Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fluff Bake Bar


Fluff Bake Bar

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Service (staff):

 

- Lack of knowledge

- Quick

- Smily 

- Talkative

- Young

- Friendly 

- Owner came out


 

Ambience:

 

- NEW

- Tiny

- Bright

- Patio available

- Low music

- Pastel decor with a woody touch

- Visible kitchen

- Clean

- Delicate 

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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•Address• 314 gray st | houston tx

•Area• Midtown

•Telf• (832) 374 - 8340

•Web• www.Fluffbakebar.com

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Brownie

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- Moist icy cold

- Fresh

- Rich

- Not too sweet

- Highly chocolaty 

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Fluffernutters & S.O.L.

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Fluffernutters: 


- Nutty

- Sweet

- Toasted kick

- Bold

- Crumbly 

- Flavorsome

- Marshmallow filling



Sol: 


- Soft

- Fluffy

- Intriguing

- Yum

- Adequate sweet balance

- Interesting

- Marshmallowy 

- Milky chocolate

- Marshmallow filling

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Fluff: 5/5

Sol: 4.7/5

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Chocolate Chip & 

Snickerdoodles 

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Chocolate Chip:


- Homemade

- Chunks of chocolate

- Soft

- Slightly heavy

- Cold


Snickerdoodles


- Enjoyable but unimpressive 

- Hard

- Not fresh

- Too much cinnamon

- Buttery

- Old fashion cookie 

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ChC: 4.5/5

Snck: 4/5

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Friday, May 29, 2015

La Grange


La Grange

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Service:


- Welcoming

- Young

- All hands on deck

- Highly attentive

- Knowledgable

- Detail oriented

- Energetic

- Sociable

- Eager to please 

- Serviceable 

- Positive energy

- Manager visited the tables



Ambience:


- NEW

- Upscale hipster

- Trendy

- West coast vibe

- Indoors/Outdoors 

- Refreshingly unique patio

- Lounge music

- Spacious

- Two story

- Casual

- Great for big groups

- Yuppie crowd

- Interactive 

- Valet & self-parking available

- Easy menu

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 5/5

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•Address• 2517 ralph st | houston tx

•Area• montrose

•Telf• (832) 962 - 4745

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Watermelon Fresca

tequila blanco, aperol, watermelon juice, lemon juice, and touch of salt

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- Refreshing

- Soft

- Sweet kick

- Slightly watery

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Drink: 4/5

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Bluberry Crush

white rum, lemon, blueberries and agave

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- Refreshing

- Delicate

- Fruity

- Light (low level of alcohol)

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Drink: 4.5/5

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Holy Queso 

white cheese, green chilies and pico served with tortillas chips. extra guacamole

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- Cheesy

- Shareable

- Smooth

- Creamy

- Guacamole infused 


Chips: greasy, crispy, crunchy

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Dish: 5/5

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Salmon Aguachile

sashimi style salmon tossed with fresh mint, habanero and lime juice

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- Highly spicy

- Large appetizer

- Fresh

- Sweet grape kick

- Refreshing jimaca

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Dish: 4.3/5

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The La Grange Burger

our special blend of angus beef and brisket patty with refried black beans, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, tortilla strips and pico de gallo

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- Large

- Slightly messy 

- Fulfilling

- Different

- Plenty of avocado

- Rich

- Spicy kick

- Smoked brisket flavors combined with mexican pico de gallo


- Buns: stale feeling, slightly hard & cold

- Beef: well cooked, juicy, smoky 

- Fries: perfectly salty, thin, greasy, warm

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Dish: 3.3/5

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Monday, May 25, 2015

El Big Bad



El Big Bad

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Service (staff):

 

- Helpful but distant

- Polite

- Quick

- Knowledgeable

- Manager/chef visited the tables

- Detail oriented

 

 

Ambience:

 

- Comfortable

- Terrace available

- Energetic

- Casual

- Dim

- Loud

- Visible half kitchen

- Infused tequilas

- Spacious

- Easy menu

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Service: 4.5/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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•Address• 419 travis st | houston tx

