Where to Eat Seafood During Lent 2015 in Houston

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Head to select Berryhill locations for half-price fish tacos on Fridays throughout Lent.
With the all out decadence of "Fat Tuesday" behind us, the 40 days of Lent -- a time of prayer, atonement, and (most importantly for the purposes of this article) meat-free Fridays -- has begun. But just because you may sacrifice meat, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice deliciousness. From one of our favorite tuna melts to half-price fish tacos, check out the restaurants offering Lenten specials and delectable seafood dishes:

Berryhill Baja Grill, select locations

Great news. You can have your fish taco and eat it, too. Select Berryhill locations in the Greater Houston area are offering their internationally famous original or grilled fish tacos for $1.99 (regularly $3.99). The offer begins Wednesday, February 18 and is then offered every Friday through April 3 at the Berryhill stores near the Galleria, West U, The Woodlands, Memorial City Mall and the original on Revere.

D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe, multiple locations

In addition to fire-roasted pizzas, soups, salads and more, this Italian market offers weekly lunch and dinner specials perfect for Lent. This Friday's seafood options includes salmon ravioli and tilapia D'Amico (Rice Village location).


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Try These 5 Seriously Outrageous Sushi Rolls in Houston

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
We aren't kidding when we talk about Cheetos making an appearance.
Preparing sushi is an intricate form of art. Balancing flavors as to not overwhelm the impeccably fresh fish; Adding just the right subtle accouterments to form the perfect bite. It's all so beautiful.

But then there's the kind of sushi rolls that you load up with Cheetos and smother in queso. And those, well, those are pretty freaking awesome, too. Here are five of outrageously awesome rolls:

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Try These 5 Outrageously Chocolaty Desserts in Houston

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Five times the chocolate makes this cupcake five times the winner.
They say life is like a box of chocolates. That's cool, but we prefer to think of life like a box of chocolate-chunk-loaded, ganache-filled, buttercream-iced chocolate cupcakes. We don't have an analogy for it -- we just really, really love chocolate.

If you do too, check out these 5 seriously good chocolate treats.

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Here's Our Tip: Rush to Amalfi Before Everyone Finds Out About It

Categories: On the Menu

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Joanna Leary

"Rush" is the key word right now when it comes to Amalfi, the new Mediterranean restaurant with entrees prepared by Chef Giancarlo Ferrara. Rush to get to it because while there's usually not a large wait for a table, that will change. Once you do get to Amalfi, do not be in a rush to leave. Although the service is attentive and courses arrive in a timely fashion, the food is stuff to be painstakingly savored. Barrel your way through your courses and you'll miss out on the nuances latent in the flavor architecture of each dish.

On a chilly night early in the week, Amalfi's dimly it dining room was buzzing with energy.
My dining companions and I began with a starter of Scottish salmon cured in sugar, lemon, orange, and sea salt, whose warm citrus notes and strong briny notes were well complemented by a base salad of julienned zucchini and carrots in orange-infused olive oil. Fragrant herb cream cheese lay within the rolls of salmon. This dish is technically a special, though I hope it becomes a permanent fixture on the menu.

The second course, as its name predicted, was a mouthful. Polipo arrostiti con scarola al capperi offered layers of spices, textures, plants, and proteins that gave rise to one of the most unusual mollusk dishes I have ever encountered. Resting on a bed of sauteed escarole were strips of roasted octopus infused with a pairing of garlic and rosemary.

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Buca di Beppo Celebrates Valentine's Day With Heart-Shaped Lasagna

Categories: On the Menu

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Photo courtesy of Sara Lieberman.
Buca di Beppo's limited edition heart-shaped lasagna.

Newsflash: heart-shaped pizzas and cookies are so 2014.

This year's hottest culinary trend, um, at least in the realm of heart-shaped foods, is the lasagna valentine. The engineer of this particular ingenuity is Buca di Beppo, which first created this novel entree for the wedding of former 'N Syncer Lance Bass and Michael Turchin.

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Burger Shot: House of Pies' Texas Cheeseburger

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Photo by Brooke Viggiano
Do yourself a favor and get reacquainted with House of Pies' burgers.
Get your burger with a side of nostalgia at the 24-hour Houston classic diner, House of Pies, 3112 Kirby.

Here we have the monster-size Texas Cheeseburger ($9.95).

But be warned: Whether you're going for a mid-afternoon lunch or a late-night snack, you'll likely need a long nap after devouring this beefy, overloaded grease bomb. And we say grease bomb in the nicest possible way...


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Try These 5 Seriously Awesome Hot Dogs in Houston

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Photo by Brooke Viggiano
Be prepared to get wild.
Everyone loves a good hot dog. And while of course a classic 'kraut and mustard topped weiner is good -- a dog loaded with chili and smashed into a bun along with potato salad is better. Here are five outrageous hot dogs that should definitely make it to your "must eat" bucket list.

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Eat This: Wendy's Bacon and Blue on Brioche Burger

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Looks almost like the picture. Note large chunk of errant blue cheese.

Or, "the B^4," you might call it in front of certain audiences who would condemn you automatically for enjoying a fast-food burger.

Unlike in the case of calzones, there is no dearth of good burgers in Houston. Listicles from various outlets suggest you could eat a different burger from various non-national chain establishments every day for a month and have a great experience each time (#spring project?).

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Try These 5 Seriously Outrageous "Salads" in Houston

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What? This is totally a salad. There's lettuce!
If your salad is topped with more than one kind of fried thing, loaded up with ranch and cheese, and is served with a piece of carb that is pretty much larger than the salad itself, it's pretty safe to say you're not reeeallyyy eating a salad. But that doesn't mean it's not delicious! Here are five outrageous "salads" that truly push the limits on the term "salad":

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Pizza Is Good, Calzones Are Better at La Fresca Pizza

Categories: On the Menu

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Chicken, Mushroom, and Spinach Calzone

There is a paucity of restaurants in Houston that serve calzones and even fewer establishments offer versions that match the quality of those found in Italian-American hubs along the east coast.

La Fresca Pizza is among these few, these happy few, and they have two locations. So, give thanks if you have been craving calzones over-stuffed with lots of cheese and any number of toppings.

People who describe the calzone as simply an "inside-out pizza," or worse, a "pizza pocket" (which conjures horrific images of hot pockets) do this dish a gross disservice. The calzone, whose origins can be traced to Puglia, Italy, is made from thicker, saltier dough than that found in a typical pizza that is folded over in semi-circle fashion to enclose a filling of cheese, meats (chicken, pepperoni, Italian cold cuts are popular) and vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, spinach, etc. Note: Tomatoes are usually not included among this "etc." interior toppings because calzones are traditionally served with a side of marinara for dipping.

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