This Week in Food Blogs: Your Water's Lemon Wedge Might Be Contaminated

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The Urban Swank gals checked out the Korean BBQ grill fare at Nara.
Urban Swank: The ladies of Urban Swank checked out Nara's Korean Grill Room and have the 411 on the restaurant, especially what their favorite menu items are. During their visit they enjoyed a variety of Korean barbecue items such as the rib eye (bulgogi) and pork belly (kurobata samgyup sal). Each meat at Nara is wrapped with a sauce and rice inside a red and white lettuce leaf; they were told to let the meat be the star of the wrap and to not fill the leaf with too much rice.

H-Town Chow Down: This week, guest blogger Kim visited the new Black Walnut Cafe inside Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe. While some people thought the chain soup, salad and sandwich restaurant would not be as good as other locations due to a limited menu at the airport, Kim explains that this location is just as good as (and slightly better than) other Black Walnut Cafes around town. She enjoyed her eggs Benedict and appreciated the thin pancakes.

The Pioneer Woman: Looking for an awesome dip to pair with chips while you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday? Try The Pioneer Woman's queso fundido recipe. Queso fundido is basically melted cheese, a dish made in a skillet with onions, yellow and green bell peppers, sausage, tomatoes and a whole lot of cheese. In fact, the recipe calls for a pound of a combination of Monterey Jack and Mexican queso quesadilla cheese. It's a gooey, melted, cheesy dip!

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Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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I'd rather drive a bit farther and eat Korean food where Koreans eat, and pay less. Nara is nice but not much different from the very good Korean restaurants we have on Long Point, and now Bellaire.


I love Nara. So much so that I tried to get reservations for 3 in the grill room for my 50th birthday, recently. I was told that there was a 500.00 minimum to get in. Needless to say, we went elsewhere.


Correction: after speaking with my husband, who was the one who tried to make the reservation, he was told that the minimum was 1500.00, not 500.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@hummingford Hi, thanks for your comment. We reached out to Nara because that price seemed crazy over-the-top to us, too. They said that the grill room price is $100 per person, but if you want to rent out the entire grill room (no matter how many people) it's $1,500. It seems there must have been some sort of communication error there, because you could definitely have a party of three eat there (though not in private) for $300. Hope that clears things up!

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