Punk's Simple Southern Food

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529 reviews
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Punk's is all about Southern hospitality married to a healthy dose of swagger and good manners. Southern native Chef Brandi Key channels her inner child at this rambunctious restaurant that almost feels as if you are on her back porch sipping somethin'. From Texas to Louisiana, Mississippi to Georgia and the Carolinas, these are recipes handed down by generations. Mix and match Grandpa Do's buttermilk biscuits - Ham & Jam, Chicken Fry, Crawdads and Gravy Train; Snack on Deviled Eggs with pickled relish, mustard & smoked paprika or Pickled Gulf Shrimp tossed in a medley of fresh vegetables and spiced vinegar. Fried Seafood Poboys, Redfish on the half shell, Braised Collard Greens and Mom's Cornbread share the spotlight with Grandma Pat's Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
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Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our grandchildren here for a special treat after playing at a park and they were HUNGRY... they are preschoolers so not super patient. We chose to sit outside, and our server was great. The little ones had placemats and markers to entertain themselves with and the kids menu had actual fruits and vegetables! Our grown up food.... the cheeseburger for my husband and the black bean burger for me were also great. Playing in the courtyard when we were finished was better than dessert!

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KB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was simple and amazing. The staff was wonderful. The venue was quaint.

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LD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the experience ; however, the food was not as good as I remembered.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

After having the best, juiciest, fried chicken in Houston for years, something has changed terribly. Our whole bird came out, dry, 3 of the pieces completely void of any crust at all. It was terrible. The drinks were way too sweet. The only good think I can say is they had Nickel and Nickel chardonnay for a very reasonable price. We will not go back.

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MH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish they had celebrated the birthday we were having. I let them know on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, they mentioned it when we got there, then nothing. That was disappointing but everything else was excellent.

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JA
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service is incredibly quick. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.

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AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good except for the seafood platter the fish tasted old and didn’t have much flavor. Service was ok I had to track the server down to get what I needed more than once. The chicken and waffles were delicious tender pieces of chicken with good flavor. The pecan chicken was also a winner! Nice atmosphere.

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TA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time visiting.. I will defiantly visit again...

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome! We enjoyed the food, drinks, atmosphere, and service!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great experience. Service was slightly lacking - forgot my order, didn’t check on my group often. Other than that I really like punks.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we picked this spot for a sunday brunch. Everything was amazing, from the moment we stepped in to the second we walked out. Food was absolutely amazing and service even better. The space is extremely cozy and it feels like you’re having brunch at grandmas kitchen on an spring day. Absolutely fabulous. Can I mention again how amazing our server was ? I can’t remember her name but I’m sure that whole crew is great! This will for sure become my go to whenever I’m in Houston.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls day Brunch!!! Excellent food and great service!!!

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PD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasty food
Good service
Pleasant decor
All good

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome customer service. Our waitress, Devin is the BEST!

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really love Punks or say loved. Since last time we went, the menu has changed. They used to serve their friend chicken with mashed potatoes. Now it just comes with a biscuit and pickle. Also, they removed the buffalo chicken sandwich from the menu so you can't have the buffalo sauce anymore to accompany your friend chicken. That and the chicken were awesome together. The El Pelpino is also super. The mac n cheese and fried chicken is to die for but wasn't happy with the menu changes.

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Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Chicken fried steak was very good but signature fried chicken was a disappointment. Service was attentive and drink selection was fine. On a chilly night the cold drafts caused by the constant in an out to the terrace will be a problem for many people.

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JV
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Early Valentine's date, great food and service, highly recommend!

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KJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DON'T CHANGE A THING! The menu selections are spot on and the true Southern recipes are amazing!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, the service was absolutely excellent.

