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1995 Stories by Alison Cook

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  • Landmark Stuff

    published August 31, 1995

    The tattered strip center at Richmond and Woodhead divulges few clues that inside, a Montrose institution is aborning. First you notice that cars... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published August 31, 1995

    Random Thought: It never fails to amuse me how a restaurant can underwhelm me on the food front and still manage to endear itself. Tutto Bene in... More >>

  • One Man's Meat

    published August 24, 1995

    Flipped inside out of its shell, and scored to unfold like a chrysanthemum, the two-pound Australian lobster tail looked as if it were not... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published August 17, 1995

    Sometimes it seems as if there's a Texas-genre food place on every other corner. You know: fajitas, burgers, steaks, fried things,... More >>

  • Family Feast

    published August 17, 1995

    What a dinner party it would be. In my mind's eye, I can see them bellied up to the red-checked linens at Mandola's Family Table: George Foreman;... More >>

  • Striver's Heaven

    published August 3, 1995

    "That moose never looked so good," deadpanned the man who accompanied me to the newly facelifted River Oaks Grill. A flattering glow from... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published July 27, 1995

    I have been much preoccupied with restaurant slippage recently, so it gladdens me to encounter a place that has managed to improve itself... More >>

  • Jewel in the Pines

    published July 27, 1995

    Writing about the Williams Smokehouse makes me nervous. I find myself irrationally fearful that committing its charms to paper will make this... More >>

  • A Fare to Remember

    published July 20, 1995

    Patrenella's Cafe is an adorable puppy of a restaurant, which is to say there is no way not to love it. So what if it chews on your shoe or has a... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published July 20, 1995

    Thai Tip: I used to long for a Thai drive-thru to open up in Houston. I had the menu all worked out: the kind of grilled chicken Renu's once... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published July 13, 1995

    He Smoots to Conquer: Empire Cafe proprietor Smoot Hull -- he of the long blond locks and the studied cool -- seems to be everywhere of late,... More >>

  • No Tex-Mex!

    published July 13, 1995

    I can't help smiling when I think about Otilia's. It happens when I consider this family kitchen's sopes, each primal, steamy circlet of masa... More >>

  • Pasta Tense

    published July 6, 1995

    There's something oddly unsettling about Houston's new generation of takeout food emporia. Cross the threshold of Yapa or Ferrari Fresh Pasta, and... More >>

  • Goode Comfort

    published June 29, 1995

    Forgive me my skittishness. Disappointment has ambushed me from behind too many familiar restaurant doors of late. Indeed, those who read this... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published June 29, 1995

    A moment of silence, please. That slew of Empire Baking Company mailers that slid through Houston mail slots last week made reference to "Real... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published June 22, 1995

    I've had slippage on the brain lately. I keep going into old-favorite restaurants only to find that all is not well; it would be nice to suppose... More >>

  • The Importance of Being Elouise

    published June 22, 1995

    In most instances a restaurant opening is just a restaurant opening. But sometimes it's a cultural event: one of those occasions that represents... More >>

  • A Pizza Puzzle

    published June 15, 1995

    I knew better than to start writing my review of The Strand Brewery after a single visit. But the roasted garlic pizza at George Mitchell's new... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published June 15, 1995

    Be Afraid: You almost don't want to know what former governor Ann Richards has been up to lately. Not long ago, she and Hillary Rodham Clinton... More >>

  • Clutch City Consumption

    published June 8, 1995

    These are licensed goods," volunteered the officious, crew-cut young man tailing me around the Westpark flea market with a walkie-talkie. He... More >>

  • Unlikely Lunches

    published June 8, 1995

    Lunch at Houston's cities-within-the-city just got a lot more interesting. At the Galleria, Neiman Marcus has plunked its sleek, amusing sidewalk... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published June 1, 1995

    It's all too easy to get into a rut where breakfast is concerned; mornings tend to bring out the creature of habit in all of us. In the interests... More >>

  • Big Fun at Fung's

    published June 1, 1995

    "There's someone back in that kitchen whose only job is to mince and toast garlic," surmised my tablemate as we demolished a mess of soft-shell... More >>

  • Diner's Notebook

    published May 25, 1995

    Trouble in paradise? Though still a hot dining ticket -- literally, with its air conditioning strained past endurance during the recent heat wave... More >>

  • Gulf Coast Fried

    published May 25, 1995

    It's impossible to conduct a civilized existence on the Texas Gulf Coast without convenient access to a good fried seafood dive. Mine is Floyd's... More >>

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