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Fish on its Laurels Fish on its Laurels
Gaido's in Galveston doesn't always live up to its storied reputation
, July 20, 2006
Wade Watkins's shrimp bisque is thick and pumpkin-colored. It tastes like cream of shrimp -- which I suppose it is. I ate a cup of the comforting... More >>
Bird with a Buzz Bird with a Buzz
Get your chicken spiked with Szechuan peppercorns and do some tongue tripping
, July 13, 2006
Katy Zang, the stylish Chinese woman who owns Szechuan Garden restaurant on Westheimer, came over to our table to help. Our waiter wasn't getting... More >>
Branzini with Bouzouki Branzini with Bouzouki
Alexander the Great Greek Restaurant brings you the best of old and new Greek cuisine
, July 06, 2006
Four of us were seated at a table up front next to the stage at Alexander the Great Greek on Sage. It was Friday night, and as we finished our... More >>
My Big Fat Greek Moussaka My Big Fat Greek Moussaka
The Pappas brothers wed their fast-food sensibility to their own culture
, June 29, 2006
With its soaring wood-beamed ceiling and stately stone walls, Yia Yia Mary's on San Felipe is the Parthenon of pita sandwiches. Looking out over... More >>
Comida sin Fronteras Comida sin Fronteras
In 21st-century Houston, it's getting hard to tell the difference between Mexican and Tex-Mex
, June 22, 2006
The garnish plate that came with the birria goat and broth at Casa de Leon Mexican restaurant on Long Point included chopped onions, chopped... More >>
Carne Carnival Carne Carnival
The Brazilian churrascaria, an all-you-can-eat parade of steaks, chops and sausages, makes its way to Montrose
, June 15, 2006
Igor's eyes widened when the rare rib eyes stopped by our table. At Nelore Churrascaria, the new Brazilian steak house on Montrose, waiters in... More >>
Gelato Grotto Gelato Grotto
There's a dark cave in Rice Village where you can linger over ice cream and espresso
, June 08, 2006
"White or wheat?" asked the perky order-taker at the Black Walnut Cafe, the counter-service restaurant on Morningside. I'd ordered the... More >>
Poor Boys and Philanthropy Poor Boys and Philanthropy
A new Cajun-Asian sandwich shack run by Katrina evacuees
, June 01, 2006
The sign on top of the newly painted red, blue and yellow building on 19th Street near Beall reads: "Jazzie Cafe, Famous Hot Wings and Po-Boys."... More >>
¡Party en  el Patio! ¡Party en el Patio!
A shaggy taco shack gets a makeover and starts serving margaritas under the stars
, May 25, 2006
Salt doesn't stick very well to the rim of a plastic cup, so you might say my margarita was "lightly salted." Otherwise, it was a pretty average... More >>
Pure Bliss Pure Bliss
In more ways than one, Balaji Bhavan is Little India's hottest eatery
, May 18, 2006
If you think the name is long, try the line. The queue at the counter of Shri Balaji Bhavan Pure Vegetarian Restaurant often includes children in... More >>
Yum's the Word Yum's the Word
Sawadee's hot and spicy, cold and crunchy Thai salads are the perfect summer takeout
, May 11, 2006
Lying on the couch, watching an Astros game on television and waiting for the air conditioner to catch up with the afternoon heat, I was... More >>
Eccentric Italian Eccentric Italian
You can't go wrong with the specials at this odd little joint downtown
, May 04, 2006
My Italian-American colleague Paul Galvani ordered snapper with arugula. We were standing at the front counter of the eccentric little Italian... More >>
The Sweet Smell of Wang Galbi The Sweet Smell of Wang Galbi
This stunning new Korean barbecue restaurant looks like a picnic grove inside a shopping center
, April 27, 2006
The metal grill in the middle of our table at Arirang Korean Restaurant was sizzling hot and ready for action. As luck would have it, the raw... More >>
The Cajun Cocktail Queens The Cajun Cocktail Queens
Get your spicy mudbugs and fried shrimp and join the party at Floyd's
, April 20, 2006
The bar at Floyd's new Cajun joint on the Gulf Freeway is shaped like a boat. When I stopped in for lunch the other day, two smiling blonds were... More >>
Raw Deal Raw Deal
When Andrew Jackson puts in an appearance, the hostesses at Ra Sushi pay attention
, April 13, 2006
There was an hour-and-a-half wait for a table the first time I visited Ra Sushi, the wild new singles bar and sushi restaurant on Westheimer in... More >>
The Pacific Ocean Grill The Pacific Ocean Grill
The seafood is succulent and the scene is somnolent at Joyce's new joint on Westheimer
, April 06, 2006
The seafood gumbo I had at Joyce's Ocean Grill on Westheimer was darker than beef gravy, dense with fresh shrimp and just-cooked oysters, and... More >>
Sandwich Circus Sandwich Circus
A California-style Vietnamese cafe is the cool new thing on Bellaire Boulevard
, March 30, 2006
Joe Dang, a Houston Vietnamese-American, was sitting at a table outside Lee's Sandwiches on Bellaire considering his lunch. "How's the sandwich?"... More >>
Pho Real Pho Real
Soup comes with chrysanthemum stalks at Pho Dung
, March 23, 2006
The mi at Pho Dung Noodle House in Hong Kong City Mall was excellent, but unfortunately my dining companion found my noodle-slurping technique so... More >>
Where Carnitas Meet Foie Gras Where Carnitas Meet Foie Gras
Cultures collide at Washington and Asbury, with wonderfully tasty results
, March 16, 2006
The fajitas plate lunch at Matamoros Meat Market No. 4 turned out to be a stew with small chunks of fajita beef and half-circles of sausage in... More >>
Monsterville on Washington Monsterville on Washington
Welcome to Houston’s culinary cutting edge
, March 09, 2006
Perusing the menu at the new wine bar Cova on Washington Avenue, I was shocked to discover a wine called Pahlmeyer Jayson Red Blend that goes for... More >>
The Crudo at Bice The Crudo at Bice
A new excuse to go to the Galleria and play dress-up
, March 02, 2006
The maître d' at Bice, the trendy new Italian restaurant in the Galleria, led us to a choice table despite our appearances. In our ensembles of... More >>
How Sweet  It Is How Sweet It Is
Marco Wiles is knocking them dead with his new casual pizzeria in Montrose
, February 23, 2006
The pizza at Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca, the city's coolest new Italian joint, is cooked in a 700-degree wood-burning oven. Thanks to the heat... More >>
Fish a la Plancha Fish a la Plancha
Great Gulf seafood in a mom-and-pop Mexican joint is a combination that's hard to beat
, February 16, 2006
John Stage, the founder of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a famous barbecue joint in upstate New York, was here in Houston for a barbecue convention a... More >>
Brunch in the Alps Brunch in the Alps
Take a ride out to Richmond and discover the wonders of old-fashioned Swiss cooking
, February 09, 2006
Karl Camenzind, the kindly chef and owner of Karl's at the Riverbend, presided over his extensive Sunday brunch buffet from a spot between the... More >>
The Hamachi on Pluto The Hamachi on Pluto
A new sushi restaurant on NASA Parkway boldly takes raw fish beyond old expectations
, February 02, 2006
At Masa Sushi near the Johnson Space Center, I considered six slices of yellowtail that had been lightly seared and topped with a little bit of... More >>
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