LOCAL Houston | The City Guide MAY 2015 - Page 27

Local May_Final.qxp_002houston 4/23/15 12:19 PM Page 27 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS $$$$ Seafood, Steakhouse | 2800 Kirby Drive | 713.874.1800 www.eddiev.com Eddie V’s features the freshest seafood from all over the globe along with prime steaks aged 28 days. Highlights include the super-crabby crab cakes or the main lobster tacos (tortillas are made in-house). The stylish West Ave digs, including the “V Lounge,” and live jazz make it a destination for cocktails and wine as well. –Jodie Eisenhardt KILLEN’S BARBECUE $$ Texas BBQ | 3613 E. Broadway, Pearland | 281.485.2271 www.killensbarbecue.com Think “competition BBQ” made with the highest-quality cuts of meat available. Coarsely ground sausage with snappy skin, melt-in-yourmouth brisket with famous bark, impossibly good beef ribs (reminiscent of the slab that tipped over Fred Flintstone’s car), fantastic pork ribs, pulled pork and succulent turkey (really). Sides are no afterthought. The potato salad alone is worth the trip along with the housemade pickles, and desserts do not disappoint, including Killen’s famous (from the steakhouse) bread pudding, banana pudding and a killer pecan pie. –Jodie Eisenhardt KUU $$$ Modern Sushi | 947 Gessner Rd. #A180 | 713.446.1688 www.kuurestaurant.com Plan to start dinner with a crafted cocktail featuring seasonal ingredients like freshly squeezed beet juice or lychee puree. Then, sit back and enjoy the show as you indulge in delicately plated sashimi starters, like the Truffle Japanese Sea Bream or the Kanpaccio, in which thin slices of kanpachi are laid against wedges of Texas orange and finished off with a drizzle of yuzu-soy vinaigrette. If the chef is offering a nightly special, don’t hesitate, because he can whip up some sumptuous dishes on the fly, like the seared hamachi belly with citrus and plums that we ordered one night (total foodgasm!). –Jodie Eisenhardt LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE $ Asian, Vietnamese | 4601 Washington | 832.582.7671 www.lesgivrals.com With locations on Market Square downtown and on Washington Ave., Les Givral’s Kahve is known for their contemporary take on authentic, fresh Vietnamese cuisine. Funky, artistic décor and efficient counter service set the tone for bargain bowls of vermicelli, fresh spring rolls and a great variety of banh-mi sandwiches. The Washington location is open late till midnight during the week and until 3am on Friday and Saturday. –Jodie Eisenhardt LOCAL FOODS $$ Gourmet Sandwiches + Salads | 2555 Kirby Dr. | 713.255.4440 www.houstonlocalfoods.com What has made Local Foods such a favorite amongst Houstonians is the commitment of providing fresh, tasty and local products. This same philosophy has been carried over into the newest location featuring many fan favorites of the restaurant such as the Truffled Egg Salad. –Dominique McGhee MR. PEEPLES $$$$ Steakhouse | 1911 Bagby | 713.652.0711 www.mrpeeples.com Steaks and seafood are the specialties, but the menu is packed with delicious descriptions and creative titles. There are banquet and meeting facilities on the second floor with state-of-the-art audio and visual systems for business conferences, receptions, private parties et al. So there are plenty of reasons to return. –Jeff Lane PONDICHERI – BAKE LAB + SHOP $ Bakery, Indian | 2800 Kirby Ste. B240 | 713.522.2012 www.pondichericafe.com Pondicheri Cafe, the West Ave Indian institution, has a bakery, juice factory, coffee shop, spice shop and so much more sitting right on top of the cafe, and it’s stylishly known as the Bake Lab + Shop. The Bake Lab puts out an often changing selection of pastries, cakes, prepared foods like salads and yogurt, soups, sandwiches and a whole host of other surprises. The Shop portion puts out some great drinks, juices, an extensive selection of serve-yourself spices and even some copper tableware. Full of bright natural light, the rest of the area is the huge kitchen and an eclectic seating area where you should spend some of your time. You won’t regret it. – Michael Cook SEASONS 52 $$$ American | 4410 Westheimer Road | 713.621.5452 www.seasons52.com The rich wood décor and low lighting provide an atmosphere of class. Good date lighting, I like to call it. But what’s really special about Seasons 52 is a dynamic menu of fresh foods, seasoned and prepared for savory satisfaction, without piling on the calories. –Jeff Lane SAMURAI NOODLE $ Ramen, Japanese, Soup | 1801 Durham Dr. #2 | 832.879.2982 www.samurainoodle.com Just when you thought the Houston ramen craze had reached its natural conclusion, a new entrant comes into the market to shake things up. The latest ramen joint comes to Houst