Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cuchara mexico city bistro



Cuchara

mexico city bistro

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Service (Staff):


- Friendly

- Welcoming

- Knowledgeable

- Accommodating

- Attentive

- Slow to take order

- Fast food service



Ambiance:


- Clean

- Industrial ceiling

- Artsy

- Bright

- Colorful

- All ages

- Calm

- Casual

- Spacious

- Authentic Mexico City cuisine

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Service: 4.5/5

Ambience: 4/5

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•Address• 214 fairview st | houston  tx

•Area• montrose

•Telf• (713) 942-0000

•Web• www.cuchararestaurant.com

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Chicharrones

pork rinds with salsa

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- Crunchy puffs

- Salty

- Simple

- Snack-like

- Unimpressive

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Dish: 3/5

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Quesadillas De Huitlacoche

corn with black mushroom quesadillas

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- Fried

- Crispy outside

- Softy inside

- Mushroom and cheesy filling

- Perfect cream accent

- Shareable

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Dish: 5/5

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Esquites

corn nibs with epazote, mexican mayo & cream cheese

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- Flavorful

- Lemon kick

- Soft corn

- Powdered chili

- Creamy

- Good ratio of ingredients

- Must mix

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Tacos Crujientes De Flor De Jamaica

hibiscus flower and cream cheese cruchy tacos in homemade flour tortilla

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- Crispy

- Soft inside

- Paste-like filling

- Unique flavor

- Sufficient filling

- Shareable

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Dish: 5/5

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Huachinango Veracruzana

veracruz style red snapper mounted on a plantain and amaranth cake, rice on the side

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- Tender

- Delicate

- Fresh tomato sauce

- Warm

- Sweet plantain compliment

- Plenty of sauce

- Rice: soft, sticky, warm, sufficient

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Dish: 5/5

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Tasajo & Huarache

beef filet strip over huarache topped with beans, side of guacamole and poblano peppers

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- Well-seasoned

- Tender

- Juicy

- Thick tortilla with cream and bean layer

- Sufficient side portions

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MF Sushi


MF Sushi

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Service (Staff):


- Knowledgeable of plates

- Respectful

- Welcoming

- Serviceable

- Detail oriented

- Friendly

- Timely serving food

- Lacking wine knowledge


Ambiance:


- New (reopen)

- Trendy

- Dim

- Clean

- Modern

- Chic

- Soft background music

- Cozy

- Elegant wood accents

- Visible and spacious sushi bar

- Small appetizers, not for the hungry

- Self parking and valet parking

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Service: 4.3/5

Ambience: 5/5

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•Address• 1401 binz st | houston  tx

•Area• museum district

•Telf• (713) 637-4587

•Web• www.mfsushiusa.com

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Avocado Ball

spicy tuna & truffle mousse

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- Smooth

- Soft

- Small appetizer

- Lightly soft

- Delightful 

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Dish: 5/5

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Truffle Aioli Fresh Salmon

cherry tomatoes nikiri sauce & shiao oil

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- Delectable

- Sweet

- Small sizes

- Fresh

- Overpriced

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Soft Shell Crab Tempura

served with ponzu

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- Simple

- Unimpressive

- Crunchy

- Greasy

- Large portion

- Easy to share

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Baked Scallops

baked in japanese mayo, eel sauce, masago & scallion

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- Warm

- Delicious

- Small dish

- Fresh

- Creamy

- Sweet kick

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Spicy Tuna Osaka

box style roll topped with tuna, salmon, masago, scallions & sriracha sauce

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- Spicy

- Provocative

- Adequate size 

- Sticky rice

- Soft

- Delicate

- Light

- Fresh

- Highly recommended

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Dish: 5/5

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A5 Wagyu Beef Roll

with asparagus & truffle soy

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- Warm

- Beefy

- Crunchy

- Lack of truffle

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Lobster & Cucumber

topped with smoked salmon, avocado & eel sauce

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- Fresh

- Smoky

- Soft

- Sweet aftertaste

- Crunchy (inside)

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Soft Shell Crab

lettuce, carrots, cucumber & light mayo

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- Simple

- Light

- Lack of sauce

- Crunchy

- Slightly warm

- Big pieces

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Dish: 4/5

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Duck

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- Adequate quantity

- Well cooked

- Greasy

- Warm

- Lovely presentation

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Dish: 5/5

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Velvet Taco


Velvet Taco

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Service (Staff):


- Counter service

- Young

- Friendly

- Knowledgeable

- Very quick

- Detail oriented

- Very serviceable



Ambiance:


- New

- Trendy

- Bright

- Spacious

- Funky background music

- Casual

- Young crowd

- Plenty of parking

- Industrial decor

- Patio available

- Very clean

- Open kitchen

- Cold (AC)

- Windows everywhere

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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•Address• 4819 washington av | houston  tx

