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

Crossing the street at lights is fine. I live in that area. It's farther down Washington on Thursday-Saturday that it used to turn into a party atmosphere and I wouldn't trust drivers - not sure if that's still the case. Do avoid the intersection of Sawyer and Washington on Sunday night.

I went to B&B Butcher this weekend which is across the street. Sat at the bar and saw some really good looking food served to others. Onion rings looked amazing. And there were some interesting oysters. I just got a steak salad since it was 98 degrees out and was having order envy.

Other area options:

Graffitis - huge portions, high prices. Good mac n cheese. Rest was fine, but Stanton's burgers on Houston Ave is better (you'd need to drive there).

Darkhorse Tavern - hole in the wall bar with darts. I think they do toaster oven pizzas.

Social Junkie - Never been, but it's the reason to avoid Sawyer/Washington on Sunday.

Jul 27, 2015
hobbes404 in Houston

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

I wouldn't walk along Washington Avenue - need to know where exactly you're located to give walkable options.

Breakfast - to go - have you had kolaches? Kolache Shoppe Wesleyan & Richmond for Sat/Sun. But most donut places will have them.

Houston bars do steak nights. MKT Bar on Thursday has steak, salad and fries/potato for $13. It's kind of a bistro attached to a specialty foods grocery.

Brenner's on the Bayou has a good happy hour. Urban Eats has an upstairs patio if it's not too hot and I've sat at the bar solo and been fine. Liked the drinks and food. It'll get crowded.

Julep - haven't been, but heard it can be a crush on weekends. Liberty Station - icehouse like, giant Jenga, laid-back. There will most likely be a food truck. Beaver's - not a huge fan, have eaten at the small bar solo a few times, nothing ever stood out drink or foodwise, but was perfectly comfortable solo.

Jul 24, 2015
hobbes404 in Houston

DOTM July 2015 - Cream of Poblano Soup

Does Basque green pepper and crab bisque qualify? Ibiza has that.

And I just saw Roasted Poblano soup on Mr. Peeples HRW lunch menu.

Jul 20, 2015
hobbes404 in Houston

Solo San Sebastian

I wound up not making it to any of the above, bad timing, but I will report back on other restaurants.

Arroka Berri in Hondorribia - amuse of pea and ham soup, oxtail stuffed piquillos, suckling pig and an orange sorbet for dessert. Service was perfectly timed. I found the sauce on the peppers a little sweet. Otherwise everything was a hit.

Donamaria'ko Benta - asparagus with tomato jam and fundido (ordered this because I was curious how fundido would be executed), pork cheeks and arroz con leche for dessert. The fundido was a small strip of slightly rubbery cheese draped across white asparagus. The pork cheeks, were the best thing I ate on my trip.Arroz con leche tasted like horchata.

The hotel provided me a list of restaurants in San Sebastian, with one identified as specializing in steak, Aldanondo, so I decided to try it. When I arrived and after a little language barrier, was seated and got a menu. The steak was a 2 kg steak which would have been a little too much for me alone. Wound up with pimientos and the grilled lamb with f4ies special. I found the peppers bitter and the lamb. I was underwhelmed, but maybe I was influenced by the dour woman standing near my table for the entire meal. Perhaps I should have taken the chair facing away from the kitchen, but I got the feeling she couldn't wait for me to leave.

Bilbao

Vina Del Ensanche - I hadn't had my fill of pork in spain and googled best pork bilbao and this place came up. The pork cheeks were served under a sweet thick sauce over gummy oddly sweet potato puree. The tuna however was reqlly well executed.

Final meal in Spain was lunch I tried to get a table at the Guggenheim bistro and Nerua but neither had a table for 1 available at 1pm on a tuesday so I wound up at Porrue. Anchovies in a chile olive oil was incredibly tasty. Having failed to get great pork the previous night, went with the suckling pig again. It was on par with Arroka Berri. And I finished with sheep's milk yogurt and honey curdled in front of me on the table, with a side of honey ice cream. They paired really well together. Porrue definitely handled my single diner status the best. Not at all awkward. I was with others at the 1st 2 restaurants.

