Tiny’s No.5 is tucked away on Rice Blvd in the West University neighborhood of Houston. The best description for this restaurant is definitely a “hidden gem.” As noted on their website, their aim is ” to create food that can be enjoyed in an environment, that together create a reaction that’s contagious to all and forgotten by no one.” I can definitely agree with that quote, after one visit to Tiny’s you will be longing to go back for another visit.
Offering great food, a welcoming and serene environment, and being environmentally conscious all contributes to making Tiny’s No.5 a must visit. For those guests that live in the area, the restaurant provides bikes and electric car transports for rent to and from your home…FOR FREE!
(photo courtesy of Tiny’s No.5 website)
Whether you’re stopping by for brunch or for a dinner date on a nice Spring night, the menu at Tiny’s is sure to please your palate. On my first visit (I went two days in a row), I ordered the bread pudding and the passion fruit Arnold Palmer. On first thought, I was expecting a traditional bread pudding but what I got instead was a deconstructed work of art with a “shot” of hot cocoa. This type of bread pudding preparation was really fun and inviting. The pudding was moist and not overly cooked, the crisp on top provided a nice textural contrast, the ice cream was very smooth and velvety, while the hot cocoa was a good chaser to it all. Does it beat out my fave bread pudding from Ruggles? No BUT it definitely is on my list of top 5 faves!
On my second visit I ordered the Steak & Egg pizza. WOW, I fell in love! First let me say that I love creative pizza preparations, and this one is surely a winner! So, put perfectly cooked steak, a sunny side up egg, and a well made hollandaise on anything and it is sure to taste like perfection. The pizza dough had a nice crunch, more like a flat bread and the sunny side up egg was able to cut through the richness of the cheese. On a nice Spring summer day, this is an amazing brunch choice. On my next visit I think I’ll order the Smoked Salmon Benedict pizza.
Also a must try is the arugula salad. Arugula may not be everyone’s favorite green in the world, but this salad is light and very fresh.
Tiny’s No.5 is the newest addition to the Tiny Boxwood’s family and is sure to become one of your favorite places in Houston to eat and enjoy the nice days we’ve been having with your friends. If not for the food or drinks, the atmosphere is sure to win you over.
The next time you’re looking for a “hidden gem” that’s located right in the middle of the city, be sure to pop up at Tiny’s. With Tiny’s it’s all about the little details. From the wall mounted chalkboard menu that changes regularly to the piece of chocolate you receive with your check at the end of your meal, it all adds to making sure that each guest has a great experience.
So, pay at visit to Tiny’s No. 5 and let us know what you think!
Until Next Time,
The Food Monsters