Eight of the Most Expensive Restaurant Dishes in Houston

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Photo courtesy 60 Degrees Mastercrafted
How much would you pay to eat gold leaf?
Feeling flush lately? Cars, watches and fancy shoes are so passé. Flaunt that wealth on something truly, fleetingly enjoyable: Food.

Houston was founded as an oil town, so we have no shortage of affluence in our city. In spite of the fact that it's less oil-centric than it used to be, Houston has held on to some of the wealth that made it a place to see and be seen back in the day. And with that money comes the need for something to spend it on.

Enter foie gras, truffles, steak and seafood. Our restaurants have no shortage of over-the-top dishes that will set you back a pretty penny while simultaneously making you yearn for more. Here's where to find some of the most expensive meals in town.

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Photo by Robb Walsh
That's a lot of dineros worth of truffles right there.
Da Marco
Each year during truffle season, Da Marco offers a special pasta dish topped with white Alba truffles shaved on top right before your eyes once the dish is brought to the table. Depending upon whether you order the dish for lunch or dinner and what kind of season truffles experienced, the dish will set you back anywhere from $95 to $125. It's a simple preparation--handmade pasta in a light cream sauce. And that's it. Aside from the truffles, of course, which invade your nose with such an aroma that halfway through the shaving and inhaling process, you'll need to sit back and recover your senses. And then dig in.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Wagyu beef is renowned for its intense marbled fat that makes it all the more delicious and rich. At Del Frisco's, you can get a positively gargantuan cut of beef for $89. The 32-ounce longbone could feed two people, but it's listed as a normal dinner entree. If that's not enough food for you and a date, though, try the Shellfish Plateau, featuring
Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, fresh oysters on the half shell and crab claws. A tower for two is $78.50, and a tower for four is $151.50.

Fung's Kitchen
Alaskan king crab is expensive and tasty, and nowhere does the dish embody those two adjectives more than at Fung's Kitchen, where live king crab sells for $50 per pound. That doesn't sound too bad until you realize that each crab is at least seven pounds, so you're not getting out of there for less than $400. Of course, if you're on a budget, you can always order the bird's nest soup with minced chicken for a modest $150 per bowl.

Killen's Steakhouse
Though Killen's BBQ has been getting all the publicity lately, the steakhouse is still serving up some of the meanest meat in town, including a dry-aged long bone-in Kobe beef rib eye priced at $95. The giant tomahawk steak weighs 32 to 36 ounces, which sounds like a shareable size. But take note: It's almost, almost too sweet and tender to share.

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Location Info

60 Degrees Mastercrafted

2300 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Da Marco

1520 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

5061 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fung's Kitchen

7320 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Killen's Steakhouse

2804 S. Main, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Provisions

807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


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16 comments
Nichole Forcum
Nichole Forcum

Marvin Forcum I saw this and thought of the $80 steak you had at Tango and Malbec. ;)

Matt Hackworth
Matt Hackworth

Want some free publicity? Put a $200 burger on your menu that nobody will ever order.

TimMoothy Cow
TimMoothy Cow

Yummy Da Marco' truffles! My brother use to work for Fung's Kitchen. Very good Chinese food

Prentiss Roden
Prentiss Roden

Very interesting. We need to hit a couple TimMoothy

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Sans the gold leaf, that sandwich looks exactly like Arby's new brisket sandwich which if memory serves is a whopping $5.  Anyone who eats bird's nest soup is a callous thoughtless jerk, it's easily as bad or worse than shark's fin soup completely inhumane.

yourdad
yourdad

30+ years ago I used to go to a restaurant in St. Louis that had all the Alaskan King Crab you could eat, plus full salad bar, for about $15. 

Those days are long gone. . .and so is the abundance of crab, apparently.

Snozzberries
Snozzberries

What kind of a dipshit eats gold leaf? "Check it, dawg! It makes my dooky sparkle!"

paval
paval topcommenter

As this is an open race, meaning the dishes can get more expensive without problems, I expect these prices to be laughable to the most expensive dishes in Houston in a year or two. The more riches flow into Houstonians pockets the more extravagant dishes will pop up. 

I anticipate one like this:

- Marky's Beluga (farm raised) caviar served on a service with a wooden spoon enrobed in edible gold leaves. Cost point at least 1000 USD for two

- Foie gras from the last happy duck (if one is found) for 700 USD

- A vegetable frittata made with the veggies Michelle Obama planted in the White House, once the Obamas vacate the building and the new renter orders all that green stuff to be taken out. 250 USD



Dana Coleman
Dana Coleman

Is that gold leaf on top of a hamburger? Gross!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Once you try gold leaf on your burger you'll never eat another burger without it. I put gold leaf on sloppy joes and hot dogs too. It makes things taste more expensive.

nate
nate

Houston was definitely NOT founded as an oil town.  Houston was founded in 1836, and Spindletop (first major Texas oil discovery) was in 1901.  Railroads and cotton were major economic drivers in the first 65 years of Houston.


Really, Houston didnt take off as a major city/hub of oil industry until post WWII.  And you can thank air coniditioning for that.

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