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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 >>
Baffled by Brennan's Baffled by Brennan's
A revived Houston institution proves inconsistent.
, August 05, 2010
See a slideshow from the kitchen of Brennan's. "Taste this," my Cajun dining companion said as she nudged her bowl of turtle soup to me at... More >>
Ocean's Heaven Ocean's Heaven
Ceviche and 'ritas are the perfect summer combo.
, July 29, 2010
See a slideshow of Ocean's chef at work. I took a sip from my $9 margarita as I sat with two beautiful ladies at Ocean's. The drink was like a... More >>
Tropic Thunder Tropic Thunder
Serving up home-cooked Jamaican soul food.
, July 22, 2010
To view more photos in Troy Fields's Tropic Thunder slideshow, click here. During the last tropical depression, I talked a friend into meeting... More >>
Burger and a Boddingtons Burger and a Boddingtons
Polk Street Pub brings uptown bar food downtown.
, July 15, 2010
I couldn't help but notice how many of the restaurants at Houston Pavilions were big chains: House of Blues, the McCormick & Schmick's and Mia... More >>
Simple Plan Simple Plan
Chef Randy Evans's idea for a "seasonal kitchen" at Haven mostly succeeds.
, July 08, 2010
On a recent lunch visit to the less-than-a-year-old Haven, I found myself delighted by the old-school country and folk music that looped through... More >>
Pho on Fannin Pho on Fannin
Kim Tai is the perfect place to drink a couple of cold beers and chow down on Vietnamese diner food.
, July 01, 2010
My third visit to Kim Tai Restaurant was my favorite one. I sat at one of the smaller tables while the owners' family and friends drank iced beer... More >>
Strip Mall Hopping Strip Mall Hopping
Where to eat at 5800 Bellaire.
, June 24, 2010
In the triangle formed by Bellaire, Bissonnet and the Southwest Freeway, there are approximately one million restaurants. Several new eateries... More >>
Sangria and Serrano Sangria and Serrano
Tintos does some things right, but skip the paella.
, June 17, 2010
Some cuisines are just sexy. Spanish food definitely falls into that category. Big, luscious red wines, lots of shellfish and soft spices all... More >>
Hot Off the Grille Hot Off the Grille
The original Perry & Sons Market & Grille is still rooted in mom-and-pop charm even with its growth into 12 big-box restaurants across Texas.
, June 10, 2010
It's lunchtime at the original Perry & Sons Market & Grille, and patrons are expected to step up to the counter and order; the waitstaff is... More >>
Down the Rabbit Hole Down the Rabbit Hole
Tiny Boxwood's serves up delectable dishes in a magical setting.
, June 03, 2010
We park in front of some tennis courts on a narrow street crowded with luxury vehicles before heading in to have breakfast at Tiny Boxwood's... More >>
The Royal Treatment The Royal Treatment
These super-kind folks have been doing knockout Pakistani and Indian food for more than 16 years.
, May 27, 2010
I am sitting at a long table at Royal Restaurant with a couple of friends, one who has traveled to India and recently moved to Austin from... More >>
True to the 'Trose True to the 'Trose
Colorful eatery Canopy is becoming a neighborhood fixture.
, May 20, 2010
I walked into Canopy, Shade owner Claire Smith's new restaurant in the Montrose, to have lunch with a friend. When I sat down at the table, the... More >>
Vegan Surprise Vegan Surprise
Loving Hut's food is tasty — you'll never guess where it came from.
, May 13, 2010
The Houston location of international vegan fast-food restaurant empire Loving Hut opened several months ago, in a dusty-colored strip center in... More >>
Too Beaucoup Too Beaucoup
An unassuming bar and grill turns out some damn good Cajun food.
, May 06, 2010
Searching for a neighborhood joint where I could eat some mudbugs, since they're in season, I called Beaucoup Bar & Grill (3102 Old Spanish... More >>
Whatever's Good Whatever's Good
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant's enormous menu has something for everyone.
, April 29, 2010
The salted pork spareribs at Shanghai Chinese Restaurant (9116 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-988-7288) are fried in a wok with garlic and red chiles... More >>
Salad Daze Salad Daze
Bowl offers more than 200 ingredients.
, April 22, 2010
Fondue, sandwiches and hot pot, they're fun and all, but food just tastes better when other people make it for you. And salads are no exception.... More >>
Classic Combo Classic Combo
Kick back next to the bocce ball court at Luigi's Pizzeria.
, April 15, 2010
When I walked into Luigi's Pizzeria with some friends, I knew what I wanted for lunch before I even looked at the chalkboard menu on the wall: a... More >>
Block Party Block Party
Block 7 Wine Company serves simple food with fresh, local ingredients.
, April 08, 2010
The first thing we ordered when we sat down for lunch at Block 7 was the "whole pig" flatbread, a thin, flattened piece of bread covered with... More >>
Mussels Mania, Volume 2 Mussels Mania, Volume 2
Does Jeannine's Bistro measure up to the Broken Spoke?
, April 01, 2010
When Cafe Montrose split up, one party, Catherine Duwez, went to The Broken Spoke on Washington, and the other party, Jeannine Pettas, opened up... More >>
Ohio Barbecue Ohio Barbecue
The art of smoke, ten years later, at Bobbie Que's Rib Shack.
, March 25, 2010
Rib tips and fries was one of the lunch specials at Bobbie Que's Rib Shack on Scott Street the day I stopped by. I love the crispy, crunchy... More >>
Meat and Potatoes Meat and Potatoes
Frank's Chop House stands firmly in the middle of the road.
, March 18, 2010
The chicken-fried steak at Frank's Chop House (3736 Westheimer, 713-572-8600) is house-breaded and expertly fried to order so that the tenderized... More >>
Meatball on 34th Street Meatball on 34th Street
Doyle's is a 1950s Italian-American time capsule.
, March 11, 2010
Spaghetti "Works" at Doyle's on 34th Street near T.C. Jester is a heaping pile of spaghetti with the restaurant's Sicilian-style meat and... More >>
Scintillating Sichuan Scintillating Sichuan
You can tell it's really Sichuan at Sarah Place by the hot pot bullfrog and the flaming hot pepper chicken.
, March 04, 2010
The chicken with hot peppers at Sarah Place, a Sichuan restaurant in Bellaire Chinatown, is served with a raft of bright-red dried Sichuan... More >>
DIY Soup for Dinner DIY Soup for Dinner
Get some steaming soup broth and a big plate of meat or seafood and cook up your own dinner at Hot Pot City.
, February 25, 2010
The waitress at Hot Pot City on Beltway 8 at Beechnut brought two pots to our table and set them on the built-in burners. Each pot was divided... More >>
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