August 6, 2015
Everything’s bigger in Texas. So now can be said of our waistlines. Houston, you did a number on us, and that number is something we now see when we step on the scales here. Eating as much as we did in one day for this video definitely was great for a video, but not a great all around life choice. Ha!
We’re just amazed at how big the portions are here. For those of you who went to our Houston Event, you already know this story. For everyone else, story time! After landing in Houston, the two of looked up “Cool Houston Bar Hipsters,” because we’ve come to accept the fact that we’re hipsters in one way or another, so we should eat the food of our peoples. We found a place called Beavers, and it looked great! The menu had a great selection of finger foods for appetizers, so we ordered a few of them, five in all. The two of us were able to eat 0.5 of one of them, and that’s it. The portion sizes in Houston are so huge! It’s absurd! I’m a grown ass man and I couldn’t finish half a serving of fried Okra? I felt like I should have brought ziplock bags with us and packed up the leftover and saved them for Armageddon because I had enough food for an underground bunker and family of four. Martina, Me, Spudgy and Meemers. Sorry Leigh and Soo Zee :D
Now, even though we ate too much during this food filming day, that doesn’t mean we had a bad time. Not at all. Everywhere we ate was just amazing. AMAZING! The first place we ate, Goode Company with the giant Armadildo in front, was exactly what I wanted in life. Old juke box. Old beer bottles on the shelves. Old ice box. Everything dark and woody. And delicious smoked food. We read that you can bring in your own meat and they’ll smoke it for you, too! Shoot something and come on over! And, let’s be honest: bread is the BEST vegetable in the world :D
The beignets, which I pronounced BAKE-NETS, were a lot better than I thought they’d be. Really simple pastries like that usually bore me. But the dough was so rich and creamy that it didn’t need to be filled with anything. It was just done right. I will say that there’s a bit too much sugar on them, and they’d be totally fine without the sugar. Either way, they were delicious.
House of Pies was a perfect dream for us as well: apart from us, all we saw were people in their 60s and 70s eating pies. And there were so many pies. Hot damn! A whole place just dedicated to pies?! To you this might be standard, but to us this was special. And I thought the pies would be lame, pre-made stuff you can get in the supermarket, but they weren’t. Or were they? I don’t know what supermarket pies are like in Texas, but if they’re anything like the fare at House of Pies, then why did we ever leave Texas?
Another thing we loved about Texas that we didn’t mention in the video: this was our first experience of Southern Hospitality. We heard the term before, but – whoa – everyone was just so lovely. EVERYONE. Everyone smiled, small talked. I didn’t sense any attitude. We’re in New York City right now as we’re writing this, and everyone here seems very busy and preoccupied, honking as they drive, blaring their sirens, yelling on their phones, running across the street. I haven’t really been able to chat with people here as I did in Houston. Maybe if I keep looking? I don’t know. I miss the Southern Hospitality of Houston. I don’t miss the summer heat though. To hell with that, which I think might be less hot than Houston at the end of July.
Easily, the West Alabama Ice House was the best experience we had in Houston. Not that it had the best food. We brought in our own food. The beer there was standard fare that you can get anywhere else. But the whole concept of it made me feel how deeply I need a place like that in my life. Picnic tables outdoors, ping pong tables, basketball courts, bistro lights. Everyone just hanging out, smiling and chatting. It felt so lovely. We’ve been so deeply steeped in the hardcore hustle and bustle of Seoul, and this experience of just relaxing outdoors and hanging out and throwing around a basketball for a while if we felt like it, just…ah man. Please. I need that place.
And lastly, Whataburger. Water Burger? I don’t know the right way to say it. I do know, though, that the patty melt was great, and the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit was intense. How does it compare to In & Out, though, which we also intensely love? I…can’t say. It wouldn’t be fair. We ate at Whataburger when we were full, and ate at In & Out when we were wretchedly hungry. We don’t have a fair point of comparison. We didn’t have Whataburger fries, either, which is an important point of comparison. What we did have at Whataburger was delicious: we just didn’t eat enough of it to be able to compare.
A couple of other places we went to that we didn’t show in this video: Anvil served great cocktails. Not the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had, which after I said out loud earned me eternal unforgiveness from Leigh’s sister (who I swear to everything sounds EXACTLY like Leigh). The 59 Diner, though, was THE BEST BEST BEST DINER EVER. It was a perfect diner experience. The best diner food we ever had. We went there right after our meetup in Houston, and the steak and eggs were perfect, the country fried steak was delicious, the pork chops were freakishly good. Portion sizes did not get in our way this time around. We ate everything, and then had a great milkshake in the end. That’s a place we’ll remember forever.
So that’s it for our video on Houston’s Best Food. There are a thousand more restaurants that we should have gone to, for sure, we couldn’t eat any more in one day. When we go back to Houston one day, and we will go back to Houston, let us know where we should go next. If you see someone’s comment that you agree with, give it a thumbs up so we can know if they’re legit or not :D
Otherwise, we’ve got some extra videos here as well. On our app on Android and iOS we have a bonus clip, and here in the bloopers below you can see us make out ravenously. LOVE IS THE MOOOOMMMMMEEEEENNNNNTTTT