

- Foamy

- Appropriate size

- Warm

- Thick

- Strong flavor of lobster

- Strongly seasoned 

- Delicate

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Tostada Caramelo

minced yellowfin, citrus soy, caramelized red onions

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- Plenty of meat

- Crunchy

- Sweet

- Spicy kick

- Delicate

- Enjoyable

- Highly recommended  

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Dish: 5/5

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Peruano Ceviche

mahi mahi, octous, leche de tigre, aji amarillo, cancha serrana, sweet potatoes

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- Well cooked octopus

- Simple

- Sharable

- Large portion

- Light

- Delicate

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Miso Bacalao

nori sauce, sake, bonito flakes, shishito peppers

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- Sweet and sour sauce

- Fresh

- Perfectly cooked

- Strong flavor

- Pretty presentation

- Delicate

- Delightful

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Dish: 5/5

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Crusted Tuna

seared rare, onion ash, citrus soy sauce, radish, baby zucchini

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- Spicy

- Extremely tender

- Strong soy flavor

- Adequate temperature 

- Soft

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Truffled Mashed Potatoes 

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- Soft

- Smooth

- Strong truffle flavor

- Warm

- Delicious

- Highly recommended 

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Dish: 5/5

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mercantile


Mercantile

cultured convenience 

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Service (staff): 


- Welcoming

- Friendly

- Quick

- Polite

- Young

- Attentive

- Good-Humored

- Counter service



Ambiance:


- Bright

- Mixed crowd

- Casual 

- Warm

- Pleasant

- Relaxing

- Cozy

- Lack of seats

- Spacious

- Artistic 

- Enjoyable background music

- In the middle of the neighborhood 

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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•Address• 3321 stanford st | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 360- 7947

•Web• www.mercantilehouston.com

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Cappuccino 

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- Fresh

- Foamy

- Appropriate size

- Slightly cold

- Nut-like

- Acid kick

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Drink: 4/5

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Cinnamon Roll

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- Lack of icing

- Cold

- Soft

- Sweet

- Sharable

- Eatable 

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Mercantile


Mercantile

cultured convenience 

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Service (staff): 


- Welcoming

- Friendly

- Quick

- Polite

- Young

- Attentive

- Good-Humored

- Counter service



Ambiance:


- Bright

- Mixed crowd

- Casual 

- Warm

- Pleasant

- Relaxing

- Cozy

- Lack of seats

- Spacious

- Artistic 

- Enjoyable background music

- In the middle of the neighborhood 

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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•Address• 3321 stanford st | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 360- 7947

•Web• www.mercantilehouston.com

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Cappuccino 

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- Fresh

- Foamy

- Appropriate size

- Slightly cold

- Nut-like

- Acid kick

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Dish: 4/5

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Cinnamon Roll

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- Lack of icing

- Cold

- Soft

- Sweet

- Sharable

- Eatable 

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Davis Street


Davis Street

at hermann park

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Service (staff): 


- Outstanding

- Terrific

- Detail oriented

- Managers visited the tables

- Knowledgeable

- Serviceable



Ambiance:


- Bright

- Mixed crowd

- Business casual 

- Easy menu

- Bright colors

- Spacious

- Lovely piano area

- Confusing distribution 

- Valet parking available

- Music and atmosphere mismatched 

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 3.7/5

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•Address• 5925 almeda rd | houston tx

•Telf• (844) 328-4778

•Web• www.davisstreet.com

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Goat Cheese + Pear

baby arugula, crisp goat cheese, balsamic poached pears, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, house-made balsamic reduction

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- Fresh

- Sharable

- Overdressed 

- Cheese: crispy outside, soft inside, warm, the best part of the salad

- Highly sweet

- Unfinished 

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Dish: 3/5

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Sweet Potatoes Fries

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- Crispy

- Fresh

- Perfectly cooked

- Provocative

- Sauce: slightly spicy

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Dish: 5/5

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The Wedge

baby iceberg wedge, oven roasted tomatoes, cubed prosciutto, blue cheese crumble, ciabatta crouton, blue cheese dressing

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- Crispy bacon

- Easy to share

- Chunks of cheese 

- Refreshing

- Lettuce: Crunchy, fresh

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Tuna

diced sushi-grade ahi tuna tossed in sweet soy glazed and layered with creamy avocado, citrus-marinated cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, topped with broiled crab, served with crispy wontons

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- Fresh

- Large size

- Sweet kick

- Slightly spicy

- Addictive

- Plenty of meat

- Fresh tuna and crab

- Lovely presentation

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Dish: 5/5

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Pan Seared Salmon

atlantic pan roasted salmon drizzled in sweet soy glaze atop a bed of sweet and purple potato hash and steamed broccolini  

