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El Queso Grande?
Is Bravos the best Tex-Mex in town?
, July 01, 1999
Recently I overheard a local restaurateur whose opinion I respect proclaim that the "best true Tex-Mex" in town can be found at Bravos Mexican... More >>
Hot Plate
, July 01, 1999
The proof is in the pastry: I can't decide which I love more, the top crust or the bottom crust of the country-style peach cobbler at Mama's Oven... More >>
Hot Plate
, June 24, 1999
A kittycat and a Kool-Aid: Twenty years ago, that meant an order of catfish and a Coors beer at Captain Benny's Half Shell [8506 South Main,... More >>
Sex Among the Armoires, Part II
, June 17, 1999
Screeching Halt at Staccato You may recall our recent titillating tale of an over-the-top display of public, ahem, affection ["Sex Among the... More >>
Deja Barbecue
Those vinyl booths, that paneling -- you know you've been here before
, June 17, 1999
I ate at Barbecue Inn on the recommendation of my next-door neighbor. It's not the kind of restaurant that would normally draw me in. First... More >>
Hot Plate
, June 17, 1999
Breakfast buzz: Some get their a.m. kicks from coffee, while others jump-start the day with a jolt of sugar. Satisfy that early-morning sweet... More >>
From Brussels with Love
A charming new cafe sprouts in Montrose
, June 17, 1999
Each time I discover a new restaurant with wonderful food, I am happy. If that same restaurant is difficult to find, hidden in an unlikely... More >>
Turkish Delight
, June 10, 1999
Istanbul Grill & Deli is an outpost of Turkey nestled between monuments of urban yuppieness in the Rice Village. Inside the tiny six-table... More >>
Hot Plate
, June 10, 1999
!Que milagro!: Robert del Grande's chiles rellenos at Taco Milagro [2555 Kirby, (713)522-1999] are not battered or deep-fried but unexpectedly... More >>
Hot Plate
, June 03, 1999
Smash this sandwich: Menu item number 35 at Cafe Express is the vegetable sandwich, piled so high on a crusty French baguette that we recommend... More >>
, May 27, 1999
Cocktail Chatter Ah, summertime! The season for sleeveless dresses and seersucker suits, icy fruited drinks served in tall, sweating glasses... More >>
94 Percent Dogma-Free
At Ziggy's, health food includes burgers and fries
, May 20, 1999
On my lifetime list of No-Place-But-Houston cafe concepts, Ziggy's Healthy Grill leads with a bullet. Ziggy's may cater to vegetarians and health... More >>
King of the Drive-Thrus
, May 20, 1999
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, well, then, it must be a duck. This rule, however, does not apply to El Rey, a terrific... More >>
Hot Plate
, May 20, 1999
Crawfish cuties: The latest tale of creative cuisine fusion comes from D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe [5510 Morningside, (713)526-3400] in the... More >>
When Nature Calls
, May 13, 1999
Most people, when they find out that I'm a chef, respond, "Oh, how exciting" or "That must be interesting." I usually just let my silence stand... More >>
Beignet Blahs
Good ideas. Bad execution.
, May 13, 1999
Sometimes a restaurant just makes you sad. Cafe Beignet is just such a place. I walked in with high expectations. It's a nice space: tile... More >>
Game Over
, May 06, 1999
Friends told me I'd love Dave & Buster's. It's like Chuck E. Cheese for grown-ups, they said, a restaurant with Skee-Ball. Others darkly warned... More >>
Smoot Operator
Smoot Hull exits the Empire and moves -- where else? -- downtown
, May 06, 1999
It's funny how little it takes to fan a spark of restaurant gossip into a full-blown rumor fest. The latest contretemps started with the removal... More >>
Hot Plate
By Margaret L. Briggs
, April 15, 1999
Crunchy creole classic: Never mind the ups and downs of the Creuzot family's empire; after 30 years the original and only remaining Frenchy's... More >>
Taking the Heat
, April 08, 1999
Crapitto's Luck: Last April John Crapitto hit the jackpot when his restaurant, the abysmally named Crapitto's [2400 Mid Lane, (713)961-1161], was... More >>
Ashiana offers more than the same old dal
, April 01, 1999
On its answering machine, Ashiana brags that it's the best Indian restaurant in Houston. That's an audacious claim -- this city is blessedly full... More >>
Hot Plate
, March 25, 1999
Hello, Dilly: In the midst of the otherwise regulation Chinese menu at Hunan's Restaurant [3835 Bellaire, (713)666-2000] is a gem of a dish... More >>
As Seen on TV
, March 18, 1999
March came roaring in for Houston chef Claire Smith, owner of the much-praised Daily Review Cafe in north Montrose [3412 West Lamar, (713)... More >>
Hot Plate
, March 18, 1999
Drive-thru dee-light: Ah, Houston, foodie heaven, where great eats are served everywhere, even in your car. Best case in point: the grilled... More >>
Brunch of Champions
, March 18, 1999
Sunday brunch is best approached in one of two ways: an all-you-can-eat buffet or dim sum. The buffet enjoys a major advantage -- it is all you... More >>
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