As part of a fun couple days at The Woodlands Resort we enjoyed a fantastic meal and great time at . Robard's was part of the $75 million expansion and renovation that The Woodlands Resort completed in 2014. Robard's is adjacent to the new Fairway Pines III complex with 184 new rooms and suites and it overlooks the island green on Panther golf course. The Resort is owned by the Howard Hughes corporation and Robard is Howard Hughes middle name. As such the steakhouse is full of Howard Hughes memorabilia - pictures of Howard, posters from his movies, and more.
The main dining area is very upscale and overlooks the 18th island green of Panther Golf Course and the lake with a water fountain. There is also outside dining with a magnificent view of the golf course and lake and a great patio with comfortable seating and a stone fire pit. Robard's is home to a cozy bar area, which typically has live music (a very good piano player when we were there), and an extensive wine cellar with over 1100 bottles of wine.
After being warmly greeting by the maitre d, given a short tour and some history of Robard's we decided to dine at the 60-foot titanium granite bar and catch part of the Houston basketball game as we ate and listened to some very good music by a local piano player and singer. And of course if you sit at the bar you've got to have a drink and before the evening was over the bartenders had forced me to try a couple Bloody Marys, a local beer, a delicious Mojito ((they made an extra one and rather than throw it away they insisted that I drink it), and the "Outlaw." Even though they made the "Outlaw" (named after one of Howard Hughes' movies) right in front of me, I'm not sure how they did it or what went into it except for Howard Hughes' Yellow Rose Whiskey, Paula's Texas Lemon, sugar, thyme, a splash of Ginger Beer, and somehow it was infused with smoke before served to me in a martini glass - wow, that was outstanding!
Not only did our waiter/bartender staff make some excellent drink recommendations but they explained just about everything on the menu and their favorites. And then they insisted that we try one of the appetizer chef's special creations - two different tortilla type chips loaded with some very tasty concoction of shrimp, lobster, scallops, avocado, and more - what a way to start the meal. Speaking of appetizers, K,C, & K (our bartender/waiters - Keith, Cory, and Kevin) said that we have got to try the Candied Bacon appetizer which is Blue Cheese French Toast and Bourbon (not sure I needed any more) Cherry Syrup - I thought that I had died and was having my first meal in heaven - it was that good!
K,C, & K wanted to also bring us the special appetizer (the Seafood Cocktail Flight which was 4 different seafood cocktails that were an interesting concoction of lobster, crab, Guacviche, and Yucatan shrimp) - but we had to politely refuse because K,C, & K also said that we had to try:
I was getting full after the Beet Salad but somehow managed to devour everything that was put in front of me. I tried very had to refuse a desert but when they described some of them I couldn't resist. I immediately had to loosen my belt two notches! I hate to think how much I gained but it was well worth the calories and the experience. All of the steaks are dry aged for 35 days (very unusual for a steakhouse), the bread is fresh baked, and everything is cooked to order with fresh ingredients.
As good as the food was, the service was even better. We were waited on like we were the King and Queen of England by a trio of waiters/bartenders - Cory, Keith, and Kevin - as well as a couple of Robard's staff. The entire staff was very attentive but also friendly, funny, outgoing, and committed to making sure we had a very enjoyable evening.
If you're in the area, you've got to give Robard's Steakhouse a try.
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