Jul 02, 2015
hobbes404 in Spain/Portugal

Solo San Sebastian

I wound up not making it to any of the above, bad timing, but I will report back on other restaurants.

Arroka Berri in Hondorribia - amuse of pea and ham soup, oxtail stuffed piquillos, suckling pig and an orange sorbet for dessert. Service was perfectly timed. I found the sauce on the peppers a little sweet. Otherwise everything was a hit.

Donamaria'ko Benta - asparagus with tomato jam and fundido (ordered this because I was curious how fundido would be executed), pork cheeks and arroz con leche for dessert. The fundido was a small strip of slightly rubbery cheese draped across white asparagus. The pork cheeks, were the best thing I ate on my trip.Arroz con leche tasted like horchata.

The hotel provided me a list of restaurants in San Sebastian, with one identified as specializing in steak, Aldanondo, so I decided to try it. When I arrived and after a little language barrier, was seated and got a menu. The steak was a 2 kg steak which would have been a little too much for me alone. Wound up with pimientos and the grilled lamb with fries special. I found the peppers bitter and the lamb was underwhelming, but maybe I was influenced by the dour woman standing near my table for the entire meal. Perhaps I should have taken the chair facing away from the kitchen, but I got the feeling she couldn't wait for me to leave.

Bilbao

Vina Del Ensanche - I hadn't had my fill of pork in spain and googled best pork bilbao and this place came up. The pork cheeks were served under a sweet thick sauce over gummy oddly sweet potato puree. The tuna however was reqlly well executed.

Final meal in Spain was lunch I tried to get a table at the Guggenheim bistro and Nerua but neither had a table for 1 available at 1pm on a tuesday so I wound up at Porrue. Anchovies in a chile olive oil was incredibly tasty. Having failed to get great pork the previous night, went with the suckling pig again. It was on par with Arroka Berri. And I finished with sheep's milk yogurt and honey curdled in front of me on the table, with a side of honey ice cream. They paired really well together. Porrue definitely handled my single diner status the best. Not at all awkward. I was with others at the 1st 2 restaurants.

Jul 02, 2015
hobbes404 in Spain/Portugal

Solo San Sebastian

Thanks. That's helpful. I think I arrive Saturday afternoon and unfortunately leaving Monday which gives me limited time and options. Looks like Bodegon Alejandro is open Sunday for lunch, so will check that out.

Will do either Kokotxa or Arzak Saturday, kind of feel like as long as I'm there I need to do one of the 3 stars, but it will depend on my week prior - walking tour of the pyrennes with lots of Basque food. I might be craving italian.

Will report back.

May 29, 2015
hobbes404 in Spain/Portugal

Solo San Sebastian

Of the below restaurants (usual suspects), would any be awkward for a solo diner? I have no problem dining alone, but have had one or two meals where the restaurant didn't know what to do with me. Most likely a Saturday night.

Arzak, Mugaritz, Martín Berasategui, Kokotxa or Akelarre

May 05, 2015
hobbes404 in Spain/Portugal

Downtown -- Dinner Options near Dallas St betw Travis and Main

Bangkok Chef - address is pulling up 914 Main, but it's actually on the corner of Travis and Walker
Bombay Pizza - Also showing 914 Main - the street entrance is off Main just past McKinney.

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Bangkok Chef
6560 Greatwood Pkwy Ste 100, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Oct 17, 2010
hobbes404 in Houston

Restaurants near the Alley Theatre

Samba Grille is new - haven't been there, but am intrigued by the reviews.
Voice @ Hotel Icon - bar specials: http://www.hotelicon.com/voice-restau...
BB's Cafe, Hubcap Grill

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Hubcap Grill
1111 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002

Sep 12, 2010
hobbes404 in Houston

Has anyone eaten at Los Cucos in Plano?

I've been twice. I got the same meal both times - Los Cucos tacos. It's going on my lunch rotation. They're constantly refilling chips, salsa and drinks. Someone I went with got the fried avocado and it was too rich for lunch when you have to return to the office afterwards. As a point of reference, my preferred Plano tex-mex options are Gloria's and Posados. I only go to Mi Cocina when someone else is buying.

