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JCI Grill Kicks Off "Funky Dog" Series Highlighting Frankfurters Designed by Randy Evans

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Colombian Dogs

Randy Evans may be leaving Houston, but for the next six months you can still enjoy the line of hot dogs he designed as part of the "funky dog" series hosted by JCI Grill (formerly James Coney Island).


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Where to Dine in Houston This Mother's Day 2015

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Photo by Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin
Your mother deserves this.
Show your love and appreciation by treating the moms in your life to a special meal. From elegant prix fixe lunches to fun for the family brunch buffets, here's where to dine in Houston this Mother's Day:

024 Grille
945 N. Gessner, 281-501-4350

Celebrate Mother's Day with 024 Grille's exquisite brunch buffet, offering fresh seafood, made to order omelets, carving stations and decadent desserts. Guests 21 and over will enjoy a complimentary mimosa upon arrival. Valet parking is complimentary. Cost is $55 per person ($25 per child ages 5-12). Seatings are offered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

III Forks
1201 Fannin, 713-658-9457

Treat mom to a steak! The downtown restaurant will be open for regular hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Mother's Day.

Américas
2040 W. Gray, 832-200-1492
21 Waterway, 281-367-1492

A mother's love is worth celebrating. Enjoy Américas brunch classics on Saturday, May 9 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday, May 10 (reservations beginning at 9 a.m.).

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Win-Win With Catering from Ohba Sushi

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Cucumber Wrap Roll

"Oops" is not what you say upon discovering you've scheduled an international trip over Valentine's Day, leaving your significant other alone with only two cats for romantic entertainment. Most of the words that come out of your mouth involve four letters and therefore are not fit to print. Even worse, however, is what you imagine your partner will say when he finds out you're skipping town on V-day.

Something bold, and knowing my husband, involving food and drink had to be done. Eating out on the days leading up until Valentine's Day can be tedious, so I decided to plan an intimate dinner in the comfort of our home. Not takeout, though (that's for regular lazy weekend nights), but rather catering from Ohba Sushi.

Ohba Sushi scored points early by agreeing to put together a miniaturized version of their standard sushi platters (unsurprisingly, most of the parties they cater consist of more than two people) and doing so on fairly short notice (48 hours).

They earned additional accolades by customizing a diverse platter of rolls, sashimi, and nigiri to suit our protein preferences. And although our order did not meet the minimum dollar amount for delivery, kindly employee Chris offered to meet up in a location convenient to my house en route to another event.


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JerryBuilt's Outlaw Burger Will Make You Go "Yee-Hah!"

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The Outlaw Burger

Touted by Houstonia's Gastronaut blog as one "alternative barbeque fix" for rodeo season, the new "Outlaw" burger at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers may not satisfy the most fastidious connoisseurs of grilled meats. But extreme food snobs are jackasses and who wants to eat barbecue with them, anyway?

Burger enthusiasts as well as anyone who appreciates creative combinations of spice and textures have gotta try JerryBuilt's Outlaw burger at least once if not twice while it's on offer as a seasonal special. And if you find yourself craving it a third time, God help you: You're in love with a rebel.

A thick beef patty, a generous helping of tender sweetish pulled pork, ghost pepper cheese, barbecue sauce and heavily battered bacon are stacked in between two halves of a buttery egg bun as to form a veritable tower of heated (both in spice and temperature) proteins that alternately tickle your belly and terrorize your tongue (in a good way). It's messy, uncivilized and delicious.

In other words, The Outlaw, as a emotionally complicated burger that flouts "decency" and therefore puts it outside the protection of society, is aptly titled. If you want a burger that follows the rules, however, go for the tamer albeit very good "Jerry's Burger" with grilled onions, Ernie's sauce and American cheese.

One final note: If you're inclined to eat quickly, check yourself before you wreck yourself with The Outlaw. This burger is not to be gobbled. The Outlaw, while far from a fussy confection, is far too internally complex to be consumed so indelicately.

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