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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's For Lunch? Feast!

A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of lunching at Feast, again.  I've been several times over the summer and feel compelled to toss in my few cents.  I've read in various places of the foodie variety, that the prices are high and all you have to choose from are bits of offal.  This is an eggregious error, to say the very least.  On my last visit, I ordered salad and chicken pie with a suet crust from the lunch menu.  I only order a two item meal, as my dining companion is rather smitten with their various liver and heart-based appetizers and I get to have some of that also (bonus for me, as I am enamored of their offal-ness).  His lunch was tomato soup and beef tongue with vegetables and mashed potatoes, it always arrives with lovely crisp bacon on top.  If my chicken pie had not been as outstanding as it was, I may have had buyer's remorse.

Now that the weather has cooled, it's time for my next trip to Feast.  I read all about their cassoulet, courtesy of Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes.  It looks outstanding.  Honestly, as well as they do everything, and I've tried a good smattering of their Spring and Summer offerings, Fall should bring greatness.  I love cozy stews, soups and hearty fall casseroles.  As Feast only prepares local, non-processed meals, diners are guaranteed fresh, peak of the season fare.  The waste not-want not approach to using pretty much all of the animal is also appealing to me.  The menu consists of "Feast Favorites", which are always available and daily items, which they describe as more seasonal or adventurous.  While many entrees range from $20 - $25, as compared with other restaurants $15 - $20 range, typically - I would gladly pay slightly more for vastly better.  Their lunch menu is the best deal in town, two items are $13.95 and three items are $17.95.  When asked if I had any questions, I did, "Can I have two appetizers and one entree as my three?" That really was a Feast, however, as noted above, I find that two items is typically sufficient.  They do use biodegradeable "doggie boxes", which is another gold star on their toothpaste chart, so don't be afraid to take it home for later.

New at Feast, a Tasting Menu is offered at night from Sunday through Thursday.  The cost is $52.95 per person and offers a large variety of Feast Favorites and specialties.  In addition, they are hosting a Happy Hour (and a half) with half price wine, beer or cocktails and a selection of $4 appetizers.  Happy Hour specials are available from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Finally, a toast, to Feast New Orleans for making The Eater New Orleans Heat Map:  Where to Eat Right Now . I have already made a date, with myself, to have lunch there in the near future.  I'm giddy with excitement.

219 Westheimer Rd.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays

Please note:  If you heard a rumor that all they serve is offal, rumors are just wrong.  They serve a wide variety of meats and vegetables, and they make the most incredible soups I have ever had.  Heaven would be spending time in the kitchen with them, as they work.  I am certain magic is involved, somehow.

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