Bradley Ogden has been around the Bay Area dining community for many years and his son has joined the family business, opening his first restaurant as executive chef in Houston. BFD (initials used on the restaurant’s logo, not an editorial comment by us) anchors one end of a new strip shopping center, which is very close to I-10 , with Bradley’s Funky Chicken, a fast food fried chicken place (more about that later), at the other end. Thankfully, there’s ample parking in the lot, so no need for a valet service. Reservations are taken.
The restaurant is quite lovely, in a somewhat ubiquitous casual contemporary mode. Lots of wood and brick, high ceilings, big windows. Service was prompt and very friendly. Cocktails were interesting and tasty.
We didn’t have an appetizer, going right for ample portions of fish and chips and a cheeseburger. The former was well prepared, probably as good as anything we’d had recently in London. The homemade tartar sauce was a nice addition and the french fries were piping hot. The cheeseburger was also quite good, and we opted for the macaroni and cheese instead of more fries.
In the end, we really enjoyed our meal and, if we lived in the neighborhood, we’d probably go back more often. BFD has a lot of competition in Houston, with similar establishments, so we wish it well.
P.S. Having eaten a little more lightly than usual, we left room for a piece of fried chicken for dessert at Funky Chicken. With a crisp, light coating, it was very good. (Not as good as Barbecue Inn but better than our other more recent fried chicken experience at Punk’s Southern Kitchen.) Although we didn’t try any of the sides, we’ve heard positive reports.