LOCAL Houston | The City Guide August 2016 - Page 32

GOOD EATS SUSHI WABI $$ Japanese, Sushi Bars 3953 Richmond Ave. 713.623.8818 | www.sushiwabihouston.com I eat at this place at least twice a week. They have great service and consistently good sushi rolls. I like to order the Philly with jalapeño, spicy tuna and spicy salmon. I normally order around lunch time and pay just under $20 for those 4 rolls. So compared to many other sushi places in town, I think the cost is great. It helps that they are located across the street from my office so I can walk there in no time. Overall, I am happy. They have earned my business over the past years so I hope to continue to eat there for many years to come. –Kareem A., Yelp AL’S QUICK STOP $ Convenience Stores, Mediterranean, Tex-Mex | 2002 Waugh Dr. 713.522.5170 Sounds like a place to get your oil changed, right? Then you drive by and realize it’s a convenience store. In a really awkward area, with an awkward parking situation. In the middle of Montrose. And the famously popular Niko Niko’s is right around the corner, so why not just go there? Why would anyone give this place a moment’s thought??? Because … it’s a hidden gem! I almost don’t want to write this review so I can keep it that way, but alas, I must do my duty and Yelp this place away. BEST shawarma I’ve ever had in Houston. BEST gyro. BEST... a lot of things! The fries are so light and crisp, perfectly fried. And not one fry is a sad straggler! The fattoush is super-fresh. The Greek salad is loaded with olives (I love olives, so... yeah.). The hummus is great! And it’s really hard to satisfy me – one who has been spoiled by what good hummus really is! Now forget what it looks like from the outside and come in here, cuz as the saying goes, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” Right? –Mark H., Yelp CAFÉ LILI LEBANESE GRILL $$ Middle Eastern | 5757 Westheimer Rd. | 713.952.6969 www.cafelili.com Oh so delish, from the yummy, crispy fried cauliflower, the perfectly flavored Foul Mudammas, to the rice pudding and baklawa, we couldn’t be happier. A friend sent us over and now we are calling all our friends to join us here for dinner next week! We didn’t want to stop eating but they would have had to roll us out. But not before we had their complimentary cardamom coffee!! Thank you, Cafe Lili, for the best Mediterranean meal we’ve had in a long time! –Pamela H., Yelp COSTA BRAVA BISTRO $$$ Spanish, French, Tapas Bars | 5115 Bellaire Blvd. 713.839.1005 | www.costabravabistro.com Perfect, cozy, unpretentious delicious food; excellent service; comfortable restaurant. Whew! That’s a run-on sentence without a verb if ever there was one, but this place is marvelous and inspires enthusiasm. We had some of the best octopus I’ve ever had, reasonably priced wine and an amazing paella, not to mention a terrific garlicky shrimp dish. Between the four of us, we ate our way, tapas style, through the small plates and enjoyed every one. Don’t let the fact that it’s in a strip mall dissuade you; it’s well worth a trip for both food and atmosphere. Wish I was back in Houston, so I could visit again! –Karen K., Yelp FRED’S ITALIAN CORNER RESTAURANT $$ Italian | 2278 W. Holcombe Blvd. | 713.665.7506 www.eatatfreds.com Excellent choice! My wife and I ate here for lunch. Sweet man running the joint. He even hired a man who needed some work to hold a sign for lunch. When his shift was done, he fed him. This is classy. Food was amazing! Raspberry drink, baked tortellini and spumoni! It was delicious! High recommendation! –Anthony M., Yelp HOWIE’S TIKI $$ Cocktail Bars, Lounges, Hawaiian | 4334 FM 2920 832.299.6991 You will love this nice little authentic Tiki Bar tucked away along 2920 in between Spring and Tomball. The place is super-friendly, clean and SMOKE-FREE with awesome drinks and a very generous happy hour selection. The food is wonderful and cooked fresh upon order. I give the place 5 stars; it really is worth your while to stop in and give Howie an opportunity to make you a wonderful refreshing drink using top-shelf ingredients. You will not be disappointed. This is one of the best places to stop in and have a drink and go home smelling fresh and clean. I really love the nice, cold A/C and smoke-free air feeling on a warm, muggy Gulf Coast afternoon, sipping a cold beverage in a nice peaceful setting. –Lauri K., Yelp JANG GUEM TOFU AND BBQ HOUSE $$ Korean, Barbeque, Asian Fusion | 9896 Bellaire Blvd. 832.930.5797 This restaurant has the perfect hot and delicious answer for any weather! The seafood and tofu soup was spicy and very flavorful. The service here is outstanding; both the manager and our server were very accommodating and pleasant. Every time we come to Houston, we visit this restaurant. –Kevin T., Yelp LA VISTA $$ Italian, Pizza | 1936 Fountain View Dr. | 713.787.9899 www.fatbutter.com Creativity abounds at the La Vista, from the menu to the decor. The menu offers you your greatest challenge as you try and decide what delectable offering you are going to have. The wine list is basic, but fear not, as you can BYOB. To start off, I chose the mussels. I love seafood, and I was not disappointed. But I must say I NEVER have had mussels as BIG as oysters. The bowl was more than generous and a sight to behold. On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d give them a rating of 8 – yes, off the charts. For my main dish I selected the Tenderloin Cannelloni. Served on a bed of polenta, this pasta and beef dish was to die for, truly a meal fit for a king. Looking for a restaurant with great food and professional and friendly service, look no more. –Damon D., Yelp 32 L O C A L | august 16