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.

Kenny & Ziggy’s

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Kenny & Ziggy’s

If you have seen the trailer for Deli Man, you would have seen Kenny & Ziggy’s. It is one of Houston’s culinary treasures and has also been featured on Food Network. A traditional Deli is unlike anything else – we were able to eat at the famous Carnegie Deli in New York last year, and Kenny & Ziggy’s lived up to that experience.

The menu is giant which is indicative of the size of the plates. We each order a sandwich (I went for the classic Pastrami), but we could have easily shared as it was just bread and a huge pile of meat. The food is definitely made with love and it is an experience to remember.

The restaurant is fairly large and can accommodate big groups, but is busy at lunch time (and maybe all the time). They also serve homemade pickles to accompany your meal.

Good Dog

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Good Dog

At this point, I have eaten at Good Dog a few times. It started and continues as a food truck, but they expanded to a standing restaurant a couple of years ago. I’m not usually one to like mustard, pickles, or raw onions – most of the standard toppings on Hot Dogs – but this place changes my mind. All the hot dogs are top quality beef and the condiments are made in store (including the delicious Siracha Ketchup). They also have handmade chips and fries which are great for sharing. My current favorite is the Ol’Zapata. The jalapeno relish has turned me around to relish.

The restaurant itself is an old house but there is a fair amount of seating inside, and we’ve taken our dog to sit outside on the patio. There is not much parking, unfortunately. Overall, this is a place any age can enjoy. The menu has unique flavors, good for the adventurous or not so adventurous eaters.

Heights General Store

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Heights General Store

This place is awesome, and very Heights-y. It has recently opened where the old Harold’s Department Store was on 19th St and right next to the new Torchy’s Tacos. The ground floor is a little market with organic and natural foods (like a mini Whole Foods) and a deli counter/bakery. The 2nd floor is the restaurant which is open for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner and has a small bar. There is a parking lot shared by the market and Torchy’s so depending on the time, parking can be difficult although there is plenty of street parking in the area.

The place is fairly small but we didn’t have to wait long. It was already crowded being so new which means the word of mouth is strong. We started with an order of beignets. They were still warm and covered with powdered sugar with a side of locally sourced honey. Oh so good. I was thinking of ordering the French Toast but glad I did not because the beignets provided plenty of sweetness for the meal.

I ordered the egg-white fritatta. It was good but I probably wouldn’t order it again. I still don’t quite know the difference between a fritatta and an omelette 😉 Maybe because it didn’t have any yolk (or because it was a fritatta), but it wasn’t as fluffy as I would have liked. It was mixed with squash, zucchini, mushrooms, and cheese. A healthy option but, again, I will order a different dish next time.

Andrew ordered the fried chicken biscuit smothered with gravy. It came with one in an order – I will try that next time because of the portion size and it looked delicious. He ended up ordering the last biscuit in stock, so that was lucky! Overall, the store and restaurant is a cool concept and great area – I hope they do well.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes, and to try different meals of the day.

BRC

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BRC

2 words for you: Bacon Jam. Most delicious thing ever. BRC is comfort food with a twist. Apparently, the chef from Liberty Kitchen also started BRC. I understand the connection now.

We started with biscuits for an appetizer. It came with cheddar butter (yum) and bacon jam (yum x a million). The biscuits themselves were warm but maybe a little overcooked on the outside for my liking. But the toppings more than made up for that.

For my entrée, I ordered the fried chicken platter. They also had fried chicken biscuits which I may order next time. The platter had 4 huge pieces of chicken, the most delicious mashed potatoes topped with brown gravy and a biscuit. It came with more bacon jam and rosemary honey (more of a syrup consistency). As soon as the plate was delivered to the table, I knew I would be taking it home. I ate the biscuit for breakfast the next morning and half the chicken and potatoes the following dinner. At the end of the meal, I asked for a box. The waitress asked if I wanted the little sauce containers too. Duh. Of course. Wasn’t letting that bacon jam go to waste.

Andrew ordered the crab cake which he liked. Portion wise, we probably could have switched plates. He ordered a red velvet cheesecake to go – that was really creamy (I had just a little bite).

BRC is open for brunch too – I imagine the menu between brunch and dinner is fairly similar. They are a gastro pub so they have a large selection of beer and wine. The decor is pretty awesome too. It would be a good place for a small happy hour.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Definitely.

Jenni’s Noodle House

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Jenni’s Noodle House

Another Yelp search. I’d come across it a few times but we had never eaten there. There are also 2 other locations in Houston.

This was a great little find. The decor was really cool and there was plenty of seating (at least on a Tuesday night). The service was very fast and friendly. If I was Vegan or Gluten Free, I would go here often because almost everything on the menu could accommodate.

The Vietnamese egg rolls were freshly cooked and really tasty – such a yummy crispy outside. The accompanying fish sauce was the perfect flavoring. I ordered the “Stir Me Crazy” with those delicious flat egg noodles. The shitake mushrooms and fresh snap peas were great, but I could have skipped the bamboo (not a big fan in general). Andrew inhaled his Super Duper Fried Rice. They used awesome wide bowls. The serving sizes were fairly reasonable too, especially for the price.

The fresh limeade was soooo good. I could have taken my own pitcher with me. We each ordered a pre-made Tres Leches to take home. Can’t really go wrong with those.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes.