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May 28, 2008 11:25 AM

[Houston] dirty little secrets.....

Now I understand that this site is for good food and food lovers, but I know we all have are little spots we go to for food that for some reason or another satisfies a craving........ I live right outside of downtown Houston and find myself driving all they way to Katy (Mason road and I-10) to eat! Johnny Carinos! I have only ever ordered one thing there (The Skilletini), and i can't help but love it.....Spaghetti, chicken, sausage, peppers and onions, with crushed tomatos; all served in an cast iron skillet that is so hot that it often crisps up some of the pasta that's on the bottom! It's tangy, savory, spicy, and satisfying! I can't stop.......

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  1. my secret guilty pleasure when i'm hungover is getting spicy chicken fried rice (and sometimes an order of ming's wings if the hangover is REALLY serious) from ming's @ montrose & westheimer. however, i give people a hard time if they say they actually like that place. the food there is generally crap, it's just very hard to screw up fried rice.
    it's so sad that there is no good chinese inside the loop.

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    1. re: neverfull

      Moving to Houston next year and a die-hard lover of hole-in-the-wall type eateries (because they always have the best chow!!)

      I can't wait to see what comes out of this thread... I promise I'll add my own once I move and have had a chance to catch up!

      1. re: caliking

        Wow ... when this thread mentioned "dirty little secrets" I thought perhaps Marvin Zindler had risen from the dead, and the roach report was once again a reality!

        I confess when the need for hot, fried and definitely-not-good-for-you grabs me, I head over to WingStop on N. Shepherd @ 610 (across the street from Fiesta Liquor). I don't even have the wings -- I get 4 chicken strips with lemon pepper seasoning, and they're so hot, fresh and crispy you'll burn your mouth. Yes I know they are a chain, but sometimes the chains do get it right!

        1. re: Cheflambo


          I thought the exact same thing "There's slime in the ice machine!"

          When in Houston from Dallas my go to places are Phoenicia Deli for a Chicken Shwarma and La Mexicana for the Jumbo Burrito with fajita meat and a margarita of course (you can taste the alcohol over the lime and they aren't green!!).

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      1. The Hobbit Cafe for the fajita black bean nachos with sour cream, guac and pico. Just plain awesome! They use a white cheese so its not that greasy yellow. Their chicken salad sandwich are huge and very fresh.
        Barnaby's pesto chicken salad is also hard to beat on a nice lazy Sunday.
        For great tequila selection and laid back outdoors atmosphere is Tila's on s. shephard. Their guac is very fresh and more tangy... its heavy in lime. The queso flameado is not so greasy. Entrees are soso... get apps.

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          1. Folks, please help us keep this board focused on unique local chow. If you'd like to confess your chain food cravings, we have a board for discussing the best of Chain chow. Thanks!

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            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              with all due respect .... these are LOCAL chains!

              1. re: Cheflambo

                The posts we left are about local chains. Those are fine to discuss here. The posts we removed weren't about local chains, and although the original post does discuss a national chain, we're just reminding people to keep the talk local going forward. Thanks.