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Eastbound and Downtown

The top 10 restaurants in EaDo.

Growler's is waiting on one last permit clearance before they can officially start selling, but the TABC licensing is squared away. The store may be ready to sell beer in a soft-opening capacity as early as next week, said Bunze.

"We may do something quiet, just kind of unlock the door and just say come check us out early."

TOP 10

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
The 10 best spots for oysters.

KATHARINE SHILCUTT

With oyster season in full swing, many of our readers have asked where to get great oyster deals around town. After all, the chief allure of Gulf oysters aside from their plump sweetness is the low cost. (God, we are so tremendously spoiled down here.)

I called around to some of my favorite oyster-shucking spots in Houston and found ten great oysters-by-the-dozen deals that run the gamut from happy-hour pricing to everyday steals. Even better, these spots are scattered all over town, so there's a platter of half-shells waiting out there for everybody.

Sam's Boat

Cost: $9.99 a dozen

When: 3 to 7 p.m. every day

Denis' Seafood House

Cost: $7.99 a dozen

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (during happy hour; only available at the bar)

Ragin Cajun (all locations)

Cost: $7 a dozen

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

BB's Cafe (all locations)

Cost: $6.95 a dozen

When: Wednesdays

Crabby Daddy

Cost: $5.99 a dozen

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays (during happy hour)

Pappadeaux (all locations)

Cost: $5.95 a dozen

When: Mondays through Thursdays (only available at the bar)

Danton's

Cost: $5.50 a dozen

When: Mondays

Tommy's Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Cost: $5 a dozen

When: all day Tuesdays and Fridays, and 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (during happy hour)

Captain Tom's (all locations)

Cost: $6.95 a dozen

When: all day, every day

Captain Benny's (all locations)

Cost: $5.95 a dozen

When: all day, every day

TOP 5

OUR FOIE 5
The five foie gras dishes you must try in Houston.

JOANNA O'LEARY

I enjoy eating foie gras and I'm not going to apologize for it. I don't believe in animal cruelty (and whether force-feeding is actually "cruel," painful or harmful is a matter of debate), but I do believe in an individual's right to choose what he or she consumes.

Furthermore, I would consider myself a hypocrite for castigating foie gras producers when I do not subject other animal-flesh purveyors (many of whose factory-farm practices are, I think, far more despicable than force feeding) to the same scrutiny and product abstention.

Well, now that I've surely satisfied any and all political objections to this piece, here are my top 5 foie gras dishes in Houston.

5. Foie Nigiri at Uchi

Though perhaps not the most "traditional" item on the menu, Uchi's foie nigiri, which combines, as you might expect, foie gras, and as you might not expect, quinoa rather than white rice, is pretty damn delicious.

4. Foie Gras with Gingerbread and Caramelized Oatmeal at Roost

Roost has a way with duck liver. The restaurant first garnered heavy praise for its foie gras butter that accompanied the bread service; now the restaurant offers a more artful but no less appetizing dish of slightly smoky cured foie gras, tart cranberry sauce, gingerbread and a rich caramelized onion oatmeal. It's Thanksgiving meets Christmas meets Meat Butter. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

3. Foie Gras "Breakfast" at Triniti

Some genius at Triniti appreciates that no meal should be safe from decadent perversion and to demonstrate it, tops off the already over-the-top combination of a buttermilk pancake, quail egg and candied bacon with a slab of seared foie gras. To this guy or gal, I say, "Well done, you!" But also, nix the scare quotes. Screw Wheaties; this is the breakfast of champions.

2. Foie Gras and Scallops at Kata Robata

Liver and mollusks are a winning combination, as aptly demonstrated by Kata Robata's luscious appetizer of Hudson Valley foie gras, seared scallops and teriyaki sauce. The only downside is that the main dishes that follow are likely to fall short, except perhaps the lobster macaroni and cheese.

1. B.M.F. Burger at The Burger Guys

Call me crazy, but I don't like bacon on my burgers, and I think at one point I explained this preference by saying something like, "I don't like more meat on top of meat." Well, that was a stupid thing to say and clearly not true, since a fried egg only improves a burger, and foie gras turns it into a heaven-sent sandwich. Case in point: the B.M.F. Burger, which layers Akaushi beef, a generous three ounces of foie gras, onion bacon jam, garlic aioli and a ladle of gastrique sauce. You will have multiple food orgasms despite the fact that you're out $35.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings and Closings
Backstreet is back, plus craft-beer-based grub gets wheels.

KATHARINE SHILCUTT

Congratulations, Katy — your grocers have officially gone green. Two new grocery stores are opening this week in Houston's far west suburbs starting with the Whole Foods Market that opened on Wednesday, January 30. The newest Whole Foods features 34,000 square feet of organic goods at its location on 6601 South Fry Road.

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