Thanks to the Houston Chowhounds for helping to make our recent visit a dining adventure! John, Stewart and Avi joined us at Taiwanese Cuisine where we sampled a massive quantity of Taiwanese food, a first for us, all for less than $10 per person. I will admit that the fried pig intestine stuffed with scallion was a bit funky for me, but hey, I'll try anything once. The seafood soups were good, one with a milky broth and served in a crispy basket resembling shrimp toast. We especially liked the appetizer assortment, including pickled vegetables and seaweed and tongue.
Another day we were joined by PJ and Alex at Kim Son in Sugarland for dim sum, which was as good as everyone had promised. Everything was light and fresh and we didn't leave with that overstuffed feeling that sometimes follows dim sum.
On our own, our dining included Indian food at Ashoka on Hillcroft, which we selected entirely at random after driving around for about an hour (quite satisfying on the heat indicator scale -- left a pleasant glow but not a burn); one of the Thai cafes in the Village -- can't remember the name; two out of three dishes were quite good. Lots of Mexican food, including a couple of visits to our favorite Arandas Taquerias. I adore and crave their green avocado/jalapeno salsa. We drove down to Brownsville/Matamoros for a quick Mexico fix and found the area to be in sad decline, but we did somehow manage to find the parrilada restaurant in Matamoros where we'd eaten several years ago, and feasted on grilled chicken, beef, sausage, onion, potato, served with tortillas, salsas, guacamole, and cerveza, all for about $16. I don't have the name of the place at hand but can dig it up if anyone wants to know.
We even tried a Ninfa's one evening (the one on Kirby near the Village). I must say it was better than I expected. I had the shish kebab (alambre?) and the chicken was really moist and flavorful. My husband had a combo plate that included lots of cheese whiz that would have depressed me, but he liked it just fine. The margaritas were the best we had on this trip.
Thanks again Houston Chowhounds. We'll be back!