Urban Swank: Paulie's may be known for its incredible spaghetti and sugar cookies, as noted by Joanna O'Leary, but this Houston family-owned restaurant serves up many more tasty dishes you need to try. O'Leary suggests everyone begins their meal with the simple bucatini amatraciana, or an indulgent canestri alla funghi, elbow noodles tossed with crimini and shiitake mushrooms, plus a sage marsala cream sauce. Move on to a panino at lunch, or a ribeye steak served with pesto gnocchi for dinner. Of course, you can't miss out on a beautiful and sweet sugar cookie for dessert.
Gastronaut: Most of the neighborhoods outside of the loop don't have many places to enjoy or purchase craft beer. But, Katharine Shilcutt checked out Hop Scholar Ale House on Rayford Road just outside The Woodlands. Customers can enjoy an array of craft beers from 24 draft lines (ten more are on the way!) while sitting at the L-shaped bar or a picnic table. Hop Scholar does have bar snacks available for guests to munch on while sipping on a cold one, but a kitchen is in the works.
Zagat Houston: Looking for an awesome hot dog to eat this summer? Zagat Houston lists six gourmet dogs that will definitely satisfy your craving. Moon Tower Inn has the Dirk Figgler, a duck foie gras hot dog topped with bacon pieces, crumbled goat cheese and a chipotle fig chutney on a pretzel bun. Try the El Perro Colombiano from Los Perros Food Truck; it's topped with queso fresco, potato chips, salsa, honey, pineapple sauce, tartar sauce, raspberry sauce and a quail egg.
Houston Food Truck Reviews: This past Friday, David Sarkozi wrote about the shrimp glass noodles from Pho-jita Fusion Food truck. It's a huge portion of thin cellophane noodles tossed with shrimp, peanuts, Chinese celery, green onions and grape tomatoes. Overall, he enjoyed the filling dish, but, it was a little too spicy for him.
Eat-More-Burgers: Sometimes you find an amazing burger in a random restaurant. That was the case for Russell Weil this past week after someone suggested he visit Island Grill Mediterranean Restaurant in Bellaire. With just three burger choices (Certified Angus Beef Burger, Buffalo Burger and Turkey Burger), he opted for the all-beef option. Once he cut it in half, he noticed how juicy the patty was and how the cheese melted perfectly; the wheat bun was nice and crispy, too.
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Adventures in a (New)ish City: A couple weeks ago, Kim and her mom had a girls weekend in Houston. After having lunch, dinner and enjoying happy hour offerings at several Houston establishments, they had breakfast at Torchy's Tacos. To show her love for Torchy's, she ranked her top three favorite items, starting with the fried avocado at No. 3, followed by the #5 Breakfast Taco loaded with potato, pinto or black beans, cheese and green chiles. But, her most loved taco is the Dirty Sanchez -- scrambled eggs mixed with a fried poblano chile pepper, guacamole, escabeche carrots and shredded cheese rolled inside a flour tortilla.