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[HOU] Your favorite place for quail is . . .

danhole Jun 4, 2008 08:07 AM

About 7 or so year ago my girlfriend took me to Guadalajara Hacienda off Katy Fwy for a bday dinner, and I had a mixed grill plate that included quail. Since then I have tried quail at many places,k and am always looking for new places to try it. It can be a real PITA to eat, but it is so good. So here are the places I've tried:

Guadalajara - good
El Tiempo on Washington - excellent
El Real off 1960 - excellent
Beaver's - stuffed with cream cheese and mushy mess, can't really taste quail
Tony's on Ella - very good
Texas Land and cattle off 249 - excellent
Pappasito's off 290 - dry and disappointing
There could be more but that is all I remember right now.

Places I want to try:
Goode Co. Taqueria
Rainbow Lodge (during the summer they have take out so you can pre-order some for a reasonable price and take it home along with some sides. Going to do that this year!)

Any other recommendations?

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  1. neverfull RE: danhole Jun 4, 2008 11:17 AM

    danhole, thank you for starting a new separate thread on quail. this discussion is a continuation from the discussion on this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/473434

    to recap, i recommend the maple glazed quail at vic & anthony's. IMHO best quail in houston, it's seriously good eats. quail & fois gras app at mark's is wonderful too.

    heritoth recommended the quail at t'afia, which i tried on the tasting menu. the quail itself was pretty good but oddly paired with a sauce. he did not recommend the quail at teala's.

    teotihuacan has good grilled items and i bet the quail is good too. it's on airline almost right where it hits n.main in a pink building. it's around the corner from spanish flower. drag your DH there for beef fajitas!

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      danhole RE: neverfull Jun 4, 2008 11:24 AM

      Oh, I have been to teotihuacan! I had the fried, stuffed avocado, which was fine, but I should have chosen something else. Surprise! My DH eats quail! We will have to try that. Thanks!

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        jhngo RE: neverfull Jun 5, 2008 08:38 AM

        I would second that opinion on the maple glazed quail at Vics&Anthony. There are some vinaigrette greens on the sides that cut the sweetness.
        Marks is good... no glaze so not as flavorful as V&A however pair it with foie and its kinda heavy.

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          ccoshow RE: neverfull Jun 10, 2008 08:49 PM

          My wife and I had the tasting menu at T'afia, and had the duet of quail and beef. I thought it was fantastic. However, that was my first quail. It was like the best chicken I'd ever had, only slightly different. I really liked the dish, as well, not just the quail. Reading this thread has me wanting to go to Spanish Flowers, though.

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            danhole RE: ccoshow Jun 11, 2008 07:29 AM

            Be warned that the only quail I saw on the Spanish Flowers menu was in a mixed grill platter, and the one for 2 people only had one quail! I would recommend you go to El Tiempo and get the Fajitas y Cordornizes. I believe you get 2 quail along with the beef fajiata. We are going to try Teotihuacan next, hopefully soon!

        2. neverfull RE: danhole Jun 4, 2008 11:20 AM

          a quick search for quail on B4-u-eat, brings up the following restos:

          backstreet cafe
          la trattoria
          bistro le cep
          bistro calais
          da marco
          bistro vino
          ouisie's table
          fajita flats
          taste of texas
          cafe le jadeite
          original ninfa's on navigation
          hunter's lair (in katy) - it's a wine and sports bar, check out the menu. they have wild boar, alligator, antelope, bison, elk, venison on the menu: http://www.hunterslairkaty.com/menu.html

          has anyone tried the quail at any of the above places? has anyone been to or heard anything about hunter's lair in katy?

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            danhole RE: neverfull Jun 4, 2008 01:10 PM

            How do you search for a specific ingredient on B4? I heard from someone on this board that the quail appetizers at taste of texas are very good.

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              neverfull RE: danhole Jun 4, 2008 01:56 PM

              use the "google our entire site" link on the website.

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              katiedid710 RE: neverfull Jun 16, 2008 07:32 PM

              Indika's quail is absolutely amazing, or at least it was! I don't see it on the menu anymore when I go to their website. I am still dreaming about it, and I had it about a year ago.

