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What happens when a former beauty pageant contestant and a former professional Mexican wrestler get together? They open a restaurant called Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen of course! That was back in the 60s. It closed in the 90s, but their sons revived it and now have three locations throughout Houston. Sure they have items like lobster enchiladas, but why bother with the fancy stuff when you can enjoy the Tex-Mex fare the sons learned from their mother? Start off with the chorizo con queso while waiting for a plate of Betsy’s tamales. Wash it all down with a margarita. Enjoy drink and food specials during 3p-6p Happy Hours. -JoAnn Takasaki
Full of doughy, pillowy goodness, the Fluff Bake Bar is an open invitation to gluttony, and Pastry Chef Rebecca Mason is the host. The baked goods selection ranges from delicate, pastel-shaded macaroons, cream cookies, fluffernutters, snickerdoodles and brownies to savory goodies as well, such as cheese and charcuterie plates. With such an array of baked specialties, cup cakes can't be far behind - a whole smorgasbord of imaginative cup cakes await you, such as the PB & J cup cake that is seasonally available, the Black Velvet (because red velvet is passe!) and the healthier Carrot Cake.
Located in the hip and posh Galleria area, this Tex-Mex old-timer offers a good time to all. The traditional Mexican decor inspires fun and conversation. Fajitas are always an excellent choice. Other delights on the menu include enchiladas, tamales and tacos. All are good and served in generous portions. Go easy on the complimentary chips or you will be full before your meal arrives.
Savor the flavors of the bayou at Brennan's of Houston that specializes in Cajun and Creole cuisine. Reserve the Chef's Table for a private dining experience, or possibly catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two in the main dining room. Live entertainment further enhances the dining experience on weekends. The menu is pricey, but entrées like shrimp remoulade are worth the expense. A bottle of house wine is available and serves as the best accompaniment. Weekend jazz brunches are a popular way to mix food and entertainment.
Located at the Westheimer strip, Sorrento is a casual dining place for Italian cuisine. While the 'piece de resistance' is purely contemporary and innovative, the staff is attentive and cordial. Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Arrugula and Shaved Parmesan Cheese and Panzerotti with Stewed Beef and Rosemary Pomodoro Sugarosso are recommended. And if you're still confused with what to choose, the friendly staff will willingly help you out. Large groups can reserve one of the private rooms.