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2004 Stories by Paul Galvani

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  • Fish Bowl

    published December 30, 2004

    Somehow "fish stew" ($10.99) doesn't sound half as appetizing as peixada à brasileira, its Portuguese translation, found on... More >>

  • Luscious Liquid lunch

    published December 23, 2004

    Otilia's Mexican Restaurant's (7710 Long Point, 713-681-7203) cream of poblano soup ($5.50) with a michelada ($3.75) may well be the... More >>

  • Irish Italian

    published November 25, 2004

    The sign outside Kenneally's Irish Pub (2111 South Shepherd, 713-630-0486) says "cold beer and great pizza." But Kenneally's pizza is... More >>

  • A Slice of Heaven on Earth

    published November 18, 2004

    When you order the white chocolate raspberry cake at Rustika Cafe & Bakery (3237 Southwest Freeway, 713-665-6226), be prepared for an... More >>

  • Prize-Winning Paella

    published November 4, 2004

    Earlier this summer, Rioja Spanish Tapas Restaurant (11920 Westheimer, 281-531-5569) ran away with the first prize at the Houston... More >>

  • Enchilada Heaven

    published October 21, 2004

    The King Ranch enchiladas ($8.95) at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen (12637 Westheimer, 281-679-8300) should satisfy just about any cowpoke.... More >>

  • Marvelous Meat

    published October 14, 2004

    The chateaubriand ($62) at Chez Nous (217 South Avenue G, Humble, 281-446-6717) is probably the best piece of meat in town. It's a USDA... More >>

  • Cowboy Cookin'

    published October 7, 2004

    The minute we were seated at The Burning Pear, the cowboy cuisine restaurant in the Sugar Land Marriott, the breadbasket arrived. The mini... More >>

  • I Say Tortilla, You Say Tortilla

    published October 7, 2004

    In Houston, ask for a tortilla, and you're likely to be answered with "Flour or corn?" -- not eggs. But the tortilla espagnola ($3 per... More >>

  • Cottage Industry

    published September 23, 2004

    The cottage pie ($7.95) at the Stag's Head Pub (2128 Portsmouth, 713-533-1199) comes in its own oval serving dish. Finely minced beef... More >>

  • Soup to Cry By

    published September 16, 2004

    The soupe à l'oignon gratinée ($6) at Le Mistral (1420 Eldridge Parkway, 832-379-8322) is guaranteed to put a smile on... More >>

  • Make Mine Meaty

    published September 9, 2004

    Hoagie, hero, grinder, sub, poor boy -- no matter what you call it, it all comes down to pretty much the same thing: a stuffed sandwich on some... More >>

  • Rum Runner

    published August 26, 2004

    It's almost a pity that one has to enjoy a whole meal at Buon Appetito (2231 West Holcombe, 713-665-4601) before getting to taste the house... More >>

  • Long Gone

    published August 12, 2004

    Even though Chef Michael has moved on, his legacy lives on at La Strada (322 Westheimer, 713-523-1014) in "Michael's favorite chicken"... More >>

  • French Accent

    published July 8, 2004

    Crepes aren't easy to make. Getting the thickness just right is essential; too thin and they won't hold up, too thick and they won't cook right.... More >>

  • Haute Dog

    published July 1, 2004

    The hot dog is to the United States what merguez -- thin, spicy beef or lamb sausage -- is to Algeria. And since so many Algerians have... More >>

  • Cafe Express

    published June 24, 2004

    Nice salad: The funnest thing about eating at Cafe Express (1422 West Gray, 713-522-3100; and other locations) is hitting the... More >>

  • Decadence Squared

    published June 10, 2004

    At Piatto Ristorante (4925 West Alabama, 713-871-9722), the menu's description of the "asparagus special" ($9.99) had me salivating before... More >>

  • Colorless Chicken

    published May 27, 2004

    If ever there was a monochromatic dish, it would be the chicken Natalie ($15) at Café Natalie (2012 Highway 90A, 281-232-9191). Its... More >>

  • Transcultural Tuna

    published May 13, 2004

    Ragazza's signature dish, the tuna Ragazza ($16.95, 920 Studemont, 713-864-3700), is an elegant blend of Japanese and Italian cuisines.... More >>

  • Mycological Masterpiece

    published April 29, 2004

    Mushroom lovers will revel in the mixed mushroom phyllo strudel ($8.75) at Shade (250 West 19th Street, 713-863-7500), the restaurant... More >>

  • As You Like It

    published April 22, 2004

    When the waiter delivered the crawfish dinner ($15.95) at the Magnolia Bar & Grill (6000 Richmond, 713-781-6207), he asked with a wry... More >>

  • Stale Bread

    published April 15, 2004

    Whoever came up with the idea for bread pudding deserves to be immortalized. The creative dish made from stale bread spans many nations and... More >>

  • Beat the Drum

    published March 25, 2004

    Salads rarely inspire my adoration, because most of the time I associate them with dieting. But the grilled beef salad ($9) at Bongo's Latin... More >>

  • Chic Grits

    published March 18, 2004

    The homemade breads and muffins, which accompany each meal, are reasons enough to eat at Ouisie's Table (3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264),... More >>

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