Hearsay

I’ve been to Hearsay many times but as one of my friends noted, I’ve never written it up. With yet another farewell dinner, the timing seemed opportune.

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Atmosphere
I love this building because its one of few still standing in Houston built in the 1800’s. Two-story, shotgun with a bird’s nest overlooking the crowd and through to the ebb and flow of downtown’s nightlife on Travis St.

The crowd at Hearsay changes drastically depending on when you go. Weekday happy hours can be heavy on the O+G suits. Weekends are far more casual with typically medium-sized groups of 30-somethings out celebrating some event. This time I counted three good-sized birthday parties, which is something considering the space can barely seat 40.

Music is typically of the 80’s-90’s variety. As the crowd arrives, they turn up the bass simultaneously with turning down the lights. If you want to avoid the club vibe, its best to be done by 9p.

Food
IMG_1975Consistently good. Typically I get the Seared Yellowfin Salad since I love the Asian-inspired dressing and I haven’t been able to reproduce the exact flavour at home. This time I went for the Sauteed Snapper which was a total win. Sauteed snapper sitting atop roasted garlic mash, a liberally applied lemon cream sauce with sauteed crawfish accompanied. There was too much sauce, but there always is here in Houston; easy enough to push aside. The lemon and garlic worked well together, as always, and also enhanced mildly sweet flavour of the moist, flaky snapper.

Service
Great, as always. We sat upstairs which is problematic for the server since the kitchen is downstairs. But he never failed to get drinks up in 5 minutes and the apps and mains came out within 20, well paced to allow conversation.

Price
Medium to high but good value. Apps average $10, mains $20-40

Lunch: April 2014

Hearsay| 218 Travis | HTX 77002

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