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2001 Stories by Robb Walsh

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  • Stirred and Shaken

    published May 3, 2001

    The high ceilings and mythological bas-relief scene give Anthony's [4007 Westheimer, (713)961-0552] the look of an ancient Roman temple. On one... More >>

  • Folk Art on Bread

    published April 26, 2001

    The skinny flute of bread is split in half and toasted, always a good sign. "Do you want your oysters well done?" asks the woman behind the... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published April 26, 2001

    A spooky shudder sweeps over me as I stand in front of the display case just inside The Volcano [2349 Bissonnet, (713)526-5282]. The glass case... More >>

  • Bombay Beach Memoirs

    published April 19, 2001

    Koliwada is a Sikh neighborhood on the outskirts of Bombay where men in turbans set up food stalls every night, and people gather in the open air... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published April 19, 2001

    The white gin fizz cocktail contrasts sharply with the dark marble bar at Magnolia Bar & Grill [6000 Richmond Ave., (713)781-6207]. The... More >>

  • Still Your Father's Tony's

    published April 12, 2001

    Two smiling men in black bow ties are violently agitating tiny silver shakers. They uncap them simultaneously and pour martinis into our stemmed... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published April 12, 2001

    "You'll think you've died and gone to San Antonio" gets my nomination for advertising slogan of the year. The Tex-Mex at Lucinda's [2415 Dunstan,... More >>

  • The Inkblot Test

    published April 5, 2001

    There are eight customers in the Triple A Restaurant at 10:30 in the morning; all of them are men, and four sport comb-overs. The... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published April 5, 2001

    Three large oil paintings of Confederate heroes line the wall of the plushly furnished room in front of the bar. They stare down upon the free... More >>

  • Hip Parade

    published March 29, 2001

    Smoke rises in a cloud above the hookah smoker's head. In front of him, a belly dancer in a blue-fringed bra moves her head from side to side... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published March 29, 2001

    We are the first patrons on a Wednesday night at Ouisie's Table [3939 San Felipe, (713)528-2264]. Our seats at the shiny stainless-steel bar face... More >>

  • House of the Rising Sun

    published March 15, 2001

    The pretty people waiting for a table won't step outside because it's pouring rain, but they won't back up to let us in, either. There is no lobby... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published March 15, 2001

    The jackpot was at $85 million, and we were feeling lucky. So we screeched into the parking lot and ran into the Stop-N-Go with minutes to spare.... More >>

  • Beefing Up the Coach

    published March 8, 2001

    Dom Capers can't believe how long the line is at Goode Co. Barbeque. And I can't believe that this is the first time the head coach of our... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published March 8, 2001

    The score is tied with a few minutes remaining, and all eyes are on the TV at Ernie's on Banks [1010 Banks, (713)526-4566]. It's a great... More >>

  • Stay Out of the Kitchen

    published March 1, 2001

    St. Pete's Pasta Diablo is one big bowl of noodles. The mountain of linguine is higher than the rim of the bowl. I think it's supposed to look... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published March 1, 2001

    The wine racks and liquor shelves at La Strada [322 Westheimer, (713)523-1014] look like artful metal sculptures. The ceiling fans look like... More >>

  • The Feng Shui of Dim Sum

    published February 22, 2001

    The yellow dragon rears back on his hind legs and opens his jaws wide while an ominous drumroll thunders through the room. The monster leaps into... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published February 22, 2001

    Neither the Continental Club nor the Drink Bar is open for happy hour on Mondays. So the young woman from Tennessee suggests we try the bar at the... More >>

  • Where the Home Fires Really Burn

    published February 15, 2001

    Bangkok and the Bayou City have something in common. There, as here, the best Thai food can be found in humble mom-and-pop restaurants where they... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published February 15, 2001

    The place is dark except for lots of little white candles burning on the shelves behind the bar and on every table at The Hub [312 Main Street,... More >>

  • For the Love of Sauerkraut

    published February 8, 2001

    Chef John Schuster and his wife, Maria Nopper, ran a restaurant in the Black Forest of Germany. In a freak accident, a tornado picked up the... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published February 8, 2001

    Half the interior at Américas [1800 Post Oak Boulevard, (713)961-1492] looks like the inside of a giant woven basket, and the other... More >>

  • Split Personality

    published February 1, 2001

    The booth with a view of the aquarium looks like a better bet than the table by the window at Saba Blue Water Cafe. On a Tuesday night in... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published February 1, 2001

    The dining area at the Angelika Cafe and Bar [510 Texas Avenue, (713)225-1609] was packed with moviegoers. A group at a nearby table was speaking... More >>

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