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2000 Stories by Robb Walsh

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  • Uncorking a Bargain

    published December 28, 2000

    Reims, the Disneyland of bubbly, is the capital of the French Champagne district. Under the streets of this ancient metropolis, miles upon miles... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published December 28, 2000

    The copper bar is tucked into the corner of the front room at Cafe Perrier [4304 Westheimer, (713)355-4455]. There is a large framed photo of an... More >>

  • Brave Nuevo World

    published December 21, 2000

    A Six-Part History of Tex-Mex In the... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published December 21, 2000

    With its glittering mosaics and oversize artworks, the place looks like an art gallery when empty. Wedged into a corner of a red leatherette... More >>

  • Creole Country

    published December 14, 2000

    Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, (713)522-9711. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.;... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published December 14, 2000

    Following the smell of wood smoke, I come upon an old Persian carpet spread out under wooden chairs in front of a fireplace. I select a rickety... More >>

  • French Utopia

    published December 7, 2000

    In France, having a salad for lunch doesn't necessarily mean you are on a diet. For instance, the plate of greens with sautéed chicken... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published December 7, 2000

    One wall of Mi Luna [2441 University Boulevard, (713)520-5025] is lined with booths, each partially obscured by a pointed Arabic arch. On the... More >>

  • Asian In-fusion

    published November 30, 2000

    ,2810 Westheimer, . Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published November 30, 2000

    The bride is shaking her groove thing on the dance floor downstairs, and the groom is handing out cheroots in the cigar bar upstairs. Nobody seems... More >>

  • The French Connection

    published November 23, 2000

    A Six-Part History of Tex-Mex In the... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published November 23, 2000

    The rose-colored marble bar and the small tables in front of it form a cozy nook under an enormous painting of a voluptuous reclining lobster at... More >>

  • Psychedelic Cheeseburger

    published November 16, 2000

    A small black dog greets me at the front door of Rudyard's on Waugh. I take a seat at the short end of the bar. The place is dimly lit, and... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published November 16, 2000

    Looking up at the palm trees on Westheimer aglow with twinkly Christmas lights, I zoom right by the mandatory valet parking stand in front of P.F.... More >>

  • Getting to the Soul of Houston

    published November 9, 2000

    Two ham hocks are commingling their steamy juices with the soupy boiled cabbage on my plate. The lady behind the serving line at Alfreda's... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published November 9, 2000

    An e-mail from a bachelorette informs me that I am hanging out in all the wrong places on Thursday nights. I meet her at Sambuca Jazz Cafe... More >>

  • The Best Dim Sum in Guangzhouston

    published November 2, 2000

    There's an oversize xiu mai between my teeth, and it's too hot to eat. I made a greedy grab for the cylindrical pork dumpling the second it... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published November 2, 2000

    The Mercantile Brewery & Pub is one of the most intriguing spaces downtown. Modern fixtures and stainless-steel beer-brewing equipment sit beneath... More >>

  • The Authenticity Myth

    published October 26, 2000

    (713)461-1503. Lunch hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy hour: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner hours: Monday... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published October 26, 2000

    Last week my fax machine spit out a press release from Canyon Cafe [5000 Westheimer, (713)629-5565] touting a candy-corn margarita. It sounded... More >>

  • The Apple Martini Tour

    published October 19, 2000

    In the low cool light of the glowing Plexiglas squares behind the bar, the black-clad bartender doesn't appear old enough to drink. But he says he... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published October 19, 2000

    At the long wooden bar near the entrance, a blond in a red jacket (Chanel?) and knee-high black boots is laughing hysterically at something her... More >>

  • Don't Mess with the Family

    published October 12, 2000

    Alternating square slices of provolone and sottaceti, an Italian deli loaf that reminds me of mortadella, are dealt across a bed of... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published October 12, 2000

    A huge hammerhead shark is mounted on the wall behind the fish counter. Fishing nets hang from the ceiling. I pull a nice-looking red snapper from... More >>

  • Texas Sushi? Hai!

    published October 5, 2000

    Goths and strippers eating sushi in weird little booths -- that's the rumor I received by e-mail about Coco's Yakitori/Sushi Bar out on the... More >>

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