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  • Giant Burger

    published December 29, 2005

    Hobbits may be dwarflike creatures who like to eat a lot, but they'd be hard-pressed to get their mouths around the avocado buffalo burger ($8.79)... More >>

  • Unconventional Pair

    published December 22, 2005

    Samosas are savory Indian pasties. Sold on the streets of every Indian town, they're normally filled with potatoes, vegetables or meat. At... More >>

  • Doing It Right

    published December 15, 2005

    The veal puttanesca ($19.95) at Mangola's (11786 South Wilcrest, 281-498-7950) is a seductive, exciting dish worthy of its name,... More >>

  • That Little Something Extra

    published December 8, 2005

    The ranch burger ($6.35) at Cahill's on Durham (903 Durham, 713-864-9400) is perfectly executed, and its smearing of ranch dressing adds a... More >>

  • Unexpected Treasure

    published December 1, 2005

    The menu at Yia Yia Mary's Greek Kitchen (4747 San Felipe, 713-840-8665) doesn't even hint at all the joys in store for the customer who... More >>

  • It's All in the Packaging

    published November 24, 2005

    The mango cake ($10, or two for $15) at Jungle Cafe (9110-A Bellaire Boulevard, 713-272-6633) is more than an unbelievably delicious cake... More >>

  • Warm-up Course

    published November 10, 2005

    One thing Italians know how to do is eat. Antipasto is like a series of tapas; but instead of serving them on different plates like the Spaniards... More >>

  • Bulbous Basbas

    published November 3, 2005

    Fennel, a plant of the parsley family, is native to the Mediterranean. It looks a little like celery, except that it has a broad, bulbous base and... More >>

  • Special Spears

    published October 27, 2005

    Asparagus, from the Greek word meaning "stalk" or "shoot," was first cultivated in Greece 2,500 years ago. The crispy herb asparagus ($7.95) at... More >>

  • Banana Hammock

    published October 20, 2005

    The camarones Hennessy en hamaca ($11.50) at Beso (2300 Westheimer, 713-523-2376) are a perfect example of chef Arturo... More >>

  • Funky Pizza

    published October 13, 2005

    Lemongrass isn't a likely ingredient for a pizza. And a squeeze of lemon? Even less so. But it's precisely these delicate flavors that make the... More >>

  • Tex-Mex Twist

    published October 6, 2005

    A burger is the last thing you'd expect to find at a Tex-Mex place, but then again, the Last Concert Cafe (1403 Nance, 713-226-8563) isn't... More >>

  • Four's Better Than Three

    published September 29, 2005

    We know this, but we don't know why. Otilia's (7710 Long Point, 713-681-7203) cuatro leches cake ($3.95) is out of this world, but... More >>

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

    published September 22, 2005

    According to www.chocolate.org, 50 percent of women prefer chocolate to sex. They're sure to find the... More >>

  • They Did It My Way

    published September 15, 2005

    Brown Bag Deli (2036 Westheimer, 713-807-9191), customization is the name of the game. Customers pick up brown bags outside the deli's... More >>

  • Do You Smoke?

    published September 8, 2005

    One taste of the smoked catfish ($10.75) at Spanish Flowers (4701 North Main, 713-869-1706), and you'll know you're tasting something very... More >>

  • Bite It

    published September 1, 2005

    Don't be fooled into believing that the Killer "B" Cookies ($1.29 each) at Berryhill Baja Grill (2639 Revere, 713-526-8080) are your... More >>

  • How Sweet It Is

    published August 25, 2005

    The gooey pecan cake ($7.95) at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (5839 Westheimer, 713-780-7352) is sort of like a pecan pie turned inside out.... More >>

  • Complex Cuisine

    published August 18, 2005

    The three cheese and risotto torta ($11.95) at benjy's (2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602) is a study in complexity and intensity. The perimeter... More >>

  • Three-course Lunch

    published August 11, 2005

    When you order the oyakodon rice bowl ($7) at Daiji's Izakaya Japanese Tapas Bar (1201 Caroline, 713-651-3030), you also get a bowl... More >>

  • The Art of Presentation

    published August 4, 2005

    The shrimp with corn bread ($9) at Ibiza (2450 Louisiana, 713-524-0004) is not only a culinary tour de force, it's an artistic masterpiece.... More >>

  • No Cracker Required

    published July 28, 2005

    When you consider the amount of effort it takes to consume boiled crawfish, it's a wonder anyone still eats them. Getting your mudbug fix is much... More >>

  • Hair of the Perro

    published July 21, 2005

    The shrimp ceviche ($9.99) at the Thirsty Cactus Cantina (2416 Brazos, 713-521-1776) is the perfect antidote to a hard night on the town.... More >>

  • Old Dog, New Tricks

    published July 14, 2005

    The "perro caliente" ($4.25) at Onion Creek Coffee House (3106 White Oak Drive, 713-880-0706) is a dog with an attitude. Two large all-beef... More >>

  • Split Personality

    published July 7, 2005

    The menu at Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill (2168 Texas Drive in Sugar Land, 281-242-1121) is divided in two. First there's the... More >>

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