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Editor's note: The Press regrets the oversight. However, the winner for Best Latin Venue won by many more votes than were contained in the ballot box left at the club.
Messing with Texas
Taste of controversy: The first section of the Houston Press I turn to each week is Cafe. After your recent filleting of Taste of Texas and owner Edd Hendee ["Past Its Prime," by Robb Walsh, August 11], it looks like the Letters section will be my first choice for the next several weeks.
Leave politics out of it: Um, if Robb Walsh doesn't dig Tilman Fertitta's politics, then why doesn't he mention them at the end of every review of his restaurants, like he does Edd Hendee's Taste of Texas? Hey, Taste of Texas has been slipping for a while, that's no secret, but why rip the dude for something that has nothing to do with the freaking restaurant? I, for one, happen to think Walsh is an ignorant ass-hat, but you don't see me mentioning it in this letter, do you?
Kudos, Robb: This week's letters regarding Robb Walsh's review of the Taste of Texas led me online to see what the hoopla was all about. I normally skim reviews, but I read this one. I felt compelled to write in support of Robb Walsh's review.
I found his review as follows: 1) informative on several levels (food, politics); and 2) educational on several levels (food, politics). I'm glad I took the time out to read it. Robb explained his reasons for injecting politics into a restaurant review quite successfully. I want to know if the owner of a restaurant I patronize supports child molesters.
Needless to say, it will take a positive review from Robb to make me visit the Taste of Texas again. I encourage Robb to keep up the good work.
Don't mess with Texas: Let me see if I have this right and can understand the intellect of your food critic. According to the review, the mid-week crowd at the popular Taste of Texas restaurant was there for "political reasons" and the resulting 40-minute wait had nothing to do with excellent food, service or ambience. How could so many be so wrong? Their preference for the world-acclaimed product pales in comparison to the opinion and rantings of one liberal food critic who appears to have a hard-on for conservative talk radio, Edd Hendee, bible-study class, Second Baptist Church, Rush Limbaugh and Tom DeLay. What on earth do his bitter rantings have to do with the food quality? The reviewer claims that Edd Hendee "vents his hatred" for Muslim terrorists, liberals, immigrants and bomb-making. Come to think of it, I'm not real pleased with them either. Thank God they don't eat at Taste of Texas. If national publications call the Taste of Texas one of the top ten steak houses in America, that's good enough for me. The place is so popular that I haven't been able to get in for several years of trying. I had to smile when the critic stated that he was so full that he barely touched his cheesy potatoes. If the food was so substandard, why did he eat so much of it? But the main point is this: The place is called Taste of Texas. The food is what is served by Texas to Texans in a Texas atmosphere. It is not an EYE-talian steak house, a Fertitta clone or a Yankee import. It's about Texas, and he shouldn't mess with Texas!
Kenneth R. Bryan
In "Who Cares?" (August 11) Bema Johnson-Hall's first name was misspelled.
And Robb Walsh's August 11 review of Taste of Texas, "Past Its Prime," mentioned that the salad bar featured iceberg lettuce but didn't add that spinach and mixed greens are also available. In addition, Walsh stated that he suspected Taste of Texas's rib-eye steak wasn't aged at all. In fact, the menu states that it was aged 30 days.
The Press regrets the errors.