100 Favorite Houston Dishes 2015: No. 85 Hunter's Honey Roasted Duck

By Phaedra Cook

July 2, 2015

Hunter's Honey Roasted Duck at Brennan's Of Houston

Hunter's Honey Roasted Duck at Brennan's Of Houston

Photo by Phaedra Cook

Many people rave about the turtle soup at Brennan’s of Houston. It’s a Houston classic. The noteworthy dish is full of memorable tangy and meaty flavor. People make special trips to Brennan's just so they can satisfy their cravings. It’s nearly required to at least order a cup, although a whole bowlful of it, finished with a generous drizzle of sherry, is even better. 

Chef Danny Trace has put a newer item on the menu, though, that is rather remarkable and it just has to be tried. It’s called “honey roasted duck” but in truth, it’s Peking duck. Louisiana meets China in one dish in a place where you’d least expect it.

Trace actually had a special cabinet brought in to hang the ducks to dry. Afterward, the skins are “puffed” to separate them from the meat. That’s why the skin is so blissfully crisp. Soy and honey glaze gives it a deep mahogany color, as well as both salty and sweet flavor.

The gorgeous duck sits atop a bed of crawfish fried rice and is adorned with watercress and a sunny-side up quail egg. The combination is absolutely perfect. The juices from the roasted duck run down into the rice, making it succulent and moist.

Of course, you can still have the turtle soup beforehand if you want to. We did.

The famous turtle soup at Brennan's Of Houston

The famous turtle soup at Brennan's Of Houston

Photo by Phaedra Cook