Top Ten "Sports Bars" in Town with Great Food
6. Brick House Tavern + Tap
Photo from Nick's Place Nick's Place is cool and casual and has killer pizza.
Yes, it's a chain, and, well, yes, it was once home to scantily clad waitresses sporting ample cleavage. But the girls have buttoned up a little in the past few years, and any bar where you can eat chicken and waffles, mac and cheese or a charcuterie board while drinking imported German pilsners and local draughts is A-OK by us. During happy hour, domestic draughts are only $2, and appetizers such as deviled eggs or soft pretzel sandwiches are $5. Brick House also has a section with oversized faux leather lounge chairs positioned around flat-screen TVs, beckoning you to have a seat and lapse into a happy food coma.
5. Christian's Tailgate
The original Christian's on Washington has long been a favorite spot to watch games, sing karaoke or relax with a burger and a beer. Two other locations, in Midtown and the Heights, make it easier to find the perfect spot to cheer on the Texans while munching on something delicious from Christian's simple but inclusive menu. There are basic appetizers such as jalapeño poppers, potato skins and mozzarella sticks, but the burgers are the stars of this show. In fact, in 2008, Playboy magazine put the Christian's burger on its list of best burgers in the country (and we've also given Christian's that award in the past). They're simple, handmade and just right with a cold beer and a hot fall night.
4. Nick's Place
On its Web site, Nick's Place claims to be "the only sports bar in Houston that not only serves cold drink but exceptional food." While you can bet that nearly all sports bars in Houston serve cold drinks and several have exceptional food, Nick's takes the cake, or rather the pie, when it comes to pizza. The menu lists a veritable world tour of cuisine, but stick to the Italian offerings. The pizza is hand tossed and baked in an oven that was made in the 1950s, which means it's authentic. The list of toppings is fairly traditional and the prices are a bit steep for pizza, but this Italian bar food is totally worth it.
801 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX