So, my brother, DoobieWah, called and asked if I wanted to go out for a beer at the Bull and Bear. That was fine with me as I didn’t have anything going on but the TV.
I arrived first as usual and the barmaid asked what I wanted. I didn’t know, but the guy next to me suggested a beer from the new brewery in town Karbach Brewing, http://www.karbachbrewing.com/home
the Hopadillio~IPA. Very hoppy but I like that in a beer, Doobie not so much.
We won’t embarrass him with telling you his order.
I was a tad hungry and suggested tapas at the Rioja, which Doobie said wasn’t open for lunch on the weekends, really bumming me out.
I then suggested oysters at Pappas on Westhiemer, so we went for a quick dozen. They were large and sand-free and good, but not cleanly detached from the shell.
Doobie spotted the recently opened Portugallia Restaurant and Lounge, http://portugallia.com/, across the street as we were leaving. He thought it might satisfy my tapas craving from earlier. The place being new to us both, we decided to venture inside. Elegant interior, dinning and bar areas, we decided on the bar, being only 3:30 on a Saturday afternoon.
Full bar I decided on a classic Hendricks’s Gin martini, Doobie joins me, only his is dirty, (that’s nasty). Bread comes out and it is fabulous. I mean go for the bread alone. We ask if they make it onsite (which they don’t). We order 2 appetizers:
Camarao Aguilho $7.95
Shrimp sautéed with garlic, olive oil and flambéed with Cointreau
Pasteis de bacalhau $8.95
Fried cod fish cakes with potatoes and parsley
The bacalhau was the far better dish. The shrimp just weren’t marinated it seemed to me anyway.
I think we'll be venturing back to see Michael the barman and a few more items from the menu next weekend.
Well this was my first posting to Chowhound.