Jeannine’s Bistro

May 10, 2011

January 18, 2011 |  This place was on my list of restaurants to try before I moved out of Midtown.  As luck would have it, there was a restaurant.com coupon so my friend and I decided to go to Jeannine’s Bistro one Tuesday night to try out the Belgian mussels.  The waiter told us about one of the mussel dishes not on the menu yet– moules congolaise, made with lemon juice, tomatoes, coconut milk, chipotle, onions, and garlic ($12 for a small).  We ordered that one as well as a small moules gratin ($11), which is made with Parmesan cheese.

Since the mussels would take some time to prepare, we ordered a salade nicoise ($13) to start.  I’m not a huge salad person but my friend told me it was good and we were hungry.  The salad came out shortly, made with tuna, lettuce, potatoes, green beans, olives, boiled eggs and tomato with vinaigrette dressing.  My friend and I shared the huge salad and I actually enjoyed it a lot!  I also ordered a Duvel ($8.25) to drink.

I was so excited to try the mussels and they did not disappoint.  The mussels were delicious!!  We cleaned out the leftover cheesy sauce from the moules gratin with the complimentary bread.  The broth-like sauce from the moules congolaise was yummy enough to sip on by itself!  We couldn’t resist ordering a dessert and went with our waiter’s suggestion of crepes normande ($10)– an apple crepe that had a perfectly caramelized top and served with a scoop of vanilla icecream.  It was amazing!

The service at Jeannine’s Bistro was top notch and our meal was awesome.  After using our $25 http://restaurant.com coupon, our bill came out to be around $44, including 18% gratuity (automatically added as one of the conditions of the coupon).  It’s not the cheapest meal in town but the food was worth it!

Jeannine’s Bistro
106 Westheimer Rd, Ste E
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 874-0220

Under the Volcano

April 11, 2011

January 17, 2011 |  Monday night steak night at Under the Volcano!  I had heard good things about it and I was happy to finally make it out there.  For the steak, you’re given the option of a 16 oz rib-eye or NY strip.  In addition to the steak, there’s also a salad, chimichurri, garlic mash potatoes, and flan.

For me, salad is salad, but the steak was delicious!   I ordered my rib-eye steak medium rare and it came out perfectly.  The chimichurri went well with the steak although it would have been great even without it. I’m a huge fan of steak and mash potatoes, and these mash potatoes were the perfect side for the steak.  It so happened that I had been craving flan and the flan did not disappoint!!   As usual, I had leftovers and took home half of my steak.

For $15, the steak night here is a steal!  I will definitely be back.

Under the Volcano
2349 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 526-5282

Tan Ba Le Baguette

April 6, 2011

January 17, 2011 | I went to Tan Ba Le Baguette for lunch with a few friends on a Monday.   I really didn’t know anything about the restaurant, but I’m glad I went!  The bo ne (steak and eggs) came highly recommended, so we each ordered a bo ne.

Not pictured is the basket of fresh bread.  The second image has a small salad plus the butter and pate.

Soooo yummmy!  It was tempting to just eat all of it but I stuck to my normal rule of just eating half and taking home the rest!  It was a delicious afternoon snack as well. =)  I’d definitely go back again for another lunch!

Tan Ba Le Baguette
11169 Beechnut St.
Houston, TX 77072
(832) 351-3389

January 16, 2011 | After going out in Dallas to Ghost Bar, my friends and I wound up at Dal Dong Nae Chicken & Hof Restaurant for some late night Korean food!  We ordered a kalbi (Korean short ribs) and some sort of dumpling soup with duk?  And as is usual for a Korean restaurant, a dozen little dishes came with the meal!



I think it was good? I actually really like Korean food but somehow I haven’t had much of it.  But it was really late and I was tired.

Dal Dong Nae Chicken & Hof Restaurant
11445 Emerald St, Ste 109
Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 484-2994

Mr. Wok

March 30, 2011

January 15, 2011 | Mr. Wok has become one of my favorite places to go for noodle soup!  They also have a great Peking duck but noodle soup is my comfort food (as are dumplings).  I’ve been a couple of times now for the ton chung ramen.

The ramen noodles are excellent and topped with a stir-fry of shredded pork, cabbage, onions, bean sprouts, and other Chinese ingredients all in a lean pork broth.   I love love the broth!   I know I ought to try other stuff on the menu but I’m only in town so often so I just end up getting the ramen noodles!!

