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    Houston Street Food Culture

    It's not just taco trucks. In New York and L.A., mobile kitchens are bringing Korean barbecue to street corners. In Austin, there's chicken and waffles, sausage, pizza and kebabs. Houston has a new fried meat pie truck called "Oh My! Pocket Pies" mak...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 4, 2009 @ 11:17 am
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    Porkfat Candy: Homemade Cracklins

    ? "You want cornbread or cracklins with that?" the lady behind the steam table asked. That's a question I don't think I've ever heard in a restaurant before. But the folks who run the soul food kitchen inside Discount Foods on Homestead an...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 4, 2009 @ 11:04 am
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    Upcoming Events

    Do you like burgers and beats? Of course you do. You're a red-blooded Houstonian. It just so happens that Stanton's City Bites (1420 Edwards) is hosting a Beats and Eats party on Saturday afternoon from noon to 7 p.m. Live music by BBC, Karina Nista...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 4, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Late Night Scene: Mama's Cafe

    We head on over and grab a booth, and the night gets a little interesting. I ask the waiter what time the caf closes, and he proclaims they are open till 4:30 in the a.m. My liver starts thinking on its own and asks him what time the bar closes. Unf...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jason Kerr on December 4, 2009 @ 8:00 am
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    You Buy We Fry at Hank's

    This place has some of the best deals on fried fish we've seen in a while. Two filets of trout and six shrimp with french fries and salad set us back all of $5.10. Three fish filets and fries was $3.79. And the family order of 10 fish filets and 15 s...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 3, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
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    $13 at Bar-B-Que Blues

    ? Where: Bar-B-Que Blues, 5404 Almeda, 713-533-1230 What $13 gets you: No beef but a lot of meat and a pink lemonade. On this beautiful day, before the big snow storm arrives, we thought we'd travel to the Third Ward for some lunch at Bar-B-Que Blu...

    @ Eating Our Words by Paul Knight on December 3, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
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    Walking in a Gingerbread Wonderland

    ? If it didn't feel like Christmastime yet on Tuesday night with a slight chill in the air, the sight that greeted us as we walked into Voice put us right in the holiday mood: delicately and immaculately designed gingerbread houses all in a row, next...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 3, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
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    The 10 Best Places to Eat in Memorial

    Although it's undergoing some massive growth in the form of redevelopment and expansion at Memorial City Mall and the construction of the nearly finished CityCentre "town square" off Beltway 8, Memorial is still in many ways a sweetly sleepy suburb....

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 3, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
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    ICE Chills Mambo Seafood

    Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided two outposts of the seven-restaurant Mambo Seafood chain yesterday and hauled off 33 suspected illegal aliens. According to KHOU, ICE also raided the company's corporate office and hauled off box...

    @ Eating Our Words by John Nova Lomax on December 3, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
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    Urban Gardening: Deer Tongues and Kumquats

    The experience made me wish I did more gardening. I have been using the excuse of not having much space in my backyard, but these greens were growing in a surprisingly small bed. The organization called Urban Harvest is currently putting on a series ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 3, 2009 @ 1:15 pm
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    Wine of the Week - Patrick Storfer of Spec's

    With 14,000 to 16,000 wines, the largest liquor store in the world has a wine for everyone, and Storfer will help you find it. How did he get into the wine business? "My dad has always been into wine, so I've been drinking wine since birth," he says....

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on December 3, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
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    Kolache Crawl: Olde Towne

    Weikel's in La Grange makes sausage klobasneks with thin lengths of peppery Czech sausage. Hruska's in Ellington stuffs theirs with your choice of link sausage or spicy pan sausage. Meanwhile in Houston, every sausage klobasnek I've tried has been fi...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 3, 2009 @ 11:19 am
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    Mushroom Burger Protest

    ? It started with a simple Tweet. Aimee Woodall, owner of Black Sheep marketing/publicity firm, was a fan of the mushroom burger at Little Bigs, a slider stop in the Montrose area (2703 Montrose, 713-521-2447). She was disappointed when she stopped i...

    @ Eating Our Words by Olivia Flores Alvarez on December 3, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Nielsen's Satanic Mayo

    "I don't think I'm allowed to know what goes in the mayo," says deli manager Arthur Nen. Nielsen's mayo is made in-house daily and is used in pretty much everything, from the potato, egg and pasta salads to the deviled eggs. It's even mixed with mu...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on December 3, 2009 @ 8:00 am
  • Enough About Mi - Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?

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    Enough About Mi - Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?

    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 lemongrass-marinated beef, sweet-and-hot pork, juicy grilled chicken breast and fresh shrimp were all well marinated and c...

    by Robb Walsh on November 12, 2009
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    Haute Texan Tacos - More than just a taco truck.

    Jason Jones has had a long and distinguished culinary career. He is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef and has worked in Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and Houston, where he's from. He has taught the culinary arts, designed menus and designed kitchen layouts. ...

    by Paul Galvani on November 12, 2009
  • Front Roe - Spaghetti bottarga at Valentino's

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    Front Roe - Spaghetti bottarga at Valentino's

    The spaghetti bottarga ($16) at Valentino's (2525 West Loop South, 713-850-9200) is an intensely flavored dish that's one-of-a-kind in Houston. Bottarga, the roe from a gray mullet fish, tastes a whole lot better than it sounds or looks and is often ...

    by Paul Galvani on November 12, 2009
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    Give Something Better Than a Fruitcake This Year

    Etsy, the online marketplace where the artsy-crafty types among us can sell their handcrafted and homemade gifts to the world, is good for gifts other than just jewelry or throw pillows. Their "edible" section is stocked full of yummy goodies -- and...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 2, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
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    Thanks for the Ajver

    Ajver (pronounced I-var) is the preferred condiment of all of my friends from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia. They wouldn't dream of eating cevapcici (or any other grilled meat dish) without it. Tanya likes it for breakfast on buttered bread. (It's also ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 2, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
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    Elated over Elote

    While John T. Edge and I were on our "taco truck crawl" a few weeks ago, we sampled a terrible elote cocktail at the Tacos Mayra truck on Beechnut. The "roasted corn" in this cup looked like it came out of a can. So we had to stop a few blocks farthe...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 2, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
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