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Houston Asian Markets - Tarako?

You might check Nippon Daido, they are the only Japanese retail store I am familiar with. Kazy Gourmet used to sell retail but I believe they are wholesale only now.

http://www.japanesehouston.com/japane...

May 12, 2014
absurdnerdbird in Houston
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Pasadena, Houston Heights Italian

I wouldn't come to Houston for Italian. That said, there are a few places that don't suck. Da Marco, Dolce Vita, and Vinoteca Poscol are all in the Montrose area not far from the Heights, all owned by the same guy. I have not been to any of them but have heard good things. Vincent's in the same general area, pretty good. Recently have been to Da Vinci in the Katy area, good food and service but about 40 miles from Pasadena. Closer to Pasadena, for a more Houston experience, I would suggest you try a chicken-fried steak at Kelley's Country Cookin' on I-45 South near Hobby airport. Sort of a Texas take on a NJ diner. Doneraki near I-45 and 610 south for decent tex-mex.

Apr 25, 2014
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Good Pizza Place That Delivers Near Town & Country/ Memorial Area

Another vote for Brothers, good NY-style pies.

Apr 07, 2014
absurdnerdbird in Houston
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Where to for dinner next?

Asia Market on Cavalcade in the Heights is a thai market that also serves prepared food. Very tasty curries, noodle dishes, papaya salad, mango sticky rice. Not sure if they have room for a party of 10.

Oct 14, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Where to for dinner next?

On the subject of pizza, I've found a few places here that make decent NY-style pies; in order of my preference:
- Brothers Pizza on Hwy 6 at I-10
- Rosa's Pizza on Mason Rd Katy area
- Romano's on W. Gray
- Luigi's on Almeda

Oct 14, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Keep your ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt but give me a taste of my youth....

I grew up in Philly ("wooder ice"), I always considered it a Philly thing like scrapple or soft pretzels, although there was plenty of "italian ice" in NYC when I lived there years ago, I assume it's still there. You can make your own in an ice cream maker, that's what I do here in Houston, instead of getting "shaved ice" or "snow cones".

Sep 18, 2013
absurdnerdbird in General Topics

Feast or Underbelly??

Not sure about their NO location. I heard a rumor that some of the Feast partners would be involved in a new venture, no details though. Have heard good things about Oxheart but have not been there yet.

Aug 19, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Feast or Underbelly??

Feast has closed. Went to Underbelly recently for lunch, food was quite good, nice room, good service.

Aug 19, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

How much do grammar, spelling and usage...

It's advice and reviews.

Jul 07, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Not About Food

Ethnic grocers in Houston

Lots of good suggestions already, Phoenicia is great for mediterranean and eastern european stuff. Many chinese and vietnamese markets on Bellaire Blvd. Hong Kong Market and mall is big and clean, also Welcome and Dynasty Mkts for chinese, My Hoa for vietnamese. Most of this is on the west side, not too close to Montrose. Behind Canino's on Airline there are vendors selling herbs, spices, chiles. Went to a Sprouts recently for the first time, nice produce at reasonable prices. Fiesta markets all over town have a good selection of produce and some locations have bakeries. Around Hillcroft there are lots of south asian stores.

Jun 20, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Houston

Reef in midtown, good seafood.

Jun 14, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

What TV/movie/book restaurant would you want to go to? What place would you avoid?

I ate at that diner in Hawthorne in the mid-70s, I think I read recently that it no longer exists.

Jun 04, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Not About Food

So what's the average Chowhound's age?? (Part 2)

57

Jun 03, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Not About Food

Burgers...have you tried it with panade (bread paste)...?

Not using a panade, but lately I've been making turkey burgers with crumbled feta and finely chopped spinach mixed into the turkey. Good flavor and not so dry. Top with cucumber/yogurt sauce.

May 03, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Home Cooking

super-coarse-ground sausage/hot links?

These guys make some really good sausage, I've had their hot links and fresh jalapeno sausages, I would say the best I've had here in Houston, not sure how they compare to what you're looking for:

http://bwmeatcompany.com/index.html

Apr 08, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

What is the most UNUSUAL method of cooking you have ever seen or heard of?

