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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE GUUDBELLY $ Food Stand, Vegan, Gluten-Free | 832.693.3948 www.guudbelly.com These tamales are the real deal whether you are vegan or not. They are hands-down the best I’ve ever had (do not tell my family). The menu changes frequently but I have never had anything short of excellent. My husband and I go through a dozen each week! –Lynn S., Yelp HAN KOOK KWAN $$ Korean, Barbeque | 9140 Bellaire Blvd. | 346.240.4600 This place is a hidden gem in the heart of Chinatown. We were initially going to eat sushi at Hokkaido, but stumbled across this place and gave it a try instead. Service was great! Our waitress was a sweet older Korean woman who kindly greeted us; she even cooked our bbq at our table. I didn’t expect this at all. The best thing when it comes to kbbq is the sides that come along with the entrées. They were plentiful and kept them coming. There’s also a self-serve salad bar where it’s all you can eat! Will definitely be back. –Kristine N., Yelp KING OF SHAWERMA $ Food Trucks, Halal, Middle Eastern | 832.542.9675 This place knocked me off my feet. I drive for Uber and am always looking for a good food truck on my way home to stop off and get some great food late at night on the weekends when I get done with driving people home from the bars. Thankfully last week I had a rider who took me outside the Beltway. On my way home, I stopped at KOS on a whim, as it was the first food truck I saw. I asked Chef Ashraf which he recommended, the shawarma or the gyro. He told me he was out of beef for the shawarma so I should try the lamb gyro. I am so glad he did. I got home and started eating it and could hardly believe my taste buds. THIS is what a lamb gyro is supposed to taste like! OMG. The consistency of the meat was perfect. The pita bread was very high-quality, and he warmed it so it mingled with the tzatziki sauce and made it heavenly when I bit into it. I asked for fries and they were good, but the star of that meal was definitely the lamb. I’ve been thinking about it all week and praying that one of my passengers would lead me out that way tonight. I live in East Downtown and it’s a bit far for me to drive normally. But thank God, my last fare took me to Winrock and Westheimer. As soon as I dropped them off, I booked it down to KOS. I HAD to get that gyro again. I took it home and it was just as fantastic as the first time. I may have a hard time changing my order to beef shawarma now. That gyro sandwich has me HOOKED!!! I would go as far to say it’s the best I’ve ever had. Thanks so much, Chef Ashraf, for modifying my “no lettuce” requests! –Esther G., Yelp NO BORDERS FOOD TRUCK $ Food Stands | 1515 Sul Ross | 713.858.2304 www.sylviasenchiladakitchen.com We stopped at No Borders when they were parked at the Houston Museum of Natural Science one evening before Mixers & Elixirs. We didn’t wait ‘too’ long in line before we placed our order, and our order was ready immediately. I got the Chicken Taco with avocado, lettuce, cheese and salsa. It was delicious, and had a nice little kick to it. They only give you one for $3, but it comes with two tortillas so you can divide it in two if you want. Yum, definitely will have to go again when I see it around! –Jodi M., Yelp ON THE KIRB $$ Sports Bars, Gastropubs | 5004 Kirby Dr. | 713.526.1414 This has become my new go-to spot for watching games on the weekends. TVs are everywhere and it’s easy to get the game you need on the television. More of an upscale sports bar than what is typical. Good vibe to the place. Pretty thorough selection of beers on tap. Nice craft cocktail selection. Have had most of the appetizers and the pizza, no complaints on any of it. Not your typical sports bar-quality food. Highly recommend the nachos with pulled pork on top. Pizza was good too (they use a brick oven) from what I remember...it was pretty late in the night so you know how that goes. Since we have been here a few times now and it’s a new bar, we have gotten to know most of the staff. They are super-friendly from the owner down to the bartenders and waitstaff. Definitely check this place out! –Dustin K., Yelp PEPPER TWINS $$ Szechuan | 1915 W. Gray St., Suite A | 346.204.5644 www.txpeppertwins.com So after our “adventure” at Cooking Girl a few weeks ago, my friends and I decided to try their new upscale restaurant called Pepper Twins, located on 1915 West Gray Street. The inside of this “country-style organic” restaurant is beautiful! The cuisine is from Chengdu (southwestern China), Sichuan province style, which means lots and lots of flavor and spice!!! We asked the waiter for some recommendations, and chose what we thought were the best dishes. For our appetizer we chose the mountain city noodle (similar to dandan noodle), then we shared the miracle blue egg soup (thousand-year-old egg), soft square bacon with Berkshire Pork Belly, Pepper Twins fish slides soup, and Sweet and Sour eggplant with Berkshire Pork. In case you didn’t know, Berkshire Pork is a premium, high-quality pork and is naturally produced without nitrates or chemicals. All the dishes are high-quality! My favorite was the soft square bacon which absolutely melts in your mouth!! Don’t forget they are closed Mondays!! And also 10% off if paying in cash! –Texas T., Yelp PHO VE DEM $ Vietnamese, Soup | 13030 Bellaire Blvd. | 281.617.7192 When I heard about Pho Ve Dem’s expansion, I thought it was too good to be true, but low and behold, the second location is now here and open early! I can definitely satisfy those early pho cravings now that they’re open at 8 am. Don’t even gotta worry about a tight lunch schedule cuz the service is super-fast! The pho is super-good, and with the addition of the new rice dishes, egg rolls, spring rolls, etc., I find it harder and harder to refrain from coming here. Great service, great atmosphere, and they also accept credit cards here! Highly recommend this place! P.S. That kem sau rieng! If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s time for something new in ya lyfe! –Arnold G., Yelp PI PIZZA $$ Pizza, Cocktail Bars | 181 Heights Blvd. | 832.767. 2433 www.pipizzahtx.com My family came here on a Sunday evening just before dinner time and it was already hopping. We started with the mac and cheese balls and pizza fries. I probably could have stopped there because I was in a happy food coma of deliciousness already. Had my (incredibly picky) six-year-old not eaten 2 out of 3 of the balls, I might have been full. For pizza, we got the Sorority Girl Surprise, a plain pepperoni. Six-year-old had 3 slices of the pepperoni, which is a lot for him, so he was obviously into it; and my husband and I were way happy with our pizza choice. I will likely be back to make my way through the menu... particularly excited to try the one with the blackberry and mint. This is one of those places that makes me super proud to live in Houston and super proud to see people my age (or slightly older?) killing it at being a passionate business owner. Pi Pizza, thanks for existing. P.S. Ryan was so into the ranch that he took it off the mac plate and hid it for his pizza so that our server couldn’t take it away. –Erin T., 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. november 16 | LOCAL 29