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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
6.8
9.0
$55
An affordable Del Grande venture that doesn’t skimp on swagger and sex appeal

Armed with primo real estate in the West Ave luxury apartment complex, a website depicting young couples in pre- and post-coital tableaus, and all the interesting light fixtures the Schiller-Del Grande group can afford, Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar parades onto Houston’s restaurant scene like a braying, beleaguered peacock. The implication that there’s any sort of focus on whiskey that warrants distinction is as guilty of false advertising as the suggestion that hot sex has anything to do with an… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
6.0
$10
For authentic Thai, look—where else?—in the back of this shabby little grocery

Nothing excites us quite like a grocery that serves food out of the back. (Especially when it’s called “Asia Market,” which we’ve found, in several cities, to be like secret code for “authentic, amazing Southeast Asian food within.”) The place looks condemned with its bars on the doors, but the aisles hold treats like Thai chilies, Thai basil, fresh galangal, mint, mung bean sprouts, fresh noodles, and three types of house-roasted chili pastes.

At the back of the store, where you’ll… [More]