MainStreet America, 18750 I-45 (between FM 1960 and Cypresswood Dr.), has launched a new restaurant concept called MC Barbecue & Southern Kitchen. You don't typically think of a designer showcase home center as a dining destination, but diners will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of food coming out of the kitchen.
Chef Lawrence Fogarty and MainStreet CEO Mike Feigin have long shared a love of tailgating and barbecue. They decided to partner together in this new venture that focuses on BBQ and Southern classics. Many of MC's dishes feature Fogarty's signature sauce, Texas Sweet Heat. Like the name suggest, Texas Sweet Heat has a nice balanced sweetness with just a touch of heat on the finish that's perfect for brisket or ribs.
The menu is a mix of classic BBQ and elevated Southern specialties. The Dueling Ribs are an East vs West fusion featuring sticky Asian fried ribs and house smoked ribs topped with Texas Sweet Heat. The Shrimp and Grits are kicked up a notch by the addition of chorizo cream and tomato-tarragon jam. The Southern Cubano replaces the typical roasted pork with BBQ pulled pork giving it a unique Texas twist. Save room for dessert because the Rustic Bacon Apple Pie topped with a heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is the best way to end your meal.
MC Barbecue & Southern Kitchen is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A food trailer in the front parking lot will sell BBQ by the pound Wednesday thru Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Be sure to check out the onsite cooking school. The cooking school seats up to 24 guests and offers a variety of rotating classes throughout the year.
In recognition and appreciation of the men and women who put their lives on the line on a daily basis, MC Barbecue will offer free lunch September 5 - 7 to any law enforcement officer in uniform. A BBQ lunch will be provided on those days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Officers may dine in or take advantage of the drive thru service that will be set up for to go meals.
Current, located in the Westin Hotel on the Woodlands Waterway, has brought a breath of fresh air to the Woodlands dining scene. Creative and complex entrees are served in an elegant dining room with lots of natural light.
The seasonal menu at Current changes four times a year and focuses on local ingredients. The summer menu includes Texas peaches, figs, corn, as well as Gulf shrimp. Sustainability is an important part of Current's philosophy. You will never find seafood that is over-fished or not available locally on their menu. The result is amazing dishes that are fresh and beautifully executed. Current is also participating in Houston Restaurant Week this year, offering a three course dinner for $35.
Current boasts a strong working relationship with local farmers and recently started offering tasting classes to showcase several vendors. The first class took place on July 21st and featured Fernando Moreno with Pachi Pachi Valley Cheese. Fernando's cheeses are served on Current's cheese flight. For the class, four cheeses were paired with wines and bites. The next class will take place on August 25th and feature sustainable greens.
Current will also host beverage classes once a month. Their first class, held on August 4th, featured Mount Gay Rum. Guests were able to taste Eclipse, Black Barrel and Extra Aged rum along with appetizers and a specially crafted cocktail. Be sure to sign up on their email list or follow Current on Facebook for information on upcoming classes.
Located in Midtown, Brennan's of Houston has long been a staple when it comes to fine dining. Brennan's opened in Houston in 1967 and is the sister restaurant to the famous Commander's Palace in New Orleans. It is the premiere spot for special occasions, pre-theater dining, or just hanging at the bar with friends.
Brennan's provides guests with Southern hospitality and Creole based cuisine with a Texas flair. The 7-7-7 Courtyard bar menu features 7 wines, 7 cocktails, and 7 appetizers for $7 each. It's available from 2 to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Don't forget the martinis. Brennan's carries on the Commander's Palace tradition of $0.25 martinis for lunch with the purchase of an entree.
One of the best ways to enjoy Brennan's is to take advantage of their prix fixe lunch, brunch, and dinner options available daily. Brennan's will also be participating in this year's Houston Restaurant Weeks offering a 2-course lunch or brunch for $20 or a 3-course dinner for $35.
Don't feel you need a special occasion to visit Brennan's. They have a calendar full of events happening throughout the year. Monthly wine and cocktail classes are a fun way to learn about new libations. There's even courtyard socials and date night cooking classes. No matter when or for what reason you visit Brennan's, be sure to grab one or two of their complimentary New Orleans Pralines.
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