Steakhouses are, by nature, comfy: traditional soft leather chairs, low-key lighting and warm wood paneling, all contribute to the chill-out vibe of the steakhouse. Some Houston restaurants add traditional comfort foods to that environment to make for a supremely comfortable steakhouse experience.
Comfort foods are not fancy. They’re the kinds of foods your mom might have made, using commonly available ingredients and a lot of love.
Papa’s Bros Steakhouse. With a cozy, family-sounding name like Papa’s Bros, you’d expect the steakhouse to be welcoming and warm…and this place sure is that. Deviled eggs are the kind of finger food you’d probably gobble at family picnics and other reunions, and you find those downhome delights at Papa’s Bros Steakhouse, though because this is an upscale eating place, the yolk is mixed up with a little lobster, the king of seafood. For dessert, even your mama would appreciate the Gooey Pecan Pie, served warm, with a big scoop of praline ice cream.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House. When your mom made pork chops, what did she serve with them? Likely, it was apple sauce that you had spooned onto the side of your chop, and at Bob’s Steak and Chop House, apple sauce is just what you get with your rib chop; have a bite of both and think of mom. For dessert, another home favorite: carrot cake…but at Bob’s Steak and Chop House, it’s not the mammoth slice you get in a lot of steak joints, but rather a very decent portion that you probably won’t be able to finish (but that’s okay, you can still be excused from the table without cleaning your plate).
Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar was started by Josh Goldstein as a living reminder of his mother and the Kosher household in which he grew up – so expect many comfort foods from the Jewish tradition. There is (no surprise) matzoh ball soup, and on the Passover menu, whole racks of lamb or veal and whole briskets – as well as salmon matzoh cake, haroset, latkes, matbucha and other foods that call to mind holidays at home.
You have to love a place that has a separate menu section for Mac n’ Cheese, perhaps the ultimate comfort food, and at Kirby’s Prime Steak and Seafood, you can have your macaroni and cheese done up traditional style, adorned with jalapeno and bacon, and even with lobster (fancier than you probably had for dinners at home, but no less comforting). There are, of course, tremendous steak and seafood selections, and after you’ve had some food that comforts, if you’re in the mood, there’s a cigar bar to give you that satisfied feeling that you’ve eaten well among people who care about your happiness.