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  • Half Shell Face-Off

    published December 28, 2006

    The Conway Cup oysters we sampled at the newly opened Oceanaire Seafood Room in the Galleria were so big and dense and meaty, I suspect... More >>

  • Hummus and Hookahs

    published December 14, 2006

    Neither the beef shawarma nor the beef kabob at Mary'z Lebanese Cuisine on Richmond came with the restaurant's fabulous garlic sauce.... More >>

  • Jazz and Oysters

    published December 7, 2006

    Hours: 11 a.m. to 10.pm. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays (and Sundays during the... More >>

  • Chipinque Cuisine

    published November 30, 2006

    Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. 10... More >>

  • Thai Hot Hubris

    published November 23, 2006

    After one bite of Thai Gourmet's stir-fried crystal noodles, I started to cough. A chile pepper must have gotten wedged in my throat or... More >>

  • íViva la Margarita!

    published November 16, 2006

    There were a couple of striking-looking women sitting at the bar at Sabor, one of the trendiest restaurants in town. They were drinking some of... More >>

  • Greek Heros

    published November 16, 2006

    The moussaka at YiaYia's Roadster Grill on Bissonnet in Bellaire is one of the best in Houston. It starts with a bottom crust made... More >>

  • Bacon, Eggs and Barbera

    published November 9, 2006

    To eat the appetizer called "crispy pork belly with Steen's syrup" at Catalan Food & Wine Bar on Washington, you grab the stout little... More >>

  • The Measure of Kielbasa

    published November 2, 2006

    At Polonia, the Polish restaurant on Blalock, two glistening kielbasas, topped with fried onions and scored with a knife for easy slicing,... More >>

  • Bahn Xeo Buffet

    published October 26, 2006

    The first time I went to the gigantic new Kim Son restaurant at Bellaire and Wilcrest, it was Sunday around noon, and there was a 20-minute... More >>

  • Montrose Vindaloo

    published October 12, 2006

    Maybe I was staring too intently at the hot foie gras and sweet fig chutney appetizer my tablemate ordered at Indika. He was dying to dig... More >>

  • Dates and Camels

    published October 5, 2006

    Houston boasts a veritable United Nations of dining establishments. But one national cuisine that is underrepresented here is Afghanistan's -- a... More >>

  • Catch the Wave

    published September 28, 2006

    Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. French fries and mayo: $6 Tuna tartare: $12 Crab cake: $13 Short... More >>

  • PRINCE'S DRIVE IN

    published September 28, 2006

    A decline in the neighborhood put the famous Prince's Drive-In on Main Street out of business in 1990, and for a while, chocolate malteds went the... More >>

  • SARTIN'S

    published September 28, 2006

    The Sartins made barbecued crabs famous in East Texas, but not because they're lucky. It's a fact that of the 14 Sartin's Seafood locations that... More >>

  • Top Tacos

    published September 21, 2006

    Bright red shavings of pork, hot from the grill, were piled on double corn tortilla tacos, each topped with chopped onion and cilantro. There were... More >>

  • Tall-Tale Tacos

    published September 14, 2006

    It's easy to see where Doneraki's tacos cazuela tapado got their name. The cazuela tapado is a skillet of tender meat simmered in... More >>

  • Euro-Tex-Mex

    published September 7, 2006

    The chips and hot sauce at Europa Cafe & Grill in Rice Village were disappointing. The salsa had zero bite, and the chips, though heated,... More >>

  • Mustard on That?

    published August 31, 2006

    "You want mustard on that?" Larry Puccetti, the bartender at Sonny's Place on Galveston Island, asked my buddy John Bebout when he ordered... More >>

  • Taco-Truck Gourmet

    published August 24, 2006

    Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Sweetbreads taco: $1.50 Tripe taco: $1.50 Quesadilla: $2 Gordita: $2 Drinks: $1 More >>

  • Chicken-Fried Breakfast

    published August 3, 2006

    There were half a dozen cop cars and at least a dozen motorcycles, most of them Harley-Davidsons, in the parking lot of Kelley's Country... More >>

  • Escalator Buffet

    published July 27, 2006

    Crumbling pappadums over your Indian food is something I picked up from a British guy who joined me for lunch at Bombay Brasserie on... More >>

  • Fish on its Laurels

    published July 20, 2006

    Wade Watkins's shrimp bisque is thick and pumpkin-colored. It tastes like cream of shrimp -- which I suppose it is. I ate a cup of the comforting... More >>

  • Crab Man

    published July 13, 2006

    A cute waitress dropped off a plate of six barbecued crabs, hot out of the deep fryer. I picked one up and juggled it, trying not to burn my... More >>

  • Bird with a Buzz

    published July 13, 2006

    Katy Zang, the stylish Chinese woman who owns Szechuan Garden restaurant on Westheimer, came over to our table to help. Our waiter wasn't... More >>

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