The baked goods that I've tried so far (muffin/cake, brownie) have been really good!
Whatever sandwich you get, you should get it on a pretzel bun if possible. That bun is delicious.
The crunchy chicken sandwich is SO delightful. J loves the seafood (crab and shrimp) sandwich.
The achiote pork torta was pretty decent, too -- but I still like the crunchy chicken best. The pork that I got had a large chewy piece that was hard to chew and hard to swallow... just had to end up spitting it out.
The sides: I've been underwhelmed by the much-lauded sides of quinoa and kale, but the chips are delightfully super-crunchy, and the curried acorn squash and the Asian-style cabbage slaw were both excellent. The sweet potato+corn was good too. The soba noodles side was decent. The field peas -- I'm not a fan, I returned it and requested something else.
It gets really busy at lunchtime, so expect a wait if you go around those peak hours.The baked goods that I've tried so far (muffin/cake, brownie) have been really good!
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At Paulie's, you order at the counter and then find your own table. Their half-portion of pasta is pretty good sized, and the full portion is just ginormous - you'll have plenty of leftovers.
Canestri alla Funghi: 4 stars. Pasta that is nice and mushroomy, great creamy sauce -- Pretty good, but I think there are a lot of other items on the menu that I'd want to try before ordering this again.
Wow, AMF got remodeled! Looks way better than how it was before, nice and updated, with plenty of TVs above the bowling pin area so you can watch TV too.
The food was actually decent, but service was very slow. People in our party had ordered burgers, and apparently they had forgotten to make the burgers because everyone else had gotten their food, and the burgers didn't come out until well after we inquired again about them.
They don't have enough balls -- they ran out of all of the 6 lb and 8 lb balls pretty early.
The portions are just right (not huge like your typical American restaurant).
Tequenos: 3 stars. 10 different choices of fillings -- pick whatever suits your fancy. They were OK, not amazing.
Antojo Maracucho: 4 stars. Double-fried green plantain chips topped with your choice of shredded beef or shredded chicken. We got half beef, half chicken. The beef was a bit salty for my liking, but overall the beef & chicken were both good.
"Reina" Arepa: 3 stars. This was OK, but I think next time I'll try something different. The filling kind of tasted like chicken salad, not that special or unique.
"Cheese & Pabellon" Cachapa: 4 stars. A corn pancake (tastes kind of like cornbread) with shredded beef, black beans, and sweet plantain. J and D liked this a lot, but I didn't like having the sweet plantain in there since the corn pancake itself was already sweet -- just felt like too much sweet, not enough savory.
Next time I'll definitely get a cachapa again, but I want the filling to be all savory -- no plantain in there.
Gusto Gourmet definitely is a unique and welcome addition to the Houston food scene -- I'll be back for more!
People have been calling Piada the "Italian version of Chipotle" -- except that Chipotle is pretty quick & efficient, whereas Piada was the opposite... pretty slow. Maybe they're still trying to streamline their process, but the line moved very s-l-o-w-l-y. If you're extremely hungry, I wouldn't recommend going at peak hours because the line may be quite long & slow... you may get hangry, which is no fun for anyone.
The Piadas are basically like a big burrito (they are quite large), and the Tascas are like tacos... except these are all filled with Italian-ish ingredients rather than Tex-Mex.
I requested 2 different proteins in my piada and as a result got charged extra. Oops, guess I should've anticipated that -- but at Blaze you can get as many proteins as you want without an extra charge, so I had hoped that Piada wouldn't charge extra either -- wishful thinking.
Add-on Meatball: 3 stars. a temporary offering (I think), it was OK, I don't think it's worth the extra $$ they charge for it
Crispy Chicken Fritte: 5 stars. the chicken actually IS quite crispy, yum!
Lobster Bisque: 4 stars. Quite good, nice & creamy, with a subtle lobster flavor.
Cannoli Chips: 2 stars. Meh. Comes with 4 rolled cannoli chips and a vanilla bean dip. Didn't feel inspired to finish this... it was pretty underwhelming. It wasn't bad, but just was blah.
Vegan Asian food! (largely Chinese-style food IMO)
My bud and I stopped in for their lunch buffet. Kind of pricey. I recommend it for vegetarians & vegans, but I'm not sure that the typical omnivore would go for this. I myself really enjoy vegetables, and it was good but not at this price point.
I'm all for NOT wasting food, but they have pretty prominent signs that made me feel guilty for not cleaning my plate. I get it from their standpoint, but I still didn't like it.
Plenty of parking in the garage when I went for a weekday lunch.
Mac & cheese: 3 stars. Pretty standard.
Wings: 3 stars. The high society butter flavor was really tangy and vinegar-y, not a fan... the BBQ flavor was good though.
Short rib: 5 stars. Cooked wonderfully - super soft and super moist. I didn't even need a knife. Comes with some veggies & starches to balance out the meat.
Dessert: we got the Tex-Mex and the Banana Pudding. Both were quite good.
I would like to return and try more of their food.
The portions here are generous -- you will probably have leftovers, and/or you could split a dish between 2 people.
Their chicken-fried steak -- J and D both liked this, but I wasn't such a fan.
Their taco was SO HUGE - it was more like a burrito than a taco. Their tacos are very reasonably priced and HUGE - super filling. I got the Morgan taco, which was pretty good.
The food was super heavy -- definitely wanted to take a nice, huge nap after eating here.
Great place to hang out outdoors on a nice day. Dog friendly. There are a lot of seats and tables available, but be forewarned - it fills up really quickly. Show up early to try and snag a table or seat. Around 12pm on a Saturday, it started getting more crowded & seats/tables started getting very hard to find.
There are a couple of sets of Giant Jenga - really fun to play.
Check it out! For beer enthusiasts and non-beer enthusiasts alike, it's doable!
Solid pick for breakfast/brunch type of food. We got insider tips from a friend regarding what items were good, so that was really cool.
* Fried chicken w/2 biscuits: 4 stars. The gravy was so decadent, rich, and delicious. The fried chicken was also perfect! Biscuits were nice as well. My only complaint was that the amount of fried chicken in the dish was pretty small.
* Brisket & eggs: 4 stars. J really liked this.
* Smoked gouda grits: 4 stars. Pretty good, but I would definitely eat this FIRST before eating other items because its flavor is subtle. After eating other items, the grits started to taste bland & I couldn't appreciate the flavor any more.
* Beignets: 3 stars. Flavor was great, but I wish they were lighter/more airy inside. Came with this interesting, subtle coffee cream that you could dip them in.
When J and I ate here, they were 40 min into a power outage, so they warned customers standing in line that there would be no coffee, cappuccino, etc., but that the kitchen was still up and running, so we would be able to eat. SWEET. It actually wasn't too dark because the windows provided plenty of light.