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Go BLU for the Holidays!

BLU Restaurant and Lounge is pleased to announce their Loyalty Rewards Program along with a holiday promotion for all its members. Guests at BLU Restaurant and Lounge will be able to accumulate points and take advantage of a holiday promotion by becoming a member of the Loyalty Rewards Program.

New members receive an automatic $10 credit to their account upon registering with their name, e-mail and phone number at BLU. The loyalty program works on a point system that allows members to accumulate one point per dollar spent. For every 100 points, the member receives a $5 credit to their loyalty account.

Members can use the money immediately while dining towards their purchase or accumulate their credit. The points can also go towards catering and events at BLU. The loyalty program is valid during both restaurant and lounge hours.

This holiday season, BLU Restaurant and Lounge will also offer members $10 towards their Loyalty Rewards Program account after a purchase of a $100 gift card.

The incentives of being a loyalty rewards member include:

  • Receive a $10 credit to account upon registration
  • One free entrée valid during member's birthday month
  • Two complimentary desserts for couples during their  anniversary month
  • For every 100 points, members receive $5 credited to their account

BLU Restaurant and Lounge has served authentic modern Asian cuisine to the Sugar Land area since 2012.  Owners, Amy and Jiten Karnani alongside Chef Jett, have created a unique menu and restaurant reflecting the authentic flavors they found during their international travels and experiences. BLU has achieved a perfect blend of modern Asian cuisine as well as a restaurant and lounge atmosphere.

For more information on the Loyalty Rewards Program or to sign up, please call (281) 903-7324 or visit BLU Restaurant and Lounge


Dunkin’ Donuts Brings Its Own Kind of Coolatta® to Houston FOR FREE!

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced that it will celebrate Grand Openings of three new restaurants in the next 4 weeks in the greater Houston area.

July 27 - 4130 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77504 (9:30AM Grand Opening with Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell)

July 30 - 2330 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77019 (9:30AM Grand Opening with Houston area VIPs)

August 12 - Terminal E (Post-Security), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston, TX 77032 (Operated by noted travel retailer Hudson Group)

Earlier this year, the brand opened new restaurants in Missouri City near Sienna Plantation and in the Westchase District of Houston. Dunkin’ Donuts franchise partners now operate 6 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the greater Houston area, and the three additional locations opening this summer along with a previously announced opening this fall in the Humble area will bring the count to 10. The new location on Shepherd will offer Free Coffee, medium size hot or iced, from July 22 – August 6. The new location in Pasadena will offer Free Coffee, medium size hot or iced, July 23 – August 13.

The new restaurants will be open from 5:00 am – 11:00 pm, 7 days a week and will employ approximately 30 crew members each. The restaurants will have comfortable seating and will provide a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts’ food and beverages in a friendly and fun atmosphere. All locations will offer a complete menu of Dunkin' Donuts’ internationally recognized coffee, lattes, donuts and bakery goods. The restaurants will also serve items customized with flavors adapted to suit local taste preferences for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacking – any time is Dunkin’ time!

Heating up the menu for the new restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will introduce the new Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sandwich and Hot & Spicy Wake-Up Wrap. The Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sandwich includes a spicy omelet featuring jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers and pepper jack cheese with habanero, served with two slices of bacon and a slice of white cheddar cheese on a plain bagel. The Hot & Spicy Wake-Up Wrap includes one-half of the spicy omelet, served with one slice of bacon and a slice of white cheddar cheese on a flour tortilla. Both are available through August at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Now that they've made it hot and spicy they will need to help Houstonians keep it cool so they're offering a Raspberry Lime Coolatta® frozen drink! Featuring a sweet lime flavor with a hint of raspberry, the Raspberry Lime Coolatta is available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Dunkin’ Donuts offers several varieties of Coolattas to beat the heat this summer, including new Berry Blast, featuring a burst of pomegranate and blueberry taste; Hot Chocolate Coolatta, a refreshing frozen treat with rich, milk chocolate flavors that lets you love Hot Chocolate in a new, unexpectedly ‘cool’ way; and Minute Maid® Orange Coolatta, a favorite orange flavor in a refreshing frozen drink. Dunkin’ Donuts also just introduced Original Blend Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs, a new variety of the brand’s popular K-Cup® packs for use with the Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System. Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee K-Cup® packs are available through August at participating Dunkin’ Donuts as well!

So prepare your sweet tooth...and apparently your entire pallet and set your gps for your local Duncan Donuts! After all, America Runs on Duncan!


YUM O' The Irish!

Celebrate Irish heritage with your friends, family and little leprechauns, too! Just in time for National Corned Beef & Cabbage Day on March 17, Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown and MKT BAR is featuring an Irish-inspired pizza and menu for YUM o’ the Irish, March 16-18.

They will be serving traditional Irish breakfasts in the morning and stew, steak, beer, fun, games and other special treats throughout the weekend. Don’t forget to wear your YUMMY! t-shirt and get a free scoop of green gelato!

YUM o’ the Irish Menu:

Irish Breakfast

Guinness Chocolate Waffles

Corned Beef & Cabbage Pizza

Irish Stew & Chef’s Irish Steak Special

Guinness Cupcakes

Irish Beer: Guinness, Moylan’s & Organic “Green” Varieties


MKT BAR Irish Menu & Screening of the Irish film Once:

  • ·         Friday: Breakfast: 7AM, Lunch/Dinner: Noon - Midnight
  • ·         Saturday: Breakfast: 8AM, Lunch/Dinner: Noon - Midnight, Once plays at 2PM
  • ·         Sunday: Breakfast: 9AM, Lunch/Dinner: Noon - 8PM, Once plays at 4PM



What: YUM o’ the Irish

Where: Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown and MKT BAR, 1001 Austin Street, 77010

When: Friday through Sunday (March 16-18)

Parking: Complimentary parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Enter garage on McKinney.

Contact: (832) 360-2222


Shepherd Park: A Hidden Culinary Gem


Shepherd Park Draught House is almost quickly passed over when driving down Shepherd. Its location is secluded on the corner of Shepherd and 34th next to Pinks Pizza. It’s a quaint pub with an intoxicating ambiance that feels as if you have walked through a time machine back to the 80’s with great hair rock and roll music constantly playing and the same styled décor gives an illuminating atmosphere accompanied with tall red booths. The booths were inspired by the old school 80s look, but to also create an air of intimacy in the small space provided. Most of the décor on the walls are from Ken Bridge, the Head Chef and Owner, it’s his personal collection.

Bridge says it best,

“No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy ambiance or character.”


The pub plays on different atmospheres from a family restaurant, a local sports bar, a casual lunch with friends space or business associates meeting to discuss the latest deal, and even a girls night out talking over a fine bottle of wine place. Named after the area it surrounds, this pub delivers what any neighborhood wants: A place where you can be a “regular.” Bridge who used to skateboard around these parts as a child wanted to pay respects to the area he always knew and called Shepherd Park. He likes the area because The Heights is getting so overcrowded and a bit congested. The area he opened Shepherd Park in is as he describes, “the new Heights.”


This perfectly located pub has so much more to offer than merely atmosphere, which is always a huge part of any experience. The food is nothing short of heavenly. The dishes are all unique creations of Chef Bridge, also owner of Houston favorites, such as Pinks Pizza, Lola and Dragon Bowl. He asks for only one thing: no alternatives to dishes. But trust DISH when we say, you will not want to change a single thing. The amazing textures and the unique and sometimes strange combinations will leave you salivating for more and eating off of each other’s plates.  Chef Bridge explains that the inability to alternate any item on the menu is so that people can

“challenge themselves and explore different combinations. I want people to open their minds and challenge their palates.”

And boy, do you! My own personal favorite, the Poblano Burger, is a concoction created by Bridge after his recent (6 years) exposure and use of cilantro. Never imagined a burger stacked with an overwhelming amount of fresh cilantro could make such a riveting combination, but I constantly find myself ordering the rare treat time and time again. The Thai Curry Chicken is another wonderful dish especially for those weary of Indian food. This meal brings together the great flavors of curry chicken, without too much of the overwhelming flavors that many are reluctant to try. Only thing not on the menu is pizza. What are we to do when we want a pizza to go with our football game? Don’t fret too much. Go over next door to Pinks Pizza, order yourself a large and bring it in to Shepherd Park. It’s that easy!

While enjoying your meal, you’ll want to wash everything down with a beer from one of their great beer selections. The beer menu is short, but not generic by any means. The small but welcoming area only offers a limited amount of space and the 15 beers on tap and jam packed in there to create a diverse, yet local selection. The offerings range from St. Arnolds, Shiner, Southern Star and Leprechaun Apple Cider – all Texas owned favorites. You won’t find any over-exposed brands at this local pub. Most of these beers are Texas owned and brewed and who can argue with that brilliant reasoning? Just when you thought it was over … the bar offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday for the amazing flavors to follow you through the weekend. If you didn’t think Shipley’s Donuts could get any better, try it with bacon and whipped cream, in an amazing concoction called the Donut Waffle. This locally Houston owned treasure is a gem at the end of a long exhausting hunt for great food and a great environment.  


Chef Kellie Briscoe's Star is Rising

When DISH got the email requesting our presents at a private chef's dinner at McCormick and Schmick's in Uptown Park we really didn't want to go. It's a chain restaurant that's not even Texas based so what did it have to do with Houston and DISH? More over it was a beer dinner with Sam Adams...another non Texas entity however we're not usually known for turning down free food either!

So after a few months the table was set, the menu created and our appeities whet.

Chef Kellie Briscoe was kind enough to come out and chat with us one on one before the four course meal began and that's where the DISH love affair started. She is such a kind and clearly hard working person that she could have served us Campbell's soup and we'd still have found a way to love her. After seeing and tasting her first course of prosciutto wrapped sea diver scallop over wilted watercress and braised asiago tomato however we actually could not speak! It was love at first bite, the flavors melded together in a symphony of taste bud delight. It was so simple and perfect. She let the scallop hold it's flavor rather than trying to pseudo impress with an unnecessary sauce as so many do.

The second course had the room moaning with delight! Maple caramel smoked salmon atop a kale stained puffed pastry stuffed with smoked vegetable ratatouille. The sweet and sticky topping on the soft, buttery salmon fillet made mouths water, begging for the next bite. Guests actually stopped talking! The stained puff pastery wasn't just beautiful but tasty! How creative to die it with a natural substance to give a nice plate. Chef Briscoe clearly cares about every detail of your experience creating a visual treat as well as a flavorful one.  Cutting into the pastry revealed the smoked veggie rataoullie that elicited squeals of joy from around the otherwise silent room.

The third course was a double bock braised short ribs over fried leeks and Peruvian potatoes.

DISH didn't have this one because we can't eat meat with bones in it but Chef Briscoe kindly and calmly handled our culinary neurosis well and provided us with the most tasty beef filet! In the midst of all of what she was doing for the room of 50 guests she created something special for DISH and we have been ruined to steak now!







The fourth course is the one that had DISH literally jumping out of our seat with excitement! The presentation was phenomenal and it was clear just by looking at it that it took hours to create. Lemongrass coconut gelato in a cacahuate japones florentine shell with jellied blackberry coulis and sweet dulce cream. More over..it was topped with colourful pulled sugar that was shattered to mimic stained glass!

Talking to Chef Briscoe about how long it took her to create this dish she told us the gelato took 8 tries,  2 1/2 weeks and 3 different bases. She actually steeped the lemongrass like a tea to finally come up with the final product. The pulled sugar took 2 days alone.

Conclusion: If you're invited to a private chef's dinner at a national chain restaurant, go! You just might find a gem like we did!

Chef Kellie Briscoe is absolutely a rising star in the culinary work and DISH highly suggests you keep and eye out for her!

Well done, Chef!


Trattoria II Mulino Opens to Raves

Houston will welcomed a touch of New York’s West Village with an exciting, new restaurant: Trattoria Il Mulino. An off-shoot of the famed Il Mulino New York, Trattoria Il Mulino offers a casual, family-friendly dining experience in a lively atmosphere with a menu emphasizing classic Italian cuisine from the Abruzzi region of Italy while incorporating the bounty of Texas culinary products available for the kitchen. Some of the most popular dishes at Il Mulino New York are featured, along with the more traditional pizzas, pastas, and lighter dishes. Trattoria Il Mulino offers an extensive wine list along with an outstanding bar menu and an array of specialty cocktails.

The interior design of Trattoria IL Mulino, as its’ name implies, creates a fun, come as you are atmosphere for guests. The open concept design with pickled cedar, natural red brick, large exhibition kitchen and four private wine rooms adds an element of elegant contemporary Italian design. Custom-designed wood dining tables, sans table cloths, add to the sense of authentic old-country ambience and cuisine. The Bar area creates an intimate, sensual mood with a large contemporary backlit bar and comfortable leather bar stools.

At Trattoria Il Mulino, Executive Chef Michele Mazza embraces the Abruzzi tradition of “la panarda,” a decadent feast sometimes lasting up to 24 hours in the old country. Since the 16th Century, the Abbruzi region has been celebrated throughout Europe for its superior culinary tradition. Notorious sticklers for freshness and simplicity, Abruzzi chefs have been sought after by aristocrats the world over for their savory recipes and abundant portions. Staples of Abruzzi cuisine include olive oil, tomatoes, lamb, and hot peppers, as well as a variety of cured meats, goat’s milk cheeses and superbly textured pastas.


Trattoria Il Mulino Trattoria will offer its guests a superior dining experience centered around the finest Abruzzi cuisine. A wide array of elegantly presented dishes will be served in a lively bistro environment with a superior level of customer service.

 To keep the menu fresh and in season, dishes are changed regularly and reflect local culinary influences. Choose appetizers, pizzas, pastas, entrees or desserts from the extensive menu. The authentic Abruzzi recipes are prepared in a traditional open kitchen with only the finest ingredients and an incredible eye for detail. The charcoal grill and wood-burning pizza oven make for a cozy ambience and an array of delicious aromas. The Italian wine selection is extensive, featuring moderately priced offerings as well as more exclusive vintages. With its teeming bar, communal tables and exposed brick walls, the Il Mulino Trattoria exudes a lived-in, casual grace with an undertone of sophistication.


But what really sets Trattoria Il Mulino apart from other bistros in their price range is the food. From the eggplant caponata to the veal chop with sage and garlic, each dish is prepared with a commitment to superior quality, presentation and taste. Simple favorites like the rigatoni bolognese redefine Italian comfort food, while the savory nuances of dishes like the seared red snapper with cherry tomatoes, garlic, pancetta and white wine over broccoli rabe befit a more sophisticated palate.


One of the specialties of the house at Trattoria Il Mulino is the house-made Grappa which has been a tradition in Northern Italy for centuries utilizing recipes handed down through the generations. Trattoria Il Mulino uses those recipes to create a variety of house-made, infused grappas such as Pear, Blueberry, Strawberry, Fig, Raspberry, Apricot, and Raisin.  The process consists of taking the distilled spirit and fermenting it with the fruit of your choice.   We allow time, Mother Nature, and a little love to create these delectable digestifs.  As a finale to your meal, we serve a complimentary pour of house-made Limoncello.


Trattoria Il Mulino t the new Westin Houston Memorial City will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 945 Gessner at I-10. For reservations, please call (832) 358-0600.



Ava Takes You Away

By DISH Contributor: Robin Reimer
With new restaurants opening in H-town almost every day, it seems as though the
vernacular is always shifting. That being said…there is a new sheriff in town!

Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar: Located in the new West Ave in the Upper Kirby District.

It is Houston's most seductive new restaurant with a NYC vibe. Floor to ceiling windows
overlooking the new lights of the city, the new 2727 skyrise…and the oncoming luxury traffic of the Upper Kirby District.
Owned by the renowned Schiller/Del Grande Restaurant Group you sould of course assume greatness and creativity. Ava is downstairs and meant to be in conjunction with Alto Pizzeria which hasn't opened as of the writing of this story.

We couldn't help but let you know what we indulged in on our server's small plate suggestions:

Gulf Crab Meat Cocktail $18
w/ Tomatoes & Avocado Creamy Avocado Sauce

Roasted Stuffed Squid $12
w/ Shrimp Sausage & Mediterranean Salsa Verde

Ceviche of Yellowtail $14
w/ Mango | Jicama & Fresno Chile

And the most heavenly indulgence of all was the dessert:

Chocolate Profiterole
w/ Candied Hazelnuts

Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar is Houston's hottest place to be, and has found a new forever home…in Houston...to stay!!!

Sullivan's Hits the Top 10!

The award-winning Sullivan's Steakhouse, known for the finest steaks, savory seafood and great live music, has recently been named to Tom Horan's America's Top Ten Club as one of the Top Ten Texas Steakhouses, announced Zaidi Syed, General Manager of Sullivan's Steakhouse Houston.


Former restaurateur Tom Horan, who has authored dining guides for Houston Metropolitan Magazine, Houston City Magazine, Inside Houston Magazine and the Houston Chronicle, created the America's Top Ten Club to recognize the best in culinary excellence. The lists are created solely on quality, reputation, food and service, price value and, most importantly experience.


