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Let the Food of El Sazon de Cuba Put You in a Miami State of Mind Let the Food of El Sazon de Cuba Put You in a Miami State of Mind
It's only fitting they make a perfect Cubano.
, July 24, 2014
Miami, baby. Miami. Whenever he said the name of the city, he got a wistful look in his eyes, as if he were actually picturing walking along the... More >>
Bradley's Fine Diner Is Bradley Ogden's Chance to Get Comfy, for Better or Worse Bradley's Fine Diner Is Bradley Ogden's Chance to Get Comfy, for Better or Worse
Bradley’s Fine Diner has evolved into more of a comfort-food place; we wouldn’t mind a little more excitement.
, July 17, 2014
"Yankee pot roast" is exactly what you might expect from a place calling itself a "fine diner." The tender beef roast is topped with buttery,... More >>
60 Degrees Mastercrafted Is All About Meat, But It's the Seafood that Caught Our Fancy 60 Degrees Mastercrafted Is All About Meat, But It's the Seafood that Caught Our Fancy
A restaurant built on quality ingredients has a shaky foundation.
, July 10, 2014
In a sea of specials and featured dishes and staff favorites, the catch of the day stood out: a simple fillet of red snapper atop a bed of... More >>
Appreciate the Ceviche and Ceviche House Will Feel Like Home Appreciate the Ceviche and Ceviche House Will Feel Like Home
This little restaurant tucked away in an Alief strip center knows how to mix it up with citrus, fish and fútbol.
, July 03, 2014
Halfway through the meal, everyone in the restaurant was standing, leaning slightly forward, staring at one wall of the restaurant with... More >>
Chic, Upscale and Authentic Thai at Songkran Thai Kitchen Chic, Upscale and Authentic Thai at Songkran Thai Kitchen
Every now and then it'll surprise you.
, June 26, 2014
It's fitting that the name of chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan's new restaurant, Songkran Thai Kitchen, comes from the Sanskrit word sankranti, which... More >>
Farm-to-Table-Light: Embrace Dish Society For What it is, Not What it Could Be Farm-to-Table-Light: Embrace Dish Society For What it is, Not What it Could Be
Dish Society touts its farm-to-table mentality and offers good food, albeit with a few detours.
, June 19, 2014
The term "farm-to-table" is so overused that it's lost much of its meaning. When the phrase first became a buzzword in the culinary lexicon about... More >>
Hughie’s Offers Inconsistent Food and Long Waits, but the Crowds Keep Coming Hughie’s Offers Inconsistent Food and Long Waits, but the Crowds Keep Coming
For every hit at Hughie’s, there's a big ol’ miss.
, June 12, 2014
It's a bad sign when the server greets you with an apology. He apologized for not coming out to take our drink orders sooner; we'd been there... More >>
Houston’s Top 10 Italian Restaurants Houston’s Top 10 Italian Restaurants
Where to go when you need an Italian fix.
, June 12, 2014
Best of Houston Rest of the Best 2014 "The trouble with Italian food is that five or six days later, you're hungry again."  — Comedian George... More >>
Pugon de Manila Is Authentic Filipino Food for Those Looking to Try New Things Pugon de Manila Is Authentic Filipino Food for Those Looking to Try New Things
Pugon de Manila offers authentic Filipino food for adventurous diners unfazed by blood in their stew or innards in their stir-fry.
, June 05, 2014
Initially, the waitress refused to serve me. "This one?" she asked, pointing to a dark brown stew in a chafing dish behind the counter. "That... More >>
At Artisans Restaurant, What Matters Is that the Ingredients Are the Best of the Best At Artisans Restaurant, What Matters Is that the Ingredients Are the Best of the Best
Getting back to the true meanings of artisanal.
, May 29, 2014
I almost parked in the spot reserved for the chef because it was empty when I arrived. I was there for a late dinner — 8 p.m. — but the chef was... More >>
Grace's, Which Serves Everything, Is Johnny Carrabba's Last Hurrah Grace's, Which Serves Everything, Is Johnny Carrabba's Last Hurrah
A confusing menu and sky-high prices make Johnny Carrabba’s tribute to his grandmother good, not great.
, May 22, 2014
When you enter, you instantly feel as if you're stepping into your grandmother's home — if your grandmother was a millionaire with exquisite... More >>
Dumplings N More Has Mastered the Art of Soup Dumplings Dumplings N More Has Mastered the Art of Soup Dumplings
Forget the language problem — the food speaks for itself.
