Taste, Texas, Travel

Goodbye Houston Food Tour

In true Carley fashion, I needed to make sure I stopped at all my favorite restaurants before I left Houston forever. Here’s a taste, no pun intended, of some of my favorite restaurants in Houston that I couldn’t leave without having ONE LAST MEAL.

Coltivare

I always heard such great things about this restaurant and finally had the chance to try it with two of my work wives. We had the cauliflower appetizer which I would highly recommend. We opted to not get the famous Brussels sprouts pizza, but if I ever have the chance to go again I would definitely try it. The pizzas we got were still yummy along with the spaghetti.

Pizza and pasta from Coltivare
Pizza and pasta from Coltivare

Texas Shrimp Shack

I actually just went for my first time for my goodbye lunch with coworkers. I saw it had good reviews on Yelp and decided to make everyone test it out with me! Man, was it good! I ate the garlic buttered grilled shrimp (1/2 pound) that was served with rice. Very delicious and filling!

True Food Kitchen

I know this place is a chain, but their food is so fresh and delicious. For an appetizer, we ordered the edamame dumplings which are beyond amazing along with the cauliflower. For dinner I had the lasagna which I’ve been wanting to try every time I go, and this was the night. SOOOO GOOD. We ended with the apple crumb, which was decent. I wish we had just ordered more edamame dumplings though :).

Lasagna from True Food Kitchen
Lasagna from True Food Kitchen

Paulie’s

I could not leave Houston without getting the Italian Family Salad from Paulie’s with freshly grilled chicken. It’s the perfect mix of greens, mozzarella cheese, olives, salami, and other vegetables. The olive balsamic dressing can’t be beat. Still trying to figure out how to replicate it. The salad is HUGE even if you order the small size. I ate the large size over 3 meals…

La Guadalupana

So I may have come here two mornings in a row to eat their breakfast tacos. You can’t beat delicious food that only costs $2.50. I’m definitely going to miss authentic Mexican food and homemade tortillas. Hopefully I’ll get a little skinnier now that I won’t have tasty tortilla chips and salsa to eat all the time.

Breakfast Tacos from La Guadalupana
Breakfast Tacos from La Guadalupana

Red Lion Pub

If you have never gone here, you NEED to go. It is a British styled pub with killer food (English and Indian inspired). My friend and I shared the Chicken Tandoori quesadillas and the Chicken Tikka Masala for an entree. The Chicken Tikka Masala can definitely be eaten for two meals (if you order it for yourself). It’s sooo good. Like SOO SOO GOOD. I’m not a spice person either, and it has the perfect amount of kick to it.

Local Foods

This restaurant is another fan fav of Carley and The Tiny Two. I typically order the seasonal salad which is always delicious with the fresh fruit, vegetables, and the large glob of goat cheese. This time I decided to go a little out of my comfort zone and ordered the Blue Crab and Shrimp sandwich. So yummy! Honestly you can’t go wrong ordering any sandwich or salad there.

Blue Crab and Shrimp Sandwich from Local Foods
Blue Crab and Shrimp Sandwich from Local Foods

Hopdoddy

Before I left Houston, I couldn’t leave without trying the phenomenal burgers from Hopdoddy that just opened a few months ago. Every time I’m in Austin, I see a line outside of this restaurant and was so happy to find out that they were now in Houston. I went on a Thursday at 1:30pm and there was no line. I’ve heard that the line on the weekends is absurd, but honestly if you’re a burger person…I would wait. I ordered the Magic Shroom Burger which includes Texas Goat Cheese, mushrooms, mayo, pesto, lettuce, white onion (I changed it to sautéed onions), and tomato. This was definitely one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. Pesto on a burger might be one of  my new favorite things.

Shroom Burger from Hopdoddy
Shroom Burger from Hopdoddy

Uchi

And last but not least….I could NOT leave Houston without eating at Uchi. This is by far my favorite restaurant in Houston. I could eat here everyday if I could afford it. What did I order you ask? Oh let me tell you! Or should I say, what didn’t I order…kidding. Not pictured: edamame (which has been changed recently in their “new menu” – it’s not as smoked/charred as normal), Brussels sprouts ( a must get, so tangy and crispy), and scallop sushi from the new menu. We ordered the scallop nigiri assuming it’d be like the picture below, however the sushi chef told us they updated their menu. The chef graciously gave us the old scallop nigiri ON THE HOUSE. SAY WHATTTT?! They really take care of their customers. Also if you’ve never been I’d recommend the Hamachi nabe, which is one of their heartier hot rice dishes. This dish is a great way to fill up after eating so many light small dishes.

Uchi Sushi Bar views
Uchi Sushi Bar views
Scallop from Uchi (old menu)
Scallop from Uchi (old menu)
Machi Cure from Uchi
Machi Cure from Uchi
Salmon Belly Sashimi from Uchi
Salmon Belly Sashimi from Uchi
Assorted nigiri from Uchi
Assorted nigiri from Uchi
Hama Chili from Uchi
Hama Chili from Uchi
Tuna with watermelon and green sweet cilantro sauce from Uchi
Tuna with watermelon and green sweet cilantro sauce from Uchi
Fried Milk Dessert from Uchi
Fried Milk Dessert from Uchi

If you couldn’t tell, I’m definitely going to miss the fantastic dining options in Houston. Thankfully the world is a big place with delicious food everywhere. There will be new places for me to try and add to my library of restaurant knowledge.

Xo,

~Missing Uchi already~

Carley

 

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