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2000 Stories by Dennis Abrams

Archives: 2000 | 1999
  • The Price of Perfection

    published November 9, 2000

    In a world fraught with ambiguity and doubt, one thing can be stated with absolute certainty: Teuscher champagne truffles are the finest... More >>

  • Location Be Damned

    published August 24, 2000

    The legend of 1512 West Alabama has developed like a spellbinding gothic novel, beginning with a few blessedly naive souls who refused to believe... More >>

  • Raising the Bar Too High

    published August 10, 2000

    In his classic book The Physiology of Taste, writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin boldly stated, "The discovery of a new dish does more for... More >>

  • The European Experience, Via Katy

    published July 20, 2000

    I have a confession to make: I'm a big-city food snob. So when I was told that there was a great Spanish restaurant in Katy, my initial reaction... More >>

  • Falling For It

    published June 22, 2000

    The Humpty Dumpling Café had its work cut out to overcome some major biases on my part. First, there's the restaurant's name. I hate... More >>

  • Name Above the Title

    published May 18, 2000

    To: Zumm Escudier, executive chef, Angelika Cafe and Bar From: Dennis Abrams, Houston Press Subject: Groveling Mr. Escudier, I may... More >>

  • Through the Past Darkly

    published May 11, 2000

    Let's do the time warp again: Imagine continental cuisine served without irony, and waiters who do more than recite the day's specials and... More >>

  • Get In Line

    published May 4, 2000

    It seems everybody's doing it. First, it was Robert Del Grande and his clan (Cafe Annie), then it was Michael Cordóa (Américas and... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published April 20, 2000

    Nothing Fishy Here: I had been eating at Van Loc [3010 Milam, (713)528-6441], one of my favorite Vietnamese... More >>

  • Takes the Cake

    published April 13, 2000

    Sometimes, late at night, I start imagining there are only two kinds of restaurants: the kind that makes you feel as though you should be grateful... More >>

  • Waiting for Turbot

    published March 30, 2000

    Setting: The Remington Grill. A weekday night. David, Ruth, Robert and Dennis arrive on time, having previously confirmed their... More >>

  • Bloody Good

    published March 23, 2000

    Sometimes, when grazing from an all-you-can-eat buffet, it's best not to know exactly what you're stuffing into your mouth. More on that in a... More >>

  • Drowning in Marinara

    published March 16, 2000

    The medieval question used to be, How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? The question for Houstonians in the year 2000 might be, How many... More >>

  • Sibling Rivalry

    published March 2, 2000

    Mediterranean restaurants, which used to be called "Middle Eastern" before we developed an acute case of political correctness and learned to stop... More >>

  • Get Sauced

    published February 17, 2000

    As I write this, I turn 40. With all the worries and self-evaluations that go with that chronological milestone, I've been thinking about, among... More >>

  • Crema de la Crema

    published February 10, 2000

    When one thinks of south-of-the-border cuisine, one does not immediately think of El Salvador, a country more known for surviving a vicious civil... More >>

  • Bear Hug

    published February 3, 2000

    When you go to Cafe East -- and you definitely should -- make sure to call ahead to find out if it's open. Here's the deal: The... More >>

  • Ooh Lai Lai!

    published January 27, 2000

    The first thing you need to know about Lai Lai Dumpling House is that the restaurant doesn't take credit cards. It's a cash-only eatery.... More >>

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