Over the last few weeks, we've been highlighting places across Houston to get take-out barbecue, Tex-Mex, and sweets. This week, it's steak's turn. Where can you get a steakhouse-quality meal ... that you then bring home to eat while in the comfort of your pajamas? Here are some picks:
Remember the time Jay Z and Beyoncé asked for a B&B Butchers steak dinner for their flight back to New York from Houston? Now you can feel a little more like America's most famous couple by picking up some B&B steak. You could grab the steak kit dinner for two ($65), which includes two raw and ready-to-cook 10-ounce fillets or a 22-bone-in ribeye ($20 extra each) so you can have it hot off your own grill, or opt for the pre-cooked steakhouse dinner ($55 per person) with the same choice of steak, plus classic sides. If you're quarantining with your hunny, really turn up the charm with a $65 floral arrangement.
The steakhouse and fine-dining restaurant with innovative Israeli and Mediterranean sides and a killer bread service is offering dinner for two ($125) with an appetizer, two steaks (New York strip, ribeye, bone-in ribeye as two, and porterhouse as two), and a dessert. Dinner for four is $210. And hey, need a caviar fill? Order an ounce of Regiis Ova's Royal for $150, which comes with lime creme fraiche, buttered toast, and a petit leaf salad.
If you want some of Chris Shepherd's richest and most indulgent gets from his steakhouse, order through the consolidated Underbelly Hospitality outfit set up at the Hay Merchant. Consider wagyu-burger helper for $12, or brown butter mushrooms for the same price. For meat, Underbelly is running a market of raw meats you can grill at home. There's plenty of 44 Farms (a $40 20-ounce strip loin or $30 16-ounce ribeye sounds good), plus Snake River Farms wagyu zabuton (an eight-ounce cut for $25) and Shepherd's bacon sausage (pecan smoked and $10 for a pound). Add in some wine or beer and you got a night (or three).
I can't say it loud enough: TREAT. YOURSELF. Pappas Bros. (out of the Galleria-area restaurant) has the goods to do it too, offering a $55 prix-fixe menu that includes bread and butter, soup or salad, plus green beans, mashed potatoes, and an entree (eight-ounce fillet mignon is standard, but you can upgrade for $15 with the 16-ounce prime and dry-aged ribeye). A slice of New York-style cheesecake completes the deal. Want to make it a classic night? Upgrade with jumbo lump crab cakes ($15.95 for one, $29.95 for two), potatoes au gratin ($15.95), and, heck, another steak ($54.95 for a second ribeye). Oh yeah, the curbside wine list is a must.
One of the best things about Roka Akor is its flexibility. Under it's family meal menu, you can get Japanese fried chicken with chili aioli, hamachi serrano chili maki, wagyu sirloin with sweet garlic soy sauce, and fingerling potatoes with shiso chimichurri for $29 per person. But if you want the A5 wagyu that Roka is known to carry, you can get four ounces of Miyazaki wagyu, those fingerlings, lobster and shrimp dumplings, and crispy Brussels sprouts with Japanese mustard vinaigrette and bonito flakes for $99. How's that for a little living room decadence?
One of Houston's most popular steakhouses has a big menu loaded up for take-out. You can purchase a two ribeye dinner pack (two 16-ounce steaks, two side salads, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread) for $59.95, or maybe you want steak skewers with grilled vegetables, rice, salads, and bread (four for $99.95). A plethora of a la carte steaks and entrees are available, plus you can order "salad bar," as in you load it up however you want, as if you're inside the restaurant.
A short but sweet to-go menu from this Downtown steakhouse includes a stellar deal. Get an entree (such as $38 fried lobster mac and cheese or the $15 Anthony burger) and your wine and beer purchases are 50 percent off. Oh, you might also want to splurge on the bone-in fillet mignon ($69). Classic sides, appetizers like roasted bacon, and a dessert of croissant bread pudding are also available. Or you can purchase some Vic & Anthony's USDA Prime steaks to bring home.