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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE review on Yelp. I ordered the skirt steak. It is tender and juicy. Serving size is more than enough. Lots of value in the plate here!! Pampa has a “family-owned feel” because it is, and you can feel the love in each bite. My husband ordered the short ribs with mashed potatoes – best he has ever had!!! The rolls are made here – NO FROZEN BREAD AT PAMPA!! Served hot and yummy. You won’t be disappointed but be prepared for a new Houston favorite for your list!! –Amy B., Yelp ROMANO’S PIZZA $$ Pizza, Italian | 1528 W. Gray St. | 713.526.1182 www.romanoshouston.com This has become my go-to pizza and Italian food spot. I absolutely love their pizza, but their entrées should not be missed. The baked ziti is freakin’ amazing!!!! So is the chicken parmesan. The staff and ownership are super-friendly. Happy to call this one of my regular comfort food spots. –Jon G., Yelp LUCHI & JOEY’S $ Mexican | 14005 Memorial Dr. | 832.243.5341 www.luchiandjoeys.com I love tacos, so when I see a giant sign that says tacos ... I stop. And I was NOT disappointed. I had a steak taco and a pulled pork taco. I would leave the cheese off the steak next time because it just didn't need it, and the pulled pork somehow had the melted cheese all crispy and glorious. It wasn’t super-busy but it was like 2pm so hopefully they’re doing really well – their food is great and space is cute. Highly-recommended. – Chelsea R., Yelp NAZIF’S $$ Turkish | 8821 Westheimer Rd. | 713.977.4476 www.nazifs.com It is one of the best places to eat Turkish food in the U.S. It tastes exactly as it should be. Makes you feel like you are in Turkey. The appetizer platter is delicious, and their mixed grill is heavenly. The desserts are so good; their kunafa is amazing. I am definitely going back there. It is one of my favorite places in Houston. –Merve A., Yelp NIDDA THAI CUISINE $$ Thai | 1226 Westheimer Rd. | 713.522.8895 www.niddathaicuisine.com This is our favorite Thai restaurant in Houston. Food is always fresh, well-prepared and delicious. They have a $7 lunch menu, but we usually order one of the daily specials. Today we had the pompano fish and massaman avocado. Both were excellent. Service is always friendly and precise. Clean restaurant. Don’t forget dessert! My favorite is mango with sticky rice. –Mary W., Yelp PAMPA GRILL & MARKET $$ Argentine, Latin American | 10111 Hammerly Blvd. 713.722.0666 | www.pampagrillhouston.com If you’re looking for fresh food with fantastic flavor, Pampa is your place. I have eaten here several times but this is my first PATAGONIA GRILL & CAFÉ $$ Argentine, Latin American | 8408 Katy Fwy. 713.468.8408 | www.patagoniagrillhouston.com Wanted to try something new for lunch and finally after hearing so much about this place ended up trying it. I must admit it is everything they said it was. I tried the Neuquen grilled trout which is fresh trout served on a bed of sautéed spinach with Roquefort cheese, mushrooms and white wine sauce. OOOOMMMGGGG!!! It was so delicious I wanted to lick the plate. It wasn’t too overwhelming, it was just perfect! Plates were big, pretty good size, but couldn’t stop eating it – ha-ha! Oh, and can’t forget about their delicious rosemary oven-roasted red potatoes!! Delicious! Just top it off with a nice glass of wine; my choice, an organic wine. Y’all have to try this place. –Stephanie M., Yelp PEPPER TREE VEGGIE CUISINE $$ Chinese, Vegetarian, Buffets | 3821 Richmond Ave. 713.621.9488 | www.ilovepeppertree.com Best vegan spot in Houston. Hands down. The buffet is consistently awesome. A variety of tofu dishes and veggies. I love the curry and the veggie fritters. Also for whatever reason, I’m addicted to their water. It’s from the gods! They keep it simple, but super-clean. Employees are also great and attentive. We have been coming for years and no complaints! –Jay K., Yelp QUAN YIN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT $ Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Vegan | 10804 Bellaire Blvd. 281.498.7890 Oh my goodness, this food is amazing! I got the grilled chicken, and honestly it tasted like honey ham. It is one of the best vegan restaurants I have been to. Price is about $10 a plate for most of the items, and they have so many different options to choose from. I have never seen it busy, but they are quick to get the food out any time I have come. Bathrooms are super-cold for some reason, was like walking into a fridge, but still very clean. I have only one complaint, that when I wanted the check they seemed to not notice me for a while, but I was happily fed at that point so I wasn’t too concerned. –H.M., Yelp SAM’S BURGERS FRIES AND PIES $ Burgers, Desserts | 1017 N. Dairy Ashford Rd. 281.496.4052 | www.samsbfp.com Was around the corner at Texas Direct Auto and wanted something close for lunch. After reading the reviews, I decided to give this place a try. I am very happy I did. Ordered the Spicy Turkey burger with fries. The turkey burger is literally the best turkey burger I’ve had! Total for the meal was $11. The burger was so big, we split it and were both pleasantly full. If you’re in the area, stop by for sure. Also it’s BYOB! –Kayla O., Yelp TAQUERIA DEL SOL $ Tex-Mex, Mexican | 8114 Park Pl. Blvd. | 713.644.0535 www.ilovedelsol.com Quit driving around looking for authentic Mexican food and just come here. Yes, it’s a hole in the wall but, damn it, it’s the best hole in the wall you’ll find. Stop reading this and just go – you’re already wasting valuable time!!!!!! –Earnesto M., Yelp $ KEY BASED ON YELP $ = Price Range Under $10 $$ = Price Range $11–30 $$$ = Price Range $31–60 $$$$ = Price Range Above $61 FOR OUR COMPLETE RESTAURANT LISTING, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. august 16 | L O C A L 33