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SATURDAY: One of the most anticipated openings in recent Houston restaurant history is the humble structure invariably called BRC – we’d prefer you not ask what they letters stand for, since we’ll have to simply point you to the large red rooster out front. Inside the place is an eat-and-drink fest. Recently we fought our way in through the crowds and actually sat down with executive chef Jeff Axline and beverage guru Shepard Ross, to see what the fuss is all about. Also on today’s show, in the Grape and Grain segment, we head over to Spec’s to chat with Chef Adam Gonzales. While the guy is indeed a real chef, his single best signature dish may be the “Mexican martini” he’s just started selling as a mix.
SUNDAY: One of the newest dining surprises on the road between Houston and Austin is Baxter’s on Main in Bastrop, which (as the name implies) does hold down the fort on an especially lovely stretch of the town’s historic main thoroughfare. Still, just when you might be expecting chicken fried steak or chili, you might be served first-rate crab cakes, blackened salmon, aged ribeye and/or praline crusted crème brulee. We sit down for a meal with owner Terri Knop and her homegrown executive chef Preston Higgins. Traveling a bit farther than Bastrop, we do a talk-and-taste session in Sonoma’s beautiful Russian River Valley, sipping the wines that the equally beautiful Kate MacMurray insists her actor-father Fred MacMurray inspired.
A Presntation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods