Houston >Food & Dining > Farrago
318 Gray St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.751962 -95.376762
Monday To Wednesday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Thursday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, South Central
I've been to Farrago at least 5 times, all for brunch and I will keep coming back. Pato is a great DJ and the mimosas don't stop coming.
Awesome Sunday Funday place, I had a blast last weekend, and will be back soon. keep those mimosas coming!
Disappointing and Inefficient and Not Diner Friendly – We used a travelzoo voucher for dinner last night. We always order a bottle of wine and tip on what the entire bill would be. There was a party in the front bar area and we were seated outside, it started to rain so we went inside. We ordered the crabcake to share (part of the deal - a shared appetizer, though my date thought and told our server he might also order a small pizza as he was very hungry). We also ordered a flight of chardonnay wines. It took awhile for the wines to arrive. We got our app and the server didn't mention getting the pizza so we didn't either. For our entrees, I ordered pesto shrimp and my date ordered the steak. We hadn't even gotten our second wine or finished our app when the entrees arrived (really bad timing on the restaurants' part)...no apologies - she put the plates down - we asked for the second flight...my pesto shrimp was really good - my date's steak which was sold as a thick 12ounce steak appeared and looked like a breakfast steak - it was paper-thin and you cannot get a paper-thin steak medium rare (and it wasn't). We decided not to complain - we should have. We asked our server to bring the next wine flight and he said the owner didn't like to have flights done like that...well, who is the customer? When I have done flights in the past, you get your wines, a small slip of paper describes each one so the waiter doesn't have to...we had hoped to taste one we liked (and we liked #2) and order a bottle...but we were waiting for wine #3...and by that time we were just about done with dinner...what was the point? My date loves chocolate, so when the dessert menu was brought, we ordered the mousse. Our server returned and said there was only cheesecake (this wasn't late at night, so they should have had something more than cheesecake)...we decided not to have any dessert. We mentioned to our waiter that we liked the shrimp very much, that the steak wasn't as described by the waiter or the menu, that the delivery of the wine flight was slow and ineffective (and why), and that we love dining...but this was a poor experience at any price. The manager came over and said the cooler had broken in the night so things bought at the market that day were what they could get...seriously - a poor excuse. A good restaurant let's their wait staff know what is good - especially when what was bought for the day is of poor quality...the flights delivered as the 'owner' thinks they should be delivered is a bad idea because we didn't order a bottle of wine (and would have)...no dessert and you blame that on the cooler? Don't bring a dessert menu if you only have cheesecake? There are plenty of choices in town...unless they improve their service and let the customer decide if they want their wines at one time or as the owner thinks it should be (and really - owner - if that's how you want it - at least don't make the customer ask for them and sit with food in front of them with no wine)...i doubt i'd return. they gave me a $10 certificate as I left...I don't know if I'll use it or not...disappointing.
very disappointed – So my friends and I went last Sunday to Farragos for brunch based on some recommendations from others. I was super excited but that all came to an end very quickly. When we arrived the place looked messy and dirty with food, silverware and napkins on the floor. (It was only 10am so the big brunch rush hadn't hit yet.) The host practically ran to seat us without looking to see if we were following him as he weaved his way through the bar. No menus were given to us for the first 10 minutes. Our server, although nice and polite would take her forever in between visits to the table. She got something wrong on each of our orders not to mention it took almost an hour for our food to come out. The food was average (my breakfast tacos were lukewarm at best). The coffee was cold and weak. On one of the orders the waitress brought us 2 fried eggs extra on the side which we didn't order. We sent those back though the waitress was very hesitant to remove them from the table. Then when she gave us the check she mentioned how she decided not to charge us for the 2 fried eggs, as if she was doing us a favor. WE DIDN"T ORDER THEM! The music being played by the dj was inaudible for the first hour then they cranked it up to where you couldn't hear yourself think. I am pretty easy to please but the experience here was so bad, I will never go back.