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                bornie RE: katiedid710 Jun 17, 2008 06:16 AM

                the quail at Indika is still on the menu as an appetizer and its easily the best I've had anywhere.

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              foodpro13 RE: danhole Jun 4, 2008 03:52 PM

              The quail at Teotihuacan is good, but honestly, the grilled quail at Spanish Flowers is even better.

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                danhole RE: foodpro13 Jun 5, 2008 07:21 AM

                When we ate at Spanish Flowers the only quail on the menu came in a mixed grill platter. Can you order just the quail and leave off the sausage, shrimp, etc.?

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                mgovshteyn RE: danhole Jun 5, 2008 09:20 AM

                Gorditas Aquascalientes. Word.

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                  danhole RE: mgovshteyn Jun 5, 2008 11:42 AM

                  Care to elaborate on that? Is it grilled? I googled it and didn't see one mention of quail, but obviously you know more than I do. Sounds like a great place. Gotta put that on my list!

                2. neverfull RE: danhole Jun 5, 2008 11:48 AM

                  voice has a pomegranate glazed quail on there menu as an app. i'm hoping to be able to try it soon!


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                    Cheflambo RE: neverfull Jun 5, 2008 03:51 PM

                    I have had the quail appetizer at Taste of Texas (company Christmas party last December). I almost didn't want to share it with the group, it was THAT good.

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                      danhole RE: Cheflambo Jun 6, 2008 08:40 AM

                      I have often thought that if I can get the DH to go, I would just order the quail appetizer and a salad bar. Sounds really good. BTW, Happy day after birthday!

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                      neverfull RE: neverfull Jun 14, 2008 08:12 PM

                      i went to voice this weekend, but alas! no quail on the menu.

                    3. neverfull RE: danhole Jun 14, 2008 08:14 PM

                      went to el tiempo tonight and ordered the grilled quail. it was oversalted/overseasoned and was a bit dry. maybe i'll give it a try again when there isn't a 30-45 min wait for a table.

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                        danhole RE: neverfull Jun 15, 2008 07:39 AM

                        When we went it was an off time, say around 3pm on a Sat. Maybe that makes a difference? Ours was perfect and I am not a fan of salty food at all!

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                          Cheflambo RE: danhole Jun 15, 2008 09:56 AM

                          Ladies .... which El Tiempo? I see two listed .... Washington Ave or Richmond?

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                            danhole RE: Cheflambo Jun 15, 2008 10:43 AM

                            Washington Ave. for me.

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                              Cheflambo RE: danhole Jun 15, 2008 10:45 AM

                              Thanks ....! Tomorrow is Mark's birthday, and he's taking the day off, so perhaps we'll go there for dinner.

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                                neverfull RE: Cheflambo Jun 15, 2008 03:35 PM

                                i just realized i have leftover quail from last night! i'll let you know if they are better reheated.

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                              neverfull RE: Cheflambo Jun 15, 2008 03:34 PM

                              washington ave for me too, but i've been to both locations.

                        2. coowen RE: danhole Jun 18, 2008 10:54 AM

                          Oooh, the quail at Mark's was to die for! And they paired with delicious foie gras and it all basically melted in your mouth.

                          T'afia's quail is also fantastic, though the presentation isn't nearly on the level as Mark's. . .then again, the prices aren't nearly as high either!

                          1. danhole RE: danhole Jul 9, 2008 08:12 AM

                            Allison Cook had a review of Patrenella's that was sort of so-so, but in it there was a photo of this pan cooked quail that looked so good. Has anyone had this? It is not mentioned on the website, but the menu on the site is not correct, as jenny (neverfull) has told me. Sure wish the would fix that!

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                              neverfull RE: danhole Jul 12, 2008 12:57 PM

                              go check out patrenella's. i was disappointed that alison's review was more favorable. i've always had good meals there. i don't remember seeing quail on their menu. might want to call first b/c it could have been a daily special.

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