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- Large size

- Salmon: Overcooked inside, Crispy outside, well seasoned

- Beautiful presentation

- Sweet kick

- Well seasoned

- Fresh veggies, crunchy broccoli

- Plenty of potatoes

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Dish: 4/5

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Table 57


Table 57

dining & drinks

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Service (staff): 


- Counter service

- Distant 

- Knowledgeable

- Lack of details

- Quick

- Casual


Ambiance:


- New

- Noisy

- Bright

- Mixed crowd

- Casual

- Messy

- Easy menu

- Industrial decor

- Visible kitchen

- Indoor & outdoor tables

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Service: 3/5

Ambience: 4/5

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•Address• 5895 san felipe | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 978-5860

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Avocado & Kale Mash

served with rosemary focaccia crisps

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- Fresh

- Sharable

- Light

- Simple

- Smooth 

- Crunchy & crispy focaccia

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Dish: 4/5

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Chopped Brisket Tostada

with bbq aioli topped with cole slaw & pickled red onion relish

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- Crispy

- Tender

- Juicy

- Messy

- Plenty of sauce

- Delightful 

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Smoked Pulled Chicken Tostada

mexican street corn relish, salsa verde & cotija

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- Unimpressive

- Crispy

- Messy

- Spicy kick

- Plenty of meat

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Crab Ceviche Tostada

jumbo lump, avocado, pico de gallo & cilantro

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- Simple

- Fresh

- Lack of taste

- Unimpressive

- Plenty of meat

- Lack of sauce 

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Dish: 3/5

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Quinoa & Farro

super food rich salad with quinoa, farro, kale, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins & red onion on top of a cantaloupe carpaccio. (extra smoked salmon)

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- Plenty of quinoa

- Beautiful presentation

- Highly sweet

- Refreshing

- Fresh veggies and nuts

- Acid kick

- Thin carpaccio 

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Dish: 3/5

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Bovine & Barley


Bovine & Barley

urban bar + eatery

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Service (staff): 


- Friendly

- Welcoming

- Extremely slow

- Unknowledgeable 

- Attentive

- Average

- Lack of details

- Informal

- In training 



Ambiance:


- New

- Soft opening 

- Enjoyable background music

- Bright

- Mixed crowd

- Casual

- Clean

- Easy menu

- Industrial decor

- Full bar

- Lack of seats/tables

- Spacious

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Service: 3.5/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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•Address• 416 main st | houston tx

•Telf• (832) 742-5683

•Web• www.bovineandbarley.com

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Bovine Steak Salad

Sliced flat iron beef, crisp, mixed baby greens a blend

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- Extremely simple

- Overcooked steak

- Overpriced 

- Small size

- Unprovocative

- Unfinished 

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Dish: 1.5/5

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Sliders

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- Average

- Unimpressive 

- Sharable

- Sweet kick

- Plenty of meat 

- Bread: Soft, warm, spongy

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Kobe Beef Burger

1/2 pound of Kobe Beef, seasoned, grilled & topped with jalapeno Jack cheese and fully dressed. (Blue cheese)

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- Filling

- Lack of ingredients and dressing

- Simple

- Overcooked

- Plenty of cheese

- Fries: warm, perfect ratio of salt

- Disappointment 

- Bread: average, simple, warm

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Dish: 3/5

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Tuna Steak Burger

house recipe seared thai tuna steak with cilantro, ginger and soy, seasoned then grilled and topped with arugula and chipotle mayo aioli

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- Tuna well cooked but unimpressive

- Large size

- Sweet kick

- Slightly peppery

- Bread: soft, sweet, spongy

- Fries quickly became cold

- Plenty of dressing

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Dish: 4/5

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Chicken Sandwich 

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- Chicken: crispy, juicy, adequate size

- Bread: soft, sweet kick

- Fulfilling

- Provocative fries but they became cold very quickly

- Spicy kick at the end

- Lack of dressing

- Fresh veggies

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

BRC gastropub



BRC

gastropub

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Service (staff): 


- Friendly

- Knowledgeable

- Attentive

- Average

- Bar service due to long wait 



Ambiance:


- Charmingly southern

- Dark leather booths

- Elaborate wall paper

- Busy for brunch

- Casual

- Clean

- Lots of light

- Pub-like food

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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•Address• 519 shepherd dr | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 861-2233

•Web• www.brcgastropub.com

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American Platter

2 eggs, patty sausage, mapley bacon, toast, marinated tomato

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- Filling

- Good ratio of ingredients

- Simple

- Well cooked

- Large

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Dish: 4/5

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Fried Chicken Biscuits & Eggs

cheddar, creamy gravy, sweet jalapeno, bacon jam, crispy fries

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- Egg whites only

- Very large

- Buttery

- Cheesy

- Sweet bacon jam

- Filling

- Tender chicken

- Warm and doughy biscuit

- Good ratio of filling to biscuit

- Crispy fries

- Fries quickly became cold

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Dish: 4.7/5

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