About Punk's Simple Southern Food
Punk's is all about Southern hospitality married to a healthy dose of swagger and good manners. Southern native Chef Brandi Key channels her inner child at this rambunctious restaurant that almost feels as if you are on her back porch sipping somethin'. From Texas to Louisiana, Mississippi to Georgia and the Carolinas, these are recipes handed down by generations. Mix and match Grandpa Do's buttermilk biscuits - Ham & Jam, Chicken Fry, Crawdads and Gravy Train; Snack on Deviled Eggs with pickled relish, mustard & smoked paprika or Pickled Gulf Shrimp tossed in a medley of fresh vegetables and spiced vinegar. Fried Seafood Poboys, Redfish on the half shell, Braised Collard Greens and Mom's Cornbread share the spotlight with Grandma Pat's Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
American, Comfort Food, Soul food
Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample street parking in Rice Village with full valet service offered as well.
Private Party Facilities:
Comfort is key at Punk’s as guests dig into Deviled Eggs, Sweet Corn Hushpuppies and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Punk's can accommodate parties up to 120 persons on our outdoor patios and up to 100 persons indoors, limited availability. You bring the guests we bring the Southern Food and hospitality.
Private Party Contact:
Punk's Simple Southern Food: 8885017537
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Punk's Simple Southern Food Ratings and Reviews
We had been a couple times and wanted to ...
We had been a couple times and wanted to bring a group of friends with us. Everyone enjoyed themselves and found something delicious to eat. The atmosphere was great and the staff very attentive and service minded. Highly recommend Punks.
I go here for the fried chicken. I reall ...
I go here for the fried chicken. I really don't look at the rest of the menu. However, I overheard the owner telling some other patrons about a special pork chop that sounded good. We didn't get the same spill. Maybe they were VIP diners. The food was great as usual, but it did take about 30 minutes to get it. I assume it's because the chicken is made fresh, at least I hope that's why. Since we had a reservation, our wait to get in was no time. I prefer garlic mashed potatoes over their horseradish recipe, but they were still fine. Again, I go for the chicken. My hubby and I (pregnant) finished all but 2 pieces of a whole bird. You have to be pretty hungry to do that. Order the whole bird if you want to make a second meal out of it. Order the half bird otherwise.
Beautiful night so this satisfied the ne ...
Beautiful night so this satisfied the need for a patio - but the food was just ok. Overpriced and underwhelming. Service started out good, then tapered off. Wouldn't voluntarily go back, but wouldn't be opposed if was invited by someone else. A good option for kids to run around outside while parents wait for the food that comes out slowly. Overall, just meh.
Nice place and great for kids with a hug ...
Nice place and great for kids with a huge outdoor lawn away from traffic. Unfortunately our waiter was clueless and got 3 out of 4 orders wrong: wrong side for the kids' meals, wrong condiments on the burger, etc... He was also one of the slowest waiters I have ever encountered, and did not know the menu at all. Food is ok, nothing exceptional, but it is more than made up for by the outdoor environment. I would go back, but definitely with a different waiter.
Everything was great, especially the Fri ...
Everything was great, especially the Fried Chicken. It was not overly busy during lunch on a Thursday. Parking is easy. I like their menu. It has many choices that are good. Portions are large.
My only complaints are the same ones I have with most restaurants. I told I wanted to be out of the way to be able to discuss business and they gave us a wonderful quiet outdoor table. Perfect! Five minutes later they brought out s group of eight with playful children and seated them next to us when their were dozens of available tables they could have put together for them. So we moved to a less desirable table to be able to talk.
The other item is also at almost every restaurant. The music was so loud with very few customers there that you could hardly think. I'm assuming as I usually do that the waitstaff prefers it at the volume. They should keep it quiet and adjust it higher as the space fills up to keep it the same level.
These two items are pretty nit picky, just be advised. It's a fun place with good good and service. Maybe not the best place to discuss work.
Great food and service, but the place wa ...
Great food and service, but the place was full of families with young children running wild. There is an outdoor area where kids are free to roam, and the parents seem to encourage it, which results in a load, chaotic and rather unpleasant environment . It must have been 50% 2-6 year olds in there on a Friday at 6:30pm, many of them shouting or crying.
If you want someplace to chill and have a drink, this isn't it.
My husband and I enjoy exploring new are ...
My husband and I enjoy exploring new areas and restaurants in the city. I was drawn to the description of this restaurant on open table. Everything was as good as people described. The staff was really helpful since I was having physical difficulties and using a cane for the first time. I really appreciated their help and attention. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. Will definitely be returning.
Our waitress made phenomenal recommendat ...
Our waitress made phenomenal recommendations, and we had an amazing time. The only downside was that there wasn't a table ready at the time of our reservation, and we ended up waiting about 15 minutes before being seated. But from that point forward, it was a great experience.
Wanted to try a new place and this place ...
Wanted to try a new place and this place didn't disappoint. Food was good and had an outside patio which was what we were looking for. Really casual but the inside is a bit small and crowded for a place that is very family friendly. Parking was pricey but for that area it was to be expected. Overall, had a good time and that's what counts most.
Food is very tasty and definitely "comfo ...
Food is very tasty and definitely "comfort" food. Sauces were rich and tasty and the hush puppies were crispy and delicious. My only complaint was we ordered the hush puppies as an appetizer, however they came out a mere few minutes before our main course. I felt a little rushed.
The red beans and rice was bland. They f ...
The red beans and rice was bland. They forgot it came with sausage. The sausage was brought to my table and served as a side. It was unremarkable. The collard greens were overcooked and bland. No cornbread available! No desserts with peaches! Definitely missing Southern ambience.
Classic Southern comfort food in a relax ...
Classic Southern comfort food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We enjoyed a fried chicken dish and a bacon avocado burger. Both were tasty and filling. We originally chose this because of its proximity to Rice University and good ratings on OpenTable. Punk's did not disappoint.
The food & service were wonderful. Howe ...
The food & service were wonderful. However, we elected to eat on the patio, and I won't do that again. A group with children sat next to us, and they proceeded to turn the patio area into their own personal soccer field....complete with yelling parents and children...not exactly the ambience we were going for that day... They seemed to be totally oblivious to the other diners in the area, who did not come there to watch kids play soccer. Next time, we will definitely eat inside....
First the parking is not good. Valet is ...
First the parking is not good. Valet is the only way. While the inside dining room was noisy, we had a server who was not the best. He was trying, but seemed to not be attentive much. The biscuits were good and eggs were done correctly, but it just was not inspiring. There were too many bell peppers in the potatoes, more peppers than potatoes. For brunch, it was underwhelming. The fried chicken looked good, but we did not try that.
We would sit outside next time, if there will be a next time.
Although we made a reservation and they ...
Although we made a reservation and they even called to confirm the reservation when we got there they said that we would have to eat outside (raining and over 90 degrees) because there weren't seats available inside for 2 hours and that because we reserved it that morning it wasn't really a reservation. It was not a quick drive there so very disappointing and embarrassing.
Our waiter was really helpful but the fo ...
Our waiter was really helpful but the food runners were having an issue with table numbers which caused our appetizer to go to another table. After that we received our meals but they were not as good as they had been in the past. Our chicken was dry and needed seasoning and the waffle was hard. Drinks were good though. I have been three other times and always had great food. This time not so much.
Went here for Houston Restaurant Weeks. ...
Went here for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Beautiful place, but the food quality, presentation of the food, the timing of the service and the temperature of the food left a lot to be desired. There were 5 of us in the party, and we all drew the same conclusion. However, the drinks (cocktails) were good and the wine by bottle was reasonably priced.
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