On this recent trip to the south I never thought I’d come across such a hidden gem as Tupelo Honey Cafe. It’s a pretty unassuming restaurant from the outside looking in, but after stepping into the cozy interior and glancing over the menu, I was immediately intrigued by all the interesting items offered by Chef Brian Sonosukus. The menu was distinctly southern, but with a lot of exciting unique twists and takes. I was able to try a few of the outstanding dishes and cannot speak highly enough of the great cooking being done at Tupelo Honey Cafe. When I got home, I went online and bought their recipe book; hopefully I can make a couple good items and share later on.
Their rosemary peach tea has a great aroma from the intense rosemary, and their raspberry iced tea is good too. I was intrigued by their local beer selection but we were halfway through a long drive so I passed. Onto the food!
Author: Victor and Monte
Restaurant: Restaurant R’evolution
Exec Chefs: John Folse and Rick Tramonto
Date: March 18, 2013
Victor: The service wasn’t great. The restaurant needs to work out a few kinks; the waiter wasn’t friendly at all and kept on trying to push the most expensive dishes on us when we asked for suggestions. Also, we didn’t get our food at the end, and we had asked them to box it up!
The food was definitely well-cooked and delicious, though. It was one of those weird experiences where you enjoy the food a lot but just have an unenjoyable experience overall :(.
Restaurant: Kata Robata
Exec Chef: Manabu Horiuchi
Date: March 22, 2013
Kata Robata is the second Japanese restaurant that I was looking to check out in Houston. (The first was Uchi.) The menu has some fantastic and exciting options. There were lots of different flavor combinations that I wanted to try out, so I ended up ordering a massive amount of food… once again haha.
This is definitely a restaurant that I’d go back to again, if only to check out the hot and cold dishes. The sushi was about average, and I don’t think I’d come back for the sushi (either the rolls or the nigiri), especially when I can just go to Uchi. Instead, check out the hot dishes, cold dishes, and the robata items!
The lighting for the tables at the restaurant was horrible, so a lot of the pics aren’t great. I used a flashlight app on my friend’s iPhone as background lighting for some of them. I guess the restaurant is meant to be all classy and romantic haha.