This weekend I’m visiting my parents in Houston. Typically I don’t travel this much, believe me. But that’s beside the point. Yesterday evening, I invited my parents and my brother to Cova, a wine bar we first visited a few years ago at my brother’s suggestion.
Located in a shopping plaza in Houston’s Kirby Drive, Cova is cozy yet sophisticated. It’s decorated simply but with modern accents, like three huge lamps hanging from the ceiling. Cova offers more than 1,200 wines displayed in lines of shelves on its wooden floors and along its walls. You can drink any of their wines on site for a $10 corkage fee, choose from their ample list of wines by the glass or pick a tasting flight. But Cova also stands out for its tapas menu. These aren’t traditional Spanish tapas. Menu items include tuna sashimi, organic beef carpaccio, pizza, a finocchiona panini and oxtails braised in red wine, among others. Everything is available in two sizes: tapas (small) and raciones (a little larger).
My mom and I shared a cheese and charcuterie plate, a generous dish of four types of cheese and four types of meats. The meats are set — finocchiona, jamon serrano, braseola and rosette de Lyon — but you can choose the cheeses from a selection of about 14 firm and soft cheeses. My dad ordered the oxtail; the meat just falls off the bone and has an intense flavor of wine. My brother ordered the panini.
We’ve been to Cova several times together and we’ve always enjoyed the food, wine and overall experience. This time service was a little spotty but that didn’t spoil our fun.
Cova – Hand-Selected Wines
5600 Kirby Dr.
[tags] Cova, Houston, wine bars, tapas [/tags]