Rated the No. 2 steakhouse in Texas, Sullivan's cuisine, inspired and created by Executive Chef Teli Trikilis, features an array of the finest cuts of meat and expertly prepared seafood. Sullivan's is a traditionally styled American steakhouse with classic dark wood inspired furniture and steakhouse fixtures throughout.  The Ringside jazz lounge boasts great live music Wednesday through Saturday and is accentuated by a beautiful baby grand piano outside the entrance in the main bar where local musicians entertain guests throughout the evening.


"Sullivan's has been a local mainstay for more than 10 years. We pride ourselves on serving the finest and freshest cuts of meat and seafood. Being named as of one of the Top Ten Texas Steakhouses is a testament to our high quality of food and service and is much appreciated," said Syed.


Sullivan's is joined on Horan's Top Ten list by other renowned steakhouses, including: The Steakhouse, Galveston, TX; Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood, San Antonio, TX; Killen's Steakhouse, Pearland, TX; Lisa West' Double Nickel Steakhouse, Lubbock, TX; Mo's...A Place for Steaks, Houston, TX; III Forks, Houston, TX; Cattlemen's Steak House, Fort Worth, TX ;Trio Steakhouse, Houston, TX and Vince Young Steakhouse, Austin, TX.


Katz's 10 Year Anniversary!

$10, 10 days, 1 great restaurant, 1 great cause—Katz’s Deli & Bar is celebrating their 10 year Houston anniversary with a 10 day extravaganza October 1-10, 10am to 10pm, with 10% of the proceeds benefiting the Houston Police Department’s Positive Interaction Program.

Katz’s will be running special anniversary prices on some of Katz’s favorite items as an appreciation for 10 great years in Houston . Below is the $10 list for each day!

October 1st – 2 orders of Fried Pickles

2nd – 2 Cheesecake Shakes

3rd – 2 Signature Fresh Salads

4th – 2 Rueben Sandwiches

5th – 2 Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

6th – 2 Bagel with Lox

7th – 2 Yankee Pot Roast Sandwiches

8th – 2 Hotdogs with 2 Sides

9th – 2 Brownie Boats

10th – ALL of the Specials from 10am – 10pm!


On Sunday October 10th Katz’s will also have a $1000 Pickle Eating Contest! There will be a special booth set up from 10 am – 10 pm where anyone can participate in the contest! How fast can you down 10 Katz’s Pickles?? The patron with the best time wins $1000!! Participants get a commemorative t-shirt while supplies last. Proceeds from the $10 registration will go straight to charity.


Houston Police Department’s Positive Interaction Program:

The education of the citizens of Houston on how their police department functions is essential to the PIP program. Once a citizen understands how the police department does its job, that citizen can better relay to the police department their neighborhood needs. The free flow of information and ideas gives us both a better understanding of each other's needs and expectations. This fosters trust and friendship between citizens and the police department that serves them. Cooperation between the Houston Police Department and the citizens is imperative in the reduction of crime and enhancing the overall quality of life in their neighborhoods.



Chefs Under Fire!

Although the weather is cooling down, things are still heating up in Houston because the Chefs Under Fire 2010 Houston Area Regional Competition is less than a week away and you won’t want to miss it.

Five up and coming chef contestants from the Houston Area will have a chance to prove what they’re made of to a Local Celebrity Chef Judges panel, including:
  • Chef David Grossman, Branch Water Tavern 
  • Chef Jonathan "J.J." Jones, Beavers Restaurant
  • Chef Monica Pope, T'afia Restaurant & Green Plum Catering
And leading the evening is special guest emcee:
  • Jonathan "J.R." Cohen, YMKM Agency
Now, if Top Chef Masters contender Chef Monica Pope doesn’t know a thing or two about heated competition, we don’t know who does! These contestants will be fighting for a chance to compete at the Chefs Under Fire 2010 Final Competition against the other Texas Regional winners - Chef Juan Rodriguez of Reata Restaurant (Fort Worth) and Chef Erica Beneke of MAX’s Wine Dive (Austin).

Get your tickets now and enjoy a night that includes:

Houston Area Regional Competition
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sysco Houston, Inc. – 10710 Greens Crossing Blvd., Houston TX
Tickets $35

Tickets are limited, so secure your spot at the event now!

The Chefs Under Fire Team

Chefs Under Fire™ 2010
hosted by Keeper Collection, LLC

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HRW Extended thru Labor Day!