Whole potatoes "baked" in boiling resin (old Joy of cooking)

Feb 28, 2013
absurdnerdbird in General Topics
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One Night in Houston

Feast - 10 minute drive from downtown, quite good "nose-to-tail" dishes https://sites.google.com/site/feastho...

Reef - good seafood, modern trendy vibe; also about 10 mins from downtown http://www.reefhouston.com/

Brennan's - upscale old-school Gulf Coast cuisine; haven't been there in years, used to be very good; expensive
http://www.brennanshouston.com/

Hugo's - Upscale mex-mex, have not been there but it gets lots of good reviews. http://hugosrestaurant.net/

Also check out b4-u-eat.com, you can search by neighborhood for reviews

Feb 26, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Where can I buy Old Bay seafood seasoning

I get it at HEBs in Houston, it's not in the spice section but next to the seafood counter, might be worth a look there or ask the seafood guy.

Jan 10, 2013
absurdnerdbird in Austin

anybody been to the house of blues in houston?

It's pretty mediocre, think chain bar food. In the same complex are Mia Bella with decent Italian food for Houston, and right next door is a Moroccan/tapas place with pretty good food but service is spotty. You best bet might be Guadalajara Grill, same complex (Houston Pavilions) on the other side of the block, pretty good Tex-Mex and there is a bit of a bar scene there in the evenings.

Dec 26, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Unofficial Chowhounder survey: Who are you?

AGE
56

MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
About 5

CURRENT CITY
Houston
NYC
Melbourne, Australia
LA
Philly

PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
Software developer

CULTURAL BACKGROUND
Philly native, upstate PA Polish coal miners on my mother's side

CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
Cheap ethnic holes in the wall, doing all the cooking at home

Dec 21, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Site Talk

Cold Texas Sausage to Buy in Houston,TX

B & W Meat Company
4801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX

Killer jalapeno sausage!

http://bwmeatcompany.com/

Nov 13, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Festivals in Houston

Slavic festival coming up...
http://houstonslavicheritagefestival....

Greek festival Oct 4-7
http://www.greekfestival.org/

Autumn Art and Wine Festival Oct 13-14
Old Town Spring
123-F Midway Spring TX 77373
Spring, TX 77373

Italian festival Oct 11-14
University of St. Thomas, Houston
3800 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Sep 19, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Hummingbird nectar-sugar&water or store bought?

4:1 water:sugar, no coloring, the hummers seem to like it fine.

Jun 21, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Not About Food

Turkey Burger seasonings and moisteners

Recently made turkey burgers with chopped fresh spinach, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes mixed into the patties. Yum. Good with a yogurt sauce.

May 21, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Home Cooking

Where can I buy Branzino in Houston?

I've seen Branzino at Phoenicia market, on Westheimer between Kirkwood and Dairy Ashford.

May 17, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Houston

Family held "hostage" over refusal to pay mandatory 17 percent tip!

I live about 15 minutes from that place. Have not been there yet, and after seeing that story, never will. I'll let you know when I see that they have gone out of business.

May 04, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Food Media & News

Just curious -- am I the only one who generally skips over the threads with a bazillion replies?

I'll reply since there are no replies yet... Yeah, I tend to avoid those massive threads, it's too much work to sift through hundreds of posts.

Apr 11, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Site Talk

Natto available in Houston area stores? Please help if you know...

Not very close to Galveston, but you might try Nippan Daido, it's a Japanese market near Wilcrest and Westheimer, out on the west side:
11146 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 785-0815

Mar 28, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Houston

What's "wit" the "wiz" -- Cheeseteaks for a prodigal Philadelphian

From west Philly and Delco, left town 1984, the standard cheese back then was white american; provolone you had to ask for. Don't understand the wiz mania.

Mar 16, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Philadelphia

one day in la area

Although not a local, I spent several days in Redondo Beach recently. Two places that we enjoyed: The Standing Room is a counter in the back of a liquor store, so takeout only, but we had excellent burgers, the non-burger items looked interesting and inexpensive. Thai Dishes on PCH, really good pad kee mow and papaya salad, probably the best I've had outside of Bangkok. Not much ambience at either place, though, more hole-in-the-wall.

Mar 12, 2012
absurdnerdbird in Los Angeles Area