Forgive me! I created this blog with the hopes of showcasing Houston Brunch spots and I have been blogging about everything but Houston Brunch spots! I am vowing to do better. Since it is now officially maxi dress and patio season, I plan to be on someone’s patio enjoying brunch until the heat becomes unbearable. The good folks over at Harold’s in the Heights invited me to try a dish they featured for National Waffle Day, the chicken and waffle BLT. I threw on a maxi dress for the occasion, grabbed some sunglasses and headed out for a much needed brunch.
The Setup/Location: I am sure I will sound like a 16 year old when I say this, but I finally saw the Heights sign which is the inspiration for the Heights filter on Snapchat! I’ve lived in Houston most of my life and had never seen this scene in person. Harold’s is housed right across the street from the sign above a pizza parlor. I maneuvered up a flight of stairs to the rooftop restaurant. There is a large indoor dining space and a beautiful bar. The highlight of the space though is the rooftop patio. I picked a sunny spot in the corner with a street view so I could watch all of the eccentrics perusing through the neighborhood. Other than the amazing patio, Harold’s is rather simple, but the neighborhood itself provides such flair it didn’t need much else.
Food: I was asked to come and try to the Chicken and Waffles BLT, so I quickly ordered that dish and a side of beignets while I waited. The beignets looked beautiful, but did not match up for Cafe DuMonde for me. I realize that is a hard bar to reach. I did enjoy the dipping sauce that comes with it though. On to the main dish, the chef was kind of enough to whip this up for me even though it was not longer a featured item. The Chicken and Waffles BLT, included a waffle, a nice piece of fried chicken, a generous amount of bacon, some lettuce up top and they added an egg. I politely slid the egg to the side since that’s not my thing and went IN on that fried chicken! My waiter told me it was battered with panko bread crumbs. Perfect flavor and crunch. I have never encountered bacon that I do not like and this was no different. By the time I got to the waffle it was pretty cold which is not the best way to eat a waffle. The flavor was on point, I just need to eat that first while it’s still warm next time. The regular menu has a Chicken and Waffles dish that would be similar to this combination and I am sure it is just as good!
Service: I had the opportunity to meet the owner Alli Jarrett and the head chef Antoine Ware. First of all, I liked that both were present on a chill Saturday, making their rounds to greet guests. All of the other staff were equally pleasant and accommodating.
Drinks: For drinks, I ordered the Tinibellini instead of your typical mimosa. This drink had peach schnapps, peach infused vodka, fresh lime juice, pomegranate juice and a splash of champagne. For the drinkers, this cocktail has more kick than your typical mimosa and has great flavor with all of the different juices added to it.
Overall: I really enjoyed Harold’s. It had a great atmosphere, impeccable drinks AND pretttty good food! Whenever I update my go to brunch list, this will definitely be added to the list!