First Look Tasting: Potente

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On February 22, HFBC members were invited to be among the first to experience the new high-end Italian eatery, Potente. The restaurant is owned by Astros owner Jim Crane's, and joins the downtown food scene at the 500 Crawford building across from Minute Maid Park. Executive chef Michael Parker (Crane's own personal chef) and Chef du cuisine Michael Rideout (Formally of Tony's) treated HFBC to a wide assortment of Northern Italian dishes and drinks. Here's a recap of all the delicious food, decor, and coverage.


The plates of food were coming from everywhere as bloggers scattered to get their shots.

The chef came out and gave us more information on the restaurant, menu, and what inspired it all.

The Menu


Frozen Negronis

Photo Credit: @superkeatzhtown

Twisted Breadsticks

Photo Credit: MsIndependent


 Porterhouse steak

Photo Credit: The Corkscrew Concierge

Rigatoni & Fotina Stuffed Meatball

Photo Credit: MsIndependent

Chicken Skewers

Photo Credit: The Corkscrew Concierge

Risotto Balls

Photo Credit: @BlackGirlsWhoBrunch

Caesar Salad Wedges

Photo Credit: @713FoodClique

Italian BBQ Shrimp with Giant Couscous

Photo Credit: The Corkscrew Concierge

Margherita Pizza

Photo Credit: Brunch and Coversation

Cheese Pizza

Photo Credit: Corkscrew Concierge

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Chocolate & Vanilla Tiramasu Balls

Photo Credit: Taste and See Life


Beef Carpaccio

Photo Credit: 2 Girls Who Travel


We were treated to red and white wine, frozen negronis, and this fiery drink that came with a show.

To see even more coverage from the HFBC first look at Potente check out even more tasty pics and coverage from these food bloggers.