Great food can set a restaurant apart from its competition only so much in an industry in which great food isn’t hard to come by. When a restaurant has great food and service, creating an all-around satisfying experience, that’s when a restaurant becomes a favorite. La Lucha became that for me. The food was delicious, but the service is what made a pricier tab worth it. The restaurant reminds me of a home dining room with framed photos lining the wall, Persian carpets and lounge areas that were complete with leather couches, small coffee tables and throw pillows. I’d call it comfortable upper class. Noticeably nicer than your average restaurant, but warm and inviting. I visited La Lucha with a small group without making a reservation, so no table was available. The hostess … [Read more...] about Review: La Lucha blends service with splendid food
Five minutes after a group of men left La Vista 101, locking the doors behind them, a group of three women arrived for lunch Monday. After discovering the restaurant was closed, the women were sorely disappointed. “I loved that place,” one of them said. “That’s such a bummer.” Owner Greg Gordon announced on his personal Facebook page that he has closed the restaurant at 1805 W. 18th St. “Trying to survive for a year I can no longer keep doors open,” he wrote. It’s a sad end for a spot that many were excited about. Gordon told The Leader before his May opening that he spent $1.1 million on the renovation of the former Pizza Hut, including $30,000 in structural changes. The restaurant was called La Vista 101 because Gordon signed a 20-year ground lease for the spot April … [Read more...] about La Vista 101 closes
The Heights Great American Pie Contest, hosted by the Houston Heights Association, is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th St. Judges will be on hand to critique and award the pies, which can be sampled by attendees. Complimentary beverages and door prizes also will given out. Pie check-in for entrants begins at 5 p.m. … [Read more...] about Heights association hosting annual pie contest
For centuries, ice cream has been a favorite summer treat. Or, if you’re anything like me, it's a favorite treat any time of the year. Through the years of its existence, and from country to country, different varieties of ice cream have been created for the enjoyment of mankind. With options like hard ice cream, frozen custard, gelato and sorbet, it’s not surprising that Americans are the No. 1 consumers of ice cream in the world. But while we love to love ice cream, do we know the difference between the varieties? The first time I had custard, I had no idea what it was. I just knew it looked like ice cream but tasted a little different. With gelato, the only thing I knew about it is that it was an Italian thing. Hard ice cream is what most people are most familiar … [Read more...] about Appreciating all forms of frozen treats
Mongolian chicken lo mein fro Pho & Grill. Walking into Pho & Grill for lunch, I first noticed the space and how well-maintained it was. Then I noticed that I couldn’t spot any workers. With no one at the front, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to seat myself or wait to be seated. So I assumed it was the former. A server came out a few seconds after I sat down and brought me a menu. I had made the right decision. The menu offered a variety of appetizers and entrees. I was going to order the steamed dumplings, which were stuffed with chicken and veggies and served with soy sauce, but it turned out the restaurant had run out. Instead I got the spring rolls with grilled chicken. For my main dish, I had a hard time deciding between the vermicelli and lo mein. I ended up … [Read more...] about Review: Pho & Grill’s good, so where is everybody?