•Area• Downtown 

•Telf• (713) 229 - 8181

•Web• www.elbigbad.com

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Guacamole

smashed avocado, cilantro, tomato, lime, serrano chili, caramelized garlic

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- Large size

- Sharable

- Fresh

- Highly acid

- Unimpresive

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Dish: 3.3/5

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Empanadas

butternut squash, tomatillo, pure luck tx chevre, allspice, rosemary, smoky crema, cotija

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- Two empanadas

- Fulfilling

- Plenty of filling

- Heavy

- Slightly sweet & spicy

- Golden brown

- Warn

- Greasy

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Dish: 4/5

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Tacos

Barbacoa: smoked crema, avocado, pickled red onion  

Pork Carnitas: pickled carrots & salsa verde

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- Slightly stale tortillas

- Plenty of beef

- Unimpressive 

- Bland

- Lacks culture


Barbacoa:

- Smoky kick

- Lack of seasoning

- Hard

- Lack of avocado & crema


Carnitas:

- Dry

- Plenty of sauce

- Spicy kick

- Slightly cold

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Dish: 2.5/5

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Southside Espresso



Southside Espresso

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Service (staff):

 

- Knowledgeable

- Lack of attentiveness 

- Distant

- Rude

- Lack of details

- Quick

 

 


Ambience:

 

- Cosy 

- Tiny

- Bright

- Lack of plugs 

- Great music

- Patio available

- Casual

- Mixed crow

- Loud

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Service: 2.5/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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•Address• 904 westheimer rd | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 942 - 9990

•Web• www.southsideespresso.com.com

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Cappuccino 

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- Large size

- Fresh

- Foamy 

- Slightly milky

- Strong flavor

- Bold

- Robust flavor

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Chocolate Chip Cookie

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- Enjoyable but unimpressive 

- Large

- Hard on the edge; Soft in the middle

- Some chunks of chocolate

- Crumbled 

- Sharable

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lillo & Ella one year anniversary



Lillo & Ella 

one year anniversary 

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•When• 05 | 19 - 24 | 2015 

tues - thurs 5-10pm | fri 5-11pm | sat 11-3pm & 5-11pm | sun 11-3pm

•Where• 2307 ella blvd | houston tx

•Price• free admission

•Info• celebrate its anniversary with $5 special on three signature menu items all week long. 

charred brussels sprouts | mandarin margaritas | nutella pie w/ burnt caramel

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•Photo Credit• @LilloAndElla

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Double Barrel Dinner


Double Barrel Dinner

ft woodford reserve & herradura

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•When• 05 | 19 | 2015

reception 6:30pm | dinner 7pm

•Where• 1520 lake pointe pkwy |

sugar land tx

•Price• $85 pp

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•Photo Credit• @CorduaRestrnts

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sud Italia ristorante


Sud Italia

ristorante

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Service (staff):

 

- Lacked knowledge

- Very polite

- Attentive

- Eager to please

- Lots of potential

- Manager visited the tables

 


Ambiance:


- NEW

- Small

- Quaint

- Simple decoration

- Classical music

- Clean

- Simple charm

- Calm on a rainy day

- Peaceful 

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Service: 4.3/5

Ambience: 4/5

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•Address• 2347 university blv | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 664 - 7571

•Web• www.sud-italia.com

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Burrata Con Pomodoro

sliced tomato with balsamic vinaigrette layered with burrata, basil and mint

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- Appetizer size

- Lacked seasoning

- Unripe tomatoes

- Burrata: milky, fresh, soft, creamy and smooth

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Strozzapreti E Al Pesto Con Calamari

strozzapreti pasta tossed with calamari and garlic

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- Well cooked pasta

- Pesto lacked brightness

- Garlic aftertaste

- Large

- Plenty of calamari

- Room temperature.

