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Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

Bueno, gracias. Actually limbs, new hip in spring, knee in fall. Back at work and I can do an hour in the car before I stiffen up. I'm working the next few weekends except Big Game Sunday. We'll figure out a meat up.

about 20 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston
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Authentic Cuban in Houston

I ran across this in the Press but probably not authentic enough for the long gone OPer.

http://www.houstonpress.com/2014-07-2...

about 20 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston

Dog Differences

I saw the Texas Hots when I spent a lot of time around Rochester back in the 80's. I live in Texas and have never heard of them.

about 20 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

pre 90's before automation

I do eat two for 99 cents every 4 or 5 months ago, It's not like they are a major food group. Hey you're right about the doctor visits, but not to the GI, I got a new hip and knee in 2014 thanks to playing sports hard in the 70's and 80's, I was an animal. Wouldn't change a thing.

pre 90's before automation

Yes, they were great in 70's and still going strong today.

pre 90's before automation

The Jack In The Box tacos haven't changed since the dinosaurs.

pre 90's before automation

That was really true in the 60's and 70's, Ford Pinto, Chevy Vega.

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Actually since our birthdays are one day apart we celebrate on a day convenient to both of us since I work a lot of weekends. I don't know where this driver's license b/s came from. We make a little roadie out of it and take a drive out to the country, ten minute wait max, an hour or so away and have a nice meal. Anniversary, again we go out on a convenient night, but gifts are exchanged on the real date, if that makes your approval sunshine 842. No kids, sorry, I apologize.

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

I don't eat out on the adjoining days per my original post. I guess I should have said we do it a week or more on either side, me working many weekends. I'd hate to make the days pre and post crappy, sorry.

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

I frequently celebrate Thanksgiving one week away from the Saturday after. I work retail and all the Black Friday b/s ruins Thanksgiving, hence a later date. I got lucky this year, rehabbed a knee replacement so I got to enjoy a normal Christmas and Thanksgiving for the first time in seventeen years.

Oyster knife and glove issue

I give up, that is too funny.

Jan 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Cookware

New Orleans bachelor party

If the oysters were good a month ago, they'll be even better now.

Jan 22, 2015
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Oyster knife and glove issue

My system, a dexter knife, kitchen towel on bottom, garden glove on oyster holding hand, shuck and repeat.

Jan 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Cookware

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

I was just looking at my local free Press and saw the scores of places offering special Valentine menus. They look limited and overpriced. The wifeacita and I will go out for Valentine's, just not on February 14 or a day or two on either side. Why that day?

Texas Itinerary Help

While El Tiempo is pricey the wifeacita and I fill up on an appetizer and an entrée split between us. We always start with lump crab nachos, the excellent refried beans on the side. I've given up on Ninfa's Navigation, the original dishes are all changed and the Ninfaritas sweet and lacking the original punch. I've been meaning to try El Real and the kolache place on Telephone Rd. I was so exited when the Kolache Factory opened close to my work place, but after two visits I never went back. I'm firmly convinced you need to go 90 miles SW or West of Houston to get a good kolache, I trust you on the Telephone place. The Austin and DFW folks generally stick to their own boards, although Mr. Miller did ring in. If you have any wine questions, Mike C. Miller is the guy, particularly French Burgundy.

Jan 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

The original Los Barrios has puffy tacos, skip the chicken and go for the beef. Also get some beef and cheese enchiladas, quintessential Tex-Mex.

http://losbarrios1.com/location

Jan 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas
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Vanished Restaurant you miss most

The slanted floor, that was at the original before they built a fancier one. There was a guy who sat at the bar and used to really belt out the last verse of "I Left
My Heart In San Francisco" when anyone played it. Welcome to Chowhound, keep the posts coming.

Jan 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Texas Itinerary Help

Just across the street from El Bolillo is Triple A which has the best chicken fried steak I've had in Houston, other than my own. No trip to Texas is complete without a real chicken fried steak.

http://triplearestaurant.com/

A bonus is a good selection of fresh veggies from the farmer's outlet across the parking lot.

Jan 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

Yes my friend Jaymes, Goode Company is vile.

Jan 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas
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Texas Itinerary Help

Just up the road from Flying Saucer is THE BBQ Inn. Forget the BBQ moniker, it's all about the frying. The only time I've had anything related to BBQ were the ribs while I was passing the 30 minute wait for the wonderful fried chicken. The fried shrimp and oysters are as good as anything on the planet, perhaps the solar system. The great thing about them is that you can add any amount of shrimp or oysters to any entrée. No website, just a good old fashioned restaurant.

Jan 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas
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Texas Itinerary Help

Yep, grab a tray, turn right and grab anything that looks good, it all is. We were there two weeks ago and the wifeacita grabbed some conchitas and me a hunk of chocolate cake. I'm not sure why we left sin tres leches.

Jan 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas
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Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

Great post Doobs como siempre, Pappa Charlie's is particularly interesting but the website I perused does not list hours. Are they always at the icehouse? I can call them and check. By the way, there's a thread on the Texas board that could use your input.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1002244

Jan 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Texas Itinerary Help

There's also City Market in Luling, just a driver and a four iron from Lockhart.

Jan 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas
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Heinous KFC commercial

When I was a kid back in the 60's the Colonel had some darn fine tater tots and of course the buckets. It was something new and special but of course my Grandmother's chicken blew it away.

Location, location

Bada Bing I live in Houston and for me BBQ/grilling season starts in November and ends in May. I chortle, chuckle, and downright guffaw at the TV commercials exclaiming Memorial Day being the start of BBQ season. Nothing like sweating and swatting flies in 95 degree heat over a three hour slab of spareribs, plus keeping aforementioned flies out of my swanky pad.

Jan 18, 2015
James Cristinian in Site Talk

Heinous KFC commercial

I know I may get policed for this, but I could eat a mound of KFC skin and crust Original.

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Tilapia as a relatively sustainable choice? There will be two things left after WW III, roaches and tilapia.

Jan 18, 2015
James Cristinian in Features

Texas Itinerary Help

Houston Tex-Mex I prefer El Tiempo over Ninfa's. I like lump crab nachos and prime fajitas. Big prices and portions, but Ninfa's is also pricey. Get a skinny margarita.

I really like El Jardin deep in the East End Barrio. Order queso parilla, carnitas, and anything grilled. Skip the margaritas. Go at lunch at "shift change" around 1 when a very white lunch crowd is replaced by Hispanic locals. If want a treat go on a Friday or Saturday night and rub elbows with Hispanic families and loud mariachis. If you're a gringo like me you'll most likely be the only white face in the crowd, but fear not.

http://www.eljardinhouston.com/home.html

http://www.eltiempocantina.com/

I prefer the Washington Avenue location but have never been to the new Navigation one next to the so called original Ninfa's.

Jan 17, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas
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Texas Itinerary Help

While Gatlin's is very good I can't get past the tortoise like service. It took twenty minutes for them to serve two meals to me and another guy, me a two meat plate with no sides. Four people were working, the brisket and ribs were first class. I prefer Galvan's Sausage House in Richmond, a bit of a drive for me but delicious fatty, smoky brisket and beef sausage, ribs are hit or miss. A true dive and the two people behind the counter whip through the orders at this busy little place, no website.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/galvans-bar-b...

Jan 17, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas

What makes a Diner special?

Send your kid to Rice in Houston if you can afford it.