Zagat: Amber Ambrose polled Houstonians about which food fads they believe are overrated and underrated. While some of the responses for overrated trends won't come as a shock (fusion cuisine, truffle oil and our city's obsession with being underrated), it might surprise you that folks believe barbecue and ramen are overrated. While ramen has been around for a while, it is just starting to evolve in Houston as more ramen-centric restaurants open. Yes, traditional bar food and restaurants outside the 610 Loop are underrated food trends, but we're not too sure valet parking options should be placed in the same category.
CultureMap: Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean indulging in comforting dishes, pies, cookies and more candy is over. In fact, it has just begun. Marene Gustin at CultureMap Houston explains how the next few months (even after Christmas) will be filled with eating sweets, gorging in giant feasts and drinking festive alcoholic beverages. Either invest in a treadmill or invest in sweatpants, because it's the season of eating and drinking.
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Smitten Kitchen: I'm always looking for comfort foods as the holidays approach, and Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for spinach and egg pizzettes that can satisfy that desire. Deb recreates one of her favorite dishes served at a pub in the UK (Polpo) by baking her Lazy Pizza Dough recipe, then topping it with a mixture of wilted spinach, crème fraiche, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. She then tops each pizzette with a cracked egg and bakes the pizza until the egg whites set and the yolk is still jiggly.
Hank On Food: This week, The Hankster checked out Capriotti's Sandwich Shop in Sugar Land Town Square and believes he found one of the best cheeseteaks in Houston, even though Capriotti's is an Italian sandwich shop. Grilled steak with melted white American cheese and any combination of mushrooms, onions or peppers are nestled between a crusty slice of French bread - Hank says the beef is tender and the cheese is perfectly melted. Another sandwich to try is the season-appropriate option, The Bobbie, which is basically Thanksgiving leftovers between two slices of bread.
Texas Monthly: Hands down, the best part of a Thanksgiving meal is the dressing (or stuffing, depending on how you prepare it). Texas Monthly provides a recipe for pecan dressing complete with both dried white bread and dried cornbread, pecans, sweet onions, sage, paprika, celery and of course butter. So, whether you're a fan of white bread dressing or cornbread dressing, this recipe has both.
The Leader: Last Friday, the Leader Eater reviewed Katch 22 on Durham near Washington Avenue. According to the Leader Eater, "Katch 22 is set up more like a nice casual fine dining restaurant than a neighborhood hang out." While the restaurant serves bacon-wrapped quail and crab cakes for starters, and bone-in rib eye, 6-ounce filets and Porterhouses for entrees, it seems to want to be more of a sports bar than a steakhouse in terms of decor and the fact that you can watch the game while you eat dinner.