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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE H.S. GREEN $$ $$ Salad, Pizza, Juice Bars & Smoothies | 5092 Richmond Ave. | 713.904.3547 | www.hsgreenrestaurant.com Just had my first meal here and it was absolutely excellent. We went all-out. Food/ingredient quality is top-shelf. Fruit was ripe and sweet. The bone-in chicken special (only $7.50!) was perfectly cooked and came with 1/4 chicken, corn on the cob and fresh fruit. Next, the guacamame dip appetizer was fresh and tasty. That led to the build-your-own salad, which at $7.50, comes with unlimited salad toppings and, with the two great dressings we tried, I thought this place left Salata and the like in the dust. Finally, there was the chicken and mushroom pizza, which was also fantastic. This place, with its great ambiance, gets 4.5+ stars for a lot of great reasons. Check it out! – Edward B., Yelp HUYNH RESTAURANT $$ Vietnamese | 912 St. Emanuel St. | 713.224.8964 www.huynhrestauranthouston.com I am Vietnamese, full-blooded, born and raised in VN. And this is what I have to say: Huynh's vc restaurant has some of the best and authentic Vietnamese dishes, served by friendly staff and in a very nice ambience. Pho is very good. Bún bò is authentic, and excellent. Mì Qung is very delectable and yummy. Spring roll is good but not generous, but the peanut sauce is too sweet for my taste. I am planning to go through the menu and more review will come. – Thao N., Yelp LES BA’GET VIETNAMESE CAFÉ $ $$ Vietnamese, Soup, Sandwiches | 1717 Montrose Blvd. 832.548.1080 | www.lesbaget.com The best pho I have had in my entire life. The broth was so rich and full of beefy goodness!!!!!! I added beef brisket and a poached egg. Omg....I could not stop and the best part is I finished the broth after the noodley goodness was gone. I could only wish there was more. We ordered what felt like the whole menu; my brother and I are all about trying everything. We had the shrimp chips which my mother claims tasted like the ones she had in Vietnam when she was a kid. What an amazing testimony. My mom had the lemongrass grilled pork with noodles, aunt had the lemongrass beef with rice, brother had the coconut basil shrimp with rice, me the pho and we also ordered the saigon spring rolls and the beef bone marrow (omg......). I know just writing everything we ordered makes me feel like a little piggy. Glad I started a new diet on Sunday. LOL. Everything was amazing and looking forward to the food again once these 30 days of 500 calories is over. LOL. yum... –Linda T., Yelp MELS’ SEAFOOD SHACK $$ Food Trucks, Seafood | 2521 N. Durham Dr. 713.703.7544 Excellent crawfish, and made in the proper Louisiana way. If your standard for crawfish has been set by a similar place not too far from Mels’, well, get ready to be blown away. Crawfish are all about the technique, and the two ladies behind Mels’ certainly know the right way to do it. They have excellent, select-sized crawfish, that are seasoned perfectly. The atmosphere could not be better, and Bring Your Own Beer is a fantastic way to spend a beautiful afternoon day. Very excited to see them do well in the future, and I’ll be a regular for the remainder of crawfish season! –Ed F., Yelp MF SUSHI $$$ Sushi Bar, Japanese | 1401 Binz St. 713.637.4587 | www.mfsushiusa.com Everything I loved about the old MF Sushi is still alive and well in this polished new space. The new cocktail menu features Japanese whiskeys and creative plays on Prohibition-era drinks. Service has graduated from casual to five-star. All positive changes, from what I can tell. As always, the sushi is on point. A bit pricier than it used to be, but worth every penny for the experience. By far, the best omakase in town. – Monica K., Yelp OMG BBQ $$ Barbeque, American | 11040 W. Cavalcade St. 832.975.1010 | www.omgbbqtx.com Hands down the best BBQ I’ve ever had. Tried the chicken and pulled pork. Ate the brisket and sausage. All four were the best I’ve had. The sauce was perfection. The beans had bacon in them. They were delicious. The potato salad ... 10/10. 5 stars. Hands down the best. Highly recommended. Get there early, though! They will sell out. – Zach S., Yelp PERBACCO $$ Italian | 700 Milam St. | 713.224.2422 www.perbaccohouston.com I lived a year in Italy and so I’m relatively fussy about my Italian food. What a treat to stumble into Perbacco last week. The owner was patient and kind around my rusty Italian, and even suggested to my husband to have the gnocchi with gorgonzola (the gnocchi on the menu was listed with tomato sauce), which was out of this world. It’s my husband’s favorite dish and we’ve never had better. My risotto with seafood was likewise fabulous, and was made just how I like it. Can’t recommend this restaurant enough, from the warmth to the excellent food. A definite win. – Michelle D., Yelp PETROL STATION $$ American, Burgers, Beer Garden | 985 Wakefield Dr. 713.957.2875 In my opinion, they have the best burger in Houston. I have gotten the Rancor both times I’ve been here and both times have been awesome. This burger is HUGE! Be prepared to get your hands and face messy! It comes with bacon and a fried egg. It is about $12.50 but comes with fries as well. Def hits the spot! There are only about 5 tables inside with a big outdoor back patio, as well as seating outside in front. They have good beer selection too, of course. – Liz P., Yelp $ KEY BASED ON YELP $ = Price Range Under $10 $$ = Price Range $11–30 $$$ = Price Range $31–60 $$$$ = Price Range Above $61 FOR OUR COMPLETE RESTAURANT LISTING, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. july 16 | L O C A L 27