Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hello Pub Grub, Hello Queen Vic...

...hello happy tummy. The Queen Vic is a master at pub grub.
Sticky Toffee Pudding, made with dates, butter, is so yummy!!!

The proof is in their Sticky Toffee Pudding. Wow!!! and everything else that I tried!!!

This great pub is quietly situated on Richmond about two blocks West of Kirby. It sits perpendicular to Richmond, so if you were not on the look out for it, you might pass it by and let me tell you, you do not want to pass it by. It is a warm, friendly pub and it reminded me of a few places I visited in the UK. As if, that has much bearing on how good this place is.

I went with my friend Flora. We started out with beer. They have a full bar with a goodly amount of wine, too, but it's a pub, first time there, had to have a beer. The beer I selected is made at a micro brewery here in Houston, Buffalo Bayou Brewing. It is the lighter of the two beers, called 1836. Flora had the almost darkest beer on the menu Nitro Pecan Porter (made in Austin!)

I have met the owner of Buffalo Bayou Brewing, a young Harvard MBA man, Rassal Zarinfar, who knows the beer business quite well. I met him at a GroundUp Houston meeting. He explained that he had been a bartender and then worked in beer distribution, took time out to get his MBA, went back to distribution, but really wanted to try his hand and use his work background and education to own  a brewery of his own making, good choice!!! It was fun to put the beer to a face or the face to the beer.

The beer menu changes on a regular basis and it is ranked from lighter to darker brews, the lighter on the top.
The menu isn't huge, but what is on it, makes the mouth water. For some reason, I gravitated at first glance to the Bangers and Mash, but wanted to really look over the menu to make sure. In the meantime the waiter brought out the daily specials, which are available after 6pm or so. They all looked tasty, but it was the Bangers and Mash that I wanted. Flora opted for the Veggie Burger.

The Bangers and Mash, was very good. The sausages were juicy and delicious, sitting on top a bed of olive oil mashed potatoes, covered in caramelized onions and shiraz demi glace.

The Queen Vic's Veggie Burger is made from chick peas and mushrooms, topped with English cheddar cheese, housemade pickles, a tomato chutney that has a nice curry flavor on a hearty whole wheat bun served with "chips". Flora said that this was very good. She loved the flavors, the hint of curry with the chickpeas and cheese.

Oh yes, and we split a salad. Yes, split. The Queen's House Salad is big enough for two. It is a nice blend of fresh greens, tomato, avocado, purple onion, sesame seeds and topped off with a champagne vinaigrette.

Quote of the day: "[I recommend]… bread, meat, vegetables and beer."
-Sophocles' philosophy of a moderate diet

The Queen Vic - Pub and Kitchen
2712 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

From the Queen Vic Web site: "The Queen Vic was created by owners/ Executive chefs Richard Di Virgilio (Rick) and his wife Shiva. This concept was dreamt up in summer of 2009 while visiting family in London. Their goal was to create another "foodie bar" comparable to Oporto food and wine bar, their first concept. This concept however will focus more on beer and artisanal cocktails. Rick and Shiva are both trained chefs and have a great deal of experience in running a profitable and organized business. They believe that empowering their employees will produce a joyous environment for both customers and employees. They work side by side with their employees, to ensure a top level of service and product.

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