100 Favorite Houston Dishes, No. 76: Cresta di Gallo at Provisions

The Cresta de Gallo at Provisions
The Cresta de Gallo at Provisions
Photo by Phaedra Cook

Phaedra Cook is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes of 2015. It's a collection of personal favorites that is also indicative of Houston dining. It's a scene where a vast range of dishes coexist: highbrow and lowbrow; local and international; cheap and expensive; modern cuisine and beloved tenets — and everything in between.

Other than the Ham O’ The Day and the half-dozen oysters (which themselves change from time to time), the Cresta di Gallo is the only item that’s been on Provisions menu since day one. The name means “cock’s comb” and that’s because the pasta shape is reminiscent of the frilly red adornment on top of a rooster’s head.

(Pasta names are always fun and interesting because they manage to be inventive and literal at the same time.)

The dish’s perseverance has a great deal to do with its popularity. It’s the ultimate pasta dish for mushroom lovers. It incorporates a blend of Hen O’ The Woods and sliced shitakes. There are caps of tiny Hon-Shimeji that are marinated in a sweet brine, which helps add a little pop to the mixture.

Pasta and mushrooms alike come bathed in frothy, cappuccino-like, Parmesan cream. The pasta itself is quite dense and prevents the rest from flinging too far off into the stratosphere. The Cresta di Gallo is perfect for lunch or dinner and comes in two sizes. The smaller one is $14 (great for when you want to order an additional dish) and the larger one is $23. It’s a size ideal for sharing or for really hungry people who really, really love mushrooms. 

The List of Top 100 Dishes of 2015 So Far:

No. 77, Beef Fajitas at El Real Tex-Mex 
No. 78, Chicken Tikka Masala from the Tandoori Nite truck
No. 79, Chocolates at Cacao & Cardamom
No, 80, Hummus Supreme at Al's Quick Stop
No. 81, Red Oil Dumplings at Mala Sichuan
No. 82, Tex-Cajun Fries at BB's Café
No. 83, Mac & Cheese at The Oceanaire Seafood Room
No. 84, The Principal Burger at Bernie's Burger Bus
No. 85, Hunter's Honey-Roasted Duck at Brennan's Of Houston
No. 86, Fish & Chips at Good Dog Houston
No. 87, Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit at Blacksmith
No. 88, "Saucy Balls" At Brooklyn Meatball Company
No. 89, Perry's Steakhouse/Perry & Sons Pork Chop
No. 90, General Tso's Chicken from The Rice Box
No. 91, Eggs, Refried Beans, Hash Browns and Hugo's Sauce at 59 Diner
No. 92, Shipley Do-Nuts Plain Glazed 
No. 93, Housemade Bologney at Public Services Wine & Whisky
No. 94, Bo Luc Lac at Cheno's (formerly Chino's) Fast Food
No. 95, Combo #5 at Soto's Cantina
No. 96, Carnitas Salad At Chipotle
No. 97, Pickled Shrimp At Punk's Simple Southern Food
No. 98, Lobster Roll At Maine-Ly Sandwiches
No. 99, Chili-Cheese Coneys At JCI Grill
No. 100, Corned Beef Hash And Eggs At House Of Pies

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