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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.2
6.0
$25
A Chinese banquet hall that does it equally well from the land, the sky, and the sea

Like most Chinese seafood places, Arco’s big, banquety, and brightly lit. Come with a large group and sample what’s in the tanks, easily the most alluring design element here. You may have to stave off your server’s persuasive efforts to get you to order the most expensive fish swimming that day (one time, a $90 grouper). And the $15 per bottle corkage fee is too high for this genre, but you really should bring your own anyway; this selection’s full… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
7.5
$15
The original’s our favorite for people-watching, hot pots, and banh bot chien

We love the Bellaire Tan Tan, which keeps Christmas lights eternally running all over the restaurant, while moving-picture waterfalls and stuffed monkeys perched on top of fake palm trees complete the bewildering, but memorable, scene. Best of all, you can eat some pretty good pan-Asian (an oxymoron, usually) until the wee hours of morning. The newer Westchase location is decidedly more sterile—or fancy, depending on how you look at it (and closes much earlier). We swear the food’s somehow not… [More]