With a creamy sweet custard hidden beneath a crispy, crunchy, caramelized top, this is a fun dessert that can top off a great evening or help you celebrate a special occasion. And who doesn’t enjoy a special treat that is made even more delicious with a little fire? Creme brulée is a traditionally French dish that has become a staple on dessert menus in many Houston restaurants. To satisfy your sweet tooth, make sure to head down to one of these Houston restaurants and try their version of this delicious dessert.
Brasserie 19
1962 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-1919
www.brasserie19.com

If you’re looking for the classic creme brulée with vanilla, your best bet is to try the vanilla bean creme brulee at Brasserie 19. Served with a side of fresh berries, this dessert will top off a great French dinner at this Houston favorite. While you’re there, ask for what dessert wine would pair best with the creamy texture of the creme brulée. General Manager Shawn Virene is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of wine pairings and can advise you on what would work best for a great dining experience.

Masraff’s
1753 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 355-1975
www.masraffs.com

For a rich, fruity creme brulée, you’ll want to make sure to try the dessert at Masraff’s in the Galleria area. This upscale American restaurant uses fresh ingredients and expert care to create the best desserts around. Their butter roasted pear creme brulée comes with a rich whole berry sauce and provides a perfect ending to a great meal. If you have something to celebrate, check out this dessert as the final course of one of their special brunches.

Mockingbird Bistro
1985 Welch St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 533-0200
www.mockingbirdbistro.com

For an oversized Texas portion of delicious creme brulée, you’ll want to head down to Mockingbird Bistro. All of their desserts are meant for sharing, which means that this is a great restaurant for a date night. They make their creme brulée with Tahitian vanilla beans, palmier and seasonal fruits. Can’t get enough of the brulée portion? They also have brulée banana as a topping on their chocolate gateau.

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Killen’s Steakhouse
6425 W. Broadway
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-0844
www.killenssteakhouse.com

Known across the city for his barbecue, chef Ronnie Killen has expanded his efforts with Killen’s Steakhouse. It’s been recognized across Texas as a restaurant with great attention to detail in its dishes and wonderful flavors. Their signature dessert, the creme brulee bread pudding, has won national awards and is a great way to end a meal with a Southern twist on this delectable dessert.

Cafe Rabelais
2442 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 520-8841
www.caferabelais.com

Stop by for a full meal from a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and other traditional French dishes, or just grab yourself a cup of coffee and a dessert at Cafe Rabelais in Rice Village. Their traditional creme brulée hits the spot with its mix of creamy and crunchy, and at the cost of only $5, it’s one of the best deals on delicious creme brulée in the city. Grab a taste of this great sweet treat in between running errands and window shopping in the Village, or make a trip out especially for the dessert. You won’t want to go back to chocolate cake after having these treats!

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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