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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
7.4
6.5
$15
Houston’s never tasted so close to N’awlins

New Orleans is a unique, seductive culture; America’s mischievous wink. It’s a culture kept alive by its people, and it fans out like a delta, nourishing Texans with an affluvial, muddy flavor that others can only weakly mimic. Calliope’s Po’-Boy feeds Houston authentic New Orleans food from its modest strip-mall storefront. The friendly staff is rightfully proud of its food. Although the neighborhood is a little rundown, the interior of pleather chairs and red tablecloths over cheap tables feels safely… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
7.0
$20
Bypass the barbecue for a garden of sweet-savory-spicy earthly delights

It’s not clear what Bon Ga “Garden Restaurant” means—it clearly isn’t vegetarian, nor does it have a garden. Tucked away in an unassuming shopping center in an area with so many borderline-health-code-violation restaurants, it’s refreshingly clean and tidy. Service is push-button—no joke, you actually have a call button at your table, allowing the whole place to run with only a couple of waitpeople, whom we suppose to be related, give that the restaurant’s family-owned, with the chef a frail-looking, middle-aged… [More]