• rvponders

    Been a long week, so a lot of eating out since last Friday.

    Salsa Limon (Friday) – A slightly-off night for them (at least I’m hoping). Meat seemed a little tougher and less flavorful than usual, but still great tacos and worth eating just for that habanero salsa.

    Zoli’s NY Pizza (Tuesday) – Still amazing. It’s been a month or two, and I usually try to avoid the garlic knots, but those things are spicy, garlicky, cheesy goodness. Bought a whole bowl and polished off half of what I didn’t eat there in the car on the way home. I should try the other slices, but the straight cheese and the white pizza are the best I’ve had out of the City.

    Sol de Luna (Wednesday) – Arepas, yum. I haven’t found arepas anywhere else in the city, so I’m glad theirs are great. The staff here is so polite and helpful – they made me a chilled coffee while I waited, even though it’s not on their menu.

    Afrah (Wednesday) – This place was PACKED at 10 pm when I showed up with Ramadan fastbreakers. Garlic sauce is criminally good although you’ll pay for it the next morning by breathing garlic all over everyone within a 10 foot radius, but small price to pay. Some of the best hummus in the city (the only place I’ve eaten anything that comes close is Magnolia Cheese Company), especially with the meat toppings. Wish they had an option to put roasted garlic cloves on the stuff, like a Lebanese place in Baltimore called Taverna does. And they still have the best pita bread and gyro I’ve *ever* had.

    Lucia (Thursday) – Finally made it out to Lucia after multiple tries. First off, I have to say Jennifer Uygur is one of the nicest and most gracious people I’ve ever met. The “legend of Lucia” has intimidated me for a while, but there is nothing stuffy or pretentious about this place, just really nice, warm people who are excited about serving up food from the heart. Had the salumi plate, the peas & ricotta crostini and several plates of pasta. Unfortunately, ran out of room for dessert, but next time, will eat less apps/pasta and try some of those desserts, which looked really, REALLY good. I know people complain about how we don’t have much Italian here, and yeah compared to Houston we are lacking, but we are really lucky to have Nonna, Nonna Tata and Lucia here.

  • rvponders

    Huh. My comment disappeared. I guess too long. Short list – Salsa Limon, Zoli’s NY Pizza, Sol de Luna, Afrah and Lucia.

  • Greg Brown

    I have driven by Tei Tei Robata Bar at least three times a week over the last 5 years and always thought it was some Japanese robotic-automated-bartending-thing (I’m not the only one, right?). Then I went to this thing called “Google” on the “Internet” and found out that it is a type of charcoal grill. We loves us some grilled seafood so off we went. By a stroke of good luck we were seated at the bar right next to the Robata and watched the grillmaster in action throughout the evening. We started off with Alaskan Sockeye Salmon collar. The combination of melting cartilage, blackened skin and glowing pink meat kept us engaged from bite to eye-rolling bite. The remaining flecks of meat on the plate were quickly and efficiently picked off much like the last crack crystals in the carpet. Next up was sushi and sashimi with Spanish mackerel and house-smoked salmon, among others. This plate reduced our conversation to random utterances of oooh’s, uuum’s and aaah’s. Finally, our usual “Dessert Sushi:” Grilled Fresh-Water Eel expertly prepared on the Robata. We could not be more pleased with our experience. We, like a number of diners at the bar, will be regulars.

  • rvponders

    One last time then I admit defeat to the internet. This last week ate at Zoli’s, Sol de Luna, Afrah and Lucia, which mostly lived up to the hype.

  • Greg Brown

    Note to Nancy: Not sure what is going on with the posts. RV’s posts finally showed up after three days, while mine apparently went live immediately. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve also seen posts appear then disappear, then reappear again over the course of a couple of days. The post counter is also appears out of whack.

  • Rochell VanDeurzen

    Hi Greg! This morning I realized that RV’s posts were flagged (apparently the word ‘Sol’ is somehow bad), and I cleared them out. Usually your posts and RV’s always go live immediately. As for the other issues, I’m not sure, but I will keep a close eye on it!

  • alyb803

    Went to Tanoshii Ramen for the first time. 3 of us rotated plates and bowls during the meal. I really enjoyed the spicy miso ramen, but my favorite dish was the soft shell crab steamed bun. The garlic shrimp noodles were also excellent. I usually stick with wine or beer, but the Dragon Breath cocktail caught my eye–a refreshingly spicy blend of tequila, grapefruit, agave and serrano pepper. Superb!

  • kYle

    Went to Lockhart Smokehouse in Plano last week. We sat at the far north end of the downstairs dining room and had to move because there were so many flies dive-bombing us. Not the atmosphere I’d been expecting. We ate brisket, ribs, and sausage with two other couples. The brisket had a nice salty black bark but no smoke flavor at all. A companion said it seemed like the brisket was braised then finished over hot coals to create a bark. I thought the ribs were cooked nicely, others thought they were mushy. I did not care for the sauce that had been brushed on the ribs. Plain and jalapeno sausage was perfect, as were the mac & cheese deviled eggs, and blue cheese slaw.

  • rvponders

    Oh… I think your moderation software is assuming it’s an abbreviation for something that is not good. Hah!

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