Every year we try to visit our family in Houston, Texas. My family is great at finding the hippest spots for us to try. This year we went to Underbelly.
Underbelly is Chris Shepherd’s creation. As they explain on their website,
“Beneath its surface lies an endless array of the ingredients and cultures that shape Chris’ unique perspectives on food. The menu, rather than being split into sections, is a list of rotating dishes inspired by Chris’ tenure in Houston.
Through food, Chris tells the story of Houston—touching on its port-city beginnings, through its Creole roots, and highlighting its Southern charm.”
Sounds cool, right? Guess what?
The atmosphere is very open and rustic. The service was extremely friendly and informative. Our waitress suggested we try a variety of dishes we thought interesting and then share so everyone could try it all. They also offered some actual family style dishes, if we liked.
We decided to each pick our two favorites and get those. Amazingly, none of the four of us duplicated our picks.
Here are some of the things we tried:
- Roasted Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese, Preserved Lemon & Roasted Garlic Puree, Dill
- Seared Sword Fish, Sweet Potato Puree, Bone Marrow Vin
- Korean Braised Goat & Dumplings
- Wagyu Satay, Red Curry Tapioca, Crushed Peanut
- Seared Pork Bibimbap, Rice, Pickled & Raw Vegetables
They were all good. My favorite was the sword fish dish. I couldn’t decide what I liked better, the sweet potato puree or bone marrow vin. So I stole the dish and used some bread to wipe the plate clean.
Hey, I’m not above that!
On the way out, we walked right by Chris. We thanked him for a great meal but did NOT request a picture. I so wish we would have! Wouldn’t have that been a cool shot for the post. Especially, now that he’s been nominated for James Beard award!
Underbelly asks Houstonians and visitors alike to experience not just Houston flavor, but Houston culture as well. They delivered and my group appreciated it!
Here’s what I loved:
- seared sword fish dish (especially the puree and vin)
- cool atmosphere
- sharing style
- the service
- the chef was accessible
Here’s what I liked:
- all the food
- valet parking
Here’s what I didn’t love: