First off, much thanks for the suggestions in response to my query from a coupla weeks ago.
With working late and meeting up with friends post-work, I didn't find the time to eat at all the places I wanted to. Good news is that it looks like I'll be back for another visit towards the end of the month and I'll be able to knock off the other places on my list.
I did manage to go to Cafe Rabelais which I really liked. I went by the old location and found it to be an affiliated wine bar, but the guy there directed me to the new location on Times. The bald-headed guy working there wasn't exactly the friendliest, but I wondered if it was due to my coming in 30mins before close (which I didn't think was unreasonable -- eating at the bar, and about 3/4 of the restaurant was still there). Anyways, I don't have the piece of paper on which I wrote names, but I had some very nice wines there. Fantastic list -- one that will def'y draw me back for a return visit. Food was worth a return visit too -- had the duck in port cherry sauce which was excellent. I was craving duck but didn't want it too sweet and this worked out great. The fact that they change the menu daily is another reason I'd like to go back on my next visit to Houston.
Pretty good reuben at Kahn's Deli. I realize these sandwiches are never a neat & clean thing to get into, but this sandwich was impossible to eat with your hands. The toasted bread had already fallen apart into pieces before I even picked it up, so I had to knife & fork it which, admittedly, made me feel pretty lame. I dunno, I think the bread wasn't the freshest batch. The meat was good though, as were all the fixins. Interesting place, lots of memorabilia, and Mike is a nice guy if a little overwhelming.
The Ginger Man in the Village was also a nice little place. I did some reading while sampling several good beers and munching on a plate of cheese, olives, meats, etc.
I was driving down Westheimer (I think) and was bombarded with interesting looking restaurants. Came close to crashing my rental on several occasions. Many of them were Indian-Pakistani restaurants, but I noticed that there were a few Hakka / Indian-Chinese places, which have been rather hard to find in my experiences. Anybody know the skinny on these places ?