Nobie’s is named after the grandmother of chef Martin Stayer. A trendy, casual, welcoming place, Nobie’s serves delicious food and drinks, with good music and a laid-back vibe.
We’d recommend visiting Nobie’s if you’re visiting or a local and you want to try somewhere new.
We’ll give you all the details you need to know in our full review, including key information, the kind of food and drinks you can expect, what the customer service is like, and more.
Before we get into the review, here are all the key details you need to know about Nobie’s:
|Address||2048 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098|
|Food||Pies, tapas/small plates, fish, chicken|
|Our Recommendations||Dilly bread, daily pies|
Let’s get onto the most important part: the food! Nobie’s serves small plates of food, perfect for sharing. They also have a daily pie menu which is absolutely worth checking out.
The menu changes each day slightly, so some dishes may not be available when you turn up. You can check their website before you go if you’d rather plan ahead, or just ask for recommendations when you get there.Some items may not be available due to a lack of ingredients since Covid. This may change, but it’s something to bear in mind if you’re trying to figure out what to order in advance.
There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options here, and staff may be able to work with you to eliminate some ingredients. They’ll also be able to assist you if a member of your party has allergies, and you need to know the full ingredient list.
There are a few dips/spreads, served with bread or toast. We’d recommend the incredibly delicious dilly bread; a pull-apart milk bread served with garlic and everything butter. You can get smoked trout to go with this, which is an amazing combo.
We’d also recommend the ‘Don’t Worry, Brie Happy’ (brie, local honey, smoked grapes, and toast).
If you’re here for the drinks, you might just want a few snacks rather than a full meal or some sharing plates. Try the crispy chickpeas roasted in a southwestern spice or the beer-battered sweet tots in harissa spices with goats’ cheese.
- Sharing Plates
There’s a larger selection here to choose from, so we’d recommend picking a couple to share. Vegetarians might be tempted by the ‘For Those About to Brocc,’ plate with broccoli, salsa verde, tahini, pickled shallots, and Fresno peppers.
If you want something really special, try the harissa grilled octopus. It comes with chickpea puree, garlicky cucumbers, herbs, jalapeno, and mint yogurt. Truly delicious.
They also make some good ribs, with crispy potatoes and sauerkraut.
- Larger Meals
There is a limited selection of larger meals here, including a chicken salad, whole fish, and gigante beans with braised kale.
Nobie’s is known for making delicious pies. In fact, they make some of the best pies in Houston, according to customers. You can’t leave without trying one of their daily pies! You can call in advance if you want to know which pies they’re serving on the day you plan to go.
You can also grab some whole pies to take out, including the Black Bottom Coconut Pie and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie, both of which are super tasty.
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Nobie’s has a pretty impressive whiskey collection of varying ages. Staff will be happy to give you a recommendation if you want to know which one to go for. They also have a large selection of rums, bitters, and a few cocktails too.
Their wine menu is also impressive, so it’s a good place to go if you want to grab a bottle with friends.
The general vibe of Nobie’s is friendly, happy, and loud. They’re passionate about music, so they play vinyl all day, every day. Saturday night is hip hop night, which gets busy, and the atmosphere is great.
Due to the noise level and the food on the menu, we’d say Nobie’s isn’t the most family-friendly place to go. It’s perfect for a date night or for hanging out with friends. The parking can also be tricky, especially on busy nights.
Also, you should avoid parking in the garage to the left of the building if you are planning on staying a while. The garage will be locked after a while, so try to find somewhere else to park if you want to stay late!
It’s pretty casual, so you won’t have to worry about dressing up. They have gender-neutral restrooms and free wi-fi, too.
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#3. Customer Service
The customer service is great. The staff are friendly and helpful, chatty without being imposing, and can give some good recommendations.
Because it gets so busy, we’d say it’s worth making a reservation in advance to avoid being disappointed. You can get a drink while you wait for your meal, and there’s a nice seating area outside to enjoy.
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Nobie’s is a trendy spot, and some of the dishes and drinks are pricey. You can get a plate of food for around $14, but prices go all the way up to $36.
Wine is available by the glass from $8, but you can get whole bottles of wine for up to $200.
Our Final Thoughts…
We’d absolutely recommend visiting Nobie’s! It’s a great little gem, and it’s worth going not just for the food and drinks, but the atmosphere too. Just watch out for parking on busy days, and make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
We hope this has helped you to figure out whether Nobie’s is your kind of place. If you want to keep exploring Houston, keep reading our guides! Check out our guide to 8 Breathtaking Nightclubs to Enjoy Nightlife in Houston, TX, the Top 8 Spots for a Picnic Outing in Houston, and the 7 Best Houston Bike Trails for Biking and Running.