the best patio eats in houston

A little over 2 years ago, my girlfriend Dede invited me to lunch with several other local bloggers at her favorite restaurant (and now mine, too), Brasserie 19 in River Oaks Shopping Center. Never having really tasted such authentic French food, I wasn't sure what to expect or if I'd find anything on the menu to my liking. I've never been more pleasantly surprised from the moment we walked in the door- the entire atmosphere of the restaurant gave off such sophistication yet warmth, like visiting an old friend to catch up over tea. It was a blogger's dream: marble table tops, a palm tree lined street out the windows, and a crisp white interior with wooden herringbone floors. Perfection.

Then we got to the menu and I was even more in awe when I realized I wanted to order one of everything: tasty deviled eggs, crispy gulf oysters, tuna tartare, and croque monsieur to name a few. We all ordered different mouthwatering entrees and I knew in that moment I needed to get myself to Paris, rapidement. It only took two years to make it happen, but it did! Thank you, Brasserie 19, for sparking my love of French food. You may have created a monster. ;)

When my Mom was in town last week and we did some shopping in River Oaks Shopping Center, I knew I had to take her to lunch at Brasserie 19. It was also Boone's first restaurant outing and he did amazing, sleeping through the whole thing since the patio was a perfect 70 degrees, music was playing softly in the background, and our waitress was kind enough to talk quietly at our table. It was the perfect lunch and I'm already itching to go back while the weather is so beautiful this spring.


photos by Ban Avenue Photography

Y'all know I love River Oaks Shopping Center and frequent the area for kids clothes, gifts, nails, and of course food. All of that shopping works up an appetite and mama has to recharge with some tasty fuel! Some of my other favorite spots to visit with great patios are:
1. La Griglia- Delicious Italian food with favorites such as Stracci, Wild Boar Chop, and Wild Mushroom Lasagna. The patio is really spacious and accommodating for strollers.
2. Epicure Cafe- A bistro style cafe that features fresh food that's made from scratch daily. I always get the Pistachio Cake for dessert- it's delicious! 
3. Perry's Steakhouse- This is a "coming soon" for River Oaks Shopping Center that I'm so excited about! Thinking a date night on the patio is in order once it opens.
4. la Madeleine- I have loved this restaurant for as long as I can remember because it's one of my grandma's favorites. My go-to order is the Quiche Florentine, a house-made egg spinach and Swiss custard baked in a buttery, flaky pie crust.

For other restaurants in ROSC, you can visit the website directory HERE. Bear always requests a pit stop at Marble Slab Creamery, which I never object. We are some serious ice cream addicts with no shame. With all the Marble Slab I consumed the last 9 months, I have no doubt Boone will be an ice cream lover soon, too.

Thank you for stopping by! If you're a fellow Houstonian, have you tried any of these spots in
River Oaks Shopping Center? I'd love to hear your favorite dining patio spots.
And happy first official day of Spring!

xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by River Oaks Shopping Center however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

girls night at grub

Last Tuesday, Grub Burger Bar in The Woodlands treated some of my girlfriends and me to the most amazing "Sharing Flavors" dinner. If we're talking courses, it was like seven. No joke. And every one was delicious! We finished the night with a Rice Krispy Milkshake, which was heavenly. Grub makes the rice krispy treats from scratch every morning and then blends them into each shake; it's the perfect mix of sweet and creamy and crunchy. I want another just thinking about it!

We tried tons of menu items, from the savory Ahi Tuna to my personal favorite, the VooDoo Mushroom Burger (absinthe sautéed mushrooms with swiss cheese and Tabasco mayo). I even got one of those bad boys to go. And didn't share with Zach or Bear.

The first time I ever had Grub was in College Station, Texas, while visiting my sister-in-law who went to A&M at the time. I fell in love with their sweet potato waffle fries and mac 'n cheese burger, so naturally I was ecstatic to find out they were opening a Grub in The Woodlands. We've been many times since, and have never once been disappointed in the overall experience. The Grub staff is amazing and so kind; my friends and I were blown away with the service we received on Tuesday. Check here to find the closest Grub Burger Bar to you!

After looking back through the pictures, I also need to give a necessary shout-out to the chicken strips. Y'all, I know my chicken tenders. And these are the best. The chicken is marinated before it's fried and the batter is all crispy yet soft and falling off the chicken and oh my gosh I'm starving thinking about it. Also those Shiner Bock beer battered onion rings are to die. I couldn't stop dipping them in the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce; might as well knock out all the beverage flavors while you're grubbing so hard.

Howard, the manager at Grub in The Woodlands, was attentive, informative, and amazing. He answered any and all question we threw his way, including why Dave Matthews is a big part of their restaurant playlist. We liked it, we weren't mad, we just wondered where the Dave-love came from. And Howard, of course, knew (the owner is a big fan).

Again, thank you to Grub for hosting our crew and giving us such an amazing experience. I know we will all be back very soon!
xo, Britt