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Houston report (long)

Vince | Sep 15, 2003 04:22 PM

Hello, thanks to everyone on this board for your suggestions. I really didn't expect much from Houston in terms of food but I was wrong, Houston has a lot of great places to eat. I had food I either never tried before or had limited experience with. Here are the places we went to:

Goode Company BBQ - Went to the one on Kirby and it was really good. I never had TX bbq before and I thought the brisket and pork ribs were very smoky and good. I also enjoyed their Austin beans. We went here twice.

Thelma's BBQ - We had the catfish which was prepared very well and the chopped beef sandwhich. I thought the sandwhich was ok, and i prefered the beef from Goode company because it was smokier. The beef from thelma's wasn't very smoky at all. But it was crowded during lunch time. I'd like to go back to give it another chance.

Tampico - I got a ceviche and the red snapper grilled with grilled shrimp. The ceviche was really good and the fish was very fresh and excellent. I though it was kind of odd to get shrimp fried rice with the fish and it wasn't very good imo. I would like to go back when I come back to Houston.

Floyd's - We got the shrimp etouffe, stuffed shrimp, and grilled seafood platter, and buffalo shrimp appeitzer. I don't have very much experience with cajun style food except for whats here in the west coast, and that isn't saying much because its not very good over in the bay area. Everything at floyd's was very good and very fresh.

Ragin Cajun - I never had crawfish or a muffaletta before so i ordered these items here. The muffaletata was good but i don't know how authentice it was. The crawfish - well, i liked the seasonings and they were tasty, but it took me too long to eat but they were definitely enjoyable. And yes, I did suck the heads. I think I prefer Floyd's over this place.

Chuy's - I ordered the chile relleno and the elvis presley combination, i usually don't like tex-mex places because the only tex-mex place in the bay area is chevy's, but i can say that chuy's is 100 times better than chevy's and the chile relleno was the best i ever had, and the enchiladas were quite good also, i'd probably go to some other tex mex place next time not because i didn't like chuy's, but just to try other places

Green Pine Tree - the bbq meat (kalbi and bulgogi) are pretty decent here but the gas grill has got to go, it just doesn't get hot enough. their panchan (small plates) are just decent but the kimchi is pretty good. I also got the cow foot soup and it was a pretty good version, but don't order this if you're expecting meat, cuz all you get is a very flavorful broth with cartilage and half a hoof. All in all, this place is ok in my book. I would try Seoul Garden or Korea Garden next time.

Meat market next to Green Pine Tree - I had a carnitas taco here and either carnitas is prepared differntly in Houston than in the bay area, but it was pretty flavorless and wasn't crispy at all and they heated up the corn tortillas in the microwave. I wouldn't come back here.

Il me Jung - we got the fish guts stew, beef bone soup, and the spicy beef stew here. the spicy beef stew was too salty, the fish guts stew had no flavor and the beef bone soup was just ok, this was the worst restaurant we went to in Houston.

Goode Company Seafood - I really enoyed the seafood here. The stuffed flounder was very fresh and very delicious and the gumbo was also good and I would order both again. Keep in mind that up until this point, my only gumbos were in California and all were terrible, so it was nice to have a good gumbo

Fogo de Chao - well, i must say that this place is worth at least one visit just for the experience, incredible salad bar, good service and good meats, i liked it a lot, but i just ate too much and its kind of too hectic, but definitely worth at least one visit

Ocean Palace - wow, this is the biggest chinese place i've ever seen, we drove out here for dim sum and its pretty terrible, maybe it was an off day but the wrapper on the shrimp dumplings were too thick and it went downhill from there, one bright spot is the porridge, but this was the 2nd worst place we went to.

Canton Seafood Restaurant - we came here twice also, its pretty good and definitely an unexpected surprise, its nice cuz its not so far from MD Anderson and the food is pretty good here, on fridays they also give a complimentary tapioca desert with taro which is really yummy, they're chinese broccoli dishes are outstanding cuz they're cooked perfectly

Frenchys - great fried chicken and i really enjoyed the dirty rice and jambalaya here

World Class Soul Food - the oxtails here are pretty good but the smothered pork chop was kinda salty, and the mustard greens were very well made here, this place was good but i'd probably go to some other soul food place in the future

Gaido - we took a trip to galveston and i have to say this place wasn't very good, it reminds me of alioto's on pier 39, more of a tourist place than anything else, would not go back

Thanks for all the recommendations.

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