Chef Aaron Bludorn’s namesake restaurant and all-around New American stunner may have been the best thing to come out of Houston in 2020. It’s the first solo project for the former Café Boulud chef, who is married to Victoria Pappas of the local Pappas restaurant empire. Set in the former Pass & Provisions space on Taft, Bludorn shows off the chef’s skillful European technique alongside a much-welcomed punch of Gulf Coast love via next level dishes including a Foie Gras with churro and cherry, a perfectly balanced Gulf Cioppino, instant classics like the Lobster Pot Pie and Short Rib Ravioli, and a Baked Alaska you never knew you needed. Snag a reservation to see what all the deserved fuss is about, and get excited for Bludorn’s next concept, Navy Blue, slated to open in Rice Village this fall.
Chef Aaron Bludorn’s namesake stunner is probably Houston’s top culinary addition of the past few years, and the always-excellent Sunday brunch makes that ring even truer. Start with oysters every which way (i.e. raw, fried, and roasted) alongside a Foie Gras Brioche that will leave you swooning before treating yourself to cheesy stars such as Khachapuri (an oval-shaped cheese bread with an egg baked in the center), cheddar- and scallion-decked biscuits, saucy Short Rib Ravioli, and, last but definitely not least, a giant Cinnamon Roll Skillet for the table because, well, duh. Or keep it to yourself, because also… duh.
What is sexier than Baked Alaska set aflame before your eyes? That’s what you’ll be asking yourself at chef Aaron Bludorn’s absolute whopper of a restaurant, one that’s been steadily sliding into its role as the hottest ticket in town since opening. Vamping up the old Pass & Provisions space on Taft, the moodily lit interior makes for an intimate date night, while the breezy outdoor canopy brings the charm with verdant greenery and twinkling cafe lights. Both are perfect settings for taking down Bludorn’s refined, satisfying fare, from oysters, foie, and risotto specialities to a gorgeous Lobster Pot Pie for two.