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Radar Detector

On August 30, 2016 By

After a number of soft opening weekends, Houston’s new Under the Radar brewery finally made a blip on everyone’s screens with their Grand Opening party this past weekend. The core lineup of 5 beers has been showing up around town…

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North High Brewing

On August 22, 2016 By

1288 N High St Columbus, OH On game day in Columbus, the best plan is probably just to start in the bustling Short North neighborhood and proceed directly down High St to the stadium. Do not pass GO, do not collect…

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IPA Day 2K15

On August 6, 2015 By

Today marks the fifth annual National IPA Day, and every year the craft beer landscape changes. I feel like the segment as a whole has moved further along what I’ve called the Craft Beer Trajectory, where people now appreciate the subtle nuances…

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ABGB Max Armadillo

On July 17, 2015 By

Austin has perhaps led the charge in craft beer for the Lone Star State, if only in sheer quantity of breweries. The state’s best brewery is subjective, the oldest less so, but regardless, our wayward capital city has certainly fostered a thriving artisanal atmosphere.…

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Untappd Badge Calendar

On July 8, 2015 By

Badges? We don’t need no steenkin badges! Look. I know you’re above chasing after Untappd badges. They’re meaningless after all, they don’t gain you admittance to the most exclusive of clubs, and they don’t even exist except in cyberspace. Like…

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Stave Church

On June 16, 2015 By

I’d be lying if I said the prospect of visiting Crooked Stave didn’t make the decision to stay an extra night in Denver easier. We still had the long drive back to Texas ahead of us, but never do today…

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Cerveza Artesanal

On May 15, 2015 By

Craft Beer in Mexico I had long been teased with the prospect of craft beer in Mexico by the likes of advertisements from Bohemia touting a Chocolate Stout. Nobody would accuse Bohemia of being craft, produced as it is by Cervecería…

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Texas kitsch works very well around Houston, but if you’re going to use it in a restaurant, the food needs to be good, satisfying, and utterly Texas style.  Imagine a place made out of cedar and oak, with huge back patio under sprawling live oak trees, with Texas Flags, Texas kistch on the walls, a good selection of Texas brewed craft and micro beers, Chicken fried steak, Pecan Pie and all kinds of fixins.  If you’re fixin’ to want to go there, then I’ve done a pretty good job of describing the Live Oak Grill on Dairy Ashford, just north of Alternate US HWY 90 in Sugar Land.  
But first some background info per their website:

Voted by Readers Choice Awards as “Best Burger” (’05) & “Best Chicken Fried Steak” (’06) in Ft.Bend County! Also voted “Best Blue Cheese Bacon Burger” & “Best Chicken Fried Steak” in 2010 Best of Ft.Bend County Magazine. Besides the great Angus burgers, other favorites are mesquite grilled pork chops and salmon, chicken fried steak & chicken, grilled or fried shrimp and catfish, wonderful salads and original soups, and a great kids menu. Dine in or sit outside under 120 year old live oak trees.

Inside the ranch-style restaurant, expect a relaxed, down home atmosphere and a menu dominated by Southern classics. Order at the counter and pull an icy Lone Star from the cooler before finding a table. Favorites include Angus burgers with crisp-coated fries (or swap fries for some old-fashioned crunchy onion rings) or the best chicken fried steak in Sugar Land. Opt for a table outside under century old oaks so the kids can enjoy the spacious playground area. Top off your classic Texas meal with some homemade banana pudding or pecan pie. Enjoy! 

Well if that doesn’t make you shout Yee-Haw and down a bottle of Shiner Bock, then you’re just not Texan enough!  (Kidding, folks!)  So my kiddos and I headed on down with a notion of getting some Texas comfort food.   What we found when we stepped in was a mixture of nostalgia and Texas kitsch that would make Kinky Friedman jealous.  Heck, even ol’ Uncle Tex Moustache was pleased (until I ordered that is!)

Their menu features a good selection of burgers, Specialties, and sides as well as desserts.  Although all their burgers looked mighty good, I went with their Grilled Pork Chops (which upset Uncle Tex I might add…) along with some fries and onion rings.  My kiddos each went with their usual bent:  Jason went with a pair of Beef Slider Burgers with Fries (seriously) while my daughter went after the Chicken fried steak fingers with sweet corn on the side.  By the way, the kids meals come with either mandarin oranges or yogurt along with them, so don’t worry about things only being fried over there.  I’ll also add that they also have Okra, Sweet Potato Fries, Blackeyed Peas, green beans and garlic cole slaw, so it’s not just a fried carnivore’s place.

Personally I found the grilled pork chops to be nicely meaty, very juicy and tender, not dry and properly prepared.  I was in the mood for Frings and the batter on their onion rings was crispy and a little peppery, but hit the spot.  The fries were also seasoned very nicely and in retrospect, I’m going to try the chili cheese fries next time we come by.  My son was mainly happy that they had his favourite meat and potatoes that he could get his way, with no fussing.  Helena seems to have been on a growth spurt recently and her appetite has grown.  She enjoyed the Chicken Fried Steak Fingers, but also said that she would have enjoyed a larger portion more.  I’m not worried–she’s running track, playing volleyball and doing dance, so she needs that protein!  The fact that she said it was very delicious did not hurt them either!

Report Card for Live Oak Grill:
Food:
     Grilled Pork Chops: A
     Chicken Fried Steak Fingers: A 
     Beef Slider Burgers: A
     Onion Rings: A+
     Fries: A- 
Service:
     Friendliness: A+
     Speed: A-
Cleanliness: 
     Dining Area: A
     Kitchen: A-
     Men’s Room: A
Atmosphere (Texas Ranch Roadside Diner): A-

Overall Grade: A

Uncle Tex says “Order the Chicken Fried Steak or Seafood.
SKIP THE PORK!!!”


Live Oak Grill is located at:
12935 Dairy Ashford Rd
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Wed: 11 AM til 8:30 PM
Thu: 11 AM til 9 PM
Fri: 11 AM til 10 PM
Sat: 11 AM til 9:30 PM
Sun: 11 AM til 8 PM

Eat Happy, Y’all!!!
吃得开心!!!
Hank

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Pocketful of Rye

On March 25, 2015 By

The history of rye beers goes back centuries, to Germany, where roggenbiers were brewed with up to 50 or 60% rye in the grist, the rest consisting of barley. A few bad harvests led in part to the Reinheitsgebot, or German purity…

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Póg Mo Thóin

On March 17, 2015 By

Through a sort of beer-soaked metonymy, Guinness has come to stand for Ireland as a whole, certainly for its brewing history, and especially on St. Patrick’s Day, one of those cultural peculiarities that America is so good at appropriating. It…

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