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  • Thai Café

    published December 27, 2007

    There was a red-scented candle on our table at Thai Café on Westheimer. I believe it was that festive cranberry scent that's so... More >>

  • Tornado Burger

    published December 20, 2007

    There are two kinds of burger patties at Tornado Burger on Murphy Road in Stafford — the regular, seasoned with salt, pepper and... More >>

  • Illegal Immigrants in the Restaurant Industry

    published December 20, 2007

    My tablemate dipped her doughnut into the cup of hot chocolate and purred while she chewed. "Is this the best thing you ever ate, or what?" she... More >>

  • Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

    published December 13, 2007

    New Orleans food writer Pableaux Johnson and I ordered our first dozen oysters of the season at Danton's, the new Gulf seafood joint on... More >>

  • Balkan Grill & Market

    published December 6, 2007

    Balkanska plata mala, the "Balkan mixed plate" for two at the Balkan Grill, was a heaping platter of grilled chicken, burger... More >>

  • 5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind

    published December 6, 2007

    Christopher's in the River Oaks Shopping Center is the place to shop for rare labels from Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and the West... More >>

  • El Jardin

    published November 29, 2007

    We had to pick up our chips and salsa and move our margaritas to make room when the waiter tried to park the monstrous, sizzling comal on our... More >>

  • Rafael Espinal: Five Wines That Will Blow Your Mind

    published November 29, 2007

    The "fruit forward" style associated with the "New World" wines of California, South America and Australia is gaining in popularity all over... More >>

  • Bistro Provence

    published November 22, 2007

    As the proprietor of Bistro Provence on Memorial approached our table, I started getting nervous. My tablemate had just sent his veal shank... More >>

  • 5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind

    published November 22, 2007

    After 29 years on Buffalo Bayou, the Rainbow Lodge recently relocated to the ­century-old log house on the banks of the White Oak bayou... More >>

  • Café Orleans Express

    published November 15, 2007

    With each bite, the big, fat fried oysters burst into the lettuce, tomato and mayo dressing. The result was a moist, delicious mess in the middle... More >>

  • 5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind

    published November 15, 2007

    Russell Masraff co-owns the Euro-­American restaurant Masraff's on South Post Oak with his father, Tony Masraff. Tony is all about... More >>

  • Oporto Café

    published November 8, 2007

    The sliced meat and cheese appetizer at Oporto Café on Richmond is charmingly presented on a little wooden cutting board. You... More >>

  • Valentino's Seafood

    published November 1, 2007

    Last fall, while I was playing a golf course in League City, I met a golfer named Dave who lived nearby. Dave could hit the ball 300 yards, and he... More >>

  • V's Thai Restaurant & Bar

    published October 25, 2007

    The bartender at V's Thai Restaurant & Bar on Dairy Ashford was a feisty Thai lady in a push-up bra. She asked me what I wanted and... More >>

  • Gerardo's Drive-in Grocery

    published October 18, 2007

    We could smell carnitas frying half a block down Patton Street when we got out of the car. It was a quarter to 11 on Sunday morning and... More >>

  • Doña Tere Mexican Restaurant

    published October 11, 2007

    The bright red hot sauce that they smother the fried eggs with at Doña Tere Mexican Restaurant on Beechnut looked like your average... More >>

  • Antica Osteria

    published October 4, 2007

    Antica Osteria is a quiet little Italian restaurant in Rice Village. There are only 13 tables in the cozy main dining room, five or six more in... More >>

  • 5 Wines That'll Blow Your Mind

    published October 4, 2007

    Derek Black is the general manager/wine director at Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro + Wine Bar on Eldridge Parkway. We asked him to tell us what... More >>

  • Sushi Jin

    published September 27, 2007

    The challenge in reviewing Sushi Jin, the stellar Japanese restaurant on Memorial at Dairy Ashford, is finding new adjectives to describe... More >>

  • Brasserie Max and Julie

    published September 20, 2007

    The fruits de mer Max at Brasserie Max and Julie came on three platters that a team of waiters arranged into a tiered tower in... More >>

  • Tofu Village

    published September 13, 2007

    "Soon tofu" is Korean for "tofu soup." If you are picturing the miso dishwater they give you at the sushi bar, you are way off. The soon... More >>

  • Reef

    published September 6, 2007

    The "crispy skin snapper" at Reef, the hip new restaurant on Travis, was served in a bowl on top of a bed of sweet and sour chard. There was a... More >>

  • 5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind

    published August 16, 2007

    Mockingbird Bistro is famous for unpretentious dishes like a big honking Kobe hamburger and crispy French fries. So it's no wonder that their... More >>

  • On Top of Spaghetti

    published August 9, 2007

    Everybody loves cheese," Antonio Rosa, the owner of Antonio's Flying Pizza on Hillcroft, told me as I leaned over the counter to watch him... More >>

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