Hey friends! It’s been almost two weeks since Super Bowl and I am honestly still recovering from it! Super Bowl weekend was packed full of fun events and great foodie experiences. I am still playing catch up, but of course it is time to share all the good stuff with you all. First, let’s start with a brunch because that’s what gets most of y’all to stop by here right?? Anywho, with my friends in town a brunch was a must! We stopped at the new Kitchen 713 for a great Sunday Brunch. Check out my thoughts below!
I first encountered Kitchen 713 when Alison Cook added it to her famous Top 100 Houston Restaurants list. Every thing about Kitchen 713, said it probably would not make a list like this. Small location in the heart of second ward, black owned and soul food! That is not to say that Cook doesn’t curate a list as diverse as Houston because she certainly does. Still, the fact that she discovered this spot had me curious enough to try it. After one visit to their second ward location I was hooked, so imagine my disappointment when I learned that they had closed!
The closing announcements came with a promise of reopening, but I was skeptical because we have definitely heard that before! True to their word though Kitchen 713 is back with a new location! They have moved to a more popular Houston locale, Washington. Their location is the former home of Mexican restaurant TQLA. The setup is pretty much the same as the previous tenant, with a large bar dominating the right side of the restaurant and a large dining room to your immediate left. With this space, Kitchen 713 will definitely be able to accommodate larger groups and more folks in general.
I was “boring” and went for the classic brunch drink, a mimosa! Kitchen 713 has a good carafe deal which is always appreciated when dining with a group. Another plus, Kitchen 713 offers a list of brunch cocktails that include drinks with the heavier stuff like vodka. I will branch out next time and try one of those.
The main reason I kept my eye out on Kitchen 713’s reopening plans was the food! It really is good! The huge portions, the great flavors and cool spins on traditional dishes. Thankfully, while the location changed to fancier digs, the food stayed true to why it was great the first time around!
Last time, I raved about the shrimp and grits. I suggested that dish to my friends who all enjoyed it. This time I went for a heartier meal with the fried chicken, biscuits and mac and cheese. I ordered the smaller portion, but they offer basically a whole chicken that can be shared. The fried chicken was crispy and had flavor throughout. Understand that everyone isn’t good at this! I also enjoyed the mac and cheese especially the added crunch with the bread crumbs. My friend also ordered the greens, while I didn’t try them, they looked pretty darn good as well. If you like more traditional brunch items, don’t fret. Kitchen 713’s menu includes items like french toast and pancakes!
So I completed my updated brunch list before stopping by Kitchen 713, but I gotta say it’s up there with some of my other favorites that made the list! It is safe to say, I will be back :).