Houston's, Montgomery, The Emarcadero, San Francisco
Steak House Sublime
Apparently Houston's don't take reservations but I had them anyway when two friends dragged us there the other night. "You want to take us to a chain steak restaurant on The Embarcadero, close to Fisherman's Wharf that I've never even heard of", I thought, "Oh goody". As it turned out, everything about the night was just about perfect: The smiling, joking, hostess who showed us to our spot. The comfy, deep red booth we were seated in near the center of the restaurant. The fantastic decor built from solid, well-aged materials, cool 70s vibe reminiscent of a super-stylish ski-lodge you might find featured in Wallpaper magazine. The smart, quick-witted waiter who skillfully stopped me in tracks when I questioned his assertions... "...and corn are our seasonal vegetables tonight". "But corn isn't in season", I replied. He, without missing a beat - "Well, it's in season here at Houston's!" (I felt ashamed, later, when I found out that corn has actually come in to season early, so my bad, just as well he whipped my arse). A full view of the buzzing kitchen where all the staff could be seen, working and smiling at the same time (it looks like they have a lot of fun at Houston's). A perfectly cooked to medium-rare juicy, buttery flat iron steak special served with chimmichurri sauce and skinny fries. When the evening was over I checked out Houston's on Yelp and discovered the comments were overrun by food snobs like me who had all been unwittingly been forced there by friends, only to end up loving it. Do you think they run some kind of secret referral programme for their regulars - you know - convert a foodie, one meal free or something? If so, sign me up!
This review was a first impression.
1800 Montgomery St