Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mint Cafe to Close its Doors

We just received confirmation that the popular Galleria-area middle-eastern restaurant, Mint Cafe, will be closing its doors at the end of the month. Eagle-eyed readers spotted a lockout notice for unpaid rent, and apparently the owners have had a spell of bad luck and are calling it quits.

We always heard good things about Mint Cafe, and look forward to future ventures from the family behind the restaurant.

The lock-out notice:


Friday, July 17, 2009

Texas Monthly Names 50 Best Texas Burgers

(From the press release)

Austin, Texas-July 17, 2009 - Texas Monthly, the expert on all things Texan, has published in the August issue their definitive story celebrating the iconic Texas food: the hamburger. A team of 31 eaters scoured the state, covering 12,343 miles, visiting 253 restaurants, and gaining a cumulative 45 pounds in their quest for the best 50 hamburgers in the state. In the introduction to the story, executive editor Patricia Sharpe and editor Jake Silverstein said: "In seeking burgers that stopped us in our tracks, we left some hallowed names in the dust. Undoubtedly, burger-loving readers will be outraged at a few of our picks and misses, but so be it."

In a story accompanying the hamburger list, senior editor Gary Cartwright, through his extensive research, set out to prove that the world's first hamburger was served in Athens, Texas, despite the fact that three other towns take credit for inventing the hamburger: New Haven, Connecticut; the Village of Hamburg, New York; and Seymour, Wisconsin. "The documentary evidence supporting this claim is strong," Cartwright says.

Founded in 1973, Texas Monthly has a circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2.5 million people each month-one out of every eight Texas adults. Texas Monthly is published by Emmis Publishing, L.P. Emmis owns and operates radio stations and other regional magazines.

Texas Monthly's 50 BEST HAMBURGERS IN TEXAS:

  1. The Grape, Dallas, Classic Cheeseburger
  2. Counter Café, Austin, Counter Burger
  3. Alamo Springs Café, Fredericksburg, Cheeseburger (With Green Chiles on a Jalapeno-Cheese Bun)
  4. Toro Burger Bar, El Paso, Toro Burger
  5. The Cove, San Antonio, Texas Burger
  6. The Porch, Dallas, The Stodg
  7. Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, Hamburger Steak on a Bun
  8. Dutch's, Fort Worth, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Burger
  9. Beck's Prime, Houston, Bacon Cheeseburger
  10. Orlando's, Lubbock, Cheeseburger in Paradise
  11. White Buffalo Bar, Gage Hotel, Marathon, Buffalo Burger
  12. Cover 3, Austin, Chop-House Burger (With Cheese and Bacon)
  13. Burger Fresh, Conroe, 1/2 Pound Hamburger
  14. Burger Tex II, Austin, Bulgogi Burger
  15. Twisted Root Burger Co., Dallas, Hamburger
  16. Max's Wine Dive, Austin, Houston, Kobe Beef Burger
  17. Love Shack, Fort Worth, Dirty Love Burger
  18. Fatty's Burgers & More, San Antonio, Ref Burger
  19. MoMak's Backyard Malts & Burgers, San Antonio, MoMak Classic Burger
  20. Kelly's Eastside, Plano, Southwestern Burger
  21. Big'z Burger Joint, San Antonio, Big'z Famous No. 1
  22. Chicken Oil Co., Bryan, Snuffy Burger
  23. Café Michael Burger, Galveston, Tiki Burger
  24. Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies, Midland, The French Connection Burger
  25. Mockingbird Bistro, Houston, American Kobe Beef Burger
  26. Parkside, Austin, Cheeseburger
  27. Black Sheep Lodge, Austin, Black Buffalo Burger
  28. Miss Hattie's Café and Saloon, San Angelo, Miss Hattie Burger
  29. Mel's Country Café, Tomball, Double Hamburger
  30. Roaring Fork, Austin, Half Ass Burger
  31. Gene's Tasty Burger, Wichita Falls, Frisco Burger
  32. Cliff Café, Dallas, Brie and Granny Smith Burger
  33. Bracken Store Café, San Antonio, Bean and Frito Burger
  34. Sam's Deli Diner, Houston, Hamburger
  35. Dry Creek Café, Houston, The Regular (With Asadero Cheese)
  36. Hamburger Store, Jefferson, Build-Your-Own Burger
  37. Mighty Fine, Austin, Hamburger
  38. Roadhouse, Bastrop, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger
  39. Lankford Grocery and Market, Houston, Old-Fashioned Hamburger
  40. Classics Burgers and "Moore," Kerrville, Cheeseburger
  41. Koffee Kup Family Restaurant, Hico, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger
  42. Hruska's Store and Bakery, Ellinger, Cheeseburger
  43. Rosco's Burger Inn, El Paso, Rosco Burger
  44. Port Aransas Brewing Company, Port Aransas, Stopher Burger
  45. Goode Company Hamburgers and Taqueria, Houston, Mesquite Burger
  46. Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar, Dallas, Green Chile Swissburger
  47. Fred's Texas Café, Fort Worth, Diablo Burger
  48. Speedy's Burger, Houston, Hamburguesa Mexicana
  49. Gourmet Burger Grill, San Antonio, Hamburger
  50. Jakes, Dallas, #1 Jakes Special
(Houston-area burgers bolded.)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grilled Meat with a Turkish Twist - Kebab House

We've noticed the Kebab House on the I-45 feeder in the Woodlands, and it was time to give it a try.

It was a great decision. Nice, clean place, friendly and helpful staff, and very good food. The staff is from Turkey, and the cuisine focused on that region.

We started with the Sicily potatoes appetizer; what came out was a heaping portion of sliced roast potatoes, very buttery and cooked with mozzarella and a light cream sauce. We finished it in record time.

Also worth a mention is the unique flatbread. It's sliced into wedges, but the bread is thick around the edges and thin (like most flatbread) near the center; it's baked fresh and very good. It's served with a dipping sauce of olive oil, spices, and sesame seeds.

Being unable to agree on our entrees, we decided to sample the Mixed Feast. Out came a large platter with a variety of grilled meats: beef/lamb schwarma, ground chicken, ground beef, lamb, chicken, and beef. All were chargrilled and nicely seasoned. Some were moderately spicy, all were delicious and savory. There were some onions and grilled vegetables included as well, and a heap of fluffy sweet rice. The portion for two was huge; we had plenty for lunch the next day.

Kebab House is a great addition to dining in the Woodlands. If you enjoy grilled meats (and what Texan doesn't?) it is highly recommended.

Kebab House. 18450 I-45 South. Sheanandoah, TX 77384. 936-321-2646. myKebabHouse.com