There's a new spot in the Northside Village area of Houston. "Where is Northside Village", you ask? Let's just say this is not an area of town I usually frequent, near Collingsworth and Fulton, north of Downtown Houston. With lineage from Bocado's, the Montrose area Mexican Cafe that shuttered last year, Red Ox Bar & Grill was my recent lunch destination.
Red Ox is a dive, a hangout spot, a neighborhood bar with local beers, fine wine, mexican entrees, steak, chicken, shrimp and burgers! Their Red Ox burger offered a nicely charred spicy patty cooked to order topped with cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, red onion, tomato and pickle slices on a buttery grilled artisan bun. The taste reminded me of burgers from my youth, with all the basic flavors and scents The patty was juicy, with a spicy smoky flavor, and while not disappointed with the overall experience, I was also not overwhelmed. Their sweet potato fries were undercooked and a bit soggy, but my lunch partner's french fries were perfectly thin, crispy, and quite tasty.
Red Ox is a cool local joint with unique reclaimed furniture and fixtures (tables are made from bowling alley lanes), friendly owners, great staff, good service, and a fun menu. My advice would be to visit Red Ox during daytime hours. The owner mentioned that they get people from all areas, including those from the neighborhood who walk over and relax. In looking at some of the nearby housing, there could, indeed, be some very interesting neighbors popping in at Red Ox.
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!