Food-Focused Bar in Unexpected Venue is a Houston Heights Gem
Opening a restaurant or bar during the height of the pre-vaccine pandemic was a risky endeavor, but Tashi and Rebecca Garcia were determined. With an industry background (Garcia paid his dues working front and back of the house at Smith and Wollensky, Brash Brewery, State of Grace and Johnny’s Gold Brick), the couple were running a catering business and about to get married when COVID-19 hit. These soon-to-be newlyweds found themselves looking for work. Enter 6417 North Main, the future home of The Post Beer & Wine Garden.
With an eye toward the emerging post-pandemic landscape, the duo transformed the former two-story cantina across the street from Lei Low, into an airy, modern space. The interior features teal walls, minimalist-yet-plush furnishings and lots of airflow, while the bright yellow bar has extra space to allow for distancing.
The newlyweds’ foresight and perseverance paid off, and Houstonians — especially those in the Heights — can visit to reap the rewards. The Post Beer & Wine Garden is soon celebrating its first anniversary with a Halloween-themed party on October 30 (costumes encouraged).
The regularly changing wine menu is primarily focused on unique wineries — Rebecca describes some of her reds as “fun and funky.” The current by-the-glass list features over a dozen white wines (from France, Italy, South Africa, Spain and Argentina) and almost 20 reds, including the stellar Irancy 2018 Pinot Noir from France, which was, as Rebecca promised, fun and funky. All the by-the-glass offerings are also available by the bottle, and there are a handful of bottle-only options.
There are also draft, bottled and canned beers, such as Saint Arnold’s H-Town Pils on tap and cans of Spindletap Hop Gusher IPA. In addition, the duo are offering a few specialty drinks like the house michelada and mimosas.
The focused food menu is small, but delivers. There is a trio of tacos, including a vegetarian option, that are substantial enough to be an entrée — especially the chicken taco made with brined and marinated chicken breast and housemade jerk aioli. Two sandwiches are offered: a Brie Grilled Cheese made with sourdough bread, double cream brie, fig jam, prosciutto, grilled jalapeños, red onion and shaved Brussels sprouts, and a double-meat, double-cheese smash burger.
There is also a selection of five steaks wood-fired over post oak that range from a 40-ounce tomahawk to a 12-ounce filet mignon. Diners can opt for toppers such as mushroom-pepper demi-glace and truffle butter, and sides such as mac n’ cheese (another dish worthy of entrée status) and garlic mashed potatoes. Though steaks are offered every day, patrons can enjoy the steaks at discounted prices with a side or two during Tuesday’s Steak Night. (Granted, we’re not talking backyard bar prices. For example, the aforementioned filet mignon drops from $35 to $29, while the whopping 40-ounce tomahawk drops from $90 to $80.)
Pasta lovers will enjoy Wednesday’s Pasta Night, when they can pair one of three pasta dishes with a glass of wine for just $15, or parties of two can grab the whole bottle and two pastas for $42. Pasta choices include a vegetarian penne diavolo, chicken alfredo rigatoni and bolognese bucatini.
Although the kitchen is closed on Friday, the Garcias bring in the Papa Aldo Pizza food truck. Insider tip: the Irancy Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with Aldo’s Neapolitan-style pizza. There’s also a happy hour every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m., which features food and drink specials.
If you’re looking to grab a glass of wine (or three) and eat some good food, do yourself a favor and stop by The Post Beer & Wine Garden. Chances are Rebecca and Tashi will be there to say hello.
The hours are Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m to midnight, Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. The Post Beer & Wine Garden is closed on Mondays.