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Getting Crafty at Witchcraft Tavern

From burgers to brunch to beer: Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co. is anything but simple.

The long bar which used to overlook the sushi chef's area at Dragon Bowl has been revamped at Witchcraft as the main seating area, and it works much better in this arrangement. From the bar and its comfortable stools, you can get a close look at the ever-changing line-up of tap handles and watch the two-man kitchen crew at work right in front of you. Bridge was there frequently when Witchcraft first opened, but the team now functions quite adroitly without him.
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Other major renovations to the space include an expanded patio area, which is my second-favorite spot in the house. I do hope that Bridge eventually replaces the metal folding chairs currently in use, as they're not terribly comfortable and will be heat magnets this coming summer. For now, though, they'll do — and if you drink enough mimosas at brunch, you won't notice them after a while.

Brunch is another terrific time to hit Witchcraft. Between the cozy patio with a view into the sleepy, adjoining Heights neighborhood and the egalitarian menu where every brunch dish is $8, it's an easy pick for a day when you're still foggy from the night before — and you've got a few picky friends joining you.

Witchcraft's avocado burger comes with an herb compound cream cheese and wonderful hand-cut fries.
Troy Fields
Witchcraft's avocado burger comes with an herb compound cream cheese and wonderful hand-cut fries.

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Witchcraft Tavern and Provision Co.

1221 W. 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Heights

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Pot stickers: $7
Watermelon salad: $8
White Girl sandwich: $8.50
Pop chops: $9
Avocado burger: $10.50
Tenderloin champignon: $14




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In keeping with the God Save the Queen sandwich, there's a full English breakfast here during brunch (or at least an American version of the fry-up), but you can also choose from breakfast tacos filled with bacon and sausage or omelets filled with smoked pork and chipotle fromage blanc. A classic "two eggs any way" dish provides some of brunch's best items: poppyseed-studded sourdough toast that's both buttery and crispy at the same time, red skin potatoes fried up homestyle with plenty of bacon grease and thick rashers of crispy hickory-smoked bacon.

Whatever brunch dish you choose, I must recommend a candied pecan waffle for everyone to share. The sweet, eggy waffle is so good on its own, you may not even want to top it with butter or maple syrup (and you don't really need to, as it comes with a mound of fresh whipped cream on top). I do wish the maple syrup was served warm — a minor niggle — and that the "fresh fruit" cups that come with each brunch entree were composed of more than a single strawberry, four grapes and five blueberries. If you really need the fruit all that badly, however, I suggest a mimosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice or a bellini made with sweet, pulpy peach juice.

And if you're one of those happy weekend lushes who likes to Sunday Funday your afternoon away, Witchcraft is there to help you along. After a mimosa or two, you may notice the chalkboard beer list calling to you — or perhaps one of the tap handles. After all, that's how I ended up finding and trying a Pyramid beer I actually liked this past weekend.

I spied a waffle ice cream cone-shaped tap handle for the Seattle-based brewery and didn't even care what it was pouring — I just wanted to try it. I ended up trading out my bellini for the smooth, nitro-poured Weiss Cream. A cross between a wheat beer and a cream ale, the Weiss Cream boasted a Dreamsicle-like flavor with notes of orange zest and vanilla — the perfect brunch beer, all in all, and a surprising new favorite I wouldn't have found were it not for Witchcraft.

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Robin Varner
Robin Varner

I thought only ok, certainly didnt beat alot of my fav

whitkneeeee
whitkneeeee

How did this place escape the wrath of the ever-litigious Tom Colicchio? He's certainly sued other restaurants for having even less similar names, like Craft Table & Tap and Crafthouse.

txjboy
txjboy

Best wishes with your new venture.  I've always enjoyed your reviews.

 
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