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2 great birthday dinners in Houston

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On my bday, on a Wed., we went to a family friendly restaurant (had a toddler and a 5yr old in tow). I chose Tx Land & Cattle at 1960 and 249. I was dismayed because I didn't see the wedge salad on the menu anymore, but when I asked the waiter said if that's what I wanted I could have it. So we had the artichoke spinach dip as an appetizer. my DH had a drink and the rest of us had soft drinks. There were 4 adults and 2 kids. I had the smoked sirloin, but I was torn because I was originally thinking about the quail dinner. After everyone else ordered I asked the waiter before he walked off about the quail. He said it was really good, and if I wanted to add a quail to my steak order I could - that wasn't mentioned on the menu! So I did. My grandson had the grilled chicken kid meal, my DD had chicken fried steak, my SIL had the smoked sirloin with a lobster tail, and my DH had a garlic sirloin, which came with shrimp, but he won't eat that so they knocked the price down. The toddler ate off of all of our plates!

The meal was served promptly, everything was perfect, we actually had 3 waiters taking care of us, and they were very attentive. My grandson wanted to try the quail and he loved it! He liked this place so much that he wants to eat there on his 6th bday! I got a free dessert which was large enough to share with everyone. The waiter that rec. the quail asked what I thought and I told him it was excellent. We were quite pleased and felt like we were treated like celebrities. Total cost was under $100.

Then last night my friend took me to Charivari's. OMG! It was so scrumptous that I can't wait to go back. You get bread with onion butter and then a small appetizer, and that just is standard for the meal - not extra. Then I had the Dracula's garlic soup, which was so fabulous that I wanted to be a pig and drink it like tea - but I didn't! After that they brought a small bit of sorbet to cleanse the palate I guess. I think it was a kiwi sorbet, but it wasn't green so I'm not really sure. She had the lamb with white asparagus in a yummy sauce, and rosti. I had the transylvanian pork filets with spaetzle, and julieened veggies. There was a lucious sauce that the spaetzle soaked up and it was so very good. We were most impressed.

After we ate we went to the patio to finish our wine, and the chef came out to meet us. Come to find out he had a family member that has the same last name as my maiden name. My father's side are transyvanian saxons, which is what Johann is. I asked about some recipes I remember from when my grandma was alive, and he knew exactly what I was talking about. SInce almost all of my family is deceased he said he would write down some of the recipes for me, step by step, so I can recreate them. He told me to come back and make a reservation under my maiden name, then he would know who I was and would give me a cookbook! Is that not totally cool! He also said next time he would make me something special - I can't wait. I have no idea what the bill was but we had a different drink with each course, so I imagine it was high, but she said I was a cheap date, so . . . Makes me wonder where she takes her other friends!

This was a great year to turn 50! Now I have to lose some weight! LOL!

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