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2006 Stories by Robb Walsh

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  • Branzini with Bouzouki

    published July 6, 2006

    Four of us were seated at a table up front next to the stage at Alexander the Great Greek on Sage. It was Friday night, and as we finished... More >>

  • My Big Fat Greek Moussaka

    published June 29, 2006

    With its soaring wood-beamed ceiling and stately stone walls, Yia Yia Mary's on San Felipe is the Parthenon of pita sandwiches. Looking out... More >>

  • Comida sin Fronteras

    published June 22, 2006

    The garnish plate that came with the birria goat and broth at Casa de Leon Mexican restaurant on Long Point included chopped onions,... More >>

  • Into Thin Aries

    published June 22, 2006

    In anticipation of a long, hot and unprofitable summer, Aries, the fine dining flagship of chef Scott Tycer's restaurant group, closed its... More >>

  • Carne Carnival

    published June 15, 2006

    Igor's eyes widened when the rare rib eyes stopped by our table. At Nelore Churrascaria, the new Brazilian steak house on Montrose, waiters... More >>

  • Gelato Grotto

    published June 8, 2006

    "White or wheat?" asked the perky order-taker at the Black Walnut Cafe, the counter-service restaurant on Morningside. I'd ordered the... More >>

  • Poor Boys and Philanthropy

    published June 1, 2006

    The sign on top of the newly painted red, blue and yellow building on 19th Street near Beall reads: "Jazzie Cafe, Famous Hot Wings and... More >>

  • ¡Party en el Patio!

    published May 25, 2006

    Salt doesn't stick very well to the rim of a plastic cup, so you might say my margarita was "lightly salted." Otherwise, it was a pretty average... More >>

  • Yum's the Word

    published May 11, 2006

    Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays.... More >>

  • Eccentric Italian

    published May 4, 2006

    Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Dinner hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Snapper: $11.95... More >>

  • The Sweet Smell of Wang Galbi

    published April 27, 2006

    The metal grill in the middle of our table at Arirang Korean Restaurant was sizzling hot and ready for action. As luck would have it, the... More >>

  • The Cajun Cocktail Queens

    published April 20, 2006

    The bar at Floyd's new Cajun joint on the Gulf Freeway is shaped like a boat. When I stopped in for lunch the other day, two smiling blonds... More >>

  • Raw Deal

    published April 13, 2006

    There was an hour-and-a-half wait for a table the first time I visited Ra Sushi, the wild new singles bar and sushi restaurant on... More >>

  • The Pacific Ocean Grill

    published April 6, 2006

    The seafood gumbo I had at Joyce's Ocean Grill on Westheimer was darker than beef gravy, dense with fresh shrimp and just-cooked oysters,... More >>

  • Sandwich Circus

    published March 30, 2006

    Joe Dang, a Houston Vietnamese-American, was sitting at a table outside Lee's Sandwiches on Bellaire considering his lunch. "How's the... More >>

  • Pho Real

    published March 23, 2006

    The mi at Pho Dung Noodle House in Hong Kong City Mall was excellent, but unfortunately my dining companion found my noodle-slurping... More >>

  • Where Carnitas Meet Foie Gras

    published March 16, 2006

    The fajitas plate lunch at Matamoros Meat Market No. 4 turned out to be a stew with small chunks of fajita beef and half-circles of sausage... More >>

  • Monsterville on Washington

    published March 9, 2006

    Perusing the menu at the new wine bar Cova on Washington Avenue, I was shocked to discover a wine called Pahlmeyer Jayson Red Blend that... More >>

  • The Crudo at Bice

    published March 2, 2006

    The maître d' at Bice, the trendy new Italian restaurant in the Galleria, led us to a choice table despite our appearances. In our... More >>

  • How Sweet It Is

    published February 23, 2006

    The pizza at Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca, the city's coolest new Italian joint, is cooked in a 700-degree wood-burning oven. Thanks to... More >>

  • Fish a la Plancha

    published February 16, 2006

    John Stage, the founder of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a famous barbecue joint in upstate New York, was here in Houston for a barbecue convention a couple... More >>

  • Brunch in the Alps

    published February 9, 2006

    Karl Camenzind, the kindly chef and owner of Karl's at the Riverbend, presided over his extensive Sunday brunch buffet from a spot between... More >>

  • The Hamachi on Pluto

    published February 2, 2006

    At Masa Sushi near the Johnson Space Center, I considered six slices of yellowtail that had been lightly seared and topped with a little... More >>

  • I Am the Walrus, Part 2

    published January 26, 2006

    "I weep for you," the Walrus said: "I deeply sympathize." With sobs and tears he sorted out Those of... More >>

  • I Am the Walrus, Part 1

    published January 19, 2006

    "A loaf of bread," the Walrus said, "Is what we chiefly need: Pepper and vinegar besides Are very... More >>

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