July 4th has been a "friends" holiday for us since we started dating and this year was no exception. Now, we spend it in Houston with our good friends, Ashley, Jason, and Mildred (Cecil's fiancée). We lucked out and had a fairly quick drive this time and for once, it didn't rain during our drive. We arrived just in time for the dogs to get reacquainted, the boys to have a quick beer, and then we were on our way to dinner.
We opted to try out the new restaurant at Karbach Brewing Company. For my St. Louis friends, it definitely reminded me of Schlafly's Bottleworks, but in a more modern building. We had all tried Karbach's beer, but were eager to try out the many food options. I sampled a few beers before settling on a dry Irish stout, which had a bit of coffee and chocolate flavors.
The menu had so many great choices and we all like to share so we ordered a little bit of everything. I got the BBQ Pork tacos, which had a sweet and tangy Carolina BBQ pork, with some marinated vegetables and a side of beans. They served me 3 giant tacos, which definitely provided more than I could eat.
The Everything Pretzel tasted just like an everything bagel and was tasty as an appetizer for Mike and I or as a main course for Ashley. It was served with a cheese sauce and delicious mustard. It was an interesting twist on your average pretzel.
The only disappointment of our meal was Mike's 3 Little Pigs Pizza. The bones of the pizza were tasty, but it just didn't have as much flavor as we had hoped. However, the overall meal and dining experience was wonderful.
Jason ordered the Korean Fried Chicken and it was amazing. If I could steal a recipe from Karbach, that would be the one I wanted. The chicken was sweet with a little bit of a kick, which is my favorite way to eat Asian foods. We all totally enjoyed our Karbach feast and would definitely head back.
After Karbach, we headed to Bahama Bucks for sno cones and smoothies. Bahama Bucks is a chain with locations in St. Peter's (MO) and one coming soon to Cedar Park! There were so many flavors to choose from, including my personal favorite, Grape Sweettart. We inhaled our sno cones so fast that we didn't even have a chance to take a picture before the brain freeze set in.
Saturday morning, we slept in a bit, but not so late that we missed out on an opportunity to try doughnuts from the Grove. The Grove was located dangerously close to Ashley and Jason's house and will likely be a request from us on our next visit. The Grove was a cute doughnut shop and Vietnamese deli with adorable signs and pictures on the walls in the cozy location. They had a huge menu of selections and each doughnut is handmade to order. Ashley and I each ordered 4 doughnuts and while they were being made, we got to talk to the owners, who were celebrating a year in business. We got the doughnuts home and it was time to dig in. They were all delicious and so fresh. Each doughnut we tried was better than the last one and the flavors were all perfect. I think my favorite was the S'Mores as the marshmallow was toasted to perfection. These were some of the best doughnuts we've had and we look forward to trying more next time!
A sign that I'm having a really good time is that I forget to take pictures and that happened for the main event on Saturday. We went on our second annual Burgers and Brew Tour. We rode the Wave bus to BRC for burgers and a beer pairing. This year's burger was a yummy BBQ burger and we had an 1836 (the year Houston was founded) beer from Buffalo Bayeu Brewing Co. After dinner, we headed to Buffalo Bayeu for more beers, a tour, and socializing. We brought games and had a fun game of Cards Against Humanities going on. We also had a celebrity doppleganger sighting (Joe Biden). Our last stop was back to a private parking lot, where we watched fireworks and ended a great evening. Once again, we had another wonderful Independence Day with our friends and we hope to make this an annual tradition.