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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

Where to buy organ meats?

I heartily second the recommendation of Yonder Way Farm. They are delightful people to deal with and their meats and eggs are excellent. They now have a vegetable farmer and are starting to get a CSA going. Check out their website to see when their next open farm day is! Great fun and very interesting.
www.yonderwayfarm.com

Apr 08, 2011
zorra in Houston

Revival Market

OK, who's been there? Was it fun? What did you buy?

Apr 08, 2011
zorra in Houston

Good eats in Galveston, TX ?

I don't think the Palm M&M ever came back after Ike, but I could be wrong.

Apr 08, 2011
zorra in Houston

Marble Falls & Hill Country

If you're visiting wineries around Fredericksburg, do go to Driftwood. Gorgeous view, and a great place to spend a couple of hours relaxing with a glass of wine. Kind of hard to find and to get to, but worth it. We like their Sangiovese.

Apr 08, 2011
zorra in Texas

Is there a butcher that will sell calf brains and other offal?

Check with Yonder Way Farm in Brenham about their bacon. I'm pretty sure it's unsmoked.
Their meats are excellent, and they are fine people to deal with.

http://www.yonderwayfarm.com

Apr 04, 2011
zorra in Houston

Uvalde

I once had a pleasant meal at a decent local steak house called Jack's. That's the only noteworthy thing I remember about food in Uvalde, except a lovely breakfast at a fine and hospitable B&B called Live Oaks, which I think is now closed (unfortunately).

Apr 01, 2011
zorra in Texas

Looking for something simple, but impressive.

Poscol has the most marvelous dessert in Houston, IMO: dates poached in spiced red wine and served over mascarpone. Not to be missed.

Mar 19, 2011
zorra in Houston

So where should I go for my birthday dinner?

Thanks all--last night I decided on Rainbow Lodge. Looking forward to it.
I've only been to Mockingbird Bistro for lunch, and remember it as fairly quiet. Maybe it's livelier at night.

Mar 01, 2011
zorra in Houston

So where should I go for my birthday dinner?

Criteria: fabulous food (duh), pleasant and professional service, relaxed and romantic atmosphere in which DH and I can converse without screaming. Downtown, Heights, Washington Ave., Montrose, or Midtown. Price not too much of an object (special occasion and all that).
Mockingbird Bistro is a good example of what I'm thinking about, but I'm curious to see your suggestions. Thanks!

Feb 27, 2011
zorra in Houston

I Love Living in Houston!

And back in the days before Elvia's, that shopping center was the site of a wonderful restaurant, Afghanistan Cuisine. I'm talking 1981 or so. Long gone. There's now a decent little Afghan place in Sugar Land with good kabobs, but not as elaborate as the old Afghanistan Cuisine. I still miss it.

Feb 13, 2011
zorra in Houston

Heritage Indian Cuisine, Stafford - Malayali

The DH and I were talking about this place the other night, and how it needs to be our next chow stop. Our former favorite, Cafe India, has gone way downhill, and the Sugar Land outpost of Shiva is sort of blah. Thanks for your review-we'll be checking it out soon.

Feb 13, 2011
zorra in Houston