FYI– it’s closed on Sundays.

Mr. Wok
2600 14th St
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 881-1888

Jeng Chi

March 28, 2011

January 15, 2011 | I’ve been eating at Jeng Chi for a looong time.  I can’t remember how many years it’s been but I ALWAYS get the spicy seafood noodle soup.  A few years back, I realized how delicious soup dumplings were and that has become part of our regular order as well!

The seafood soup comes with scallops, squid, shrimp, artificial crab, clams, carrots, and some other veggies.  Mostly, I love their noodles and the spicy soup!

The soup dumplings are served with a sauce consisting of strips of ginger and white vinegar.  Simple but it works well!  Most places I’ve gone to for soup dumplings don’t serve a sauce but you can usually find vinegar on the table.  While the soup dumplings at Jeng Chi can’t compare to the ones I’ve had in Taiwan, they’re still yummy and we always get an order when we come here!

Jeng Chi

400 N Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 669-9094

Chez Beignet

March 28, 2011

January 12, 2011 | Located in the same plaza as Kim Son, Crawfish & Noodles, Tony Thai, and Yogurt Spot, Chez Beignet manages to stay busy, serving consistently good beignets.  And on this night, it was a great option for dessert. I’m not huge on fried pastries, but I do enjoy the occasional trip to get some beignet fingers topped with powdered sugar and honey!

They also serve coffee and hot chocolate– I went with the latter to make sure I could sleep at night.

The tables are small and the powdered sugar can get a little bit messy, but don’t let those factors be a deterrent from making a visit!  Just remember– they take cash or check only.

Chez Beignet
10623 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 879-9777

Jolynn’s Crawfish

March 28, 2011

January 12, 2011 | Although it’s fairly early in the season, I couldn’t resist making a trip to Jolynn’s Crawfish for their spicy garlic butter crawfish!! As most of my friends know, I’m a HUGE fan of crawfish! Jolynn’s is located between a small dollar store and liquor store in a sketchy-looking strip mall at the northeast corner of Beechnut and Wilcrest. It’s BYOB, so if you’re craving some beer (or liquor), it’s an easy walk next door to pick some up!

The crawfish prices shifts seasonally, and on this trip, they were running $6.99/lb. Not the cheapest in town, that’s for sure.

If you’ve never been to Jolynn’s, know that the place primarily serves just crawfish. The menu is very simple and the only other menu items I recall are sausage and crab. Jolynn’s offers a few different levels of spiciness for those of you who can’t handle spice! I’ve found that the crawfish isn’t as spicy as in previous years so I’ve moved from ‘spicy’ to ‘extra spicy’.

Jolynn’s also offers to options of flavor: garlic butter and lemon pepper.  As an avid fan of garlic, I’ve always gone with the garlic butter although the lemon pepper is tasty as well.  There’s seriously a TON of garlic in there though, so be prepared!

One of the things I love about this place is that they provide you with a long plastic apron to wear to protect your clothes!  You never know when someone might squirt crawfish juices on you (or you might do that to yourself).

Since eating at Jolynn’s, I’ve also gotten accustomed to mixing a dipping sauce comprised of a cajun seasoning powder, salt and pepper, and lemon juice.  There’s also the option of using butter, barbeque sauce, and mayo.  Apparently, it’s an Asian thing.

Although service was exceptionally slow that day, the crawfish really hit the spot! Or maybe it’s that addictive sauce? Either way, I left happy and felt that this crawfish season was off to a great start!

Jolynn’s Crawfish
10834 Beechnut Street
Houston, TX 77072
(713) 856-7157

Hugo’s

March 23, 2011

January 9, 2011 | I’m not a huge buffet person but Hugo’s brunch buffet is AWESOME. I very highly recommend it! It’s not a cheap meal ($28pp) but you get what you pay for. We ordered a pitcher of mimosas (I forget which flavor we got but it was delicious!) and gorged on a variety of Mexican dishes.

I was especially impressed by the dessert selection and the omg-so-rich Mexican hot chocolate!  I love dessert and I find that most places treat dessert as an after-thought and it’s just bleh.  Who wants to end their meal on that note??   There were a variety of desserts and they were yummy!  I should have taken a picture but I was too busy pigging out.

While you won’t find me coming on a regular basis, I definitely plan on going back!  Maybe even try the normal menu, haha. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t been yet.

Hugo’s
1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
Neighborhood: Montrose
(713) 524-7744

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