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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
6.1
8.5
$30
Going statewide might dilute the food, but not the Mexican martinis

Say what you will about this broadening enchilada empire, it feels like a fun night out, and it beats most other Tex-Mex happy hours by miles. Not that you’ll remember, given how strong these margaritas and Mexican martinis are. The latter have better flavor than the margarita, which can be a little soapy-sweet.… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
6.0
$15
The burger fiends bliss out over Akaushi, duck fat, and donuts

A lot of fuss is made over Akaushi, a breed of Japanese wagyu raised in Texas. Its muscle fibers are longer and thinner, resulting in more tender meat, and the fat’s intramuscular, so you get a great composition of flavor and texture. It’s full of monounsaturated fat, making it much healthier than the typical Choice—or even Prime—ground beef. Here, it makes for a good, juicy burger that’s especially pleasing if you go in for complex constructions.

A Shipley’s donut burger is… [More]