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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

West of Houston, we have a chicken place that destroys Popeye's beans and rice, which I personally cannot tolerate.

about 5 hours ago
James Cristinian in Features

Whataburger: I hope this was an isolated incedent.

Doobs, I fired off an e-mai to the Whataburger Customer Care Team expressing our concern, our being yours, mine, and the wifeacita. You were mentioned as friend and fellow Chowhound and the location #833. I did not mentioned that I posted on Chowhound but the implied threat that literally tens of people would read it must have brows furrowing at corporate. My e-mail was polite and to the point, eagerly awaiting a response. The bad thing was I used a gift card as a Christmas stocking stuffer for the wifeacita and the dear girl was very disappointed. By the way, a co-worker goes to the same Long Point one and is delighted his mediocre food arrives as soon as he has fixed his tea. I point out he is what's wrong with America sacrificing quality for time saved for a good Whataburger.

about 9 hours ago
James Cristinian in Texas
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Where to find "clean" oysters in NOLA?

I'm not send back the food guy but if the oysters had mud on them to the point of rinsing is borderline criminal to an innocent oyster. Water washes off the liquor and flavor, even worse than putting ice on shucked oysters. I would have sent them back.

I eat it my way

Why do you care so much? My two cents, it's coffee with chocolate milk, just as there's coffee with milk and sugar.

Need veggie-friendly lunch stop between San Antonio and Houston

I have no clue other than Luling BBQ, not City Market. I've never been there as I don't eat sides with BBQ, but this place has more than most Texas BBQ joints. Post on the Houston board and you might get lucky.

http://www.lulingbar-b-q.com/Menu.html

Mar 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas

I eat it my way

This is why I usually order ham or sausage because I can't expect them to make bacon my way which is, drumroll please, part burnt to a crisp, part more or less raw.

Rudest grocery checker remark

Sorry, I had a bad day.

Do you use your stove for storage ?

Using a stove for storage, crazy, that's what the dishwasher is for. Actually we keep some small skillets and a couple of pots in our stove.

Rudest grocery checker remark

I see a lot of comments about how one time somebody did this or that. Try working customer facing retail and you'll have a long list of remarks made by rude, entitled, and downright a-hole customers. I know it goes on in restaurants, grocery stores, and airlines. Rude customers far outweigh rude employees and I certainly don't condone the examples mentioned.

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

American here, I certainly get the good fish part, I fry my own, two pounds for the price of two pieces at a restaurant and mine is excellent, it's not rocket science but there is an art to good frying. I don't care about the chips.

Feb 28, 2015
James Cristinian in Features

How to remove flour tortillas from package without tearing them?

I'm lucky, freshly made tortillas are plentiful where I live.

Why would anyone go to Denny’s these days?

I worked at a drive-inn theater snack bar in the 70's, drinks were 10-50 cents, plain popcorn a quarter, yet people still bitched and moaned at this 15 year old, like I set the prices.

Feb 28, 2015
James Cristinian in Chains

How long will you stand in line for food?

I don't trust garage parking. We recently had a stick 'em up in an upscale garage parking lot, the street level has security swarming.

Restaurant near Arena Theater

Fung's Kitchen is one of the better authentic Chinese restaurants in town and is just down the street.

http://eatatfungs.com/

New HEB, Fountainview and San Felipe, Now Open (9 1/2 Thoughts)

I'm dubious about the BBQ and what kind of pit they use, and thanks for the heads up on the weird layout, not into that kind of weird stuff, maybe when I was younger. Speaking of BBQ, have you been to the "new" version of Baker's Ribs?

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

Feb 26, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Wolf Brand Chili Clone

This one is however and if you do a search for the individual CASI Terlingua winners I'm sure their recipes will be easy to find. I made it twice and I'm starting a batch in minutes, good stuff. It has links to other recipes but I haven't checked them out.

http://www.timeforchili.com/recipes/d...

Feb 23, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas

Whataburger: I hope this was an isolated incedent.

Not a big Sysco fan but I can't blame them for Whataburger pre-cooking their patties.

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

This recipe really tastes like the old Angelo's one. It sounds a little crazy but is absolutely delicious. Put oysters on the half shell on a cookie sheet, season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Top with spinach, frozen is fine, and chunky blue cheese dressing, and some paprika. Bake at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes and enjoy. This is from an old Texas Department of Agriculture booklet that features recipes from restaurants around Texas of which many are closed. I think I got it in a seafood market in Seabrook, but I could be wrong.

