Moving into the haunts of a beloved eatery can be risky. But The House has a real chance of surviving in a rather difficult location.
The restaurant, contained within a two story house and patio off Kavanaugh in Hillcrest, received a lot of buzz in the two months before it opened, through a fan page on Facebook and
Like everyone else, my traveling companion and I ordered at the counter on arrival before going upstairs to take a seat. Fresh paint and new artwork along with a plethora of old bicycles form the majority of the new décor; dark new composite topped tables and chairs do the rest.
A lot of the items promised in the advance notice for the restaurant, such as the Turkey Apple Cheddar melt sandwich and the Avocado and Mozzarella sandwich, aren’t available yet. We instead opted for a couple of the burgers on the current menu and split on the side options (a house salad or herb fries are the two options available).
The herb fries were pretty good -- and obvious. The potatoes were definitely fresh-cut on-site and sprinkled with said herbs and salt. A small pile of herbs were left over after we had consumed them.
I can’t let pass mention of the buns -- all “House-made” on-site. The rustic country-type rolls are sweet and coarse, and made a good pairing for the Lamb Burger, but for the Surf and Turf couldn’t hold together long enough to get the sandwich to the mouth. Perhaps that’s the reason behind the super chic fork and knife offered with the burgers; maybe they’re meant to be brought to the mouth via utensil.
Right now, The House offers no desserts. But we were told by several of the servers that they are looking forward to the baked offerings to come as much as we are. They’re going to start with muffins and cookies -- which, if they’re as good as the rolls, will be spectacular.
You can find The House at 722 N. Palm in Hillcrest (that’s off Kavanaugh). I’d suggest you plan to park in the nearby Kroger parking lot unless you’re going off-hours; there are only four spots out front, but there’s also on-street parking nearby. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., and closed on Monday. You can always call… (501) 663-4500.