At Ouisie’s Table I was welcomed home.

Ouisie’s Table
3939 San Felipe Drive Houston, Texas
713.528.2264

 

Sitting on Lucy’s porch last weekend I was reminded of the spirit of my great grandmother, Nana, who owned and operated a tea house in a small lakeside community in the mid 1900’s. And in reading more about Elouise Adams Jones, the proprietress & Executive Chef, I understood why. Her establishment is clearly a labour of love and each room and menu item is thoughtfully arranged and prepared. While I love my life and work, Ouisie’s (pronounced We’ – zee’s) made me dream of a life of afternoon lunches in sundresses and heels with my girlfriends. And sitting there with two of the most beautiful women I know it didn’t take too much imagination. We started with The Original Taster Plate that included amazing egg salad, pimento cheese, and saltine crackers. My main course was Sautéed Belly of the Salmon & Deviled Eggs. I haven’t seen devilled eggs on a menu before, but they were great, and what is more the salmon belly was amazing. I’d eat at Ouisie’s Table again and again, so it gets a Great. And if I lived in Houston I host showers and birthdays here.

Special thanks and congratulations to V.A.J. and S.O.J.B. 

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‘It’s a hard day’s night…been working like a dog…But when I get home to you…’

Max’s Wine Dive
4720 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas
USA

 

If you remember the 80’s and you like kraft mac and cheese but you’ve replaced your juice boxes with fine wines and champagnes then try out Max’s Wine Dive. They shake up your classic comfort food and serve it with a cosmopolitan twist. Kosher hotdogs with venison chili, macaroni and cheese with truffles, and organic southern fried chicken. Steroid free chicken – now there’s something that isn’t in your mama’s fried chicken recipe. I had the grilled cheese with tomatoes, which was served on the yummiest texas toast. A bit too much cheese for me (is that possible?), but all over quite good. The sides are creative, some things come in half orders, but the one thing Max doesn’t seem to care a stitch about is calories, so don’t come here if you’re counting ‘em. Prices are moderate with mains from about $14-$25 and the atmosphere is great, but on a busy night you might need to wait a bit or settle for a seat at the bar. I’m going to give Max’s a Very Good.

 

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Margaritas and Mexican Martinis and a Trunk Full of Free Nachos

Chuy’s
2706 Westheimer Rd, Houston 713.524.1700

 

I’m in Texas for the first time, trying to take it all in and within three hours of landing in Houston I was sipping back a Mexican Martini eating free nachos from a nacho bar. The décor of Chuy’s will either give you the confidence you are in the right place, or the fear you’ve made the wrong turn. A dog/Elvis themed eatery?! Yes that’s right, pictures of dogs and Elvis everywhere, and ambiguous bathroom signs to boot (a pet peeve of mine).  They have a trunk that they fill with nacho chips, queso and an assortment of nacho topping so that during happy hour you can enjoy free eats. But the standard free nachos are nothing compared to the kind you order from the appetizer menu. These nachos are like nothing I’ve never seen before. Giant individual freshly fried chips topped with beans, cheese, fresh salsa, and jalapenos. If I knew they had food like this in Houston, I would have dropped by a lot sooner. While Chuy’s is definitely not a four star restaurant, for casual yummy eats, and drinks with friends this place gets a Very Good, and the nachos and Mexican Martinis get a Great! The price is right, with 5$ margaritas that dropped down to 3$ at happy hour, so you don’t have to watch your priceline as much as your waistline here!

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