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Dish: 3.5/5

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NY Tagliata

new york steak with balsamic reduction over a bed of radicchio and arugula served with fingerling potatoes

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- Well cooked

- Cold

- Slightly sweet

- Complimented by arugula

- Nice size

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bollo woodfired pizza


Bollo

woodfired pizza

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Service (staff):

 

- Helpful but distant

- Welcoming

- Quick

- Manager/chef visited the tables

- Young

 

 

Ambience:

 

- New

- Casual

- Bright

- Mixed crowd

- Visible kitchen

- Spacious

- Easy menu

- No background music (for a long period)

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Service: 4.3/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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•Address• 2202 w alabama | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 677 - 0391

•Web• www.bollohouston.com

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Basil Humus

housemade hummus, ev olive oil, warm pita

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- Medium size

- Sharable

- Fresh

- Smooth

- Creamy

- Strong tahini flavor

- Slightly cold pita

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Pesto Pollo Pizza

grilled chicken, walnut pesto, red onions, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes 

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- Unimpressive

- Plenty of veggies

- Warm

- Sharable

- Dough: heavy, crusty

- Lack of sauce

- Fresh

- Plenty of chicken

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Margarita Pizza

fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, ev olive oil & roasted peppers

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- Excessive sauce

- Spicy kick

- Fresh tomatoes

- Cheesy

- Heavy dough 

- Aromatic

- Basil touch

- Warm 

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Dish: 4/5

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crawfish hot & spicy


Crawfish

hot & spicy

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•When• every saturday | all day

•Where• 510 gray st | houston tx

•Price• $8.99 per lb

•Special• drink specials all day

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•Photo Credit• @GPHMidtown

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Cooking Therapy


Cooking Therapy

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•When• 05 | 15 | 2015 | 7-10pm

•Where• 3701 travis st | houston tx

•Price• $85

•Special• appetizers & four-course dinner, cooking lesson w/ chef pope followed by q & a, remy martin cocktail hour, flow juice bar sample & more

•Web• www.acesoftaste.com

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•Photo Credit• @AcesOfTaste

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Harwood Grill



Harwood Grill

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Service (staff):

 

- Polite

- Helpful

- Welcoming

- Slightly slow

- Unknowledgeable

- Manager/chef never visited the tables

- Positive attitude

- Lack of details

 

 

Ambience:

 

- New

- Comfortable

- Patio available

- Low background music

- Upscale casual

- Valet and self parking available

- Visible half kitchen

- Offering 30-day aged akaushi beef (Directly from Harwood, TX)

- Ranch to table

- Bright

- Rustic décor

- Easy menu

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Service: 3.7/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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•Address• 2300 westheimer rd | houston tx

•Telf• (713) 360 - 7757

•Web• www.harwoodgrill.com

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The Meatball

8 oz fresh akaushi ground Beef mixed with roasted veggies and Artesian cheese; pan seared; topped with our house marinara, parmesan reggiano cheeses, served with a loaf of sourdough house bread and balsamic oil

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- Large size

- One 8oz meatball per order

- Plenty of sauce

- Chunks of tomatoes and onion

- Warm

- Fresh

- Dense

- Provocative sauce

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Lobster Bisque

topped with fresh lobster tail meat

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- Large size

- Big chunks of lobster

- Creamy

- Smooth

- Low-sodium

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Chefs Burger

8 oz fresh ground akaushi beef, seasoned with sea salt, pepper and garlic; seared on our red hot cast iron comal to perfection. Texas pancetta cheddar burger, aged cheddar, honey baked panchetta, grilled onions. Served with fresh cut idaho french fries

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- Provocative

- Sweet kick

- Lack of veggies

- Beef: well seasoned, peppered, soft, adequate size, fulfilling

- Bread: soft, sweet, fresh

- Fries: warm, fresh, soft and crunchy, addictive

- Plenty of bacon

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Harwood Grill Akaushi Steaks

6 oz akaushi tenderloin

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- Well cooked

- Well seasoned

- Tender

- Juicy

- Clean

- Flavorful

- Perfect size for one person

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Dish: 5/5

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Houston Heights Neighborhood Night


