Where wonton soup, pork fries and craft beer peacefully coexist
Nobi Public House’s unassuming location in a suburban strip center doesn’t command a lot of attention. But don’t let the modest exterior fool you. Nobi’s commitment to a constantly rotating selection of quality craft beers and a playful Vietnamese fusion menu make this gastropub remarkable and beloved by a steady stream of loyal customers.
Brothers and successful business owners Charles and Andy Nguyen combined forces to launch Nobi Public House in November 2012. Patrons of Charles’ Friendswood Shell Station, known for its craft beer and wine cache, routinely walked their beverages next door to Andy’s restaurant, Nobi Asian Grill. Now customers don’t have to leave their table to enjoy the best of both in this relaxed establishment.
The brothers’ philosophy is simple: Have fun. Nowhere is this mantra echoed more than the menu. Drawing inspiration from Nobi Asian Grill, the choices range from wonton soup, noodle bowls and banh mi to tacos, wings and pork fries. And you can gild the lily by topping almost everything with a fried egg. These dishes are the perfect sidecar to your craft beer, but solid enough to stand on their own should you drop in at Nobi Public House for a working lunch.
While the staff may have been beer-pouring novices on opening night, Nobi’s emphasis on employee education has built a team knowledgeable about craft brewing.
When customers more accustomed to commercial beers arrive, the staff helps them navigate the current offerings and hone in on flavors they enjoy.
“We recommend approaching beer selections from a food perspective. Do you like sour? Rich? Spicy? Just come open-minded,” advises Channing Herrin, manager and home brewing enthusiast.
With 40 craft beers on tap and scores more available by the bottle, Nobi Public House has distinguished itself as a notable destination for the region’s craft beer aficionados in less than two years since its debut. Houstonians have taken note. However, because Nobi Public House sits squarely in our backyard, we’re going to lay claim to this standout watering hole.
Nobi Public House
241 E. NASA Parkway, Webster