Happy Holidays, MONTROSE STAR readers! I hope you all had a filling Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the year-end observances. We’ll be staying in and away from each other, so don’t underestimate the value of a phone call to someone you might not have talked with for a while.
Normally, I’d be sharing a year-end list of my Houston dining favorites. This year has been different and so will this column. Restaurants faced long stretches when they were delivery or pickup only when they were able to operate at all.
Add a couple of foot surgeries to the mix, and I just didn’t eat out very much this year. Oh, I had a lot of deliveries, but that’s no substitute for a shared social experience.
I did find time recently to stop by Dish Society’s new Heights location. And I loved it so much I went to their San Felipe location for breakfast two days later!
My late lunch was amazing. Dine-in is available, though it appears they may be using the patio chairs and tables inside for now. They’re still comfy enough, and I’m sure they’re much easier for the staff to clean and sanitize.
I needed a cocktail, and Dish Society offers a Tito’s Cherry Limeade that I just had to try. All the usual ingredients of the classic cooler were there, along with vodka, of course. A little on the sweet side, the cocktail was nevertheless refreshing and started my sunny meal in style.
The menu adds a pro tip to the Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich: order it fried. I did. Wow, is this one good sandwich! Frying not only makes the chicken breasts crispy but also adds needed moisture. Pecan-basil pesto and goat cheese all nestle together inside chewy pretzel bread. No wonder it’s listed as a house favorite.
The sandwich comes with house-made chips, but I asked my nice hipster server to bring them ahead. They’re exactly what you’d expect house-made chips to be. That’s OK though because the real side star was a big bowl of deconstructed elote.
Deconstructed? Yes, the corn is served off the cob, thank goodness. Otherwise, it’s the street snack we all know and love, sweet from the corn yet rich with crème fraîche, garlic aioli and cotija cheese, and a little spicy thanks to chili lime salt.
Dish Society’s deft touch with food certainly extends to its breakfast and brunch offerings. I was thrilled to see that my breakfast sandwich came in the same pretzel roll as my chicken did. If anything, this one was even softer and chewier than the one before. Love it!
You’ll get local ham, sunny side open range egg, and Swiss cheese inside. It’s exactly right for a hearty breakfast. There’s also a side of skillet potatoes, but they’re cut in such small dice that they’re hard to eat. Nothing special. I’m so glad I got another bowl of that delicious elote!
Dish Society’s tightly edited menu makes it a Houston original. And if The Heights or The Galleria aren’t convenient for you, they’re also open downtown and in Memorial and Katy, with a West University location coming soon.
Dish Society – Heights
1050 Yale Street
Houston, TX 77008