Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Fit for Foodies... almostWonderful experience. Great ambience, wine selection, service and clientele. Sparrow bar has a nice energy about it. We ordered the lamb meatloaf and beef heart. Both were over cooked. Brussels sprouts were heavenly. Otherwise, the night was perfect. Seems like this place is a real gem. Still new and trying to dial things in a bit. I would definitely go back again and would recommend Sparrow Bar + Cookshop to anyone. Thank you for a fabulous evening!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Experience In Fine DiningThis restaurant shows Monica Pope's full maturation of food concepts. Flavors mixed are well paired, as are the textures. The bar sampler just may be the best item on the menu, as seemingly simple as it is. But also great are so many other things. And the cocktail menu includes genuinely interesting flavor combinations, not the typical gratuitous fruity cocktails. Give this place a try!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMNever DisappointsHaving been to Tafia many times in the past, we were concerned when Monica closed and announced she was going to "reinvent" the restaurant. We absolutely loved Tafia. Would we be disappointed?
WOW.....Sparrow is a real gem. Always excites the taste palates. Never too much and always leaves you wanting to come back and try something else the next time. There is such good energy here and we would highly recommend it to anyone truly seeking awesome food. If you are used to "chain" eating and consider one of these chains "gourmet dining", don't go to Sparrow. A true foodie appreciates the thought, preparation and caring that goes into these dishes. We relish every bite. Keep it up!!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMMonica Pope Does it Again!This was our first time at Monica Pope's newest incarnation and it was just as pleasing as its predecessors. Glad the "chick" fries (chickpeas) are still on the menu. There's always a vegan option. And Monica wanders around the restaurant visiting with guests. Lots of nice new touches like the magnetic board on the walls where local entertainment is easily advertised. The crispy brussels sprouts side was excellent. And the quinoa salad.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBrussels sprouts and scallopsBrussels sprouts and scallops were superb! The shrimp and beef heart only slightly less. A real treat.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMNew name, familiar experienceThe chef has apparently tried to reinvent her space and has found another original and appealing name for it. I'm glad to see that the post-t'afia changes are subtle and that the dining experience remains uniquely special.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFarewell LunchThe food was excellent - a very different fare from the usual restaurants. We had a group of amout 15 - we were well taken care of.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food and serviceAlso nice to see Monica there being friendly and making sure her patrons are happy ...5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMA culinary alchemistMonica Pope is an alchemist who can convert Swiss Chard -- and virtually any other vegetable -- to culinary gold. Her proteins -- I particularly like her scallops -- are flavorful. The creativity her menus show make this well worth regular visits.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is great. The priceThe food is great. The price is a little bit high, but overall it is a great experience.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfection!We were there to celebrate a special event and the food and service was perfect. My guests and I enjoyed it very much.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMVery cool place. We were notVery cool place. We were not disappointed with any of our selections and favored every last bite.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMfood was better than any hadfood was better than any had in a recent trip to NYC where we went to many good and highly rated places. Can't say enough good things about the food or the service4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMonica is doing it again!Monica is doing it again! She is such a master!!! The food was amazing. The service was superb. She actually came to our table snd talked with us for a long time about the ingredients and preparation of the night dishes. She even offered to cook something special for my husband and my friend's husband. The sides were fantastic! I cant wait to go back.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food, very professionalgreat food, very professional staff, nice and funky decor4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMKudos to MonicaKudos to Monica Pope for an outstanding restaurant. Lunch menu is varied in price points and selection. This visit we both went with the Build-Your-Own Burgers. Loved the sparrow sauce and beet chutney that I chose for my beef burger, on sweet-salted but, with cheddar cheese. Only complaint is that the burgers were cooked a bit more than the medium-rare requested. The Spring Slaw that I chose for my side-dish was phenomenal: like a walk through farmer's market, gathering all the in season goodies and finishing them with a light dressing. The "Red Flower" non-alcoholic drink I had was great--pureed berries with housemade sweet-sour. Monica was conducting a middle school cooking class upstairs-a nod to her civic pride in Houston.