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Five Houston Culinary Splurges

Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.

The conversation continues with an employee from Porch Swing Pub who says the staff at The Good Life was not told the bar had closed, so some of them ended up at Porch Swing that evening. The Facebook page has not been updated since October 31. In fact, one user's question about the establishment's status has yet to be answered. It seems it's a done deal; however, according to an updated post from Eater, The Good Life is closed for renovations and will reopen in 2014.

Now let's look at the openings.

Caracol is finally open. The much-anticipated Mexican seafood restaurant from chef Hugo Ortega officially opened its doors to the public on December 16 for lunch. The restaurant's Web site has published a copy of the menu. Highlights include a ceviche de caracol with conch, pineapple, ginger and red jalapeño, and langosta Puerto Nuevo, a grilled lobster with flour tortillas, playa la ropa beans and arroz Mexicana. Caracol also serves Mexican street food such as empanadas de saragalla (spicy hashed fish turnovers with cilantro cream) and taquitos tronadores de carnitas (crispy rolled pork tacos with avocado-tomatillo salsa).

Live Alaskan King Crab at Fung's Kitchen: one of the most decadent foodie pleasures you'll ever experience.
Photo Courtesy of Fung's Kitchen
Live Alaskan King Crab at Fung's Kitchen: one of the most decadent foodie pleasures you'll ever experience.
Harry's does French toast the decadent way: with Greek yogurt ice cream and a baklava filling.
Kaitlin Steinberg
Harry's does French toast the decadent way: with Greek yogurt ice cream and a baklava filling.

The Clumsy Butcher Group has made a change in plans regarding the craft beer and wine bar Trigger Happy, which was scheduled to open next to Goro & Gun. Kaitlin Steinberg reported that the group has decided to change the name from Trigger Happy to The Nightingale Room, and that it will be led by OKRA Charity Saloon's general manager, Mike Criss. He tells Steinberg that he wants The Nightingale Room to be a venue where local musicians and bands can play and guests can dance on Fridays and Saturdays. Trigger Happy was going to focus on craft beer and wine, but The Nightingale Room will have a full bar and possibly a punch of the week. Criss and Clumsy Butcher hope to have the new place open in March.

Because Ramen Jin's soft opening was so successful (it ran out of ingredients!), the owner, Brian Chen, posted on Facebook that he had decided to close the restaurant until December 20 in order to make appropriate changes and improvements.

Another ramen-centric restaurant will open early next year on Washington Avenue. Eater reports that Ninja Ramen, from Christopher Huang, will probably not have any menu at all. Huang tells Eater that he hopes customers will just walk in and say they want the ramen. Customers dressed as ninjas might get discounts, too.

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