If you’ve tried to find parking on Washington Ave at night, than you can understand my excitement about finding immediate parking at a place inside the loop. Let alone a fine dining establishment such as the newly opened B&B Butchers & Restaurant. But that was exactly what happened. Ample parking on either side of the historic brick building that once housed the Dittman Bakery, now boasts a butcher shop, and steakhouse serving up Texas Wagyu, in-house dry aged USDA prime steaks and more.
Upon entering the upscale urban space you can either go straight to the bar, or either of two dining rooms, potentially three on good weather days. There’s the main dining area downstairs, one upstairs, as well as a rooftop patio with a great view of downtown. We were sat in the main dining room, and on Wednesday night this place was packed. Rightfully so, as a newcomer that’s actually deserving of being on all of those Must Try lists in town.
We started our meal with the steak tartare, and the jumbo lump crab cake. Being a fan of the classic french steak tartare, it wasn’t exactly what I had expected, but was still tasty. The crab cake on the other hand was something we couldn’t stop raving about. It was just pure large lump crab lightly breaded and topped with a perfectly matched slaw. I could go back just for this. For our main course, the knowledgable waitstaff recommended the dry aged USDA prime Long Bone, aka the tomahawk steak. It’s a cut for 2 people that we ordered medium rare, and it was cooked to the perfect temperature and was cut table-side. It was a tender, juicy, flavorful cut of meat. On the side the truffle mac & cheese is a must. We could have had one of these per person it was that good. For dessert we finished off with a delicate tarte tatin and the decadent cheese cake flown in from New York. Needless to say we could barely finish either after such a grandiose meal, but couldn’t let it go to waste now could we?
If you plan on visiting B&B Butchers & Restaurant, expect to spend at least $60+ per person for dinner. And if you’re not fully carnivorous, they have plenty of seafood options on the menu. We plan on checking it again soon and trying the much talked about carpet baggers, an oyster dish; and probably a few of the other cuts of meat.
B&B also houses a small butcher shop that also serves sandwiches from 10am-6pm Monday – Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday. The steakhouse is open Monday-Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-Midnight, and Sunday 11am-10pm.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
1814 Washington Ave.