Friday, November 11, 2016

Brandani's in Missouri City

Brandani's Restaurant and Wine Bar in Missouri City opened over a year and a half ago but I just recently discovered it. I live in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, and it is easier for me to go into town rather than head deeper into the suburbs on most evenings.

My husband and I have now eaten at this location four times in a short time period, most recently last night. Chef Ron Brandani and his wife Claire have created one of the best dining experiences in the area. Though the appearance of the restaurant has not been updated since the prior tenant, the American classics and Italian-inspired menu is a change.

The dishes we have tried have all been fresh and flavorful. We have thoroughly enjoyed everything we have tasted. A few favorites include the crabmeat stuffed zucchini blossom appetizer special when it is available and the Shrimp Marco when it is not. All of the pasta is delicious and freshly-made; we have tried all four options now and have not been disappointed. Fried chicken with mashed potatoes is already a southern favorite of mine, the added bonus of their jalapeƱo cream gravy served with it, makes it an irresistible choice. We have also enjoyed the filet mignon and some fish specials.

If the delicious food wasn't enough to bring us back, the wine list which is overseen by Claire Brandani encourages us as well. The stereotypical suburban restaurant list of big box names doesn't exist here. True to the wine bar concept, the list evolves and there are fun offerings to be found at reasonable prices. We've enjoyed bottles of Premier Cru Chablis, Rosso di Montalcino and Falanghina along with some good by-the-glass options as well.

I'm sorry that I was late to this party, if you haven't tried it yet, I am recommending that you do. Brandani's Restaurant and Wine Bar is something to seek out on the southwest side of town.

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