Poor Service – We visited Farrago this Sunday. My friend had booked us a table and specifically asked that it be outside. Upon arrival she was told all the outside seating was "booked". Deduct one point.
It took an age for our drinks to arrive, and the waitress seemed unconcerned with taking our order.
Eventually we did get to order. Then we waited, and waited, and waited. We watched people come in, be seated, order and receive their food. The waitress appeared oblivious to how long we'd been there.
Another friend asked about our order and the food arrived some minutes after that. I would hazard to guess that the order got lost.
Of course, my order came out wrong. But, the waitress was nowhere to be seen, and it was already 75 minutes since we'd arrived, I ate it anyway.
The waitress never came to check if everything was OK. There was no obvious manager to speak with.
The food was OK, nothing special. I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn't had to wait so long for it.
It took another eon to receive our checks. The waitress did at least have the good sense to not add on her own gratuity.
Farrago clearly has no problem pulling customers in. They do have a problem in that mistakes in their ordering process go undetected, and their staff are unconcerned.
Great brunch – Had a great brunch this morning. The stuffed Toast is AMAZING! It is a generous portion and the bottomless mimosa for $9 topped off a wonderful meal.
Additional note: We ordered a side order of bacon. It cost $4. We received 3 pieces of bacon (that's over $1 per slice) and was hard to eat! Pass on that item next time!
Comfortable, good food – We went to Farrago's on Tuesday of Admin Assistants' Week. Service was prompt, excellent, but the waiter didn't know the food ingredients (a party member is gluten intolerant). He had to run to the kitchen several times to ask. When asked if the chili was spicy, he haughtily replied, "Well, chili IS spicy." Duh!!! The question was the degree -- not a lecture on what spicy means. Water glasses were promptly refilled, the manager came by to check. Except for the rude waiter, it was a relaxing lunch, where conversation for a party of 10 was possible.
Around the world in midtown – I feel like someone went to eat at Cheesecake Factory and started thinking ‘hey, this is a great concept, but what if we did an upscale local version?’ The idea of a menu featuring items from all over the world is certainly an easy way to please a crowd. Thankfully Farrago has not given into the novelty of their concept and continues to serve up quality food in a pleasant atmosphere with consistently sound service. While some may label their food as ‘fusion’ there is no fusing going on here. Dishes are individually influenced by their chosen region and flavors are not mixed across the categories. I’m grateful for this since the ‘fusion trend’ results in culinary disaster for all but the most talented and creative of chefs.
At dinner time, Farrago prepares a mean burger: thick, juicy, your chosen shade of pink and topped with heaps of glorious cheese. For brunch, treat yourself to the brioche French toast stuffed with cream cheese. If it’s been a tough week, bottomless mimosas are an option.
Middle of the Road for Midtown – In the dictionary, Farrago is defined as a medley or assortment of things. Farrago's menu is diverse, but standard American fare that one can get at a Cheesecake Factory.
I've taken my mom to brunch several times there, because the energy-level is nice during brunch. She always orders the second best thing on the menu-- the "Stuffed French Toast Thick Cut Brioche stuffed w/ Maple Cream Cheese, fried to a Golden Brown w/ a Toasted Pecan Maple Syrup". Their menu describes it perfectly...diners can already envision it when they order it.
Sometimes, the service is slow during brunch, so your stomach might get mad after having to wait 20 minutes after being visually teased by words from a menu. I would suggest ordering an appetizer, but that would not be a healthy suggestion after seeing the medium to large portions of the entrees.
I normally order the cajun eggs benedict there, and I always want to change my order when I smell the maple syrup and the buttery-toasted brioche. My mom always offers me a bite of course.
It should really be on the dessert menu...don't order it if you are on a diet and don't eat the whole thing. Take some home and give yourself a treat later.
Decent Place. Nothing Extraordinary. – I originally wanted to get the spinach & feta souffle but I was informed that they ran out of that item. So I ordered the Breakfast Quesadillas. It was okay. I could have made something similar better at home. Overall, I have yet to see anything spectacular about Farrago.
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