Food Porn Friday | Ava Kitchen and Whiskey Bar | Houston

Friday, March 02, 2012


What makes a restaurant/bar/lounge concept become the city’s next hotspot?? Some would say haute cuisine combined with haute décor…I say it’s a mix of something old and new, familiar and maybe even a bit bizarre. I’m quite attracted to elements that are seemingly disparate, yet blend together to make magic happen in the most unexpected ways. Meet Ava Kitchen and Whiskey Bar, Houston’s premiere hotspot in the heart of River Oaks, known as the Bev Hills of the South to locals. 


Fine Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails fill the lower floor while pizza and whiskey (quite the pairing!) occupy the rest. Sounds super funky but what does Ava have that no one else has got? As much curb appeal as interior intrigue and as much confidence as the dishes she be serving up. And from the looks of my last meal in H-town, she’s sure got the chops to prove there’s more than meets the eye. All in all, the perfect place to meet and greet, mix and mingle! Now that’s what I call HOT hunnies!


Roasted Stuffed Squid with house made shrimp sausage and mediterranean salsa verde on a bed of creamy polenta ...FRIGGIN' AMAZEBALLS!!! The mark of a good dish is if I'm craving it for weeks after the first bite. We cleaned this plate off, it was so gorgeously plated and hit all the right spots. Make sure to squeeze a bit of lemon on top for a citrus zing...probably the only thing that was missing from a near perfect dish!


Handcut Steak Tartare with salsa verde, egg yolk, and toast...EH...I've had wayyyy better. The steak was a bit fishy and a little too pink for my taste...I like it red with marblelized lines of fat running through...Just o-k.


White Bean Soup with bacon and cipplini onions...really hearty with just a slight hint of bacon...I wished it were super duper cooked and crispy bits on top...Shouldn't bacon ALWAYS be served in that fashion?


Ava House Salad with mixed greens, beets, chickpeas, artichokes, crouton and pecorino lemon vinaigrette. I'm forever on the hunt for the perfect salad and this one was c'est MAGNIQUE!!! A bit of crunch, a bunch of citrus, one of my top 3 salads ever!


The Ava Hamburger with smoked cheddar cheese, bibb lettuce, tomato and onion with crispy fries...Something about chomping on a homemade juicy burger in a hip and trendy joint that gets my panties all in a bunch. I swear a hot girl eating a greasy burger must be the sexiest pairing since thousand island met In 'N Out dude. Mind you I was watching the besty bite in, not me, sillies! Hahahahh, conceited much, Julie?


Bacon Roasted Pork Tenderloin with dried mission figs and roasted green apples...My LEAST favorite thing on the menu...makes perfect sense, the sweet figs and candied apples nestled in a super scrumptious chop...except that the chef totally overcooked the pork and left it tough, chewy, and not in the least bit desirable. Aw poor bacon, you showed sooo much promise as a side act too but even you couldn't save the star.


2800 Kirby Dr. (at Westheimer)
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 386-6460

That's it for all the Houston eats y'all! 
Thanks for tuning in and we'll be back to OC/LA's latest and greatest by next week!

Hope y'all enjoy a super scrumptious weekend!

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53 comments

  1. Tummy treasure!!! :)
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  2. I love the lighting fixtures! They look so great! Also, the food looks absolutely amazing! What a neat place!
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  3. Awww man....nothing is more disappointing when the ambiance exceeds the food quality :( The pork tenderloin looks amazing from my computer, and I wouldn't detect a sense of 'dryness' but hey...until you take a bit you never know. And I agree with you on the whole burgers at a haute restaurant...

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  4. everything look delicious , i bet it also taste god!

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  5. wow it looks nice and cozy!

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  6. such a beautiful place! that food looks mouthwatering too :)
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  7. My darling u're expert for the food, and I bet all those things are delicious and yummy... but I'm so pleasantly surprised with the interior design of this place! Such a warm and pretty atmosphere!!
    kisses

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  8. OMG! Everything looks absolutely gorgeous. The place looks so morden but cozy. Great find.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Wow what a cool looking place. And those are some amazing photos of the plates of food. Good to know what to eat there--and what not to, though I suppose all chefs have off days.

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  10. That place is beautiful! The food looks so delicious too, yum!

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  11. What a beautiful place, and I'm really hungry now by seeing all these delicious foods! Xx Cristel

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  12. Everything looks so delicious! And the place has the perfect vibe!
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    xx Brigita

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  13. Looks like some seriously yummy food!

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  14. ah, Julie! one of my fav days on youd blog?? FRIDAY! :D even though I'll probably never visit those places, I love reading about them and your food pics are fantastic!

    thank you for your comment! it means a lot!

    xoxo
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  17. Love those interiors - and the food looks amazing!

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  18. Everything look so perfect and fancy.

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  19. Wow, what great pictures! You are making me hungry too, haha! Hope you had a great weekend.

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  20. The decor and the food both look absolutely amazing!
    Hope you had a lovely weekend!
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  21. Your pictures make me hungry jaja very nice place :)
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  22. *drool* Your food pics always are so mouthwatering! Love it!

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  23. omg wow very beautiful pictures can you please leave a msg on my blog that which camera you have used for taking pictures because quality is superb
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  24. I thought this restaurant was amazing before I even got to the photos of the food :)
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  25. thanks for your cmt. love the food. wish you a great start into the week!

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  26. I love the whole layout and ambient of the restaurant~
    it is really indeed a food porn!!

    thanks for stopping by.
    xx
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  27. Absolutely stunning photos and blog!

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  28. This looks like a really cool place and the food looks absolutely yummy!

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  29. Wow beautiful place and amazing food!Love these posts! <3<3

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  30. I loveee the interior of this restaurant..looks so cozy and just perfect! mmmmm..the food looks too yummy as well! :)
    Much love, Gabriele. xx

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  31. LOVE the interior and the food looks delicious! If I ever visit Houston, this will be on my 'go-visit-list' ;-)

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  33. The photography is amazing! Holy night! I'm in love with this place and your beautiful blog.

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  34. What a fun restaurant ! I'm drooling from the food photos... I also REALLY LOVE the blue damask chair fabric. Do you have any idea what that fabric is?

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  35. stumbled upon your blog and love it! writing is so funny and great pictures :-)
    I am from Canada BUT next time I go to Texas I'll be stopping here.

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  36. Such lovely pictures and beautiful food. Wow :)

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  37. Wow! That is on Kirby drive?! I have family in Houston and I go there all the time. I also used to go down there to take dance workshops at Dance Arts Studio (closed now) which was on Kirby drive. Love the light fixtures (the ones in the picture under the red couches). Super cool!

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  38. Nice photos. The food looks delicious! :-)

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  40. this post made me so hungry :) i want that burger right now :) great post with nice pictures :)

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  41. Love it & such beautiful decor! Xo

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  42. The inside of this place is super cool. I love it!
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