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Big Flavors, Little Tables Big Flavors, Little Tables
Marco Wiles expands his Westheimer restaurant empire with another great Italian joint.
, June 11, 2009
Maybe the tender braised baby octopus in a light brown sauce with cannellini beans and carrot chunks was my favorite dish at Poscol. I had the... More >>
Crawfish Season's Tail End Crawfish Season's Tail End
The bugs get bigger and the prices lower as the season comes to a close.
, June 04, 2009
Seafood dealer Jim Gossen sat in the booth across from me at Boiling Crab. It was the first time I had ever seen him with tears in his eyes. No,... More >>
Samurai Gaúchos Samurai Gaúchos
Sushi and churrasco isn't an odd combination at Pradaria.
, May 28, 2009
Cupim is an unusual cut of beef that's highly prized in Brazil. It comes from the hump of Brahma crossbred cattle, and it's reportedly as marbled... More >>
Shanghainese, If You Please Shanghainese, If You Please
You can get THE hot stuff if you want, but don't miss the bold flavors at one of the city's only Shanghainese restaurants.
, May 21, 2009
"Pork with preserved vegetables" sounds boring. But Jay Francis kept tapping on this item on the menu at Shanghai Cuisine and insisting that I... More >>
Pork and Beans on a Bun Pork and Beans on a Bun
Pick up a sack of inexpensive sandwiches at the laid-back Tortas El Angel on Shepherd.
, May 14, 2009
The steak, onion and raw jalapeño sandwich called the "Pepito" at Tortas El Angel in the Heights was my unexpected favorite. The crunchy fire of... More >>
Manena's Magic Manena's Magic
The Argentinean deli serves great sandwiches and empanadas — but leave room for dessert.
, May 07, 2009
The sense of being transported to a small pastry shop in Buenos Aires is unexpected and welcome as you stand in front of the mesmerizing pastry... More >>
Cielo High Cielo High
A new Mexican bistro downtown serves up strong cocktails and tasty tapas for low prices.
, April 30, 2009
If the sign of a good happy hour is strong cocktails and delicious chicken wings, all for a rock-­bottom price, then Cielo Mexican Bistro may... More >>
Roast Beef and Fried Rice Roast Beef and Fried Rice
Calliope's turns out authentic New Orleans food with an Asian twist
, April 23, 2009
"Nobody in Houston knows how to make a roast beef poor boy," displaced Crescent City  native Tim Turner said to me the other day. Turner's eyes... More >>
Flea Market French Flea Market French
Georges Guy is back in a big way with La Brocante Cafe.
, April 16, 2009
The duck confit salad I had for lunch at La Brocante Cafe on Kirkwood was a plate with three items. There were lightly dressed field greens, a... More >>
Island Grinds Island Grinds
Two new Hawaiian fast-food joints are bringing down-home Asian fusion to Houston.
, April 09, 2009
The Spam musubi at Little Island Grill on Westheimer looked strange. There was so much nori wrapped around the outside of the sushi roll, I... More >>
Tex-Cajun Cuisine at BB's Cajun Cafe Tex-Cajun Cuisine at BB's Cajun Cafe
This is the new late-night place to be if you like poor boys, grits and gravy, and breakfast in the middle of the night.
, April 02, 2009
"It's all about the gravy," New Orleans food writer Pableaux Johnson observed as he sopped up huge mouthfuls of the stuff. He passed the bowl... More >>
Jang Guem Tofu & BBQ House Jang Guem Tofu & BBQ House
Sounds crazy, but you'll stop laughing when you eat some of this spicy tofu soup and barbecued bulgogi.
, March 26, 2009
There were so many stone bowls on our table, it looked like we were eating with the Flintstones. At Jang Guem Tofu & BBQ, the signature "soon... More >>
Downtown Attraction The Grove Downtown Attraction The Grove
A destination restaurant that only sometimes gets it right.
, March 19, 2009
It's said that you can judge how good a restaurant truly is by how well they cook a rotisserie chicken. If that actually is the case, The Grove... More >>
The Tastes of Textile The Tastes of Textile
When it's on, there's no place in town like Scott Tycer's new restaurant.
, March 12, 2009
It was a Saturday night and the place was swinging. The music playing over the sound system was incredibly well chosen, representing the relaxed... More >>
Trainsmash and Bobotie at Out of Africa Trainsmash and Bobotie at Out of Africa
At this Sugar Land South African restaurant, you'll find a lot of delicious dishes you've never heard of before.
, March 05, 2009
Pap with trainsmash is a South African dish I encountered on the Sunday brunch buffet line at Out of Africa in Sugar Land. The pap was a yellow... More >>
Pizza Like Patsy Used to Make at Grimaldi's Pizza Like Patsy Used to Make at Grimaldi's
, February 26, 2009
The crispy, thin-crusted pizza at Grimaldi's in Sugar Land is covered with bright-white fresh mozzarella and zesty red sauce and baked in a... More >>
Flavors of the Fifth at Davis Meat Market and Burt's Meat Market Flavors of the Fifth at Davis Meat Market and Burt's Meat Market
, February 19, 2009
There were enough falling-apart-­tender beef tips in thick brown gravy over rice in the Styrofoam container to feed a medium-sized family. Jim... More >>
The Valentine's Day Minefield at Central Market The Valentine's Day Minefield at Central Market
, February 12, 2009
The USDA Prime tenderloin was perfectly grilled and slathered in garlicky chimichurri, just the way my significant other likes it. The herbed... More >>
Houston Sushi's Polar Opposites: Soma & Oishii Sushi Houston Sushi's Polar Opposites: Soma & Oishii Sushi
, February 05, 2009
As the name suggests, the "Crazy Irishman" roll at Soma on Washington is not one of those restrained-looking creations composed by a... More >>
Malt Shop Burger at Cheeburger Cheeburger Malt Shop Burger at Cheeburger Cheeburger
, January 29, 2009
The name comes from this Saturday Night Live routine about a diner where they said, 'No Coke, Pepsi' all the time, and that's why we have no... More >>
Cafe Rita Cafe Rita
, January 22, 2009
"When I opened on Monday morning at ten-thirty, there were people standing in line out front!" George Sarikhanian, the gregarious cashier/owner... More >>
On a Budget at Bistro des Amis On a Budget at Bistro des Amis
, January 15, 2009
The $10.95 lunch special at Bistro des Amis, a tiny French cafe in Rice Village, started with a soul-warming vegetable potage. Dunking buttered... More >>
Gas Station Delicacies at Ekko's Greek-American Deli Gas Station Delicacies at Ekko's Greek-American Deli
, January 08, 2009
Classic Greek moussaka is made with layers of fried eggplant slices, ground meat in a tomato sauce seasoned with cinnamon and herbs, and a thick... More >>
Over-the-Top Chophouse at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Over-the-Top Chophouse at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
, January 01, 2009
There was a seven-inch bone sticking out of the Fred Flintstone rib eye on the plate in front of me. I carved the monster chop with the heavy... More >>
The United Nations of Food at Phoenicia Specialty Foods The United Nations of Food at Phoenicia Specialty Foods
, December 25, 2008
The slow-cooked lamb shank was so tender you could cut it with a plastic knife and fork. And since those are the only utensils available in the... More >>
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