100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 94, Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch

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This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

The only reason this dish from Justin Yu and Justin Vann's Money Cat Brunch series isn't higher on the list is because you can't get it anymore. But the Money Cat brunches from earlier this year were an exciting look at what Houston could expect from Yu and Vann before the pair finally opened Oxheart, their long-awaited restaurant, with Yu's wife, Karen Man.

The little bowl of sautéed potatoes looked deceptively simple when they were brought out as one of our first brunch courses on the final day of Money Cat's service, but the dish was vibrantly alive with the sharp flavors of garlic and spicy pepper sauce. The punch was tamed a bit by a hit of Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise and a fried egg on top, which I used as additional sauce for every crispy potato until they ran out.

And although you can't get the potatoes anymore, maybe they'll make a surprise appearance on Oxheart's menu. After all, you never know what the team there will cook up next.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac
No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's
No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets
No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito
No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar



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Location Info

Oxheart

1302 Nance St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Jalapeno
Jalapeno

When shall we see a review of Oxheart?  It's an ambitious plan with a narrow target of diners.  Curious how it is doing.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

It really defeats the purpose to list things that are no longer available.  Or should we expect a Zappo's sandwich somewhere later on?  I loved those.

Corey
Corey

Wow that does look good, how can you in good conscience torture us with that when we can't get it anymore.. Boo!

Matthew
Matthew

sounds like an asian version of patatas bravas, and delicious.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I recently had my first dinner there and was blown away. I'll probably have a First Look post up later this week.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

It's my list of the 100 best things I ate over the past year. And that means that I occasionally want to spotlight outstanding dishes that I ate because they had so much inherent value as to be incapable of being flat-out ignored simply because they aren't available anymore. I promise not to make a habit of this, however, because I do want to share dishes with readers that everyone can enjoy.  :)

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

 A great analogy! That's totally what it was like.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 Sigh.  I guess.  But when you put something as rudimentary as potatoes on the list, it really piques the curiosity, damnit.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Perhaps the next dish will be foie gras, just to satisfy those with more discerning tastes, or perhaps balut for the adventurous type.

Eric S
Eric S

There's nothing to say that the Oxheart crew CAN'T bring Moneycat back on occasion. Not saying they will, but I've never heard Justin say anything like "never again." Also, when I went to Oxheart 3 wings ago, the potato dish on the menu that night was also pretty awesome. So, ya know, go there and eat. 

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