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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
6.8
8.0
$25
Burgers and chicken-fried steak with a side of petting zoo

What’s better than eating one of the city’s best chicken-fried steaks? Doing it in peace while your kids pet a goat. This woodsy family oasis hunkers between industrial garages and Northwest Houston’s cookie-cutter subdivisions, and is seemingly always packed. Expect a wait during peak hours—at least they have that petting zoo, right? The back patio’s often filled with parents sucking down cold beers while the young’uns run wild in the yard full of peacocks, mules, miniature horses, and chickens. Beware… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.7
4.5
$5
Best tamales in town—better, fresh from the steamer

Some claim Alamo has the best tamales, but we find them a little dense and underwhelming. Doña Tere’s are the finest we’ve had in town, especially when they’re just out of the steamer. They have a creamy texture that melds with the filling to produce a gooiness close to godliness. Wait too long, and the effect goes away, leaving you with, still, one of the best things of its kind in Houston.

There are about a dozen varieties, including a few… [More]