Underbelly (Westheimer/Montrose)

Underbelly has been on the top of my to do list, but somehow it's taken this long to visit.  I really got a mixed set of reviews, but I have to say, I'm a definite thumbs up for Underbelly.  As a matter of fact, I thought they would have more exotic meats, which actually makes me a little apprehensive.  I think it's neighbor, Hay Merchant, has chicken feet and fried pig ears, that actually look like pig ears.  I was scared.  But, I am happy to report, the most exotic thing they had on their menu was maybe, pork belly?  Man, I really loved it!  Actually, I probably only liked two out of the four main dishes we got, but those two were so so good.  My favorites were the Korean rice cake dumplings with braised goat...a definite must try.  I also loved the seared Wagyu beef dish...made me have a moment.  Anytime a restaurant has Wagyu, it's what I am getting!  My party of 4 agreed.  We also got the swordfish and butternut squash dish, which were good, but not as fabulous as the two I previously mentioned.  For dessert we got the vinegar pie and doughnut dessert.  I gave our server permission to surprise us on desserts.  The vinegar pie almost tasted like lemon pie...and you know...I love me some lemon pie!

I love a restaurant that has a beautiful interior and Underbelly has it.  It's one of those places that you just want to visit often and stay awhile.  I like most and don't say it often, but I love loved this restaurant.  This is definitely one of my favorite spots!