Local Flavor Edition in Houston, TX
Don't expect fabulous decor or romantic ambiance, but do expect top-notch Mexican cuisine and some of the best service in the city. The salsa is hot and tasty, the strawberry lemonade is fresh and cold, and the food is delicious. Try the pork enchiladas, shrimp tacos or beef fajitas. The portions are generous and the staff is very friendly.
This restaurant is perfect for a date. The lighting is low, the atmosphere is romantic, and the food is top notch. The thing about Fuad's is that there is no menu. That's right -- the chef comes out to your table and asks you what you want to eat. You tell him and he makes it. From steaks to pasta to fish, you can order just about anything. Since there is no menu, there are no prices. So bring your credit card and expect to spend about $100 for two (including a couple glasses of wine).
If you are looking for something a little different, head to Argentina Cafe in Houston. Certainly they could have come up with a better name for this little bistro, but the food is absolutely delicious. They claim that they have the best empanadas in Houston -- and they certainly are -- but you can't really miss with anything on their menu. Try the choripan (Argentiniean sausage) sandwich or the milanesa. For dessert, you can't go wrong with the alfajores pastries or the dulce de leche.
This Vietnamese-Chinese fusion restaurant offers a casual, quaint atmosphere and food that can't be beat. It's great for family gatherings or even a casual date. The portions are very generous and the service is always good. They offer a selection of pre-set menu choices -- which is great if you are not familiar with the food. The sweet and sour catfish soup is very unique and tasty, and the classic cashew shrimp is a real value with extra large shrimp.
This casual French bistro is open for lunch and dinner. For dinner, try their Beef Bourguignon or Chicken en Croute in a flaky, puff pastry. Using local, organic ingredients whenever possible, the food is always fresh and tasty. And don't miss out on the desserts -- including the traditional French creme brulee. They also serve wine and beer or you can bring your own bottle of wine, if you like. Closed on Sunday and Monday.