100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 91 Lobster Cake Benedict at Sorrel Urban Bistro

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. Just as Katharine Shilcutt did before her, and Robb Walsh before that, Kaitlin will eat and learn as she goes, compiling a list of the 100 dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in Houston. It's a list of her personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston food-scape. It's a list to drool over.

As I often do when I'm eating something with gusto, I forgot to take a photo of the lobster cake benedict I ordered for brunch at Sorrell Urban Bistro a few weeks back until I had already devoured almost half of it. I'm like a dog who needs to be trained to sit and wait for her owner to gently set down her bowl of food and walk away before she's allowed to dig in. I just get so excited about eating that sometimes I forget to do my job.

The lobster cake benedict was particularly exciting, because I have a small obsession with anything lobster. I also lived in the Midwest for a few years before moving back to Texas in June, and I'm still getting used to the fact that seafood is no longer a luxury item or a dish to be avoided due to uncertain provenance. In Houston, I can once again eat seafood pretty much wherever and whenever, but I don't see the novelty of that wearing off any time soon.

OK, so back to the lobster.

Sorrel's lobster cake is assembled like a crab cake, but unlike the soggy, overly bready crab cakes that some restaurants trot out proudly, Sorrel's lobster cake employs a lot of lobster. Big hunks of meat give the cake a buttery lobster flavor, while bits of pepper and onion add complexity to the smooth cake.

This is served on top of a slice of toasted, slightly sweet brioche and finished with a poached egg that's firm on the outside but still golden yellow and liquid on the inside. Top all that off with spicy hollandaise sauce for an extra zing, and you've got quite the breakfast dish.

Seriously, after eating this decadent mound of lobster and egg for breakfast or brunch, you probably won't be hungry again all day. And that's OK, because anything else you eat wouldn't stack up anyway.

Location Info

Sorrel Urban Bistro

2202 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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del.martinis topcommenter

It must cost a small fortune!

Bruce_Are topcommenter

Jim and Fatty, could you please elaborate on what you find so objectionable?  The dish that KS describes sounds pretty good. I haven't had it but I'm curious why you find it so ghastly that KS put it on her favorites list.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

This list is impossible to take seriously.  I suggest we postpone this until next year, when you've had enough time to try food in this city, and reflect on what you've had.


@Jim Rassinier I wish people can be more specific in what they find objectionable!

KaitlinS topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard I'm sorry that you don't seem to have understood the point of this list, but if you go up to the top of the post, there's a little italicized paragraph that explains it. It's my opinion. It's not the 100 all-time best dishes in Houston as voted by the general public, with a special emphasis on what FattyFatBastard likes. It's my favorites. You definitely don't have to agree.


@FattyFatBastard Just curious, is it this specific dish you have an objection to? Have you tried it and didn't like it? I've been a Houstonian my whole life and I like these lists. They are just things she has tried so far that she thinks are really good.


 @KaitlinS @FattyFatBastard 


I am obsessed with lists and I love to know about specific dishes that people think are really good, good enough to tell people about.  I tried that croissant at Phoenicia and I thought it was nasty but it was 3:00 in the afternoon so it might not have been as fresh as it was when you had it, but I am not writing this list off all together.  It is still in the 90s! I am looking forward to trying Bernie's Burger Bus. 

KaitlinS topcommenter

@heyheyJ Definitely try Bernie's Burger Bus! Sorry the croissant was disappointing. I can't imagine it being bad even the next day. Weird. And I've already got many things in mind that will be appearing further down the list, so stay tuned for more delicious food!

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