Sophia

May 11, 2011

January 25, 2011 | Before Suzanne asked me to go to Sophia, I had never heard of it.  I’m always down to try new place so we came here for dinner on a weeknight, prepared with a http://restaurant.com coupon and a bottle of wine!  Like previous reviewers have mentioned, the parking lot could use some work, but at least there’s a parking lot.

Since it was recommended by fellow yelpers, we ordered the spinach Texas goat cheese dip— my friend normally isn’t a fan of goat cheese but even she thought this was delicious.  We ordered a bunch of appetizers and one entree to share.  The beet bruschetta was simple but pretty damn good.  I love calamari and was delighted that their version wasn’t fried!  The spicy sauteed calamari comes with this habanoer-tomato broth that was very yummy.  We also couldn’t resist trying the the mussels (apple smoked bacon, green apple, apple brandy sauce).  The only entree we tried was the cheese ravioli & lobster— I thought it was great! The food was so enjoyable, we were giddy (ok, maybe the wine contributed to the giddiness).

It wasn’t a particularly busy night but our service was great.  Yes, the decor could probably be vamped up a little but I’ve never been one to care that much about decor.

I’m surprised the other reviews on this place aren’t higher but I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me from trying out the restaurant.  It’s a little pricey, but it was a steal with the coupon. I’d love to go back– that happy hour special sounds great: $5 starters from 5-7pm everyday!

Sophia

1601 W. Main St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-7970

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Canopy

March 6, 2011

January 7, 2011 |  I went to Canopy to eat dinner with a friend after buying a restaurant.com coupon.  The restaurant was nicely decorated, not terribly packed.  The menu had some interesting items and we ended up getting two appetizers and two entrees!  Honestly, I was more excited about the appetizers and I ended up taking home my entree.

We ordered the lobster enchilada ($14; sweet onions, roasted poblano peppers, chipotle cream sauce, chives, Monterrey Jack and Manchego cheese) and the crab cake ($14; fried green tomatoes, scallion remoulade and jalapeño chimichurri) as appetizers.

They were both very good but I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s a must-try. I got full off the appetizers and barely touched my entree. In fact, I can’t even really remember what it was, haha. I do, of course, have a picture:

I can’t comment much on my main entree, unfortunately.  I had it as leftovers the next day and leftovers generally aren’t as great as the dish freshly served…so yeah.

Overall, food was good, but even with that coupon, it was not a cheap meal and I’m not sure the taste justified the price.   Perhaps if I had just stuck to the appetizers and skipped on the entree?   My friend also had an entree but I didn’t take a picture.  Would I go back?   Maybe, but there’s soo many other restaurants I haven’t tried yet– I’d rather go try a new place.

Canopy
3939 Montrose
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-6848

Barnaby’s Cafe

March 5, 2011

January 1, 2011 | This wasn’t my first time going to Barnaby’s Cafe, but it was my first time to try their meatloaf.  Apparently it’s a popular dish and since I’d never really found any of my meals at Barnaby’s Cafe very memorable, I figure I’d give it a try.

You know what? I get it. It’s good. It’s pretty darn good. I still don’t get why this place is so popular but I could see myself going back the next time I’m craving meatloaf and don’t want to make it myself. Oh yeah, and the serving size is pretty big. I ate half of mine and took home the other half (but I almost always do this)!

Barnaby’s Cafe (Midtown)
414 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 522-8898

The Oasis

September 27, 2009

July 19, 2009 | The morning after going out for Bill’s Birthday, a small group of us had brunch at The Oasis, overlooking Lake Travis!  Interesting bit– the Oasis opened in 1982 although there was a fire a few years ago that resulted in an expansion of the place.  The Oasis isn’t known so much for having the best food in Austin, but rather, the best view.  Although the water levels were low, the view was still very enjoyable and the weather was perfect as we sat in the shade.

I ended up ordering the Crawfish Crab Benedict, toasted English muffins topped with spicy crawfish crab cakes and poached eggs, drizzled with hollandaise sauce and served with brunch potatoes.

It was surprisingly satisfying!  I didn’t care much for the brunch potatoes, not with the benedict on the same plate!  The fruit was a nice addition too.  It was a great way to end our Austin trip!!

Little Big’s

August 15, 2009

June 20,  2009 | Little Big’s opened recently by the same people from Reef!  The focus here is on sliders, so I, of course, ordered one of each– beef, chicken, and mushroom stuffed with cheese.

My favorite was definitely the beef slider.

I’d like to mention that I absolutely love the idea of sliders.  2 slider is perfect for me, 3 and I’m a little too full.  So that means a normal hamburger is generally too much for me.  At Little Big’s, I can just order 2 sliders and be satisfied!