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

My favorite places near Kirby and Richmond are Kata Robata and The Queen Vic. Pondicheri is great for breakfast and lunch. Local Foods Kirby is also good--they do lunch and dinner.

Jul 24, 2015
mjust in Houston
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Hey Houston! BruceSW wants to know where to get a great sandwich!

I love the chicken salad with pesto sandwich at Barnaby's, and I'm a fan of their clubhouse sandwich as well.

Jun 25, 2015
mjust in Houston

Hey Houston! BruceSW wants to know where to get a great sandwich!

Agree that the shrimp and crab sandwich is great. The egg salad sandwich is absolutely terrific. I also love the falafel sandwich. These are the three best that I've had there. The crunchy chicken sandwich is very good (I don't think they can make something bad--other than their soup which seems to be uniformly terrible) but a little pedestrian. The short rib and smoked salmon sandwiches are delicious but don't reach the same level as the first three.

Jun 25, 2015
mjust in Houston

DOTM June, 2015 - Crawfish Etouffe

And FWIW, I have had the crawfish etouffee at the Cloisters location and I suspect that there are better versions out there. I've had it once or twice and thought it was fine for a workday lunch, but it didn't seem to have a particularly developed roux. I'm no etouffee expert, though.

Jun 25, 2015
mjust in Houston

DOTM June, 2015 - Crawfish Etouffe

The Cloisters location or the location on Market Square are your best bets for proximity to parking.

Jun 25, 2015
mjust in Houston

I Refuse to Eat Crawfish in a Restaurant

Yes, it is definitely a hike for anyone on the west side! Even from the inner loop it's a good 30 minutes.

And thanks! Yes, our first--and we are definitely in the "please let today be the day" phase.

Apr 30, 2015
mjust in Houston

I Refuse to Eat Crawfish in a Restaurant

Love this whole write up! I admit that I am not much of a crawfish expert (having grown up in the northeast), but our group of friends is very serious about food in general and crawfish in particular and the go-to crawfish place for them as of late is the Crawfish Shack in Crosby. I haven't made it out there with them yet (I am in the very late throes of pregnancy), but it comes highly recommended by several people who I trust implicitly when it comes to good eats.

Apr 29, 2015
mjust in Houston

Steak near Houston airport

Agreed, 45 near the Woodlands has been closed periodically on weekends for construction. Regardless, it could actually be faster for you to come in to downtown via 59. It will depend on the day and time.

Apr 24, 2015
mjust in Houston

Steak near Houston airport

I agree that your overall best pick is probably Vic & Anthony's downtown. In the Woodlands, Perry's would be your best bet, I think. And if you're going to be at Hobby, the other place to consider would be Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these, but the cab fare to any of them will be pretty pricey.

Apr 24, 2015
mjust in Houston

Coming for work, dinner recommendations

I love the pulled duck meat with ginger dipping sauce at Huynh--think it's #8 on the menu. The banh cuon also gets raves.

Not sure how far you want to cab, but Indika is awesome. It is slightly fancy but not a flash in the pan. Its more casual sister restaurant Pondicheri is also great but would be a farther trip.

Re: Jackson BBQ, since it just opened I haven't heard any reports yet and have not been myself.

Apr 13, 2015
mjust in Houston

Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

Thanks! I poked around in my settings when it first happened and couldn't find anything, so thought it was a universal change--but I just looked around again and I think I fixed it!

Apr 10, 2015
mjust in Houston

Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

I don't think I've had this issue, but Chowhound no longer shows me which threads I have read, so I have to remember which ones I have read and how recently or go back through each one to see if I have missed anything, so I'm sure that I've missed some recent posts. Not sure if I am the only one having this issue or not.

Apr 10, 2015
mjust in Houston

Good lunch place near downtown Houston (Hyatt)

Yes, could you tell us how many people you will have with you? And in terms of "nice," does that mean upscale and if so, how upscale?

Artista could be a good option, although sometimes I find their service to be slow (not sure how much time you will have for lunch). You could try Irma's or El Big Bad if you're not looking for an overly fancy place. I've seen several write-ups saying that lunch at newly-opened Prohibition is supposed to be good.

Apr 01, 2015
mjust in Houston

Steakhouse Houston Downtown

I would pick Vic & Anthony's hands down--excellent food and atmosphere. I think many people would recommend it over the other two options.

Mar 31, 2015
mjust in Houston

Girly restaurant for Sunday brunch

You mentioned most of the places that I would have suggested. Many people like Ouisie's for events like this, although I personally think the food is so-so.

Mar 09, 2015
mjust in Houston

A Chowhound's Visit to Houston

My favorite in the Rice area is Local Foods. I have also heard very good things about Istanbul Grill, but have not been yet. If you like dim sum I have also heard good things about Yum Yum Cha.

Other slightly further afield options--Danton's (old-school gulf coast seafood), Spanish Village (Alison Cook's favorite Tex-Mex place), and this may be too far (on Bellaire outside 610)--Costa Brava Bistro.

Best wishes to you.

Mar 03, 2015
mjust in Houston

Sushi recommendations please.. houston.

Kata Robata is my favorite, Azuma on Kirby is also very good. (They are owned by the same group.) Everywhere else that I have been has been noticeably not as good as these two (including Azuma downtown).

