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Draught House of Rock

This Garden Oaks pub serves above-average grub and local brews — for grownups.

That said, I was surprised to see my dining companion eagerly tearing into her smoked Gouda and bacon burger across the table. It was a huge thing, making me briefly forget its $11.50 price tag. And stacked atop the rugged-looking patty was a golden-brown mess of caramelized pears and onions mingling with the smoky, melted cheese. I stole a few delicious bites from her and sat dejected, contemplating what could have been.

On the other hand, it was that burger that convinced me to give Shepherd Park a second shot. And I'm glad I did. A second dinner visit turned out far better, with a round of creamy Left Hand Milk Stout serving as a rich dessert after a table full of goodness: Thai chile-spiced hot wings coated with a sticky-sweet kick of heat; a turkey-avocado-Swiss melt livened up with a spread of roasted red peppers and cream cheese; and a braised short rib sandwich with a cabbage and balsamic onion slaw that cut keenly through the fatty beef.

My only complaint was with those wings: You only get four for $6; I consider the cut-off for my disappointment in wing prices to be $1 each. Charge any more for them, and I get mad. Restaurants have fountain drinks and bottles of wine upon which to place their blatant (some would argue "necessary") markups; foods like wings should always be cheap, especially at a pub.

One of the winners: the braised short rib sandwich.
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One of the winners: the braised short rib sandwich.

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Shepherd Park Draught House

3402 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77018

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Outer Loop - NE

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Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to midnight Sundays.
Thai chile wings: $6
Goat cheese ravioli: $8
Turkey-avocado melt: $9.50
Shepherd Park Pie: $10
Braised short rib sandwich: $11
Smoked Gouda and bacon burger: $11.50

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Yes, even at a grown-up pub like Shepherd Park Draught House. Fortunately, the place makes up for it with weekly happy hour specials like Texas Tuesdays, which sees local favorites Shiner Bock, Lone Star and Bombshell Blonde on draft for $2 each, and at Sunday brunch, when everything on the menu is only $8 and you can drink bellinis by the pint. It's the perfect solution for fighting rock star-size hangovers.

katharine.shilcutt@houstonpress.com

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16 comments
Charlie Harvin
Charlie Harvin

"...a traditional English shepherd's pie gone mod, with Kobe beef underneath Gruyère mashed potatoes"...

You do of course realize that there is no "Kobe beef" in America?

Tim
Tim

Just went. It was pretty nice. Priced high as is usual for Ken Bridges places. Service was good. Beer was good. One of us had the Gouda and Bacon burger and I would order that again. I had the Beef Dip and it was not much of a step above Arby's. Fries with both mains were good.

Interestingly, among the other classic rock songs that played while we were, was included a live rendition of Lola by the Kinks and I couldn't help but think that the food at Lola was a definite step up. I'll be back as it's a nice addition to the area, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

BAM
BAM

The Gouda & Bacon burger is A-MA-ZING! I keep meaning to try other menu items, but this one is so tasty that I haven't strayed from it.

The review didn't mention, but I've found the staff expecially friendly here.

Natbu82
Natbu82

pssst - there's a toilet outside at petrol as well...

KeJo
KeJo

I'm so glad this place opened. The food at the SPDH house is great, I've ordered almost everything, the french dip especially. I appreciate Ken's efforts and the staff is friendly. I have only been to the Petrol Dorm Room (with their fat, rude, gross, sweaty cooks that take an hour plus to hook up a burger), one time since Shepherd Park opened, I don't miss it.

Kilgore Trout
Kilgore Trout

Just moved to Oak Forest and lamenting the limited neighborhood dining/drinking options. Plonk has great service and good food but is a tad douchey for my taste. Shepherd Park is good, but I agree the food is hit-or-miss. Petrol Station is a great spot but for one glaringly atrocious problem: it's only got one toilet for crissakes! It's madness! At least dig a hole and build an outhouse for the dudes or something.

But mostly, I'd just like somebody to open a joint that serves whiskey.

Rhianna Laverell
Rhianna Laverell

I find myself craving the Thai curry chicken, and my experience with the goat cheese ravioli was a good one, all 10 times I've ordered it. :-)

Corey
Corey

Consistency, that's what most of his restaurants lack. 90% of the time Pink's is great, the other 10% abysmal. Dragon bowl reverse that 90% of the time lousy, 10% (ie. several years ago) actually decent fusion Asian. Seriously consistency makes or breaks a restaurant for me; and surly managers when there is a problem all but ensures I will never spend money there again.

David Houston
David Houston

That does sound worth trying, I cook Thai curries, only major difference from Chinese/Indian is adding coconut milk/creamed coconut, whatever is available or preferred.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

The prices for the various dishes are listed in the sidebar next to the review. :)

Kilgore Trout
Kilgore Trout

It has been duly noted and next time, I will have to drag my arse outside to urinate instead of standing like an idiot waiting for the indoor loo.

 
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