It's the end of May, and that means it's time to take a look back on the dishes we have been obsessing over all month. From chicken biscuits to Justin Yu's drunk food dream, The Party Melt, here are the best dishes we ate.
Make sure to check out our slideshow, featuring twenty five of the best dishes we ate this month as well.
10. Scallops at Field & Tides
"The scallops were exquisitely seared and cooked to a perfect medium-rare temperature," Cuc Lam wrote this month of the newly opened Heights restaurant's signature entree. "It was truly a melt-in-your-mouth experience. The scallops rested on a bed of creamy, rich risotto delightfully littered with shrimp and bouncy lumps of crabmeat and a drizzle of light buerre-blanc."
9. Puffy Lobster Tacos at Starfish
At this new Heights eatery from Cherry Pie Hospitality (State Fare, Pi Pizza and more) the lobster tacos are a major standout, "with housemade masa tortillas deep-fried and puffy and crunchy as all hell despite a delightful layer of oil slick, topped with so much tender lump lobster it beckons for a fork and the will to dredge like a 1960s Everglades developer. Caveat, though: You better be a huge cilantro fan to eat this. The micro cilantro packs a punch flavor-wise, like most living things that are micro-sized, yielding its Napoleon complex in monumental albeit successful fashion. Unless you’re one of those weirdos who think cilantro tastes like soap. Then you're going to take to this appetizer like a deer to Irish Spring."
8. Chicken Sambal Biscuit at Morningstar
"The biscuits are worth it," wrote Nicholas Hall of this coffee shop and mellow breakfast spot in the Heights back in November 2016, and it still rings true. The fiery and sweet sambal fried chicken sandwich is a sticky, messy dream for brunch seekers, with a spice that's cut through by housemade pickles and pickled onions.
7. Chicken Fried Quail at Nobie's
The CFQ, or chicken-fried quail, comes stuffed with whipped potatoes "atop a shallow pool of slightly thickened gravy made of leeks and a small bunch of semi-softened sautéed green beans," writes Lam. A tasty and "harmonious pairing" at this relatively new hidden gem in Montrose.
6. Hangar Steak at Riel
"In total, it’s a beautiful rendition of steak and potatoes," Erika Kwee noted in her May review of Montrose newcomer Riel. "The steak was pink-middled and juicy, and the very soft accompanying haricot vert nearly melted into the mild, addictive sweep of horseradish cream that very nearly converted me into a horseradish worshipper. The sour-cream-based dough of the pierogi was starchy and dense, with a texture almost reminiscent of a tamale (but lighter) and was well-balanced by the equally powerful presence of a five-year aged cheddar in the center."
5. Emily's Goat Cheese Ravioli at DiVino
Sage butter, glorious sage butter. It's hard to imagine not wanting to slurp up every bit of that sinful puddle of warm brown butter that the light pillows of the restaurant's tangy and tender goat cheese raviolis rest upon at this West Alabama charmer. Thankfully, they also give you bread.
4. Greens-N-Cheese Pie at Helen
For fans of spanakopita, Helen's beloved menu item the Greens-N-Cheese pie serves as a bite of heaven, with tart cheese, savory greens and phyllo dough. Plus there's something in there that gives off the occasional fiery essence of horseradish. Quite the delicious mystery.
3. Party Melt at BLT
Better Luck Tomorrow is all about the party, and nothing better represents the clever and truly fun food and beverage menus at this new Heights bar than chef Justin Yu and chef Matt Boesen's patty melt gone haywire, the Party Melt. What you get is a meaty, cheesy, salty, crispy, crunchy and totally succulent burger experience that is the stuff of drunk-food dreams. Flavor haters need not apply.
2. Curry Fried Rice at The Rice Box
"We overly-indulged for our cafe review of Rice Box," Houston Press reviewer Cuc Lam says. "The outside picnic tables were perfect for sharing with friends. The curry fried rice was one of our faves." Perfectly spiced and even better with an order of shrimp thrown on top.
1. Hongos at Xochi
This very well could be the best vegetarian dish in Houston right now. A complex mole amarillo combines together with tender, flavorful mushrooms, small masa cakes, and green beans to create an umami experience packed with a heat that's all kind of reminiscent to great Mala cuisine, strange enough. While you'd be remiss to overlook the meatier mole dishes here (and what just might be the best grilled oysters in town too), this truly is a flavorful standout that's the Downtown restaurant's low key must-order item.
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