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA friend was in from out ofA friend was in from out of town, and she wanted to go to T'afia, I explained Sparrow was new, and some of our favorites are still on the menu. Everything was a hit, we had the mac & cheese with duck, saffron cauliflower, brussel sprouts, ceviche, and a few other items. Each was a hit. Glad to see the changes, and the faves.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an excellent meal andWe had an excellent meal and fun drinks (if you're adventurous try the tamarind margarita!) at sparrow bar and cook shop. Our server was knowledgable, funny, and attentive without being intrusive. Love the artsy decor, too.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways greatEaster Brunch at Sparrow was marvelous. Wonderful and enthusiastic service and delectable selections on the prix fixe menu. Monica Pope always surprises the taste buds, and Sunday was no exception. I recommend this restaurant highly.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOn a Whim and Pleasantly Suprised!It was our first time to Sparrow. And on a whim, chose it based on a newspaper write up on Chef Pope. We were NOT disappointed. Only wish there were more vegetarian entre' choices than just one. The Avocado Shishimi appetizer was terrific, the red onion soup was spectacular, the veggie sides were tasty, and the deserts were just right. The wine menu was delightful in the choices! We'll be back.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely loved this place...willAbsolutely loved this place...will definitely add this to our "regular" date-night list! No negative comments whatsoever...positively great!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAnything on the menu is delicious.Anything on the menu is delicious. Even if its not a food you like, try it because it will be good. I don't like peas, but I ate every one of them on my plate.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food and service.Outstanding food and service. Food was well executed and presented well.
Staff very friendly and knowledgable about each item on the menu.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA Houston Classic with a new nameLove love love Sparrow. Always different menu which is local and healthy. Love their drink list too. Lots of fun3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent inventive food.Excellent inventive food. Love the local wine list.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Group DinnerWent with a group of friends and had a great time. The food was delicious and the menu had exciting choices to pick from. Their drink menu was truly a delight, not only delicious but also original. The Mushroom dumplings are addictive, the blue cheese and honey sauce is not overpowering in the least. I would recommend it even if you don't like blue cheese. As for the main dishes we had the wild boar and brussels sprouts as a side. Delish! The music was funky and fun, but not so loud that we couldn't chat. Definitely would go back again!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMA delight for your tastebudsSparrow's cocktail menu delivers; the #1, a sort of pisco sangria, was amazing. And of course, the food was delicious from start to finish. The brussels sprouts are a highlight - juicy in the middle with crisp leaves on the outside. I was skeptical of the mac 'n' cheese with jerky, but it was probably my favorite dish. The jerky was mild and provided great texture against the smooth creaminess of the cheese and noodles.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMMy first Monica Pope experienceMy first Monica Pope experience - and it was wonderful! My friend and I started with a cocktail in the bar before dinner. Interesting, clever cocktails - I tried one with habanero vodka and a salt and pepper rim. It had some nice heat, without being overbearing. I wasn't feeling particularly adventurous that evening, so I just had the chicken and peas and we split the house mac n cheese. I was initially disappointed when the peas came out as snap peas, but OH WOW they were delicious! The chicken was sublime...who makes chicken taste that good?? And the mac n cheese was also a great thing to share - creamy, cheesy, everything you want.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Gem!This was our first visit to Sparrow to celebrate a friend's birthday and we loved so many things on the menu we had trouble deciding. Such unique flavor combinations our mouth was watering as soon as we started reading. We had several appetisers and entrees and ate tapas style sharing everything as we navigated the menu. Can you say Avocado Appetiser, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Shiitake Mushrooms Dumplings, Seared Scallops and Mac N Cheese with Venision Jerky - we loved everything. Angela was adorable and she made our experience that much more memorable. My sister, best friend and Mom are coming in this week and I hope to be able to try the patio this time. Thanks for another gem, Monica!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM