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The Best Thing You Ever Ate: Houston

I'd say it's the Peking Duck at Fung's Kitchen. What's your favorite dish in the Houston area?

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  1. What a tough question, Lambsy.

    I haven't had the Peking Duck at Fung's, but I love their dim sum. In fact, OtherBrotherDarrell and I were there just last Saturday. Great as usual.

    The first time I had the Stuffed Snapper at Tejas, I was wowed.

    The clam chowder at The Rusty Pelican in the 80's was a favorite.

    The oo toro sashimi at Sushi Jin is too too good to have very often. It would ruin you for everything else.

    But the Best thing I EVER ate in Houston?

    Probably something I cooked!


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    1. re: DoobieWah

      If you are a fan of clam chowder, try the one at Laurenzo's on Washington. It's of the best things they make, all full of clams.

    2. Now that is a really tough question! I will have to ponder over that one a bit, but I will take on desserts first...

      I would say the Bananas Foster at Eddie V's, the Chocolate and Caramel Brownie at The Counter, or the Artisan Chocolate Colossal Cake from Randall's (I seriously eat one several times month).

      For my dishes, I will go with the Shrimp Dumplings at Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro & Latin Grill‎, the Tortilla Soup @ Houston's Restaurant (or J Alexander's), the Tomahawk Steak from Eddie V's Houston, or the Chilean Sea Bass at Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro.

      These are the items that come to mind...Houston just has great food!

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      1. re: UrbanSwankGirl

        I don't know about the best dish ever, but that Chilean Sea Bass at Rattan is definitely the best fish I've ever had in this town.

      2. This is tough. I'm sure I'll think of others when I'm through but the things I go back for;

        Max' Wine Dive - Creme Brule French Toast. I don't even like French Toast and I want this one

        Feast - Sticky Toffee Pudding

        Market Seafood (Clear Lake) - Fried Catfish & Hushpuppies. This is the only place I've had Hushpuppies but I crave them.

        Dolce Vita - Brussel Sprout Salad

        Catalan's - Pork Belly

        And just like DoobieWah my own cooking

        1. Dolce Vita - Tallegio Pizza
          Max's - Fried Egg Sandwich with truffle aioli
          Hugo - crabmeat nachos
          Cup of coffee at La Guadalupana

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          1. re: superluckycat

            I've never had the nachos at Hugo's but my favorites are the crabmeat nachos at El Tiempo and the super nachos with chorizo at Merida on Navigation. I get both dishes with the refried beans on the side, and the beans at El Tiempo are particularly outstanding.

          2. I don't know if it's the best thing I've ever eaten in Houston but I love the scampi grotto at Grotto on Westheimer. It's a appetizer but I order a side of angel hair pasta and make it an entree.

            I had some excellent scallops last week in a salad at Carraba's on Kirby. Best scallops I've ever eaten. They were perfect!

            1. Hm, so many options... for starters I would say:

              Panang curry at Thai Bistro off of 59
              Lump crab quesadilla at El Tiempo on Washington
              Housemade tagliolini with black truffles at Da Marco
              Agree with tlegray re: the Sticky Toffee Pudding at Feast ... also the snails on toast at Feast ... oh, and any kind of rillettes they serve...
              Any fish dish I had at Rainbow Lodge when Randy Rucker was there, and any game dish I had at the same place when Mark Schmidt was there
              Crepe Normande at Jeannine's Bistro
              Cheese enchiladas at Juanita's on TC Jester (I doubt they remotely approach best in the city, but it's our neighborhood place, and I love them!)
              Salmon nigiri at Kata Robata

              Sorry, I can't pick just one. :)

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              1. re: mjust

                I agree on the crab quesadilla at El Tiempo. I recently had it at the one on Richmond too and it was just as good.

              2. There was this braised chicken in milk dish at Aries that I remember being incredible. 10+ years ago.
                Grilled Snapper at Tampico
                Primo's Carne Asada in early 80's
                Pasta and Fresh truffles at Tony's
                The first molten lava cake I ever had at Morton's many years ago.
                Toro sushi at Kata Robata
                Swiss chard and ricotta pasta at Giamcomo's.

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                1. re: jscarbor

                  If you can go to the way back machine, so can I. Tacos al Carbon at the original Ninfa's on Navigation in the mid to late 70's with their almost buttery taste and never, ever any gristle or fat. That was the original, the one now is in name only.

                2. Snapper Raphael at Antonia's in Katy. An utterly perfect dish.

                  Not on the menu. They only have it when they can get good fresh snapper. You have to call ahead and ask. And if they're going to have it that night, you're smart to "reserve one." Otherwise, when you get there, they might be all sold out. It's that popular with folks in the know.

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                  1. re: Jaymes

                    Hey Jaymes, Where you been hidin'?

                    Can you describe this dish in more detail, please?

                    Antonia's? Italian?

                    1. re: DoobieWah

                      Yep, Antonia's is Italian. Named after the owner/manager/chef Roberto's mama. And he's almost always in the kitchen and I think that makes a huge difference. His brother operates another Antonia's, up in Cypress, but I haven't tried that one.

                      The Snapper Raphael is fresh snapper, very very lightly breaded, then fried to flaky fish perfection, then served on a bed of pasta with a generous ladle of Raphael Sauce overall. Raphael Sauce is made with tomatoes and artichokes, and I love it.

                      Been hidin' out here in Katy. Last I heard from you, you were going to come on out and join me for a little Middle Eastern. Still waitin'!

                      1. re: Jaymes

                        Fish sounds dee-lish-uss.

                        Saltena right? I have a busy weekend but we'll get there soon.

                  2. Spicy 2x2 - Tornado Burger

                    Ma Po Tofu - Mala Sichuan Bistro (I'm sure better individual dishes exist there from talking with drricky, but this was the best thing I ate on my particular dinner)

                    Rabbit dog - Moon Tower Inn

                    Bone marrow - The Modular

                    Any banh mi sandwich - Don Cafe

                    Madras Thali - Shri Balaji Bhavan

                    Dahi Puri - Sweet n Namkin

                    Pho - Pho Binh trailer

                    Blood sausage - Feast

                    I really wanna try Oxheart and Underbelly next time I get to go home...

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                    1. re: air

                      @air, I don't know where you are located, but you may be interested to know that Tornado Burger is opening a second location on the west side of Houston north of I-10 on Long Point! WooHoo! I don't get to Mo. City often. Tornado Taco can't be far behind. I have people that think those tacos are the best.

                      1. re: Lambowner

                        Awesome. My parents are from Katy (where I stay when I visit), so that's an easier trip than Missouri City.

                        1. re: Lambowner

                          Lambsy, where on Long Point? I checked the web with no result, you must have inside info. Could it be Long Point and Campbell where an old BBQ place had a fire and is being rebuilt into something?

                        2. re: air

                          I was a little underwhelmed with Underbelly but I'm game to try again. Oxheart is just not my style, I don't think. If anyone has tried it, I'd be interested to hear the lay review! The pros are all googly over it!

                        3. Oops, just found the answer on B4ueat, Long Point and Campbell in the old Smokeys BBQ.