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1998 Stories by Eric Lawlor

Archives: 1998
  • Bad-News Bistro

    published April 30, 1998

    Is it just me, or do some waiters take the cake? Along with a male colleague, I had lunch at Bistro 224 recently and, a day later, lunched there... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published April 23, 1998

    There are two things you need to know about the adobe pie ($6.50) at Mesa Grill (1971 West Gray, 520-8900). One, it doesn't contain any adobe, and... More >>

  • In the Pink

    published April 23, 1998

    There are few good cartoons in the New Yorker anymore, but I did enjoy one that ran last month. A man and a woman are standing at the door of... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published April 16, 1998

    Prego's (2520 Amherst, 529-2420) always manages to intimidate me. The place is so earnest, it puts me in mind of Lenin's Tomb. A friend claims... More >>

  • Avoid the Crowd

    published April 16, 1998

    Elvis might be dead, but Sisyphus isn't. He lives -- at least in spirit -- in the person of a busboy at Clive's. No, he's stopped pushing a rock... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published April 9, 1998

    Do you find it hard to concentrate in Trulucks (5919 Westheimer, 783-7270)? I do. The place suggests an art nouveau railway carriage and makes me... More >>

  • Semper Fidelis

    published April 9, 1998

    How do I know if I've enjoyed a restaurant? Very often, my notes tell the story. Here's a breakdown. Clean notes: awful. Sloppy... More >>

  • Dish

    published April 9, 1998

    A Beignet by Any Other Name Coffee Call has a new name. Starting immediately, both its locations (the original in the Lamar River Oaks... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published April 2, 1998

    The trifle I gorged on as a child was a monstrous thing, including among its list of ingredients a jelly roll, slivered almonds, peach slices,... More >>

  • The Pain in Spain

    published April 2, 1998

    Tio Pepe, when we first visited, was very nice, very pleasant, and very, very empty. It was Monday, of course. A quiet night for most restaurants.... More >>

  • Sol Food

    published March 26, 1998

    My favorite D.H. Lawrence heroine is Juliet, a New York woman who flees her dullard husband -- he wears a gray suit and a gray felt hat -- and... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published March 26, 1998

    It's easy to make an onion quiche. What isn't so easy is making a good one. Actually, it's damn hard. The great stumbling block is the pastry,... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published March 19, 1998

    Mystery surrounds the black bean soup at Cafe Miami (6114 Bissonnet, 772-3042). One person I talked to there said it contained garlic and onions.... More >>

  • Dish

    published March 19, 1998

    He Shoots! He Scores! Should Charles Barkley retire at the end of the season -- as he has hinted that he might -- how is the basketball... More >>

  • Cher Thing

    published March 19, 1998

    There are now two Zydeco diners -- one on Pease, the other on Travis -- and, as far as I'm concerned, that's not nearly enough. In a perfect... More >>

  • Dish

    published March 12, 1998

    Second Coming on Shepherd Those who have longed for this day can finally rejoice. After a decade's absence, Tila's is back. Or it... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published March 12, 1998

    The bread pudding ($4.25) at Gugenheim's (1708 Post Oak Blvd., 622-2773) is something to behold. Served in a plain white bowl, it soars above a... More >>

  • ThEATer

    published March 12, 1998

    I love the Angelika Cafe and Bar. Love it truly, madly, deeply. Why? For lots of reasons, really. But mainly because the hostess there -- a... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published March 5, 1998

    Of all the major food groups, which two are the most important? Meat and Guinness, of course. So rejoice, all ye who fret about your health.... More >>

  • Big Place. Big Mistakes.

    published March 5, 1998

    I received the fright of my life when I entered the new La Strada. (There are now two: the old one on Westheimer and this second version on the... More >>

  • Dish

    published March 5, 1998

    How the West Was Lost I don't think of myself as being easily shocked, but I have to tell you this: I attended the World's Championship... More >>

  • Platonic Love

    published February 26, 1998

    Most Houston chefs, I'd guess, are familiar with Plato. At least to the extent of having heard of him. But how many are so familiar that they... More >>

  • Dish

    published February 26, 1998

    Love for Sale Valentine's Day was a disaster. She Who Brooks No Nonsense was highly critical of the bar of Toblerone I gave her. But the... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published February 26, 1998

    Until recently, I dreaded the onset of a muffuletta urge. It always entailed a major outlay: airfare to New Orleans and back, $188, taxis to and... More >>

  • Dish

    published February 19, 1998

    Burns, Baby, Burns I learned something of great importance the other night: Scots are not the Other. They put their kilts on one leg at a... More >>

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