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  • A Cut Above

    published December 29, 2005

    The lodge house where Gary Yamamoto lives sits atop a hill overlooking his sprawling East Texas ranch. The elegant yet rustic spread, which used... More >>

  • Wagyu Beef

    published December 29, 2005

    This story is a sidebar to this week's feature, "A Cut... More >>

  • Sanguine Soup and Sandwich

    published December 29, 2005

    Half of a Vietnamese barbecued pork sandwich and a small bowl of soup makes the perfect portion, my daughter Julia declared. We were finishing up... More >>

  • Bling-Bling Bordeaux

    published December 22, 2005

    The chef's counter at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is the best seat in the house, unless you're trying to get romantic. When the hostess told my... More >>

  • Sushi as an Accessory

    published December 15, 2005

    It was a Thursday night, and Uptown Sushi was packed to the gills. Throbbing techno music made it feel like we were entering a dance club.... More >>

  • Wrestling with Gourmet Tex-Mex

    published December 1, 2005

    The "enchiladas Anaya's" at the new Cyclone Anaya's on Durham come smothered in a fabulous sauce of ancho chiles, slow-cooked onions and... More >>

  • All You Need Is Larb

    published November 24, 2005

    Domestic beers for $1 and imports for $2 -- that was enough to get me to visit Sabai Thai, a new restaurant in the Metropole Center on... More >>

  • No Nobu

    published November 17, 2005

    They serve sautéed snapper at Red Onion Seafood y Mas, the Latin fusion restaurant on the Northwest Freeway. And I'm happy to report... More >>

  • Naked Posole

    published November 10, 2005

    Posole is a traditional Mexican soup from the Jalisco region that has become a popular weekend breakfast in Texas and New Mexico. At... More >>

  • Damn Fine Fish Heads

    published November 3, 2005

    My dining companion scrunched up her nose when our "Singapore fish head vermicelli soup" arrived. We were eating dinner at Cafe Malay on... More >>

  • Technical Difficulties

    published October 27, 2005

    The half-pound Angus burger I ordered at Fox Sports Grill, the gleaming new sports bar in the Galleria, comes to the bar medium-rare as... More >>

  • Spy vs. Spy

    published October 20, 2005

    Scott Tycer, the chef and owner of Gravitas, the hip new bistro on Taft, was standing at the end of the stone counter in the kitchen... More >>

  • Chicken-Dancing Margs

    published October 13, 2005

    My buddy Joe is standing in the front of the dining room at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant flapping his elbows, trying to sell his son and... More >>

  • Cajun Cave

    published October 6, 2005

    Every now and then, someone opens the big metal exit door and a shaft of blindingly bright sunshine slices through the cool, dark interior of... More >>

  • Crispy Muc, Tender Bo

    published September 29, 2005

    You dip the golden, batter-fried squid chunks into a little dish of lime juice, salt and pepper before you pop them in your mouth at Jasmine... More >>

  • DROSS

    published September 22, 2005

    The Houston Chronicle's New Monthly Plastic Surgery Advertising Supplement/PaperCity Rip-off: More >>

  • Un-French Frites

    published September 22, 2005

    A pile of creamy white mussels in shiny black shells sits in a big steaming pot in the middle of our table at Cafe Montrose. The tender... More >>

  • Reggae Buffet

    published September 15, 2005

    The Jamaican curry goat at Tropical Grill on Bissonnet is a sumptuous, spicy stew containing long-cooked pieces of meat clinging to chunks... More >>

  • Can't Hold a Candle to It

    published September 8, 2005

    A few nights ago, I sat down and feasted on a sausage pie at Candelari's Pizzeria at Washington Avenue and Westcott. It made my eyes widen... More >>

  • Crab Shells and Stink Beans

    published September 1, 2005

    The menu at Vieng Thai, the best Thai restaurant in Houston, is spell-binding. I've never heard of half the dishes on it. And although I've... More >>

  • Texas Burger Binge

    published August 25, 2005

    The burger was a monster -- well over a pound of ground meat scorched to a forbidding-looking shade of black with charred bits on the outside that... More >>

  • Eighteen Hamburgers You Need to Try Right Now

    published August 25, 2005

    "Anybody who doesn't think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy." -- Calvin Trillin Where else but Space... More >>

  • Burnt Offerings from the USDA

    published August 25, 2005

    The fact that contestants in Uncle Fletch's Hamburger Cook-off felt free to ignore the USDA's guidelines, and that the contest was willing to... More >>

  • Eighteen Greater Houston Hamburgers You Need to Try Right Now

    published August 25, 2005

    "Anybody who doesn't think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy." -- Calvin Trillin Where else but Space... More >>

  • Burnt Offerings from the USDA

    published August 25, 2005

    The fact that contestants in Uncle Fletch's Hamburger Cook-off felt free to ignore the USDA's guidelines, and that the contest was willing to... More >>

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