It’s time to talk about Provisions. You may have heard this famous name paired with its sister restaurant The Pass. The Pass & Provisions has been serving Houston extraordinary food for only a year, but has already managed to gain national credibility as one of the country’s most popular new restaurants. Terrance Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner opened the restaurants last fall and have experienced wild success and praise ever since.
Provisions, the more casual of the sisterhood, is a friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar perfect for a small occasion. The atmosphere is warm and intimate. The kitchen opens up to the dining room, allowing curious diners like myself to marvel over the hot shot chefs creating dish after dish before they hit the table. The large secret door in the corner of the room also peaked my interest. What’s behind the door is the intriguing and more expensive restaurant The Pass. I look forward to making it my next special occasion.
Menus as placemats at Provisions
My roommates and I threw a going-away dinner for one of our dearest friends. Provisions would be the last Houston restaurant she visited before moving away. We are glad to report that Provisions was a wise choice. And our new favorite restaurant.
Classico Chiaretto Rosé, 2012
The wine selection at Provisions will make wine connoisseurs drool. We started with a wonderful rosé while our waitress explained the menu. We followed her recommendation and ordered the Bone Marrow Brioche board. She convinced us to pair our bread and cheese with the Ham ‘O Day. I highly recommend you order it too.
Bone Marrow Brioche with Tomato Jam and Gouda. Ham O’ Day.
Next came the entrees. We had heard about the pizzas at Provisions and wanted to try for ourselves. The Tuscan Kale pizza won us over. The crust was perfectly soft and thick, and the spicy pork sausage added an unexpected kick. The ricotta cheese was a light and sweet touch that made the pizza so satisfying. We also ordered the Salumi pizza, a meat lover’s dream!
Tuscan Kale, Spicy Pork Sausage, Ricotta, Fontina Salumi, Tomato, Pistachio Gremolata, Parmesan
We topped off the heart of our meal with two additional entrees: the Halibut and the Cresta di Gallo pasta. Both plates were as divine as they were filling. I recommend splitting at Provisions due to the rich flavors and substantial portion sizes. Plus it’s more fun that way!
Cresta di Gallo, Hen of The Woods, Roasted Yeast, Parmesan Carrot Cake Donut with Caramelized Cream Cheese Ice Cream
We finished the meal with two incredible desserts. The Carrot Cake Donut was as good as you would imagine and the perfect way to get in the fall spirit. However, it was the Yuzu Sherbet that absolutely stole the show. We were hesitant to trust our server and order it, but we were eventually convinced by her undying passion for this beet cake and panna cotta dish. You may be hesitant too, but you owe it to yourself to bite the bullet and try what is one of the best and most unique desserts I’ve tried to date. I can’t even describe it. Just go.
Yuzu Sherbet, Beet Cake, Panna Cotta & Juniper
Provisions is ideal for a special date or a small dinner like ours. Provisions also serves lunch and released a brunch menu two weeks ago. Pick any time of day, and a few people you care about, and visit as soon as you can. Just to dine at an establishment with such national recognition and high acclaim makes the experience fully worth it. Enjoy!