Ciao Bello - Andrew and I went here with friends for Houston Restaurant Weeks, which amounted to a four course meal for $35 each - a great deal as this place would normally fall into the "special occasion" price range for us. The service was intentionally slow which was lovely and gave us lots of time to chat with our friends, the owner (who owns lots of big name Houston restaurants) was running food out to the table and offered to switch our friend's plate when he lamented aloud that another dish looked better than what he ordered, and I'm still dreaming of the corn pansotti that I enjoyed and grudgingly shared with everyone else. It was also my 49th restaurant on the Top 100 list, hurray!
Andrew's appetizer, which was great, but not as great as my corn pansotti.
Caribou Coffee - I've seen this place when travelling, but it's new to Houston. Bri instagrammed a pic of it while she was away, and when I learned there was a location in a grocery store near my house (the Fiesta in Katy for local friends), I wanted to try it. It's fine, but pretty expensive. Like, more than Starbucks expensive. It's a nice change on the weekends, I guess, but I would rather spend a few cents more for latte art and locally roasted beans. Ugh, that was so pretentious I can't stand myself, but it's true. Did I order wrong? Send me a recommendation and I'll try it again!
Costco Dinner - You see me and my sometimes food snobbery, but you need to know that isn't always the case. One night a few weeks ago, Andrew didn't want to cook and I didn't want to clean, so we went to the Costco food counter for dinner. A foot long hot dog and a drink for $1.50? Pizza for $2? YES. I also ordered a giant cup of chocolate frozen yogurt for $1.50 and our whole dinner was less than $6. I do not want to think of the quality of food that I ate; can we just focus on how cheap it was instead?
Costco Lunch - A little over a week later, we had Costco for lunch. This time I tried the chicken Caesar salad and for $4 it was pretty impressive. I'll definitely order it again.
Tita's Taco House - We went to our probable new house for inspection over the weekend and ate on the way there. This is a small house with no menu - you walk in to chaos and point through the sneeze guard to show the employees what you want. Tacos are served on a foil sheet in a plastic basket and you pay as you leave - totally on the honor system. All tacos are the same price as they ask for quantity and nothing more. The tortillas were being griddled right behind the counter and the no-frills fillings had tons of flavor. It was delicious and unlike any other restaurant in our current rotation. We had four tacos and a drink for ten bucks and change. We will definitely return!
So tell me, what have you been eating lately? Do you have dinner at big box stores?