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"Have you ever eaten at Kim Son Cafe ?" I recently asked a food-loving friend. "Are you kidding me?" he said. "I eat there at least once a week - they have some of the best food in the area." This was a meaningful statement coming from this particular friend, as he eats at some of the finest estab ... More >>
Char Sui.After a long day of fighting the crowds at the Galleria, my dining companion and I were left tired and hungry. Katharine Shilcutt's first look at E Tao and the sheer convenience of not having to leave the mall to get what I was craving sealed the deal. I wanted Chinese food, but not ... More >>
I'm one of those people who gets super-strong cravings for food. It can be a whiff, a smell, a dish that someone mentions, a feeling that I associate with the weather, or something I see through a restaurant window that causes the craving. In this instance, ever since I saw a Peking Duck carved tabl ... More >>
Photos by Mai PhamShanghai Steamed Dumplings, or Xiao Long Bao, at the new Shanghai RestaurantJust when I think I've found my favorite dumpling house, a new one pops up and I have to give it a try. New entrant Shanghai Restaurant (9888 Bellaire Blvd # 106), in the same shopping complex as Arc ... More >>
One of the questions I've been fielding a lot lately is, "Where should my [son, daughter, sister, brother, etc.] go for dinner before prom?" And the answer I've been giving is always the same: Haven. Haven has a beautiful dining room and patio; a great central location to where most proms se ... More >>
The peanut occupies a strange and remarkable place in our national consciousness. It's not a true nut (it's a legume, like lentils and peas), but might as well be for purposes of food allergies and supermarket inventory. It's not American, but might as well be for purposes of popular culture, ... More >>
Annise Parker praises Shanghai for GLBT acceptanceMayor Annise Parker is in the midst of the first big international trip of her term, a visit to China.She's attending the World Expo in Shanghai (Motto: "Yes, they still have World Fairs"), and in a speech cited the city's openness to gays as a so ... More >>
Erika RayBarbecue Inn's famous fried chicken. When you find yourself in one of these establishments to partake of some tasty vittles (because don't seniors call food "vittles"?), look around and we'll bet the median age is older than 60. If you enjoy the geriatric crowd as we do, check out so ... More >>
The 16th season of The Amazing Race wraps up next Sunday, when one of the three remaining teams will claim the million dollar prize and ride off into relative obscurity (go ahead. name a past Race winner...now name five ex-Survivors, my case rests). This season has ranged from Chile to the People ... More >>
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant's enormous menu has something for everyone.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOur long-awaited dumplings. To prosperity in the new year!Fresh off celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Community Center down the road, we headed into Chinatown on Saturday afternoon in search of lunch. True, we could have eaten from the bounty of food st ... More >>
"We have taken the 50 most popular items from all our other restaurants and put them on the menu here," the manager of Kim Son Café on Eldridge Parkway near Briar Forest told me. When I asked him how he thought this curious new concept was going to do so close to Bellaire Chinatown, he admit ... More >>
Photo by Robb Walsh"Spicy Fish" is an awesome lunch if you like hellishy hot seafood. Tilapia medallions are stir-fried with dried red peppers and slices of fresh jalapeño chile and served with steamed rice. The bottom of the plate is covered with bright orange oil, just in case the other peppers a ... More >>
You can get THE hot stuff if you want, but don't miss the bold flavors at one of the city's only Shanghainese restaurants.
Photos by Robb WalshIn this week's Cafe review, we explore the many faces of mien chin, or wheat gluten. First served as a meat substitute for the vegetarian Buddhists of ancient China, wheat gluten is also powdered and sold in health food stores as seitan. In Shanghainese cuisine, gluten is appreci ... More >>
Any fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 knows that some of the best bits came from watching the B&W short films. Whether it was the social-etiquette epic A Date With Your Family or an industrial film showing life on the farm or the latest in Space-Age Technology, the films were a hoot even witho ... More >>
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Does the thought of combing through the Chinese restaurants on Bellaire intimidate you? Let Jay Francis help.
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