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Best Tableside Restaurant Preparations In Houston

August 14, 2013 7:00 AM

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When dining out in Houston, if you want tableside preparation of your dishes, there are many options around town. You can find dishes from every course of your meal at various restaurants. Since this is Texas, one of the most popular tableside preparations is for guacamole, but you can also find desserts, pastas, salads and more that are made right in front of you. Try some of these fine dining establishments and the extravagant dishes they make at your table. Be sure to always call ahead to inquire about reservations, dress code and to see if the tableside-prepared dishes you want are being served that day.

Carmelo’s
14795 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 531-0696
www.carmelosrestaurant.com

At Carmelo’s, an authentic Italian restaurant on the far west side, you can savor fettuccine carbonara or bistecca diane prepared right at your table for dinner. The fettuccine is served in a cream sauce and the steak is lightly sauteed in front of you. You can also enjoy crepes suzette or bananas Foster made at your table for dessert. This restaurant also offers several gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, making it an ideal location for a group or couple with special dietary needs.

Brennan’s of Houston
3300 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711
www.brennanshouston.com

Brennan’s of Houston is a Texas twist on creole cuisine. This is where you can enjoy an extravagant dessert display if you order bananas Foster. This dessert is prepared at your table, including the flambe in rum. You get the sweet, cinnamon-and-rum-flavored bananas with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Brennan’s also offers a shrimp chippewa entree that is ignited at your table. This dish combines sun-dried tomatoes with shrimp in cognac, which is flambeed. This gets poured over grits made with goat cheese. The cafe brulot is coffee mixed with triple sec and brandy and flavored with a clove-covered orange peel. The entire drink is ignited at your table before being served for a final finish for your meal. What makes Brennan’s of Houston a standout is the use of local ingredients, which means seasonal changes to the menu. Call ahead to see if your favorite dish is available when you go.

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Escalante’s Mexican Restaurant
4053 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 623-4200
www.escalantes.net

Guacamole tastes best when it is freshly prepared, and you cannot get any fresher than the guacamole at Escalante’s. Here you can enjoy fresh guacamole made right at your table at any of the five locations of this Houston restaurant. This is a chunky-style guacamole that is well worth the $10 price. The ingredients are fresh and include only California avocados. What makes the trip for this tableside-prepared guacamole worth it is the other Tex-Mex dishes that are served. Like the guacamole, all of of the food is made from scratch, including the tortillas. Be sure to try Escalante’s signature chili con queso blanca, which, like the guacamole, is perfect for dipping with chips.

Related: Best Mexican Food in Houston

Fuad’s
6100 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 785-0130
www.fuadrestaurant.com

For 37 years, Fuad’s has been offering Houstonians a different type of fine dining experience. The restaurant does not have a menu, so you get your choice of what to eat. Most of the basics of just about any dish are ready in the kitchen, but if you have an unusual yearning for something exotic or unique, call ahead at least 48 hours to ensure that the kitchen will have the ingredients in stock. There are numerous dishes that are regularly recommended, including tableside-prepared Caesar salad and bananas Foster for dessert. The bright flames from the flambeed desserts create an atmospheric flash in this low-lit restaurant. This is a unique dining destination that must be experienced when dining in Houston. The low candlelight and soft piano music from the live piano bar also make this a great date spot. Be aware that without a menu, you also do not have upfront pricing. Be prepared to go without a budget when dining at Fuad’s.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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