10 Best Things We Ate This Month

Foie gras crème brûlée at Brasserie 1895.
Foie gras crème brûlée at Brasserie 1895. Photo by Troy Fields

It's the end of the month, and with that comes time for deep reflection. Well, maybe not deep reflection, but at least a look back on the dishes we regarded as the best we ate during the month of March. From dense, rich desserts to wacky brunch items, these Houston dishes cover quite a bit of ground and are all worth a try.

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The Nguyen-er is indeed a winner.
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp

10. The Nguyen-er ("Winner") at Bosta Kitchen:

Topping pancakes with ice cream is not for everyone, but The Nguyen-er, Bosta Kitchen's short stack of pancakes topped with cafe sua da (Vietnamese coffee) flavor ice cream, grapefruit and walnuts, is quite the brunch showstopper. It can be a little strange getting used to the ice cream (over, say, a dollop of butter), but something about the flavor combination with the added bitterness of grapefruit is simply delightful. Obviously we suggest getting in a morning workout beforehand.

Photo by Erika Kwee
9. Kristalla Salad at Osso & Kristalla:

"It was the salads that stood out," writes Erika Kwee during a first look at this newly opened downtown trattoria. "Served in a deep bowl in order to conceal the generous mound of soft ricotta under a mountain of purple kale, even the mini version [of the Kristalla salad] has quickly risen to be one of my favorite salads in Houston. The kale is lively but not scratchy, tossed in a preserved lemon dressing that balances salt, sweet and tang. With or without salty pancetta as an accent, thin slices of apple and generous scatterings of toasted pine nuts make for an undeniably tasty and satisfying salad."

Breakfast time.
Photo by Jamie Alvear
8.  Breakfast Flatbread at Broken Barrel:

At this new Woodlands eatery, writer Jamie Alvear found "a well-balanced combination of refried beans, cheese, caramelized onion and bacon" on this a.m. flatbread option. "The flavor was further enhanced once the yolk from the fried egg on top oozed onto the flatbread making it a messy, but delicious dish. The chilaquiles on the other hand fell flat with the use of tortilla chips instead of crispy fried tortilla strips."

Praise be to crawfish season.
Photo by Cuc Lam

7. Crawfish Enchilada Plate at Cyclone Anaya's:

"The crawfish enchilada plate at Cyclone Anaya's was pretty darn ahhmazing," says Press reviewer Cuc Lam. "Loaded with fat, plump freshly hand-picked tails and an etoufee-like sauce." Available all crawfish season long.

Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp

6.  Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya:

It's hard to go wrong with a bowl of any ramen at this new Austin export, but starting with the tonkotsu and its rich, creamy, salty broth, punctuated by bites of sweet and sour Yodas (crispy Brussels sprouts), proves an effortless lunch choice.

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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.