RDG + Bar Annie Anew …

Laurann Claridge  |  Photos by RDG + Bar Annie, Chris Frankel and Robert Del Grande
January 17, 2014

I’s been more than five years since RDG + Bar Annie changed their moniker from Café Annie and moved down the block on Post Oak. Never one to rest on his laurels (of which there are more than any of us can count), chef Robert Del Grande is changing things up at his dual concept. He’s brought in barman Chris Frankel to mix up brandy and eau de vie centered cocktails, all while Del Grande plays mad scientist in the kitchen, whipping up small bites to pair with those bracing new elixirs. At the entrance to RDG, you’ll pass the new icy raw bar overflowing with offerings from the sea, with oysters and mussels from chillier waters such as Prince Edward’s Island as well as our own Gulf Coast shrimp and crab. Bar Annie’s menu of bar bites pair beautifully with the tweaked cocktail list. If you fancy rum, try the Cobra’s Fang ($9). For gin fans, we guarantee the gin tinged with house-made tonic ($8) is quite remarkable. We swooned over the steak tartar napped with a gin sabayon in lieu of fresh egg yolk ($22). The playful smoked brisket sloppy Joe — sandwiched with warm queso, no less ($16) — is nothing like your mama made. And how can we forget the RDG maki roll, made with Ahi tuna ($16) — try it carnivore-style with a combo of slices from the cap of the rib-eye and dried figs topped with a dab of chipotle sauce.