m

mjust's Profile

Title Last Reply

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

Celebratory Dinner on a Budget (and picky eaters)

Hm ... Danton's, maybe? It's not overly fancy, but the food is good (lots of shellfish there in addition to fish, though--not sure how severe her allergy is). Churrascos might be a good fit given her preferences, but might be a little outside the price range you're looking for.

Aug 06, 2014
mjust in Houston

Chow blog

Tried Killen's today. Beef rib was indeed outstanding, but I thought the piece of brisket I had was just okay (but others I was with really loved it, so maybe I had a dud piece). Turkey and pork ribs were both very good, sausage was also quite good. Beans were great and the mac & cheese was delicious. The best barbecue I have had in Houston for sure (but I have not been everywhere).

Aug 02, 2014
mjust in Houston

Galleria-- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, no car: don't make me eat hotel food!

The Galleria is not my area of expertise, but a few places around there have been getting some press recently. Caracol is one of them (although I think someone on this board had a not-great experience there, others have liked it). Songkran Thai Kitchen opened recently in Uptown Park. Cafe Pita is not far from the Galleria (Bosnian food). Hopefully people with more experience in the area can chime in!

Jul 31, 2014
mjust in Houston

Baby friendly...

Local Foods could be a good option, too.

Jul 05, 2014
mjust in Houston

Chez Nous - Humble

I know that back in 2012, Alison Cook was asked why she didn't include it on her top 100 list and she said she used to like it, but had a bad experience the last time she went. I haven't heard anything about it recently.

Jun 08, 2014
mjust in Houston
1

Carrabba's Kirby/Voss Favorite Dishes

Understood! My husband used to be quite anti-goat cheese, but has started to come around. :) The shrimp with the calamari are definitely good, although there is much more calamari than shrimp in the order. It's a large order--we always eat all of the shrimp, but never all the calamari (not a comment on the calamari, we just really like shrimp).

Jun 03, 2014
mjust in Houston

Carrabba's Kirby/Voss Favorite Dishes

We really enjoy the off-the-menu shrimp appetizer--it's a twist on the Shrimp Rafaelo and includes asparagus and lump crab. Very tasty! I can't remember the name, but it was suggested to us once when we were ordering the other. I also love the pepperoncini sauce that comes with the calamari--I'm pretty sure it's just butter with a bit of lemon and pepperoncinis, but it's delicious. Other favorites include the Shrimp Damian (with the lovely fettucini alfredo--bonus if they are making the housemade spinach noodles that night) and the chicken with goat cheese and basil butter. I also loved the veal chop the one time that I had it, but it's spendy. For dessert, we usually get the Sogno, but we also love the after-dinner coffee drinks (if we get one, we split it, because they are strong!).

Jun 02, 2014
mjust in Houston
1

Celebration dinner

I meant to mention Caracol is also from Hugo Ortega, the chef at Hugo's.

May 17, 2014
mjust in Houston

Celebration dinner

If you like sushi, Kata Robata is great. For Indian, Indika is a good celebratory place. Caracol has also been earning rave reviews and could be a great option.

May 16, 2014
mjust in Houston

Pasadena, Houston Heights Italian

Da Marco and Vinoteca Poscol are both very good (Da Marco is super pricey, while Poscol can be more affordable, though not inexpensive). I haven't been to Dolce Vita, but based on my experiences at the other two, I would expect it to be very good as well. Another enjoyable place is Giacomo's Cibo e Vino.

Apr 25, 2014
mjust in Houston

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
1

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
1

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