Houston Chef's Table: David Grossman goes for Vic & Anthony's crab cake, Yelapalate nights & some Bootsie
No one knows Houston restaurants better than the people who run them, own them, and work in the kitchens. In this continuing series, CultureMap is asking our favorite foodie personalities around town where they go for great eats when they're not working.
David Grossman isn't yet a household name, but he has earned immediate cred in town and beyond at his modern American Branch Water Tavern. In addition to showing off his skills for the Chowhound — Grossman's incredible gastronomic play on "bacon & eggs" won the Bourbon Throwdown, and BWT was named one of the hottest new restaurants in the country by The Daily Beast earlier this year.
He talks to CultureMap about where he goes for a a relaxing steak, a hangover cure, brunch and dessert.
Restaurant for a special occasion: There's a couple places. I really like Vic & Anthony's. My favorite thing is the crab cake — I know that's cliche but it's really good — and I'll have steak as well.
That's a place I'll go if I have a friend in from out of town and get a bottle of wine, drink scotch and relax. I also like Stella Sola, for brunch as well.
Favorite meal: I really love Yelapa. I like to go there late on Thursday and Friday after work when they're open late and drink micheladas and have tacos and ceviche. I really like to get the pho at Pho Saigon in Midtown, especially if I have a little bit of a hangover — it works wonders.
Breakfast/Brunch favorite: For my personal favorite, I like Tex-Mex brunch at Ninfa's on Navigation.
Dessert: I just went to Bootsie's Heritage Cafe in Tomball, and I've only been there once but I was really impressed with what they are doing out there.
Other articles in the Houston Chef's Table series:
Beachy L.J. Wiley digs the special occasion simple flavors at Dos Brisas
Sugar hooker Rebecca Masson can't get enough of Catalan's "cake"