Saint Arnold Brewing Company is officially part of Houston's foodie scene thanks to the launch of its lunch service on Wednesday, with chef Ryan Savoie working magic in the craft brewery's brand new kitchen.
The initial menu seems to fulfill brewery owner Brock Wagner's earlier promise of "Belgian, French, Alsatian bistro kind of fare" with a sometimes-focus on beer. A spinach salad served with roasted chicken, haricot verts and herbed red potatoes was on Wednesday's white board; Thursday's main dish is a root beer pork loin with braised apples and figs, served with mashed potatoes and a classic Caesar salad; and Friday's offering is Carbonnade Flamande — a Belgian beef and onion stew made with beer — served with frites, crème fraîche and a salad of spring greens.
The two-course lunch, which is available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., will run you $17.55 (plus tax).
But don't get the wrong idea: As the chef first told Katharine Shilcutt of the Houston Press, the in-house restaurant will eventually offer vegetarian fare at least one day each week. Saint Arnold marketing and events director Lennie Ambrose tells CultureMap to expect a Lent-friendly curry dish on Good Friday.
Menus will be posted to the brewery's website each week, and if you don't like what they're serving, then choose another day — no substitutions or alterations will be offered.
The two-course lunch, which is available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., will run you $17.55 (plus tax), a daily dessert is an additional $4.62 (plus tax) and iced tea is $.92 (plus tax).
If that seems a little steep, consider this: Brews will be available for free sampling during lunch hours.