This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.
Shepherd Park Draught House is where grown-up pub grub and craft beers mingle merrily just outside the Loop, providing a welcome haven for those semi-suburbanites who don't feel like braving the thickets of traffic and bars just inside 610. It's as effortlessly cool as Grand Prize Bar, but cleaner (to wit: No one has yet puked on me in the bathroom at Shepherd Park); and while it doesn't have the beer selection of, say, The Hay Merchant or Mongoose versus Cobra, it has a much larger food menu.
My favorite from that menu is the short rib sandwich (followed very closely by the smoked Gouda and bacon burger), which takes two pieces of buttery Texas toast and fills the space in between with savory shreds of short ribs in a tangy balsamic-tinged sauce. The balsamic vinegar helps cut the fattiness -- the wonderful, wonderful fattiness, I should mention -- of the meat, as does an ample heap of crunchy coleslaw on top.
And you know what else cuts through that meat like a bright knife? The Karbach Rodeo Clown Double IPA on draft. Yes, I know this is the second day in a row I've talked about that beer, but it's just that good. Go find out for yourself at Shepherd Park if you don't believe me -- and get a sandwich while you're there.
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The list so far:
No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F. No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño No. 86: Pancakes at Union Kitchen No. 85: Wild boar and crab pizza at Boheme No. 84: Breakfast croissant at BB Donuts No. 83: Pretzel at Anvil Bar & Refuge