Nov 30, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

7 nights/xmas week

I'll be arriving Christmas Day.

Here's what I've found is open:

fqfi.com
Open Christmas Day
5 Fifty 5
La Cote Brasserie
New Orleans Grill
Café Adelaide
Rib Room
Tujague's Restaurant
La Louisiane
Bistro @ Maison de Ville

Reveillon Christmas Day
Bombay Club
Paillard's Restaurant
Ristorante Carmelo
Zoe

Open Table - available w/in 2 hours of 4PM
Dominique's
La Cote Brasserie
Luke
Ruth's Chris
Shula's
Wolfe's in the Warehouse

www.nomenu.com/Christmas
Open last year, assume there'll be an updated list this year
7 on Fulton
Andrea's
Begue's
Besh Steakhouse
Chateau Sonesta Hotel Dining Room
Crystal Room
Hotel Inter-Continental
Maple Cafe
Maple Street Cafe
Melange
Monteleone Hotel Le Cafe
Radisson Hotel
Riche

I haven't decided on a place yet, am leaning towards not spending lots of money on this meal given that restaurant staff can't be too excited about working on Christmas.

Nov 23, 2008
hobbes404 in New Orleans

Recs on Pizza places in Denton/Lewisville area.

Alfredo's is my favorite place in Lewisville. They know my order when I walk in the door. Luigi's was good, but it's closed and is now a vegetarian place. My fallback pizza is Vinnie's at the NW corner of Business 121 and 35. It's kind of hidden in a deserted strip mall.

Oct 23, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas - Thin Crust Pizza

Maybe I need to qualify. I think Papa John's is bad. I grew up in NJ, so I don't even consider it pizza. Not bad in my book means that Brooklyn's is the best option close to work, but not somewhere I'd go out of my way to go to. And Goodfella's is not bad in that until Campania and Cavalli they were one of the better options around. I find Joe's on Parker to be lacking in any flavor. However, I may have to return to check out the rich doctors.

Oct 09, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas - Thin Crust Pizza

Goodfellas isn't bad. Alfredo's where? There's one in Lewisville that I really like @ 121 and Corporate. Brooklyn's isn't bad at Hedgecoxe & Ohio. And I think they're building a new one on Park. There's a place that just opened about a month ago at Preston & Tennyson called Ferrari's where on my 1st visit I had 2 slices that I thought were the best in the area. On the 2nd visit, they were having cash register issues and left the slices in the oven a little too long. 2 slices and a soda for $5 is one of the better deals in the area for lunch. I sometimes visit Marco's too when I'm craving the sauce/thin crust combo.

Oct 08, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Christmas in New Orleans

Thanks. I think I ran across those sites looking for Papa Noel rates, but they didn't have menus posted yet.

I was planning on Galatoire's, Maximo's, somewhere for Christmas Day, and breakfast/brunch before the Saints game Sunday. After looking at some of those menus, I may have to drop Maximo's for one of them.

Oct 04, 2008
hobbes404 in New Orleans

Christmas in New Orleans

I'm looking for the same thing. Open Table has Luke, Shula's Steak House, New Orleans Grill and Wolfe's in the Warehouse with availability. I'll probably check back in a few weeks to see what else opens up. Some restaurants only have reservations a month or 2 in advance.

Sep 28, 2008
hobbes404 in New Orleans

Plano lunch

It's probably about 20 minutes from the Shops @ Legacy to Poor Richard's.

Some closer options would be Olea, Breadwinners, or Main Street Bread Baking Company with that being my order of preference. Olea & Breadwinners are about 5-10 minutes from Legacy. Main Street is in the Shops @ Legacy.

www.oleabistro.com
www.breadwinnerscafe.com
http://www.themainbakery.com

Sep 20, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas - Thin Crust Pizza

There's also a St. Louis style place in Lewisville/North Coppell:
http://www.diterras.com/

I didn't personally like the pizza, but it was because of the provel cheese. It might be what you're looking for however.

