In the wake of Superbowl last month, my city was buzzing with excitement. The foodie community had mixed emotions as many established restaurants were closing their doors for good. When one door closes, another one opens. New restaurants made their debut, and the word around town was that Pinch Seafood in NW Houston was making a splash in the right direction.
My curiosity got the best of me when I saw Pinch’s signature pasta dish on Instagram. I rushed and called to see if it was only a limited time menu option. I was able to speak directly to Chef Clint Page and he was extremely accommodating. He asked for the date/time I would be in and he would ensure that it was available. If that isn’t VIP treatment, I don’t know what is. I opted to go on this journey solo, and committed to ordering a 3-course meal to get the full experience of what Pinch had to offer.
I was greeted by friendly staff and able to get seated immediately. My waiter, Joseph, went above and beyond to make sure my experience was perfect. He was very knowledgeable which let me know he took pride in the food at Pinch. Instead of chips or bread, Pinch offers fresh fried Cracklins’ as a starter. For the appetizer, I chose the Pinch Sliders. These mini burgers were dressed with all the fixings including bacon, pickled cucumbers, and sweet red onion on a fried pork bun. You heard that correctly. The bun was fried and had pork inside, and it was amazing. There was a delicious sweet barbecue sauce drizzled across the sliders to balance the seared smoky Angus beef. Pinch Seafood prides itself on presentation, where all ingredients can come together in an explosion of flavor. It was a challenge not to eat all 3 sliders, but I vowed to save room for each course. My entrée was the sautéed Lobster Linguine. This was DELICIOUS and fresh. The tender lobster pieces were tossed in a “Rosa” sauce which impeccably complimented the dish. The sauce had a kick of spice that married the flavors without being overwhelming. Lastly, I indulged in a slice of Crème Brulee Cheesecake that had a flame caramelizing the crust as it was brought out. I don’t usually order crème brulee anything, but the soft creamy cheesecake with the crunchy top layer was hard to resist. It was gone in less than 5 minutes.
Even though I could barely move after the euphoria I was feeling, I was able to kick back and enjoy the atmosphere. The lunch crowd was picking up, and I couldn’t help but notice the effort that was put into designing Pinch. It had a modern feel with exposed brick and Edison lightbulbs throughout. The music was a diverse mix of new and old school hits. For example, while eating my appetizer I heard Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” and during my entrée I was jamming out to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. I noticed a man sitting at the bar working on his laptop (which had a Screwston sticker so I knew he was cool). He later approached me and asked how my meal was. His name was Julian and he was Pinch’s General Manager. He was pleased that I had such a great experience and even told me I would get 20% off my bill if I checked into Yelp.
Pinch gave me a perfect foodie experience, and I would recommend this restaurant to any and every one. I will definitely be going again in a couple of weeks. Check out their menu HERE.
I give it 5 out of 5 forks.