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  • Umai Japanese Restaurant

    published December 31, 2009

    Umai means "delicious" in Japanese, and it is certainly a fitting name for the new, trendy place that just opened on Bellaire,... More >>

  • Flat and Fabulous

    published December 31, 2009

    The andouille and tasso flatbread ($9.50) at Bistro Alex (800 West Sam Houston Pkwy. in the Hotel Sorella, 713-827-3545), owned by... More >>

  • Shade at Canopy

    published December 24, 2009

    "Since shade is such an important part of our lives as an element in Houston's weather, and that's what we called our first restaurant, we... More >>

  • Learning to Share

    published December 24, 2009

    When you order the molcajete especial ($10.95) at Taqueria De Jalisco (408 Old Galveston Rd., 713-378-0059), you get two serving... More >>

  • Merche Restaurant

    published December 17, 2009

    "I am working in one of the best-equipped kitchens I've ever worked in," says Joel St. John of the new Merche Restaurant (21208 Northwest... More >>

  • It's A Plus: Café Pita +

    published December 17, 2009

    At Bosnian restaurant Café Pita + (10890 Westheimer, 713-953-7237), when you order the cevap — pronounced... More >>

  • Yao Restaurant and Bar

    published December 10, 2009

    Michael Bai is the general manager of the new Yao Restaurant and Bar (1201 Fannin, 713-739-9267), which recently opened in The Houston... More >>

  • Vanishing Act

    published December 10, 2009

    The fried avocado ($5.75) at Haute Texan Tacos (2306 Brazos, 832-866-8052) is a fascinating dish, especially since you get to watch as the... More >>

  • Andalucia Tapas and Taverna

    published December 3, 2009

    Adding to the list of restaurants opening in the Houston Pavilions is Youssef Nafaa's Andalucia Tapas and Taverna (1201 San Jacinto,... More >>

  • The Seven Rings of Heaven

    published December 3, 2009

    It's hard to imagine onion rings sending people into a feeding frenzy, but that's what happened recently at Two Saints (12460 Memorial,... More >>

  • Onion Patch Restaurant

    published November 26, 2009

    "Iam from Iquitos, in the rain forest of Peru, where I was a schoolteacher," says Dalia Longwell, who recently opened the Onion Patch... More >>

  • Charcuterie at Frank's Chop House

    published November 26, 2009

    Whether it's curing your own meats or butchering your own pig, artisanal preparations are making a comeback nationwide. At Frank's Chop... More >>

  • Bullritos

    published November 19, 2009

    Bullritos is a new concept from Russell Ybarra, owner of Gringo's Mexican Kitchen. Dish asked Russell about the name. "It's... More >>

  • Crispy and Crispier

    published November 19, 2009

    The crispy cashew calamari ($12.50) at Eddie V's (12848 Queensbury Lane, City Center, 832-200-2380) have layers of crunch. The calamari... More >>

  • Haute Texan Tacos

    published November 12, 2009

    Jason Jones has had a long and distinguished culinary career. He is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef and has worked in Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and... More >>

  • Front Roe

    published November 12, 2009

    The spaghetti bottarga ($16) at Valentino's (2525 West Loop South, 713-850-9200) is an intensely flavored dish that's one-of-a-kind... More >>

  • Two Saints

    published November 5, 2009

    Joe Rippey is one of the co-owners of Two Saints (12460 Memorial, 713-465-8967), which is presently exciting Houston's West Side diners.... More >>

  • Country Cooking

    published November 5, 2009

    The pappardelle campagnolo ($16) at Carrabba's (3115 Kirby, 713-522-3131) showcases lots of basic Italian ingredients. Inch-wide,... More >>

  • Straits

    published October 29, 2009

    Chris Yeo is the owner and culinary director of Straits (800 West Sam Houston Pkwy. North, 713-365-9922), which just opened next door to... More >>

  • Hot aphrodisiacs at Ciao Bello

    published October 29, 2009

    The Oysters Barone ($7.95) at Ciao Bello (5161 San Felipe, 713-960-0333) are an example of an appetizer that showcases some of the best... More >>

  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood

    published October 22, 2009

    Bill Greenwood is the executive chef of the new Eddie V's Prime Seafood (12848 Queensbury Ln., 832-200-2380) that just opened in the swank... More >>

  • Torta Caprino e Cipolle

    published October 22, 2009

    I'm over here: It's easy to overlook the torta caprino e cipolle ($6) at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino (3215 Westheimer,... More >>

  • Valentino

    published October 15, 2009

    In the space that used to house Bistro Moderne in the Hotel Derek, famed restaurateur Piero Selvaggio has just opened the Houston outpost of... More >>

  • Extreme Fusion

    published October 15, 2009

    We like imagining how this dish developed. Maybe at the end of a shift spent rolling nori around sushi rice all day, the chef at... More >>

  • Vin Bar

    published October 8, 2009

    Houston's socialites will have to wait just a tad longer for the famed Valentino's to open. Meanwhile, Chef Cunninghame West and staff are honing... More >>

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