First Look – Laurenzo’s Bar & Grill + GIVEAWAY
Laurenzo’s Bar & Grill is a family built, home-style American restaurant located in Midtown Houston, close to Downtown and Montrose. With a contemporary atmosphere, this restaurant is a collaboration between the Laurenzo’s and Landmark Houston Hospitality Group. The Laurenzo’s are well known for their El Tiempo Cantina restaurants in the Houston area, and Laurenzo’s Bar & Grill is the second location of its kind and continues a 55-year legacy of serving Houston. This venture is spearheaded by Executive Chef Domenic Laurenzo and his talented team of dedicated chefs.
I stopped in for lunch and was really pleased with every morsel of food that touched my lips. Excellent staff and service (shout out to my server Harold, for being attentive and charming!).
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Laurenzo’s Bar & Grill offers a variety of customer favorites from their El Tiempo and Laurenzo’s steakhouse menus, with some new items sprinkled about. I suggest you start with the Dynamite Crab Claws – succulent, tender nuggets of crab meat swimming in a bed of the most flavorful broth with a side of chipotle aioli for dipping. It’s plentiful and perfect for sharing… if you’re into that kind of thing!
The salads at Lauranzo’s Bar & Grill aren’t just lettuce on a plate. The Chicken Paillard Salad was hearty and is served with not one, but two grilled chicken breasts. It’s a simple salad, but the key is the well seasoned meat underneath the frisée.
The “pièce de résistance” was the Brisket Deckle Ravioli. Talk about some of the most delicious meat I’ve ever had stuffed inside homemade raviolis. I did a little research on the deckle prior to my visit, but Chef broke it all the way down. The summation is that the deckle contains the most flavor when compared to other parts of the cow. Though this cut of meat has a tendency to be overcooked in the kitchen, you won’t find that at Laurenzo’s… not on Chef Donny’s watch.
The juicy, melt in your mouth brisket deckle paired nicely with the chew of the fresh pasta. Although I am not a pasta fan, I enjoyed this dish.
Laurenzo’s is working on beefing up their dessert menu but the three current options aren’t bad. The Tres Leche Cake, Chocolate Brownie and Key Lime Pie are worthy of a bite or two. Due to the large portion sizes, I clearly couldn’t finish all of this food and dessert alone, so I opted to get them to-go. Sharing food with my colleagues is how make friends and get deadlines extensions!
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*Complimentary parking for lunch available in adjoined, 7 story garage.