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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 >>
Creekside Burgers and Beer Creekside Burgers and Beer
This Shady Acres cafe is a great place to go for beer and burgers, but a challenging place to eat outside.
, December 10, 2009
"We have Divine Reserve number 9," the bartender at Cedar Creek Cafe said when I asked which Saint Arnold's beers he had on tap. I was shocked.... More >>
Blissing Out on Bingle Blissing Out on Bingle
If you like Longhorn memorabilia and old-fashioned Tex-Mex, this Spring Branch coffee shop is a little slice of heaven.
, December 03, 2009
The milanesa at La Plaza Mexican Restaurant on Bingle is a thin, pounded steak covered with bread crumbs and fried. It's served with a lemon... More >>
Mussel Mania Mussel Mania
Ride your bike to the Broken Spoke for some awesome moules frites and a Stella.
, November 26, 2009
The Broken Spoke Café is known for its moules marinière, which is listed on the menu as "La Complet Belge": moules frites, a glass of Stella... More >>
Flounder Fish & Chips Flounder Fish & Chips
A new Kata Robata on Kirby offers stellar fish and lots of attitude.
, November 19, 2009
During flounder season, I'm always looking for tasty flatfish dishes. I hit the jackpot at Kata Robata, the stellar new Japanese grill and sushi... More >>
Enough About Mi Enough About Mi
Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?
, November 12, 2009
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... More >>
Looking for a Bull Market Looking for a Bull Market
Killen's Steakhouse in suburban Pearland is probably best during boom times.
, November 05, 2009
Our USDA Prime, dry-aged, bone-in strip was bright red and rare along the bone, and medium-well toward the thinner edge. It averaged out to the... More >>
BBQ Buffet BBQ Buffet
Korea Garden Grille offers a stellar selection of barbecue items in unlimited quantities — and new and interesting ways to eat them.
, October 29, 2009
Dressed in a white chef's jacket, Simon Moon neatly arranged raw marinated short rib meat (kalbi), rib eye steak (bulgogi), shrimp and lots of... More >>
Burgers and Hash Burgers and Hash
Lola, a modern diner in the Heights is dishing up some top-notch Texas short-order cooking.
, October 22, 2009
Three eggs cooked sunny-side up occupied one side of the big white oval platter that held my "home skillet" breakfast at Lola, the hip new diner... More >>
Big House on the Hill Big House on the Hill
Casa Grande, the Tex-Mex restaurant on a cliff above I-45 is a truly offbeat spot to eat nachos and dance salsa.
, October 15, 2009
On Fridays at Casa Grande, the wacky Tex-Mex joint on North Main at I-45, most of the lunch specials are seafood dishes. I liked the big, juicy,... More >>
Punjabi To-Go Punjabi To-Go
This 16-year-old Indian restaurant is still turning out great curries; just don't expect atmosphere — or silverware.
, October 08, 2009
Using the handle of a plastic fork, I managed to get the marrow out of the bones of my sensational goat vindaloo. I spread the fatty,... More >>
Lingering Over the Linguine Lingering Over the Linguine
Lynette Hawkins's new wine bar Giacomo's Cibo e Vino captures the Italian spirit of drinking, eating and hanging around.
, October 01, 2009
It was a cool evening, one of the first of the season, so we were eager to sit outside on the patio at Giacomo's (pronounced JOCK-a-mo's), the... More >>
Remarkable Rendang Remarkable Rendang
Don't miss this Chinese restaurant on Bellaire near Highway 6 — just don't order the Chinese food.
, September 24, 2009
Ecky Prabanto drizzled some broth on her bakmie ayam, an Indonesian egg-noodle and chicken dish. Here at Rice Bowl II restaurant, the noodles are... More >>
Almeda's New Playhouse Almeda's New Playhouse
Bar-B-Que Blues on Almeda is bringing back a combination that Houston made famous.
, September 17, 2009
The ribs were the star of my three-meat plate at Bar-B-Que Blues on Almeda. The pork was long-cooked, until it adhered only loosely to the bones.... More >>
Barker Cypress Poor Boy Barker Cypress Poor Boy
Would you drive to Cypress for an enormous roast beef poor boy at Mama's Cajun Cuisine?
, September 10, 2009
The quarter roast beef poor boy at Mama's Cajun Cuisine on Barker Cypress is piled so high with falling-apart roast beef, I can barely get my... More >>
Laredo Cavalcade Laredo Cavalcade
If you like the tacos at Laredo Taqueria on Washington, wait until you try the tacos at Laredo Taqueria on Cavalcade.
, September 03, 2009
The pork and summer squash stew in calabacitas taco at Laredo Taqueria on Cavalacade is slow-cooked until the pork falls into threads and the... More >>
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