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Unquestionably The Absolute Best In America:

I think there were also some Hot Shoppes along the New York Thruway into the 1960s.

Jul 19, 2010
davidjpearlman in General Topics

Istanbul Grill - Arlington

I really like the food at Cafe Istanbul in Dallas, but Istanbul Grill is a definite notch better, and it's a better value as well, thanks to being in a lower rent area.

Istanbul Grill - Arlington

Tried this place for the first time last night. It's on Cooper St. two miles south of I-20 and loved it.

Had the meze plate, which included about eight items, and all were excellent. The "mixed eggplant", a grilled eggplant and tomato dish, was probably my favorite. Every item was absolutely fresh, and the chef has a great hand when it comes to balancing the levels of olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices. Pita was just out of the oven fresh and quite delicious too. I got some falafel and grape leaves to go, and they proved excellent also. Baklava came with whipped cream and chocolate and raspberry sauces, and was utterly outstanding.

The decor is a cut above the basic; white tablecloths, wineglasses on the tables. The room is pretty but understated, and full of light. Prices are not rock bottom cheap, but are very moderate and extremely reasonable for the quality of the food.

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To Go Cafe
14498 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77083

Istanbul Grill & Deli
5613 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

Olive Oil Restaurant
373 Sawdust Rd, Spring, TX 77380

Rock Bottom
2619 Preston Ave, Pasadena, TX 77503

Great Indian Queens

Ate there for the first time last week. Best Indian food I've ever had. The Chicken 65 was utterly incredible. I had to get a second order to bring to people who couldn't make it out that night. One dish I haven't seen mentioned on this board that was also top of the line was the Kerala crabcakes with green coconut curry.

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Southern Spice
1635 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Oct 21, 2009
davidjpearlman in Outer Boroughs

[DFW] Best Soups?!

My favorite is the lobster bisque at Daddy Jack's, which I've had only at the FW location. It has the flavor of a lobster in the ocean and must be loaded with heavy cream; a bowl is more than a meal.

Celaborelle - FW

The full name of this place is Celaborelle Phoenician Buffet. Google Celaborelle and you'll find their website. I don't know why they say "Phoenician" when the food is Lebanese, but that's their business.

Saw rave reviews on Tripadvisor and went to try it out two weeks ago. It's in a converted, dumpy house on Hemphill. There's no parking in front (you have to go up the block to the corner and park on the side street.) Don't let that scare you off. Also, don't worry if they don't answer your knock on the door at 5:30 on a Thursday, even though they are supposed to open at 5. We called the restaurant's number and the owner answered and said "there are people in there, I'll get them to open the door."

Once inside the surroundings were just OK, but that's not the point. We were told "the buffet isn't out yet, so we'll just bring you everything as we're making it, and if we don't bring you something you want just tell us and we'll make it." With that they gave us the takeout menu (which is on the website, of course).

After a dozen or so courses (shared by four of us) that ranged from very good to excellent (I particularly liked the vegetarian kibbe), I asked for one of the eggplant dishes, spelled msaqaa on the menu, and for lamb kabob. The kabob was utterly incredible; I brought it home to my wife, who doesn't even like lamb, and she raved. The eggplant dish was nearly as good, in both her opinion and mine.

I feared that these extras would drive up the bill, but fear not. You get everything you can eat in this place for $8.95. I can't imagine how they survive at this price. It will run you a bit more if you take out the food, but the takeout menu prices are still an incredible bargain.

Run, don't walk.

Mid-Cities Indian...finally

Went to Kusum Saturday evening. Still not busy but at least not empty. Shared four entrees, each of them excellent. Naan was also really good. The quality of ingredients is a notch above my long time favorite, Pasand, and the cooking is all to order so they warn you to allow some time. It's well worth it. The raita was too full of carrots, and the lassi a little thin, and they charge for things that Pasand puts out for free, but prices were extremely fair for what we got and overall I would say it's a tremendous find.

Help: Need a backup for Teatro Goldoni

Hope you scored a reservation at Komi. Had the tasting menu there last Wednesday night and it was wonderful. Over fifteen courses, and while only three or four were good enough to have me drooling for them a week later there were absolutely no misses.