Urban Eats Bistro + Bar + Market, in Houston’s Washington Corridor, is Definitely a Keeper

There are so many restaurants, bars and bistros along the Washington corridor that I keep thinking “So many eateries, so little time.” 

So this spur-of-the-moment drop-in at Urban Eats Bistro + Bar + Market was both, a roll of the dice and a fortuitous find.

Urban Eats is housed in what I seem to remember from decades past was an old auto repair shop. A major renovation based upon a lot of creative juices and a limited budget made this building unto something that drew me in. The best description I can come up with for it is a mini-Eatsie’s, as the downstairs also features a specialty market that sells freshly baked breads, carefully sourced cheeses, cured meats and epicurean products that are aimed at local foodies. 

The ground floor Market area of the “fast casual” eatery serves brewed-to-order Java Pura Coffee Roasters coffee (they have a barista station) and espresso drinks, as well as freshly baked muffins, croissants and breakfast sandwiches, along with ready made luncheon sandwiches, salads prepared meals. While many of the entrees, sides and salads are ready-made to grab and take to home or office, if you are in a hurry.  If you dine in, they are all made from scratch per your order.

The upstairs is full service Bistro + Bar that offers fifty beers (including a full arsenal of Texas beers), a collection of wines from across the U.S., and 36 craft cocktails (I counted them). The outdoor rooftop patio offers views of the Houston skyline.  Live music with old standards, jazz and blues is performed every Friday and Saturday after 9:00 pm.

Owner/Culinary Director Levi Rollins 
Chef Jason Grigar

Owner/Culinary Director Levi Rollins has spent his life in the restaurant, service and sales industries.  He came from a family of self-taught chefs, he spent much of his time in his family’s restaurants where he learned recipes from his mother and grandmothers.

There’s also a lot of experience detailed by Chef Jason Grigar (Educated at the New England Culinary Institute, and has worked locally for Houston Center Club, Cafe Annie, Lancaster Hotel and A Fare Extraordinaire; as well as Bistro Roti in San Francisco CA, and Eastside Oyster Bar & Grill, in Sonoma CA.)

Tuscany Pommes Frites are served with fresh rosemary, oregano
crumbles feta cheese and an herb balsamic vinaigrette on the side
The savory Skillet Seared Cauliflower is seasoned with sea salt, shallots, 
toasted pine nuts and golden currants. 
The Eggplant Napolean is a savory, rich, gooey bread crumb crusted
eggplant layered with mozzarella, ricotta, sharp provolone and 
house-made marinara and parmesan. Big enough to share and
MY favorite.
The Fried Green Tomato BLT is served on a warm pretzel
roll with thick hickory smoked bacon, baby lettuce cumin aioli 
and red pepper jam. These are “Signature Sliders“, but large ones!
The Mob Boss slider is a combo of herbed and breaded eggplant,
meatloaf, dry salami, mozzarella and marinara.

After tasting this Fried Chicken and Pickled Veggie salad,
I admitted to Levi Rollins that they may have changed the way
that I fry chicken from now on. The salad has greens, shredded 
red cabbage, savory fried breast tenders, pickled root veggies 
(you can buy these pickled root veggies downstairs), goat 
cheese, buttermilk biscuit croutons and a sweet/tart vinaigrette.
Lemon Meringue Tartlet
Pecan Praline Bread Pudding (YUM)

3414 Washington Avenue

Houston, Texas 77007.


Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 10 pm; Friday, 7 am to midnight; Saturday, 8 am to Midnight; and Sunday 10am to 3pm.

The Bistro + Bar

Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 10pm; Friday through Saturday, 11am to midnight; and Sunday 10am to 3pm.


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