This Week's Restaurant Review: Tyson Cole's Uchi

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See our slideshow of Uchi's gorgeous interior.

This week for her print restaurant review, Katharine Shilcutt tackled a mighty one: Uchi. You know the one, right? The Houston outpost of James Beard Award-winning Tyson Cole's Uchi and Uchiko in Austin? Of course you do.

Does the Westheimer spot live up to the hype? Yes. Shilcutt calls the food "a carefully orchestrated marriage between haute cuisine and high art" and says to be prepared for "one of the best meals of the year, or perhaps your life." Given all the press Uchi has received, though, that's hardly surprising.

What is surprising is Uchi's unexpectedly affordable happy hour.

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Shilcutt and a friend hit Uchi's happy hour, which runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and feasted for $30 per person. For diners unprepared to go all out, this is an option. And Shilcutt notes it's not hard to get in for happy hour, either.

This accessibility is by design. "It's comfortable," Director of Culinary Operations Philip Speer told Shilcutt in an interview. "I think of it as casual -- you can come in and just have a good time. We always want to maintain that neighborhood feel."

Go read the review, and you'll be scheming to get there tonight.

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904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Wait, what? This is an article about someone else's review? Maybe someone else will go look up the definition of lazy for me.


 @tinyhands Each week we do a blog post pointing readers to the weekly print review. Katharine usually does this herself, but she's been out of the office, so I stepped in. Wanted to make sure everyone was alerted to her excellent review.


 @Cathy16  Sorry, I never noticed these before, but I'm not sure that it matters that Katherine usually does it herself. Why not just put the review here instead of a review of the review? It's not like either of you were going to blog that she wrote a lousy review. No, I'm not saying it was a lousy review, but it strikes me as somewhat disingenuous to hype your own (meaning HP's) content.


And just in case you were thinking it, I don't buy the idea that hers is a PRINT review. If it's online and you link to it, its the same as any other post on this blog.


 @tinyhands As Katharine's editor, I wouldn't publish a review I thought was lousy. I didn't intend to do anything here but make a quick announcement that the review was out. I wanted to make sure people saw it, and I think I was pretty clear that was the point of the post -- I don't see what's disingenuous about that. We do posts like this all the time, on here and the other HP blogs. Thank you for your input on how we should do things, but this practice won't be changing. Happy Friday!

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