on January 17, 2007
Located in the very trendy Montrose section of Houston Backstreet Café is definitely one of the top twenty places I have ever eaten. Not only was the food exquisite the service was stellar. I called from our B&B to see if I needed reservations and was told that at this time of year, mid week it would not be necessary, and when we arrived it only took a couple of minutes to be seated, however, by the time we left, the place was packed.Tony our waiter was absolutely perfect. He was funny, attentive and was able to answer any question that we posed to him. He made our dining experience even more perfect.The menu is eclectic. There really is something for everyone. I started with a roasted pear stuffed with bleu cheese, dried fruit and nuts and served with greens. Joe had the Fried green tomato salad which was a nice mixed greens salad with bleu cheese and pecans and two slices of fried green tomatoes. Both of them were excellent. My pear was such a unique combination of flavors and textures, the dried fruit was dried cherries and it was a just a perfect palate pleaser.What we passed on were seared scallops with asparagus and warm wheatberry salad, New England lobster pot pie, shrimp cheesecake and mile high vegetable torta just to mention a few of the starters. French onion soup, Gulf coast Filet gumbo, charred tomato and chicken tortilla soup and a whole slew of salad choices.When it came to our main courses we cover the whole gamut. I ordered the angel hair pasta with shrimp, pinenuts, olives and sun dried and fresh grape tomatoes. It was packed with flavor and lots of very good sized shrimp. It was a very healthy sized serving but not huge. Al ordered the steak frites, a ribeye steak cooked the way you like it with a cone of very thin sliced fries. The steak was covered with a mustard cream sauce and there was more for dipping the frites in. Al loved it.Joe had the lamb chops, which were served with homemade lamb sausage, white beans and a stuffed red pepper. He loved the chops. However, for $27 there were only two and they are small and the sausage was too spicy for his liking but the white beans and pepper were very good.We were full but having such a great time we decided to look at the dessert menu. Oh my... Needless to say we ordered dessert. Joe and I had the seasonal cobbler which was raspberry and served with mascarpone ice cream and Al had the dark chocolate cake with homemade chocolate ice cream and praline cookie. The desserts are to die for. The cobbler was perfect, the best I have had since France 5 years ago in Thann. The chocolate was dense and not overly sweet, in a word divine. Parking is valet.
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