Eddie V's City Centre
When Eddie V's initially announced its first location in Houston, we were super excited! With Houston being such a hot place for the food scene, you would think 5 star steakhouses are the norm. We did have a few favorites, but we were anticipating the need to make room for one more.
Eddie V's now has two locations, one in the River Oaks area and the other in CityCentre (the old Town and Country). Although both have the ambiance of a typical steakhouse (ie. loud), we actually prefer CityCentre. The River Oaks location is great if you are looking for a "scene", but if you just want a nice dinner with the family or the hubby or looking for a place to conduct business, opt for the CityCentre location. We also compliment Eddie V's on their dining setup at the CityCentre location. Made up of mostly booths, it has a cozy and private feel to it. The bar is separate and offers a live pianist as well.
On our first visit to Eddie V's they surprised us by offering their Tomahawk Steak. This is truly a "special" steak by far. Seemingly constructed to represent an entree that Mr. and Mrs. Flintstone would eat, the Tomahawk Steak is a whopping 32 ounces! Now, that's not all beef. The huge dinosaur bone most likely covers a majority of that. However, this steak was plenty for two gals plus some. Similar in texture to the marbled ribeye, the Tomahawk Steak combines the ribeye's full flavor with the added bang that comes from the bone. It quickly won us over and as we visited Eddie V's time and time again, we always confirmed its availability first. Unfortunately, the Tomahawk Steak is a seasonal item that is not always in stock and it is never on the menu. So, you better ask :-). The Tomahawk Steak costs approximately $79; but remember; it can feed two adults.
Although the Tomahawk Steak is great in all its guts and glory, nothing, and we mean nothing, tops the Eddie V's "Bone-in Filet". The filet has come to be a fave of many steak connoisseurs, but you ain't seen nothing until you've had the opportunity to try this one. Take the lean texture and distinctive taste of the filet and pair that with a bone-in cut of meat. For us foodies, we know what the bone does; right...it keeps all that flavor and juiciness right in the heart of the beef giving it tons of depth and flavor! This steak is all of that and then some. It is most definitely in the top 3 for the Urban Swank Girls, and we don't mess around with our top 3. You have got to earn this title. Eddie V's won us over that day and we have since then brought our parents and close friends to Eddie V's to be won over too. Like the Tomahawk Steak, the Bone in Filet is not on the menu and is not available nightly. The server will typically tell you about the steak if it’s available. This one will run you around $65 a pop.
Aside from having some of the best steaks, Eddie V's also offers several amazing side dishes that are worth mentioning:
Crab Fried Rice with Mushrooms
Truffled Macaroni and Cheese
Sugar Snap Peas with Garlic & Sesame
Although we have not tried all the appetizers (yet), some are pretty tasty:
Chilled Avocado and Jumbo Lump Crab Cocktail with Lime and Spicy Remoulade Sauce (Urban Girls' fave)
Cold Water Maine Lobster Tail with Crisp Batter with Honey Mustard Sauce
Maryland-Style All Lump Crab Cake with Sautéed with Chive Remoulade Sauce (Swanky Girls' fave)
Maine Lobster and Shrimp Bisque with Fresh Maine Lobster, Cream and Cognac
Each time we visit Eddie V's, we must also decide if we are going for the appetizer or the dessert (as it is way too much food to take on all three courses unless we are sharing). We will get into the dessert later, but 85% of the time, the infamous Eddie V's Bananas Foster wins; which is also a top 3 for the Urban Swank Girls!
Eddie V's, however, does have one downfall. If it were not for the specialty steaks, we actually would not order steaks at Eddie V's. Bold statement, we know, bear with us. The specialty steaks are phenomenal and we would put them up against anyone's steaks, but they fall short when it comes to the regular steaks on their menu. We have not been able to put our finger on the actual reason or cause, but after trying several of their regular steaks, we have not been impressed. It is really a combination of things...the flavor...just OK...the texture...just OK...the temperature...good. There is nothing great or horrible about them; they are just OK. Eddie V's offers other items on their menu aside from their steaks that are fabulous like the Crab Stuffed Colossal Shrimp grilled with Lemon Butter and Chive Vinaigrette or any one of their Chilean Sea Bass dishes.
Okay, now let's get to the good stuff. If you go to Eddie V's and you do NOT try the Bananas Foster you should be ashamed of yourself...lol! This has got to be one of the most consistently great desserts served at any restaurant in the nation. Seriously folks, it’s just that good. Now, Eddie V's has not created a traditional Bananas Foster, they have taken it to the next level and created something very special. The Eddie V's Bananas Foster is a very moist butter yellow cake topped with caramelized bananas that is set on fire with a rum and brown sugar mixture. This is not your typical run of the mill yellow cake, to add to its richness, the cake is sitting on top of Cheesecake! On the side they have added a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a scoop of toffee ice cream, by local favorite Henry's Homemade Ice Cream.
And last but not least, let's not forget about the drinks. We have enjoyed their Lemon Drop and their El Jimador Traditional Margarita! Take it from us, Eddie V's is a fabulous place to dine in Houston! Remember, "It's not just about the food, It's about the experience!"
~ Urban Swank, The Urban Swank Girls