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I'm shocked, not a mention of Houston's Restaurant Week (month) visits

bornie Aug 23, 2013 07:54 AM

no interest in exploring new/old places during this creative period by Houston foodies or just not posting?

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  1. DoobieWah RE: bornie Aug 23, 2013 08:11 AM


    I haven't taken advantage. My lunch buddy and I scanned the list and lunch menus and found little that looked too good to pass up. We were only interested in our general area, but it's bounded by I-10, the SW Freeway, the West Loop and Kirkwood.

    That's a pretty big general area.

    What did we miss?

    1. Lambowner RE: bornie Aug 23, 2013 08:33 AM

      Meh. Refer to my crabby rant of last year.

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        bornie RE: bornie Aug 23, 2013 08:58 AM

        I've been out of town for the last couple of months and I'm going to hit an old fav tonight, Hugo's w/friends. Seems a long list of new restaurants in town that I follow on Culture Map. I'll have to immerse and indulge myself once I get off the road. NYC is in the plans next wk. Time to start working out!

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          brucesw RE: bornie Aug 23, 2013 10:46 AM

          I seem to get less and less interested in this as the years go by and I haven't really studied the options this year. All the local media are running features on what the good deals and can't miss options are. I've only identified Latin Bites as one I'd really like to try but I've been wanting to go there for a long time.

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            eickenho RE: bornie Aug 23, 2013 01:27 PM

            My husband and I had a great HRW dinner at Masraff's. We highly recommend it.

            As to Lambowner, you're right - it was crabby, and totally absurd.

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              DoobieWah RE: eickenho Aug 23, 2013 03:32 PM

              Not really the best way to introduce yourself.

              We would like you to stick around and contribute, but you have to mind your manners. This isn't Yelp or HuffPo.

              Thanks in advance.

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                James Cristinian RE: DoobieWah Aug 23, 2013 05:07 PM

                .....or the national boards which at times are not for the faint of heart.

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                  Lambowner RE: James Cristinian Aug 23, 2013 06:28 PM

                  There are national boards???

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                    James Cristinian RE: Lambowner Aug 23, 2013 06:38 PM

                    I'm talking General Topics, Not About Food, and Food Media News, etc. Not About Food can get especially testy. I've seen you in the crosshairs of some of the less pleasant posters several times, and I've been in my share of unwanted firefights. Sometimes I can't turn the other cheek and fight back against the trolls and what I call likes to argue poster. Fortunately the Houston board is very civil, for the most part.

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                      Lambowner RE: James Cristinian Aug 23, 2013 06:58 PM

                      Count me in on those who argue. As you probably know, I can be testy. It's my nature, James. I'm just feisty.

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                        James Cristinian RE: Lambowner Aug 23, 2013 07:33 PM

                        I just don't see yourself as one who likes to argue for the sake of argument. Defend yourself, like myself, yes, but there are several prominent posters out there that like to pick a fight, seemingly for the fun of it.

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                        Lambowner RE: James Cristinian Aug 24, 2013 09:21 AM

                        Yeah, I'm just joshing you. I've been there but I vastly prefer the Houston board to the national boards for company. And frankly, some of those topics just seem perennial. How much can you really say about Trader Joe's? Apparently quite a lot. Trying to figure out how to delete topics from my activity page once they have worn out their welcome

              2. Lambowner RE: bornie Aug 23, 2013 06:25 PM

                Love it. eickenho Rock on, glad you heard of my rant (one of many). Here's one for you: Galveston restaurant weeks benefit no one, even though there is a food pantry there. And the Houston one? Aaagh. Not paying those prices for three courses of sub-par food.

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                  eickenho RE: Lambowner Aug 24, 2013 02:14 PM

                  Let's talk specifics, and not just read your rants. HRW was founded in 2003, and has raised $2.9 million - all of which went to the Houston Food Bank. Last year alone, HRW raised over $1.2 million for the Houston Food Bank. Sub par food - seriously? I know the restaurants I frequent - and there are many - serve the food they serve each and every day; they do not cut corners for HRW.

                  Do I stand by my earlier post - certainly!

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                    Lambowner RE: eickenho Aug 26, 2013 05:34 PM

                    I don't discount your figures, they are substantial and that is a good thing. I'm still disappointed in Galveston. Luckily we are all entitled to our own opinions. And that is just what they are, opinions. No need to take offence. Thanks, Doobs. I will continue to send my extra dollars directly to food banks and homeless shelters in the area.

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                  specktaker RE: bornie Sep 1, 2013 09:46 AM

                  Agree, the last few years HRW dinners seem like Valentines Day dinners...

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                    mimi777 RE: bornie Sep 6, 2013 10:29 PM

                    I have to say, this is the first time I've been disenchanted with our Restaurant Week experiences. Last two summers we had great experiences. We found that the quality seemed compromised this go round. Started at Brenner's on the Bayou, which we frequent (at least for meals in the bar) because it's close to home. While the menu selections were appealing, the food didn't really deliver. Everything seemed skimpy and a little lackluster. Maybe we are harsh critics because we are regulars?

                    Next we tried Mo's, which I loved last August. This time, the service was equally great, buy my short ribs fell way short, no pun intended. My husband did love his steak, though. And the people watching is awesome.

                    Next was Indika, tried and true in our book. This one lived up to it's reputation. Dinner was awesome, in every respect. Again, maybe because we are regulars from when it was born in our neck of the woods, but I don't think so. Anita just really delivered on consistency with her food and didn't compromise at all for Restaurant Week.

                    We tried to do triniti for lunch, but when we arrived they were closed. I have since received notice that they are now only open for lunch on Fridays. Bummer, because that place rocks. Truly was one of my favorite lunch spots in Houston, either for a romantic midweek lunch with the hubs or for a girls' lunch. Which leaves me with da marco to move up to first place now in the lunch category.

                    Anyway, I love love love the concept of HRW, but I really thought it fell short this year, with a few exceptions.

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