Cutthroat Kitchen host and Good Eats icon Alton Brown hit Cullen Performance Hall on the campus of University of Houston Saturday. The celebrity chef, accomplished author, actor and basically an all around jack of almost every trade was in town for the last leg of his winter/spring national Edible Inevitable Tour.
Prior to playing to a sold out crowd in two back-to-back performances —which integrated singing, comedy and demoed what could possibly be the world's largest Easy Bake oven in the routine — the Food Network staple fueled up with a food field trip across Houston.
After reaching out to fans for restaurant suggestions in December, the Good Eats legend went out a one-day dining excursion through the streets of H-town over the weekend. And in short, the guy has good taste. It's like he perused the Eater 38 guide and took the suggestions to heart, because he visited two notable restaurants and Houston's top coffee shop. Brown chronicled the journey, albeit a brief one, on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds for all to drool over.
Brown's first stop was David Buehrer's Blacksmith in Montrose, where he sipped a cortado. The fine latte artwork comes courtesy of barista John Letoto, who prepared the caffeinated cup and is also gearing up for the prestigious Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open in Tokyo this month.
Coffee would be incomplete without pastries, so naturally Brown's next stop took him to Common Bond. There he ordered scones, danishes, cookies and of course, the spiked brioche pastry kugelhopf.
The final stop of the day was in Pearland, at where else, Ronnie Killen's namesake barbecue restaurant. The unwritten rule of thumb when visiting Texas is always hit up a barbecue place at least once and Brown did just that. He feasted on a platter of ribs, brisket and sausage.
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Brown accomplished an impressive feat in a short span of time. Hopefully this weekend's trip will inspire him to return on his free time and really explore Houston in-depth.
Which restaurants would you recommend to Brown if he were to return to town for more than a day? Leave your thoughts and comments below.