Of note, the address at 807 Taft used to be the original location of Antone's PoBoys and Antone's Import Company! I ate there for lunch more than a few times when I was in Grad School at Rice University, and I bought more than a few interesting food items they also sold there. While some folks say Houston has no History because we often knock it down to build something else up, this location here was significant since it was built in the 1950s and is a great piece of Houston history. They even kept and refurbished the Antone's sign on the wall!
Foodbloggers, many of the local food media have raved about P&P, They serve whole roasted Foie Gras at lunch and dinner. They have an expertly crafted collection of wines from all over, as well as local and other regional craft beers and intriguing hand crafted cocktails. Their menu's feature mixtures of small tasting dishes for those who want to sample a bunch of different things, as well as dishes for two and large dishes for one as well. The menu reflects influences of Latin America, Italy, France, and many US regional styles. All of it is familiar and yet unique and different at the same time. I also need to mention that the Pass and Provisions is Two Restaurants. The Pass is higher end dining, dinner only, and I have not tried them as yet. Provisions serves lunch and dinner and is a bit more casual. Today's review is on Provisions.
I came by at the start of the lunch shift mid-week and was immediately seated by the professional and friendly staff. I took some time to peruse the menu and sipped on a Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout. (Very malty, very bold, hints of dark cacao and black coffee, thick, smooth and a favourite! Grade: A+) I studied the menu and about three things jumped out to my attention that I liked, but since it was my first time there I asked the server for his choices if he were to be eating there as a patron. 2 of those 3 recommendations were the items I had gravitated towards, so I chose those two--the Ham O'Day as an appetizer and the Mushroom Truffle Pizza for my main course. Especially given the beer I was drinking, those two choices would be good complements to the beer and as I dined there, my instincts were proven correct.
The main course was the Mushroom-Truffle Pizza that featured black trumpet mushrooms and spicy pork sausage served with melted mozzarella and other white cheeses on a hand tossed crust with a hint of truffle oil in the mix. While I'm all about the burger a lot of the time, I love good pizza just as much. I'm compiling a list of great local pizza in Houston, and this pizza will be near the top of that list. The sausage was sweet, savoury and spicy all at once. With visible fennel seed throughout the chunks of sausage. The mushrooms were dark, meaty, squeaked when you bit into them like fresh cheese curds and had a boldness mixed with a little pungency. The cheese was hot and delightfully stringy. The crust was crunchy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside like Italian bread. Lightning had struck twice for me in a week, as I'd has a similar great pizza at City Oven the week before. I had to push away to prevent myself from eating the whole pie, and FYI: this pizza passed the cold next day test as well as the reheat test.
Report Card for The Pass and Provisions (Provisions Only):
Food & Beverage;
Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout: A+
Ham O'Day: A+
Truffle-Mushroom Pizza: A++
Dining Area: A+
Men's Room: Incomplete
Atmosphere (Converted Warehouse with Modern Elements): A
Overall Grade: A+
For those of y'all keeping count: this is #8 on my 13 Restaurants to try in 2013.
The Pass and Provisions is located at:
807 Taft St. (between Allen Pkwy & W Gray)
Houston, Texas 77019
Hours of Operation:
11am to 2:30pm
Monday – Saturday
11am to 2:30pm
Monday – Saturday
5pm to 11pm
Eat Happy Y'all!!!