Houston’s dining scene is the gift that just keeps on giving. Every season we’re blessed with yet another renowned chef making their mark by planting roots in the Bayou City. The latest celebrity chef to hit the streets of Downtown is Troy Guard of TAG Restaurant Group. Not only does Guard and Grace mark the restauranteur’s first concept outside of Colorado, but it also serves as the second location for the high-end steakhouse named after his young daughter, Grace.
Boasting 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, the sprawling 15,000-square-foot space at One Allen Center features two-stories, a partially open kitchen, a breathtaking installation made up of 4,600 thin bronze rods suspended from the ceiling and a menu unlike any other. With its sleek, contemporary look, Guard and Grace caters to meat and seafood lovers, adventurous foodies and those looking for a truly extravagant experience.
As you might’ve already guessed, this isn’t your average steakhouse! Inspired by Guard’s Hawaiian upbringing, the restaurant’s menu includes steakhouse staples with a twist on seafood and vegetables. Steaks are sourced from Texas, Australia and Japan, and are available as Angus, USDA Prime and wagyu. Choose from traditional cuts like filet mignon, ribeye and New York strip, then top it off with your choice of options such as crab Oscar, seared foie gras and our personal favorite, bearnaise. And because everything’s bigger in Texas, those looking to step up their steak eating game can take a stab at the aptly named Brontosaurus Steak, a prime axe-handled tomahawk with cipollini demi, foie gras and bone marrow butter.
Non-beef eaters are more than welcome here. Temptations include roasted Texas redfish on the half shell, Alaskan black cod, black truffle mac and cheese, Maryland crab cakes and an assortment of potatoes ― four types, to be exact. Ready for a night of glitz and glam? Check out the seafood tower. Complete with oysters, shrimp, king crab and lobster, the starter is available in two varieties: pro and boss. If that’s not lavish enough for you, there’s always the much buzzed-about millionaire fajitas which consist of 24-ounces of wagyu ribeye cap and gold-flecked [yes, gold-flecked] tortillas – priced at a hefty $400.
Of course, no top-notch restaurant is complete without an equally compelling wine list, and Guard and Grace has exactly that. A temperature-controlled wine cellar includes lockers for guests to store their own bottles and has the capacity to hold over 6,800 bottles of wine. If you’re not much of a wine drinker, the full-service bar whips up some pretty delicious cocktails ― we recommend the Garden Grace and the Down South.
Guard and Grace
One Allen Center, 500 Dallas