Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

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2 Dine For: New food blog alert! You can now catch our own Christina Uticone over at new Houston food blog 2 Dine For (don't worry; she's still writing for EOW, too), where she and fellow writer Joshua Payne are tag-teaming Houston's restaurants and providing He Said, She Said-style reviews after each visit. The site also plans to launch in Nashville and Boston early next year.

Jack Around: Another new (to us!) food blog alert. Jack Highberger usually blogs about beer, but his latest post takes a trip to a pho place we've never tried (which, at the rate Houston is going, is about half the pho places in town): Pho 45. Highberger guides us through the concentration of Viet spots on Tomball Parkway, where Pho 45 has two great things going for it at once: pho and banh mi.

Almost Veggie Houston: If you've ever been given the once-over at Brennan's and told to return in less shabby clothing, you're not alone. As Ashli Michelle points out in her latest post, it happens to "preps" too.

H-Town Chow Down: Now for the most confusing blog post of the week: Albert Nurick has worked himself into a lather over El Real Tex-Mex Cafe's recent promotion, which provides a 50 percent discount to Montrose residents on Mondays. Nurick argues that "this smacks of the worst sort of price discrimination." He writes: "If you aren't fortunate enough to live in the right upscale neighborhood, you pay a higher price on Monday nights." Leaving aside for the moment that -- having lived there myself -- Montrose is not what I'd call an upscale neighborhood, I see nothing wrong with a restaurant offering a promotion or deal to its surrounding residents, i.e., the people that would normally patronize it on a regular basis. Restaurants do this all the time with targeted coupons in the mail, by offering discounts to local high school students or booster clubs, by offering discounts to patrons who bring in ticket stubs from neighboring theaters or sports arenas -- this is standard business practice to attract nearby residents, not discrimination. Your thoughts, readers?

J.C. Reid, Texas: If you've ever seen "foul" on a menu at a Middle Eastern restaurant and wondered what the hell it is, Chris is here to enlighten you: It's just beans. Delicious beans, like the ones served at Cafe Lili, which are even better at breakfast. (Side note: Try the foul at Sheba Cafe for breakfast one morning for an Ethiopian twist on the old standby.)



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Location Info

Venue

Map

Cafe Lili

5757 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sheba Cafe

6251 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

1201 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Taffinder
Taffinder

Try Texas Food Porn on Facebook - nice blog with more photos instead of words - 1 photos speaks a 1000 words right?

Kleptogenerarian
Kleptogenerarian

Albert sullies himself again. Think his clients like Tony's (or others) don't offer incentives or perks based on some criterion or other? Maybe he believes that. That's why he's Albert, comedian superstar foodie living with a beard in the Woodlands. 

RW
RW

Doesn't Albert live in the Woodlands? Is someone from the Woodlands making the claim that the Trose is an upscale neighborhood, seriously?

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

As someone who is currently in 005, I find it fairly annoying, as I am fairly close by.  Now, if only I could see a nearby restaurant in my neck of the woods not named Buca.

Albertsmommy
Albertsmommy

You're in 005? ok. great. and your feeling about this is.....

Cathy
Cathy

I am honestly a bummed I can't get the Monday deal, but El Real certainly has the right. I was a Montrosian for 20 years until I was gentrified out (the tore down my cute 1500sqf cheap and adorable 1920s apartment to build fancy $400,000 townhomes) and had to move to less expensive Eastwood. Love El Real's cheese enchiladas!

Fidouchiary
Fidouchiary

Albert is a bit of a pickle-puss. Restaurants offer all types of free perks and incentives to a multitude of individuals and groups.

All the groupon sites now deliver deals by zip too. My favorite restaurant offers better pours to pretty girls. So what. The world ain't fair.

Cheflambo
Cheflambo

I think Mr. pickle-puss is holding out for his own discount.  Hey Robb -- let's make Wednesday night "Crabby Blogger" night and give him 50% off his food; perhaps it will taste better if he pays less for it. 

Jack Tyler
Jack Tyler

There is a lot of whining about the high prices for Tex-Mex at El Real.  Like you say, there are a lot of lower income folks in El Real's neighborhood.  I assume that this is Walsh's way of getting them all in and out at one time on what is usually an off night in the restaurant business. I see it as the same thing as placing a discount special offer in one of those coupon mailer programs and choosing only the zip code near your restaurant. 

Trixielv
Trixielv

Restaurants still send out junk mail that is delivered to individual snail-mail boxes?

Who would've known? I just toss all my junk mail first thing.

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