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Dallas Hound needs some recs

I like Huynh for Vietnamese, especially the pulled duck with ginger dipping sauce. Sorry, don't have any helpful recs for Chinese or Persian, though I have heard that Kasra is good. For Indian, has someone mentioned Maharaja Bhog already? I agree with the Indika/Pondicheri recs.

Mar 15, 2014
mjust in Houston

Recs for a few days?

Indika and Pondicheri are run by the same person. Both are great. Pondicheri is a more casual setting and food, whereas Indika is fancier. You really can't go wrong with either, so it just depends on what you are looking for. One other consideration is that I'm not sure Pondicheri takes reservations.

Mar 08, 2014
mjust in Houston

Anniversary dinner

Indika is a great option. You might also consider Hugo's. Both are excellent.

Mar 04, 2014
mjust in Houston

High end dinner for 1 near downtown

I don't think you can go wrong with either, though if it were me, I would probably go a la carte. The last time we were there, they also had the option for your server to design a tasting for you, which is sort of a middle ground--essentially, you tell them what you like/dislike, if there's anything in particular that you definitely want to try, and then they keep selecting/bringing out dishes until you don't want any more. It worked really well for us--we got to try a great variety, and you avoid the dragging on too long problem.

Jan 18, 2014
mjust in Houston

High end dinner for 1 near downtown

Uchi is great and would definitely meet your criteria--highly recommend it. Oxheart has counter seats, but you probably will not be able to get a reservation there (counter seats are also reserved) on short notice unless someone has cancelled at the last minute. Fair warning, for us the tasting menu (7 courses) was an almost 4 hour affair. But they have shorter 4 course menus, as well. The Pass would meet your criteria for elaborate/unique, I think, but I don't know how solo-friendly the dining room is (haven't been myself) or whether you could get a reservation. All are within 3 miles of the hotel.

Jan 18, 2014
mjust in Houston
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Houston Day Trip

Also close to 610 and 290 are Vieng Thai and Thai Lanna. I know people have discussed both on the board before, so you should be able to find some info if you search for those names. Many people think Vieng Thai is one of the best in Houston (though it's not my favorite). FYI, it's divey.

Jan 08, 2014
mjust in Houston

Rehearsal Dinner in The Woodlands

I have very little experience with The Woodlands so don't have too many recommendations, but I did recently meet friends for dinner at Jasper's. I didn't love my entree, but thought that the prime rib entree I tasted was excellent. I'm pretty sure they have some private dining options, and the setting was very nice.

I'm guessing also that Hubbell & Hudson probably does private events, and I hear lots of great things about them.

Jan 01, 2014
mjust in Houston

Spending Christmas at MD Anderson Cancer Ctr. Need recs.

It's not my area of town either, but that's not too far from Rice Village. Lots of options there, my favorite is Local Foods. A little farther up the road is Amazon Grill--it's the fast casual sister restaurant to Churrascos/Americas--we don't have kids, but there are always a bunch of families when we go. Best wishes to your family.

Dec 19, 2013
mjust in Houston

Thanksgiving

Thanks for the report!

Dec 02, 2013
mjust in Houston
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Thanksgiving

I almost suggested Mockingbird, but I am not nearly as familiar with it as Brennan's. But I think it would be a good choice if you liked Philippe.

Nov 27, 2013
mjust in Houston

Thanksgiving

Brennan's is serving on Thanksgiving, and is always a great choice (although I have not been there on Thanksgiving).

Nov 26, 2013
mjust in Houston

Pearland

Thanh Phuong gets some rave reviews ... I recall a mention of venison carpaccio.

Nov 23, 2013
mjust in Houston

Not only my first time in Houston, but my first time in Texas

Another vote for Brennan's!

Nov 18, 2013
mjust in Houston

Not only my first time in Houston, but my first time in Texas

El Real gets mixed reviews, but I like it for queso, traditional cheese enchiladas, and puffy tacos. Probably the closest Tex-Mex place to you downtown is Irma's--check hours, though, because they only recently started dinner service on certain days. I haven't been to the other spots you mentioned, but I'm sure someone else has.

Nov 17, 2013
mjust in Houston

Not only my first time in Houston, but my first time in Texas

Danton's would be a good choice for gulf seafood. Gatlin's has a good reputation for barbecue, but I have heard the wait can be extremely long, so it may not be easy to check out. I'm a fan of the platinum margaritas and crab quesadilla at El Tiempo. For more traditional Mexican food, Hugo's is great. Are you going to be in a particular part of the city?

Nov 17, 2013
mjust in Houston

Houston over/under

"I never heard anyone brag about Houston barbecue anyway, so I don't see how it could be 'overrated' but whatever." This was my first thought.

I agree with Lambowner that the tikka masala at the Red Lion is good. Also huge, and can easily make 2-3 meals. The chicken tikka quesadilla is also tasty. Oh, and I am a fan of the fish and chips, as well. Very traditional. They also have some sort of g&t with lavender that I enjoy.

My impression is that people have very mixed opinions about the Queen Vic. They made Alison Cook's top 100 last year, but fell completely off the list this year. But we love it and go somewhat frequently. My favorite things are the peanut chicken tikka, the rarebit and the vada pav sliders (on the happy hour menu only but available anywhere in the restaurant, not just at the bar), pork vindaloo (not on the regular menu but frequently on special), shepherd's pie, beef wellington, and goan fisherman's curry. Good rotating beer list and interesting cocktails.

