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  • Meat and Potatoes - Frank's Chop House stands firmly in the middle of the road.


    Meat and Potatoes - Frank's Chop House stands firmly in the middle of the road.

    The chicken-fried steak at Frank's Chop House (3736 Westheimer, 713-572-8600) is house-breaded and expertly fried to order so that the tenderized meat arrives covered with a crunchy blanket of golden batter. I got the cream gravy on the side. I like ...

    by Robb Walsh on March 18, 2010
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    Dish: Bobbie Que's Rib Shack

    What does a guy from Akron, Ohio, know about barbecue? "I get asked that question a lot," says Bobbie Patterson, owner of the new Bobbie Que's Rib Shack (3602 Scott, 713-842-7625). Patterson started his culinary career as a cook in the army, went to ...

    by Paul Galvani on March 18, 2010
  • Stirred and Shaken: George's Raspberry Cordial


    Stirred and Shaken: George's Raspberry Cordial

    Even as a straight guy, it's hard to tell the difference between gay bar George (617 Fairview, 713-528-8102) and any other neighborhood establishment (besides the complete absence of females and the open male-on-male affection, of course). My friend ...

    by Glenn Livet on March 18, 2010
  • Simply Scrumptious - Salt & Pepper Shrimp at Fins Seafood Sushi & Grill


    Simply Scrumptious - Salt & Pepper Shrimp at Fins Seafood Sushi & Grill

    The salt & pepper shrimp at Fins Seafood Sushi & Grill (2810 Westheimer, 713-750-9483) are available either as an appetizer ($7) or as a main dish ($21). Either way, they're tossed in salt and pepper and stir-fried with thin slices of onions and scal...

    by Paul Galvani on March 18, 2010
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    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've borrowed six or seven fondue pots but have yet to return a single one. We started off the week with an adventure into the world of networking young professionals, which is exact...

    @ Eating Our Words by John Seaborn Gray on April 9, 2010 @ 6:51 pm
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    Openings and Closings

    The soon-to-be-open Zelko Bistro in the Heights. Although it's been a while since our last roundup of restaurant openings and closings around here, that doesn't mean that Houston's culinary community hasn't been busy in the meantime. We have a fea...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on April 9, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
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    Upcoming Events

    This weekend is chock full of fun food events, like the Brenner's On The Bayou Wine Festival on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., the annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival in Old Town Spring all weekend long and the 2010 Japan Fest taking place throughout ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on April 9, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
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    The Spread: Michael's International

    As a service to our readers, Hair Balls has re-launched "The Spread," a weekly review of restaurants that have somehow fallen off the radar of our more esteemed food critics. We hope you enjoy. Michael's International 6440 Southwest Freeway Free bu...

    @ Eating Our Words by Craig Malisow on April 9, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
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    Simple Syrup Three Ways

    Though we all love to go to the numerous amazing bars in town that serve these awe-inspiring cocktails, sometimes it's just easier to sit at home and drink. One of the easiest ways to increase the cool factor in your cocktail is to make your own simp...

    @ Eating Our Words by Geri Maria Harris on April 9, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
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    Top Ten Kitchen Essentials

    A while back, Katharine Shilcutt wrote about her top 10 must-haves for her kitchen. Well, not everyone has the same kitchen needs, so here's a little different perspective. We find that a lot of specifics, like mixing/prep bowls, can be overcome by h...

    @ Eating Our Words by Becky Means on April 9, 2010 @ 3:08 pm
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    Carb Coma at Star Pizza

    After extensive deliberation about where we were going to eat with our family (someplace amazingly bready that had beer), we ended up deciding on Star Pizza. We've been to Star Pizza many times, but never with the bread-lust we had this visit. It w...

    @ Eating Our Words by Becky Means on April 9, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
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    What Not to Order at Niko Niko's: Athenian Mushroom Burger

    This mistake is more than likely a diner's error, because ordering something that doesn't contain oregano or lemon juice at a place known for its traditional Greek fare is like asking Kate Gosselin to dance the samba. Diner's remorse notwithstandin...

    @ Eating Our Words by Amber Ambrose on April 9, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #66 Boudin Kolaches at Shipley's on North Main

    Spicy pork filling on the inside, moist sweet dough bun on the outside -- a boudin kolache and a hot cup of coffee is as good as a Houston breakfast gets. The combination of Cajun boudin and Czech kolaches staggers the imagination. I imagine the Gen...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on April 9, 2010 @ 12:36 pm
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    Health Dept. Roundup: 77077 to 77099

    At Charley's Grilled Subs (2600 S. Kirkwood in 77077), a complaint led to four violations during an April 1 inspection. First, the restaurant was found to be operating without a certified food service manager (or without the certificate handy). Also,...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on April 9, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Late Night Scene: TCBY

    We were riding our bikes home late one tepid Houston spring night when we noticed the neon open sign was still lit up at TCBY on Rice Blvd. in the Village. Realizing we hadn't eaten in like two hours, so we popped in to see what they had, ask...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jason Kerr on April 9, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Teen Iron Chef: The Secret Ingredient Is Shrimp

    With the help of their teacher Stewart Schaefer, the kids have not only been learning how to make healthy food options that work in their real life, but also turning out nutritionally sound dishes from around the world. The teenagers eagerly called o...

    @ Eating Our Words by Geri Maria Harris on April 8, 2010 @ 6:17 pm
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    Happy Hour Scene: Richmond Arms

    The patio at Richmond Arms was always the main draw on a couple previous trips, packed with twenty- and thirty-somethings drinking pints from the bar's large selection of beer. But it was empty when we showed up for last night's happy hour. We blame...

    @ Eating Our Words by Paul Knight on April 8, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
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    Five Delicious Alternatives to Wheat Pasta

    We're here to help support those daily pad thai cravings. That's right; it's gluten-free time again here at Eating Our Words. But unlike our previous few posts which have been GF product assessments, we're instead going to spotlight some of our fa...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on April 8, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
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    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Kangaroo Cocktail

    It is confusing that so many are content with the "dirty, bruised vodka martini," which, more often than not, does taste like Aussie road kill. Those who order "dirty vodka martinis" should know that the term "dirty" is usually used to describe a coc...

    @ Eating Our Words by Bobby Heugel on April 8, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Going Overboard at Truluck's

    Fresh crab claws and oysters: a triumphant start to any meal. The last time I ate at Truluck's (5350 Westheimer), the restaurant was still located in the charming silver diner car -- still abandoned, by the way -- up the road from its current loca...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on April 8, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
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