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Review: Urban Eats for Edible Houston’s Insider Event

Apr 12, 2016 | Restaurant review

Urban Eats - Houston, TX
Urban Eats
3414 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
832.834.4417

If you pay attention at all to any of my frequently used Instagram hashtags you might have noticed I’m all about spreading the movement to #buylocal, #lovelocal, and #shopsmallbusiness. If you’re not familiar with Edible Houston, they are a publication all about this movement, educating Houstonians on things from how to grow your own veggies, to stories on local farms and food artisans, to recipes, to local restaurants who strive to utilize local ingredients and more. And let’s not forget farmers markets!

Photo by @zackbaxter

Photo by @zackbaxter

The first time I picked up an Edible magazine was at the Urban Harvest Eastside Market. After that, I soon signed up to be an “Edible Insider” that got me an online version of the publication and Insider-only invites.  Not only was this April happy hour my first Edible Insider event, it was my first time at Urban Eats! They are true to Edible’s values, sourcing many of their ingredients and market items from local vendors.

Urban Eats - Houston, TXUrban Eats - Houston, TXUrban Eats - Houston, TXWelcomed by complimentary valet and and umbrella-covered patio, the front doors open to a quaint and clean specialty food market. Jars of pickles, jams, mustards, fresh cheeses and meats, freshly baked cookies stacked in cookie jars, and cases full of cakes and tarts. You can order from a selection of their bistro menu at the counter and have a quick lunch in their modern, casual space.

Urban Eats - Houston, TX

Urban Eats - Houston, TX

Photo by @zackbaxter

This is me inquiring to the owner, Levi, about their gluten-free options. Their GF dessert options are limited, but he did peak my interest with talks of the recipe development for a gluten free bread perfect for their Brasserie Eggs Benedict, a slow-cooked barbacoa with brie and sunny eggs, topped with smoked paprika bearnaise.

Urban Eats - Houston, TXUrban Eats - Houston, TXTo enjoy the full brunch, lunch or dinner menu (or happy hour on their roof-top patio with a gorgeous view of downtown), head upstairs to their full service bistro and bar. We sampled an assortment of meats, cheeses, and jams, their famous Monkey Bread, and an off-menu cheesy puff pastry that I could just not pass up (and I’m so glad I didn’t).

Urban Eats - Houston, TX

Photo by @zackbaxter

Urban Eats - Houston, TXUrban Eats - Houston, TXOur server, Jonathon, explained every dish and always made sure we had wine “tastings” in our glasses! Urban Eats has a huge selections of sliders. They come two to an order, so go with some friends and try a few different kinds. I enjoyed The Picnic (sans ciabatta bun) which has bbq pulled brisket that basically melts in your mouth.

Urban Eats - Houston, TX

Photo by @zackbaxter

Urban Eats - Houston, TX

Photo by @zackbaxter

House-made cookies and red velvet cake balls were on our menu. And while I heard they were wonderfully rich, I was thrilled when Levi thoughtfully delivered to me this beautiful Flourless Chocolate Torte. Rich and creamy, dark and sweet, chocolately decadence. I politely shared some of it… and then took the rest to go. :)

Urban Eats - downtown view

Photo by @zackbaxter

I said it before and I’ll say it again: Rooftop patio. And you know I automatically associate patios with happy hour. They have a comprehensive happy hour menu, including $4 sliders, lots of cheesy things, and Bistro Pommes Frites of many varieties, including what I know will be my favorite; The Not So Standard – sea salt, parmesan, and truffle oil with smoked paprika aioli. They offer $4 house wine, wells, and draft beer and half price craft cocktails and bottled beer, Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 pm.

Urban Eats - Houston, TX

Photo by @zackbaxter

Needless to say, what an awesome time I had being an Edible Insider! If you haven’t checked out Edible Houston, be sure to go to their website to read up on how to #LiveLocalLiveWell. Memberships range from $30 to $50 PER YEAR, and all will get you access into fun events like this one. FYI, Edible doesn’t even know I’m writing about this, I just really want to spread the great word of what they’re doing in and for our community.

Shout out to Zack, for taking some beautiful photos, as noted above. As always, see you on the patio!

Bistro & Bar Hours
Monday – Thursday
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Market Hours
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Happy Hour
Monday – Friday
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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