Every once in a while, I'll visit a place that's too colorful to simply paint with words. The Eatsie Boys Cafe -- the new brick-and-mortar outgrowth of the original Eatsie Boys food truck -- is one such spot.
It's also the subject of this week's cafe review, which means that our talented photographer Troy Fields went out to capture the Eatsie Boys's vibrant environs with pictures that are worth several thousands of words. In this week's slideshow, you can see the graffiti murals by local artist Skeez181 and the colorful thicket of umbrellas that sprouts from Eatsie Boys's patio -- prime real estate while the weather is this inviting.
You can also check out the scene in the busy kitchen, where chef Matt Marcus and his crew have been drawing attention for their interpretations of Vietnamese dishes like pho and banh mi into creations like the fried shrimp-stuffed sandwich called "Big Shrimpin'" and the chicken broth-based matzoh ball pho.
You'd think I'd be growing tired of Vietnamese fusion dishes, but the cuisine lends itself to so many iterations and interpretations that I don't see it wearing thin...yet. That "yet" will inevitably happen when someone comes along and mangles into existence a Southwest-infused spring roll for Chili's, but that time is still blissfully far away in some as-yet-unwritten future.
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For now, the clever minds at work inside the Eatsie Boys Cafe are simply infusing their food with passion -- a passion that stems at least in part from a rich food scene in Houston, a culture that's flush with ideas to inspire those who are eager, curious and creative. That's the Eatsie Boys in a nutshell.