Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Crescent City Cool

Robert Riddle's 'Awlin's venture makes a mean fried-oyster po'boy

Posted on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2007-02-28 When last we encountered Chef Robert Riddle, he was clad in stain-free chef’s whites, schmoozing customers at San Remo, his upscale Italian restaurant at the corner of West and Lockhill-Selma. Today, after a come-to-Cajun/Creole experience in New Orleans, he can be found, clad in a purple T-shirt,...

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Straining for the High Notes

If your dinner diva doesn't shine, try a lunchtime encore at La Scala

Posted on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2007-02-21 La Scala 2177 NW Military Hwy 366-1515 11am-10pm Sun-Thu; 11am-11pm Fri & Sat Evening entrées: $14.25-$36 Credit cards Accessible Some restaurants simply soldier along without the benefit (or the curse) of critical attention. Word of mouth, habit, familiarity (and fear of the unfamiliar) are all factors; setting...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Tex-Mex a la Lincoln Heights

Café Salsita talks down a little to its '09 clientele, but the results are mostly delicious

Posted on Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2007-02-14 Along with cloth napkins, there are roses on the tables at Café Salsita — real ones. There’s art on the walls, too, an inventive, er, chandelier in the lofty ceiling space, and furs on patrons during the recent cold snap. This is not your normal neighborhood Mexican...

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A Margarita-fueled Melting Pot

Chacho's & Chalucci's. Yes, I'm referring to the mega tacomart on Perrin-Beitel just north of 410.

Posted on Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2007-02-14 Chacho’s & Chalucci’s 8614 Perrin-Beitel 892-1400 Margaritas: $4.49 platinum, $4.99 top shelf Chacho’s & Chalucci’s. Yes, I’m referring to the mega tacomart on Perrin-Beitel just north of 410. Some may say this isn’t really a bar; it’s a restaurant. If that were true then why is everyone...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Rising Fried from the Flames

It's Phoenix Café, with a fabulous flounder in its beak

Posted on Wed, Feb 7, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2007-02-07 From the looks of it, Phoenix Café doesn’t amount to much. It’s located in a bland strip center dominated by acres of parking, and the décor, with its harsh lighting and shopworn carpet, is no great shakes, either. Yet in the manner of the truck stop, where...

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