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  • Come Back to Sorrento

    published December 11, 2003

    Since Houston now has a Museum District and a Theater District, perhaps the stretch of lower Westheimer between Bagby and Shepherd, with its high... More >>

  • Haute Pocket

    published December 4, 2003

    If a well-executed beef Wellington is the pinnacle of beef dishes, then the salmon en croûte ($16.95) at Massa's (1160 Smith,... More >>

  • Non-Endangered Soup

    published November 27, 2003

    There's little chance that the turtle soup ($7.50) at Brennan's (3300 Smith, 713-522-9711) will lose its revered spot on the menu,... More >>

  • Count on Fred

    published November 20, 2003

    Count on Fred: What do two meatballs, plus two hard-boiled eggs, plus marinara sauce, plus angel-hair pasta equal? Capellini alla... More >>

  • Simple Salad

    published November 13, 2003

    Without exotic ingredients, salads usually don't make much of an impression. The goat cheese brûlée salad at Farrago World Cuisine... More >>

  • Slip into Something Comfortable

    published November 6, 2003

    Although the menu at the Daily Review Cafe (3412 West Lamar, 713-520-9217) changes every day, one dish is ever present: the chicken potpie... More >>

  • Houston Vice

    published October 30, 2003

    It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect good things from Vizio. Before opening the restaurant, its chef and owner, Tommaso Lestingi, spent... More >>

  • Dr. Seuss Special

    published October 30, 2003

    Eating spinach for breakfast may seem a little strange. But if you mix it with chives, bell peppers and eggs, it turns into a sort of omelette,... More >>

  • Man Eating Mermaid

    published October 9, 2003

    Man eating mermaid: The elephant is the Thai national symbol of power and peace. Erawan Authentic Thai Cuisine (9402 Richmond,... More >>

  • Niko Niko's

    published September 25, 2003

    Greece is considered the cradle of civilization. This is especially true when it comes to gastronomy, since the first cookbook can be traced to... More >>

  • Deconstructing Joe

    published September 4, 2003

    Before you get heated up over which is better, New York thin-crust or Chicago thick-crust pizza, Star Pizza (2111 Norfolk, 713-523-0800,... More >>

  • Tuna with a Twist

    published August 21, 2003

    Let's face it. It's kinda hard to make a tuna sandwich taste good, let alone great. But the Tuna Lemonaise manages to do just that at... More >>

  • Between Friends

    published August 14, 2003

    The sign on the door to Bunky's Soul Food Café (7265 Scott, 713-747-3663) reads "Feed people good food at a fair price, make a... More >>

  • Bow-Tie Blazer

    published July 31, 2003

    Try the bow-tie tuna ($13.99), and be grateful that the water glasses are especially large. The dish has won King Biscuit Patio Cafe (1606... More >>

  • The Ultimate Surf 'n' Turf

    published July 10, 2003

    In Italian, sea scallops are known as capesante, or "holy shells." Medieval pilgrims visiting the sanctuary of St. James of Compostela in... More >>

  • Test Your Manhood

    published July 3, 2003

    If you're planning to order the chicken-fried steak ($9.95) at Hickory Hollow (101 Heights Boulevard, 713-869-6300, and other locations),... More >>

  • Simply divino

    published June 19, 2003

    I have a theory that whenever a restaurant chooses to name a dish after a particular person, the tribute usually points to one of the better items... More >>

  • Puppy Love

    published June 12, 2003

    There are two reasons to love Annabelle's Diner (705 Taft, 713-523-9959). The first is its BYOD policy (bring your own dog) where, on the... More >>

  • Kissed by a Cajun

    published May 29, 2003

    Be careful what you ask for at The Acadian Bakers (604 West Alabama, 713-520-1484). A request for a Creole kiss (95 cents) might be met... More >>

  • Classic Cubano

    published May 15, 2003

    The pollo a la plancha en ajo ($11) at Boca Chica (2100 Waugh Drive, 713-523-2662) is an assertive dish full of the flavors of Cuba... More >>

  • Feel the Earth Move

    published May 8, 2003

    If you are aroused by just the thought of chocolate, then the Big "O" ($5.25) at The Dessert Gallery (3200 Kirby, 713-522-9999) was created... More >>

  • Frodo Fare

    published April 17, 2003

    At The Rivendell Bar & Grille (920 Studemont, 713-564-3700), there is a magnificent mural of that mystical land of the same name... More >>

  • Don't Go Changin'

    published April 10, 2003

    While the restaurant may have changed its name from Sonoma to 1415 Bar & Grille (so named for its address, 1415 California, 713-977-7911),... More >>

  • Paella for One

    published March 27, 2003

    The Spanish dish paella takes its name from the paellera, the shallow, two-handled, iron pan in which it is both cooked and served. The... More >>

  • Any Given Sunday

    published March 13, 2003

    The problem with David's spinach frittata ($8.99) at Katz's Deli & Bar (616 Westheimer, 713-521-3838) is that it's available only as a... More >>

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