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Restaurant Recommendation: La Jaiba Seafood Bar and Grill (McAllen, TX)

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Delicioso!

To celebrate the A I got in my Java programming class (hooray 🙂 ), my darling husband took me to La Jaiba Seafood Bar and Grill in McAllen for lunch. If you’ve never been and love seafood, I highly recommend it. It’s definitely my go-to seafood joint when I have a hankering for something other than beef and chicken. I’m not the type of person that really eats anything other than fish and shrimp either, which means I’ve never had oysters, scallops, you name it. But, I don’t really feel like I’m missing out when I can have their delicious tacos.

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to seafood, I suppose, although I did have shark one time when my Dad went to a fishing tournament and brought it back. Wasn’t that great 😐

Their fish tacos are so tasty, with a seasoned cornmeal batter and fried to perfection. There is also a sauce used that has a wee bit of a kick, but I haven’t identified the ingredients yet. Or you can get grilled too if you want to be a bit healthier, those are great also. This was my splurge meal for the week, so I went to town on the fried version with a quickness. Good thing I got my workout done this morning before work, eh?

The staff is very friendly, and you will often see the couple who owns the place serving the customers and checking on them to see if they need anything. That’s a nice touch that I don’t often see when dining out.

La Jaiba’s (pronounced Hai-ba) motto is “Jaiba Nice Day”. Some may think it’s cheesy, but I dig it. Jaiba nice day, y’all 🙂

Restaurant Recommendation: Pit Master BBQ (The Woodlands, TX)

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Pit Master's Sliced Brisket Sandwich

If you’re anywhere in the Houston area any time soon and are feeling the need for some down home beefs and porks and chickens (turkey too), stop on by this place. The prices are reasonable, the staff is very friendly, and it’s not too hard to find (right off of Sawdust Road and I-45).

I had a chopped pork sandwich that had everything one wants in barbecue: it was moist, tender, flavorful (mesquite FTW) and plenty of it. They add a little of their special sauce, and give you a whole bottle at the table if you want more. The spousal unit had the sliced brisket sandwich (pictured), which he enjoyed immensely.

Then there was the peach cobbler. The first time I went to this place back in March I wanted to try it but had to rush back from lunch to training. This time, there was time enough, and it was SO worth it. Ask for a little scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla, it complements the dish very well.

My husband at first had some misgivings. I was originally going to take him down to the Salt Grass Steakhouse, but we were thwarted by the Fates. By the time we got there for dinner, we were told that the kitchen had lost power. Say huh? So I suggested Pit Master; he was like, “ok, whatever, but I really wanted Salt Grass.” Well, let’s just say he forgot all about the meh-ness very quickly.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me. If you want more info, here’s their website. Enjoy!

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Restaurant Review: Star Pizza (Houston, TX)

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

In a word, this is excellent pizza. Erik and I had a slice each of the Chicago style pizza. It’s not as deep dish as true blue Chicago, but the taste more than makes up for it.

The place is very homey, and it’s located very close to HWY 59 North (near Shepherd at Richmond location).The 59 Diner is very close by. Wish I had a slice now 🙂

So if you’re in the Houston area any time soon and want a good pizza place and cheap, check it out.

Star Pizza (Shepherd and Richmond), Houston, TX

On the way to Corpus, we stopped at the Waffle House. Yes, I know, you big city folks are used to it, no big deal. But believe it, I’ve never been to one. So, we stopped by the location in Rosenburg (right off 59). What can I say, they do waffles up right.

Mmmmm... waffles

Waffle House, Rosenburg, TX

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Restaurant Review: 59 Diner (Houston, TX)

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re in town visiting some of our nearest and dearest, so there are plenty of chances for sampling Houston’s choicest cuisine. So today, we went to the 59 Diner. It’s a little kitschy, but charmingly so. The food is decadent, delicious, just very tasty. I had a chicken sandwich with fries and a hot fudge sundae. Dude. If you go to Houston for any reason, stop by:

59 Diner, Houston, TX

We went to the Shepherd location, which is in an area plentiful with little drinkeries, a record store, and other cool places.

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Restaurant Review: City Coffee Shop (Harlingen, TX)

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

We came into town for my uncle’s funeral, so we weren’t up for a place that was too rowdy for lunch. So, we went to the City Coffee Shop. It’s a mom and pop shop, not exactly in a great part of town , but its got its own charm. And it’s cheap. And… very good 🙂

I had a BLT and Erik had a cheeseburger. Very tasty. Then an order of sopapillas so I could do a taste test. I liked them.

If you’re into going to greasy spoons just for kicks, stop on by. They don’t take credit cards, just cash and checks, so be forewarned.

City Coffee Shop Harlingen, TX

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Restaurant Review: Los Comales (Edinburg, TX)

August 6, 2010 Leave a comment

My coworkers and I went there for lunch, and it was pretty tasty. We all got the lunch buffet, which gave me the opportunity to sample a few of their dishes. The asado de puerco was most excellent, slow roasted and with just the right amount of spices in the sauce. Prices are pretty reasonable, and the service is very good.

Get there early, because it does get pretty packed and a mariachi comes by to sing about his lost loves.

Los Comales, Edinburg, TX

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