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  1. I'm now a regular here. The place is incredible & their knowledge of history & cocktails is unsurpassed. big, big thumbs up on the place.
  2. that stretch of Bissonnet between 59 & Beltway 8 seems to have many of the West African restaurants & many grocers. Just look in that area & you'll find a lot.
  3. ....along with Stingaree in Bolivar....
  4. Kerr, I ordered the Sambroso (?) plate, because of this Alison review http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/dining/cook/5556306.html All I got were 2 lousy chunks of dry pork, not what I would consider carnitas to be. I haven't been to Vieng Thai yet, but in all fairness you should at least try Thai Lanna, and I will try Vieng! Yeah, Dairy Ashford is out of my comfort zone. I need to go with someone who is more familiar with that area. But now BB's is much closer, not as close as jazzie's. I'll have to try both. ← I have tried Thai Lanna a couple of times - it is good, but just not as good as Vieng Thai (at least that's my opinion).
  5. comments on the above.... Mexico Deli on Dairy Ashford > Tortas El Angel. Mexico Deli has creative options for tortas & home-made aguas every day. Good joint. BB's on Montrose > Jazzie's. I've had bad food at Jazzie's & won't go back, though it's been about a year since I last went (maybe improved?). BB's has very good roast beef po-boys. Vieng Thai > Thai Lanna. I continue to be impressed with Vieng Thai after many, many visits. Always enjoy their salad options. Carnitas at Teotihuacan (the Irvington location!) are always good - never had them at Los Cucos.
  6. Bobby & Kevin are incredible bartenders. Supposedly, they've attracted a venture capitalist who is funding a new bar for them to be located on lower Westheimer.
  7. bruce - try Houston's BBQ on Eldridge. It's been decent when I've been and they don't have the icky sticky sweet sauce (thank goodness).
  8. I've been to both places & sad to say that I was disappointed in both. I tried Asia Mkt 3-4 times, hoping like heck it would be good, but I was disappointed each time. I always seem to head back to Vieng Thai as it's much better food. Gerardo's I only tried once. I've gotten better at most La Michoacana's around town (or Laredo's is also quite good). ps. You can eat in most grocery stores, Kroger's have salad bars, Fiesta's all have lunch counters, all Mex Meat Mkt's (e.g. La Michoacana) have lunch counters, Sandy's has a big lunch spread, etc.
  9. Cricket's on 19th St in the Heights often has it. I'd call ahead first.
  10. I may get crucified - but I actually enjoyed the brisket at Houston BBQ on Eldridge the last few times there
  11. scar - yes, I've been to Guadalajara Bakery & Tacos many times. (as an aside, I'm always amused by the tiny '&' on their sign) I like their tacos, but honestly the place kinda gives me the creeps. You walk in & you're probably the only customer. The guy behind the counter might say 2 words. After you order, he slinks off to the back without saying anything & you're wondering what's going on (actually, he's getting you some fresh tortillas, but you wouldn't know your 1st time there). However I do give them bonus points for always having some sort of filling that you might not find elsewhere around town - some mixture of ingredients that's unique. I tried BB's the other day. Top notch roast beef po-boy & gumbo as well. And....I do like the vibe in that joint. Lunch today was at Zydeco on Pease. Man....they never disappoint. Smothered pork chops dipped in a thin roux and served over rice, corn & okra & cornbread on the side. All very tasty.
  12. bruce - suya looks pretty cool. Maybe they could squirt some lime on that cilantro salad to give it the liquid you want. Unfortunately, I'm NEVER around that side of town, but I'd like to try it. Lunch today for me was at Laredo Taqueria on Washington. As usual, I had 3 tacos all of different fillings since you never know what will be any good. The puerco asado was pretty bad. However, the nopalitos with chile arbol was fantastic & the carne (the one on the biggest steam tray) was also outstanding. Washed it down with a tasty tamarindo. I had forgotten that their flour tortillas were homemade & almost made the mistake of getting the tacos on corn!
  13. bruce & scar - you guys get me to posting some new stuff, though I don't get out near as much as you both do! Here's some places I've been hitting up lately: Burt's on Lyons - I can never stop going! Great soul & cajun to go; might be my favorite joint in this city Mardi Gras on Shepherd - tasty boiled shrimp, raw oysters, crawfish Taco Taco in the downtown tunnels - only "authentic" Mexican I've found downtown, tasty & unique choices for lunch tacos. not as good as Mexico Deli though Tampico on Airline - continues to be pretty darn good Vietnam on 19th - addictive Bo Luc Lac the crepe place in midtown (forget the name or the street) is pretty interesting in a Euro sorta way. One can look very cool sitting by their outside tables. JJ's on Pin Oak in Katy - home-made Mex ice cream & fresh fruit Zydeco's on Jefferson - gut bomb when you need it. Bombay Sweets on Hillcroft - vegetarian buffet, spicy food, tasty shakes, incomprehensible dessert counter
  14. We didn't get there til about 3:00 and they were wrapping up. They packed up 9-10 pieces of chicken into a brown paper bag, stuffed some yummy mashed potatos in a cleaned-up ice tea container, put some green bean / cream of mushroom soup casserole into another ice tea container & charged us only $10. Grabbed some plastic forks, then we went outside to a picnic table to eat up. Excellent chicken & the potatoes were really nice (not completely mashed, not completely solid). Fun place, old wooden floor, outside benches & tables, bbq pits outside. Inside, they were having an auction, selling just about anything. I saw them get rid of a trash can for $7.50!! Up next was a Houston Texans baseball cap (not sure what it went for). The auctioneer was one of those rapid-fire, fast-talking cattle auction types. Apparently they have a really big event in September with a live Czech band.
  15. Jay - do you have an address for this place? Google doesn't show a K of C in Moulton.
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