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Block 7 Wine Company serves simple food with fresh, local ingredients.

My next visit to B7 was for a late dinner. Two menu items that caught my attention were the venison "Sloppy Giuseppe" — ground venison, wild boar confit and house-made "joe" sauce on an onion challah bun, and the pappardelle coniglio, house-made pappardelle with braised rabbit and shiitake mushrooms. The "Sloppy Giuseppe" was just that, sloppy. I even got a shot of the "joe" sauce down the front of my shirt. It was finger-licking good.

I know B7 is a wine warehouse with great prices, but that night I couldn't get past the beer options. Old Chub on tap for $4 a glass! A craft beer from Colorado by Oskar Blues Brewery, it was awesome — not too hoppy or fruity, with just hints of caramel and herbs. And it wasn't a bad combination with the Sloppy.

My trusty food companion, who is also a level 2 sommelier, got the pasta, a simple salad and a glass of Tempranillo blend Rioja from Spain for $9 a glass. The pasta was phenomenal, with tender shreds of rabbit meat strewn between perfectly cooked noodles. I couldn't stop eating it, even after I was full. We also got an order of sweet potato frites. Usually when a restaurant serves fried sweet potatoes, they are limp, greasy sticks of disappointment. The B7 sweet potato frites were perfect — super-crispy and light. I could have eaten a small mountain of them. Actually, I think I did.

The "whole pig" flatbread, a croque ­monsieur and some wine make for a nice afternoon meal.
Troy Fields
The "whole pig" flatbread, a croque ­monsieur and some wine make for a nice afternoon meal.

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Block 7 Wine Company

720 Shepherd
Houston, TX 77007

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Heights

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays, 3 to 11 p.m. Sundays.

The "whole pig" flatbread: $12

Stuffed chicken salad: $14

Croque Monsieur: $10

Meat and cheese plate: $19

Krack: $5

Simple salad: $6

Sloppy Giuseppe: $10

Sweet potato frites: $5

Papparadelle: $14

720 Shepherd Dr., 713-572-2565.

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I finished the meal off with Schneider ­Wiesen Edel-Weisse, a Hefeweizen from Germany. Both the Old Chub and the Edel-Weisse are 8.2 percent APV. Filled with great food and beer, I was as happy as a drunken clam. And I resisted the urge to order any more "krack."

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