Tableside Prime Rib Service and More at Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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Photo by Mai Pham
If you're craving prime rib, chef Travis Lenig offers personalized service at Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette.
I am always looking at pictures of food. One of my favorite pastimes, it's the reason why my Twitter and Instagram feeds (and now, my Facebook feed) are constantly crammed with photos of food, and why I spend countless hours mentally drooling over pictures of what people are cooking or eating.

On a recent evening, I was doing exactly this when I saw a picture of chef Travis Lenig carving prime rib tableside at the fairly new (it opened this past October) Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette (LKO). Though I'd been planning to visit for some time, at that point I hadn't yet been to the new LKO location.

That picture was all that was needed to seal the deal: I had to have it.

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The bar at Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, just a little busy on a Friday night.

I called my girlfriend Amber at the last minute and made a reservation for that very evening -- a Friday night -- eager to embark on a prime rib eating spree. Call me naive, but I wasn't exactly prepared for the sight that greeted me. I arrived to a packed house, with stylish guests overflowing into the small landing space between the hostess stand and the front door. Not a seat was empty.

Amber and I, seated to the right side of the bar at one of the standalone tables, were smack dab in the middle of all of it. Now, I have to be in a certain type of mood to enjoy an atmosphere that's so lively. I'm kind of more into the intimate, one-on-one kind of low-key places where you can have meaningful conversation. But it was a Friday night, we were there for some girl-talk and great food, and the fact that we had started the evening off with Veuve Clicquot and a dozen shucked oysters from the Northeast made for a very promising evening.

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You have to start with oysters and champagne at Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette.

As it was my first time at LKO, we wanted to get a good feel for the menu, which was vast. The deviled eggs topped with fried oysters were a must have. One of the signature menu items, they epitomized southern comfort -- simple, down-home food amped up a notch with a fried oyster on top. Equally delicious was the daily special of U-10 scallop served sashimi-style with a Thai-style spicy sauce, which came from the raw bar.

Did you know that LKO offers caviar service? An almost inconspicuous line item on the menu, California Royal Osetra caviar is available, served with warm blinis, shallots, crème fraîche and eggs. It was definitely a decadent indulgence, but decidedly amazing.

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Location Info

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

4224 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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9 comments
del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

Mai, your writing style inspires good eating and dining!

chb59
chb59

That article sounded great so I looked up their menu.  Since there is no prime rib on their menu, I gave them a call.  They verified they do not serve prime rib....so why did you write the article?

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@del.martinis  Thanks for your comments and most of all, for reading! It's readers like you that inspire me to write! :)

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@chb59  You probably looked up Liberty Kitchen in the Heights. They have similar menus, but a few things are different, like the prime rib!

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@chb59  I'm sorry, with whom did you speak? Did you call the correct location? This is Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette on San Felipe. I can definitely attest to the fact that they serve prime rib. They even serve it for lunch! In fact, I just looked up the online menu myself, and it prime rib is listed under the section entitled "Prime Rib Car, Local Steaks and Rotisserie" under the line item "44 Ranch Angus Prime Rib, Au Jus, Carved Table Side."


chb59
chb59

@KaitlinS @chb59  Exactly, KaitlinS.  I googled Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette; Google immediately produced the Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar and I didn't recognize the difference of the last word.

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