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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
6.5
$10
You’re here for one reason: otherworldly banh cuon

Read enough restaurant websites and you’ll see the phrase “…will transport you to a different place” tossed around like a vermicelli noodle in a bowl. Many claim such dramatic otherworldly experiences, but few deliver; those that do, like Thien Thanh, seem to do it effortlessly and humbly. This dilapidated shop is convincing despite (or perhaps due to) being bereft of bells and whistles: its fading green tables are barely lit, and lingering scents of its house-blended nuoc cham (fish sauce)… [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]