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At $125, the whole lobe of foie gras at The Pass & Provisions is one of Houston's most expensive dishes
At $125, the whole lobe of foie gras at The Pass & Provisions is one of Houston's most expensive dishes
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A Guide to Some of Houston's Most Expensive Dishes

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At $125, the whole lobe of foie gras at The Pass & Provisions is one of Houston's most expensive dishes
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Having established some of the places Houston's Whales like to congregate, today's feature looks at some of the dishes restaurants offer as Whale bait. Of course, steaks are well represented, but there's foie gras, truffles and caviar, too. Perhaps the biggest surprise for diners who haven't explored Chinatown will be the cost of live seafood. Although these dishes are designed to feed several people, the prices are far beyond those that appear on traditional seafood menus.

One note: this list has tried to avoid daily specials and focus on items that are typically available at the included restaurants. Take to the comments with some other suggestions for expensive dining options.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tony's

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3755 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046
(713) 622-6778
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There's lot of options for whales on Tony's menu. When available, the restaurant sells Kobe beef for $45/oz in 4-6oz portions. Siberian caviar is $250/oz, and Alba white truffles are $135 "per portion."

2. The Pass and Provisions

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807 Taft
Houston, Tx 77015
(713) 628-9020
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Without considering the tasting menu options at The Pass, Provisions still offers a couple of high dollar options. There's the $55 clams casino for two, or, for the truly extravagant, an entire lobe of foie gras for $125.

3. Confucius Seafood Restaurant

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8880-J Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 271-6888
One of the top spots in Chinatown for live seafood. The market prices get expensive quickly. In her 2012 review,Chronicle critic Alison Cook ordered a $62 sculpin fish and related a story about a $45 per pound crab that weighed seven pounds ($315).

4. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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5839 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-7352
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Dry aged prime beef runs anywhere from $45-55 depending on cut and quantity, but it's the seafood that can really break the bank. A shellfish tower costs $99 and a 14oz lobster tail is $80.

5. Killen's Steakhouse

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2804 S. Main St.
Pearland, TX
(281) 485-0844
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The most expensive item is the $98 long bone wagyu ribeye, but the restaurant will cut A5 Kobe to order for certain customers. At $30/oz, a 20oz portion is $600.

6. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

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1510 Texas St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 228-1111
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The porterhouse for two runs $46 per person on the regular menu, and the surf and turf specials that combine a filet with a lobster tail can cost $80 or so. Real whales are all about the caviar service that costs $260 as of this post from December.

7. El Tiempo Cantina

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5602 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 681-3645
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El Tiempo unapologetically serves the city's most expensive Tex-Mex. The restaurant's Deluxe Filet Parrillada includes both filet mignon, lobster, shrimp, quail, ribs and all the trimmings for $83.59 for one and $219.19 for four.

8. Mark's American Cuisine Restaurant

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1658 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-3800
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The $50 beef tenderloin is the most expensive dish, but the $42 salmon and escolar entrees are probably the more surprising in terms of price.

9. Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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1300 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010-3017
(713) 650-1300
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The 20oz Costata di Manzo is a ribeye served with vegetables for $52.

10. Mockingbird Bistro

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1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 533-0200
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There's the $44 rack of lamb, but an off the menu special offers the chance to top the restaurant's signature burger with foie gras for $47.

11. Fung's Kitchen

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7320 S.W. Freeway #115
Houston, TX 77074
Fung's is another option for live seafood where crabs can touch $50 per pound and weigh eight or more pounds. It also serves shark fin soup for $100, bird's nest soup for $150 and a bird's nest dessert for $58.

12. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

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5061 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 355-2600
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Del Frisco's serves its own Wagyu "Longbone" 32 oz ribeye for $89.

1. Tony's

3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77046
There's lot of options for whales on Tony's menu. When available, the restaurant sells Kobe beef for $45/oz in 4-6oz portions. Siberian caviar is $250/oz, and Alba white truffles are $135 "per portion."
3755 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77046

2. The Pass and Provisions

807 Taft, Houston, Tx 77015
Without considering the tasting menu options at The Pass, Provisions still offers a couple of high dollar options. There's the $55 clams casino for two, or, for the truly extravagant, an entire lobe of foie gras for $125.
807 Taft
Houston, Tx 77015

3. Confucius Seafood Restaurant

8880-J Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036
One of the top spots in Chinatown for live seafood. The market prices get expensive quickly. In her 2012 review,Chronicle critic Alison Cook ordered a $62 sculpin fish and related a story about a $45 per pound crab that weighed seven pounds ($315).
8880-J Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

4. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

5839 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77057
Dry aged prime beef runs anywhere from $45-55 depending on cut and quantity, but it's the seafood that can really break the bank. A shellfish tower costs $99 and a 14oz lobster tail is $80.
5839 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

5. Killen's Steakhouse

2804 S. Main St., Pearland, TX
The most expensive item is the $98 long bone wagyu ribeye, but the restaurant will cut A5 Kobe to order for certain customers. At $30/oz, a 20oz portion is $600.
2804 S. Main St.
Pearland, TX

6. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX 77002
The porterhouse for two runs $46 per person on the regular menu, and the surf and turf specials that combine a filet with a lobster tail can cost $80 or so. Real whales are all about the caviar service that costs $260 as of this post from December.
1510 Texas St.
Houston, TX 77002

7. El Tiempo Cantina

5602 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
El Tiempo unapologetically serves the city's most expensive Tex-Mex. The restaurant's Deluxe Filet Parrillada includes both filet mignon, lobster, shrimp, quail, ribs and all the trimmings for $83.59 for one and $219.19 for four.
5602 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007

8. Mark's American Cuisine Restaurant

1658 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
The $50 beef tenderloin is the most expensive dish, but the $42 salmon and escolar entrees are probably the more surprising in terms of price.
1658 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

9. Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010-3017
The 20oz Costata di Manzo is a ribeye served with vegetables for $52.
1300 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010-3017

10. Mockingbird Bistro

1985 Welch St, Houston, TX 77019
There's the $44 rack of lamb, but an off the menu special offers the chance to top the restaurant's signature burger with foie gras for $47.
1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019

11. Fung's Kitchen

7320 S.W. Freeway #115, Houston, TX 77074
Fung's is another option for live seafood where crabs can touch $50 per pound and weigh eight or more pounds. It also serves shark fin soup for $100, bird's nest soup for $150 and a bird's nest dessert for $58.
7320 S.W. Freeway #115
Houston, TX 77074

12. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

5061 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
Del Frisco's serves its own Wagyu "Longbone" 32 oz ribeye for $89.
5061 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

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