This week, we've got reviews of a few top Houston restaurants, plus recommendations for eating in, no matter how much free time you've got to spare.
Anastasia of It's Not Hou It's Me visited Ruggles Green, 748 East 11th in The Heights, to check out the brunch offerings, and she found that all of the dishes sell for around $10 or less. Affordable brunch is the best brunch, but the dishes didn't skimp on flavor just because of their prices. She enjoyed the sugar-sweet, gluten-free lemon poppyseed pancakes, colorful huevos rancheros and the daily specials, which included a spinach salad with steak. Even better, the kitchen included a "gluten-free" tag on her meal, so she knew that it had been made with gluten-free ingredients.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine, 9296 Westheimer, is a hole-in-the-wall favorite of Jack Tyler, author of the Culinary Houston blog. His favorite dishes are the tom kha gai with coconut, lemongrass and chicken, spicy pho taek, or seafood soup, and the star of the show, green curry with eggplant, bamboo shoots and green beans. If you're looking for a flavorful lunch option near the Beltway and Fondren, this could be your new go-to.
Take your pasta game to the next level with this recipe for chicken and pasta with roasted tomato béchamel from Bev of Bev Cooks. For this recipe, the roasted tomatoes are blended, then added to the béchamel to create creamy, tomato-y goodness. Garnish the whole thing with asparagus and plenty of parsley, and you'll have a serious upgrade to your usual spaghetti dinner.
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On the other hand, if you're burned out on cooking but still trying to eat healthy food, Shanna of Urban Swank recommends that you check out Freshly, a service that delivers frozen meals to your door. She enjoyed the flavor of the meals, as well as the nutritional value and lack of gluten and artificial sweeteners. They average to about $11 per meal, and the menu is constantly changing, so you won't get tired of eating the same food over and over.
Houston Fed is still going through his picks for the top 50 restaurants in Houston; this week lists Nos. 15 through 11. This week's picks are mostly critics' favorites, such as Kitchen 713 in the East End and Caracol near the Galleria. There's a favorite barbecue spot on the list, too, that the blogger adores for its brisket and rotating specials, such as pastrami, pork belly and lamb chops.
Finally, if you're feeling adventurous, check out this recipe from Erica of Honestly Yum for Turkish eggs with yogurt. The dish uses plenty of green onion, cilantro, garlic and pepper to give it a nice warmth, and she recommends serving it with crusted toast to add a nice crunch to it. Also, the dish looks really impressive and colorful, even though it's fairly simply to make.
That's it for this week's food blog revue! Is there a blog you love that you'd like to see featured? Leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about it, and you might see it here next week.