The coolest dive bar you can walk into on the Upper Kirby side is the West Alabama Ice House. The bar is located on the corner of West Alabama and McDuffie on the outskirts of Montrose. This hidden gem of Houston is perfect for sipping Texas-brewed beers while enjoying a sunny day. Although most of the customers appear to be locals, they are welcoming to others who may come across this bar. Not only are new customers welcomed, but friendly dogs as well.
Keep in mind that the parking is limited. They have a small lot next to the bar that is mostly already full by happy hour, but there is also street parking. It is definitely an area where you should watch where you park. Towing is enforced in the nearby parking lots of the other businesses.
While parking may be limited, there is plenty of seating areas with red picnic tables surrounding the small building. Majority of the picnic tables are under a covered area so if you like to drink and enjoy a rainy day without getting wet this is a perfect place. The staff is very friendly and full of life as they serve up a great selection of beers including St. Arnold’s Weedwacker, Abita Strawberry, and everyone’s economical favorite: Lone Star. If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the big game, they have multiple televisions on all sides of the bar for your viewing pleasure. The only downside to this bar is that they don’t serve food.
That negative quickly turns into a positive because of the Papou Jerry’s Gyro Truck parked right on the corner. This Greek food truck serves up fresh tasty Greek Gyros to the patrons of West Alabama Ice House. The Gyro comes on a traditional pita with lamb, tomatoes, onions, and Tzatziki sauce. The fries are the crunchiest fries in that part of town and will have you craving them days after you leave. They also have a Gyro Pizza with Gyro stuffings on top of a crust-like pita. If lamb isn’t your thing, you can ask if they have chicken as a replacement for that day.
Average prices range from $3 for a grilled cheese sandwich to $10 for a Gyro and fries. The prices seem to be reasonable until you receive the food. The portions are smaller than you think. The food is still good and definitely worth trying. It is highly recommended that you bring cash to pay for your food. The truck does take cards but it is not the traditional credit card scanner. It’s a Intuit GoPayment card scanner attached to a cell phone. While it is secure, some might find this method uncomfortable because there is no physical paper receipt given to you. Instead, there is an email sent to you as a receipt. If you use cash the cashier just might give you extra fries for making her day simple.
If you haven’t been to West Alabama Ice House or Papou Jerry’s Gyro Truck, stop by on your way home today and enjoy a cold one with a Gyro.
Have you been to Papou Jerry’s Gyro Truck? What’s your favorite dish to eat? And what beer do you wash it down with from West Alabama Ice House's beer selection?