Labor Day weekend was a Mom’s getaway weekend in Houston, and Pour Society invited us to give them a try on the house. All opinions are based on our personal experience!
Houston’s Memorial area doesn’t have a shortage of restaurants, but as the trendy area continues to grow, so does the restaurant scene. On a recent Friday night, a friend and I visited one of the newest kids on the block a new gastropub on Gessner, Pour Society, 947 N. Gessner Rd. I was early, so while my dinner companion sat in the nightmare known as ‘Houston traffic’, I sat at the 40 foot bar and admired the large selection of craft beers on tap (48 taps).
My craft beer senses were on overload with the large selection of Texas craft beers alongside other popular craft beers from breweries like Breckenridge, Boulevard, and Left Hand Brewing. Caught admiring the taps by Pour Society General Manager Jason Mayes, we shared our love of drinking local and trying new brews. Jason says they’re aiming to keep a 50/50 split on tap with 50% of the beers brewed in Texas. And…yes, they are planning to have some beer paired dinners.
If beer isn’t your thing, they also feature four seasonal cocktails on tap, as well as other craft cocktails made to order. Whiskey connoisseurs be aware, they have an amazing whiskey selection including a few of my favorite Texas spirits like Balcones and Garrison Brothers Bourbon. Yes, you may want to leave the car in the garage and catch an Uber to dinner.
With seventeen TVs and endless drink options, I turned to the menu looking for sustenance. Our server said the staff favorite was the seven layer dip, made with crab & shrimp, guacamole, pinto beans, sour cream, corn, pico, radish.
Served in a mason jar, the tasty dip looked like something I’d pinned on Pinterest, under ‘perfect game day appetizer’. It looked great, but be warned, the best approach to enjoying this dip is to empty the jar onto the plate and mix the ingredients. Behind us a party of four was raving over the “heavenly” mac and cheese, and a fight almost broke out when everyone wanted to try the jalapeno-cheddar waffle.
Pour Society’s menu promises southern fare with creativity featuring sandwiches like the Pour’K burger, Pour’strami, or Kim cheese and main dishes like Mexican fried chicken thighs, a TV dinner with selections rotating nightly, shrimp & grits, and more. We deferred to Chef Greg Lowry (formerly at Triniti), and asked them to bring us what he felt are ‘can’t miss’ entrees’.
Our favorites were the Pour’K burger and the Mexican fried chicken thighs! This is no ordinary burger, made with black hill farms beef cheek patty, house-made bacon, pimento cheese, sandwiched between a chile-cheddar bun, and topped with traditional garnish. When it comes to burgers I tend more towards the ordinary, and always skip the bacon. I don’t know if the secret to the Pour’K burger’s deliciousness is the pimento cheese, the bacon made in house, or the hunk of beef, regardless it has converted me to a fan of the fancy burger. By the way friends, that’s the best pimento cheese I’ve had from a restaurant!
I don’t eat dark meat and have never enjoyed chicken thighs, so my plan was to just have a small bite of the Mexican fried thighs. My plan failed, because that was the best fried chicken I’ve had since leaving South Carolina. The flavors worked well together, but the crispy chicken crust was my ultimate downfall. Don’t let the menu description scare you: elote mashed potato taquitos, white cheddar, green chile sauce, fried egg, this dish is worth the extra time at the gym!
With 7,000 square feet of space and exposed ceilings, hardwood floors, and eclectic wooden tables built on site, Pour Society is like a speakeasy meets sports bar. By the way, we were enjoying our time catching up, and feeding our faces without the kids, but Pour Society is family friendly, and has a kids menu. Call or visit them online to make reservations, or check them out on social media: Pour Society on Facebook, Pour Society Instagram and Twitter @PourSocHouston.