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Lucio's Hidden in Plain Sight Lucio's Hidden in Plain Sight
Montrose gem offers exquisite food, a generous BYOB policy and a gorgeous patio.
, June 07, 2012
Take a trip through this hidden gem in our slideshow of Lucio's kitchen, dining room and fabulous patio. Just when you think you know a... More >>
Double Happiness at Banana Leaf Double Happiness at Banana Leaf
A new location, right across from the old one, serves up new and old favorites. And yes, you might still have to wait.
, May 31, 2012
Get a double dose of Banana Leaf in our slideshow. Comedian Lewis Black once spoke about finding the "end of the universe" in Houston, when he... More >>
Burgers and Nostalgia at Lankford Grocery Burgers and Nostalgia at Lankford Grocery
Lankford Grocery embraces the new, hangs onto the classic and keeps customers waiting in line for more.
, May 24, 2012
To see more photos from Lankford Grocery, check out our slideshow. For a 73-year-old restaurant, Lankford Grocery is a breath of fresh air.... More >>
Liberty Kitchen Sink Liberty Kitchen Sink
This Heights restaurant tries to be all things to everyone — but to me it's an oyster bar with a terrific burger and milk shake.
, May 17, 2012
Have at look inside the charming Liberty Kitchen via our slideshow. There is a bowl of gumbo at Liberty Kitchen with your name on it. And it's... More >>
Sushi Stop at The Blue Fish Sushi Stop at The Blue Fish
Dallas import a fun place for rolls and drinks before a nigt on the town.
, May 10, 2012
Get your roll on at The Blue Fish in our behind-the-scenes slideshow of the Washington Avenue hand roll hang-out. While I was sitting at the... More >>
Cucina Italiana con Comfort Cucina Italiana con Comfort
A Houston stalwart resurfaces in an unlikely Shenandoah location.
, May 03, 2012
Take a peek inside the new home of chef Aldo el Sharif at Aldo's Cucina Italiana. In the late 1990s, chef Aldo el Sharif was serving meals to... More >>
Pena's Is Donut Heaven Pena's Is Donut Heaven
Pena's in Pearland gives Shipley's a run for its money.
, April 26, 2012
Get a glimpse of Pena's kitchen, candy-colored donuts and delicious burgers in our slideshow. Witness this most Texan of scenes: It's early on a... More >>
East Side Vacation East Side Vacation
Every trip to cheerful Salvadoran spot El Petate is an adventure.
, April 19, 2012
See how the pupusas are made at El Petate in our slideshow. The Salvadoran restaurant in a little blue house with a broad front porch, facing... More >>
The Taste of Trying The Taste of Trying
Sorrel Urban Bistro serves modern farmhouse cuisine in a pretty space. So why is it so hard to love?
, April 12, 2012
Take a spin through Sorrel's bright and busy space in our slideshow. Sorrel Urban Bistro is one of the most earnest restaurants I've ever... More >>
Draught House of Rock Draught House of Rock
This Garden Oaks pub serves above-average grub and local brews — for grownups.
, April 05, 2012
Take a tour through Shepherd Park Draught House's own rock 'n' roll shrine. I don't know what I expected the first time I walked into Shepherd... More >>
Home to Roost Home to Roost
Young turk Kevin Naderi explores his roots and his passions at this homey spot on Fairview.
, March 29, 2012
Don't want to wait? See inside the cozy-chic Roost for yourself in our slideshow. It's a good thing Kevin Naderi didn't open his new restaurant,... More >>
He's Still Got It He's Still Got It
Arturo Boada is turning out lovely pizzas and tapas at his namesake Memorial Villages restaurant.
, March 22, 2012
See the dining room at Arturo Boada Cuisine on a rare quiet afternoon in our slideshow. There are two restaurants in Houston that bear Arturo... More >>
Crazy for Crawfish Crazy for Crawfish
The Seafood Shoppe does mudbugs the right way.
, March 15, 2012
It's like clockwork: Every year when crawfish season comes around, Houston loses its damn mind. We spring from our homes like crazed cuckoos in... More >>
Nabi-Hood Hangout Nabi-Hood Hangout
This Montrose spot is serving up beautifully constructed modern Asian cuisine, at small prices.
, March 08, 2012
Chalkboards and an open kitchen make Nabi a cozy place to enjoy a meal. See more in our slideshow. The bowl of ramen that arrived on my table at... More >>
A Carnivore's Paradise A Carnivore's Paradise
Bring your own wine, order the parrillada and enjoy a civil bacchanalia at Pampa Grill.
, March 01, 2012
Take a trip behind the scenes and see the journey the meat at Pampa Grill takes from asado to parrillada in our slideshow. If you're a red meat... More >>
A Wash and a Burger A Wash and a Burger
Facundo Cafe is a one-stop shop for your car, your appetite and more.
, February 23, 2012
Take a look inside the tiny kitchen at Facundo Cafe; you'll be even more impressed with the food after you do. Danny Harper has a face like an... More >>
Get a Rope Get a Rope
Serving bad Tex-Mex in Houston is a crime — and Vida is guilty.
, February 16, 2012
The plate of fish tacos in front of me at Vida Tex-Mex one recent evening looked so abysmal, I was loathe to even try them. I sat and stared at... More >>
Morning Machaca Morning Machaca
This tiny East End restaurant — attached to a dried-beef factory — serves tasty, old-school Tex-Mex classics.
, February 09, 2012
Take a peek inside Los Corrales in this week's slideshow. Aporreado is a very popular dish in Michoacán, the southwestern Mexican state that... More >>
Portuguese Palate Portuguese Palate
Houstonians get a taste straight from the home country.
, February 02, 2012
Check out Portugallia's lush patio and elegant dining room in our slideshow. Sunday afternoon at Portugallia is the place to be in Houston if... More >>
Mac and More Mac and More
This spot started out serving its namesake dish and nothing else. Expanding the menu was a good idea.
, January 26, 2012
Take a look around Jus' Mac's cramped but cute dining room. I don't know why it's never occurred to me to combine a Frito pie with macaroni and... More >>
CFS and a Cigarette CFS and a Cigarette
City Cafe, an old-school diner in South Houston, still turns out a stellar breakfast.
, January 19, 2012
Inside City Cafe, it's like time itself has paused for a cigarette break and a cup of black coffee. Check out our slideshow of the little spot's... More >>
Tiradito and Turf Tiradito and Turf
At Samba Grille, David Guerrero is breaking the traditional steakhouse mold wide open.
, January 12, 2012
Take a tour through Samba Grille's elegant dining room and fiery kitchen. Steakhouses downtown are plentiful. Houston's central business... More >>
Birds of Bethlehem Birds of Bethlehem
New Palestinian restaurant Al Aseel is turning out some wonderful roasted chicken.
, January 05, 2012
Take a look around Al Aseel for yourself. The business card for Al Aseel features a roasted chicken set against a backdrop of flames, on a... More >>
The Hits of 2011 The Hits of 2011
Our favorite new Houston restaurants.
, January 05, 2012
The challenge in choosing ten of the best restaurants to open in Houston each year is a daunting one: Many of the restaurants I think are "the... More >>
All About Schmit All About Schmit
The French Cowboy's Philippe is both elegant and playful.
, December 29, 2011
Take a trip through Philippe's elegantly-appointed dining room and busy kitchen for yourself. There's something wondrous about watching the cork... More >>
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