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Vanished Restaurant you miss most

The old Butera's on Montrose (close to the museum, before they moved down the street); I loved their soups and the penne salad with the chicken and olives. Had many memorable lunches there, way back when (early 80s).

Aug 10, 2015
zorra in Houston

5 Nights: U of H, Washington Avenue, Upper Kirby

This won't help the OP, but I just wanted to speak up for Big Eyed Fish. We had a very nice brunch there a few weeks ago and the eggs Benedict were quite good; they were happy to add fresh spinach to mine on request. We will try it again the next time we're in that part of town at brunch/lunch time.

Aug 10, 2015
zorra in Houston

Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

It's just down the road for me, but would constitute a mini-road trip for some of y'all: Galvan's Sausage House in Richmond, at Hwy 90A and Pitts Road. Delicious brisket, ribs, and sausage, and run by nice folks. There are a few tables, but it's mostly carry out. We like it better than Dozier's (Fulshear). They have boudin in their freezer case, but I haven't tried it.

Aug 10, 2015
zorra in Houston

I-20 Shreveport to Atlanta

I'm sorry I missed this, Jaymes. We used to stop at a place called the Country Cottage in Arcadia, LA for a good "home cooking" buffet. Haven't made that drive in a couple of years.

I've heard good things from old friends about a restaurant in Monroe called Cotton.

Jun 13, 2015
zorra in Central South

San Antonio- few nights in June

We had a nice meal at Cured a few weeks ago, though it didn't knock my socks off. The Pearl is a great area to just wander around, and so many of the restaurants in the area have had great reviews. I haven't heard any news about the effects the recent flooding had on that area of the river, does anyone know?

Jun 13, 2015
zorra in Texas

steakhouse in san angelo?

It probably would be Lowake. This thread is so old, IDK if it's still open.

Jun 13, 2015
zorra in Texas

Monument Inn

I love the fried shrimp and stuffed shrimp at Monument Inn-I think I'd go so far as to call it the best in town. And who needs dessert when you can have one of those cinnamon rolls? This is a great place to take out-of-town visitors, too (especially since you probably were going to take them to the San Jacinto Monument and the battleship anyway).

Chicago-style deep-dish / stuffed pizza?

I'm pulling this old thread up because last night we made our first trip to D'Marco's Pizzeria in Sugar Land. Demarco Jenkins, a Chicago transplant, has the recipes from Mama Rigetta's in Chicago (means nothing to me, but if you are a Chicago pizza lover it may mean something to you) and has been open a year now, with the goal of making the best Chicago-style pizza in metro Houston. It's a tiny little place on Highway 6, not far from the Sugar Land airport and the ball park. We had a perfectly fine thin crust pizza with generous, high-quality toppings. The deep dish pizza at the next table looked pretty darn good. Do go check it out and see what you think.

Jun 13, 2015
zorra in Houston
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Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

I've had two great visits to Dido's in Brazoria. Good fried shrimp and you can sit outside overlooking the East Bernard River and watch the boats go by. Or you can arrive and depart by boat--they have their own dock! This is a good place to stop and eat after you've gone walking and birding at the nearby wildlife refuge.

Pastured, local bacon/smoked sausage in Houston area?

I highly endorse Yonder Way Farm. I've been buying pork, chicken, and beef from the Kramers for a couple of years now. They are lovely people and their products are great. I don't think you can buy cured bacon from them, though, more like pork belly (I think). They have eggs too. We like their breakfast and link sausages.

I also endorse The Barry Farm in Needville, run by another hardworking young farm couple, Geoffrey and Renee Smith. We get excellent lamb from them. They also have pigs and chickens though I haven't bought pork or chicken from them yet. They sell most of their eggs to Fat Cat Creamery. They also have a fine citrus grove (satsumas, grapefruit, and I think oranges too) on their property. www.thebarryfarm.com

Dec 14, 2014
zorra in Houston
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Kanab, UT - Houston's Trails' End? Nedra's?

We had a good hamburger at Nedra's a couple of years ago. Service was friendly,

Jun 15, 2014
zorra in Mountain States

Anniversary dinner

Sunday brunch at Hugo's is outstanding.

Mar 14, 2014
zorra in Houston

Caracol (Hugo's owned new restaurant) last night

DH and I went recently and enjoyed it very much. House rita: best ever. Excellent blue crab soup and grilled prawns. Loved Hugo's wonderful hot chocolate with a shot of fine sherry added!

Mar 14, 2014
zorra in Houston

Dinner recommendations for Sugar Land?

Definitely Churrascos, the best option in Sugar Land right now IMO. I haven't been to Aura Brasserie yet, but when Aura was in Missouri City it was very good. Turquoise Grill has good Mediterranean food in a fairly upscale atmosphere. A nice new addition to Sugar Land is Bijan Persian Grill; the place is not fully decorated yet, and thus not so elegant, but the food is delicious and beautifully presented.
Not so upscale, but fun, is Guru, with interesting burgers and crepes, around the corner from Aura and Turquoise Grill.