Feb 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Vanished Restaurant you miss most

I believe the Box Car place was Victoria Station although I never went.

Feb 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Whataburger: I hope this was an isolated incedent.

The wifeacita and I went to our local Whataburger, I got a double combo, the wifeacita a single burger. She mixed up her usual Dr. Pepper/Coke combo and one second after we sat down our food arrived, not hot as usual but a cold burger. I also noticed a pre-cooked pile of chicken tenders. If I want an already made burger I'll go to Wendy's or the other two crummy burger places. I expect a hot fresh Whataburger and don't mind waiting. Has anyone else run into this? I guess next time we'll insist on fresh ones.

Feb 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Texas

Valentine's Day Retrospective

I got the wifeacita some carnations, her favorite and some See's dark chocolate with almonds. I had to work Saturday, we wouldn't have gone out anyway, but when I got home I was treated with some leftover Polonia, go figure. I got the sausage and sauerkraut she restrained herself from eating while having the oil changed at the Texaco next door. That food hit the spot. As I mentioned before there is no place better for an oil change or inspection with a meal at Polonia mere feet away.

We'll do our Valentine's in a few weeks at Carrabba's on Kirby sitting at the chef's bar. The dear girl is mesmerized by the chef and cooks, as am I, most of these guys have been there over 15 years. A Johnny Carrabba sighting is not uncommon, he's not pressing flesh the flesh but tasting and talking to all the cooks.

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

We actually met once before, in Paris I believe, the Germans wore grey, you wore blue. Or was it Casablanca at Rick's Café Americain, or am I confusing you with Ingrid Bergman? Maybe I'm watching too much Thirty Days of Oscar on Turner Classic Movies. Check your listings, some great old movies. Oh, to make this food worthy, HEB Bunker Hill has 8.97 Lobsters.

Feb 13, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

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

I coulda responded to both of ya'll but I added you to Jaymes with the WWII thing we share, but heck when I find out the date let's all meet. The wifeacita surprised me with her leftover sausage and sauerkraut from Polonia today while she got the car inspected at the Texaco next door. I suggest Blalock Texaco for oil changes and inspections while you feed at Polonia. The leftovers hit the spot after a tough lunch less workday.

The original meat at Polonia was when I was reading Chowhound on a weekend morning and Jaymes and Doobs were meating so I suggested we crash, being five minutes away, so we did. Looking forward to meeting you at the Polish Festival, or sooner.

Feb 13, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

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

Yep, Dad was bombing the Krauts in WWII in late 44 and 45. I just saw a B24 get blown in two at the wing just below his top turret gun position on a World At War episode, guessing nobody got out. The man put his life on the line every time he took off, sadly he's gone now. At least he came back, as four hundred thousand did not. Sorry for all of this, but it brought back my Dad and I'm crying my eyes out now.

On a lighter note, the Polish Festival should be coming up in early May and I think Lambowner, Jaymes, Doobs and the many thousands reading this should meet up. The wifeacita and I will be camped out across from the dessert table waiting for the good church ladies latest goodies. Last fall's festival had a world class Polish band perform. I am a second generation Polish guy by the way.

http://polishchurchhouston.com/en/

http://www.polish-texans.com/2013/08/...

Feb 12, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston
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Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

Kinda sorry for the confusion. Important information will follow in a post to Jaymes.

Feb 12, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston
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I eat it my way

Burnt popcorn done on the stove with half popped kernels and melted butter.

Move Over Kale: The Next Super Food is Okra!!

How about an okra and kale pizza?

Feb 11, 2015
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

I eat it my way

I only eat pancakes with syrup with the last few bites. I prefer just butter and eat the relatively unbuttered edges with syrup, kinda like a dessert.

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

Actually, I've been many times. My comment was an inside joke attempt as the wifeacita and I crashed a meet up between Jaymes and Doobs. Jaymes I believe had the golonka, pork shank and Doobs I don't remember. The wifeacita and I had beer. My favorites are the pork cutlet and golonka, which I once manned up and ate an entire portion by myself. I've been to the new place once, totally different and very nice but there's something about the old location.

http://www.poloniarestaurant.com/Menu...

Feb 11, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston
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Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

My old cat Roy used to love jumping on the bar above my kitchen sink and watch me clean my saltwater catch of the day. He never made a move on the fish or tried to get on the counter proper. I lived by myself, but would serve them to my girlfriend, now wife.