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2009 Stories by Robb Walsh

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  • Lucky Black-Eyed Peas

    published December 31, 2009

    The cabbage on the steam table at Family Discount Food was tender, but not squishy. It was flavored with enough bacon to coat my lips... More >>

  • Pot au Pho

    published December 24, 2009

    The first time I ate at the original Pho Binh on Beamer, it was a cold, foggy Saturday morning. The single-wide trailer that's home to the... More >>

  • Banh Cuon and Bug Juice

    published December 17, 2009

    Carl Han ordered spicy snail soup, three kinds of banh cuon, and Hanoi grilled pork at Thien Thanh restaurant on Bellaire. Then he... More >>

  • Creekside Burgers and Beer

    published December 10, 2009

    "We have Divine Reserve number 9," the bartender at Cedar Creek Cafe said when I asked which Saint Arnold's beers he had on tap. I was... More >>

  • Blissing Out on Bingle

    published December 3, 2009

    The milanesa at La Plaza Mexican Restaurant on Bingle is a thin, pounded steak covered with bread crumbs and fried. It's served with... More >>

  • Flounder Fish & Chips

    published November 19, 2009

    During flounder season, I'm always looking for tasty flatfish dishes. I hit the jackpot at Kata Robata, the stellar new Japanese grill and... More >>

  • Enough About Mi

    published November 12, 2009

    The mixed grill with sticky rice and a sunny-side up fried egg at Banh Cuon Hoa #2 on Beechnut made an outstanding lunch. The... More >>

  • City of Coffee

    published November 12, 2009

    Carlos de Aldecoa, "the Coffee King," is a dashing young Mexican-American with wavy black hair and a sly smile. He seems too young to be the head... More >>

  • City of Coffee: Houston Coffee Culture

    published November 12, 2009

    Some people drink coffee for the jolt. Some people drink it for the flavor. But coffee is, in fact, part of an ancient social ritual as... More >>

  • Looking for a Bull Market

    published November 5, 2009

    Our USDA Prime, dry-aged, bone-in strip was bright red and rare along the bone, and medium-well toward the thinner edge. It averaged out to the... More >>

  • BBQ Buffet

    published October 29, 2009

    Dressed in a white chef's jacket, Simon Moon neatly arranged raw marinated short rib meat (kalbi), rib eye steak (bulgogi),... More >>

  • Burgers and Hash

    published October 22, 2009

    Three eggs cooked sunny-side up occupied one side of the big white oval platter that held my "home skillet" breakfast at Lola, the hip new... More >>

  • Big House on the Hill

    published October 15, 2009

    On Fridays at Casa Grande, the wacky Tex-Mex joint on North Main at I-45, most of the lunch specials are seafood dishes. I liked the big,... More >>

  • Punjabi To-Go

    published October 8, 2009

    Using the handle of a plastic fork, I managed to get the marrow out of the bones of my sensational goat vindaloo. I spread the fatty,... More >>

  • Lingering Over the Linguine

    published October 1, 2009

    It was a cool evening, one of the first of the season, so we were eager to sit outside on the patio at Giacomo's (pronounced JOCK-a-mo's),... More >>

  • Remarkable Rendang

    published September 24, 2009

    Ecky Prabanto drizzled some broth on her bakmie ayam, an Indonesian egg-noodle and chicken dish. Here at Rice Bowl II restaurant, the... More >>

  • Almeda's New Playhouse

    published September 17, 2009

    The ribs were the star of my three-meat plate at Bar-B-Que Blues on Almeda. The pork was long-cooked, until it adhered only loosely to the... More >>

  • Barker Cypress Poor Boy

    published September 10, 2009

    The quarter roast beef poor boy at Mama's Cajun Cuisine on Barker Cypress is piled so high with falling-apart roast beef, I can barely get... More >>

  • Laredo Cavalcade

    published September 3, 2009

    The pork and summer squash stew in calabacitas taco at Laredo Taqueria on Cavalacade is slow-cooked until the pork falls into... More >>

  • Battleground Fried Shrimp

    published August 27, 2009

    Our waitress at the Monument Inn in La Porte was a very savvy lady. Thanks to her sage counsel, we started off our meal splitting a decent... More >>

  • King Bubba

    published August 20, 2009

    Rockwell Tavern on Telge Road in Cypress opened in January, but the interior already looks well worn. That's because it was furnished with used... More >>

  • Keep on Trucking

    published August 13, 2009

    The stupendous cochinita pibil tacos are a buck and a half apiece at Tacos La Bala #2 on Bellaire, across the street from Pico's... More >>

  • The Scoop

    published August 13, 2009

    A few years ago, on a hot summer day, I took my friends John and Jan Bebout for their first visit to Hank's Ice Cream on South Main. Jan is trim... More >>

  • Chinese Chili

    published August 6, 2009

    The fungus salad from Chinese Halal Cuisine on Bellaire was made from triangle-cut carrot slices and the wood ear mushrooms known as black... More >>

  • Washington Ave. Revisited

    published July 30, 2009

    The cold cured salmon at Catalan came with a duck egg on top. The fish was cured with Tabasco mash, the fermented pepper residue left over... More >>

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