Spring in Houston: 5 Standout Asparagus Dishes Around Town

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Order Hearsay's beer-battered asparagus alone, or get the $18 appetizer platter, which includes caprese skewers, stuffed mushrooms and salmon crostini, as well.
Spring is right around the corner. And with it come peak-season vegetables like artichokes, peas and the subject of this post, asparagus. Not only is the delicately flavored garden vegetable delicious, it's an excellent source of vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, zinc, fiber and protein, among other good things.

Get rid of those winter blues by checking out these five asparagus dishes from some of Houston's best and brightest:

See also: 5 Standout Brussels Sprout Dishes to Try in Houston

1. Beer Battered Asparagus at Hearsay Gastro Lounge

With dark exposed brick walls and a gorgeous vintage crystal chandelier at its center, this cozy restaurant in Market Square Park is the perfect spot for a drink and a nosh. One of our favorite small plates remains the Saint-Arnold-battered asparagus ($6). The almost tempura-like beer batter coats the bright green spears just so, resulting in an incredibly crispy-but-not-greasy crunch. A light dusting of grated cheese brings a nutty and salty finish.

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Get soup with a view at the three-story Up Restaurant.
2. Asparagus Soup at Up Restaurant/Tan Tan

Head to the stunning Up Restaurant for Chef Joseph Macri's Italian take on the classically French asparagus soup. Smooth, thick and creamy, the luscious soup is elevated with jumbo asparagus spears, two-year-aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, toasted pine nuts, house-made foccacia croutons, and a light and airy limoncello foam. The result is bright, nutty and decadent all at once.

For a clean and balanced broth, try Tan Tan's silky crab asparagus soup, made with egg whites, white asparagus and chunks of crab meat. The dish seems light and simple, but the depth of flavor is quite complex.

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Location Info

Adair Kitchen

5161 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Up Restaurant

3995 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Tan Tan Restaurant

6816 Ranchester, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

218 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

BRC Gastropub

519 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Damian's Cucina Italiana

3011 Smith St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Have you had the Asparagus Speciali at Piatto's in the Galleria?  Lightly‌ breaded and fried, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon butter sauce?  That would be at the top of my list.

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