•Area• washington corridor

•Telf• (832) 834-5908

•Web• www.velvelttaco.com

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Rotisserie Chicken

white queso, roast corn pico, cilantro, smoked poblano salsa, corn tortilla

Grilled Flank Steak

portobello, white queso, grilled red onion, mex-oregano, corn tortilla  

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R. Chicken:

- Soft tortilla

- Spicy

- Simple

- Messy

- Plenty of pico

- Chicken: Slightly dry 


Flank St.: 

- Plenty of portobello

- Tasty

- Earthy

- Soft tortilla

- Meat: juicy, tender, soft

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R. Ch: 3.7/5

F. St: 5/5

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Falafel

tahini crema, arugula, tomatoes, fresnos, avocado, pickled red onion, pea tendrils, lettuce wrap

Slow Roasted Brisket

barbacoa style, red chili mayo, avocado relish, queso blanco, micro cilantro, comte cheese crusted flour tortilla

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Falafel: 

- Original

- Light

- Bitter touch

- Adequate quantity of sauce

- Falafel: smooth & soft (inside), crunchy (outside)

- Strong flavor of chickpeas

- Chinks of chickpeas


Brisket:

- Greasy

- Amazing

- Spicy

- Crunchy

- Plenty of relish

- Lovely tortilla

- Provocative

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Falafel: 5/5

Brisket: 5/5

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Cuban Pig

gruyere cheese, slow roasted pulled pork, shaved ham, peppered bacon, grain mustard, house brined pickle, crisp flour tortilla

Annatto Shredded Pork

avocado crema, house shred, grilled pineapple, pickled onion, queso fresco, cilantro, corn tortilla

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Cuban Pig:

- Dry

- No sauce

- Lack of bacon (no crispy)

- Smoky


A. Shredded Pork:

- Sweet Touch

- Original

- Fresh

- Juicy

- Well seasoned

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C. Pig: 2.5/5

Sh. Pork: 5/5

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Bramble



Bramble

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Service (Staff):


- Welcoming

- Male staff

- Very Knowledgeable

- Friendly

- All hands on deck

- Serviceable

- Talkative 

- Detail oriented

- Very attentive



Ambiance:


- New

- Southern

- Lacking signage

- Bright

- Rustic

- Wood decor

- Tiny but comfortable

- Loud background music

- Visible kitchen

- Joint bar & dining 

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4/5

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•Address• 2131 s voss rd | houston  tx

•Area• uptown

•Web• www.restaurantbramble.com

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Sweet Corn

grilled over charcoal, flavored with chili, lime & kewpie mayonnaise 

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- Warm

- Spicy

- Lovely presentation

- Juicy

- Crunchy

- Smoky kick 

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Dish: 5/5

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Terrine Of Oxtail & Bird

blackberry mustard, golden raisins & arugula

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- Fresh

- Sharable

- Thick

- Sweet with a salty kick

- Rich

- Heavy

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Tartare Of South Texas Lamb

tomato-eggplant marmalade, peanuts, miso & black radish 

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- Sticky

- Smooth

- Not cold enough

- Earthy

- Rich

- Meaty flavor

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Dish: 4/5

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Shrimp n' Grits

stone-ground heirloom grits, shrimp & tomato brown butter gravy

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- Simple

- Sweet aftertaste

- Large

- 2 shrimps

- Unsalted

- Corn infused

- Smooth

- Buttery

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aji peruvian cafe


Aji

peruvian cafe

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Service (Staff):


- Very Knowledgeable

- Friendly

- All hands on deck

- Managers visited the tables

- Accommodating

- Serviceable

- Quick

- Welcoming


Ambiance:


- Tiny

- Clean

- Casual

- Cozy

- Plenty of parking

- Bright colors

- Home feeling

- Latin background music

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 5/5

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•Address• 2825 s kirkwood rd | houston  tx

•Area• westchase 

•Telf• (281) 496-7777

•Web• www.ajiperuviancafehouston.com

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Causas

shrimp & chicken with aji limo, rocoto & ocopa

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- Lack of chicken & shrimps 

- Fresh

- Smooth but slightly dry

- Creamy

- Delicate

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Dish: 4/5

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Avocado Stuffed

creamy avocado halves stuffed with fresh vegetables, mayonnaise, pepper, salt & seafood salad 

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- Fresh

- Avocado: amazingly good, smooth, soft, rich

- Too much mayo

- Fresh & plenty of seafood

- Sharable

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Seafood Tempura & Ceviche

deep fried shrimp, calamari & scallops served with salsa criolla & a side of ceviche

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- Large portion

- Fresh

- Great combination

- Provocative

- Easy to share

- Seafood Tempura: crispy, warm, Plenty of it

- Ceviche: bitter kick, enjoyable, light, juicy

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Dish: 5/5

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Pescado A Lo Macho

fresh fish topped with seafood always calamari, shrimp, scallops, and then coated in a thick sauce made with aji amarillo, aji oanca, garlic & white wine. Served with whote rice & broil potato

