Bar Beat

Ten Bar Bites to Sink Your Teeth Into

Bovine & Barley's Beef on a Rock allows diners to cook their meat to order.
Bovine & Barley's Beef on a Rock allows diners to cook their meat to order. Photo by Jamie Alvear

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click to enlarge Milano Bar's crispy shrimp served with avocado marmalade. - PHOTO BY JAMIE ALVEAR
Milano Bar's crispy shrimp served with avocado marmalade.
Photo by Jamie Alvear
Milano Bar, 800 Sorella Court

Milano Bar is located just below Radio Milano in the trendy CityCentre. Amidst the craft cocktails and the herbs often lit on fire is a carefully curated bar menu from chef Hernandez that's served daily from 4 to 10 p.m. Stand-out menu items include the salmon tartare, lamb burger, pizza and crispy fried shrimp with avocado marmalade and habanero barbecue sauce.

click to enlarge Tequila and tamales are the perfect complement to one another at The Pastry War. - PHOTO BY JAMIE ALVEAR
Tequila and tamales are the perfect complement to one another at The Pastry War.
Photo by Jamie Alvear
The Pastry War, 310 Main

One cannot live on tequila alone, said no one ever. In all seriousness, The Pastry War does not serve pastries, but does offer spiced grasshoppers and worm salt-coated oranges. Luckily, if you find yourself in need of more nourishment than insects, The Pastry War has some of the best tamales for late-night munching. Made specially for The Pastry War and delivered daily, the tamales come in orders of three in either pork or chicken.
click to enlarge Pork chop bites are an easy-to-manage alternative for those craving Perry's famous pork chop. - PHOTO COURTESY OF PERRY'S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE
Pork chop bites are an easy-to-manage alternative for those craving Perry's famous pork chop.
Photo courtesy of Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Multiple locations

Bar 79 is the classy and intimate lounge located inside Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. Fine wine and handcrafted cocktails are served alongside an assortment of mouthwatering bar bites. Notable items include tempura lobster tail, escargot, bacon-wrapped scallops and fried asparagus topped with crabmeat. There’s even a bar-friendly version of the lounge's famous pork chop that comes in easy-to-eat bites.
click to enlarge Crab and shrimp make up one tier of the seafood tower at Robard's steakhouse. - PHOTO BY JAMIE ALVEAR
Crab and shrimp make up one tier of the seafood tower at Robard's steakhouse.
Photo by Jamie Alvear
Robard’s Steakhouse, 2301 North Millbend

This Woodlands steakhouse may be known for its dry-aged steaks, but at the bar its seafood dishes really shine. The raw bar features oysters, tuna poke and tuna carpaccio. Seafood cocktails can be ordered individually or in a flight of four that includes shrimp cocktail, lobster parfait, Yucatan shrimp and avocado crab. The seafood tower with shrimp, oysters, lobster and crab makes for one impressive bar bite.
click to enlarge The braised goat and dumplings are a hearty bite to enjoy in the rustic bar at Underbelly. - PHOTO BY JAMIE ALVEAR
The braised goat and dumplings are a hearty bite to enjoy in the rustic bar at Underbelly.
Photo by Jamie Alvear
Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer

The bar menu at Underbelly pays homage to chef Chris Shepherd’s favorite dishes from chefs who have inspired him. Six different dishes ranging from hog and hominy poutine to Peche’s smoked fish dip can be enjoyed in Underbelly’s rustic bar area. However, the must-have dish is Shepherd’s famous braised goat and dumplings with tender shredded goat in a rich and spicy gojuchang sauce.
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Jamie Alvear is a local blogger and freelance writer for the Houston Press. She enjoys writing about the vibrant food and beverage scene that the city has to offer. Jamie is a native Houstonian, avid traveler, and wine aficionado. You can typically find her around town sipping on everything from cocktails to craft beer.