100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 94, Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch

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.

The only reason this dish from Justin Yu and Justin Vann's Money Cat Brunch series isn't higher on the list is because you can't get it anymore. But the Money Cat brunches from earlier this year were an exciting look at what Houston could expect from Yu and Vann before the pair finally opened Oxheart, their long-awaited restaurant, with Yu's wife, Karen Man.

The little bowl of sautéed potatoes looked deceptively simple when they were brought out as one of our first brunch courses on the final day of Money Cat's service, but the dish was vibrantly alive with the sharp flavors of garlic and spicy pepper sauce. The punch was tamed a bit by a hit of Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise and a fried egg on top, which I used as additional sauce for every crispy potato until they ran out.

And although you can't get the potatoes anymore, maybe they'll make a surprise appearance on Oxheart's menu. After all, you never know what the team there will cook up next.

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

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