State of Grace

We’d like to say we’ve dined at this oh-so-hot new restaurant, but every time we’ve tried to make a reservation, all the fashionable dining hours have been booked.  We just need to plan further in advance or our next foray will be to try the seafood bar where we understand reservations aren’t required.   In the meantime, we fondly remember what we tried on our visit early one Saturday evening.  We were seated at a table but elected to sit at the bar, which we heard can be quite lively many evenings.  The cocktails were nicely done and service was good.

Unlike most of the diners around us, we didn’t try the lobster hushpuppies for which the restaurant has become well known.  We opted for the shrimp toast (crispy and hot but not engendering the wow factor), kale caesar salad (delicious), queso “oaxaca” (who can resist wild mushrooms in gooey cheese with amazing bacon fat tortillas), and the garganelli with jumbo lump crab and toasted lemon (also delicious). 

As noted, reservations are a must, and valet parking appears to be the only option in this entirely renovated location in the strip mall across from Lamar High School (where the now Atlanta-based owner, Ford Fry, went to school).

3528 Westheimer; 832/942-8050

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