PaperCity Houston: Iconic Houston Restaurant’s Reboot Brings Out a Who’s Who for a Wild Food Feast

As if the bed of succulent raw oysters, the mounds of boiled shrimp and the humongous bone-in ribeyes served in the Post Oak Room weren’t enough to whet the appetites of those lucky ones invited to preview The Annie Café & Bar, there were the passed bites of chef Robert Del Grande’s iconic crabmeat tostadas and coffee roasted tenderloin to remind that there was something old and something new in the re-imagination of the heralded Café Annie.

More than 250 foodies and friends crossed the threshold of The Annie before Thursday’s opening for a night of open bar, Flashdrive music (a DJ accompanied by a Richard Brown string quartet), and more than enough samplings of the new menu to satisfy even the huskiest eaters.

Consider the Ahi Tuna Crudo with avocado, cucumber, fresno chile, grapefruit and jicama broth; the Roasted Duck Breast skewers with mole sauce; The Annie Steak Tartare with quail egg, green peppercorn sauce and toast; and the Huitlacoche Mushroom Tarts, (a spin off of Del Grande’s popular Wild Mushroom Soup). And that was just part of the cornucopia of mini offerings from the new menu that guests such as Elizabeth and Alan Stein and Martha Adger and James Madget sampled. Read More.