This week, we're starting to think about some Thanksgiving ideas, plus reviews of restaurants new and old. Stay tuned to see what our Houston food bloggers are talking about!
First up is a way to get your mornings off to a great start; Claire of The Petite Professional blog shared this pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe, and it's got everything you need to jumpstart your body on those terrible weekday mornings, including Greek yogurt, pumpkin (of course) and a dollop of almond butter. It's also one of those great recipes where you just mix everything together and boom! it's ready to go.
Kim at Adventures in a New(ish) City posted a review of Wakefield Crowbar, 954 Wakefield Drive, where she thoroughly enjoyed sundry appetizers after a game of kickball. The beer-battered fried pickles were well-received, but the standout dish was the fried mozzarella, which is served as large squares instead of sticks. If you're looking for brews and bites, Kim says that this is a good option to keep in mind.
If you're looking for something a little heavier, Hank on Food recommends Buffalo Grille at 1301 South Voss, where you can find the comfort food and all-day breakfast you desire. He gave it an overall A-minus, and the kitschy atmosphere was the greatest downside, in his opinion. He liked the daily special, a King Ranch chicken casserole with tortillas, tomatoes and cheese, and the side cornbread and buttered squash were standard country-style classics executed well.
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Creamy sausage and kale soup sounds like a surprising combination, but this recipe from Bev Cooks has us ready to throw on an apron and hit the kitchen. It calls for plenty of sausage, red onions, carrots, fire-roasted tomatoes, small pasta noodles, lemon and a bit of parmesan and parsley for a garnish. Soup is always a health food, no matter how much heavy cream it has, right? That's what we tell ourselves, anyway.
State of Grace, 3258 Westheimer, received a glowing review from Robin Sussman at Zagat. The seafood options stood out with fresh and plentiful classic dishes, of course, but there are some unusual offerings as well, such as Korean-style fried chicken, roasted duck carnitas with mole and enchiladas à la Felix. Sussman also points out that the pastas and desserts, such as deconstructed lemon pie with buttermilk ice cream, are made in-house. We think that the complimentary puffed sweet rolls with butter and kosher salt are going to be an instant cult classic for bread admirers.
Finally, our own Joanna O'Leary posted a guide to getting your Thanksgiving dinner the easy way on her blog, Bridey O'Leary. She has the knowledge you want of where to buy the best and most interesting foodie meal for the big day, Her suggestions include the turkey, quail and suckling pig plates from Rainbow Lodge; braised Brussel sprouts from Urban Eats; and spinach kugel soufflé from Kenny & Ziggy's. If cooking isn't your strong suit, let these restaurants help you put on a feast you won't forget.
That's all for this week's food blog round-up! If you know of a blog you'd like to see featured, leave us a comment or send us an email.