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BRC Gastropub

Photo by Stephanie Meza
BRC Gastropub is cheeky in more ways than one: Yes, the "BRC" stands for "Big Red Cock" and the menu follows a similar adult playfulness. Don't expect to escape without dropping some bills on the food, but do expect a phenomenal beer selection and some truly inspired dishes. The Dr Pepper-fried quail is pure Texana, while the "Rice Crispy" ice cream sandwiches make you feel like a kid again. Happy hour is recommended, as the Rice Military/Heights-area restaurant only gets busier as the night goes on, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.