I have taken an unannounced hiatus from blogging on the Houston food scene because I grew uninterested in new food conquests and, more importantly, was on a money saving spree – preventing me from trying certain restaurants that are a bit on the pricier side/that require a date. Why bother?
In the meantime, I have tried quite a few places on my “cheap/not date” list which I will briefly cover below:
Rating: 9 (super prices, food and hummus!)
I have now been to Chatters about 5 or 6 times since I moved to my new apartment which is conveniently located across the street from this adorable little restaurant. This is going to be a staple for sure. I cannot emphasize how delightful the Chicken salad is – its not too chunky or mayo-ey. Go Wednesday nights for half price bottles of wine. Skip the Pacific Rim Caesar Salad.
Max’s Wine Dive:
Rating: 9 (Great HH prices!!)
I made the mistake of going to Max’s while trying to diet. Not only did I devour the Drunk Bread, but I proceeded to drink an entire bottle of Malbec. Genius. I love appetizer meals, which makes me partial to establishments such as Max’s. Gotta say the Bocadillo burgers at Oporto’s far surpass the slider at Max’s but other than that, I can’t complain. We also predicted a huge wait (every time I pass Max’s it’s overflowing) but at 5:30, we were promptly seated and served.
Gator Bites – skip skip skip. we just wanted to say we at alligator.
Max & Cheese – I liked it, others didn’t. Depends on if you prefer Kraft or gourmet mac n cheese really.
Pan Borracho (drunk bread) – it is so good after 3 glasses of wine.
Sliders (buffalo meat) – skip these and get the Bocadillo’s at Oporto’s
Something else that involved fried jalapenos – yum
Rating: 9 (I might skip the hummus here, a bit authentic. Is that an insult?)
I recently decided Mediterranean was my fave food genre since I can no longer eat Asian (unless it’s by myself.) I have been to Aladdin’s before awhile ago per a friends recommendation, and this time I went for lunch. At around $10 you get a heaping plate of freshly prepared meat and sides you choose cafeteria style (so many to choose from and 2 can easily share a plate). While I am no connoisseur on what Mediterranean should taste like, I do know that I liked every drop of what I put in my mouth. The potatoes!!! Spectacular. Eat there now.
Taco’s A G0 Go
Rating: 8 (great for cheap a la carte tacos)
Get a Barbacoa taco. You’re welcome. Next time I’m going for breakfast.
Pros: cheap, quick, funky decor
Cons: hard to find parking (or in general), overrated dessert tacos
Goode’s Company BBQ
Everything was dry, even the jalapeno cheese bread. Good and cheap Houston BBQ – where are you? Don’t make me go to Hickory Inn!
Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca
Rating: 10 (for the margherita pizza, anyways)
One of the “more expensive” places on the list, especially for a pizza place, but I couldn’t skip a place boasting “best pizza in Houston” Thin crust: check. Wood-burning oven: check. The margherita literally MELTED IN MY MOUTH. Twas amazing. The “calabrese”, on the other hand, left something to be desired, but I believe that’s simply because my head expected it to be much more similar to pepperoni. Yes, I eat Dominos pizza people. I am not cultured enough for the “spicy salami” One day… one day. The third pizza was the special – I believe it involved leeks and Italian sausage. Everyone agreed this was not their favorite, but ate it anyways.