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Houston Trip Report

FarleyFlavors | Dec 21, 201007:21 AM

... aka "I Too Love Visiting Houston" !

The GF and I have been visiting Houston regularly for 15 years. But recently we'd started to get into a bit of a rut by going to the same old restaurants on every visit, so this time around we resolved to only visit new places.

After eleven and a half hours on the aircraft (including two hours on the tarmac due to "the wrong catering being delivered to the 'plane") both of us were too tired to go out for dinner, so following a couple of ales at the Yard House in CityCentre we retired to the hotel and ordered from Pizza Hut. Not exactly gourmet fare I know, but I rather like their Thin'n'Crispy if it's done right and the branch on North Gessner does a good job. A Cheese Lovers with double Italian sausage hit the spot.

Normally I'd have glossed over this gastronomic faux pas if it hadn't been for the fact that we went to Russo's Coal Fired New York Pizzeria at Memorial City the next night. Ordered a Napoletana Paisano (Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Red Onions, Peppers, Garlic Sauce) and a Hand-Tossed New York Village (Sausage, Pepperoni, Bacon, Beef, Mushrooms, Olives, Peppers, Mozzarella).

A bit disappointing. The crispy, blackened base on the Napoletana was delicious and the toppings - what there were of them - were tasty enough and obviously of good quality. And while I realise that putting too many toppings on such a thin pizza will work against the crispness of the crust, we couldn't help but think that the pizza was overpriced. There can't have been any more than eight small pieces of pepperoni on either pizza and there was a good couple of inches of crust at the edges with no toppings whatsoever.

If you're going, I'd recommend going for the Napoletana over the Hand Tossed. There was nothing to choose between the two in terms of thickness of crust but the former was larger and they are priced the same.

All in all I'd sooner order from PIzza Hut again. I realise that's probably heresy round these parts.

Breakfast earlier was at Mexico's Deli on Diary Ashford. A pleasant little deli that's easy to miss as it's in a nondescript strip. It was fairly quiet when we arrived but there was a steady stream of customers getting to-go orders and by the time we left there was a queue out the door.

We ordered the Queso Fundido with Chorizo and the Lomito Argentino Torta. The former was okay. A little on the bland side, but it was easily perked up with some of the very tasty red and green salsa on the table. The tiny corn tortillas which accompanied it were nothing to write home about.

But the Lomito Argentino - wow. Two large halves of deliciously soft sesame seed topped torta bread stuffed with steak, ham, cheese, avocado, mustard, jalapeno mayo and two fried eggs, accompanied by a little ramekin of noodle soup. This must be one of the best sandwiches in the city and it's an excellent deal at only $6.75.

In the afternoon we stopped off at Ragin' Cajun to take advantage of their happy hour. Two dozen large and juicy oysters (which somehow turned out to total 27) and a pitcher of Dos Equis came to a grand total of twenty bucks. Good snackin' !

Mexico's Deli
2374 S Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX 77077

Yard House Restaurant
800 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77024

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