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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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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."

The Pass and Provisions

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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.

Confucius Seafood Restaurant

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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).

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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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.

Killen's Steakhouse

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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.

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

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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.

El Tiempo Cantina

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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.

Mark's American Cuisine Restaurant

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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.

Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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The 20oz Costata di Manzo is a ribeye served with vegetables for $52.

Mockingbird Bistro

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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.

Fung's Kitchen

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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.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

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Del Frisco's serves its own Wagyu "Longbone" 32 oz ribeye for $89.

Tony's

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."

The Pass and Provisions

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.

Confucius Seafood Restaurant

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).

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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.

Killen's Steakhouse

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.

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

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.

El Tiempo Cantina

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.

Mark's American Cuisine Restaurant

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.

Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

The 20oz Costata di Manzo is a ribeye served with vegetables for $52.

Mockingbird Bistro

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.

Fung's Kitchen

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.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Del Frisco's serves its own Wagyu "Longbone" 32 oz ribeye for $89.

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