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- Warm

- Fish: grilled, & soft inside, perfect size

- Fulfilling 

- Sticky rice

- Seafood cooked perfectly

- Adequate quantity of sauce  

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Dish: 5/5

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Picante De Mariscos

seafood (calamari, shrimp, scallops) sauteed with onions, tomatoes, spices and aji amarillo. Served with rice & yuca

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- Fresh

- Large

- Sticky rice

- Plenty of seafood

- A lot of sauce

- Fulfilling

- Spicy kick

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Lomo Saltado

pieces of tenderloin, sautéed with onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, salt & oyster sauce

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- Large

- Slightly salty

- Sticky rice

- Fresh veggies

- Plenty of meat

- Aromatic

- Strong soy flavor

- Fries: warm, crispy, soft inside

- Beef: tender, juicy, clean, big chunks, savory

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Flo Paris



Flo Paris

french bakery - cafe

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Service (Staff):


- Counter service

- Very Friendly

- Welcoming

- Family owned and family runned (including the little ones!)

- Makes you feel at home

- Authentic french personnel

- Busy


Ambiance:


- New

- Clean

- Bright

- Easy parking

- Casual

- Perfect for breakfast

- Mixed crowed

- Background pop music

- Modern french decor

- Delicatessen (they sell european fine products)

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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•Address• 5757 westheimer rd | houston  tx

•Area• uptown

•Telf• (832) 993-1404

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Quiche

salmon and cherry tomato

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- Warm

- Cheesy

- Strong salmon flavor

- Fulfilling

- Crunchy crust

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Chocolat

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- Fresh

- Crispy bottom crust

- Dark chocolate flavor

- Perfect touch of sweetness

- Creamy

- Beautiful presentation 

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Crepe Vegetarian

omelette cheese, mushroom, added egg

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- Large portion

- Authentic french crepe

- Thin

- Strong cheese flavor

- Warm

- Does not come with any sauce

- Fresh salad as a side

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Dish: 4/5

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Crisp HH


Crisp

happy hour

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•When• wednesday & thursday

•Time• 3-7 pm

•Where• 2220 bevis st | houston tx

•Info• half price off wine from the enomatic system

•Telf• (713) 360-0222

•Web• www.crisphouston.com

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•Photo Credit• @CrispHouston

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Moonshiners southern table + bar



The Moonshiners

southern table + bar

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Service (Staff):


- Friendly

- Welcoming

- Spacey 

- Kind

- Attentive but lacking attention to details

- Knowledgeable

- All hands on deck




Ambiance:


- New

- Bright

- Enjoyable background music

- Mixed crowd

- Modern rustic decor

- Clean

- Casual

- Patio available

- Easy menu

- Remodeling during business hours (noisy)

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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•Address• 1000 prairie st | houston  tx

•Area• downtown

•Telf• (713) 226-7717

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Fried Green Tomatoes

served over mixed greens with avocado ranch dressing 

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- Crispy

- Tangy

- Firm

- Thin slices

- Warm

- A hint of tomato flavor

- Sharable

- Enjoyable

- Dressing: bitter, smooth, creamy 

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Dish: 5/5

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Strawberry Field Salad

salad mix tossed with strawberries, grapes, roasted almonds, blue cheese crumbles in a blush wine vinaigrette

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- Lack os dressing

- More lettuce than anything else

- Fresh fruits

- Lack of cheese and almonds

- Bitter kick

- Unimpressive

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Lemon-Herb Chicken

slow-smoked roasted half chicken, seasoned with oregano, rosemary, thyme & lemon. roasted brussel sprouts & marble potatoes

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- Large

- Homemade feeling

- Earthy

- Fresh

- Chicken: juicy, tender, lemon taste

- Brussel Sprouts: lack of potatoes, very oily, crunchy

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Down House



Down House

coffee bar restaurant

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Service (Staff):


- Attentive

- Friendly

- knowledgable

- Slightly slow

- Dynamic waiting system

- Welcoming



Ambiance:


- Busy

- Dim

- Diverse cocktails

- Hipster

- Eclectic

- Families welcomed

- Casual

- Crowd of all ages

- Large patio

- Chill vibe

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Service: 4.7/5

Ambience: 5/5

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•Address• 1801 yale st | houston  tx

•Area• the heights

•Telf• (713) 864-3696

•Web• www.treadsack.com/downhouse

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Kimchi Burger

cabot cheddar, fried egg, bulgogi sauce, aioli, challah bun, and fries

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- Large

- Explosion of flavors

- Soggy bread from egg yoke

- Beef: tender, juicy, enjoyable

- Kimchi zing

- Unneeded pepper

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Scallops

dive scallops, farro with carrots & fennel, brown butter grapefruit vinaigrette, red fill

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- Scallops: crisps outside tender inside, easily cut with a fork

- Buttery quinoa

- Cheesy

- Savory

- Delectable

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Dish: 5/5

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