I slept like a rock that night and then woke up for one final meal in Houston at Dim Sum with my Aunt Lena. Dim Sum is one of my favorite things to do for lunch. You sit and chat as people drive carts of food all around you. Point, pick, instant gratification. I love so many things but can never remember the names. Today my Aunt taught me the names of some of my favorites: Shumai, Har Gow, and Char Sui Bao. My flight out of Houston was late that evening, so I took some extra Dim Sum to eat on the plane. Thank goodness I did because I am now sitting at the airport at 10 P.M. waiting for my delayed flight. I am ready to get into my warm bed but already missing Houston.
and its inhabitants, we have a huge range of cuisines to choose from. Great Chinese, Greek, Cajun, Thai, Polish, Vietnamese, Argentinian, BBQ, steak houses, Tex-Mex, and more can be found within city limits. I am definitely going to miss Houston food (as well as a few other things in Houston too) while living in Lubbock. Without further ado, to the food:
All photos are taken with Instagram, my new favorite iPhone app.
You don’t have to go to New York to get great Asian food, you can also go to Houston. Houston has a large Asian population ranging from Chinese to Vietnamese. Drive down Bellaire and there are Asian restaurants as far as the eye can see. It’s fabulous.
If you can’t tell that I like Tan Tan from all these pictures, then listen up: I love Tan Tan. This Asian restaurant has a large menu (reminiscent of Cheesecake Factory length with numbered pages), full of all types of Asian cuisine. I love the peking duck, served with fluffy soft buns and hoisin sauce. Other favorites include crispy pan fried noodles with black bean sauce, House Special Rice Cake, dumplings, egg rolls- basically almost everything I’ve tried. But my absolute favorite is their congee served with fried “dunkers” (fried dough, come on people!). Congee is a rice soup which doesn’t look super pretty, but trust me, people, it’s deeeelish and Tan Tan does it best.
The. Best. Donuts. Ever.
Forget any donut you have ever tried, these are better. My favorite is any filled donut, especially the cream and bavarian cream. Never had a bad donut here.
We started our trip at a small little Italian restaurant off 6th street. I split a meatball calzone and a muffuletta, which is one of the most delicious sandwich combinations in existence with salty salami and topped with a olive tapenade and cheese. The muffuletta was good and salty, and the meatballs in the calzone were juicy and tender. On the table, there was a dead fly in our Parmesan shaker, which did not bother me but instead sparked a conversation of how said fly got in there in the first place. Death by Parmesan- I wouldn’t mind going that way.
Although it took a longer walk than planned to get here, Franks was definitely worth every step it took to walk there. The restaurant sounded good when reading the menu, but it surpassed my foodie expectations. The dishes were all unique with changing weekly specials (including pineapple aiolis, homemade sausage combinations, and homemade buns). I ordered the Jackalope- a rabbit, antelope, & pork sausage with a huckleberry compote, cheddar cheese, and sriracha aoili. The homemae bun was soft and pillowy, the huckleberry compote was sweet, the cheese was sharp, and the sausage was crispy and delicious. With this I had poutine waffle fries. Fries with gravy and cheese curds- enough said. This meal still haunts my dreams.
A donut food truck- where can you go wrong? Although it was hot as blazes outside, I still ate a piping hot donut. First I had the Cherry Bombs- donut holes covered with cherry sauce, cake batter mix, and cinnamon sugar. There are few things in life better than freshly made donuts- warm and crunchy and soft all at once. These donuts were so good, and I knew my sister would love them that we made a pit stop and took them to go before driving home. The second time I ordered the blue balls- donut holes covered in blueberry sauce and blue icing.
We saw Amy’s Ice Cream all over Austin. Definitely a fun ice cream place, with a few standard flavors and new flavors every day. I had a waffle cone with white chocolate ice cream with snickers mixed in. I also sampled key lime pie and rum raisin. All very good (actually tasted like their flavor!) and creamy.