That's Rich

Brasserie 19 is the place to see and be seen in River Oaks.

"We can't count," he half-laughed. "But I'd love to offer you this veal porterhouse instead."

The three of us stared, slack-jawed and silent, from our table. This was a $50 piece of meat, "on sale" for only $24. We couldn't believe our dumb luck.

"We wouldn't charge you for it, of course," the manager continued, mistaking our awed silence for indecisiveness. "It would be the same price as the pork chop."

Try the pan-roasted duck with figs and bask in your surroundings.
Troy Fields
Try the pan-roasted duck with figs and bask in your surroundings.

Location Info


Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019

Category: Restaurant > Belgian

Region: River Oaks


Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Local chèvre ravioli: $13
Grilled octopus: $14
Tuna sandwich: $13
Croque madame: $15
Steak frites: $38
Pan-roasted duck: $28
Pork shoulder: $24
Cassoulet: $23

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Fifteen short minutes later, that luscious porterhouse was on my plate and quickly devoured by our table, as fine a tribute to baby cow as any I'd eaten. My only complaint: I'd left the temperature of the meat to the kitchen, which cooked it to a medium-well. It's not their fault, though; after receiving so many returned dishes of medium-rare snapper or steak, wouldn't you cook the veal through, too?

But if these scant few flaws are the only ones I can find with Brasserie 19, I'd say the River Oaks Shopping Center has found the staple restaurant it needed to replace Tony Mandola's, one that will likely become a classic itself in time.

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The Clark/Cooper group are douches..just ask any employee/former employee. Besides being overall slimey, there's no traceability of where their tips go.

Brent Jatko
Brent Jatko

Sounds delightful......rare duck breast or veal porterhouse? What a dilemma.