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Italian Classic Italian Classic
George's Pastaria gives the people what they want.
, January 20, 2011
For behind the scenes photos from George's kitchen - and to see how that wonderful rigatoni campagnolo is made - check out our slideshow. The... More >>
Gaga for Pho Ga Gaga for Pho Ga
Only one restaurant in town specializes in pho made with chicken.
, January 13, 2011
Have you ever wanted to peek inside the kitchen at a busy pho joint? This slideshow is for you. On my first visit to Pho Ga Dakao, I took Robb... More >>
Bravo, Bravo! Bravo, Bravo!
This hybrid Mexican-Peruvian restaurant is a delicious surprise.
, January 06, 2011
Check out some palate-prepping behind-the-scenes shots of the chicken, ceviche and causa rellena in our slideshow. At some point, I stopped... More >>
The Top Ten New Restaurants of 2010 The Top Ten New Restaurants of 2010
, January 06, 2011
Houston has been fertile ground for innovative and passionate restaurateurs this year, making the selection of only ten restaurants out of the... More >>
Eating to Live in the Third Ward Eating to Live in the Third Ward
You won't miss meat at Conscious Cafe, perhaps the only National of Islam-influenced restaurant in town.
, December 30, 2010
See how that luscious salmon burger is made and check out Conscious Cafe's tranquil dining room in our slideshow. There came a moment of... More >>
Whole Hogg Whole Hogg
Hoggs n' Chicks serves creative pork and chicken dishes in Missouri City.
, December 23, 2010
For a look at more of Hoggs n' Chicks juicy sandwiches and crispy salads, check out our slideshow. "I don't care what anyone says," my dining... More >>
Bistro Banh Mi Bistro Banh Mi
Cafe TH harkens back to East End Chinatown with a French vibe.
, December 16, 2010
See more beautiful photos from Cafe TH's kitchen and dining room in our slideshow. In front of me is a small bowl filled with a fatty... More >>
Party at the Moon Tower Party at the Moon Tower
This Second Ward hangout is all about good food, good beer and good friends.
, December 09, 2010
Check out more photos of the hot dogs and horseshoes that make Moon Tower unique in our slideshow. The first time I pulled up to Moon Tower Inn... More >>
Gourmet Guys Gourmet Guys
The milkshakes may come with bacon and the burgers with foie gras, but there's no pretension here.
, December 02, 2010
See how the shakes are spun and the burgers are born behind-the-scenes at The Burger Guys in our slideshow. "Order up!" It's a Saturday night... More >>
Pegging Plonk Pegging Plonk
A neighborhood wine bar that's hard to categorize
, November 25, 2010
See the making of Plonk's Guanciale Burger in our slideshow. It was a little before 10:30 p.m. on a Monday night at Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro, a... More >>
"Exotic" Ethiopian "Exotic" Ethiopian
You eat it with your fingers, yes. But the vibrant cuisine at Sheba Cafe isn't so unfamiliar.
, November 18, 2010
See how breakfast is made in Sheba Cafe's kitchen in our slideshow. If there were any justice in this world, more people would be enjoying... More >>
Puri Bliss Puri Bliss
Feasting at Sweet n Namkin and Salaam Namaste.
, November 11, 2010
Go behind the scenes at Sweet n Namkin to see how they make their sublime dahi puri and more in our slideshow. I rarely order the same dish... More >>
Come to Pappa Come to Pappa
It's almost like taking a trip to Philadelphia.
, November 04, 2010
See Pappa Geno's kitchen in all its Cheez-y glory in our slideshow. "This is about as authentic as it gets," my friend Jim Parsons remarked as... More >>
With a Grain of Salt With a Grain of Salt
BRC Gastropub could be great.
, October 28, 2010
See Dr. Pepper-friend quail in the making in our slideshow. I don't really know where to begin with BRC Gastropub, the latest restaurant... More >>
The Heights of Comfort The Heights of Comfort
Eating at Zelko Bistro is like coming home.
, October 21, 2010
See the making of Zelko's Boss Burger and more in our slideshow. Zelko Bistro has the best napkins in Houston. They're the flour sack towels... More >>
Mucho Mediocre Mucho Mediocre
After new owners take over a Houston haunt, the engaging music is intact, but the food is not.
, October 14, 2010
"I don't care if you liked it, at least I tried," huffed a middle-aged Mexican man with a laugh after he finished singing a Vicente Fernández... More >>
Authentically Inauthentic Authentically Inauthentic
Ramen and breaded pork cutlets, not sushi, are the stars at Umai Japanese.
, October 07, 2010
Take a look behind the scenes at Umai's kitchen in our slideshow. A bowl of ramen — its thick, almost nutty broth steaming up from the table —... More >>
Montrose Match Montrose Match
The Vallones somehow fit right in with Houston's funkiest neighborhood.
, September 30, 2010
See a slideshow of Caffe Bello's pizza prep. "I'm shocked by how well these things go together," I muttered over a martini. My dining companion... More >>
Chicago All the Way Chicago All the Way
At BB's, get your hot dog dragged through the garden.
, September 23, 2010
See a slideshow from BB's kitchen and colorful dining room. I opened the white box from BB's Beef & Hot Dog first. A package weighing about half... More >>
Spinning Sichuan Spinning Sichuan
Grab your friends and order it up at at this revamped Chinatown favorite.
, September 16, 2010
I ate at Chinese Sichuan Cuisine by mistake. I suspect that quite a few people have done that so far, and that more will in the upcoming few... More >>
Bohemeo's Baja Vibe Bohemeo's Baja Vibe
Fish and shrimp tacos rock.
, September 09, 2010
See photos from Bohemeo's colorful interior and kitchen in our slideshow. "I have a bad feeling about this," my friend remarked ominously as we... More >>
Rumor to Rest Rumor to Rest
Who says Houston has bad shawarma?
, September 02, 2010
See a slideshow of everything Abdallah's Bakery has to offer. There's no good shawarma in Houston. At least, that's the story my Lebanese... More >>
Sushi Surprise Sushi Surprise
This nondescript-looking restaurant is serving the real thing.
, August 26, 2010
Check out a behind-the-scenes slideshow from Sushi Miyagi. The agedashi tofu at Sushi Miyagi looks alive. The pile of gauzy bonito flakes on... More >>
Honduras in Houston Honduras in Houston
A too-small dining scene gets a welcome addition.
, August 19, 2010
See images from the kitchen of Honduras Maya Cafe & Bar in a slideshow. "Chingao!" my friend exclaimed quietly but forcefully as he polished off... More >>
Midtown Moussaka Midtown Moussaka
Breakfast and more at Harry's
, August 12, 2010
See a slideshow from Harry's kitchen and dining room. Coffee cups clatter on saucers, silverware clinks across heavy porcelain plates, bacon... More >>
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