If someone made me choose a life without Brunch or a life without Happy Hour, I would absolutely lose my mind.
Second of all, we're talking apples and oranges here. One takes place on a lazy weekend day, where you partake in completely acceptable daydrinking while stuffing your (occasionally hungover, I swear I'm not speaking from experience or anything, okay a little bit I am, help me) face with all of the brunch things. The other takes place after work, during the week, when a stiff drink, a trendy meal, and catching up with a good friend are just what the doctor ordered!
It's a toss up. I wouldn't know what to do.
My fake problems are the pits.
great brunches (RIP Sorrel). But from what I've found, there aren't a whole lot that live up to my post-NYC standard.
But the Happy Hours? Houston's Happy Hour game is strong. I've managed to eat and drink at some of the nicest joints around town for dirt cheap, with the quality of service and food never lacking. I am a complete fan.
So I was pumped to try out Downtown's MKT Bar (located in Phoenicia) for the first time with my friend Boh, whom I hadn't seen in a while. I love Phoenicia, if only to window shop and feel incredibly fancy in a grocery store (I mean, how could you not?), so I had good feelings about the place.
Next up, we ordered the salt roasted beets with fresh tarragon. Much to
our surprise we received golden beets, and the dish was soft, sweet, and
comforting. This dish offered the lightness I was craving with the
hummus, and yet at the same time it was filling and satisfying. The beets
were roasted until very tender, and the tarragon spice was fragrant and
balanced nicely with the sweetness of the beets.
My portion of the bill came out to $16, which included half of the food a glass of wine. Was I blown away by the food? No, but I certainly did enjoy it. And the atmosphere at MKT Bar is just so cool. Exposed brick walls, industrial ceilings, buzzing energy, lively patrons, excellent service, and on that particular night a live DJ made it a great spot to indulge in a post-work drink and a few noshes with a good friend!