Taste Bar + Kitchen | Houston’s Newest Black Owned Brunch Spot

Taste Bar + Kitchen | Houston’s Newest Black Owned Brunch Spot

April has been a super busy month for me, so when a few of my blogger buddies invited me out for some much needed QT, I jumped at the opportunity. As food bloggers, selecting where to eat is always top priority. A place with a welcoming vibe, delicious food and thirst quenching cocktails is preferred.  Taste Bar + Kitchen has been on everyone’s lips lately, so we naturally gravitated towards it! Being the scattered brain one of the crew, I’d never heard of the place and didn’t necessarily know what to expect. As a the true free spirit I am, I went with the flow. These girls have yet to fail me when it comes to selecting where to chill.

#ThaKnow

As life would have it, time got away from us all. We’d planned on meeting up for brunch but instead convened around 4:30 pm. I was the first to arrive by the grace of God, and as I walked up I noticed a lot of melanated kings and queens parlaying on the restaurants large patio. As I walked in I was even more surprised that it was bejeweled with blackness. Everyone looked amazing and the restaurant was super charming. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Taste Bar + Kitchen was a black owned establishment.

#ThaPlace 

Taste Bar + Kitchen is located in what used to be Sterling House. I’d never been to Sterling House, so I still cannot confirm or deny if interior is the same. However, what I can say is this place is super cute and perfect for brunch, cocktails and weekday kick backs.  Not to mention that I was delighted to see one of my favorite bartenders from Kitchen 713 here. Who doesn’t love a good bartender/girlfriend?!

#ThaFeels

The space is polished, nicely decorated and just feels good. Even the plates that the runners were delivering food on what  on point. Every bit of details at Taste Bar + Kitchen had been well thought out. I appreciate that.

Due to the fact that we often operate on CPT  time we were of course LATE for our 4:30 pm reservation (pro-tip:make a reservation). By the time we got there they had transitioned from early brunch service to preparing for their evening reservations. The host informed us that the clearly open tables were reserved for later reservations. Given my restaurant background I can totally understand wanting to honor the later reservations, and the importance of ensuring that when those guests arrive their tables are available.  But from a diners standpoint, the abundance of empty tables could be a bit off-putting at first glance.  We decided to change our reservation to 7:30 pm and have drinks in the interim at another establishment.

#ThaTaste

At this point it was dinner time, but I was delighted to learn that Taste Bar + Kitchen serves brunch all day. Total win in my opinion. Brunch restaurants are well received here in Houston, so I think this concept will do well.  I don’t particularity LOVE brunch but I respect it!

In typical fashion It took me and my other girlfriend forever to decide between the General Tso chicken or of the Nashville hot chicken and Waffle. We finally decided upon the Nashville hot chicken and classic waffles. Now let me warn you. The Nashville “hot piece of bird” at Taste Bar + Kitchen is hot! Your tongues may be a bit stronger than mine with it being crawfish season and all.

One of my brunch dates is a mac & cheese connoisseur. So she ordered it but mentioned to us that it was bit lackluster on seasoning and that the pasta was a bit too al dente. The bite I had was tasty and creamy, but I do agree a little more love in the seasoning department would have gone far.

#ThaLook 

I went with the dress I picked up at target in the plus size section. I wanted something cute but free-flowing seeing as though it is spring and I love a good spring breeze. My shoes were from last season, but honestly, a cute jeweled sandal is perfect for all warm season. Taste Bar + Kitchen is the place to be comfy and cute!

Have you visited Taste Bar + Kitchen Yet? Drop me a line and let me know what you thought! 

 

Kulture: New Houston Taste Immersion

Kulture: New Houston Taste Immersion

Being a native Houstonian I am all to aware of how Houston trends come late and die hard! So when I heard that a new restaurant named “Kulture” had popped up on the downtown scene my spirit grew weary. Would this new trendy “southern” komfort kitchen be a hashtag today and a memory tomorrow? After an in depth tasting of some “fiya” menu items, I’m going to go with “nah son.” Kulture is here to stay.

First, let me start by saying that when I found out restaurateur Marcus Davis of The Breakfast Klub (a very popular breakfast/brunch destination known for its long lines, crispy waffles and fried fish) was behind this restaurant, “I know’d there was a God”. Furthermore, the fact that the cuisine at Kulture is prepared by the loving hands that batter dem’ wings and cuts of catfish over at The Breakfast Blub made the hair on the back of my back stand up! I knew my experience at Kulture was about to be THE bomb!

Side note of truth: Though I have not visited TBK (save your side eye, it’s my mom’s fault), I have attended events catered by TBK. As the dedicated food blogger that am, I have made note to stand my a** in that line, but it won’t be during the summer months. Mainly because I prefer to season my food with salt and pepper, not forehead and upper lip sweat.

AMBIANCE

Walking up to the front door of Kulture is where the immersion of experience begins. The open concept bar adorned with that beautiful neon “KULTURE” sign caught my eye off the rip. As a woman of color, Kulture made me feel at home, like I belonged, like this spot was made just for me. Guests will fall in love with the upscale appeal, the soulful r&b boogie coming through the speakers and the welcoming presence of the waitstaff.

Of course I arrived at the restaurant the exact same time as Owner Marcus Davis. He is the most personable restaurant owner I’ve ever met. Marcus has this “kool ass Uncle Willie” vibe. You know that uncle who will whoop yo’ tale in spades, while dropping jewels of wisdom that inevitably enhance your game. That’s how I feel about Marcus! He da best!

THE YUM

Kulture’s yum factor deserves more m’s. Its cuisine and ambiance took yum to a whole new level! Every single course was hands down ridiculous. We started with the Mahogany 75’ a.k.a my new favorite sip in Houston. Not only was it solid and strong, the brown sugar simple syrup will have you reaching over the counter to slap the bartender. How dare you serve me something that good?! I was truly amazed and a little tipsy!

My tantalizing tasting journey started with the Black-Eyed Pea Hummus. A great vegan and gluten free starter, perfect for sharing (or not!). The show stopper was Chef Burrell’s Calas & Collards Dip. It was not only rich in flavor but also in Kulture (you see how I did that?). No, but seriously it was savory mix of creamy collards and cheese paired with four delicious bite sized fried “calas” nuggets. This dish tops my list of items you MUST TRY when you visit. Simply scrumptious!

Our final course is where Chef Burrell really showed out! There was a true blessing in the benediction here ya’ll! A whole fried branzino fish came from the kitchen and I devoured the boney bad boy it like a champ. My table mates and I may or may not have caught a taste of the holy ghost while eating this tender, crispy and perfectly fried dish.

 

No doubt that I’d submerse myself in This kind of KULTURE again.

  • Favorite Yum Bite: Calas & Collards
  • Location: Kulture Houston – 01 Avenida De Las Americas A, Houston, TX 77010
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and  11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays & Fridays
  • Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.