Field & Tides: A Culinary Experience in The Heights
For people like me, dinning out in Houston has become a priority. When I hear about a new restaurant opening the excitement instantly consumes me as I search for opening dates and reservations. Although I like to be one of the first to experience a grand opening, I must admit I was fast asleep on this little gem nested on 11th St in the Heights.
Former Liberty Kitchen chef Travis Lenig has opened Field & Tides in the charming and eclectic bungalow that used to house Zelko Bistro at 705 E. 11th, showcasing a menu influenced by French, Italian, Southern, and Asian cuisines.
Walking in was a treat within itself. The place was buzzing with energy, the cocktails were flowing, and the crowd was definitely Heights! We started with a bottle of Josh Cellars Cab and the Daily Crudo. The crudo was excellent, and the fresh jalapeno peppers added just the right amount of kick.
Next up was the Pan Seared Scallops paired with a creamy shrimp and crab risotto with chive beurre blanc. Because of my love for scallops I’m very critical, and these were cooked to perfection. Seared so that a nice brown crust lined both sides, and the creaminess of the risotto and beurre blanc propelled this dish to heavenly bliss.
Pan Seared Scallops with shrimp and crab risotto and chive beurre blanc
The Duck Confit Leg was the most interesting. Moist, with a faint undertone of sweetness, the dish came alive paired with the wine. The corn pudding and bacon collards rounded everything out to be both slightly exotic and equally comforting.
Confit Duck Leg
Although there was no room left for dessert, I did manage to knock back one on my favorite cocktails after dinner, the Kettle One Dutch 75. Kettle One Citroen, fresh lemon, simple syrup, and topped off with prosecco, this is definitely a refreshing palate cleanser suitable for a few discussions before departing.
Kettle One Citreon Dutch 75 Marcelio
Insider tip: The perfect arrival time appears to be around 6:30PM, especially on a Thursday. Be sure to tell Donnie I sent you!