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Down the Rabbit Hole Down the Rabbit Hole
Tiny Boxwood's serves up delectable dishes in a magical setting.
, June 03, 2010
We park in front of some tennis courts on a narrow street crowded with luxury vehicles before heading in to have breakfast at Tiny Boxwood's... More >>
The Royal Treatment The Royal Treatment
These super-kind folks have been doing knockout Pakistani and Indian food for more than 16 years.
, May 27, 2010
I am sitting at a long table at Royal Restaurant with a couple of friends, one who has traveled to India and recently moved to Austin from... More >>
True to the 'Trose True to the 'Trose
Colorful eatery Canopy is becoming a neighborhood fixture.
, May 20, 2010
I walked into Canopy, Shade owner Claire Smith's new restaurant in the Montrose, to have lunch with a friend. When I sat down at the table, the... More >>
Vegan Surprise Vegan Surprise
Loving Hut's food is tasty — you'll never guess where it came from.
, May 13, 2010
The Houston location of international vegan fast-food restaurant empire Loving Hut opened several months ago, in a dusty-colored strip center in... More >>
Too Beaucoup Too Beaucoup
An unassuming bar and grill turns out some damn good Cajun food.
, May 06, 2010
Searching for a neighborhood joint where I could eat some mudbugs, since they're in season, I called Beaucoup Bar & Grill (3102 Old Spanish... More >>
Whatever's Good Whatever's Good
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant's enormous menu has something for everyone.
, April 29, 2010
The salted pork spareribs at Shanghai Chinese Restaurant (9116 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-988-7288) are fried in a wok with garlic and red chiles... More >>
Salad Daze Salad Daze
Bowl offers more than 200 ingredients.
, April 22, 2010
Fondue, sandwiches and hot pot, they're fun and all, but food just tastes better when other people make it for you. And salads are no exception.... More >>
Classic Combo Classic Combo
Kick back next to the bocce ball court at Luigi's Pizzeria.
, April 15, 2010
When I walked into Luigi's Pizzeria with some friends, I knew what I wanted for lunch before I even looked at the chalkboard menu on the wall: a... More >>
Block Party Block Party
Block 7 Wine Company serves simple food with fresh, local ingredients.
, April 08, 2010
The first thing we ordered when we sat down for lunch at Block 7 was the "whole pig" flatbread, a thin, flattened piece of bread covered with... More >>
Mussels Mania, Volume 2 Mussels Mania, Volume 2
Does Jeannine's Bistro measure up to the Broken Spoke?
, April 01, 2010
When Cafe Montrose split up, one party, Catherine Duwez, went to The Broken Spoke on Washington, and the other party, Jeannine Pettas, opened up... More >>
Ohio Barbecue Ohio Barbecue
The art of smoke, ten years later, at Bobbie Que's Rib Shack.
, March 25, 2010
Rib tips and fries was one of the lunch specials at Bobbie Que's Rib Shack on Scott Street the day I stopped by. I love the crispy, crunchy... More >>
Meat and Potatoes Meat and Potatoes
Frank's Chop House stands firmly in the middle of the road.
, March 18, 2010
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... More >>
Meatball on 34th Street Meatball on 34th Street
Doyle's is a 1950s Italian-American time capsule.
, March 11, 2010
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... More >>
Scintillating Sichuan Scintillating Sichuan
You can tell it's really Sichuan at Sarah Place by the hot pot bullfrog and the flaming hot pepper chicken.
, March 04, 2010
The chicken with hot peppers at Sarah Place, a Sichuan restaurant in Bellaire Chinatown, is served with a raft of bright-red dried Sichuan... More >>
DIY Soup for Dinner DIY Soup for Dinner
Get some steaming soup broth and a big plate of meat or seafood and cook up your own dinner at Hot Pot City.
, February 25, 2010
The waitress at Hot Pot City on Beltway 8 at Beechnut brought two pots to our table and set them on the built-in burners. Each pot was divided... More >>
Lox and Huevos Lox and Huevos
Sample the unlikely Mexican-Jewish fusion at Rustika Café & Bakery.
, February 18, 2010
The gefilte fish appetizer at Rustika Café & Bakery consisted of two of the white fish lumps covered with sautéed tomato and roasted green pepper... More >>
The Rise and Fall of Bangkokheimer The Rise and Fall of Bangkokheimer
Thai Bistro's new location is changing the game on the west end of Westheimer.
, February 11, 2010
My dining companion asked for "three peppers" when we ordered the shrimp and pineapple curry at the new Thai Bistro location on Westheimer near... More >>
Mex on the Beach Mex on the Beach
The wild tropical seafood restaurant Yelapa Playa Mexicana was named for a beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
, February 04, 2010
The Peruvian-style ceviche at Yelapa Playa Mexicana had mahi-mahi, squid and shrimp pieces tossed with "local citrus" fruit and avocados in a... More >>
Brain Tacos or Cheesy Migas? Brain Tacos or Cheesy Migas?
Two high-volume taquerias have a lot to say about Houston tacos.
, January 28, 2010
The "Trump Taco" at Chacho's Tacos on Westheimer in the Galleria was overloaded with grilled sirloin, mushrooms and cheese. The... More >>
Comfort Food on Steroids Comfort Food on Steroids
The new Two Saints neighborhood eatery is knocking them dead with grilled-cheese sandwiches.
, January 21, 2010
The grilled cheese sandwich at Two Saints Restaurant on Memorial came on thick-sliced, toasted artisan bread. The complex yeasty texture and... More >>
Duck Fat: the New Butter Duck Fat: the New Butter
Is the theme of the awesome Branch Water Tavern "fatty foods for lean times"?
, January 14, 2010
Popcorn tossed with duck fat instead of butter is my new favorite bar snack. I had some with a glass of St. George American single malt whiskey... More >>
International House of Sandwiches International House of Sandwiches
Juan Mon's youthful swagger is endearingly silly, and his sandwiches are very tasty.
, January 07, 2010
Item #17 on the menu at Juan Mon's International Sandwiches is the "Venice," a fresh baguette stuffed with spaghetti, salami, provolone cheese,... More >>
Lucky Black-Eyed Peas Lucky Black-Eyed Peas
If you don't eat black-eyed peas this New Year's Day, next year could be really unlucky. Luckily, there's Family Discount Food.
, December 31, 2009
The cabbage on the steam table at Family Discount Food was tender, but not squishy. It was flavored with enough bacon to coat my lips pleasantly... More >>
Pot au Pho Pot au Pho
This funky trailer in South Houston is worth the drive for Vietnamese breakfast.
, December 24, 2009
The first time I ate at the original Pho Binh on Beamer, it was a cold, foggy Saturday morning. The single-wide trailer that's home to the... More >>
Banh Cuon and Bug Juice Banh Cuon and Bug Juice
According to an expert, North Vietnamese food without water beetle essence is like a hot dog without mustard.
, December 17, 2009
Carl Han ordered spicy snail soup, three kinds of banh cuon, and Hanoi grilled pork at Thien Thanh restaurant on Bellaire. Then he prepared... More >>
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