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Divine Vin Divine Vin
, August 23, 2007
Usually, I'm not much for a side of gimmick when I dine. So I was delightfully surprised at how well "The World's Tiniest Desserts" work at Vin,... More >>
Monarch Restaurant Monarch Restaurant
Fit for a King (Almost)
, August 16, 2007
With a royal moniker like Monarch Restaurant and a chef named Bradley Manchester, you might expect this place to be serving steak and kidney pie,... More >>
5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind 5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind
, August 16, 2007
Mockingbird Bistro is famous for unpretentious dishes like a big honking Kobe hamburger and crispy French fries. So it's no wonder that their... More >>
On Top of Spaghetti On Top of Spaghetti
At Antonio's Flying Pizza, we ponder what cheese pizzas and cheese enchiladas have in common
, August 09, 2007
Everybody loves cheese," Antonio Rosa, the owner of Antonio's Flying Pizza on Hillcroft, told me as I leaned over the counter to watch him make... More >>
Mom's Hand Restaurant Mom's Hand Restaurant
Inside the Komart store on Gessner, you'll find Korean food like Mom used to make
, August 02, 2007
I leaned forward over the bowl full of deep red broth and springy noodles to keep them from dripping all over. I even tried to fend off the soup... More >>
Red Basil Thai Fusion Cuisine Red Basil Thai Fusion Cuisine
New York Thai
, July 26, 2007
The beef sushi appetizer at Red Basil Thai Fusion Cuisine on Westheimer was topped with medium-rare filet mignon. It was shaped like the usual... More >>
5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind 5 Wines That Will Blow Your Mind
, July 26, 2007
Recommending wines that people can't find in stores is pointless, according to Andrew Adams, owner and wine buyer at The Corkscrew Wine Bar (1919... More >>
Sandy's Produce Market Sandy's Produce Market
One healthy meal at Sandy's Produce Market will wipe away all of your high-cholesterol sins
, July 19, 2007
It's like some surreal dreamscape," my lunchmate observed, looking out over the interior of Sandy's Produce Market on the Katy Freeway near Dairy... More >>
Nirvana Indian Restaurant Nirvana Indian Restaurant
Brit expats looking for a "phal" need search no farther than Nirvana
, July 12, 2007
he chicken "phal" at Nirvana Indian Restaurant on Memorial came with big tender chunks of boneless white-meat chicken in an orange sauce made... More >>
T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse Restaurant T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse Restaurant
Visit T-Bone Tom's and help keep Kemah weird
, July 05, 2007
We were eating crispy fried catfish and steak and drinking Coronas outside on the deck at T-Bone Tom's in Kemah. Tommy "Big Daddy Gumbo" Dardar... More >>
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
Old-fashioned Tex-Mex served in the atmosphere of your choice
, June 28, 2007
Above the door of the original La Fiesta on Katy Freeway and Bunker Hill, there's a Schlitz beer poster. It's a photo of a caballero in a huge... More >>
5 Wines That'll Blow Your Mind 5 Wines That'll Blow Your Mind
, June 28, 2007
We asked Michael Housewright, the self-described "head wine nerd" at Max's Wine Dive, to let us in on his wine-buying philosophy. He responded... More >>
Blake's BBQ and Burgers Blake's BBQ and Burgers
Slow Food Burgers
, June 21, 2007
The third hamburger I got at Blake's BBQ and Burgers on Jeanetta was just about perfect. When I bit into it, the juicy meat, melted American... More >>
Bob's Steak & Chop House Bob's Steak & Chop House
If steak is a sin, then Bob is the devil
, June 14, 2007
There are two things I loved about the humongous porterhouse steak I ate on my first visit to Bob's Steak & Chop House. Number one, the 28-ounce... More >>
Le Viet Restaurant & Bar Le Viet Restaurant & Bar
Sometimes Anglo-friendly Vietnamese food does taste better than the real thing
, June 07, 2007
Banh xeo does not mean "slightly deflated yellow football" in Vietnamese, though that's what the version at Le Viet restaurant on Westheimer... More >>
Venetian Bistro & Pastry Shop Venetian Bistro & Pastry Shop
Flaky Pastry
, May 31, 2007
The delicate crust on the cheese pastry at Venetian Bistro & Pastry Shop on Bellaire shatters into tender, buttery flakes as soon as I take a... More >>
Fu Fu Cafe Fu Fu Cafe
A spartan Chinese cafe on Bellaire is the city's hottest new dumpling destination
, May 24, 2007
My first soup dumpling was a disappointment. You get four to an order at Fu Fu Cafe on Bellaire, and they come to the table extremely hot. I was... More >>
Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind
, May 24, 2007
Ever since the movie Sideways, Americans have been drinking more Pinot Noir and less Merlot. Are we crazy to be taking wine advice from a geek... More >>
Bissonnet Grill Bissonnet Grill
How does the new Bissonnet Grill compare to the old Bissonnet grills?
, May 17, 2007
A funky aroma enveloped our table at the Bissonnet Grill, a new fast-casual eatery on Bissonnet near the corner of Kirby. It smelled like strong... More >>
Kasra Persian Grill Kasra Persian Grill
This elegant ethnic restaurant is hard to find, and not to be missed
, May 10, 2007
The hummus at Kasra Persian Grill on Westheimer near Gessner isn't the fluffy chickpea and tahini spread you get at your local Middle Eastern... More >>
Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind
, May 10, 2007
Why drink wine this time of year anyway? Why not just stick with beer? We asked Backstreet Café and Hugo's wine guy, certified sommelier Sean... More >>
Armandos Armandos
Celebrate this Mexican holiday weekend in style at the newly reminted Armandos — but take a cab home
, May 03, 2007
At a wheeled cart beside our table, an elderly Hispanic gentleman in a server's uniform stretched the hot strings of cheese high above the... More >>
Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind
The Vintage Mirrors the Year
, May 03, 2007
The 1992 vintage and the 1993 vintage of the same wine from the same winery can taste dramatically different. It's all about the sun and the rain... More >>
Alice's Diner Alice's Diner
Great hamburgers and Austin Powers-era Chinese food are both on the menu at Alice's
, April 26, 2007
The “Alice's Deluxe Hamburger” at Alice's Diner on Beechnut comes on a toasted sesame-seed bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions and... More >>
Yatra Brasserie Yatra Brasserie
A chic new Indian restaurant on Main Street serves Desi-Tex tacos for lunch
, April 19, 2007
The first time I ate lunch at Yatra Brasserie, the cool new Indian restaurant on Main Street, I was delighted to see an innovative “wrap” on the... More >>
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