And what an evening it was!
Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting friends and family, and spending quality time at The Kemah Steak Company. Situated on a quiet street in Kemah, Texas, the restaurant is vibrant and eclectic, with warmth abounding throughout, from the gleaming copper bar to the settees and mismatched tables. Though most of the areas are set up for cozy conversation, they can also accommodate larger groups as well. That was fortuitous, since there were eight of us that evening. And one of their prized features is the “G-7 Table”.
This table was once the property of former President George H.W. Bush. This was the table used for a G-7 summit, back when there were only seven industrialized nations: the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan. I can only assume the last seat was occupied by Millie. The table is a beautiful discussion piece, but not as awesome as what was placed upon it. The restaurant has an ample wine list which includes imports from all over the world. Trust me when I say there is a wine here for every one.
However, the menu offerings were to die for!! Though they will be offering steaks in the coming weeks, there were some items worthy of not just mention, but also of being shellacked and enshrined. The White Truffle Mac and Cheese was something to savor. A humble dish elevated to greatness by the addition of bacon, an entire crab cake, lump crab, shrimp and white truffle oil, it is nothing short of extraordinary.
This is so good, the grilled chicken breast is the side dish!! If I could get the recipe, I would. But it is guarded more closely than Fort Knox.
And then there’s The Burger!!! Yes, with three exclamation points, and all of them well-earned. There is no “ground beef” in this burger. It is made from filet mignon, smoked brisket, bacon and pork shoulder ground fresh. Finished with roasted jalapeño goat cheese, a bacon and onion marmalade, and arugula and served with homemade kettle chips, the burger is a feast for your taste buds. It is not to be missed.
And finally, DESSERT!!! There is always room for dessert, and that night was no exception. Worthy of note are the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, and the Salted Chocolate Pot de Créme. The former is a more formal take on bread pudding, made with croissants, bananas, Meyers Dark Rum™ and banana liqueur. The butteriness (is that even a word?) of the croissant perfectly complements the sweetness of the liqueur. The latter is a thick, rich mousse of dark chocolate, with a layer of caramel and finished off with crushed beer nuts. I can honestly say that was the best pot de créme I’ve ever had. It absolutely melts on your tongue! The sweet and savory combination was amazing. Truly, the most wonderful chocolate dessert I’ve ever enjoyed.
The biggest highlight, however, was the staff. Pleasant, friendly, courteous, and above all great company. Not only did I get to sit at the head of the G-7 table, I was made to feel as important as those who had graced it so long ago. That is a quality you will find at The Kemah Steak Company, no matter where you choose to sit.
So, if ever y’all are lucky enough to be visiting in the Houston-Galveston area, please stop by and enjoy an evening or three at The Kemah Steak Company. And for my friends and family in the area, make it your local hangout. After all, there’s wine to be had and no better place to unwind!