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Triniti wins a divine spot in the Houston food scene

March 5th, 2012 No Comments


When I walked into Triniti hidden off South Shepherd tonight, I was so excited to see this dining room. Beautiful isn’t it?!

Instantly, from the looks of the room and the menu, I realized it is a once-a-month dinner, not a weekly stop.

All of my friends have been talking about Triniti’s popularity,  so I knew sneaking in early on a Sunday night would be the best way to get in without a reservation. Because the AC was on full blast, we opted to leave the beautiful dining room to sit on their little outdoor patio.

The menu was right up my alley: refined and fresh “California French” as they call it.

20120304-191906.jpgRoot veggies w/black quinoa + cucumber sauce


On the other hand, for the the average Houstonian (aka my mother across the table), the dishes were unapproachable.  Per usual in this situation, she requested the burger which they usually only offer at lunch. The root veggie app was all I was hungry for, but after getting the fresh tuna tartar as an amuse bouche, I wish I had room for the stripped bass.

My favorite part was asking the waitress who had to ask other staff for their twitter handle.  Her response: we don’t have one!  If you’re in the food industry and don’t have and frequently use a twitter handle, that’s stupid, and I tweeted as much.  That tweet was quickly passed around and garnered a response from @TrinitiHouston and Exec Chef @ryanhildee with their presence.

The threesome that created Triniti wins because the decor and food are truly unique for Houston.  The closest restaurants I can think of to it are  The Grove downtown, Randy Evan’s Haven, or even the new and popular farm-to-table Sorrell.  Although I didn’t get to see if for myself, the atmosphere for dinner should be trendy and alive going off of the buzz around town. However, I wonder how long the lust will last (a la Ava).  Houstonians like the same old things.  Historically, that cuisine would be described as “traditional,” not “modern.”  So go now while it’s hot!

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