Nao: Interwoven Education and Food Perfection

I love the concept of Nao.  It’s a capstone class for the Culinary Institute of America students where they get to work both the back and the front of the house to really understand and appreciate how a restaurant functions.  The flavor has always tended to that of Latin America, but they seem to recently have moved away from the small plate format to a combination of small plates and main courses.  I like this much better as it allows for a little sharing at the beginning of dinner, but then you get a yummy meal that’s all yours (unless your husband likes your dinner better)! Continue reading

Saveurs 209 est très magnifique!

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sleek & modern

During my little hiatus, several new restaurants have popped up in our lovely city.  One that we’ve had our eye on is Saveurs 209 — a little French restaurant downtown that’s been getting some rave reviews!

Parking is a little bit of a pickle (but it’s worth the little bit of trouble).  There is no valet and street parking is tight.  We found a spot in the St. Anthony’s lot for $10 — a little pricey but only a block and a half away.  When we walked in the restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised by the cheerful modern decor.  The small space seemed very open because of the white paint and orange accents.  The cute orange lanterns and modern orange chairs were a nice touch! Continue reading

Hoping Sustenio Will Sustain

It’s been a while, fellow diners! A little break was all I needed to shed those “memories of meals past” that I carried with me.  Mostly on my thighs.

I’ve heard both good and bad about Sustenio and J has been there for lunch, and we figured we’d try it out with a couple of our dining buddies, M&M, before they move back to Houston.   The only consistent commentary I’ve heard about Sustenio is that it’s in a weird place.   That is definitely true.

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As we pulled up to the massive Eilan retail/residential/hotel space in which Sustenio resides, I felt as if we were in Vegas.  Well, except there were no cars in the parking lot, no people in sight, and there was an eerie abandoned quietness that made me think we should turn back.   I was waiting for the tumbleweed to blow by, but J assured me that he had been to Sustenio for lunch and that it really did exist, so we pressed on.  The question is, can a restaurant succeed in a venue that is so empty and off the beaten path?   I hope so! Continue reading

Bigz Burgers are Giant

We pass Bigz all the time, so I am not sure what took us so long to stop by — especially given our love of all things made from ground meat.  We called beforehand to see if we could bring the pups and guess what?  You can (on the patio of course)!  Dog friendly and delicious — what more could you ask for? Continue reading

Mucho Meat at Chama Gaucha

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Tucked away on 1604 by Stone Oak Parkway, it’s easy to miss Chama Gaucha despite the giant sign with the fake flames.  We never would have found our way to the place if our friends hadn’t invited us to meet them for dinner there a few months back.  Since then, we’ve been several times.  I am even willing to forget that Chama Gaucha is a small chain (San Antonio, Houston, Chicago) because it is so yummy.  It’s hard to find any fault at all with an establishment that serves perfectly prepared meat non-stop (until you turn your card to red, of course).. well unless you are a vegetarian.

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Cheesy Cheeseburgers at Chester’s

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We have been on a super unhealthy food kick, and so, it wasn’t surprising that a mid-day burger craving hit us.  We usually drive down to Luke when a burger craving strikes, but it seemed so far away at the time.  Chester’s was on the way home and so it became our burger destination.  Burgers are  a point of contention between me and J (he likes Chris Madrid’s and I hate it), but we both agree — Chester’s burgers are delish. Continue reading

Real Indo-Pak Deliciousness at Mustafa

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I have been missing authentic Indian food since we moved here.  None of the restaurants we’ve visited (Bombay Hall, India Palace, Mela) have hit the spot.  After months of asking around, I’ve heard Mustafa come up over and over again.  So, we took the opportunity to stop by for dinner.  On the second floor of a building at Medical and and Fairhaven, Mustafa is a hidden gem.  Without the word of mouth recommendations, we would have never heard about it.  Sooo glad we did!

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