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One of the top questions that I’m always being asked is what is my favorite restaurant in the city. In which I usually respond, “It depends on the day and situation". However, I think the better question would be, “what are the dishes you’ve had recently that you can’t stop talking about and can’t wait to have again”? It's a much better question right! So in honor of that and all the folks that wanna know, here are a few dishes I can’t stop talking about:

Beef Tartare from Starfish Houston – Let me just start with I’ve been waiting for this spot to open for a few reasons. 1) I love seafood and wanted a place that would offer lots of good options starting with the appetizers and going through to their bar program; 2) In the hands of Lee Ellis and Jim Mills I knew it would be something special; 3) The city needed another good seafood restaurant inside the loop. And yes, all my reasons and wants have been realized with Starfish Houston!

I am head over heels for the menu offerings and each time I leave with new items to obsess over until my next visit. Besides bragging about the amazing oyster program and the fact that you can get them fried, wood grilled, hot smoked, and shucked on a half-shell, I have not stopped talking about the Beef Tartare! It is so amazingly fresh, and the crispy shallots on top take this dish to the next level. I would also recommend you opt to eat it with a side of Kennebec Butter Fries. Yes, you read that correctly BUTTER FRICKIN’ FRIES!

BTW… Starting on June 1st, they will kick off this summer with Star Fish Happy Hour.

5 Spice Rib Eye from Night Market Curry & Grill  Nestled away on a side street far from the typical hustle and bustle of Chinatown sits Night Market Curry & Grill. This Malaysian-Indian fusion eatery can hold its own with their combination of spicy Malaysian Curry and Indian Thai dishes. During my visit, I decided to try a few curries, a couple items from the grill, lamb samosas, and garlic butter naan. I enjoyed everything I ordered and can’t wait to try the Pork Belly Curry and Chicken Boti on my next visit. The dish that won my heart was the 5 Spice Rib Eye (Pepper, Sumac, Coriander, Cumin, Chili, Garlic Cream, and Green Chutney). There is just something about a well-seasoned and properly grilled steak that does it for me; add to the fact that each bite was bursting with flavor!

White Cheddar Pimento Cheese from Pax Americana (pictured in the featured photo) Now as much as I’ve enjoyed every meal that I’ve ever had at Pax Americana, I must admit that I did not expect them to have such a stellar Pimento Cheese. Maybe it was the simplicity of the dish that created my temporary moment of insanity. Needless to say, whatever it was disappeared after my first bite! With its creamy-chunky texture (yes I’m aware of the oxymoron that just occurred), and its extra sharp taste, it is what all other pimento cheese should strive to be when they grow up! For your dining pleasure, it’s available on the dinner and brunch menu.

For Peet’s Sake from Reserve 101  As much as I love cocktails, you should have expected that one would make my list.

Just in time for summer, Reserve 101 Whiskey Bar has released a new summer cocktail menu! The new menu has something for everyone since the bars goal is to make whiskey approachable for everyone and to have cocktail offerings for their guests who prefer other spirits. I tried several of the new cocktails and enjoyed them all for different reasons. The one that I found myself drawn to and talking about was For Peats Sake (Isle of Jura Superstition, Gifford Crème d’ Mure, honey syrup, sage, and lemon). I would usually be turned off by the heavy peated malt taste, but it plays well with the other ingredients used to create a nicely balanced and refreshing summer cocktail.

Fun Fact…Their Push Pops will go on sale soon and expect a new flavor to sit alongside the ever so famous salted caramel bacon bourbon flavor.

Starfish Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.

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