Nov 12, 2013
zorra in Houston

Virtu, Scottsdale

My husband and I spent several days in Scottsdale last week and had such outstanding food and service at Virtu (in the Bespoke Inn on N. Marshall Way) that we ate there twice, and would have been glad to eat there every night had we not felt it our chowhound duty to explore other options. We did go in for happy hour every single evening, enjoying the art and craft of Clint "Spotty" Spotleson, mixologist extraordinare. (Blackberry-sage margarita? Absolutely.) Proscuitto-wrapped lamb tenderloin and rosemary crusted venison loin were standouts, along with marvelously creamy burrata with a little honey and lemon oil--even the accompanying grilled bread was just right and reflected the amount of care being taken in the kitchen. Nice wine list too, but the cocktails should not be missed.
We also had good meals at the Mission (lamb rib adobada,which was my favorite; the pork shoulder for two, and the street corn, all good) and FnB (eggplant parmesan, an interesting pasta dish with lobster mushrooms, and --back to my childhood!--butterscotch pudding), but they weren't as good as Virtu. I hope we get back there someday!

Aug 07, 2013
zorra in Phoenix

Report: Vinoteca Poscol

I wonder if they still have the dates poached in red wine and served over mascarpone? Best dessert in Houston.

Jun 06, 2013
zorra in Houston

Help! Misplaced Meyer lemon cake recipe

No, but that looks delicious. Actually I think it was this one, or very close to it:
http://www.kitchentreaty.com/meyer-le...

Jan 18, 2013
zorra in Home Cooking

Help! Misplaced Meyer lemon cake recipe

Those will work, thanks. Wish I knew what happened to the original recipe, though...We only have three Meyers left on the tree, so the season is almost over.

Jan 18, 2013
zorra in Home Cooking

Help! Misplaced Meyer lemon cake recipe

A few weeks ago I made a simple but lovely 8 " square Meyer lemon cake with a light glaze. Now I can't find the recipe on line. Anybody have one like it? Thanks.

Jan 18, 2013
zorra in Home Cooking

Goodbye Samba Grille; now what?

I was sorry to lose Samba Grille, one of the best dining options downtown. Does anyone know what is now planned for that space?

Oct 15, 2012
zorra in Houston

Farmers Markets?

Come on out to the Sugar Land farmer's market this Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00. While there are many prepared products, there are also many local growers. We've had great peaches recently from Country Boy's Treasures (Sugar Land) and Gunderman Farms (Glen Flora). Lots of great produce.

http://www.imperialsugarland.com/farm...

Jun 12, 2012
zorra in Houston

Good Food near Reliant Arena

What kinds of food do you like? On Holly Hall, less than a block east of Reliant (just past Fannin) is a reliably good restaurant called Indian Sizzler. Typical but very well-prepared buffet lunch during the week. We went there one Sunday and they only had table service that day; my chicken biriyani was so beautiful I took a picture, and I don't often do that. (There was a cricket match in progress on the big screen TV, and I was very disappointed when they switched to a football game. That, I can see anytime!) Appears to be run by a pleasant couple; he's in the kitchen and she's out front. There are two Indian restaurants in that shopping center; my DH says the other one, A Taste of India, is good too.

Mar 16, 2012
zorra in Houston

Where to buy the best Italian sausage in Houston, Texas.

Marchese Sausage sells theirs at the Sugar Land farmer's market and some other places around town, too. The "mild" has a slight kick, very flavorful, a nice amount of fennel.
www.marchesesausage.com

Nov 18, 2011
zorra in Houston

New tortilleria spotted in Rosenberg

BB, have you tried Buena Vista, about a block west of Bob's on Ave H? Excellent mixed grill, carnitas, and fajitas, above-average chips and salsa, and stellar frozen margaritas, at stunningly low prices. Enchiladas are blah, though.
We also like a little hole in the wall called Carmelo's at Hwy 90A and the Grand Parkway (Texas 99). Food is a little rough around the edges, and I mean that in a very good way--it seems more like Tex-Mex home cooking than restaurant food. I once got four meals from their gargantuan burrito.

Sep 06, 2011
zorra in Houston

I Kinda Like Living in Katy!

Are you referring to the Wild West farmer's market on FM 359 on Sunday, or is there another produce stand/farmer's market in Richmond/Rosenberg that I should know about??
And if you are talking about the farmer's market, I've gotten good purple hulls and cream peas there this year, too.

Jul 15, 2011
zorra in Houston

Downtown's best?

We had a fabulous meal at Samba Grille in Bayou Place recently. (finally a good restaurant in Bayou Place) Definitely for carnivores only, and it ain't cheap. But the filets were perfectly medium rare as ordered, and the kitchen substituted two beautiful jumbo shrimp for the scallops I can't eat. Another of those big old shrimp was casually hooked over the edge of my bowl of shrimp and corn bisque, which was excellent. Shouldn't have indulged in the cappucino tres leches, but we did. Nice wine list, too. A great addition to downtown, especially for a special evening (dinner and a concert, etc.).

Jul 15, 2011
zorra in Houston

breakfast in corpus christi

Surely the best breakfast in Corpus is the magnificent three-course candlelight breakfast that you will enjoy after a luxurious night at the George Blucher House! Worth every calorie.

Jun 25, 2011
zorra in Texas

Corpus Christi Recommendations Please

I prefer Water Street to Yardarm, but it's been several years since I visited either.

Jun 25, 2011
zorra in Texas

Houston visit report from a grateful 'hound (oops - long!)

There's another appetizer I like, involving mushrooms and ricotta. The pastas are good too. Really, I've never had anything there I didn't enjoy.

May 30, 2011
zorra in Houston

Houston visit report from a grateful 'hound (oops - long!)

Yikes, DW, run to Dolce Vita this weekend! Have a prosecco/blood orange cocktail, and then enjoy some great appetizers before an outstanding pizza. Trust me on this: the shaved brussels sprouts appetizer is amazingly delicious. you'll discover (if you didn't know already) that you actually like brussels sprouts!

May 27, 2011
zorra in Houston