Happy Hour at RDG + Bar Annie

Thursday, November 14, 2013
I realize it's been almost a week since my last post, but this is what my life has been like lately:

When you try to think of the most stressful and chaotic thing ever, isn't that what comes to mind for you too?

And no, it's not 1997, why do you ask?

(For the record, I lost that game.)

Okay my life hasn't really been that stressful and chaotic (frantic Minesweeper games aside), it's just been super duper busy with work, marathon training (yeah. that's a thing I'm doing.), and getting ready for MY TRIP TO VEGAS THIS WEEKEND. All good things!

Last week I met up with my gal pals Megan and Tamira for Happy Hour at RDG + Bar Annie. And much like other shfancy spots such as Haven, Americas, and Triniti (blog on that to come!), this upscale restaurant offers a mean, awesomely priced Happy Hour menu.

And until I randomly stumble into a large unsuspecting sum of money, this is how I plan to eat my way through all of the high dollar Houston hot spots with no shame whatsoever!

Located on Post Oak near the Gallaria, RDG + Bar Annie is a beautiful, chic, two-story restaurant nestled in BLVD Place. Oh, and there's free self-parking in the back.

RDG + Bar Annie, I love you already, even if your name is a mouthful.

The first two appetizers we ordered were the BBQ Brisket Taquitos and the Lime & Black Pepper Potato Chips with Smoked Cheddar Bacon Dip. And these were by far the two best things we had. But don't make me choose a favorite of the two because that would be like choosing my favorite child (although we did end up getting a SECOND order of the Taquitos, so I'll let you draw your own conclusions...)

The BBQ Brisket Taquitos were AMAZING. I feel like this type of dish often has the potential to end up dry or a little bland, but the inside of the taquitos were moist - without being soggy - and beyond flavorful. Just phenomenal.

If you know me at all, you'll know that I am a savory over sweets person. If given the option of cookies or potato chips, I will down that entire bag of Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Salt & Vinegar Cheeps (the deluxe size) quicker than you can say "RDG + Bar Annie" (Which, admittedly, make take a little while, so bad example)!

Therefore, when I saw CHIPS with a blue CHEESE dip (you know my love for any and all cheeses), I was sold. And man, did they deliver. These chips were utter perfection. Gah, I wish I had a bottomless bowl of them at my desk in my office to nosh on all day every day.

For our next appetizer, Tamira ordered the Fried Chicken Mignonettes, which Megan aptly named "The Fancy Chicken Fingers." Also delicious. They were crispy and light, and the Blue Cheese dipping sauce complemented them very well.

We then asked our waiter what he recommended, and he advised us to order the Handcut Ceviche. 

Now. We loved our waiter and thought he was great. But this was our least favorite of the offerings. While it was still good, don't get me wrong (I mean, we ate all of it), the Ceviche really just tasted like a sweet salsa with chips. It was fine, but it didn't stand out or send us through the roof like the other dishes did.

The last thing we ordered (ahem, besides the second helping of taquitos...) was the Artichoke & Spinach Dip, which is something you really can never go wrong with. And this one did not disappoint. It was super creamy, hearty, and lip-smackingly good!

The trendy vibe, reasonably-priced Happy Hour, great service, and AMAZING food make this a definite go-to Houston spot. I can see what all the hubbub is about.

I spy spinach dip with a side of BBQ Brisket Taquitos...
See you when I get back from Vegas! And as a bonus, name that movie:

"Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon." 


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