February 6th, 2012
H-Town Showdown: The Battle of the Bistros
Bistro. What exactly does that mean? Coffee? A cold beer on a patio? Food that a chef in the back actually cares about? Well, it’s all of those things, really, and we realize that just about any old place could be considered one. But it’s a French word, and the French know romance, right? So, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve added a little twist for this week’s competition—it’s got to be a place worthy of some hot, V-Day action. Who ya got?
Richard found Sorrel by accident back in October. You better believe he and countless others have since sought it out quite intentionally. He’s been telling the Mrs. about his experience for months. Items like the Slow Roasted Pork Belly in Risotto with Golden Raisin only serve to encourage him to FINALLY make good on his promise and treat her to Sorrel as the day of the cupids approacheth.
Plonk may be a dark horse in this refined race, but that’s not due to a lack of character or substance. A revolving door of craft brews and vino, just like Shepherd Park, Plonk is re-defining Houston’s opinion of strip centers. Some may not dig Plonk’s counter-service style for a Valentine’s venture, but that’s right up some folks’ amorous alley. If the crab-crammed Goof Balls keep your date happy, he/she’s a keeper. It worked on us.
Tea went stag but promised to come back with Mrs. Tea for more of their doughnut holes. Owner/chef Kevin Naderi has set up shop on Fairview, and judging by the crowds as of late, isn’t backing down from any competition- even an H-Town Showdown. Farm-to-table fish, beef and fresh veggies are setting Roost apart, and their recent addition of wine and beer are making Roost a beauty amongst bistros.
Zelko’s got just over a year and half on the other three in this Showdown. This cozy little bungalow has been consistently touted as one of the best dining spots in Houston, since it opened back in April of 2010. From then on it’s only gotten better, as they continue their tradition of delicious dishes composed of meticulously picked natural and organic ingredients. But as they say, it’ll have to beat the rest, to be the best. With Sorrel, Plonk and Roost quickly gaining recognition, this hierarchy only figures to become less defined.
That’s right, this one’s on you. Was there a bistro that you feel deserves presence here among the competitors? Let us know in the comments. We’ll tally your suggestions into the final results.