Just a brief post to talk about some of the amazing food that I consumed this weekend just gone. I'm fairly sure that I've put on a lot of weight so far this trip and this weekend won't have helped. Back into cycling and running when I get home I think!
In no particular order, we went to the following places with my capsule review alongside.
Empire Cafe. An excellent lunch and chance to catch up with Brad and Louise, nice shady patio too and what looked like a great strawberry flavoured soda for the kids.
Hugo's. Wow. Just wow - what a great place. A cool vibe, with a mix of couples, families and business meetings. I had the Barbacoa which featured some of the tastiest lamb I've had in a long time and also enabled me to learn a new word - cilantro. Oh, and the Oaxacan Rita margarita was excellent - a real smoky taste.
House of Pies. This was a welcome addition to the afternoon when flagging from a full day (with a two-year-old) at the Museum of Natural Science. I can personally vouch for the Apple and the Texas Pecan Fudge looked suitably artery filling...
Rudy's BBQ. This place was an excellent Saturday night choice - real rib-sticking stuff but unpretentious and laid-back. You order at the counter and get a kind of plastic crate to load your meat up into - we had a mix of moist brisket (to die for!), ribs and sausage. Plus the sides were excellent too. You lay your own table with butcher's paper and get stuck in - highly recommended!
Finally, we went for a brilliant brunch at a Mexican place and I had the best virgin Bloody Mary I've ever had - if only I could remember the name of the place! My Huevos Rancheros was phenomenal - perhaps second only to 'Kiosk' at the end of my road in Nottingham, as discussed here - but then I would say that wouldn't I!)
I knew that Houston had a rep for good food but I hadn't realised quite how great it was going to be - no wonder they eat out the most of all Americans!
The other surprising thing about Houston was how green it was. We went for a walk in Hermann Park but even outside this the streets were very green and leafy - a function of the kind of neighbourhood I was in I suppose but even so.