, May 15, 2014
There's a magical moment when you lift the lid off a basket of dumplings. The steam rises and rushes out in one big gust, and the spirals of... More >>
Smoked Meats and a Charming Brood Welcome You to Brooks Family BBQ Smoked Meats and a Charming Brood Welcome You to Brooks Family BBQ
Barbecue is in the Brooks family blood.
, May 08, 2014
'Excuse me, ma'am," came the shout from across the room ­directed my way. "We don't ­allow that kind of language here." Don't ever utter the... More >>
The Food at Coltivare Is Almost Worth the Wait The Food at Coltivare Is Almost Worth the Wait
New Heights restaurant has a gardens but doesn't have reservations.
, May 01, 2014
The wise philosopher Will Smith once said, "When you create art, the world has to wait." Nowhere in Houston is that more true than at Coltivare,... More >>
Andes Cafe Chef David Guerrero Proves He's Back and Better Than Ever Andes Cafe Chef David Guerrero Proves He's Back and Better Than Ever
The addicting tastes of South America aren't your typical Latin fare.
, April 24, 2014
We didn't know where to stop, and we didn't know exactly what we'd be getting, so we just kept ordering. First ceviche — two different kinds, one... More >>
Is There Room in the Neighborhood for Heights General Store? Is There Room in the Neighborhood for Heights General Store?
Newcomer wants its down-home, fresh approach to succeed.
, April 17, 2014
Harold's, as the restaurant up the stairs and above Heights General Store is affectionately called, isn't open for dinner on Monday nights, but... More >>
The Newest Churrascos Is a Satisfying Chip Off the Cordúa Block The Newest Churrascos Is a Satisfying Chip Off the Cordúa Block
This latest branch is as successful as the first.
, April 10, 2014
There weren't any steaks like this in Houston 30 years ago. There were trompo and fajitas and ­filet mignon, but there were no churrasco steaks.... More >>
Tiger Den's Noodles and Broth Are Vying to Be Houston's Best Tiger Den's Noodles and Broth Are Vying to Be Houston's Best
This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.
, April 03, 2014
On average, a bowl of ramen takes 27 minutes to eat. When it comes to your table, you first must feel the bowl. Cup your hands around the... More >>
Caracol, Hugo Ortega's Latest Outpost, is Reeling Them In Caracol, Hugo Ortega's Latest Outpost, is Reeling Them In
The ambitious new spot is making waves.
, March 27, 2014
There's a divide as soon as you enter through the heavy glass doors and head toward the imposing limestone hostess stand. To the right, the... More >>
Just Dinner Is So Much More Than That Just Dinner Is So Much More Than That
This intimate boîte in Montrose is a small jewel.
, March 20, 2014
The dessert was supposed to be a masterpiece. I heard it before I saw it, at other tables in the small, intimate dining room. A loud whoosh, like... More >>
Asian and South American-Inspired Fare at Fusion Taco Asian and South American-Inspired Fare at Fusion Taco
The duo at this downtown spot are getting people all hot and bothered.
, March 13, 2014
The words and phrases used by my friend to describe the food are not fit to print. Suffice it to say that he wanted to do unmentionable things to... More >>
Impressive Steaks and Family Heritage on the Menu at Osteria Mazzantini Impressive Steaks and Family Heritage on the Menu at Osteria Mazzantini
It may not be perfect, but it's pretty damn close.
, March 06, 2014
The March issue of Texas Monthly features signature dishes from some of the best restaurants around the state, all gathered together on one long... More >>
The Inventive Frankfurters at Good Dog Houston Think Outside the Bun The Inventive Frankfurters at Good Dog Houston Think Outside the Bun
This food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant is best in show.
, February 27, 2014
Go behind the scenes of this week's review in our slideshow, "A Closer Look at Good Dog Houston." There's something about hot dogs that has... More >>
Each Meal Is a Production at The Pass Each Meal Is a Production at The Pass
The nightly show is worthy of 'The French Chef.'
, February 20, 2014
Never had Julia Child so invaded my psyche as she did at this dinner. She was there from the first course, a trio of oysters whose finesse "The... More >>
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette Is a Disappointing Sister Act Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette Is a Disappointing Sister Act
The chefs need to keep it simple.
, February 13, 2014
Initially, there seemed to be some sort of failure to communicate. When we arrived for our 7:30 p.m. reservation (made a mere four hours before),... More >>
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