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It's a fine dining restaurant. No wait. It's a casual restaurant. No wait. It's both!

The Pass and Provisions just off of the Allen Parkway on Taft Street has two names in its title, because it's two restaurants in one building.

The brainchild of chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner, the concept is to offer up a real choice for dining patrons.

Houston food blogger Mai Pham recently visited The Pass and Provisions to find out what it is all about.

When you first walk in, you see Provisions, the casual restaurant. It is filled with long wooden tables and simple glasses holding napkins and silverware.

You also see, at the far side of the restaurant, a beautiful fiery glow from a wood-burning oven churning out 800 degrees of pizza cooking heat.

Walk through a huge sliding door just to the right of the entrance and you enter The Pass, a much more elegantly decorated restaurant that serves up

a nightly 5 or 8 course tasting menu.

"We had a lot of ideas for restaurants," Gallivan told Pham. "But when we saw this space we knew that we could use it to create what we have built here."

The dishes for the two restaurants reflect the different concepts. At Provisions, it's casual food. Gourmet pizzas, simple pasta dishes, and sandwiches dominate the menu.

At The Pass, you can expect to get things in the tasting menu like the whimsically named "Ham and Eggs", which is actually a caviar dish served up with a giant crispy cracklin'

that is used to scoop up the caviar and seasonings.

The Pass and Provisions is located at 807 Taft Street.

For more information, visit http://passandprovisions.com/.

To read Mai Pham's blogs, visit the Examiner at http://www.examiner.com/fine-dining-in-houston/mai-pham and Houston Press at http://blogs.houstonpress.com/author.php?author_id=2696.

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