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Non-Chain Options in The Woodlands

If possible, make the drive into downtown Houston and visit the original Ninfa's on Navigation or El Tiempo Cafe (3 locations, the one on Washington Ave would be the closest if coming from the the Woodlands). Pappasito's is good but you can do better. If distance was not a factor in the Houston area and this is quite a stretch (Houston area can be deemed ridiculously large), out in Rosenberg, Texas about 30 miles SOUTH of downtown Houston is a mom and pop joint called Bob's Taco Station. Great family-run tex-mex cafe that serves breakfast and lunch only seven days a week. It was recently featured on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

Feb 11, 2010
rayliam in Houston

Moving to Manila. Need some recs.

The best sashimi I've had in the Philippines was either Yellowfin Tuna caught off the coast of Southern Mindanao or Malasugue (Marlin). If the Manila restaurants are sourcing their fish from there and are properly handled and delivered within a day or two they should be great. Personally I've never eaten sushi or sashimi in Manila but the best sashimi I've had has been in Davao City and in General Santos City, the tuna capital of the Philippines. But for how much longer remains to be seen...

Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs

I've tried several varieties of greens with fried eggs and toast and it all comes out wonderful. Add a little fresh slice tomatoes and perhaps some nice smoked breakfast sausage and you've got quite a start to your day (or any time for that matter).

Feb 10, 2010
rayliam in Recipes

Best Chinese Anywhere in Houston?

I have to say 888 Chinese restaurant, 403 Winkler drive right off of I-45 South near Woodridge, has the hottest Sichuan dishes I've tried. Be aware they have two menus. One is Americanized and in English and another is in Chinese and has more of the Sichuan dishes. The Sichuan Tofu (Chinese Menu) is the hottest thing I've ever tried. The tofu swims in an extremely spicy broth loaded with Sichuan pepper pods. My whole mouth was numb from the heat. On the english menu, they have Sichuan beef but it's much milder and does not compare to the tofu. You may have to haggle with the waiter to bring you the Spicy Tofu if you're not Chinese or the other insane and authentic Sichuan dishes they have there. Luckily, I go with a Chinese friend who orders for us.

Other restaurants I recommend are the Hong Kong Food Street for good Hong Kong style food (not dim sum) and for fast food, the Chinese Cafe on Bellaire in the old Diho Square is quite good for take out or a quick meal.

888 Chinese Restaurant
403 Winkler Dr, Houston, TX 77087

Feb 07, 2010
rayliam in Houston