Tasty Thursdays: Valentine’s Day!

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Sorrento Ristorante Italiano

415 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006

Sorrento Ristorante is a complete Italian experience located on the lower Westheimer strip. At Sorrento, receive attentive service from their experienced, knowledgeable, and professional staff. They serve a sophisticated, creative and contemporary Italian menu along with an extensive wine list that ranges from the rolling vineyards of Tuscany to California. The atmosphere is completed by their live piano bar.

Recommendations: Appetizers: Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio (with arugula and shaved parmesan), Bruschetta (with Fresh Basil, Tomato, and Mozzarella), Soft Polenta and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (with Garlic Cream),Classic Escargot (with Garlic, Butter, and Fine Herbs). Entrée: Fresh Maine Lobster Bisque, Lobster and Arugula Tortelloni (with Lemon Cream and Caviar),  Butternut Squash Ravioli, Julienne Zucchini, Sage Brown Butter, and Lemon Zest, Seared Mallard Duck Breast (with truffle potato cake and champagne sabayon), or The Chef’s Tasting Four Course Meal at $55 per person.  Dessert:  Grand Marnier and Chocolate Souffle’ (with dark chocolate sauce), Classicvanilla Bean Cream Brule (with fresh seasonal berries), Chocolate Cannelloni (with chocolate ganache and‏ toasted pecans), Italian Bread Pudding  (with white chocolate, dry cherries and golden raisins).

Check out their menu at http://www.sorrentohouston.com/

Spindletop

1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

Spindletop, Houston’s first and best-known revolving restaurant, has been a favorite seafood restaurant since its opening in 1972. Our glass-walled restaurant makes one revolution every 45 minutes, ensuring you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the city and all of its famous landmarks. Multiple levels ensure that everyone has a perfect view.

Recommendations: Appetizers: Ahi Tuna Ceviche (Plantain Chips, Chimichurri, and Avocado), Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (Chipotle Aioli Remoulade),  Spindletop’s Signature Avocado Dome (Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Jicama Slaw, Bruleed Lemon Half); Entrée:  Axiote Seafood Pasta (Roasted Shrimp, Jumbo Scallops, Crawfish Tails, Heirloom Tomatoes, Asparagus Tips, Roasted Mushrooms, Axiote Sauce),  Seared Mahi Mahi (Mesquite Smoked Tri-Colored Fingerling Potatoes, Tito’s Vodka Infused Texas Grapefruit Sauce, TX Seasonal Vegetables), Grilled 8oz Filet (Mesquite Smoked Tri-Colored Fingerling Potatoes, Guajillo Pepper Butter, Smoked Onion Red Wine Sauce, TX Seasonal Vegetables); Dessert: Strawberry Icebox (Pretzel Crust, Chilled Strawberry Cream), Grand Marnier Berry Trifle (Grand Marnier Mousse, Local Berries, Sponge Cake).

Check out their menu at http://www.hyatt.com/gallery/spindletop/

The Melting Pot

6100 Westheimer Rd
Suite 146
Houston, TX 77057

The Melting Pot Restaurant is where fun is cooked up fondue style. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, long overdue date night or celebrating with a group. We are the premier fondue restaurant, centrally located on Westheimer, providing a casually elegant dining experience and an intimate atmosphere. The relaxing four-course experience begins with a cheese fondue prepared table side and fresh salads while your entrée pot heats up. You’ll simmer a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables in the cooking style of your choice. Each morsel is hot, fresh and delicious and all entrées are accompanied by an array of dipping sauces. Chocolate fondue is the finale, served with decadent dippers. Most make reservations for the four-course dining experience but more than a few have stopped by to satisfy that cheese fondue or chocolate craving. The Melting Pot also features a great wine list, specialty cocktails and martinis.

Recommendations: Appetizers: Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue (Gruyère and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, white wine, garlic, nutmeg, lemon and Kirschwasser), Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue (Fontina, Butterkäse and buttermilk blue cheeses with white wine, scallions and a hint of sherry), Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue (Fontina and Butterkäse cheeses, spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic); Entrée: Honey Orange Duck Breast, Cold Water Lobster Tails, Filet Mignon, Good Earth Vegetarian, Wild Mushroom Sacchetti;  Don’t forget to select your own cooking styles and sauces! 

