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We Do Not Like and Do Not Get Niko Niko's

The wifeacita and I that is. After seeing it on Guy Fieri's DDD again and seeing all those people standing in line brought back bad memories, and I don't even think Guy liked it. I wasn't going to say anything because it was a freebie from the owner but after seeing Guy again and again I couldn't hold my tongue. We got the "delicious" pita nachos, terrible. The fried seafood platter had below average fish, shrimp, the best thing on the menu, pretty good, and the second worse fried oysters I've been served in a restaurant, huge chunks of batter surrounding a tiny, innocent over fried oyster. The Greek potatoes were blobs of lemony veggie, and the Greek salad was swimming in dressing with a poor piece of feta. Being so disappointed the wifeacita bought a gyro since we saw so many coming out. Two words, not good. The saving grace was half bottles of retsina that we paid for at reasonable prices. I didn't want to slam this place due to the generosity of the owner, but then I realized maybe 25 people would read this and not hurt the business at all.

about 7 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston

Staying 10/30 - 11/2

"I pretty much never dress up." I felt a shudder from hazelhurst at my place 350 miles west of New Orleans via I-10.

Sep 17, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Math Teachers need Bar in Houston!

The Four Seasons has several options.

http://www.fourseasons.com/houston/di...

Sep 13, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

Is vegetarian-friendly barbecue an oxymoron?

I went to Rudy's recently for the first time and found it to be better than average. They have lots of sides but I don't eat sides at BBQ places, for me it's all about the MEAT.

http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/menu?cha...

Sep 13, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

6.97 whole Red Snapper at HEB

They always have such beautiful snapper but at 9.99 it's too high. I used to get the same fish for 4.99 at the erstwhile Fiesta that 99 Ranch now occupies, so 6.97 is a happy compromise. Preparation will be simply fried a la my Granny, scaled skin on 80/20ish cornmeal flour salt and pepper, a little Cajun seasoning dipped in egg and a little milk and dredge through the cornmeal and quickly fried, delicious.

Sep 11, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston
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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

We live in an apartment overlooking the pool and refer to the visitors as animals in our own personal zoo there for our entertainment. Today a small party had hotdogs, and the animals, er people had hot dogs in a tray of heated water, with a choice of one condiment, ketchup. Yikes! Part time voyeur signing out.

Sep 07, 2014
James Cristinian in Features

Dove [moved from Austin board]

We used to hunt doves mere yards outside the city limits of Houston in a ditch off the Southwest Freeway. They were fine. We also picked them off on the gravel lot of the Loew's drive-in theater where I worked in junior high. We used pellet guns and gave them to the neighbor who ate everything, including robins. There was also a covey of quail there which was tough to sneak up on, we only got a few but kept them and chicken fried 'em.

Sep 07, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

Ok, I give up, fried oysters

I know this is an old post but I wonder if the OP wasn't using the vile pasteurized oyster. I bought them twice unknowing until I read the fine print. No breading at all would stick to them. How can anyone do this to the noble oyster?

Sep 06, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

Spitiko Olive Oil available at Phoenicia again.

She cashed in her chow chips for law school and I don't think you violated any of the new posting rules.

Sep 05, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

Best BBQ in NYC

Pulled pork counts as BBQ in the Southeast, but not in Texas.

Sep 04, 2014
James Cristinian in Manhattan

closed down restaurant

I must confess I haven't driven that stretch of I-10 in quite awhile as I-10 bores me. I escape the thundering herd and get of on US90 in Columbus. It takes longer but that is built into my travel plans, plus I enjoy the towns and a major plus is it follows the Sunset Route and I love trains!

Sep 03, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

Irrationally far-in-advance bookings: an increasingly general trend

I routinely book fishing trips 6-8 months in advance around the moon phases, so I know on 4/21/2015 I'm going fishing or to the French Laundry or whatever. Works for me.

Muscles!!

De nada.

Muscles!!

Hal2010 was thanking me for the correct spellings of centre and behaviour, a little Canadian/US back and forth fun, no problem, eh.

Favorite meats at classic BBQ places?

I've never had bad BBQ City Market and the ribs are the best I've ever had. I'm sure I'll get some back up on this.

