Minh Nguyen

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best BYOB Restaurants (Plus What to Drink)

    It's like a personal challenge: Pick the best wine or beer to go with the food at a local restaurant. Rely only on my own limited pairing know-how. Pay as little as possible for said booze. Enjoy meal immensely knowing you've saved money and made a match. As much as I appreciate a great wine list o ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Rest of the Best: 10 Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 14, Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs at Cafe TH

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Dear Santa Claus, Please Send Me a Kegerator and a New Knife Set: Denizens of Houston's Culinary World Share Their Wish Lists

    It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tracy Vaught, Owner of Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's

    What she does: Tracy Vaught is the owner of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and a partner at Prego and Trevisio. ""I do all the planning, train managers, set all the standards for the restaurants, design menus," says Vaught. "Investments and charitable giving. I am the one who has political involvement ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Nigerian cuisine.

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    April 4, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Restaurants Where Service is King

    It's hard to find good help, or so the saying goes. Indeed, many of the chefs and restaurant owners I've spoken with over the years privately admit that finding good waitstaff in Houston can be a Sisyphean task: You manage to find a truly great server or two, they dazzle your diners and then -- beca ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 21, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It

    Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.

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    March 14, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It: 10 Paleo-Friendly Restaurant Menus in Houston

    It's reader request time around here, and this week's reader request was for a list of paleo-friendly restaurants around Houston. (See, you do love our lists. Yes you do.) Although I don't personally adhere to the paleo diet, many of my good friends do. Here's an explanation of the nutritional regi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The Zombie Banh Mi at Cafe TH Can't Be Killed

    Now in its second year, the annual Zombie Banh Mi eating contest at Cafe TH drew seven competitors on Saturday, all attempting to finish the sandwich that no one could last year. The banh mi -- so named for its capsaicin-riddled Zombie hot sauce and its association with the Houston Zombie Walk, whic ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 31, 2013

    Eastbound and Downtown

    The top 10 restaurants in EaDo.

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    January 23, 2013

    How Houston's Singles Date According To How About We Where To Get The Best Grub

    The dating website How About We just released the results of an in-depth study about the dating habits of singles across America. And rightfully so, our dear Houston was one of the cities involved in the study (we are so hot right now you guys. I can't even). We took a look at their list of H-town ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Minh Nguyen, Owner of Cafe TH and One of Houston's Best Front-of-House Personalities

    People don't go to eat at Cafe TH just for the food. Sure, the food is enough of a draw in and of itself -- the intensely spiced vegan curry with layers of vegetable flavor, the ruddy banh mi bo kho that fills your belly with heat on a cold day -- but so is owner Minh Nguyen, who's the warmest, most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in EaDo (a.k.a. Old Chinatown, a.k.a. East Downtown)

    So you're not comfortable with the EaDo sobriquet. I don't care. The damn thing has stuck. It's short, easy and to-the-point. (Besides, the more important question is what to call that weird DMZ area on South Shepherd that's not quite Montrose, not quite Upper Kirby, not quite River Oaks and not qui ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Pass the Vegenaise

    Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Doshi House Does It All

    Third Ward coffeehouse is an art space, community meetingspot and vegetarian cafe in one.

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    January 27, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Difference Between Ruggles and "Ruggles"

    That didn't last long...​As 2012 gets up and running, restaurants have hit the ground running. This week's round-up includes two expansions, a few openings and a couple of noteworthy closings. Expanding into downtown as promised, The Burger Guys finally announced its new location this week: K ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    There's No Killing the Zombie Banh Mi at Cafe TH

    Photos by GroovehouseJohn McIntyre attacked his Zombie banh mi with all he had, but it wouldn't die.​"I'm ready to start eating," muttered a nervous-looking John McIntyre, a senior linebacker for the University of Houston, as he waited for the 22-inch Zombie banh mi to land in front of him at ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Pho

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

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    November 4, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Hidden Treasures

    Photo by Troy FieldsScallops and grits at our No. 1 pick.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had heft ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    5 Food Trends Houston Should Export

    Photo by Sunday WilliamsWhataburger: What a burger, indeed.​It seems that Eater's post on 10 dead food trends has everyone talking, including the New York Times's Frank Bruni, who disagrees with the vital statistics of many items on the DOA list. Instead, he says, there is one trend above all ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    10 Houston Restaurants Every Out-Of-Towner Should Visit

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTexas barbecue done right at Gatlin's.​On Wednesday afternoon, I mused that some day I hoped for visitors to Houston to feel as excited about our dining scene as I was about New York City's. The sheer breadth and depth of ethnic and regional cuisines present here is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Vegan Curry at Cafe TH

    ​Cafe TH continues to evolve under the careful and creative eye of owner Minh Nguyen, the former University of Houston student who purchased the old Thiem Hung bakery from its previous owners several years ago. He added more standard Vietnamese items to the menu than just banh mi, and is now s ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttLearn all about tequila in TQLA's free monthly tequila classes.​As you know, today is New Year's Eve. Huzzah! And those of you without plans for tonight need look no further than our great New Year's Eve guide and Lauren Marmaduke's suggestions for where to eat out t ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010

    Bistro Banh Mi

    Cafe TH harkens back to East End Chinatown with a French vibe.

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    December 15, 2010

    A Prix-Fixe Dinner at an East End Banh Mi Shop

    Photos by Troy FieldsIt was very dark in Cafe TH the night I went, so no pictures. But enjoy these from our slideshow instead!​If blog entries could have a deck in addition to the headline seen above, in this case the deck would be: "Plus: The Best Red Velvet Cake Outside of My Mother's House. ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Minh Nguyen of Café TH

    Photos by Tam Vo​This week we've been chatting with Minh Nguyen of Café TH. Today we sample some of his favorite dishes. First up with that evening's dinner special: papaya and shrimp noodle salad. This special was made with very fine vermicelli rice noodles. The noodles, papaya and shrimp a ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Minh Nguyen of Café TH (formerly Thiem Hung)

    Tam Vo​Eating Our Words recently caught up with Minh Nguyen of Café TH, formerly known as Thiem Hung, to discuss transitioning the business from the former owners and his 5-year vision for the place. EOW: I understand that when you purchased Thiem Hung from the previous owners, you had to le ... More >>