Dessert: Yin & Yang (This fondue satisfies dark and white chocolate cravings in an artfully balanced fondue dessert), Bananas Foster (Bananas and a hint of cinnamon swirled in white chocolate create the fondue version of this favorite dessert. And, we didn’t forget the heat as we flambé it table side), Create Your Own (Feeling creative? You make the culinary call by selecting from milk, dark or white chocolate and adding Disaronno®, Baileys®, Cointreau®,Grand Marnier® , Chambord® or Tuaca®), Pure Chocolate  (For the fondue purist, we offer milk, dark or white chocolate melted to decadent perfection).

Check out their menu at http://www.meltingpot.com/

The Black Sheep Bistro

326 Main St.
Old Town Spring, TX 77373

The Black Sheep Bistro is an American Bistro with Global Influences located in Old Town Spring. Our Chef sources ingredients daily to provide our clients with fresh ingredients while creating dishes for our evolving menu. That means our Menu is CONSTANTLY changing!! Parking is available directly in front and across the street from The Bistro.

Recommendations: Appetizers: Duck Confit (slow cooked duck leg & thigh, roasted butternut squash, tart cherries,toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil),  Mushroom Polenta (roasted mushrooms, creamy polenta, thyme, truffle oil, parmigiano-reggiano), Escargot stuffed Mushrooms (Mushrooms stuffed with escargot, melted provolone covered in a garlic thyme, butter sauce), Joe’s Crab cake (roasted corn, scallions, chipotle pepper sauce); Entrée: Joe’s Lobster Roll (lobster, avocado,sriracha mayo, soft roll, field green salad Entrees), Linguine with Clam Sauce (linguine pasta, fresh clams, roasted garlic,white wine, parsley),  Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass (48 hour miso & sake marinated sea bass with soy garlic spinach). 

Currently a BYOB

Check out their menu at http://theblacksheepbistro.com/menus.html

Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant & Bar

14510 Grisby Road
Houston, TX 77079

 The intimate atmosphere continues to provide one of the most romantic settings in town. The extensive menu is modest,featuring home-cooked Italian delights accompanied by “to die for” sauces.

Recommendations: Appetizers: Risotto Balls (Arancini) (Pesto risotto, stuffed with Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese encrusted with panko bread crumbs), Bruschetta Lomonte (sautéed shrimp atop fresh buffalo mozzarella with roma tomatoes, basil and garlic on toasted crostini), Lobster Ravioli ( Jumbo ravioli stuffed with lobster meat, tossed in dolce cream with fresh crab meat); Entrée: Sicilian Swordfish (Grilled swordfish topped with black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and a lemon, caper and lemon sauce), Veal Francesca (Thinly sliced breaded veal served with an orange, butter and caper sauce), Chicken Florentine (Chicken breast sautéed in a white wine, lemon, butter basil sauce topped with fresh spinach  and mozzarella cheese), Bistecca Gambero (Grilled beef tenderloin served over a Marsala wine reduction sauce served with angel hair pasta tossed with diced tomatoes, basil, garlic and grilled shrimp); Dessert: Tiramisu, Red Velvet Cake.

Check out their menu at http://www.lomontes.com/cuisine.html

Just Dinner

1915 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006

Just Dinner on Dunlavy is Houston’s most intimate BYOB. We are located in a charming bungalow in the heart of Montrose. We have a true passion for food, you can taste it in every bite. We source from our own organic garden for inspiration. We shop daily from a variety of markets for the freshest produce and seafood. Our wait staff is attentive and warm, they are happy to suggest pairings for your wine. We would love to cook for you. You bring the wine and the good company, we’ll take care of the rest.

Recommendations: Appetizers: Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille (Rosemary accented veggie compote), Warm Brie (House made jam & seasonal fruit), Foie Gras Crème Caramel (House made brioche), Assorted Artisanal Cheeses; Entrée: Tomato Basil Soup, Cannelloni Florentine (Fresh pasta stuffed with spinach, ground prime beef & parmesan served with pesto and Al’Amatriciana sauces), Stuffed Collard Rolls (Black rice, quinoa, hazelnuts, & white bean roasted red pepper sauce), Pan Roasted Chicken Breast (Blue cheese polenta, mushroom pan sauce & garden greens), Lightly Smoked Duck Breast (Variations of butternut squash & garden greens); Dessert: Cheesecake (topped with strawberries).

Check out their menu at http://www.justdinnerhouston.com/menu.pdf

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