Eat This: Large Fish Taco at El Tiempo

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary.
They weren't kidding when they called it "large."

The numerous entree options available at El Tiempo can faze even the most focused diner: "I'm getting fajitas. Definitely fajitas. Wait. Oh look, there's..."

Thirty minutes later, you've eaten two servings of complimentary chips and salsa, downed one and half margaritas, and are no closer to making a decision. And the burgeoning tipsiness from the tequila isn't exactly facilitating the process as you find yourself returning for the third time to the "Tex-Mex Plates" portion of the menu. Some dining companions are trying to "help" by offering their suggestions; others are simply giving you the death stare and removing you from their 2015 Christmas card lists.

If you find yourself in such a situation at El Tiempo, just order the fish taco. It's remarkably fresh, flavorful, light but still satiating.

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Can A Chinese Restaurant Make A Good Thai Curry?

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Green Thai Curry with Beef

Short answer: Yes, at Kam's.

While some may argue that deviating from a restaurant's culinary theme or focus when ordering is a straight path to an unsatisfactory meal, that's not always the case.

For many years, Kam's has been a reliable source of very good Chinese-American food for Montrose residents and has distinguished itself with such noteworthy versions of classics such as black pepper shrimp and Dragon beef with scallops.

Their forays into Thai as well as Vietnamese cooking are usually successful and oft overlooked, which is perhaps why the green curry is not explicitly noted by many online reviewers as a standout dish.

Also, I guess most people go to Thai restaurants if, well, they want Thai green curry.


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Try These Five Crazy Delicious Warm-Spiced Eats in Houston

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Heat things up with Lillo & Ella's spiced lamb ribs.
With winter in full swing (kinda), it's time to warm things up a bit. And what better way to do that than with these 5 outrageously good warmly-spiced foodstuffs:

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Try These 5 Awesomely Delicious Kimchi-Packed Eats in Houston

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Find the Ladybird Food Truck for a hot dog like no other.
Had enough turkey and stuffing to last you a lifetime? Us too. That's why we're sharing five insanely delicious Asian-fusion dishes stacked with of our favorite hot and sour Korean condiment, kimchi.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Egg Custard Tart at ECK Bakery

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The egg custard tarts at ECK are extraordinary. $1 each or $11 for a dozen.

Walking into ECK Bakery, 6918 Wilcrest Drive, 281-933-6808, there is rarely more than one other customer. Sometimes there is a lady reading a Chinese newspaper manning the counter. Sometimes the owner is there. You'll recognize him from all the pictures he has hanging on the wall, pictures of him standing next to Mayor Annise Parker or Yao Ming.

The bakery opens from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., selling a small selection of baked goods such as pate chaud and barbecue bao. Its claim to fame however, on display in a small unremarkable acrylic case with two small shelves, is their egg custard tarts.

"They are so good," said my friend Mimi, who found the place on Yelp and told me that "ECK" stands for "Egg Custard King." Ever the skeptic, I visited a few weeks ago to try these heavenly creations myself. The verdict? Without a doubt the most delectable, memorable, unfailingly consistent and delicious egg custard you'll ever have the pleasure of eating. Here is something for the producers of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate."


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Eat This: Duck Confit Sandwich at Local Foods

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Duck Confit Sandwich
Planning some holiday shopping in Rice Village this weekend? Something tells me you won't be alone. To fuel your retail binge as well as restore your faith in humanity after another crazy shopper snatches that last model on the shelf just as you were obviously about to grab it, take a breath and take a break at Local Foods.

It's within walking distance of the main shopping streets but sufficiently set apart from the high-traffic areas so that you don't have to wade through the slow-walking, unwashed masses to get inside.

This is not to say, however, that Local Foods won't be busy, for their solid selection of regionally-sourced dishes have attracted a loyal following, particularly among residents of the neighboring apartment buildings.

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First Taste of Ramen Jin With Ramen in Common

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Tonkotsu ramen comes with chasu (pork belly), half egg, green onion, wood ears, priced at $9.

Tucked away in a strip mall on the corner of Westheimer and Wilcrest is Ramen Jin, a cute, trendy ramen shop by owner Brian Chen. Chen had no prior experience making ramen, but he did all the homework, reading cookbooks, going online and experimenting in the kitchen until he found the right formula for his prized tonkotsu ramen, which he makes from scratch every day.

Asked how long it takes to prepare the ramen broth, he hesitates, saying that it's very complicated. "Do you want me to start a the beginning of the process and the washing of the bones? Or just from the time of cooking? If you start with just the cooking, it takes 12 to 13 hours."

In Chinese, "Jin" means "King," which is why Chen, who is part Japanese and Taiwanese, named his place Ramen Jin, i.e., Ramen King. He designed his restaurant himself, drawing pictures of what he wanted his furniture to look like, and employing a craftsman to construct each of the stools, tables, and booths in his restaurant. Details, such as the custom napkin, spoon, and chopstick holder -- custom, hand-carved pieces, were also his design.


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Triniti's New Seasonal Menu a Lovely, Leisurely Taste of Fall

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Tomato soup with pimento kolache and eggplant jam is the opening dish on Triniti's new Vegetarian Tasting Menu.
Every meal at Triniti makes an impact. From a dinner with coworkers, to cocktails with girlfriends, to an anniversary brunch with out-of-town family, each meal exceeds the last in both beauty and flavor. We've never left the table at Triniti without a newcomer commenting on the lovely d├ęcor, and welcoming atmosphere. So when Chef Ryan Hildebrand added a seasonal tasting menu to the mix--one featuring fall's best vegetables--the invitation to preview the dishes couldn't be passed up.

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Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes in Houston

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Beer and lobster never tasted so good.
Lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters...these shellfish are all delicious when simply prepared. But sometimes you just want to soak them in beer-butter or coat them in an ultra-thick spiced batter and deep fry them whole until they are crunchy-as-all-hell. And that, our friends, is what we're looking at today. Check out these five outrageously delicious shellfish eats:

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Try These Five Monster Breakfast Dishes in Houston

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There's no bigger bun in town.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We agree...especially when it involves one of these completely gluttonous, monster-sized morning treats.

From a bacon-iced cinnamon roll to something nicknamed "7 Layers of Heaven", here they are:

Warning: Consuming the following will likely result in food coma.

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