Top 5 Brownies in Houston

Categories: Sweets

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Sara's Brownie at Barnaby's.
Brownies, like chocolate chip cookies, seem so simple - yet why is it that so many places screw them up? There are mediocre brownies aplenty in H-town (believe me, I've done my research) but truly excellent brownies are few and far between. Here are five that make the cut:

5. Pot Brownie (Freebird's World Burrito). This brownie has come a long way since I first tried it in 2011. Once only meh-tasting, the Pot Brownie now has a more pronounced semi-sweet chocolate flavor and a moister texture. Still present is the dusting of chocolate chips, which provide lovely little bursts of cocoa, just in case, you know, you forgot you were eating a brownie.

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Walnut Fudge Brownie from Michael's Cookie Jar.

4. Walnut Fudge Brownie (Michael's Cookie Jar). I usually don't like nuts in my baked goods, but I make an exception for Michael's brownie, which is made with two types of chocolate and topped with slightly salted walnuts. As an added bonus, these walnut fudge brownies are also sold at the Sundance Cinema.

3. Red Velvet Brownie (Great American Cookies). This chain needs to change its name to Great American Brownie because the Red Velvet Brownie is better than all their cookies combined. Rich ruby red cake is sandwiched between a cocoa crumb base and a thick layer of cream cheese icing. Eat one and you should be done; eat four and you'll still want more.

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The Crack Brownie at Pink's Pizza.
2. Crack Brownie (Pink's Pizza). There might actually be crack in this brownie, it tastes that good. Oh wait, it's actually just an inner layer of creamy peanut butter that makes this milk chocolaty brownie spectacular. Put that in your pipe smoke it, Betty Crocker!

1. Sara's Brownie a la Mode (Barnaby's). Sara, I don't know you, but I love you. Your brownie is unbelievably dense, moist, and over-the-top in dark chocolate flavor. t doesn't need vanilla ice cream; vanilla ice cream needs this brownie.



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Location Info

Pink's Pizza

3404 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Freebird's World Burrito

3745 Greenbriar, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Barnaby's

414 W. Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
texjunque
texjunque

Don't know if you've tried it, but the brownie with sea salt from Relish should have made this list.  I would put it up against these any day.


GunsandTacos
GunsandTacos

Cantina Laredo's Mexican Brownie with vanilla ice cream and butter bourbon sauce, served on a hot iron skillet.

thisisroxanne
thisisroxanne

The cheesecake brownie from Picnic should absolutely be on this list.

chatalain
chatalain

If there is a benevolent God, dense, manly brownies will soon supplant airy, feminine cupcakes.

thebrowniebowl
thebrowniebowl

I hope to make it on this list one day :). I'm a brownie baker and proud of it!

mpharv
mpharv

@thisisroxanne I really like this "brownie" too, but it's basically like fudge or something---doesn't seem to have been baked at least. Delicious but not exactly what I would call a brownie.

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