Samurai Noodle

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Samurai Noodle

  • The Heights – 1801 Durham #2
  • Saturday evening
  • Plenty of parking
  • Entrees were around $8-$10 each
  • http://samurainoodle.com/

A small chain based out of Seattle decided to open a location in Houston – yay for us! I first tried real Ramen in New York last year, and we have been keeping an eye out for a local restaurant. A place opened up on Washington (Ninja Ramen) which was pretty good, but not very accessible with parking.

This place had several tables, plenty of parking, and a good location. The prices were reasonable.

My favorite part about Ramen is the flavor-infused boiled egg. Yumm-o. We also ordered freshly cooked dumplings. Personally, I prefer Ramen over Pho because I prefer the spices and other flavors. But both can be very refreshing depending on your mood! The flavor of the meat is delicious, and I especially love noodles and always have!

Overall, it was a win!

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes.

Pie Five

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Pie Five

  • Multiple locations
  • Usually in a strip center
  • Individual Pizza around $6-$8
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Individual sized-pizzas with a great selection of toppings, crusts, and sauces. I like to order the pre-selected toppings to try something new, but you can easily customize. They also have salads which are ok, but usually too heavily dressed for my liking and in a pie shell. Dessert “pie” is available too.

They also have a loyalty program so you can claim points and free pizzas!

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes, and I have several times.

Asia Market Thai Lao Food

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Asia Market Thai Lao Food

Firstly, my husband was not too impressed. I wanted to try a new place and found this on Yelp (we’ve pretty much exhausted every restaurant around us). It is actually a small Asian market with 3 rows of tables. Not exactly fine dining.

The service was pretty poor, but it was also Friday night, there weren’t many tables, they were short-staffed, AND people kept coming in. But the food was YUMMY! I ordered a curry with pineapple (one of my favorites). It was supposed to be mild, but was definitely not. It’s good to clean out the sinuses once in a while. I also ordered my favorite Thai tea and CANNOT GO WRONG. So sweet and creamy.

We also ordered the fish cakes – I didn’t know what to expect but they were great! And had a nice sauce to go with them.

Overall, for the price it was good. We have a few Thai restaurants nearby, but it may be my favorite food of those restaurants. Plus, we got to shop at the awesome market and buy Pocky!

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes, but probably have to convince my husband.

 

Vertskepap

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Vertskepap

  • Multiple locations
  • Usually in a strip center
  • Kepap around $6-$8
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Yummy “casual fast” food. They use Gyro meats in a mix between a pita and ciabatta bread. Lots of fresh veggies and tasty sauces. The sides include chips, fries or a cup of fruit. The also offer a nice selection of drinks on tap and bottled.

The main kepap is very tasty (it doesn’t hurt when I add feta cheese and the creamy sauce!). I feel it is a little healthier than your standard cheap-ish dinner and it’s nice to have all the fresh veggies to choose from. It isn’t common to find lamb in most restaurants, so I usually order the beef&lamb meat.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes, and I have several times.

Nundini

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Nundini Chef’s Table

We have been several times now. The exterior does not look very inviting, but the food is great. Inside, there is an Italian market as well.

They have great Italian food including pasta, entrees, and all the classic appetizers, soups, and salads. The desserts are yummy too (although you can also grab gelato from the market). The first time, we ordered from the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu and the second time off the regular menu. We had an issue with the speed of service on the second trip, but I think that was a fluke.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes.