Since he transformed Benjy's on Washington into The Classic, restaurateur Benjy Levit has been devoted to giving diners exceptionally prepared comfort food and killer cocktails in a, well, classic interior that has more than a bit of retro flair.
But while some have discovered The Classic as a spot to order up matzo ball soup, roast chicken, or a hearty grilled cheese any time of the day or evening, others will be thrilled to learn that the eatery has more than a few surprises on the menu.
A well-rounded happy hour runs Monday through Saturday, from 4-7 pm, and has something to satisfy every taste. All wines by the glass — from the American bistro's expansive yet approachable wine list — are $2 off, while bottle specials can quench a crowd.
A handful of local drafts will run you only $4, and some of the vaunted cocktails can be had for a steal: the old fashioned for $8, the sangria and passionfruit margarita each for $7.
Get snacky with bar nuts, tuxedo hummus, and French onion dip with barbecue chips, or fill up a little more with the crispy Brussels sprouts, crispy ginger tofu, or loaded hot dog that's served with cheddar cheese french fries.
If happy hour isn't reason enough to celebrate, The Classic has also been dishing out "neighborhood specials" and weekend date night menus.
Lovebirds can get a starter to share (think baked crawfish dip) and choice of three entrees (recent options included grilled catfish with charred savoy and Caesar salad; whole branzino with green garlic, silan, and pine nuts; and Belle Vie Duck with cherries, sweet potato dumplings, and bacon). Items are a la carte and can be ordered just from this menu, or combined with items from the regular menu, and are often accompanied by special "love potions" and wine options.
The neighborhood specials run the gamut from a modified Benjy's throwback (crunchy chicken stuffed with ricotta and pecans and topped with a maple glaze, served with roasted potatoes and green beans) to a baked lasagna made with fennel sausage, goat cheese, sun-dried tomato sauce, and pecorino, and served with mixed greens.
Just in time for spring, The Classic has also given its patio an upgrade by installing a clear cover over the pergola. With a glass of happy hour wine in your hand, you might never want to leave.
The Classic is located at 5922 Washington Ave. in Houston. Click here or call 713-868-1131 for reservations.