Shade Houston Reviews
Minimalist Dining in a Historic Neighborhood Dec 25, 2009
This review combines two stories about a fantastic restaurant in a historic neighborhood. I am a history fan but Houston is a newer city. One Houston neighborhood, however, is filled with history and character--the Houston Heights. Founded in 1891, this neighborhood was easily accessible to downtown Houston by streetcar during the 1890s and many of the original houses have since been restored.
The Houston Heights is now a popular destination for visitors filled with bed-and-breakfasts as visitors view the houses and explore the antique shops and galleries on 19th Street.
Located in the heart of 19th Street, Shade is an excellent choice for any meal. I first discovered this restaurant through a friend of mine who had Shade cater her shop's open house. The appetizers were so good that I wanted to dump extras into my purse.
Shade is a minimal, relaxed restaurant with a modern feel. Lunch, dinner and brunch are all available in a cool green interior with lots of open piping and steel. Service is extremely prompt and friendly. On my most recent visit, the server even wrote a personal note--"Happy Holidays"--on my receipt.
Shade's menu is fresh and seasonal and can vary anywhere from duck (highly recommended), shrimp, chicken or quail for dinner to egg dishes, salads or pastas for brunch. Dinner dishes will run around $20.00 to $25.00 per person. Desserts are superb--particularly the puddings. If pudding is on the menu, make sure to save some room for dessert.
The wine menu is global featuring wines from Napa Valley, New Zealand, Italy, France, Argentina and Australia. The Houston Heights is dry so in order to buy alcohol, Shade will make a copy of your driver's license to join their private drinking club.
One of my favorite meals is the weekend brunch. I love the homemade french toast or waffles along with the perfectly cooked eggs. The food is served creatively as for instance, a small, individual bowl of berries and cream is served along with the waffle. It's a great place to both meet up with friends or to relax with a good book.
Shade offers a modern retreat from the antique shops and galleries on 19th Street, and is just a few blocks walk from many of the Heights historic homes.
I love this restaurant and it's one of my favorites in Houston. The only downside I can think of is the price as this restaurant is not particularly cheap. Shade is more of a special event and is well worth the stop if you are sightseeing in the Heights.
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