Sawyer Park Sports Bar
While many still mourn the passing of the Pig Stand on Washington, home of Houston's first drive-through, the land was too valuable for it to lie idle for long. Along comes Sawyer Park Sports Bar (2412 Washington, 713-863-9350), a two-story place owned by brothers Jeff and Daren Van Delden together with their cousin, Adam Karam; they also own the Red Door in Houston and Union Park on 6th at Rio in Austin.
"Yes, it's a sports bar; it's casual, but we wanted to step it up a notch and make it a nicer venue, nicer lounge and better food," says Daren Van Delden. "We have an incredible rooftop bar that has a great view of downtown, as well as a first-floor patio. Then there's our private game room, which you can rent...It will seat up to 30 people. It has its own bar and hi-def TV." Daren is responsible for putting together the menu. "It's typical bar food, which we've taken up a notch...For example, our quesadilla is made with brisket. We also have healthier food like our turkey wrap or our hummus plate."
When Dish visited one Sunday afternoon just after the place opened, it was hopping with sports fans, who were glued to every TV available. The "surf and turf" burger was a fascinating and outstanding find — a patty topped with slaw, shrimp and crab. And the Baja fish tacos were as good as any you'll find in the city. We washed them down with a Stella Artois, which was on tap.
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