Houston, Texas has no shortage of restaurants. Whether your individual style leans toward a specific type of cuisine, an idyllic atmosphere, or a setting that invokes class and elegance, Houston has a restaurant to suit your desires. With so many potential destinations, the choices can be overwhelming. But if an establishment with excellent food, a wide selection of beverages, and an inviting yet classy atmosphere is calling your name, one place to consider visiting is Eleven XI, a newer Restaurant and Bar located in Houston’s Heights area.
Just Taste That Food
Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar describes itself as a Southern Coastal Cuisine establishment, and that means guests can expect a wide assortment of seafood along with main dishes that feature beef, pork, lamb, quail, and other options. A quick glance at the menu shows the food items arranged into categories like:
- Raw Bar Over Rice
- Salads & Sandwiches
- Little Bit of Everything
The specialty is sea food and many who visit Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar will come here for that reason alone, but there is actually a nice assortment of dining options, with something to suit most anyone’s tastes. When I dined here with my wife and other bloggers/writers, we enjoyed a selection of items from the Bites section of the menu, including Braised Pork Shank, Grilled Oysters, etc. The food we were served was obviously prepared with skill and care, as it was nothing short of delicious and was served with a smile.
One interesting quality about Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar is its atmosphere. It definitely has an aura of elegance and class, but not so much so that you feel the need to dress to the hilt. It is the type of establishment where guests can feel equally at home dressed in a shirt and tie or dressed in a casual button- down shirt and a pair of shorts. It manages to strike a balance, with elements that are relaxed, yet refined.
Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar has a large dining area, bar area, and an outdoor seating area. Guests are generally free to select the area that suits them best and depending on your mood and the mood of those in your party, your dining desire may change from one visit to the next, but that is expected. As I said, the atmosphere is well balanced and Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar wants you, its valued customer, to follow your mood and ask to be seated in the area that feels right for the moment.
Some Beer with Your Meal
Now, let’s talk about an important component to any dining experience: The beer menu. Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar, it turns out, has an impressive selection of beer, with about seven craft beer selections on tap and another 50+ selections in bottled form. The taps are dedicated almost exclusively to Texas breweries like Karbach, Southern Star, Buffalo Bayou, Lone Pint, and others. The bottles include selections from across the United States and the world and with so many beers from which to choose, guests may spend considerable time choosing the right beer for the occasion. For those who prefer wine, the selection is even grander, with nearly 200 choices.
Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar easily exceeds most other restaurants in terms of beverage selection, but it goes a step beyond in one important way: Service. The bartenders and management are not just great at serving the beer or wine of your choosing, they also know about the products and can offer assistance in selecting the right beer, wine, or other beverage to accommodate any meal or occasion. This is a refreshing change from other restaurants and taverns that may have a nice selection, but whose bartending personnel often do not even know the difference between an IPA and a blonde ale.
Plan Your Visit
Houston has many great places to dine and drink and Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar is certainly an establishment worth visiting. The food is outstanding, the beer and wine selection are amazing, and the service is impeccable. Its location at 607 Gray Street in Houston’s Heights area is easy to find its many charms make it deserving of a place on your calendar. Stop by when you get the chance, and discover one of Houston’s newer dining and drinking gems, Eleven XI Restaurant and Bar.
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