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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 >>
Wines Wines
Five That'll Blow Your Mind
, April 19, 2007
Wine is supposed to be relaxing, not anxiety-inducing. So how do you pick a wine from all those pages and pages of foreign names on the wine list... More >>
Fish Gone Wild Fish Gone Wild
, April 12, 2007
There is a sign that reads "Wild Kitchen, London and Cajun Style" in front of a new restaurant on Stella Link. Combinations like steak-and-kidney... More >>
Wines Wines
Five That'll Blow Your Mind
, April 12, 2007
Wine is supposed to be relaxing, not anxiety-inducing. So how do you pick a wine from all those pages and pages of foreign names on the wine list... More >>
Café Pita + Café Pita +
Bosnian food is a delicious cross between Turkish and Slavic cuisine
, April 05, 2007
Café Pita + on Westheimer at Wilcrest is the city's hottest new Bosnian restaurant. Okay, it's the city's only Bosnian restaurant. There was... More >>
Nino's Nino's
Nino's turns 30, and Houstonians want gelato with their Italian birthday cake
, March 29, 2007
The osso buco at Nino's on West Dallas towered over the plate. It looked like a red lava-covered meat volcano rising from a sea of pasta.... More >>
Crawfish Crawfish
Mardi Gras Grill hosts a weekly eating contest
, March 22, 2007
The three contestants in the weekly crawfish eating contest at Mardi Gras Grill on Durham sat side by side on a picnic table bench. On the left... More >>
Sage 400 Japanese Cuisine Sage 400 Japanese Cuisine
Hey, you at the sushi bar, lighten up — it's not like some religious ceremony or anything
, March 15, 2007
The thick broiled salmon steak at Sage 400, a popular new sushi restaurant in the Galleria, was served with a red pepper puree and a garnish of... More >>
Thepthidaa Thai Restaurant Thepthidaa Thai Restaurant
A new restaurant in the theater district offers kinder, gentler flavors
, March 08, 2007
After a deep whiff of the duck red curry at Thepthidaa, the new Thai restaurant near the Alley Theatre on Louisiana, I burst into song: "If you... More >>
Give Me the Electric Chair Give Me the Electric Chair
Houston gets a prison-themed taquería straight from Mexico City
, March 01, 2007
When you order tacos al pastor at Mexico's Deli on Dairy Ashford, the marinated pork and bits of pineapple are carved from a "trompo," a cone of... More >>
Haute Dogs and Hotties Haute Dogs and Hotties
Don't worry about matching foods and wines at Max's — just make sure you don't have chili on your chin
, February 22, 2007
The "Texas Haute Dog" at Max's Wine Dive, the wildly popular new wine bar and restaurant on Washington Avenue, goes for $14. It's a grass-fed... More >>
An Aging French Romantic An Aging French Romantic
Sometimes filet mignon with foie gras, truffles and a second-rate Bordeaux is just what the doctor ordered
, February 15, 2007
My medium-rare filet mignon at Chez Georges on Westheimer came with foie gras on top and a truffle sauce underneath, so I got to sample all of... More >>
The Chopstick Senator  Sent Me The Chopstick Senator Sent Me
, February 08, 2007
The shrimp in mayonnaise sauce at Chinese American Restaurant on Bissonnet were enormous. The succulent white shrimp coated with thin mayonnaise... More >>
Two Faces of Mak Chin's Two Faces of Mak Chin's
A new pan-Asian restaurant on Shepherd has a split personality
, February 01, 2007
At Mak Chin's, on Shepherd near I-10, there's a hipster bar and a fast-casual Asian bistro in two adjoining rooms. "It seems like two different... More >>
Tex-Mex Makeover Tex-Mex Makeover
Sabor morphs into 1308 Cantina
, January 25, 2007
When Sabor on Montrose opened six months ago, things were hot, hot, hot -- and not because it was the middle of another steamy Houston summer.... More >>
Reverend's Lunch Reverend's Lunch
The lunch special at Just Like Moma's is worth the trek to the hood, especially on Wednesday
, January 18, 2007
Reverend Jeffrey smiled and waved when we walked in the front door of Just Like Moma's, his new soul food restaurant just east of Highway 59,... More >>
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