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Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Family dinner to celebrate birthdays, we normally select a more formal restaurant but my mom requested a family friendly option this year to make sure it was a good dining experience for the kids as well. We were seated at a table near the hostess stand and on this particular evening there was a temperature drop with very strong wind gust. Which meant every time the front door to the restaurant opened a gust of cold air would blow in. I put my coat back on and tried to ignore it for the sake of dinner but it was hard as I was freezing. I asked the waitress if there were any tables away from the front door available and she stated there were none. I switched seats to be on the opposite end of the table and settled in to reviewing the menu options. I suspect our waitress told a staff member about my request to move and the workers suggested we move to a corner table (still near the front) on the opposite side of where we were seated thinking there would be less cold air blowing in that direction. We were hesitant to move but the staff was working quickly to set up a new table so we gathered our belongings and three quiet children to move to a new table. The new location was actually worse than the first even my dad who never complains commented on how chilly the air was every time the door opened, it was pretty miserable. All of us just wanted to move forward with our dining experience and decided we would stick it out. The owner came by and loudly discussed in a discombobulated manner the design of the restaurant and how he was going to purchase a large vestibule to solve the problem of the cold air entering the front door. I think this was his way of expressing his apology but I’m not sure...maybe it was just his personality but he seemed possibly intoxicated. Thankfully most of the food was very good or the evening would have been a bust. Since it doesn’t get cold in Houston often, I’m going to assume this was just an off night and maybe try again when it’s warm

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MF
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for families with kids. The menu and play area are first rate.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very nice wait staff and delicious food. Very kid friendly.

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D
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our meal was good, but not the exceptional meal I was anticipating given the professional reviews I have read.

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VB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed sitting outside while the kids ran around and played. Food was good as was service. Thanks “O”.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Punks for lunch with friends today and as usual (this was my fourth or fifth visit) it was delicious. Had the shrimp & grits and it was very tasty - a gluten-free Creole type sauce made them unique and very flavorful. Others at the table had the fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, pecan-crusted chicken and salmon salad and everyone raved about how good theirs was. Service was a little slow because our server was training a new employee, but overall We had a great experience. We will definitely be back.

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London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to ho with kids for brunch or breakfast - lots of space for kids to run around and good food!

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1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and the staff is very nice. This was our first time and we sat on the patio. Yes, we will be back. The Waffles and Chicken worth it all!

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1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was highly underwhelmed (which is sad because I had heard such great things) with my dining experience. Service was inconsistent, the food was disappointing (a neighboring table even sent something back) and parking was a headache. Maybe it is because I visited during lunch? Either way, it was a forgettable dining experience.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. The owner came by the table to personally welcome and thank us for coming. Great selection of whiskey's at the bar that you can get in a flight for a great value. Fun, comfortable atmosphere. Everyone at our table ordered something different, and it was all excellent.

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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant to bring kids, great for groups. Good food, although quality seems to be slipping a little. Great patio, so nice for a few drinks with friends or coworkers in the afternoon / happy hour.

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Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The place is cute , but the food is just alright. Nothing too special about it. The frozen sangria was awesome! The best part of the meal were the loaded deviled eggs , regular served and then another deep fried set. The waiter we had was really nice too.

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B
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Punk’s never fails to have fabulous service, fabulous vibe, fabulous food and fabulous bar service! Absolutely love going there and would recommend it to anyone looking for good times!

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so great! The food was delicious. Both of us got the salmon salad and it was perfect. I was really hungry though, and it was small to medium sized so I should have ordered an appetizer. Their cocktails were SUPER cute

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SS
Central Texas
24 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous buttermilk fried chicken, hush puppies and a nice by-the-glass wine selection.

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AS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

All was great except there were youths panhandling for money, and neither the wait staff nor management did anything to stop it.

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m
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was really good. The fried chicken seems to be the favorite.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My visit to Punks was amazing. I went for Brunch on my Birthday along with a few friends and family members. The entire staff from the food runners, servers and hostess were all amazing, friendly and very accommodating. They all displayed a very laid back , helpful and friendly demeanor. Which helped to create a stress free , fun and memorable Birthday Brunch. I thoroughly enjoyed my self ,as did my friends and family. I look forward to coming back for lunch and dinner. Also , everyone in my party that ordered and entree that had the delicious and succulent friend chicken , loved it! I also would like to thank the awesome staff for my beautiful birthday dessert , that was served with a sparkler candle. Such a cute detail! Thank you to all of the staff that helped make my Birthday Brunch super special!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was patient. Was quick to refill coffee and water. And the food came out in less than a minute after we ordered.

Good recommendation on the deviled eggs fully loaded and fried.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything and everyone was simply outstanding. The General Manager is awesome !

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SE
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice on a cool evening. Food was good and the kids played while my wife and I relaxed.

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