Those are really the only two pubs that I am at all familiar with, other than Downing Street. And the food is not the attraction there (but the scotch list is great!).

I like TJ's but find it kind of overwhelming unless I have specific things I am looking to buy.

Nov 14, 2013
mjust in Houston

Dinner recommendations for Sugar Land?

I don't know the area well at all. Maybe Aura Brasserie? I've never been, though, so maybe someone else can weigh in on that ... I seem to remember hearing it was better before it moved to its new location. I think that there is a Churrascos (South American) and an Azuma (sushi) out that way, too. I've never been to those locations, but have been to others closer in and like both.

Nov 09, 2013
mjust in Houston

Galleria Area..any great places for business dinner?

RDG Bar Annie has a good bar scene-- a bit too scene-y for me, but it has been getting a lot of buzz lately as brucesw mentioned because Chris Frankel was recently named the new bar director. It's a common business dinner place and I think would probably match what you are looking for.

Del Frisco's has great steaks, and also a definite bar scene.

You could also consider Masraff's or Philippe, although the namesake chef recently left Philippe, and I haven't heard anything about how they're doing with that transition.

Nov 06, 2013
mjust in Houston

sources for free-range, hormone/antibiotic-free, humanely and locally raised beef, pork, poultry, eggs and dairy (cheese, butter, buttermilk)?

I've heard that you can order beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and milk (I think) from Yonder Way Farms, and I think they have various drop off spots in the Houston area, including some down your way. If I recall correctly, it's all free range, hormone free, etc.

Oct 27, 2013
mjust in Houston

Need a recommendation of a place to have a nice dinner + celebrate anniversary

There are some recent suggestions in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918578

What type of food/atmosphere are you looking for? Where have you gone in the past?

Oct 11, 2013
mjust in Houston

Anniversary dinner in Houston

We had great service at Uchi when we celebrated last year's anniversary, and the food was excellent. Definitely worth it. We celebrated my birthday at Oxheart in June--also great service, but I have realized I find tasting menus a little exhausting. We arrived at 6:50 and didn't leave until 10:30, and while the food was incredibly interesting, I was dragging by the time it was over. This year, we went more mellow for our anniversary and went to the Queen Vic, which is one of our faves--great cocktails and craft beer, food that I love (particularly the fisherman's curry), nice but casual atmosphere. I also personally like America's for a celebratory meal, although I know people have mixed thoughts about the quality there. Oh, and bornie mentioned Vic & Anthony's--we celebrated an anniversary there a few years ago and it was very nice, really excellent service and delicious steaks. Very classic.

Oct 01, 2013
mjust in Houston

Anniversary dinner in Houston

Well, these are not particularly hidden, but two places that come to mind are Rainbow Lodge and Da Marco. I'm a big fan of both for celebrations (although my meal at Da Marco was one of the most expensive I have ever had). Another place that I've heard a lot of talk about recently is the Restaurant Cinq at La Colombe D'Or. Is there a particular type of food/atmosphere that you are looking for?

Sep 30, 2013
mjust in Houston

Just Found out Feast Closed

Although to be clear, I think they are both worth checking out.

Sep 08, 2013
mjust in Houston

Just Found out Feast Closed

I agree. I personally prefer Uchi over Oxheart.

Sep 08, 2013
mjust in Houston

Lunch near medical center

If you want to venture up Kirby, Pondicheri is also a good lunch option.

Aug 15, 2013
mjust in Houston

Lunch near medical center

Azuma is pretty good. Not as good as KR, but owned by the same group, so still high quality. Mi Luna is okay, not great. Several people have recommended Bombay Brasserie to me, but I haven't been yet. I've been to Shiva, and I would say it is similar to Mi Luna in that it is okay, but not great. Two places that have been on my list to try in that area are Istanbul Grill and Pasha.

Also, slightly further afield, I really like Turquoise Grill and Thai Bistro on the 59 feeder.

Aug 15, 2013
mjust in Houston

Feast?????

Feast closed in June-- here is Alison Cook's original piece from when it was announced, and a post about the last night from the Houston Press:

http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Why-Feast-is-closing-and-what-s-next-4087920.php

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/...

Aug 03, 2013
mjust in Houston

Thoughts on Batanga?

I've been to Poscol, but not Batanga. Poscol is excellent, and would be my pick. My impression is that Batanga is good, but from what I hear, may be a little more uneven. I don't think you would really be going wrong with either, though.

Jul 14, 2013
mjust in Houston

your favorite Houston food spot....

The places we would truly miss if we went elsewhere: El Tiempo (the Washington location) and the Queen Vic. The other two that I would have added to the list were Feast and Jeannine's Bistro, but they both closed this year, sadly.

And this thread reminds me that I have been meaning to get to Danton's forever!

Jul 05, 2013
mjust in Houston

Going back to Houston -- advise requested

My top picks on the list would be Vinoteca Poscol, Kata Robata, Provisions, Uchi, Hugo's, and Brennan's. I personally do not love Benjy's--have been there several times and it is fine, but not destination-worthy, in my opinion, although maybe someone else has had a better experience than I have.

Jun 26, 2013
mjust in Houston