Sep 19, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

DFW Chow Friendly Football (incl. live opening of National Sports Lounge review)

I'll second Fox. Definitely above par food for a sports bar.

And of all of the chain sports bars, I like Champp's food the best. Looks like they have a build your own omelet bar and bottomless mimosas/bloody marys on Sundays.

Sep 08, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Flower Mound (& Nearby) Casual Dining Favorites?

Rodarte & Vivero's - I've been twice and didn't care for it, but I only had appetizers.

Aug 01, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Flower Mound (& Nearby) Casual Dining Favorites?

Comfort food - Ms. Mary's Southern Cuisine.
http://dallas.citysearch.com/customer...

Mexican - I didn't care for Agave Azul the last time I went, but it used to be a favorite. Taqueria Guadelajara is good, but more hole in the wall than casual dining.

Burgers - G's Burger Den, again hole in the wall. I've always gotten my burger to go there.

Pizza/Pasta - Alfredo's total neighborhood place. And I prefer Campania to Fireside Pies. Campania's pizza is more delicate. I think Fireside toppings are too overpowering.

Jul 31, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Absolute best burger in Texas?

Stopped at G's today for lunch (12:30). They were taking phone orders - asked me if I had called in my order. Probably about 20 minutes total to get in and out with my bacon cheeseburger and fries and there was a line backing up behind me, but a phone in order of 8 meals was being prepared when I got there. There's a sign that says refills are 50 cents, not sure if they enforce it though. This was my second visit, and it's by far the best burger in the area. The fry seasoning was a little heavy, I'll probably try onion rings next time.

Jun 13, 2008
hobbes404 in Texas

Best Breakfast in Dallas?

Ham & Eggs is off of 3040. Little Gus Cafe in Plano @ Legacy & Coit. Or Local Diner in Coppell.

May 11, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

DFW - Lunch Salads

I don't pay attention to nutritional content, but I assume salads with a light dressing are healthier, so based on that assumption, I'd suggest the following:

It sounds like you're good with asian food/middle eastern, so Mango Thai has a larb gai and a Thai chicken salad and Zorba's has a Greek salad.

Mar 14, 2008
hobbes404 in Texas

In search of restaurant with party room!

Zea Woodfire Grill, Olea, I have a vague sense of a separate room at La Madeline, Saltgrass, Yao Fuzi has a small room.

Mar 12, 2008
hobbes404 in Texas

NYC style Deli

I haven't been here, and it's not a deli, but the review claims they make their corned beef in house. I'll probably check it out one Friday in the next couple of weeks. I've decided to start trying all of the places in Old Town.

Easy Street Family Cafe - 190 W Main St Ste 108
http://houston.citysearch.com/review/...

Mar 11, 2008
hobbes404 in Texas

DFW visitor-advice for fellow CH?

Near SAS - Abacus (New American, Dinner only), La Duni (Latin, brunch is good, so are desserts and drinks), Taverna (Italian).

Although unless you're specifically looking to go to North Park Mall, there are 2 SAS Factory Outlets closer to Westlake. The Central Pkwy location is 25 miles from Westlake. There's one in Hurst 10 miles from Westlake - 1493 W Pipeline Rd. I don't know restaurants around there.

Mar 04, 2008
hobbes404 in Texas

Coppell - Farmers Branch - Old Carrolton

I used to work in that area. Rocky's on MacArthur - only for the pizza. Siena Beltline @ MacArthur pizza and other Italian food, a little more casual than Amici. As for barbecue, I'm not an expert. When I went out with coworkers, it was to Marshall's Vally View & Josey.

Feb 25, 2008
hobbes404 in Dallas - Fort Worth

dining with children in DFW

I'll have to move it up on my list of places to try. I just threw it out there because as kids my sister and I loved fondue night and I thought it would be cheaper/more kid friendly than The Melting Pot.

Feb 20, 2008
hobbes404 in Texas

dining with children in DFW

Bavarian Grill.

I haven't been, but I'd try Mister Shabu Shabu.

Feb 18, 2008
hobbes404 in Texas