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

We had several other Greek items beside the seafood and found them lacking, in particular the salad which the two of us did not finish. I've had excellent seafood at inexpensive Greek places. You would think a decent piece of fish wouldn't be difficult and what they did to those fried oysters was criminal. If they can't pull off these basics they shouldn't be on the menu, especially at the prices they charge.

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Houston

How to get hot fries at McDonalds:

Not piping hot and no complaint as it was drive through, plus I really don't expect too much from them so it's not something I'd complain about. I parked in a shady spot and fed in the car so it didn't get cold in transit.

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Chains

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

Yia Yia Mary's is owned by the Pappas clan, though I have never been. I would expect it to follow the Pappa's formula, pretty solid food, large portions with prices to match. I gets generally good to excellent reviews on Yelp, with the usual few dissenters.

http://yiayiamarys.com/home/

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Houston

"Maine" lobster rolls in Houston?

My version of a lobster roll is when HEB puts them on sale, usually for 7.99. A pack of their house made flour tortillas, butter, and I'm there.

Sep 27, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

"Only in New Orleans" info request

Yep, give me some river, lake, or pond catfish over farm raised any day.

Sep 26, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Tony Chacere Creole

The instructions say use like salt.

Sep 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

How to get hot fries at McDonalds:

It's not odd, per my previous post, I'm in a service industry and nice people get treated nicer. We had a conversation about this at work yesterday. Now the cold fries at McDonald's, I rarely order fries so several weeks ago I was there, got fries, and a double fish, no cheese. Both were cold and I've vowed not to go back until sometime in 2015.

Sep 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Chains

"Only in New Orleans" info request

There is a silver lining to chef Paul's slaughter of the noble redfish. The Gulf Coast Conservation Association out of Houston was able to rid the coastal bays of commercial netting of redfish and speckled trout in Texas. This has spread to most Gulf and Atlantic states under the CCA. The redfish and speckled trout fisheries are as strong as ever in Texas and Louisiana but it's illegal to sell them commercially except for a limited trout season in La. but I could be wrong. The redfish found in restaurants is farm raised and inferior in quality. I catch my own and prefer fried but have done blackened redfish and on the half shell. The few black drum I catch, they don't like artificial lures, I throw back. We also have bay snapper, sheepshead here in Houston. I noticed on another post on this board "trout Pontchartrain" from August. Wonder about this fish.

Sep 26, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

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

I prefer the rectangular fried fish and delicious tartar sauce from Luby's over any seafood from Niko Niko's. The mac and cheese can be quite good as well as the roast beef and that's it for me.

Sep 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

Tony Chacere Creole

I used some Tony's in my beer battered fish tonight. I do use it in limited quantities due to the salt. I prefer Konriko, seems less salty, I bought the Tony's when I needed the seasoning and couldn't find Konriko.

http://www.konriko.com/

Sep 25, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

Best Korean restaurant in Houston

Jaymes, you're killing me. What are your usuals?

http://www.bongarestaurant.com/

Sep 24, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

New to Katy area... suggestions, please!

Jaymes will log in about Katy. I live in Spring Branch and here is a small sampling minus Korea Town. A little research goes a long way, let us know about any questions. http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/...

Spring Branch is essentially NNW Houston. My favorite is Polonia Polish recently moved to a nicer location. I like the golonka, pork shank, pork cutlets over the veal, and potato pancakes. The cabbage rolls are supposed to be delicious. You just missed the awesome Polish Festival, check again next spring and fall. Pierogi's are also good.

http://www.poloniarestaurant.com/

Sep 24, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

How to get hot fries at McDonalds:

I work in retail and the worst thing someone can rudely say is, "I'm in a hurry." I feel like saying wake up earlier. Seriously, if their product is in the warehouse it's followed by a take your time. Understand this in consumer land, pushy, rule bending, obnoxious customers get the worst service. I bend over backward to help the nice customers with legitimate service concerns, and the upset ones who have been wronged. An order of fries please.

Polonia has moved!

Next trip is looking like a pork cutlet and a cabbage roll or two to go.

Sep 21, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

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

Friendly disagreement, but please don't try the seafood. Stick with what you like.

Sep 21, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

Polonia has moved!

Forgot, has anyone had the cabbage rolls? I've never had them but they seem to be a favorite and are on my radar.

Sep 21, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

Fuel to Fried Chicken Fights

I had the fried chicken at Jacque-Imo's when Austin Leslie was still cooking and found it better than darn tootin'. The shrimp creole was also the best I've had.

Sep 20, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Polonia has moved!

If you go to the original location and see no signs and posters in the window head south on Blalock to the new location next to the Polish Food Store. It's larger and quite nice with an expanded bar, but I must admit I kinda miss the old place with the pictures and costumes. My favorites are the golonka, pork shank, pork cutlet over the veal schnitzel, potato pancakes, and kielbasa with sauerkraut. My buddy from the Texaco next door ordered a half dozen chicken sandwiches raving about them.

Sep 20, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

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

Lambowner we go back awhile so please don't take this personally. When I think of seafood at a Greek place I go back to the erstwhile Zorba's and Mykono's, never a bad meal and not in the same solar system as Niko Niko's with fresh salads at both. Ours at the offending Greek place clearly was not fresh and may have been made the night before, swimming in oil. We got there a little after 11 to avoid the lines. My last visit to Niko's was over 20 years ago where I got a broiled "fresh" snapper filet that was way, way off, maybe months, ok or less. As for the lines of discerning Houstonians, I really question that. It seems these might be the same people that pile into Pappasito's when there is so much good Tex Mex here, or que up for truly mediocre BBQ at Goode Co. yeah but the cheese bread and pie are good, or declare Fuddrucker's the best burger on best of lists. There is a herd mentality to Houston dining.

Sep 20, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

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.

Sep 19, 2014
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