B & B Butchers & Restaurant, Houston, 5/21/16

Exterior
Exterior

B&B Butchers & Restaurant is a large place with a downstairs nice dining room and bar and an upstairs more casual room, another bar and a rooftop area that had live music the Saturday we visited. Their brunch menu included many of the items on the dinner menu and added in ‘brunch food.’ The room and dress of the staff felt like they wanted upscale dining but then they used some paint chipped cheap carts to wheel your entree to the dining room. The attempt to dress up the cart with a white cloth failed to cover the beaten up history of the device. The waiter was enthusiastic about what we should order but my overall impression was of overpriced average food.

entrance
entrance
other end
other end
reception flowers
reception flowers
other end of the room looking into bar
other end of the room looking into bar
see through kitchen
see through kitchen
interior
interior
looking into the dining room
looking into the dining room

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menu 1
menu 1
menu/ for the spot that glared out
menu/ for the spot that glared out
wine menu
wine menu
Table set up
Table set up

 

They brought out a complimentary assortment of breads – muffin, soft pretzel piece, and some kind of roll up – not a plain bread to be found.  They were nice but none made me want to finish the piece, which was good since there was one of each.

bread basket
bread basket
butter bowl
butter bowl
Frankie was pleased to find a pepper mill on the table, as well as salt
Frankie was pleased to find a pepper mill on the table, as well as salt
wine
wine

 

We started our meal with their signature Carpetbagger appetizer which is a fried oyster on top of a beef tenderloin on top of a slice of pork belly and all covered with blue cheese and hot sauce.  The oyster and pork belly were very nice but the beef was tasteless. There was a good amount of blue cheese and at 4 to an order it was a hearty appetizer, so I’m glad we split it.

Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell
Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell
cut through
cut through
Frankie found a fun place to play in the bathroom
Frankie found a fun place to play in the bathroom

 

For a main course we had their aged ribeye center cut which was thankfully served with truffle butter that helped give it some moistness and flavor. On the plus side they were cooked a perfect rare. The fries were so-so and I couldn’t detect any truffle on them but they were sliced thick enough to taste the potato.  The classic creamed spinach tasted more like creamed hay, so it wouldn’t rate a “classic” in my book.  The corn soufflé was a favorite of the waiter but it was really heavy and gummy. The peppers had a nice flavor but it was way too gluey for me. Another thing that annoyed me was their serving of the side dishes. Rather than just put them on the table they removed the side dishes(mayo and ketchup) from my plate, stirred up the sides tableside and prepared to glop it on my plate – all while I’m obviously taking pictures of my plate. Some places can pull this off but here I found it intrusive. We could not muster any desire to try their dessert options and instead settled for some coffee.

Rib-Eye "Club Cut" / lean & clean w/au poive & truffled fries
Rib-Eye “Club Cut” / lean & clean w/au poive & truffled fries
closer
closer
Classic creamed spinach
Classic creamed spinach
Corn soufflé w/rajas
Corn soufflé w/rajas
Dessert menu
Dessert menu
Liquid dessert menu
Liquid dessert menu
They still give away box matches
They still give away box matches
Entrees are brought to the table on a cart
Entrees are brought to the table on a cart
a wall of press
a wall of press
and a wall of photos
and a wall of photos
wine wall to the dining room
wine wall to the dining room
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Frankie went nose to nose with the coffee creamer cow
bar
bar
rooftop bar view
rooftop bar view
rooftop band
rooftop band
Cards for each part of the team
Cards for each part of the team

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