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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
6.9
8.0
$50
A small, simple trattoria with pretty good food, reasonable prices, and great wines

Divino was always a fine neighborhood choice, if not much more. That is, unless you were coming for wine from their retail side—there are some outstanding Italian selections at a steal, even if the driving principle seems to be Spectator points. Occasional sales bring prices even lower, so it pays to sign up for email alerts. But it’s also a romantic dinner place, too; the unassuming storefront belies an intimate, cozy hideaway full of dark woods and photographs of Italian… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
8.0
$15
Texas barbecue royalty that has its pretenders, but few parallels

City Market in Luling has a wannabe doppelgänger in Houston called Luling City Market, whose core business seems to be trademark infringement. But any Texan worth his brisket knows that the best ‘cue lurks in tiny towns, not big cities. And Luling, with a population just over 5,000, is home to some of the best smoked meats in America—not to mention brotherhood: you’ll sit at communal tables with toolbelt-sporting, cowboy-hat-wearing men of the land, often with the whole family in… [More]