In a city known for serving up thick cut steaks and large portions, Houston is quickly being rediscovered for its culinary scene. Seven months ago, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop opened in Montrose area of Houston, a trendy up-and-coming area.
The Avant-guard eatery serves up a fantastic menu full of local and true-to-Texas contemporary comfort fare with a zing of spice to keep you on your toes. Sparrow is the creation of Monica Pope, the first Texas woman to be named a Top 10 Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.
The eclectic combination of non-traditional and modern fusion has made it popular dining destination for many of the locals. Monica really likes to experiment with bold flavours and spice. The menu and atmosphere are geared towards a forward-thinking crowd who appreciate culinary creations.
While there are many great steakhouses in Texas, Sparrow is not one of them. Sparrow has embraced the art of using local and regionally sourced ingredients to create a diverse menu. Although, if you do like steak, that’s ok, it’s on the menu and it’s pretty darn good too.
Before you dig into a four-course dinner, start off with Cocktail #7 on the hand-crafted cocktail menu. The spicy concoction is made with both habanero and cucumber vodka, and served in a rock salt and steak-spice rimmed martini glass.
Appetizers range from tasty bite-size BBQ pork and carrot and ginger soup, to mushroom dumplings and chick-fries, made from chickpea flour, served with a snappy red curry catsup.
For the second course, sample the elk Bolognese, served over handmade and hand cut sweet potato noodles. The creamy textures melt in your mouth and leave a wonderful sense of comfort.
For dinner, try the quails breast with roasted seasonal vegetables, and Brussels sprouts with spicy mustard sauce.
Finish up with caramel gelato, with caramel popcorn and a chocolate caramel stick, alongside cheesecake with lemon custard. All the deserts are made in house and should not be missed.
The atmosphere is casual. Rustic elements have been incorporated into the design to bring in texture and ambiance. The lighting is dim, and with the wood and metal furniture, it’s warm and inviting. It starts getting busy around 8pm on weekends, so plan ahead to get a good seat inside, or on the outdoor patio.
Sparrow is located at 3701 Travis St, and reservations can be made by calling 713-524-6922.
Next time you’re in Houston, definitely plan to have dinner at Sparrow Bar + Cooktop – you’ll be glad you did!
Food Quality: ★★★★
Customer Service: ★★★★★
Beverage Selection: ★★★
Price / Value: ★★★★