Aug 31, 2014
James Cristinian in Austin
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This board is awfully quiet

Houston is a bit quieter. Austin is robust. Atlanta is comatose and recently went three weeks without a post. I miss the days when Houston and Dallas were on the Texas board. So many people have lived in both cities and travel back and forth on business made for a nice interchange of information.

Help with kid-friendly dining for the weekend!

Please reply back cityg on your requests on Galveston, San Antonio, Dallas, and New Orleans but I'm not holding my breath. After reading ten or so queries for info from coast to coast to coast I've never seen any feedback other than "thanks, what else." Correct me if I'm wrong but a little feedback is appreciated and polite. Dozens have provided suggestions, take a little time to lets us know where you went and what you ate, please.

Aug 30, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas
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closed down restaurant

That's what I think as well, and the hill too, whatever a hill is. I live in Houston and the closest thing we have to a hill is Mount Houston Road. Still looking for that mountain.

Aug 30, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

I have an okra question too -

I'm lucky I can get fresh okra most of the year although in cooler months it comes from Mexico, still delicious.

Aug 30, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Lot's of hate for Chik-fil-a but they're number one at my local mall, McDonald's number two.

Aug 28, 2014
James Cristinian in Chains

San Antonio Culinaria Restaurant Week

Doc, if you weren't around it could be months.

Aug 28, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

Gulf area Oysters compared to Northern varieties (General Comp)

I'm splitting hairs but you referenced Gulf Coast Louisiana to Florida.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Gulf area Oysters compared to Northern varieties (General Comp)

You left out all the bays on the Texas coast.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

San Antonio Culinaria Restaurant Week

I wish Houston and Dallas had never got their own boards. There used to be a good feedback between the two cities due to business travel and people who used to live in both cities. Now I rarely here from anyone in Dallas and I only occasionally post there.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

I have an okra question too -

I do an okra, corn, and tomato dish. Sautee onions, garlic, bell peppers, jalapenos, fresh tomatoes and green onions. Add some tomato sauce, corn cut off the cob, and fresh okra. Season and simmer an hour or so until okra is tender. Add or subtract anything you choose, no set measurements. Serve with rice and jalapeno cornbread or not. Very healthy, freezes well. I might whip up a batch this weekend.

I have an okra question too -

It is the worst choice, the other being fresh. I won't use frozen.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

Galveston for two nights with kiddos

If you're in Galveston during the week you can hit Gaido's for finer dining as school is in session and it shouldn't be crowded. Also The Spot for a good burger on the water.

http://www.gaidos.com/

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston
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Houston Restaurant Week (month) is coming Aug 1st.

I don't eat at many of the finer dining places other than Carrabba's Kirby. There is this, Atlanta just went 25 days without a post, while Boston won't go 25 minutes.

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

Galveston for two nights with kiddos

An hour east of San Antonio is City Market in Luling, not to be confused with Luling BBQ. About 8 miles off I-10 on US90 easy on off follow west to get back to I-10. Closed Sunday, the earlier the better for the best BBQ, brisket, pork ribs, and sausage, real deal Texas BBQ, some of the best in the state. In San Antonio I like Los Barrios on Blanco for old school Tex-Mex nothing like the NE has.

http://losbarrios1.com/

http://www.tourism-tools.com/texasbbq...

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston
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Galveston for two nights with kiddos

Benno's on the Seawall is kid friendly, order at the counter and grab a table. I like the crabs and blackened oysters. Shrimp n Stuff is a local favorite. Murdoch's is a souvenir stand over the Gulf with a great breezeway over the water with adult beverages and rocking chairs with plenty of kid nicknacks, very relaxing.

http://www.bennosofgalveston.com/menu...

http://www.galveston.com/murdochsbath...

If you have a couple of hours to kill you can ride the ferry to Bolivar and back. The kids can feed the seagulls off the back of the boat if you bring bread. It's free and you can park up front if not driving on and you'll see dolphins, shrimp boats, and large ships from all over the world, plus pleasure craft.

http://www.crystalbeachhome.com/ferry...

If you want to eat on Bolivar go to Stingaree for crabs, very kid friendly but check the ferry website as lines can get long

http://stingareerestaurant.com/

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston
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