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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
8.5
$75
A handsome, excellent churrascaria fit for even pre-theater and lunch crowds

Samba Grille, perhaps more than any other churrascaria in Houston, deserves to prevail. If we sound slightly nervous about its prospects, it’s because this location seems to be cursed, and there are already a jillion equally vibey, modern, and dimly lit steakhouses around it that are competing, too, for the lunchtime and pre-theater hordes. The service seems to bear this slight patina of desperation, and patrons are often directed towards the more expensive bottles on the wine list—which aren’t hard… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
9.1
7.5
$10
Southern Indian dishes that edify vegetables, lentils, and grains

Each location in this small chain is humble yet cheerful, serving a vegetarian cuisine built around centuries-old recipes from south India’s Karnataka region, birthplace of the masala dosa, one of the world’s gastronomical treasures. Dosai, of which there are about 20 at Udipi, are big, thin rice crêpes characterized in their finest form—as they are here—by an ineffable lightness, a precise interplay between crispy and spongy. (These are even available with the lunch buffet; you need only ask.) You must… [More]