I have not been to the much-lauded Sushi Jin though. :)

Feb 20, 2015
mjust in Houston

Sushi Jin

Sounds fabulous. Fortunately/unfortunately for me, I am currently quite pregnant so sushi is out for now. :)

We also recently moved to Humble so I'm thinking a post-baby trek to the Energy Corridor won't be in the cards for a while. I've poked around a bit online to see if there are any good sushi options in Humble or the surrounding area, but it seems like pickings are slim. If anyone has any Humble-area sushi recs, would love to hear them!

Feb 02, 2015
mjust in Houston

Hearsay Gastro Lounge--anyone been?

Personally, the food I have had there is so-so--not bad, but not destination worthy. To be fair, I haven't been in over a year even though I work close by because I was so underwhelmed in the past. The space itself is nice, lots of exposed brick. When it's busy, it gets a little noisy and crowded because it's quite narrow.

On the valet, I think it is just like many Houston restaurants--operated by a separate company but directly in front of the restaurant. There is street parking around Market Square, though.

Jan 27, 2015
mjust in Houston

Houston - one night

I just heard yesterday that Osteria Mazzantini is officially closed.

Jan 22, 2015
mjust in Houston

MF Sushi Pop-Up Dinner - Worth it?

I heard that MF was truly fantastic and there were a lot of bummed people when it closed. The pop-up at Kaneyama has already earned some raves--I think Alison Cook (the Houston Chron restaurant reviewer) went last week (noticed a couple of comments on her Twitter feed which you could check out). It sounds definitely worth it.

Jan 12, 2015
mjust in Houston

Houston - one night

Another new-ish place that I've been hearing some good things about is Holley's.

Jan 08, 2015
mjust in Houston

Houston - one night

To clarify, Costa Brava didn't open recently, I just really like it. :)

Jan 08, 2015
mjust in Houston

Houston Day Trip

I've heard good things about the pozole at El Big Bad downtown.

Jan 06, 2015
mjust in Houston

Houston - one night

Dak & Bop (a Korean fried chicken joint) opened in November and I have been hearing good things. It was just covered on the Houston Press's restaurant blog yesterday.

Not too far from the Galleria area, in Bellaire, is Costa Brava Bistro. Love it, but it may break your price points.

Jan 06, 2015
mjust in Houston

Solo dining in downtown Houston vicinity that won't break the bank?

You could easily Uber to Huynh--great Vietnamese. Love the pulled duck salad with ginger dipping sauce. It's BYOB.

The Honeymoon is downtown and could be good for Saturday breakfast, although I don't think they open until 10 (not sure how early you are flying out).

Main Kitchen at the JW Marriott recently opened--great chef and may be worth checking out.

El Big Bad or Pappasito's are probably your best bets for Mex/Tex-Mex downtown--or Irma's, but I think they only do weekday lunch. Hubcap Grill for burgers--but again, they only do weekday and maybe Saturday lunch.

Bombay Pizza is good and modestly priced.

Nov 10, 2014
mjust in Houston

Finally made it to Killen's BBQ in Pearland

I found Killen's brisket to be a bit ho-hum--definitely not my favorite of the items they sell. In fact, I liked everything else that I tried more than the brisket. I am not a native Texan, though, so I don't think I have the same appreciation for brisket as some do. :) The beef rib, IMO, was outstanding. Turkey, pork rib, and sausage were also very good. Did not try any of the sauces, but was favorably impressed by the sides I tried-- beans and mac & cheese (I realize that most don't care about those so much, but if you're going to serve them at all I prefer they be good).

Can't compare it to Gatlin's since I have never been--have heard lots about the very long wait times and so haven't fit it in yet.

Oct 15, 2014
mjust in Houston

Need Recommendations for a surprise party

Two places that come to mind are the Queen Vic and Benjy's on Washington. Not sure how casual you are looking for.

Sep 13, 2014
mjust in Houston

Food Suggestions for Houston Weekend

I like Reef, although some people believe it to be overrated (it probably is, but I still think it's enjoyable). Danton's is another option for more traditional Gulf Coast seafood.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Ouisie's--the food has never impressed me--but we rarely eat breakfast out so I don't have any great recommendations on that front. Pondicheri could be a good option, but it's much more casual (counter service). Delicious though! For the late lunch, I would suggest Local Foods--excellent, and you shouldn't have trouble grabbing a table going at an off-peak time.

Sunday brunch--Brennan's is lovely. We also love Rainbow Lodge. The brunch at Hugo's also gets raves, though I've never been. Danton's (mentioned above) is great. Indika (upscale sister to Pondicheri) is delicious. I think you will need reservations for most of these (though we've walked in without a reservation at Brennan's and had brunch in the bar with no wait). I've never been to Etoile, but I've heard good things about it and would probably choose it over Liberty Kitchen (like it and go somewhat regularly but wouldn't really consider it destination dining--also, branching out beyond the oysters and burgers leads to mixed results--so go for it if you want oysters and burgers).

I'm sure others will have some good comments/suggestions.

Aug 26, 2014
mjust in Houston

Chinatown-Little Saigon: Best bo nuong

I have heard good things about Saigon Pagolac (but haven't been there myself so can't vouch personally).

Aug 12, 2014
mjust in Houston