The 5 Must-Try Dishes at Feast, Before It Closes for Good

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Farewell, Feast.
Folks, if you never made it to Feast in the past four years, now is your time. The restaurant announced last week that it will be closing for good in nine months once its lease is up and no Houstonian worth their petroleum-byproduct-enhanced-sunsets should let that sun set on Feast without visiting it at least once.

Reaction to the sad news was swift, with several chefs and food personalities weighing in shortly after the announcement.

"I have to say that this is quite possibly the worst news I have heard In a long time," Tweeted chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Feast's neighbor just down Westheimer. "This city will be at a huge loss." The City of Houston's Visitors and Conventions Bureau offered its own condolences as well: "You've brought so much to Houston and the restaurant scene. I hope there are plans for another project in the future."

Asked regular commenter FattyFatBastard in the comments section of last week's post on the impending closure: "Can we use this as a way to let folks like me know what are the 'must try' things here? I'd love to try them out."

We live to serve, Fatty. So here are our top 5 picks for the must-try dishes at Feast.

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Honorable Mention: Sticky Toffee Pudding

A staple of the genre, the sticky toffee pudding at Feast is rightly hailed as the best example of the classic English dessert in the city. Split it with a friend, because it's as dense and rich as the Brant brothers -- but so much sweeter.

5. Exmoor Toasts

These are the perfect starting point to any meal at Feast, for several reasons: For one, the little toasts -- crisped up in pork fat, to give them some added oomph -- are more like a bite-sized amuse bouche than an entire, heavy appetizer; this will be important later on, as the rest of Feast's dishes range in size from Hungry Man Plus to Ye Gods Is That An Entire Cow Head. Additionally, the interesting combination of ingredients -- salty and tender white anchovies atop a layer of clotted cream -- showcases the interesting and unusual ways in which Feast turns traditional British cuisine on its ear, without being too esoteric for most diners. And chances are that if you like the Exmoor toasts, you'll like the odder stuff on Feast's menu -- they're a great bellwether for new diners, and a trusty jumping-off point for regulars.

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4. Fish and Scallop Pie

This dish -- the first I ever tried at Feast -- is enough to make even the most devout Jew reconsider the whole no-mixing-dairy-with-meat or no-eating-shellfish thing. The pie is only a pie in the loosest sense of the word, and is more like a casserole of tender fish and fat scallops topped with a leek-and-cheese-filled crust of mashed potatoes. And like the next dish on this list, the side dish -- perfectly roasted brussels sprouts -- may make you reconsider your childhood dislike of certain foodstuffs.


Location Info

Feast - CLOSED

219 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Jalapeno
Jalapeno

I will miss that pork belly most. One of the best things I have ever had. The sticky toffee pudding is the best in the city, hands down. We used to enjoy lunch there frequently but they stopped serving lunch a while ago and we don't get there for dinner much. We tried several times to get reservations at their Sunday roasts, but they were booked whenever we called.

Matthew
Matthew

it's a shame they're closing. perhaps the ITL folks just couldn't appreciate creative dishes, thoughtfully prepared. maybe they'd have been able to prosper if they'd installed some skee-ball or offered ranch dressing.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I will be trying all of these soon, and I will comment on how they were.

Thanks Katharine!

cornfed
cornfed

Feast? Closing? ....why? Every critic and mortal seems to like the place...what's up with them? Wanderlust?

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

I must try the Exmoor toasts. I mean to every time, but they always have such an interesting appetizer special that we skip it; last Friday was an incredible terrine. They had just put coq au vin back on the menu so I ordered that, but the fish/scallop pie will be my entree on my next trip. 

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Feast, having just moved to Houston seven months earlier. It has a lot of sentimental value for us--we're quite sad.

succulent
succulent

@Matthew well, you're a funny fellow but the only problem with that argument is that the team at Feast first located way out in your hinterlands, and had to close up shop, lasting a millisecond compared to their tenure in Montrose. So, maybe if they'd had skee-ball or ranch at their original spot....

Matthew
Matthew

or perhaps if they'd signed a five-year lease in the "hinterlands" they'd just now be giving it up?

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