What great news DISHIES!!!!  Due to popular demand, Houston Restaurant Week has been extended through Labor Day, Sept. 6th.
Restaurants extending the event will continue to donate funds to the Houston Food Bank for every special Houston Restaurant Week lunch & dinner menu sold through 9/6.
(Note: All are serving dinner. Not all are serving lunch.) Thank you!

See below a list of restaurants that have committed to the extension.

For most updated list of extending restaurants visit  CLICK HERE

. Preliminary Extension List (90+ committed so far):

*17, III Forks, 51Fifteen, Americas Post Oak-The Original, Amerigo's Grille, Arcodoro, Arturo's Uptown Italiano, Au Petit Paris, Backstreet Cafe, benjy's in the Village, benjy's on Washington, Bistro Catron, Bistro Des Amis, Bistro Don Camillo, Branch Water Tavern, Brasserie Max & Julie, Brennan's of Houston, Brenner's on the Bayou, Brenner's Steakhouse, Cadillac Bar Houston, Cafe Moustache, The Capital Grille, Catalan Food and Wine, Cava Bistro, Cavatore, Cielo Mexican Bistro, Cullen's Upscale American Grille, Damian's Cucina Italiana, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Downtown Aquarium, Frank's Chop House, Glass Wall, Grotto Westheimer, Grotto Woodlands, Haven, Hearsay Gastro Lounge, House of Blues Foundation Room, Hugo's, Ibiza, Joyce's Seafood & Steaks, Julia's Bistro, Kona Grill - Galleria, Kona Grill - Sugar Land, La Colombe d'Or, La Griglia, Le Mistral, Masraff's, Max's Wine Dive, McCormick & Schmick's - Downtown, McCormick & Schmick's - Town & Country, McCormick & Schmick's - Uptown, The Melting Pot - Westheimer, Merlion on 4th, Michelangelo's, Mockingbird Bistro, Noe @ The Omni Houston Galleria Hotel, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Ocean's, Olivette at the Houstonian, Ouisie's Table, Palm Restaurant, Pappas Bros Steakhouse, Pappas Grill, Perry's Italian Grille, Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Champions, Perry's Steakhouse - Clear Lake, Perry's Steakhouse - Katy, Perry's Steakhouse - Memorial City, Perry's Steakhouse - Sugar Land, Perry's Steakhouse - Woodlands, Pesce, Polo's Signature, Post Oak Grill, Pradaria Steaks & Churrascaria, Prego, Prime Time Steakhouse, Quattro, Rainbow Lodge, Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro, Ray's Grill, Ruth's Chris, Saffron, Sage 400, Straits, Strata, Sullivan's, Trio Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony's, Willie G's, Yelapa, Zushi Japanese Cuisine.


The Strip House Goes Full Monte

It’s been five short and delicious years since Strip House opened its doors in Houston. This formerly quiet pocket on the east end is now one of the city’s most bustling areas with Discovery Green, Toyota Center, the GRB and Houston Pavilions just steps away.  Strip House is thrilled to celebrate this milestone with Houstonians; therefore, they are introducing a five-course anniversary menu, masterfully created by executive chef, John Schenk.

The five for $55 menu will be available for lunch or dinner starting January 5th through February 28th (not available on Valentine’s Day). The menu features some of Strip House’s most celebrated dishes, including:


-        lobster bisque cappuccino, with chopped lobster and chives

-        grilled tomato and bufala mozzarella salad, with balsamic glaze and basil

-        seared sea scallop, with edamame succotash, black truffle butter, corn broth

-        filet mignon, with black truffle creamed spinach and goose fat potatoes

-        Strip House profiterole, with espresso and chocolate ice creams, hot fudge sauce




Strip House is located at 1200 Mc Kinney. For reservations, please call 713.659.6000



La Strada Takes it's Salida 

After years of speculation, rumor and termoil the lower Westheimer institution, La Strada finally shut it's doors. There have been problems but the worst of them have been since the 2002 fire which closed the location for over a year.

Some people feel the feeling and spirit of the place burned out with the fire. Instead of a happy place for folks to gather, patrons feel that it became too 'up-scale".  Everyone one knows you can't be what you aren't and the original La Strada was an accepting melting pot for all types. La Strada basically started Sunday Funday.

Online a former parton lamented:

 "Used to love Sunday brunches there! Tossing Jell-o shots and flying paper airplanes made from gay porn magazines along with spontaneous line dancing and roundhouse showtune chorales. Now it is a morgue."

