Grilled Lobster Sundays with Chef Kevin Bryant at McElroy's Pub

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Photos by Mai Pham
By day, Kevin Bryant is the executive sous chef at L'Olivier. But starting a couple of weeks ago, and continuing every other Sunday with the exception of Christmas week, he's taking on a new role: grill master at McElroy's Pub.

Every other Sunday at McElroy's Pub, Bryant has announced, he'll be grilling lobsters, burgers and whatever else is looking good, from 1 p.m. until the food runs out.

For his first run two weeks ago, he was sold out of lobsters by the time he packed up at 7:30 p.m. This past Sunday, he was offering $6 burgers and $5 smoked sausages on a bun in addition to the 1-1/4-pound whole grilled lobster, priced at just $14. Sure enough, when 7:30 p.m. rolled around, he had once again sold out of most of his inventory.

Sundays are usually my "stay at home" nights, but I couldn't resist the enticement of whole grilled lobster. There's something about the sweet, plump, slightly chewy flesh that really does it for me. I prefer them over shrimp, prawns, langoustines and crawfish any day.

"Is it lobster season?" I asked when I showed up on Sunday evening, close to dusk.

"I wanted to do something different," Bryant replied. "And I thought, 'Why not lobsters?'" he said with smile.

Why not indeed. The sight of Bryant grilling up two or three of those lobsters at once -- smoke coming off the grill and musky oceanic aromas in the air -- was truly mouthwatering. It was difficult to wait for my friend while I watched others grub hungrily on the orange-crusted critters. A small line was forming just as I arrived, and the orders were going fast. I was afraid that he would sell out of them right from under me.

"Save me two lobsters, please!" I implored as I stood there empty-handed.

"We're running out fast," he replied. "I sold ten just while you were standing there -- your friend better come fast," he added. In the end, the waiting paid off, because I was hungrier by the time my friend arrived, and that meant we could eat more. We ended up ordering one lobster each, opting to share a burger and sausage between the two of us.

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Smoked sausage ($5), 1.25lb lobster ($14)

The lobster flesh was super sweet, seasoned with nothing more than a bit of salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. The thick-cut, 100 percent all-beef burger was nothing short of gourmet, a total steal for $6 (I would have gladly paid $10), and the plump smoked sausage lived up to its glistening appearance, smoky and salty, and reminding me of the hot dogs in Chicago. Chips and potato salad were available as sides. We tried the potato salad, and indulged in Doritos.

To top it off, McElroy's has Sunday drink specials and a comfortable, enclosed patio area with flat-screen TVs for people who want to watch the game. I sipped on my somewhat alcoholic girly drink, while others kicked back and had frosty glasses of draft beer. What a great way to spend a Sunday evening.

Bryant's next run will be Sunday, December 16, and again on January 6. But bring bills: It's cash only.



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McElroy's Pub

3607 S. Sandman, Houston, TX

Category: Music

L'Olivier

240 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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8 comments
giambo
giambo

L'Olivier is your best bet for Kevin's real talent; Fung's is better if you're a lobster fan, Boston, Hong Kong or Texas.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

Sure if your buying. And drinks afterward. I put out on the first date btw.....

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

How foolish not to do this this Sunday.  The Texans don't play until Monday!

craftbeerhtown
craftbeerhtown

@EatingOurWords The link went to a McElroy's Lobster Sunday article.

Femme_Foodie
Femme_Foodie

@Htowncheapeats youre gonna love it cc: @ChefKevinBryant @eatingourwords

Fluerie
Fluerie

Thanks! This is a nice alternative to my usual lobster at Fung's Kitchen. What I like about Fung's is that I can order it any way my buds like: grilled, wok fried, boiled, steamed and stir-fried....every which way but sous-vide. 

Htowncheapeats
Htowncheapeats

@Femme_Foodie if you say I will, I take your word for it. Thanks for the awesome find!

vonBingen
vonBingen

@Fluerie Love Fung's!! If someone in your party isn't into eating lobsters plucked from the dining room's aquarium, they can order an amazing dim sum and sample an array of great stuff. And you'll probably see a variety of Houston restaurant folk eating there if it's the weekend.

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