This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape. It's a list to drool over.
My dad was recently in town for a visit, and after eating fairly healthy food on the first several days of his trip, we were feeling pretty proud of ourselves. We hadn't yet given in to our normal father/daughter dining whims, which tend to include a lot of carbs and a lot of ice cream. I was trying to figure out where to take him next when he stood up from the sofa across from me and uttered a shocking proclamation:
"I want a burger. Like, a big, crazy burger with everything on it. A big, meaty, over-the-top burger."
At first I was confused, and I assumed he was kidding.
"OK, OK, hang on," I said, rolling my eyes. "Give me a second. I'm trying to think of a really good salad place."
"No," he said, his eyes widening in anticipation. "I mean it. I want a big, sloppy burger."
"Well, then," I said. "If you're sure ... I know just the place."