Brennan's of Houston, the 1967 beloved Houston landmark, is once again welcoming faithful foodies after the restaurant was destroyed in a two-alarm fire during Hurricane Ike in 2008.
With 90 percent of the original facade left in tact, restaurateur Alex Brennan-Martin and Johnson Studio of Atlanta—in partnership with Houston-based Studio Red, Linbeck Construction and Pin Oak Interests—restored the original John Staub design that once housed Staub’s office and the Houston Junior League. Outside, arched windows that were previously shuttered have been opened up, the original brick has been restored and in back, a new, slightly smaller courtyard features a pair of twin Oak trees in the spot where a decades-old Oak once stood.
Inside, the décor is light and bright—a welcome deviation from the dark and moody vibe of Brennan’s past. In the dining room, windows that were once camouflaged have been revealed, eye-catching chandeliers glitter from above and chic, wingback chairs fill the space. In the front corner of the restaurant, the guests can dine in the cozy Staub Room or head upstairs, to the newly-added Courtyard Bar, for a birds-eye view of the original courtyard fountain.
On Brennan’s Texas Creole-inspired menu, longtime favorites like the Turtle Soup and Bananas Foster mix with reinvigorated classics like the Bourbon Molasses Lacquered Bobwhite Quail and Blue Crab Stuffed Texas Flounder.
Head there for lunch, dinner and the popular Creole Jazz Brunch on Sundays.