Houston Bites: Main St. Bistro

Mile High Meatloaf

Nothing better than this Mile High Meatloaf to start off the special series of Houston Bites! Exploring the distinct and peculiar restaurants that Houston has to offer is a favorite hobby of mine and I would love to share my finds with everyone else. Me and my friends are usually indecisive when it comes to picking restaurants. After one look though at the Yelp user pictures for this place, we had all already decided this was the location we wanted to try. Main St. Bistro, a local restaurant, tucked away in the local district of League City, was just the place we were looking for. All of the sandwiches and burgers for lunch looked so good! From the Monterrey Chicken Sandwich with Lacey Swiss Cheese and Sautèed Corn to the Bob Marley with Habanero Jamaican Jerk Remoulade Slaw and Battered Fish, the menu certainly had our attention. Regardless of the small size of the lunch menu, it was still tough deciding between all the delicious sounding dishes.

The Mile High Meatloaf for me was an obvious choice after seeing how heavenly it looked! Honestly, the best part about it was the mashed potatoes with the bbq sauce. The onion rings were great, but the large size caused them to fall apart when eating. The meatloaf was alright; it was a pretty large size for one meal and I ended up taking more than half of it home.

Would I come here again? Sure. Definitely want to try their sandwiches. Overall, this place was a nice hole in the wall type of restaurant. A little small inside, but the friendly waiters and funky atmosphere gave us a great experience overall!

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Main St. Bistro

Main St. Bistro

Mile High Meatloaf

Lebanese Baked Mashed Potatoes with Meat!

Lebanese cuisine has some of the most interesting and unique foods from around the world. I first saw this dish on Tabkhet el yom’s blog which, by the way, features the best of the Lebanese food out there. At first look, you’d say that this is a bland dish because of the simplicity of it. I made it not knowing what to expect and even surprised myself by how much I LOVED this dish! If you have many potatoes and don’t know what to do with them, then definitely take this recipe into consideration :)

Ingredients:

  • about 10 medium sized potatoes (or 1 kg)
  • 1/3 lb of ground beef, cooked
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses (grenadine molasses)
  •  1 tbsp corn oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp of seven spices
  • handful of pine seeds
Directions:
  1. Boil the potatoes until they are tender and can be peeled (may take about an hour). Mash them in a medium sized bowl and mix in the teaspoon of salt and 1 tbsp of butter as well.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. Fry until they are are caramelized and then add the pine nuts. After the pine nuts are golden brown, add the cooked meat to the mixture.
  4. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tbsp of pomegranate molasses, and the seven spices.
  5. Put half of your mashed potatoes in the bottom of a baking dish and flatten out. Cover with your meat mixture and then add another layer of mashed potatoes to the top.
  6. Spread your remaining tbsp of butter on top of the mashed potato surface and sprinkle the breadcrumbs evenly.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until well done.
For more pictures check out this recipe on Tabket el Yom’s page.