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Welcome to The French Corridor
In a small area nestled between Briar Forest and Memorial Drive is a row of three “dining” destinations. A wine bar sits to the left, a fine dining restaurant to the right, and a French bakery is sandwiched between the…
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Duck Jerk Wings
With the number of places to dine in Midtown, and let’s not forget the great watering holes, I find myself wondering why I don’t spend more time in the area. Well let’s start with the fact that my commute from…
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Carter & Cooley Sandwich Company
“Carter & Cooley” may sound like the title of a 1970s-era detective show but actually its “retro” roots go much farther back. Inspired by one of the first sandwich shops in Houston created by two of the original community planners of the Heights, Carter & Cooley is named in honor of Oscar Carter and Daniel Denton Cooley. Although this duo’s original shop is long gone, its culinary legacy as a neighborhood institute is carried on by Carter & Cooley who have managed to maintain a loyal clientele because as the Heights changed rapidly over the past two decades…well, they didn’t.…
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Porridge of grains and Texas winter wheat
Here’s what I knew about Oxheart beforehand: tiny (tiny!) portions, big prices ($75 for either the meat or for the vegetarian tasting menu), creative stuff with vegetables. With those battling interests in mind, it took years—until my 26th birthday—for me to enter the rustic wooden doors into the cozy corner residence where the creativity of Oxheart takes place. First, it should be noted that the service is seamless. From the moment we sat down, service was quick, knowledgeable and personalized—complimentary bubbly was brought for our party of six and my birthday was acknowledged multiple times by our friendly server and…
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Rise n°2: Go Savory, Go Sweet, Just Go!
A soufflé is one dish we wouldn’t dare attempt to make at home. This unforgiving “egg puff” can be quite intimidating to a novice cook but the folks at Rise n°2 clearly have this process down. They have it so perfect that they have created a menu based entirely (well mostly) on savory and sweet soufflés. Making hundreds (we are just assuming here) of soufflés daily and having each one rise and not deflate is no small feat. Yes, we are very impressed. Surprisingly, the soufflés are light…not just in weight, but in calories too. None of the soufflés are…
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Sesame Chicken
One sure testament to the quality of a restaurant is the enduring loyalty of its patrons. Case in point, Cafe Chino, which changed locations after a twenty-year stint in Rice Village and not only retained its original customer base but also attracted more devotees to its new home on the Southwest Freeway. While there is no shortage of Asian restaurants in Houston, Cafe Chino has secured a unique niche in the culinary landscape thanks to its singular Hunan-style and Indo-European dishes. Start your meal with one of the Cafe’s signature appetizers, like the five spiced crispy quail, whose savory skin…
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Oishii Japanese Restaurant: Good Sushi at a Great Price
The aptly named Oishii (Japanese for ‘delicious’) is easy to miss as you’re making your way along Richmond even when you’re moving at snail’s pace at 5:47 p.m. during rush hour. Its faded sign is reminiscent of bad 1990’s pop art and the establishment shares space with a cleaners and convenience store whose garish posters advertising 2-for-$2.22 Snapple drinks are more likely to grab your attention. If, however, you knew what Oishii holds for the lover of thick spherical slices of steamed rice, fish, avocado, wasabi, and even sometimes cream cheese and lobster, i.e., perversely inauthentic, finger-licking-good sushi, your gaze…
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Eddie V’s Houston Launches New & Improved Happy Hour
Watch out, Eddie V’s Happy Hour just got a major makeover! In addition to their classic appetizers and wines by the glass, Eddie V’s recently launched their brand new “teasers” and hand-shaken cocktails on their happy hour menu. I’m always a sucker for a good happy hour, so I jumped at the chance to try out these new dishes and cocktails. Lobster and Crab Wontons While the original appetizers on their menu were a force to be reckoned with, these new “teasers” made their own splash on the menu ranging between $6-$8. The Lobster and Crab Wontons were light and…
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Get Your Drink On, But Don’t Forgo The Food at The Flat
Most go to The Flat to drink against a backdrop of mellow live music. With attractive happy hour specials and a coterie of affable bartenders and regulars, this grunge-meets-hipster casual cocktail lounge tucked away in upper Montrose is the perfect watering hole for those who enjoy a scene but not necessarily being seen. However, most who frequent The Flat inevitably find themselves coming not just for the libations and the rotating lineup of quality DJ’s and musical ensembles, but the food. On the surface most of the menu seems to be typical bar grub (fries and pizza) but via some…
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Mini Strawberry Cheesecake
You name it, they’ve got it. Even the things you wish existed, but would never think in a million years you would find. That is exactly how I felt when I dropped by Sugar Rush Cake Gallery. The bakery, located in hidden strip center off 610 and Stella Link, is filled to the brim with goodies. In addition to the traditional cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, you can also indulge in tea cakes, pies, cobblers, cake balls, cheesecakes, brownies, and more. When you see names like Peach Cobbler, Dreamcicle, Bread Pudding, and Butter Pecan, at least for me, the last thing…
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