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    #98 "You Buy We Fry" Trout Basket at Hank's Fish Market 4319 Lockwood Fifth Ward

    There is a Buddhist shrine behind the counter of Hank's Fish on Lockwood in the Fifth Ward. The Vietnamese who arrived on the Gulf Coast after the fall of Saigon in the 1970s gravitated toward the seafood industry. They now own most of the "you buy, ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 17, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Dinner at Courses

    The place has no more than 10 tables, most of which have a view of the kitchen through a large window along a wall in the restaurant. Ours was a non-dairy dinner, as our dining companion had called ahead to arrange this for us, so our meal varied sli...

    @ Eating Our Words by Becky Means on February 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Chef Chat, Part 1: Carlos Rodriguez of Vic & Anthony's

    As we entered Tilman Fertitta's venerable mansion, Vic & Anthony's, we were greeted by his stalwart concept chef, Carlos Rodriquez. He told us about the ins and outs of this dynasty's crown jewel. Eating Our Words: How long have you been with Vic & ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Greenway Barista on February 17, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Stirred and Shaken: The Velvet Melvin's Grapefruit Delight

    If, for the sake of unholy adventure, you want to check out the Diamond Club -- once called the Pink Pussycat, it's the only "cabaret" in the Greenway area -- I recommend warming up across the street at the Velvet Melvin Pub (3303 Richmond, 713-522-6...

    @ Eating Our Words by Glenn Livet on February 17, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    The Ultimate Stuffed Cabbage

    When my first wife, who was Jewish, served me stuffed cabbage in sweet and sour sauce with raisins and brown sugar, I couldn't bring myself to eat it. Lebanese stuffed cabbage dolmas without the sauerkraut, Polish gulumki... none of it was quite righ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 16, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Happy Chinese Mardi Gras New Year, Tiger!

    When Chinese New Year falls on a Sunday (as it did this year), the celebration lasts for three days. Good luck finding a table in a Chinatown restaurant. (It's the year of the tiger, in case you're wondering.) And speaking of tigers, I'm thinking LSU...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 16, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Houston Welcomes Back an Old Friend

    Click here for a slideshow Tonight, the dining room at Brennan's will be filled once again with the happy sounds of clattering plates, clinking wine glasses and content diners after a 17-month rebuilding process. The beloved Houston institution, w...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on February 16, 2010 @ 3:10 pm
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    The Shameless Chef: The Bastard King

    No, this isn't an article about William I of England; today is my 30th Fat Tuesday, and I have yet to sample a Mardi Gras king cake. This will not stand. But I can't afford to buy one at a bakery (not a good one, anyway), so I'll do what I always do:...

    @ Eating Our Words by John Seaborn Gray on February 16, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
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    The Basics: Brownies from a Box

    Before that fateful brownie encounter, we thought brownies out of a box were easy. It's just brownie mix, eggs, water and oil. Put it in a greased pan and bake. Obviously, it's not as easy as we thought. So, what's the secret to perfect brownies from...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on February 16, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
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    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes, #99: The All-Day Burrito at Cherry Top Bakery on 915 College Ave. South Houston

    Cherry Top once sold the best breakfast tacos in town. Today it is a shadow of its former self. The only item worth noting is the amazing $8 burrito. When you order one, the lady behind the counter rolls out a tortilla the size of an extra large pizz...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 16, 2010 @ 12:10 pm
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    New Year's Dumplings at Dim Sum King

    Our 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 th...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on February 16, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Whiskey Class with Ryan Rouse

    He clearly never talked to Cathy Clark, who runs Live It Big, a charity dedicated to helping small nonprofits get off the ground. Many of Clark's "camps" educate attendees about spirits or beer, with the most recent focusing on whiskey. Led by Ryan ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on February 16, 2010 @ 10:00 am
  • Stirred and Shaken: Roeder's Pub's Dragon-Ass

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    Stirred and Shaken: Roeder's Pub's Dragon-Ass

    What would you do in this situation? You're with a small group, doing some weeknight drinking on the patio of a neighborhood everybar -- in this case, Roeder's Pub (3116 S. Shepherd, 713-524-4994). You're waiting to hear a selection on the jukebox --...

    by Glenn Livet on March 11, 2010
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    Dish: Mancuso's Italian Table

    Why did Jerry Mancuso open Mancuso's Italian Table (2231 S. Voss, 713-953-9090)? He answers the question with a question: "Don't all Italians have to go into the restaurant business?" The Mancuso family emigrated from Sicily in the 1800s, first landi...

    by Paul Galvani on March 11, 2010
  • Meatball on 34th Street - Doyle's is a  1950s Italian-American time capsule.

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    Meatball on 34th Street - Doyle's is a 1950s Italian-American time capsule.

    Spaghetti "Works" at Doyle's on 34th Street near T.C. Jester is a heaping pile of spaghetti with the restaurant's Sicilian-style meat and mushroom sugo ladled over the top. Two humongous meatballs perch on the summit of spaghetti. Then comes a toppin...

    by Robb Walsh on March 11, 2010
  • Hot Plate: Shah Cuisine at Basil Grill

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    Hot Plate: Shah Cuisine at Basil Grill

    The appetizer sampler ($12) at Basil Grill (7952 Westheimer, 713-782-2745) is the perfect way to explore the wonders of Persian cuisine at this new, family-run restaurant. It comes with four appetizers picked by the chef. The exquisite borani is stea...

    by Paul Galvani on March 11, 2010
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    Memories of Mai's

    As the whole world knows by now, popular Midtown Vietnamese Restaurant Mai's caught fire yesterday. This Houston institution is so popular, the fire has even gained national coverage outside of the culinary community, which is quite an amazing feat. ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Becky Means on February 16, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Where Are We Drinking?

    Do you think you can tell a place just from its jukebox? We think you should be able to, since the hallmark of any decent bar (by our standards, at least) is the presence of a real jukebox -- not one of those sad, neon-accented, Internet-enabled dooh...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on February 16, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Deal

    Ten years ago, when the crab supply petered out in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland wholesalers started buying up all the big crabs in Texas and Louisiana for prices as high as $30 a dozen. As a result, the Gulf lump crab industry collapsed. The crab pic...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on February 15, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Meat, Cheese, Cupcakes and Sake at 13 Celsius

    You can't go to 13 Celsius without getting some sliced meat. The slicer there is like the Ferrari of slicers. We had to take a picture of it with the chunk of meat still on it. If it was dorky to take a picture of a slicer, oh well. We were intrigu...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jason Kerr on February 15, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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