At my first visit to Bradley’s, “The Chef” and I didn’t realize that Bradley’s Fine Diner was a play on “fine dining” so we were a bit underdressed. (Click here for our first Bradley’s experience!) Fortunately, the setting is actually more casual to business casual than “fancy” or “cocktail”. It was at this visit that the waiter told us that Bradley’s Fine Diner was a play on fine dining. Haha for some reason, I didn’t catch on at first, but now I get it! Honestly, I could care less about dress or decor. I come for the food!
It was Restaurant Week in Houston so there were some options to choose from on their tasting menu…
Bradley’s Caesar. Whole leaf romaine. Parmesan. Croutons.
Popcorn Shrimp. Watermelon. Cilantro. Chili-lime aioli.
Pan Roasted Trout. Corn relish. Cherry tomatoes. Brown Butter Caper Sauce.
Yankee Pot Roast. Garlic Mashed potatoes. Roasted baby carrots. Buttered breadcrumbs.
Chocolate Banana Cake. Chocolate Cookie crumble. Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
Bradley’s Butterscotch Pudding. Brown Sugar Rosemary Cookie.
Yum. What else can I say? Everything was presented beautifully and well-composed. The flavors were on point. From the tasting menu that we ordered, my favorites were the Popcorn Shrimp, the Pot Roast, and the Butterscotch Pudding. Being a Southern girl and coming from a place where seafood is exorbitant and prepared just “a bit” differently, I’d have to say that the fish was a little under-seasoned for my taste but is probably great for West Coast palates. Down South, we tend to “blacken” our fish and it could be overwhelming for milder palates, but Bradley’s fish was a more delicate and refined dish. Still, very good! “The Chef” ordered one dessert and I ordered another so we’d have a variety, but I really wish we ordered two of the Butterscotch Puddings. It was surprisingly delightful…and I wish I didn’t have to share it!
What can I say? I’ve been here twice and I’ve enjoyed every bite! Why are you still here? Set your reservation tonight!
Rating: 4/5 spoons