Houston has an array of restaurants ranging from the best Tex-Mex, world-renowned steak houses, and any sampling of cuisines you could imagine from around the world. It is the best melting pot Texas has to offer, and finding a good restaurant isn’t that hard of a task. We came across Little Liberty on our social media (like everyone else finds anything post 2k12), and knew that we needed to make a stop. Nestled in the neighborhood of some of Houston’s most picturesque homes, this crowd-favorite is just a few blocks away from Rice University. The clientele ranges from tables of one, relaxing with wine in hand – to families enjoying the wide selection of noshes on the menu. When we saw the mint chairs, we knew we were in the right place and giddily looked over their lunch menu.
Little Liberty offers unusual takes on your favorites. Deviled eggs? Try them paired with chili-coffee bacon jam. Their ‘Double It’ burger was juicy and rich with flavor. Literally, Patricio’s hands were covered in the drippings, which may sound gross – but to us that’s the making of an excellent burger. If you know us by now, you know that our table isn’t complete without a bowl of queso, and this now ranks pretty high on the list of top dips. Sprinkled with wood-grilled chilies, tomatoes and onions – this queso was the perfect way to break for lunch. I wanted to try their NY-style vegetarian pizza, and I can tell you I’ve never had ingredients so fresh on any slice. Topped with kale, tomatoes, broccoli and olives – this was light enough to not feel overwhelmed, but satisfied every craving you could dream of.
They have a full bar if you’re feeling like a boozy afternoon, but we went with the less spirited, but full-flavored alternatives. I couldn’t resist mint lemonade – seriously, mint lemonade. Fresh lemonade with a hint of mint is what spring afternoons should be made of, and if I lived near Little Liberty I would have to allocate for a lemonade budget each month. Patricio couldn’t resist the allure of coffee soda, which as you could imagine was just as peculiar as it sounds. Cold brew infused with club soda and a hint of lime was one of the most interesting combos that we couldn't stop sipping on because of the unusual flavor combination.
Little Liberty is as delicious of a stop as it is charming. The patrons are friendly and the staff even more accommodating. Next time we're in the 281, you can be sure to find us on their outdoor patio with mint lemonades in hand.