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Tex Mex in Houston

Gruesse aus Texas! I like to take all my German visitors to Picos Mex Mex. The specials, especially the fish, are something you won't find in just any Tex Mex place. The maragaritas are also highly regarded. I'll even buy you a few rounds in exchange for a bottle of Schierker Feuerstein!

Jul 11, 2012
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Where can I buy Branzino in Houston?

I was just at the Whole Foods on Bellaire Blvd to buy mussels. They had about a dozen head on bronzinos.

May 16, 2012
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Need help with my girlfriend's birthday dinner

I have never been but I have always wanted to try Karl's on the Riverbend in Richmond. All the wild game on the menu looks so tempting to me.
http://www.karlsrb.com/

My husband and I once ate at the Messina Hof winery Vintage House restaurant in Bryan. We had the whole restaurant to ourselves with a view of the vineyards. It was a surprising treat. Forgive me if I don't remember specific details about the food, because of all that wine of course. But a memorable meal nonetheless.
http://www.messinahof.com/vintage.php

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Karl's At the Riverbend
5011 Fm 723 Rd, Richmond, TX 77406

Jan 26, 2012
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Any foodie book gift ideas?

Anything by Ruth Reichl is a great read. My husband got me Dining Out by Dornenburg and Page, I liked it. A really neat read "Salt" by Mark Kurlansky is wonderful, he also did one on Cod which I haven't gotten to yet. If your wife is into heavy reading Brillat-Savarin "Physiology of Taste" brings philosphy and food together. Weighty but worth it. The quote from Iron Chef "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are" is from this book. These are a few of my favorites, and mentioned earlier "Like Water for Chocolate" also an all time favorite.

Dec 16, 2011
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Downtown for early business dinner

In the Penzoil & across from the Esperson buildings is an italian place called Perbacco. It may be VERY crowded because of the theaters nearby. Its reasonable if you want, or you can drop some cash too. Pasta is home made, and the osso bucco is slow cooked tasty. I had the quail last time I was there as a special and it was tender and juicy.

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Perbacco
700 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002

Nov 22, 2011
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Bagels and Other

Both NY Bagel and Hot Bagel have salted bagels, both are better than many lousy bagels I had in Brooklyn or Midtown for that matter. You will not be disappointed. As for the pickles sadly the delis around here will disappoint. I have gotten some decent polish pickles out in a grocery store called Phoenicia on far west side of town. Also there is a grocery store in Meyerland called Beldens that carries quite a few NY items such as all the flavors of Dr. Brown for example. Most grocery stores carry Boar's Head products and Nathans hot dogs are also plentiful. I have noticed the Entenmann's crumb cakes too but not as often any more. You will have to let us know when you find a decent pickle!

Sep 20, 2011
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Houston: Best for Burgers

I used to eat there all the time almost (gasp!) ten years ago now. The burgers can run from fresh and juicy (medium rare) to well done, all you need to do is ask and smile. My problem is that Al's Quick Stop is next door and lately when I am there enjoying their great selectionof beers and live music I have to heed the siren call of the gyro. Maybe its just a phase.

Sep 15, 2011
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Best Indian Food and Staff

You should try to get there before 7pm and have one of their STRONG cocktails for happy hour. I also cannot resist whatever the special of the day happens to be. It is often goat. Tender, succulent goat. Love this place.

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London Sizzler Bar & Grill
6690 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074

Sep 08, 2011
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Looking for lunch spot near the Museum of Fine Arts

You are just three or four blocks from Danton's, seafood is excellent there. If you are in the mood for burgers and pub food Black Labrador (British pub food) is also about three blocks away as well. Food isn't great but their beer certainly is cold and tasty. They have wine, too. Cheap mexican food is also nearby on Richmond at Chapultapec (maybe six blocks) . If you have a fat wallet Max & Julie's french bistro is a little further down the road on Montrose as well. Their wine list is the best that close to the museum. Enjoy the exhibit.

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Black Labrador
4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Apr 20, 2011
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