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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
7.9
7.5
$100
Mo’ money, mo’ pomp, mo’ circumstance—trendiness over culinary greatness

If you thought it impossible for the flagship restaurant of the Schiller/Del Grande empire to reinvent itself as something even flashier, more upmarket, and more of an “it” restaurant than Café Annie, its previous incarnation, then you’d be wrong. Even more pomp and circumstance and showy interior design attend this entry into the most elite of Houston social spheres.

Still, at its best, this restaurant turns out some fascinating flavors, spiking a martini with smoked tea, or adorning maple-cured quail with… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
8.5
$20
Vietnamese that’s date friendly and accessible, in every sense of the word

Where some places are famous for pho and others best for banh mi, Huynh is a more comprehensive Vietnamese experience, conveniently located right on the edge of downtown. We think the execution’s seen better days, but even having slipped from being in the top five of its cuisine, it’s still very solid and delightful. The spacious, sparse interior is prettier than that of other Vietnamese restaurants, making it ideal for dates and business lunches. The low lighting, avocado-green walls, and… [More]