I was recently invited to try the new brunch menu at Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen. Tony Mandolas is a New Orleans style Oyster Bar and Seafood House, with an Italian flair. Known for its fresh Texas Gulf Seafood – shrimp, oysters, fish, and home-made pastas, red beans and rice, Mama’s Gumbo, and Mama’s Bourbon Bread Pudding. Tony Mandola’s quickly grew popularity since its time in River Oaks as “Tony Mandola’s Blue Oyster Bar”, 30+ years ago. This popularity prompted the closing of the oyster bar and the opening of Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen on Waugh Drive.
The restaurant is owned by one of the beloved families of Houston food, The Mandola’s. I’m always fascinated by their history and stories of how they came to be. Owners Phyllis and Tony Mandola’s welcomed us in to try their new brunch menu, which is now available to the public every Sunday 10am-3pm.
We started the morning with a glass of their Frozen Hurricane and a little conversation, then we followed with a couple of dishes from the brunch menu. I’ll just stop here and let my photos and comments do the talking. happy Drooling!
|Fried Chicken Biscuits and Eggs: Buttermilk biscuit stacked with potatoes, country fried chicken breast, sausage gravy, and fried eggs. The batter is well seasoned which makes for a perfectly battered piece of chicken. So good!|
|French Toast: Poached pear, walnut ice cream, warm caramel sauce. I’ve had my share of french toast, but ooh la la! Perfectly paired in a way I hadn’t seen before, the addition of ice cream and the poached pear- GENIUS!|
|Wild Mushroom: Wild mushrooms, tomatoes, Monterey Jack Cheese, green onions, fresh herbs, avocado, sour cream. Simple potatoes and veggies, that cheesy omelette with avocado though!|
|Mama Mandola’s Sunday Fried Chicken Dinner: Fried chicken leg and thigh, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon. This was the last dish and I was so full, so I could only taste the potatoes and green beans which were delightful.|
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