If you ask the folks behind Montrose-set Lowbrow to describe their "food and drink place," they would tell you there's "nothing special" about the food, but regulars know that's anything but true. Located in the former Cafe Artiste space, adjacent to The Menil, Lowbrow opened in October 2013, offering buttoned-up comfort food, a relaxed atmosphere and an emphasis on local breweries.
Created by Omar Afra, of Fitzgerald’s and Free Press Summer Fest fame, and his biz-partner Johnny So, Lowbrow reflects the owner’s passion for H-Town in everything from the beverage line-up to the interior design. Custom wallpaper by Free Press veterans Blake Jones and Dual line the walls, showcasing the Astrodome and the Houston Oilers derrick logo, along with posters depicting famous (dead) locals like Anna Nicole Smith and Patrick Swayze.
Eatsie Boys chef Matt Marcus helped develop the menu, which spotlights everything from classic biscuits and gravy and chicken fried steak to eggs benedict and omelets. Expect a well-edited cocktail menu and local brewers like Karbach, No Label and 8th Wonder on draft.
Lowbrow is open daily.