Dean's Fuzzy Navel

A friend and I meet up at Dean's (314 Main Street, 713-227-3326) on a Wednesday night. The place is celebrating its tenth year of operation, which is eons in Houston bar culture -- and this despite the way it's often overlooked by many downtown revelers who think it's just a clothing consignment store and not a bar (it's actually both). Dean's longevity is a testament to both its unpretentious vibe and its loyal customers. When we walk in, the first thing I see is this gigantic projector screen playing a video of a fashion show with all topless runway models. Everyone in the bar is pretending they're watching this because it's artsy and cool, and their fixation has nothing to do with the inescapable parade of supermodel boobs dancing across the screen. Everyone except for me, of course, because I'm from Louisiana, where boobs are a celebrated precious natural resource, much like oil and queso dip here in Texas. Breaking my attention from show, I ask a group of three sitting at the bar if they could recommend any good drinks. An attractive woman who looks and sounds like a younger version of Nico responds with, "I've got a Peppermint Pussy!" I ask if that's the name of her drink or just a declarative sentence. Her friend quickly replies, "No, no. It's her drink, and it's really called a Fuzzy Navel." Nico Jr. shoots back, "No, no, NO, it's not a Fuzzy Navel, IT'S A PEPPERMINT PUSSY!" All of this on a Wednesday before 10 p.m. And people think Houston's a boring town.

1 1/4 ounces Grey Goose vodka

1/2 ounce peach schnapps

1/2 ounce orange juice

Combine Grey Goose and peach schnapps in a rocks glass. Top off with orange juice. Add ice. Make sure your breath is minty fresh.

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Chris Boyd