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Fit for a Queen

Part Indian, part English and part Gulf Coast, this isn't your typical Houston pub fare.

It's such a rare beer that The Queen Vic sells it by half-pints only. I made sure to get another half of it the next time I was in, the better to enjoy that fleeting gift while it's here. Ditto the creamed spinach and paneer-topped grilled oysters, one nightly special that I ordered eagerly without a second thought. The dishes like these that Patel dreams up back in the kitchen — part Indian, part English, part Gulf Coast — are truly her greatest gems.
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Patel and her husband/partner Richard Di Virgilio are the same duo behind Greenway Plaza's ultimate date destination, Oporto, so it's no surprise that they've infused the same sleek, intimate atmosphere into a pub. And although Oporto turns out some exceptional Portuguese dishes, it's at The Queen Vic where Patel really shines.

I'm glad that the pair chose to take the Indian-British route here, much as Craig Mallinson did with The Red Lion, down on Shepherd. There are striking differences between the two — The Red Lion is arguably more "authentic" inside and out, but the food isn't as good, especially for the price — but for my money, The Queen Vic wins out every time. Yes, the cost of the food is the same (read: somewhat high), but here you always get what you pay for.

Sit back with the lamb vindaloo and a pint, and you won't want to leave.
Troy Fields
Sit back with the lamb vindaloo and a pint, and you won't want to leave.

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Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen

2712 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098

Category: Restaurant > British

Region: Lower Shepherd-Kirby

Details

4 p.m. to midnight Monday, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
Short rib samosas $9
Royale with cheese $14
Shepherd's pie $14
Lamb vindaloo $16
Hanger and rocket $20
Lamb k-bob naan roll $9


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There are evenings, however, when you can stretch a buck a little bit further at The Queen Vic, as with $16 curry-and-a-pint nights on Mondays or the daily happy hours, when drink specials and bar bites invite customers to linger from 3 to 7 p.m. and slurp up $1 oysters in season. (If and how that oyster happy hour continues is yet to be seen, however, with the Texas drought busily destroying the Gulf oyster beds.)

Lunch, too, is an ideal time for a meal and — if your office is a bit more liberal — a beer. My ex-mother-in-law always said never to trust a woman who orders beer by the pint, and this idiom plays out well at lunch, too: Order a half-pint; you'll keep your bill low and keep your job.

Of course, the old problem of tearing yourself away from the place is still there. I wanted my naan-wrapped lamb sausage with pickle to last all day last week for lunch, and was sad to finally put it down and admit that it was time to return to the office. And just as the bartenders had written up the new beers for the day on the board, too...

But with The Queen Vic, there's always tonight.

katharine.shilcutt@houstonpress.com

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Joelshan
Joelshan

I really enjoyed my visit to The Queen Vic! Awesome food and atmosphere! I can't wait to go back and have another Bury Ginger!

David
David

It seems very strange that an uncritical assessment of a pub and its' food should include a critical assessment of another. I've not been to the Queen Vic. (sadly, makes me think more about Eastenders than a place to eat, but I will go). I've been to The Red Lion loads of times and have to say the food is superbly authentic English/Indian.And I can't believe you think Shepherds Pie is 'standardly bland', unless you've not been to England.

FoodJunkie
FoodJunkie

I was not impressed with the lamb vindaloo at all when I recently tried it. The mussels were amazing though. To me I expected the Indian food to be more authentic and flavorful since the owners are Indian themselves.

NurseJayne
NurseJayne

The review reminds me fondly of the last time I was there. The bartender, the vast array of draft beers, the excellent food.....

Makes me wonder why I haven't been back lately. I think I'll change that this weekend!

Eater
Eater

Maybe I need to give it another shot. I've been four times and have never had a good food experience. The vindaloo I had was bland (even after asking for extra spicy), the fish and chips were soggy, as were the fries.

Rob Hays
Rob Hays

The only real downside to the Queen Vic is the parking situation. I'm always paranoid that I'm going to be towed from the vet's office next door.

Republic BBQ
Republic BBQ

You had me at "half-pints of beer, glasses of wine and even a snifter of Lillet Blanc." ;)

Markr8080
Markr8080

Don't forget the incredibly high prices for a pub!

Winelush
Winelush

I've always enjoyed the queen Vic, only one dish I've had I didn't care for which was the fish and chips, too dry cause they were fish fingers. I think the fish fingers were strange to serve to anyone over 10 years old. I havent been in a while thank you for the reminder. Good review well deserved.

Amanda Moehnke
Amanda Moehnke

Have you tried the poutine? It's on the happy hour menu, and it's that wonderful lamb vindaloo over fries with paneer on top. I can't say that I've tried much at Queen Vic because I always end up there for HH for the poutine and some oysters. They also make a delicious bloody mary.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of valet. And I ran out of space/time to elaborate on that in the review. But at lunch, there's no valet (hooray!). And at dinner, The Queen Vic has contracted with the vet clinic to share parking; just don't park in the three 24-hour reserved spots near the vet's entrance and you're golden.

Megan
Megan

By all means, please continue going to Baker Street and Brian O'Neill's.

E. Nassar
E. Nassar

So, if the joint was called "Queen Vic Restaurant and Kitchen" then you would've had no problem with the prices? Who cares if it is labeled a "pub" if the food is really as high quality and the service as good as the reviewer claims it is? It's not like they are selling microwaved chicken wings...

Paula
Paula

I'm new to Houston and visited Queen Vic for the first time last week during happy hour. Loved the poutine.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Ah, poutine?! How did I miss that??? Thanks for letting me know; I'll be back in with my Canadian friends posthaste!

 
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