The J-Vibe Online Magazine family has certain traditions that we have followed for years, one being that for Birthday’s we go out and celebrate at the Birthday Boy or Girls restaurant of choice. Tuesday night, despite threats from Tropical Storm Bill, our Birthday Boy wanted to celebrate at B&B Butchers and Restaurant, a trendy new Steakhouse and butchery that was recently opened on Washington Avenue by Benjamin Berg. We were all for it, since we had been trading emails to interview Ben but had not been able to connect, and the J-Vibe family is a family of “meataterians”.
Building, Building, Building
The location for B&B’s is on lower Washington, which on a normal night can be trafficky, but on this night was quite deserted because of fear of flooding from the storm that never came. We loved the location because it offered plenty of parking. You could not only park in a lot on the side of the building (yes, an actual LOT), but you could also Valet in the front for free. The historic Dittman Bakery at 1814 Washington is made of all brick and Berg has retained its original character both inside and out.
We loved the writing he put on the outside of the building, the exposed brick walls on the inside of the building along with the exposed air conditioning ducts in the ceiling and the antique tin that was spotted throughout. We especially loved the soft lighting that came from the hanging chandeliers. Decor was minimal, with a large bar when you walk in, welcoming hostess and attentive staff. No question, the place has an excellent #vibe that will appeal to a wide array of diners. And that was evidences by the fact that on what was supposed to be a stormy night, B&B Butchers and Restaurant was quite busy!
If we had one complaint, it would be the chairs were a bit uncomfy, but they did fit in with the industrial theme of the restaurant, so I would suggest requesting a booth if you are going to dine there.
*We did not get a tour of the entire restaurant, so we can not give you our opinion of the butcher shop, rooftop terrace or upstairs area!
Food, Food and We Were Stuffed
The menu at B&B Butchers and Restaurant was varied, from fish to steak and actually quite large and the wine and cocktail list extensive. We liked that they had two cocktails on tap, which was the first time we had seen that. The waitstaff was attentive and the water and ice tea glasses kept full. Our table ordered a variety of items. The Jumbo Lump Crab was delicious and served with two types of sauce, both homemade. The crab cakes melted in your mouth and were the best we have ever tasted. Even the Caesar Salad was delicious. The only complaint we would have had was that the bread was delivered to the table after the appetizers and not before.
For the main course, once again, we all ordered a variety of dishes. The brisket ravioli, which was listed as an appetizer, we actually had as a main course, and it was filled with tender meat and so good. The steak, which was a bit pricey, was still very good, but the winner at the table, was the Goat Cheese Truffle Pizza, which was also on the appetizer side, but ordered as a main course. It was dripping with gooey cheese and well worth every single calorie. We weren’t very impressed with the side dishes, which we got the creamed spinach, onion rings and the mac and cheese. In fact, we ate less of that, but we all finished our meals and left nothing on our plates.
We looked to the table behind us for their recommendations on dessert, as they were already eating it, and because they had an open faced ice cream cookie sandwich that looked too delicious to pass up. We also opted for the chocolate cake, which was a huge slab of very rich decadence on a plate, and then the Birthday Boy has his favorite cheese cake, which is not made in house, but ordered from a famous bakery in New York, so it is as authentic as you can get. We all loved the desserts, which we frankly think are always the best part of the meal!
B&B Butchers and Restaurant
Our overall experience at B&B Butchers and Restaurant was very good. It was on the pricey side, but we would recommend going there for good service, great atmosphere and terrific food. We would have liked to have met Ben Berg, who is from our Houston Jewish Community. Although he wasn’t born here, he has made this his home, and from what we know about him, he knows his steaks and grew up in a steak family and has been in the steak house business a long time.
Next time you are in the mood for nice date night, make a reservation at B&B Butchers and Restaurant. You won’t be disappointed, it’s #goodeats!
B&B Butchers and Restaurant
1814 Washington Ave.
Houston TX, 77007
Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm
Monday-Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-midnight and Sunday 11am-10pm
*This review is J-Vibe Online Magazines own opinions and observations and was not paid for or solicited by B&B Butchers and Restaurant. B&B Butchers and Restaurant did not know that J-Vibe Online Magazine was going to be dining at the restaurant or reviewing them for the site.