Houston Heights Neighborhood Night

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•When• every wednesday | 4-7pm

•Where• 191 heights blv | houston tx

•Price• $4 draft beer | $6 cocktails | $6 wine

•Special• the chefs whip up unique and delicious Hors D'oeuvres for you to enjoy in the bar during hh

•Web• www.ogdenhospitality.com

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•Photo Credit• @BFDHouston

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BrewFest 2015


BrewFest

houstonpress

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•Event• 4th annual brewfest

•When• 05 | 16 | 2015 | 3-7pm

•Where• 1501 silver st | houston tx

•Price• ga $35 & vip $60 (until may 15th) | ga $45 & vip $70 (day of event)

•Specials• craft beers, local food trucks & live music

•Web• www.brewfest.com

•Info• all guests must be 21+, with a valid ID

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•Photo Credit• @HoustonPress

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

El Cinco De Mayo the pastry war


Cinco De Mayo

at the pastry war

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•Event• cinco de mayo

•When• 05 | 05 | 2015 | all night

•Where• 310 main st | houston tx

•Price• $5 tequila ocho margaritas | $3 mexican beers | 1/2 price new mezcals | free pool

•Specials• brand new cocktail menu | elotes on the stick from the grill | luchador thumb wrestling competition @ 7pm with a $200 gift certificate to @Hugos_Houston

•Web• www.thepastrywar.com

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•Photo Credit• @ThePastryWar

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Cinco De Mayo


Cinco De Mayo

inferno taco eating contest

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•Event• cinco de mayo

•When• 05 | 05 | 2015 | all day 

•Where• 908 congress av | houston tx

•Price• $5 margaritas | food specials

•Specials• luve music | inferno taco eating contest @ 6pm (sign up starts @ 5pm)

•Web• www.batangahouston.com

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•Photo Credit• @BatangaHouston

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Tastemaker Awards


Tastemaker Awards

2015 culturemap

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•Event• annual celebration of the talent in Houston's food and drink community

•When• 05 | 13 | 2015 | 6-9pm

•Where• silver st studios

•Price• vary

•Web• http://houston.culturemap.com/tastemakers/2015/

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•Photo Credit• @Culturemap

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Cinco De Drinko


Cinco De Drinko

bovine & barley

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•Event• 5 de mayo celebration

•When• 05 | 05 | 2015 | until midnight

•Where• 416 main st | houston tx

•Price• $1 tacos | $3 select draft beers | $4 pura vida skinny margarita

•Web• www.bovineandbarley.com

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•Photo Credit• @BovineAndBarley

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Springbok


Springbok

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Service (staff):

 

- Casual

- Friendly

- Polite

- Inattentive a few times but helpful

- Slightly slow

 

 

Ambience:

 

- In the heart of downtown

- Spacious

- Dim

- Mixed of crowd

- Different set up tables

- Rustic décor

- Easy menu

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Service: 3.7/5

Ambience: 4/5

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•Address• 711 main st | houston tx

•Telf• (832) 767 - 5574

•Web• www.springbokhouston.com

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Deviled Eggs 

jalapeno – bacon candy

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- Fresh

- Simple

- Bacon: sweet and crunchy

- Cold

- Spicy kick

- Sharable

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Smoked Chicken Salad

romaine – bacon – blue cheese – tomato – avocado – ranch

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- Large size

- Sharable

- Plenty of avocado

- Cold

- Enjoyable but simple

- Fresh

- Lack of bacon and chicken

- Unimpressive

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Boerewors Roll

beef & pork belly sausage – beer onion – whiskey mustard – chips

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- Large

- Sweet onions

- Lack of onions

- Warm

- Sausage: juicy, large, warm, piquant, flavorsome, aromatic

- Chips: cold, over seasoned

- Bread: warm, toasted, fresh

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Fries

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- Large portion

- Fresh

- Highly Salty

- Warm

- Crunchy

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Dish: 4/5

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