Restaurant Reviews You Don't Have to Read

Categories: Local Spotlight

I randomly stumbled onto the YouTube channel belonging to "TexasFoodGuru" while searching for an old restaurant commercial. The guru, also known as Rourke, has begun earnestly compiling restaurant reviews in video form for the last week and has three videos up on the site so far.

As far as production values go, they're terrifically low-budget and fun. Think Wayne's World for food, without the basement and with a cheerful, middle-aged man in place of the perpetually 20-something Wayne and Garth. Pictures of spaghetti and salads spin wildly out of control and fade into bizarre Technicolor fever dreams as Rourke fiddles with all the settings in iMovie, but it's always a trip to watch.

And although I might not enjoy or recommend the first three restaurants he's spotlighted, there's no mistaking Rourke's passion for the subject matter, which makes each video enjoyable on its own merits.

Is this the way of the future? Food blogs replaced by food video channels on YouTube? It's unlikely, but I'll keep looking for more of Rourke's videos as he makes them.


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Jesse
Jesse

Yeah. No minimum for delivery. I remember driving delivery for Collina's in the Heights and this one lady on Bayland street ordered a lemon square and a pink lemonade. I also remember when they started making fried calamari because we were asked for it all the time. I see that in 7 years, they have yet to clarify that on the menu. And if you venture into the Pollo section, the chicken parmesan is still my favorite in town.

...ah, memories.

Dbo
Dbo

Video reviews will be the wave of the future. HP needs to adapt. They are stuck in a newspaper paradigm in a digital world. But at least they curse a lot!

TexasFoodGuru
TexasFoodGuru

Thanks. Hope you watch all my future videos.

Kyle
Kyle

Keep up the good work, Rourke!

Thursday Girl
Thursday Girl

Finally! A man who knows how to smize!! Your work here is done, Tyra.

Tim
Tim

I used to eat fairly regularly at the Heights Collina's and, while I wouldn't agree with his assertion that it's one of Houston's best pizzerias, his assessment is otherwise pretty much spot on.

Utube
Utube

These are great. I love the detail on the dishes (chicken is not pre-cooked, etc). He could love the camera a little more.

Ed T.
Ed T.

Gives a whole new meaning to "food pr0n" :-)

~EdT.

Kyle
Kyle

Wow, that was much better than I expected.

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