B & B Butchers
You can’t get more Texas than in-house dry-aged USDA Prime and Texas Wagyu served in cuts larger than your head. Or a chicken-fried pork chop with sausage. Or a Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, a filet with bacon, blue cheese, and a fried oyster on top, all housed in an oyster shell. Fill up on all this and a couple of superb cocktails, like the Blood Orange Sky or the French Diplomat at Houston’s B&B Butchers & Restaurants, a butcher shop-steakhouse hybrid in the Sixth Ward. While we suggest hunkering down at a table in the elegant, exposed brick dining room, the antsy among you will head to the deli counter, where you can grab the same delicious meats, either by the pound or stacked in a sandwich.
The dark and moody ambiance at this H-town riff on the classic NY steakhouse sets the mood for a special evening year-round, but things get particularly wonderful when B&B decks its halls for the holidays. Choose between Christmas Eve brunch (11 am to 3 pm) or dinner (3 pm to 11 pm) to dine on Filet- and Fried Oyster-topped Carpetbaggers on the Half Shell, Foie-smothered Filets, Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding, and Rigatoni alla Vodka. Those looking to ball out at home can place advance orders via The Butcher Shop’s holiday take-out menu, a festive AF offering featuring everything from Whole Tenderloin Beef Wellington and oven-ready Pork Crown Roast to classic Creamed Spinach, Mac and Cheese, Shrimp Cocktail, and Pecan Pie.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Order pick-up online (48-hour advance notice required).
Part steakhouse, part bespoke butchery, this seemingly timeless hipster hub evokes all the old-school charms of New York City chophouse. Then again, the dry-aged in-house USDA Prime and fine Gearhart Ranch Wagyu portioned into cuts larger than your head feel 100% Texas. Do yourself a favor and start with the Carpetbaggers—an order of fried oysters dolloped over thick-cut bacon and meltingly tender filet, all smothered with decadent blue cheese sauce—because, let’s face it, you’re worth it. Then go big with the 40-ounce Prime Porterhouse for Two, beautifully seared and sliced tableside for your enjoyment.