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  • Hello, Yum Yum

    published August 25, 2005

    The white-meat chicken chunks have been wrapped in dough and pan-fried. When it seems cool enough to eat, I dip the odd-looking chicken dumpling... More >>

  • Don't Mess With Tex-Mex

    published August 18, 2005

    There is a table in front of the host's stand at the Los Tios Mexican Restaurant on Beechnut on which several dinners are displayed. A sign... More >>

  • Past Its Prime

    published August 11, 2005

    The cramped salad bar at Taste of Texas featured a bin of chopped iceberg lettuce accented with colorful streaks of sliced red cabbage.... More >>

  • The Missing Fish Mint

    published August 4, 2005

    Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Nam Vietnamese Cuisine Fried squid$9.99... More >>

  • Squid Kids

    published July 28, 2005

    Three sautéed jumbo shrimp arrived in a pool of a creamy lemon-garlic emulsion that looked like mayonnaise. They were gently cooked so they... More >>

  • Brain Food

    published July 21, 2005

    The pile of freshly shelled lobster meat in my seafood pot-au-feu includes a perfectly intact whole claw. I dunk a chunk of lobster in the savory... More >>

  • Island's Best

    published July 14, 2005

    When I glanced up from the mound of pure jumbo lump crabmeat and the complimentary bowl of boiled shrimp on our table at Clary's Seafood... More >>

  • Cyclone Season

    published July 7, 2005

    The tortilla chips come to the table in a brown paper lunch bag at Terlingua Texas Border Cafe. Our dining companion, who arrived before... More >>

  • Tandoori Enchiladas

    published June 30, 2005

    The Indian chicken enchilada at Cafe Monsoon on Westheimer is a crepe rolled around some curried palak (spinach) studded with chunks... More >>

  • Pan-Louisiana Fusion

    published June 23, 2005

    There are two television sets blaring at Soul on the Bayeaux, a homey little restaurant in the Third Ward. One set is tuned to a soap... More >>

  • Swinging Sardinians

    published June 16, 2005

    The simple clam soup called sa fregula at Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano in the Galleria area says a lot about Sardinian cuisine. The... More >>

  • Psychedelic Peppercorns

    published June 9, 2005

    A Sichuan peppercorn looks something like a clove. There's a tiny brown berry on top of four points and a stubby stem. My tablemates and I are... More >>

  • Ensemble Dining

    published June 2, 2005

    A gleaming southbound Metro train suddenly fills the window facing Main Street and then speeds down the rails, its shrinking form visible through... More >>

  • Barbecue Identity Theft

    published May 26, 2005

    At 11:45 a.m. on a Tuesday, there's a line stretching out the front door and across the porch of Luling City Market, the barbecue joint on... More >>

  • Thai Seas

    published May 19, 2005

    Igor and I are intently eyeing the last shrimp. The succulent shellfish came tossed with avocado slices and slathered in a thick and creamy curry... More >>

  • Wurst-Case Scenario

    published May 12, 2005

    Alfredo's European Grill on Montrose near Westheimer is a BYOB restaurant. So the four of us have brought a six-pack of Spaten. We were... More >>

  • Hugo: The Humble Magician

    published May 5, 2005

    Hugo Ortega grew up in Mexico City and made his way across the border looking for better opportunities. He got a job washing dishes at Backstreet... More >>

  • Fertitta's Dynasty of Dining

    published May 5, 2005

    Odds are you hate him, but you have to give him his due: Nobody has made a bigger impact on the Houston restaurant scene in the last 15 years than... More >>

  • Pope: The Garden Gourmet

    published May 5, 2005

    At the Midtown Farmers' Market, which is held on Saturday mornings in the parking lot of Monica Pope's restaurant, T'afia, organic farmers, bread... More >>

  • Lucky Stars

    published April 28, 2005

    The barstools at Goode's Armadillo Palace are topped with big leather saddles. They look cushy, but my ass keeps sliding down mine, and I... More >>

  • Krupuk, Sambal and Heineken

    published April 21, 2005

    Leaning on the bar at Yanti's Restaurant & Bar on Dairy Ashford, I watch my buddy Jay ladle the Indonesian hot sauce called... More >>

  • Less Price, Less Spice

    published April 14, 2005

    Whole chicken to go: $10.50 Half-chicken with two sides: $10.95 Pasta Julia: $7.75 Linguine diavolo: $9.95 Pork... More >>

  • Philly on Scott

    published April 7, 2005

    The sandwich maker at South Philly Steaks, a new shop at Scott and Alabama, was a big black guy wearing a do-rag. The griddle where he was... More >>

  • The Seoul of Sharpstown

    published March 31, 2005

    Yao Ming is getting unfairly bashed by the mainstream media, according to the sportswriter at Saigon Tex News, Houston's Bilingual... More >>

  • My Favorite Restaurant

    published March 24, 2005

    "What's your favorite restaurant?" is the second question I get when I meet someone at a party, after they ask me what I do. I generally... More >>

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