In 2004, a B4-U-Eat reviewer had this to say about the post-fire Sunday brunch scene at La Strada:

"Remember when Sunday was La Strada? Remember when the bellinis flowed, the beads flew and the crowd was as colorful as the confetti? The bellinis are now in plastic, the beads are outlawed and the channel was changed from Queer as Folk to Sex in the City. What fool decided to "straighten" out Sunday?"

Of course it's no secret they didn't seem to be trying to bring themselves back. Houston have been opening new restaurant after new restaurant almost every week for the past half year at least and they didn't come out with even one new dish. They just didn't keep up.

La Strada opened in 1986. Ten years later, owner Aldo Catania opened a Galleria-area location, which closed in 2007. In 2002, a fire closed the Montrose location, and it didn't reopen until 2004. Last March, the Montrose location declared for bankruptcy over taxes owed to the state, citing assets of less than $50,000 and debts of one to ten million dollars.

The owner could not be reached for comment.


How Exotic is YOUR Dinner?

Well apparently not enough! However, never fear!!! Sushi Raku is here!!

Swanky meets sushi at a new restaurant nestled in the heart of Midtown. Sushi Raku combinings age-old cooking techniques and modern day ingredients with flair and creativity. Sushi Raku, which means “happy” in Japanese! We all know DISH loves nothing more than HAPPY things!!


“We are thrilled to open Sushi Raku in midtown" said Patrick Chiu, owner. "We have always wanted to bring the Raku concept to Houstonians; the area of midtown is an extremely dynamic and invigorating destination and we look forward to being a part of the energy and creativity here."


Keeping it all in Texas, Sushi Raku was designed by Austin’s Michael Hsu Designs! The interior has been described as dynamic and sexy while it playfully engages with classic Asian design from a previous era with a modern update. The 6,800 square-foot restaurant features two opposing design themes: one stylish and contemporary with heavy use of red mosaic tile and white oak décor; and the other traditional with life size samurai warriors and drums. Much of the artwork will be created on-site, by a local artist who will entertain guests nightly with his canvas drawings. One stylistic detail, new to Houston, is 60,000 pounds of red, nylon rope that took one week to install.  Imported from Japan, the layers of three-inch wide rope drape the ceilings and walls of Raku’s 1,200 square feet bar area. Other stand out features include, twenty-five foot high ceiling and grand windows; banquette seating throughout; sushi and tempura bars; and three individual ‘dining spaces’ all connected by flowing curtains, that provide guests with privacy.

Executive Taka Sekiguchi brings his mastery of the cuisine to the Raku kitchen, with more than 15 years of experience in Japanese and Pan-Asian cooking. Taka honed his culinary skills working in Japan at traditional Japanese restaurants including Sankafu and Shokudo En. Taka approaches traditional Japanese dishes as if they were works of modern art and efforts are always made to use local produce. Raku seafood will be shipped in daily; and on Friday’s, Raku will feature a “today’s special” with fish that is flown in every Friday morning from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market.


“Chef Taka will bring the captivating Japanese culture alive with his amazing creations and presentations of Japanese cuisine blended with Texas flair,” said Chiu. Taka’s Texas fancy is evident in creative dishes, such as: Warm Tomato Water Soup ,with kabocha pumpkin, lump crab, osaka seaweed and mitsuba leaf; Texas Mesquite Smoked Scottish Salmon, with boursin cheese, watercress, orange marmalade salad, salmon roe and chive oil; Texas wagyu beef, with roasted pear tomato, scallion, whipped kabocha, star anise  and aged sake demi glaze; and Tontoro, a 12 hour slow braised Berkshire pork jowl, with  lady apple comport, reduction of au jus and candied Texas pecan.


The Raku bar menu features an extensive list of Sake, that has been carefully selected by Chiu in conjunction with specialty importers. Raku will also feature fruit-infused sake; wine list, and specialty cocktails using distinctive ingredients.




Sounds like a DISH party is on its way!!!


Thanksgiving Day Deals

Who are we kidding??? It takes for EVER to cook a full Thanksgiving Day meal, 20 minutes to eat it, including giving thanks and conversation and then you get to clean it up while everyone goes to watch football. Who needs it?? That's why DISH has compiled a list of restaurants where you can either take it to go or go and sit while someone else does the cooking and the clean up! ENJOY DISHIES and Happy Thanksgiving!


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Thank you CLEVERLEY!!!!